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The Best Action Movies of 2009 

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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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Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray
Zombieland is a 2009 American zombie comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma ...more

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Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder
Star Trek is a 2009 science fiction film directed by J. J. Abrams, written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and produced by Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk. It is the eleventh film based on the ...more

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Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Ben Stiller
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is a 2009 American adventure comedy film directed by Shawn Levy, and starring Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Hank Azaria, Christopher Guest ...more

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Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton
2012 is a 2009 American science fiction disaster adventure film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich. It stars John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, ...more

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Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez
Avatar is a 2009 American epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni ...more

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Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a 2009 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The ...more

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Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law
Sherlock Holmes is a 2009 British–American action mystery film based on the character of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The film was directed by Guy Ritchie. In the film, ...more

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Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, AnnaSophia Robb
Race to Witch Mountain is a 2009 science fiction/thriller film and a continuation to the 1975 Disney film Escape to Witch Mountain.. All three versions of the film are based on the 1968 novel ...more

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Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, Steve Buscemi
G-Force is a 2009 American 3D spy-fi action comedy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Written by Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Wibberley, the film is the ...more

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Kevin James, Jayma Mays, Bobby Cannavale
Paul Blart: Mall Cop is a 2009 American family-action comedy film directed by Steve Carr and co-written by Kevin James, who stars as the title character, Paul Blart. Filming began in February ...more

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Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger
Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 German-American war black comedy film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Michael ...more

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#385 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #268 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a 2009 American 3-D computer animated comedy adventure film, and the third installment in the Ice Age series. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more

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Kate Beckinsale, Rhona Mitra, Michael Sheen
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is an American film released January 23, 2009. It is the third installment in the Underworld series, focusing primarily on the origins of some characters and the ...more

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Richard Pryor, Arsenio Hall, Salli Richardson
Black Dynamite is a 2009 American action comedy film starring Michael Jai White, Salli Richardson, Arsenio Hall, Kevin Chapman, and Tommy Davidson. The film was directed by Scott Sanders and ...more

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Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Chris Evans
Push is a 2009 American science fiction superhero thriller film directed by Paul McGuigan. The film stars Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Cliff Curtis, Joel Gretsch, Djimon Hounsou, ...more

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Allison Mack, LeVar Burton, Clancy Brown
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies is a 2009 original direct-to-video animated superhero film adaptation of "Public Enemies"—the opening story arc of DC Comics' Superman/Batman—which ...more
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Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger
Monsters vs. Aliens is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated science fiction action comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was DreamWorks ...more

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Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill
Daybreakers is a 2009 science-fiction thriller film written and directed by Australian filmmakers Michael and Peter Spierig. The film takes place in a futuristic world overrun by vampires. A ...more

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John Travolta, Denzel Washington, James Gandolfini
The Taking of Pelham 123 is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta. It is a film adaptation of the novel by Morton Freedgood, and ...more

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#34 of 89 Best Kidnapping Movies & Hostage Movies of All Time, Ranked #14 of 27 The Best Thriller Movies with a Kidnapping

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Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood
District 9 is a 2009 science fiction film directed by Neill Blomkamp, released August 13, 2009. It takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa. District 9 is based on Alive in Joburg, a short film ...more

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Gerard Butler, Ludacris, Michael C. Hall
Gamer is a 2009 American science fiction action film written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. The film stars Gerard Butler as a participant in an online game in which ...more
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Tadanobu Asano, Yū Aoi, Daisuke Gōri
Redline is a 2009 science fiction auto racing anime film produced by Madhouse and released in Japan on October 9, 2010. The directorial debut feature of Takeshi Koike, it features the voices of ...more

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Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Geri Halliwell
Crank: High Voltage is a 2009 American black comedy/action film and the sequel to the 2006 action film, Crank. The film was written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and stars ...more
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Iko Uwais, Christine Hakim, Laurent Buson
Merantau is a 2009 Indonesian martial arts film written and directed by Gareth Evans, and starring Iko Uwais. It showcases a style of pencak silat known as Silek Harimau and a Minangkabau ...more

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Gina Carano, Michael Jai White, Kimbo Slice
Blood and Bone is a 2009 American direct-to-DVD martial arts film directed by Ben Ramsey and written by Michael Andrews. The film stars Michael Jai White, Eamonn Walker and Julian Sands, and ...more

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