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The Best Thriller Movies of 2009

Updated September 23, 2019 896 votes 67 voters 4.2k 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.
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    Public Enemies
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    Public Enemies

    Johnny Depp, Christian Bale

    Released2009

    Directed byMichael Mann

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    Sherlock Holmes
    22
    11

    Sherlock Holmes

    Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

    Released2009

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

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    Moon
    18
    8

    Moon

    Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore

    Released2009

    Directed byDuncan Jones

    Moon is a 2009 British science fiction drama film co-written and directed by Duncan Jones. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    District 9
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    District 9

    Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy

    Released2009

    Directed byNeill Blomkamp

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  • 5
    The Last House on the Left
    14
    6

    The Last House on the Left

    Sara Paxton, Aaron Paul

    Released2009

    Directed byDennis Iliadis

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  • 6
    Coraline
    12
    4

    Coraline

    Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning

    Released2009

    Directed byHenry Selick

    Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated 3D dark fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    10
    2

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Noomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz

    Released2009

    Directed byNiels Arden Oplev

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    Law Abiding Citizen
    14
    7

    Law Abiding Citizen

    Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx

    Released2009

    Directed byF. Gary Gray

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  • 9
    State of Play
    16
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    State of Play

    Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck

    Released2009

    Directed byKevin Macdonald

    State of Play is a 2009 political thriller film. It is an adaptation of the six-part British... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Mystery Team
    14
    7

    Mystery Team

    Aubrey Plaza, Donald Glover

    Released2009

    Directed byDan Eckman

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    The Road
    12
    6

    The Road

    Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Hillcoat

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  • 12
    Terminator Salvation
    16
    11

    Terminator Salvation

    Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2009

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

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    Watchmen
    23
    23

    Watchmen

    Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino

    Released2009

    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • 14
    Drag Me to Hell
    14
    12

    Drag Me to Hell

    Octavia Spencer, Justin Long

    Released2009

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Brothers
    7
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    Brothers

    Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2009

    Directed byJim Sheridan

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  • 16
    Pandorum
    8
    8

    Pandorum

    Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus

    Released2009

    Directed byChristian Alvart

    Pandorum is a German-British 2009 post-apocalyptic science fiction film, with elements of... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Knowing
    8
    9

    Knowing

    Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne

    Released2009

    Directed byAlex Proyas

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    Angels & Demons
    6
    7

    Angels & Demons

    Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor

    Released2009

    Directed byRon Howard

    Angels & Demons is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Ron Howard and based on Dan... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    The Disappearance of Alice Creed
    6
    8

    The Disappearance of Alice Creed

    Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan

    Released2009

    Directed byJ Blakeson

    The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a 2009 British thriller film about the kidnapping of a... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    2012
    11
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    2012

    Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson

    Released2009

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • 21
    The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
    5
    6

    Released2009

    Directed byTroy Duffy

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  • 22
    The Secret in Their Eyes
    4
    6

    The Secret in Their Eyes

    Ricardo Darín, Mariano Argento

    Released2009

    Directed byJuan José Campanella

    The Secret in Their Eyes is a 2009 Argentine crime thriller film directed, produced and edited... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Race to Witch Mountain
    6
    9

    Race to Witch Mountain

    Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino

    Released2009

    Directed byAndy Fickman

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  • 24
    Inglourious Basterds
    31
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    Inglourious Basterds

    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender

    Released2009

    Directed byEli Roth, Quentin Tarantino

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    Orphan
    7
    2

    Orphan

    Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard

    Released2009

    Directed byJaume Collet-Serra

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