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The Best Movies of 2009

Updated September 4, 2020 13.8k votes 735 voters 21.0k views204 items

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 2009.

A list of the best movies of 2009, from top movies like Avatar to blockbusters like Star Trek. The '00s were a decade where Hollywood thrived with famous stars and big blockbusters and 2009 was no exception. Some of the best movies of this year are some of the great 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 good movies listed on here.

As stated before, some of the best movies of the decade were released in 2009. Who could forget top 2009 movies like 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 came out in in 2009. This is the ultimate list of the best and most popular movies that came out in 2009, which means you might be interested in the best movies of 2008 too. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the best movies of that year should be reflected.

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    Up is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    Up

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Directed byPete Docter

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    Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    Star Trek

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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    Fantastic Mr. Fox is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    George Clooney, Meryl Streep

    Directed byWes Anderson

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    Inglorious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    Inglorious Basterds

    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender

    Directed byEli Roth, Quentin Tarantino

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    The Hangover is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    The Hangover

    Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper

    Directed byTodd Phillips

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    Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    Zombieland

    Emma Stone, Amber Heard

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

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    Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    Sherlock Holmes

    Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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    A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    A Christmas Carol

    Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

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    Avatar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Coraline is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    Coraline

    Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning

    Directed byHenry Selick

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    A Serious Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    A Serious Man

    Simon Helberg, Richard Kind

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    I Love You, Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    I Love You, Man

    Rashida Jones, Paul Rudd

    Directed byJohn Hamburg

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    Moon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    Moon

    Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore

    Directed byDuncan Jones

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    Up in the Air is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    Up in the Air

    George Clooney, Anna Kendrick

    Directed byJason Reitman

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    The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    The Hurt Locker

    Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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    State of Play is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    State of Play

    Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck

    Directed byKevin Macdonald

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    Harry Potter and the Half-Bloo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Directed byDavid Yates

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    The Proposal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    The Proposal

    Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds

    Directed byAnne Fletcher

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    District 9 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    District 9

    Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy

    Directed byNeill Blomkamp

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    Notorious is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    Notorious

    Angela Bassett, Anthony Mackie

    Directed byGeorge Tillman, Jr.

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    The Girl with the Dragon Tatto is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Noomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz

    Directed byNiels Arden Oplev

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    (500) Days of Summer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    (500) Days of Summer

    Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly

    Directed byMarc Webb

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    Where the Wild Things Are is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    Where the Wild Things Are

    Mark Ruffalo, Forest Whitaker

    Directed bySpike Jonze

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    The Time Traveler's Wife is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2009
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    The Time Traveler's Wife

    Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

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