Best Movies of 2009

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Best Movies of 2009
Best Movies of 2009
TOP Movies: Avatar (2009), Up (2009), Inglourious Basterds (2009), Precious (2009), Star Trek (2009), The Blind Side (2009), 500 Days of Summer (2009), Zombieland (2009), Watchmen (2009), The Hangover (2009), District 9 (2009), Moon (2009), Angels & Demons (2009), 3 Idiots (2009), The Secret in Their Eyes (2009), Coraline (2009), Up in the Air (2009), Crazy Heart (2009), Law Abiding Citizen (2009), The Proposal (2009).
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List of Best Movies

 7.8
 1.2M
Avatar (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In the 22nd century, a paraplegic Marine is dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission, but becomes torn between following orders and protecting an alien civilization.
Style: futuristic, exciting, breathtaking, captivating, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing, girls' night, chick flick, boys' night
Plot: alien, culture clash, adventure, space and aliens, fantasy world, creature, alien planet, space travel, mysterious planet, human nature, beautiful scenery, expedition ...
Time: future, 22nd century
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 8.3
 1.0M
Up (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives ...
Style: feel good, touching, exciting, sweet, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: unlikely friendships, dog, loneliness, adventure, friendship, family, follow your dream, hopes, talking animals, friends, journey, obsessive quest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south america, latin america, mount everest, venezuela
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Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, captivating, suspense, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, war, nazi, dark humor, vengeance, revenge, nazism, working undercover, brutality, german, sadism, military ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, germany, europe
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 7.3
 111K
Precious (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, ...
Style: rough, bleak, emotional, depressing, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: rape, domestic violence, sexual abuse, child abuse, illiteracy, poverty, dysfunctional family, social misfits, incest, teacher, parents and children, school ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem
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 7.9
 601K
Star Trek (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, a Vulcan, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, stylized, entertaining, humorous ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: space travel, star trek, spacecraft, time travel, outer space, space and aliens, space wars, space opera, heroic mission, teamwork, adventure, teleportation ...
Time: future, 24th century, 23rd century
Place: san francisco, iowa
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 7.6
 328K
The Blind Side (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Oversized African-American, Michael Oher, the teen from across the tracks and a broken home, has nowhere to sleep at age 16. Taken in by an affluent Memphis couple, Michael embarks on a remarkable rise to play for the NFL.
Style: inspirational, emotional, touching, motivational, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, teens, chick flick, kids, girls' night
Plot: american football, adoption, life, human spirit, interracial relations, parents and children, strong female character, rising to stardom, christian, football, misfit, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, memphis, mississippi, california
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500 Days of Summer (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Tom, greeting-card writer and hopeless romantic, is caught completely off-guard when his girlfriend, Summer, suddenly dumps him. He reflects on their 500 days together to try to figure out where their love affair went sour, and in doing so, Tom ...
Style: romantic, sweet, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens, teen drama
Plot: love, breakup, couple relations, relationships, destiny, love story, love and romance, life philosophy, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, unfulfilled love, couples, dating ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.6
 569K
Zombieland (2009)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Columbus has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee doesn't have fears. If he did, he'd kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they're about to ...
Style: funny, absurd, humorous, parody, not serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: zombie, post apocalypse, apocalypse, zombie apocalypse, survival, road trip, dark humor, survival horror, amusement park, chaos and mayhem, supernatural, virus ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: washington d.c., california, usa, texas, los angeles
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 7.6
 546K
Watchmen (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered, an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited ...
Style: neo noir, bleak, suspense, brutal, dark ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, alternate reality, conspiracy, parallel world, superhuman powers, moral dilemma, good versus evil, masked vigilante, human nature, distopia, hidden identity, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1940s, year 1985, year 1940 ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., new york, los angeles, antarctica ...
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 7.7
 775K
The Hangover (2009)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When three friends finally come to after a raucous night of bachelor-party revelry, they find a baby in the closet and a tiger in the bathroom. But they can't seem to locate their best friend, Doug – who's supposed to be tying the knot. ...
Style: funny, humorous, buddy comedy, absurd, ridiculous ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: party, memory loss, hung over, buddies, bachelor party, nothing goes right, friends, comedy of errors, weirdo, friendship between men, escapades, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, september 11 2001
Place: las vegas, usa, north america, los angeles, california
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: As Harry begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as 'Property of the Half-Blood Prince', and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past.
Style: dark fantasy, exciting, fairy tale, scenic, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: magic, witch, magical, harry potter, wizards, school, chosen one, wizards and magicians, witchcraft, young heroes, supernatural ability, boarding school life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, year 1996, year 1997
Place: england, europe, london
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 7.9
 676K
District 9 (2009)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA, New Zealand, Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Aliens land in South Africa and, with their ship totally disabled, have no way home. Years later, after living in a slum and wearing out their welcome the 'Non-Humans' are being moved to a new tent city overseen by Multi-National United ...
Style: serious, suspense, cerebral, biting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien, distopia, space and aliens, alien encounter, alien race, quarantine, human nature, extraterrestrial, mutation, transformation, alien invasion, metamorphosis ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 1982
Place: africa, south africa, johannesburg south africa
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 7.8
 357K
Moon (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. When he has an accident ...
Style: psychological, philosophical, bleak, futuristic, suspense ...
Plot: outer space, isolation, moon, loneliness, astronaut, cloning, solitude, dystopic future, space travel, space and aliens, spacecraft, distopia ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: hawaii, mexico
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 6.7
 292K
Angels & Demons (2009)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon investigates a mysterious symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. He discovers evidence of the unimaginable, the rebirth of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati, the most powerful ...
Style: twists and turns, exciting, suspenseful, intellectual, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: conspiracy, illuminati, riddles and clues, investigation, religions or cults, ancient, murder, professor, secret society, expert, mastermind, secret movement ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: rome italy, vatican, italy, europe, geneva switzerland ...
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 8.4
 390K
3 Idiots (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 170 min.
Story: In the tradition of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” comes this refreshing comedy about a rebellious prankster with a crafty mind and a heart of gold. Rascal. Joker. Dreamer. Genius... You've never met a college student quite like ...
Style: inspirational, entertaining, feel good, touching, twists and turns ...
Plot: rebelliousness, friends, motivation, friendship, talented, college, student life, coming of age, journey, life philosophy, romance, buddies ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
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The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.
Style: twists and turns, suspense, tense, dark, twist ending ...
Plot: investigation, rape, investigator, murder, lawyer, evidence, serial killer, revenge, justice, mystery, obsession, suspect ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s, year 1974, 70s
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina, south america, harvard university
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 7.7
 223K
Coraline (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, ...
Style: gothic, surreal, dark fantasy, dark, scary ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, preschoolers, horror for children
Plot: monster, parallel world, adventure, alternate reality, secret place, heroine, weirdo, family, children, family relations, talking animals, young heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, michigan, texas
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 7.4
 334K
Up in the Air (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: George Clooney plays the dry cynical character of Ryan Bingham, an executive who specializes in "downsizing". Ryan lives out of his suitcase, traveling the country for the sole purpose terminating unwanted employees day after day. Just as ...
Style: thought provoking, cynical, touching, sexy, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: on the road, travel, business, loneliness, business trip, downsizing, airport, love affair, couples, hotel, airplane, character study ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, dallas texas, las vegas, california, usa ...
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 7.2
 90K
Crazy Heart (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When reporter Jean Craddock interviews Bad Blake -- an alcoholic, seen-better-days country music legend -- they connect, and the hard-living crooner sees a possible saving grace in a life with Jean and her young son. But can he leave behind an ...
Style: touching, emotional, depressing, romantic, sincere ...
Plot: musician, country music, loneliness, alcohol abuse, addiction, journalist, character study, singer, country singer, music business, redemption, alcoholic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new mexico, austin texas, california, usa, texas ...
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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, tense, psychological, exciting ...
Plot: vengeance, prison, justice, vigilantism, master criminal, murder, fighting the system, mind game, death, investigation, injustice, lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
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 6.7
 325K
The Proposal (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When she learns she's in danger of losing her visa status and being deported, overbearing book editor Margaret Tate forces her put-upon assistant, Andrew Paxton, to marry her.
Style: romantic, feel good, light, funny, witty ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: love story, happy ending, initially antagonists, opposites attract, relationships, love and romance, unlikely couple, workplace romance, fake marriage, boss and employee, pretend relationship, marriage of convenience ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: alaska, new york, canada, usa, boston
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 7.8
 98K
A Prophet (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Sentenced to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) is alone in the world and can neither read nor write. On his arrival at the prison, he seems younger and more brittle than the others detained there. At once he falls under the sway of ...
Style: tense, bleak, rough, atmospheric, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, mafia, gangsters, prison life, muslim, prison gang, confined, cruelty, convict, prison escape, gang, racial slur ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france, marseille, california
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The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him.
Style: fairy tale, feel good, humorous, witty, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, teens, pre-teens
Plot: princess, disney, prince, family, cinderella story, fall in love, talking animals, adventure, transformation, good versus evil, curses spells and rituals, magical ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, mississippi
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 7.1
 126K
Brothers (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When his helicopter goes down during his fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan, Marine Sam Cahill is presumed dead. Back home, brother Tommy steps in to look over Sam’s wife, Grace, and two children. Sam’s surprise homecoming triggers domestic ...
Style: psychological, realistic, melancholic, tense, emotional ...
Plot: adultery, marital infidelity, family problems, war, presumed dead, american soldier, brothers, suspicion, military, army, torture, released from prison ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: afghanistan, iraq, usa
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Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Family
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The Fantastic Mr. Fox bored with his current life, plans a heist against the three local farmers. The farmers, tired of sharing their chickens with the sly fox, seek revenge against him and his family.
Style: talky, fairy tale, humorous, entertaining, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: talking animals, fox, anthropomorphism, anthropomorphic animal, unlikely partners, family, heroic mission, animal life, evil, partners, dishonesty, resourceful ...
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 7.5
 112K
A Single Man (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Adapted from a 1964 novel of the same name, the film follows a day in the life of George Falconer, a British college professor reeling with the recent and sudden loss of his longtime partner. This traumatic event makes George challenge his own will ...
Style: psychological, sexy, philosophical, sincere, touching ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: gay, depression, loneliness, gays and lesbians, lgbt, broken heart, gay relationship, homosexual, tragic love, homosexuality, teacher student relationship, haunted by the past ...
Time: 60s, year 1962, 20th century, 1940s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, madrid, london ...
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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Times are changing for Manny the moody mammoth, Sid the motor mouthed sloth and Diego the crafty saber-toothed tiger. Life heats up for our heroes when they meet some new and none-too-friendly neighbors – the mighty dinosaurs.
Style: humorous, funny, exciting, sweet, witty ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, preschoolers, pre-teens ...
Plot: dinosaur, adventure, talking animals, jungle, ice age, friendship, family, parenthood, animal life, animals, loneliness, beautiful scenery ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 238K
The Road (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the ...
Style: bleak, harsh, rough, gloomy, depressing ...
Plot: post apocalypse, survival, apocalypse, distopia, father son relationship, cannibalism, catastrophe, on the road, starvation, vestiges of humanity, future dystopia, journey ...
Time: future
Place: usa
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 7.3
 159K
Invictus (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Newly elected President Nelson Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby ...
Style: inspirational, uplifting, political, feel good, touching ...
Plot: human spirit, racism, sport, rugby, president, apartheid, idealism, leadership, politics, historical character, underdog, rugby player ...
Time: 90s, year 1995, 20th century
Place: south africa, africa, johannesburg south africa, new jersey, cape town south africa ...
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 7.6
 627K
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Australia
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Eccentric consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson battle to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy England.
Style: clever, captivating, entertaining, intellectual, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sherlock holmes, steampunk, intelligence, riddles and clues, private detective, adventure, investigation, partners, crimes, talented, prodigy, master criminal ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1890s
Place: england, london, europe, tower bridge london, big ben london ...
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