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The Best Action Movies of 2009

Updated September 23, 2019 905 votes 65 voters 4.0k views50 items

List of the best 2009 action movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. These movies give you car crashes, explosions, gun fights and everything else you could hope for in a good action flick. These are all the action movies that defined the year 2009, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

Movies on this list include Avatar and Inglourious Basterds. This isn't necessarily a list of all action movies from 2009, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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  • Zombieland1
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    Zombieland

    Emma Stone, Amber Heard

    Released2009

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

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  • Star Trek2
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    Star Trek

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison

    Released2009

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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  • 20123
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    2012

    Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson

    Released2009

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • Sherlock Holmes4
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    Sherlock Holmes

    Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

    Released2009

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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  • Race to Witch Mountain5
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    Race to Witch Mountain

    Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino

    Released2009

    Directed byAndy Fickman

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  • G-Force6
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    G-Force

    Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz

    Released2009

    Directed byHoyt Yeatman

    G-Force is a 2009 American 3D spy-fi action comedy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and...  more

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  • Underworld: Rise of the Lycans7
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    Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

    Kate Beckinsale, Rhona Mitra

    Released2009

    Directed byPatrick Tatopoulos

    Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is an American film released January 23, 2009. It is the third...  more
  • Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian8

    Released2009

    Directed byShawn Levy

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  • Inglourious Basterds9
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    Inglourious Basterds

    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender

    Released2009

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • Black Dynamite10
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    Black Dynamite

    Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall

    Released2009

    Directed byScott Sanders

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  • Daybreakers11
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    Daybreakers

    Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke

    Released2009

    Directed byMichael Spierig, Peter Spierig

    Daybreakers is a 2009 science-fiction thriller film written and directed by Australian...  more

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  • The Taking of Pelham 12312
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    The Taking of Pelham 123

    John Travolta, Denzel Washington

    Released2009

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • Push13
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    Push

    Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle

    Released2009

    Directed byPaul McGuigan

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  • Avatar14
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    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince15
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    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2009

    Directed byDavid Yates

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  • Watchmen16
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    Watchmen

    Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino

    Released2009

    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop17
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    Paul Blart: Mall Cop

    Kevin James, Jayma Mays

    Released2009

    Directed bySteve Carr

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  • Superman/Batman: Public Enemies18
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    Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

    Allison Mack, LeVar Burton

    Released2009

    Directed bySam Liu

    Superman/Batman: Public Enemies is a 2009 original direct-to-video animated superhero film...  more
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs19
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    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

    Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig

    Released2009

    Directed byCarlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier

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  • Dragonball Evolution20
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    Dragonball Evolution

    Emmy Rossum, Jamie Chung

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Wong

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  • Terminator Salvation21
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    Terminator Salvation

    Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2009

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

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  • I Love You Phillip Morris22
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    I Love You Phillip Morris

    Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Requa, Glenn Ficarra

    I Love You Phillip Morris is a 2009 comedy film based on the 1980s and '90s real-life story of...  more

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  • District 923
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    District 9

    Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy

    Released2009

    Directed byNeill Blomkamp

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  • Monsters vs. Aliens24
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    Monsters vs. Aliens

    Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler

    Released2009

    Directed byConrad Vernon, Rob Letterman

    Monsters vs. Aliens is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated science fiction action comedy film...  more

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  • Ayan25
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    Ayan

    Tamannaah Bhatia, Prabhu

    Released2009

    Directed byK. V. Anand

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