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The Best Movies of 2009

Updated March 1, 2021 13.8k votes 782 voters 22.4k views191 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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  • The Hangover4
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  • I Love You, Man14
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    I Love You, Man

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  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince15
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    Noomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz

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