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The Best Thriller Movies of 2009

Updated September 23, 2019 911 votes 69 voters 4.7k views

List of the best 2009 thriller movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. These thrillers take you on a ride full of action, suspense, and anticipation of what's going to happen next. These are all the thriller 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.

List is made up of movies like Inglourious Basterds and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. This isn't necessarily a list of all thriller movies from 2009, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
  • 1

    Drag Me to Hell

    Octavia Spencer, Justin Long


    Directed bySam Raimi

    Drag Me to Hell is a 2009 American horror film co-written and directed by Sam Raimi. The plot, written with his brother Ivan, focuses on loan officer Christine Brown, who reluctantly, under orders...  more

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  • 2

    Public Enemies

    Johnny Depp, Christian Bale


    Directed byMichael Mann

    Public Enemies is a 2009 American film directed by Michael Mann and written by Mann, Ronan Bennett and Ann Biderman. It is an adaptation of Bryan Burrough's non-fiction book. Set during the Great...  more
  • 3


    Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore


    Directed byDuncan Jones

    Moon is a 2009 British science fiction drama film co-written and directed by Duncan Jones. The film follows Sam Bell, a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year...  more

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  • 4

    The Last House on the Left

    Sara Paxton, Aaron Paul


    Directed byDennis Iliadis

    The Last House on the Left is a 2009 American film directed by Dennis Iliadis and written by Carl Ellsworth and Adam Alleca. It is a remake of the 1972 film of the same name, and stars Monica Potter,...  more

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  • 5

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Noomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz


    Directed byNiels Arden Oplev

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2009 Swedish drama thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Swedish author/journalist Stieg Larsson. It is the first book in the trilogy known as the...  more
  • 6


    Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning


    Directed byHenry 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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  • 7

    Mystery Team

    Aubrey Plaza, Donald Glover


    Directed byDan Eckman

    Mystery Team is a 2009 film created by the comedy group Derrick Comedy. The story was written by Donald Glover, DC Pierson, Dominic Dierkes, Dan Eckman, and Meggie McFadden. It stars Donald Glover,...  more
  • 8

    State of Play

    Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck


    Directed byKevin Macdonald

    State of Play is a 2009 political thriller film. It is an adaptation of the six-part British television serial of the same name which first aired on BBC One in 2003. The plot of the six-hour serial...  more

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  • 9

    Law Abiding Citizen

    Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx


    Directed byF. Gary Gray

    Law Abiding Citizen is a 2009 American thriller film directed by F. Gary Gray from a screenplay written by Kurt Wimmer and stars Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. Law Abiding Citizen was released...  more

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  • 10

    Terminator Salvation

    Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter


    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

    Terminator Salvation is a 2009 American science fiction action film directed by McG and starring Christian Bale and Sam Worthington. It is the fourth and final installment in the original Terminator...  more

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  • 11

    The Road

    Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall


    Directed byJohn Hillcoat

    The Road is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic drama film directed by John Hillcoat from a screenplay written by Joe Penhall, which is in return based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 novel of the...  more

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  • 12


    Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino


    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • 13


    Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard


    Directed byJaume Collet-Serra

    Orphan is a 2009 American psychological thriller film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. It stars Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard and Isabelle Fuhrman. The film centers on a couple who adopt a mysterious...  more

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  • 14


    Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne


    Directed byAlex Proyas

    Knowing is a 2009 science fiction mystery thriller film directed by Alex Proyas. M.I.T. professor John Koestler (Nicolas Cage) links a mysterious list of numbers from a time capsule to past and...  more

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  • 15


    Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal


    Directed byJim Sheridan

    Brothers is a 2009 American psychological drama war film directed by Jim Sheridan, and a remake of Susanne Bier's 2004 Danish film Brødre. Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) returns from being held as a...  more

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  • 16


    Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus


    Directed byChristian Alvart

    Pandorum is a German-British 2009 post-apocalyptic science fiction film, with elements of locked room mystery, horror, and survival adventure. The film was directed by Christian Alvart and produced...  more
  • 17

    Sherlock Holmes

    Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law


    Directed byGuy Ritchie

    Sherlock Holmes is a 2009 period mystery action film directed by Guy Ritchie, based on the character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his stalwart...  more

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  • 18

    The Disappearance of Alice Creed

    Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan


    Directed byJ Blakeson

    The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a 2009 British thriller film about the kidnapping of a young woman by two ex-convicts. The film is written and directed by J Blakeson and stars Gemma Arterton as...  more
  • 19


    Directed byTroy Duffy

    The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day is a 2009 American vigilante film written and directed by Troy Duffy. The film serves as a sequel to the 1999 film The Boondock Saints. The film stars Sean...  more
  • 20

    The Secret in Their Eyes

    Ricardo Darín, Mariano Argento


    Directed byJuan José Campanella

    The Secret in Their Eyes is a 2009 Argentine crime thriller film directed, produced and edited by Juan José Campanella and written by Eduardo Sacheri and Campanella, based on Sacheri's novel La...  more

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  • 21

    Race to Witch Mountain

    Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino


    Directed byAndy 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 Escape...  more

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  • 22


    Directed byMichael Bay

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  • 23

    Saw VI

    Shawnee Smith, Betsy Russell


    Directed byKevin Greutert

    Saw VI is a 2009 Canadian-American horror film directed by Kevin Greutert from a screenplay written by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. It is the sixth installment in the seven–part Saw franchise...  more

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  • 24

    Inglourious Basterds

    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender


    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    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 Fassbender, Eli Roth,...  more

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  • 25


    Kim Hye-ja, Won Bin


    Directed byBong Joon-ho

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