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The Best Action Movies of 2009

Updated September 23, 2019 875 votes 63 voters 3.8k 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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  • 1
    Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    Zombieland

    Emma Stone, Amber Heard

    Released2009

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

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

    Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison

    Released2009

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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    2012 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    2012

    Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson

    Released2009

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • 4
    Race to Witch Mountain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    Race to Witch Mountain

    Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino

    Released2009

    Directed byAndy Fickman

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    Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    Sherlock Holmes

    Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

    Released2009

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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  • 6
    G-Force is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    G-Force

    Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz

    Released2009

    Directed byHoyt Yeatman

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    Avatar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 8
    Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

    Kate Beckinsale, Rhona Mitra

    Released2009

    Directed byPatrick Tatopoulos

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    Night at the Museum: Battle of is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009

    Released2009

    Directed byShawn Levy

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    Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    Inglourious Basterds

    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender

    Released2009

    Directed byEli Roth, Quentin Tarantino

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    Black Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    Black Dynamite

    Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall

    Released2009

    Directed byScott Sanders

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  • 12
    Daybreakers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    Daybreakers

    Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke

    Released2009

    Directed byMichael Spierig, Peter Spierig

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    The Taking of Pelham 123 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    The Taking of Pelham 123

    John Travolta, Denzel Washington

    Released2009

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • 14
    Push is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    Push

    Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle

    Released2009

    Directed byPaul McGuigan

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  • 15
    District 9 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    District 9

    Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy

    Released2009

    Directed byNeill Blomkamp

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  • 16
    Harry Potter and the Half-Bloo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2009

    Directed byDavid Yates

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  • 17
    Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    Watchmen

    Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino

    Released2009

    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • 18
    Paul Blart: Mall Cop is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    Paul Blart: Mall Cop

    Kevin James, Jayma Mays

    Released2009

    Directed bySteve Carr

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  • 19
    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

    Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig

    Released2009

    Directed byCarlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier

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  • 20
    Dragonball Evolution is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    Dragonball Evolution

    Emmy Rossum, Jamie Chung

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Wong

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  • 21
    Terminator Salvation is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    Terminator Salvation

    Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2009

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

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  • 22
    I Love You Phillip Morris is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    I Love You Phillip Morris

    Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Requa, Glenn Ficarra

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  • 23
    Redline is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    Redline

    Tadanobu Asano, Yū Aoi

    Released2009

    Directed byTakeshi Koike

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    Ayan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    Ayan

    Tamannaah Bhatia, Prabhu

    Released2009

    Directed byK. V. Anand

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  • 25
    Green Lantern: First Flight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Movies of 2009
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    Green Lantern: First Flight

    Tricia Helfer, Christopher Meloni

    Released2009

    Directed byLauren Montgomery

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