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The Best Movies of 2009  

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A list of the best movies of 2009, from epic movies like Avatar to blockbusters like Star Trek. The '00s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters and 2009 was no exception. Some the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies and dramas in history. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years after they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on here. As stated before, some of the best movies of the decade were released in 2009. Who could forget Crazy Heart with Jeff Bridges, The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock, and of course, Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. And let's not forget about Bruno either. The best movies of 2009 featured some of the biggest stars in the movie business. Whether it was the aforementioned stars continuing their success or the breakout performances featured in The Hangover, or established stars like Brad Pitt in Inglorious Basterds and Jason Segal and Paul Rudd in I Love You, Man. Some of the best movies of all time were released in 2009. This is the ultimate list of the best movies of 2008, which shouldn't feature the best movies of 2008. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the best movies of that year should be reflected. If you notice that there's a movie from this year that should be on this list but is missing, feel free to add it.
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Up is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman
Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more
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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez
Avatar is a 2009 American epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni ...more
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Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger
Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 German-American war black comedy film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Michael ...more
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District 9 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood
District 9 is a 2009 science fiction film directed by Neill Blomkamp, released August 13, 2009. It takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa. District 9 is based on Alive in Joburg, a short film ...more
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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup
Watchmen is a 2009 American neo-noir superhero film directed by Zack Snyder and starring Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick ...more
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Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder
Star Trek is a 2009 science fiction film directed by J. J. Abrams, written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and produced by Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk. It is the eleventh film based on the ...more
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Harry Potter and the Half-Bloo... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a 2009 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The ...more
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The Hangover is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham
The Hangover is a 2009 American comedy film, co-produced and directed by Todd Phillips and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. It is the first film of The Hangover trilogy. The film stars ...more
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Fantastic Mr. Fox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name. The film is about a fox who takes food each night from three mean ...more
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The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner
The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team during the conflict in Iraq. The film was produced and directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenplay ...more
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Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law
Sherlock Holmes is a 2009 British–American action mystery film based on the character of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The film was directed by Guy Ritchie. In the film, ...more
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The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates
The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael ...more
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Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray
Zombieland is a 2009 American zombie comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma ...more
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Up in the Air is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Zach Galifianakis
Up in the Air is a 2009 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and co-written by Reitman and Sheldon Turner. It is a film adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name, written by ...more
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The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
wiabux added Noomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz, Lena Endre
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2009 Swedish drama thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Swedish author/journalist Stieg Larsson. It is the first book in the trilogy known as ...more
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The White Ribbon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
Rainer Bock, Birgit Minichmayr, Susanne Lothar
The White Ribbon is a 2009 black-and-white German-language drama film written and directed by Michael Haneke. Das weiße Band, Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte darkly depicts society and ...more
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Coraline is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane
Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated 3D dark fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel of the same name. It was produced by Laika and distributed by Focus Features. Written and ...more
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Moon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
wiabux added Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario
Moon is a 2009 British science fiction drama film co-written and directed by Duncan Jones. The film follows Sam Bell, a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year ...more
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Public Enemies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum
Public Enemies is a 2009 American film directed by Michael Mann and written by Mann, Ronan Bennett and Ann Biderman. It is an adaptation of Bryan Burrough's non-fiction book. Set during the ...more
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(500) Days of Summer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly, Chloë Grace Moretz
(500) Days of Summer is a 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film by first time director Marc Webb. On January 8, Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) meets Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), his ...more
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Law Abiding Citizen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
wiabux added Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Viola Davis
Law Abiding Citizen is a 2009 American thriller film directed by F. Gary Gray from a screenplay written by Kurt Wimmer and stars Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. Law Abiding Citizen was released ...more
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Invictus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Langley Kirkwood
"From director Clint Eastwood, “Invictus” tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team, Francois Pienaar ...more
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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parn... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
wiabux added Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a 2009 fantasy film directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Gilliam and Charles McKeown. The film follows a travelling theatre troupe whose leader, having ...more
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a 2009 American superhero film directed by Gavin Hood, based on the Marvel Comic character. The early years of James Logan (Hugh Jackman), featuring his rivalry with ...more
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The Men Who Stare at Goats is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Ewan McGregor
The Men Who Stare at Goats is a 2009 American parody comedy film directed by Grant Heslov and based on Jon Ronson's book of the same name, an account of the investigation by Ronson and John ...more