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The Best Family Movies of 2009 

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Updated September 23, 2019 2k votes 76 voters 2k views 50 items

List of the best 2009 family movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. The films on this list can be enjoyed by everyone in your family, including children and grandparents. If you're looking for movies without swearing or violence, then these are great picks for you. These are all the family 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.

Up and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince are included on this list along with many more. This isn't necessarily a list of all family movies from 2009, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

Released: 2009

Directed by: Pete Docter

Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more

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Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Ben Stiller

Released: 2009

Directed by: Shawn Levy

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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#501 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #182 of 317 The Best Movies for Kids

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Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Terrence Howard

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated musical romantic fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 49th film in the ...more

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#87 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #89 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray

Released: 2009

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name. The film is about a fox who takes food each night from three mean ...more

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Lucy Liu, Kristin Chenoweth, Raven-Symoné

Released: 2009

Directed by: Klay Hall

Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure is a 2009 computer-animated comedy adventure film based on the Disney Fairies franchise, produced by DisneyToon Studios. It is a sequel to the 2008 film, Tinker ...more

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John Travolta, Robin Williams, Ann-Margret

Released: 2009

Directed by: Walt Becker

Old Dogs is a 2009 American ensemble comedy film directed by Wild Hogs '​s Walt Becker and starring John Travolta and Robin Williams with an ensemble supporting cast played by Kelly Preston, ...more
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Selena Gomez, Maria Canals Barrera, Jennifer Stone

Released: 2009

Directed by: Lev L. Spiro

Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie is a 2009 American made-for-television comedy-drama fantasy film based on the Disney Channel Original Series Wizards of Waverly Place. It was directed by Lev ...more
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Selena Gomez, Snoop Dogg, Fergie

Released: 2009

Directed by: Luc Besson

"In "Revenge of Maltazard", Arthur answers a distress call from Princess Selenia. Going back to the world of the tooth-sized, elfin Minimoys, he joins Selenia and her brother ...more
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Christina Applegate, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris

Released: 2009

Directed by: Betty Thomas

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel is a 2009 American live-action comedy film directed by Betty Thomas. The film stars Zachary Levi, David Cross and Jason Lee with the voices of Justin ...more

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Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Jamie Chung

Released: 2009

Directed by: Allison Liddi

Princess Protection Program is a 2009 Disney Channel Original Movie, directed by Allison Liddi-Brown and starring Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. The film premiered on June 26, 2009 in the United ...more

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Emma Roberts, Lisa Kudrow, Don Cheadle

Released: 2009

Directed by: Thor Freudenthal

Hotel for Dogs is a 2009 American family comedy film based on the 1971 Lois Duncan novel of the same name. The film, directed by Thor Freudenthal and adapted by Jeff Lowell, Bob Schooley, and ...more

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Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2009

Directed by: Hoyt Yeatman

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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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Steve Martin, Jeremy Irons

Released: 2009

Directed by: Harald Zwart

The Pink Panther 2 is a 2009 American detective comedy film directed by Harald Zwart. It is the eleventh installment in the The Pink Panther film series and the sequel to the 2006 film The Pink ...more

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Christopher Lloyd, Tim Conway, George Wendt

Released: 2009

Directed by: Robert Vince

Santa Buddies is a 2009 direct to video film. It is the fourth installment of the Air Buddies spin-off series as well as the ninth film in the Air Bud franchise. It was released on November 2,

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#46 of 82 The Best Live Action Animal Movies for Kids #122 of 180 The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made

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Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, AnnaSophia Robb

Released: 2009

Directed by: Andy Fickman

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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#21 of 78 The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels #97 of 103 The Best Halloween Movies for Kids

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Amy Sedaris, Diedrich Bader, Nolan Gould

Released: 2009

Directed by: Robert Vince

Disney's irresistible talking puppies are back in an all-new movie that takes them where no Buddy has gone before -- the moon! With the help of some stellar new friends, this out-of-this-world ...more

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Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Tyra Banks

Released: 2009

Directed by: Peter Chelsom

Hannah Montana: The Movie is a 2009 American musical comedy-drama film based on the Disney Channel Original Series Hannah Montana, which was released on April 10, 2009, by Walt Disney Pictures. ...more

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#251 of 324 Movies with the Best Soundtracks #210 of 218 The Best G-Rated Family Movies

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Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright

Released: 2009

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Disney's A Christmas Carol is a 2009 American 3D computer animated motion-capture holiday fantasy drama film written and directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is an adaptation of the Charles Dickens ...more

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Mark Ruffalo, Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini

Released: 2009

Directed by: Spike Jonze

Where the Wild Things Are is a 2009 fantasy drama film directed by Spike Jonze. Written by Jonze and Dave Eggers, it is adapted from Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's book of the same name. It ...more

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Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

Released: 2009

Directed by: Conrad Vernon, Rob Letterman

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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#92 of 191 The Best Alien Movies Ever Made #71 of 103 The Best Halloween Movies for Kids

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Charlize Theron, Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage

Released: 2009

Directed by: David Bowers

Astro Boy is a 2009 American-Hong Konger-Chinese computer-animated action film loosely based on the manga and anime series of the same name by the Japanese writer and illustrator Osamu Tezuka. ...more

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Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Lauren Graham

Released: 2009

Directed by: Phil Lord, Chris Miller

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a 2009 American computer-animated science fiction comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation, distributed by Columbia Pictures, and released on ...more

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Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter

Released: 2009

Directed by: David Yates

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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Queen Latifah, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch

Released: 2009

Directed by: Carlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier

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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Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane

Released: 2009

Directed by: Henry Selick

Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated 3D dark fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel of the same name. It was produced by Laika and distributed by Focus Features. Written and ...more

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