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The Best Movies of 2009

Updated September 4, 2020 13.9k votes 742 voters 21.3k 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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    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Directed byPete Docter

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    Star Trek
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    Star Trek

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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    Fantastic Mr. Fox
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    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    George Clooney, Meryl Streep

    Directed byWes Anderson

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    Inglorious Basterds
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    Inglorious Basterds

    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender

    Directed byEli Roth, Quentin Tarantino

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    The Hangover
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    The Hangover

    Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper

    Directed byTodd Phillips

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    Sherlock Holmes
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    Sherlock Holmes

    Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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    Zombieland
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    Zombieland

    Emma Stone, Amber Heard

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

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    A Christmas Carol
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    A Christmas Carol

    Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    The Blind Side
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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

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    Avatar
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    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Coraline
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    Coraline

    Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning

    Directed byHenry Selick

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    A Serious Man
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    A Serious Man

    Simon Helberg, Richard Kind

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    I Love You, Man
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    I Love You, Man

    Rashida Jones, Paul Rudd

    Directed byJohn Hamburg

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    Moon
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    Moon

    Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore

    Directed byDuncan Jones

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    The Hurt Locker
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    The Hurt Locker

    Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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    Up in the Air
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    Up in the Air

    George Clooney, Anna Kendrick

    Directed byJason Reitman

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    State of Play
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    State of Play

    Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck

    Directed byKevin Macdonald

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    District 9
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    District 9

    Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy

    Directed byNeill Blomkamp

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    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Directed byDavid Yates

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    The Proposal
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    The Proposal

    Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds

    Directed byAnne Fletcher

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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Noomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz

    Directed byNiels Arden Oplev

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    Notorious
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    Notorious

    Angela Bassett, Anthony Mackie

    Directed byGeorge Tillman, Jr.

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    (500) Days of Summer
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    (500) Days of Summer

    Zooey Deschanel, Minka Kelly

    Directed byMarc Webb

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    Where the Wild Things Are
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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
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    The Time Traveler's Wife

    Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

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