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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
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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
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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
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Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger
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Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch
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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
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Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Chris Evans
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Allison Mack, LeVar Burton, Clancy Brown
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Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger
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Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill
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John Travolta, Denzel Washington, James Gandolfini
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Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup
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Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood
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Tadanobu Asano, Yū Aoi, Daisuke Gōri
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Gerard Butler, Ludacris, Michael C. Hall
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Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter, Bryce Dallas Howard
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Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Geri Halliwell
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