Best Movies of 2009

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Movies of 2009" contains films with the following parameters. Style: interesting, visually appealing, clever, intense, entertaining and realistic. Plot: storytelling, mentor, dialogue, destiny, runaway, friendship, catastrophe, chase, life philosophy and transformation. Genre: Drama, Adventure and Romance. Country: USA, UK and Germany.
Best Movies of 2009
Best Movies of 2009
TOP Movies: Up (2009), Avatar (2009), Inglourious Basterds (2009), Precious (2009), Star Trek (2009), The Blind Side (2009), 500 Days of Summer (2009), Zombieland (2009), Coraline (2009), The Hangover (2009), Watchmen (2009), Up in the Air (2009), Crazy Heart (2009), District 9 (2009), Moon (2009), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), A Single Man (2009), Law Abiding Citizen (2009), The Princess and the Frog (2009), The Proposal (2009).

List of Best Movies

 8.2
 959K
Up (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, 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, exciting, touching, sweet, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, unlikely friendships, loneliness, family, follow your dream, journey, friendship, talking animals, dog, friends, obsessive quest, animal life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, south america, venezuela, mount everest
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 7.8
 1.1M
Avatar (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
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, boys' night
Plot: fantasy world, alien, culture clash, creature, alien planet, scientist, space travel, space and aliens, adventure, warrior, mysterious planet, benign alien ...
Time: future, 22nd century
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Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
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: atmospheric, tense, suspense, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dark humor, vengeance, war, nazism, working undercover, fascist, world war two, sadism, self sacrifice, soldier, nazi, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: paris france, france, europe, germany
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 7.3
 107K
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, serious, harsh ...
Plot: domestic violence, poverty, rape, illiteracy, child abuse, dysfunctional family, social misfits, sexual abuse, fat girl, abusive mother, parents and children, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, harlem, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK
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, serious, twists and turns, stylized ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: witch, magical, wizards and magicians, young heroes, wizards, magic, school, chosen one, boarding school life, supernatural ability, magic wand, prophecy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1997, 1990s, year 1996 ...
Place: england, europe, london
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 7.9
 583K
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, humorous, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: spacecraft, space travel, space wars, space opera, space and aliens, adventure, teamwork, heroic mission, teleportation, time paradox, imaginary, heroes ...
Time: future, 24th century, 23rd century
Place: san francisco, iowa
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 7.6
 302K
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: touching, uplifting, inspirational, emotional, motivational ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: adoption, human spirit, parents and children, strong female character, american football, interracial relations, life, fish out of water, rising to stardom, misfit, family drama, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, memphis, 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: realistic, sweet, sentimental, talky, emotional ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teen drama, girls' night
Plot: breakup, couple relations, love and romance, life philosophy, love, relationships, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, destiny, dating, love story, unfulfilled love, heartache ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
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 7.6
 532K
Zombieland (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
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, parody, humorous, not serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: zombie, zombie apocalypse, post apocalypse, apocalypse, survival, dark humor, road trip, danger, plague, chaos and mayhem, deadly, chaos ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, washington d.c., los angeles, texas, california
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 7.7
 203K
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: surreal, gothic, dark fantasy, dark, offbeat ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, horror for children
Plot: parallel world, heroine, weirdo, talking animals, monster, adventure, alternate reality, family, danger, rescue, secret place, save the day ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, michigan, texas
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 7.7
 731K
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: humorous, funny, buddy comedy, not serious, absurd ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: party, friends, comedy of errors, buddies, nothing goes right, hung over, friendship between men, weirdo, bachelor party, escapades, memory loss, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, september 11 2001
Place: las vegas, usa, los angeles, california
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 7.6
 519K
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: comic, neo noir, bleak, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: alternate reality, anti heroes, conspiracy, superhero, parallel world, superhuman powers, good versus evil, anti hero, heroes, human nature, investigation, moral dilemma ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1969, 50s, 70s ...
Place: usa, soviet union, ussr, manhattan new york city, new york ...
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 7.4
 323K
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: touching, thought provoking, cynical, humorous, sexy ...
Audience: date night
Plot: on the road, loneliness, love affair, business trip, love and romance, couples, business, relationship vs career, introspection, unfulfillment, top executive, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, kansas city, dallas texas, miami ...
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 7.2
 86K
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, sincere, serious, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: country music, musician, alcohol abuse, journalist, loneliness, singer, country singer, alcoholic, redemption, hopes, financial problem, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new mexico, houston texas, texas, nashville tennessee ...
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 7.9
 647K
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, biting, suspense, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: distopia, space and aliens, alien, alien encounter, human nature, racism, alien race, quarantine, chaos and mayhem, transformation, confined, metamorphosis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: south africa, africa, johannesburg south africa
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 7.8
 341K
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, bleak, futuristic, philosophical, twists and turns ...
Plot: outer space, isolation, loneliness, cloning, dystopic future, spacecraft, astronaut, moon, space and aliens, clones, distopia, space travel ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: hawaii, mexico
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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: whimsical, fairy tale, humorous, not serious, talky ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: talking animals, fox, anthropomorphic animal, heroic mission, partners, unlikely partners, dishonesty, danger, evil, anthropomorphism, thief, village life ...
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 7.6
 108K
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, touching, sincere, philosophical, enigmatic ...
Plot: depression, gays and lesbians, gay, tragic love, homosexual, broken heart, older man younger man relationship, haunted by the past, gay relationship, loneliness, love and romance, homosexuality ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1962
Place: california, los angeles, usa, madrid, london ...
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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: surprise ending, twist ending, serious, tense, psychological ...
Plot: vengeance, master criminal, justice, vigilantism, fighting the system, murder, mind game, prison, perfect crime, injustice, death, lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
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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: feel good, fairy tale, humorous, touching, witty ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: princess, cinderella story, family, prince, fall in love, human becomes animal, talking animals, adventure, animal life, magical, curses spells and rituals, disney ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1910s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, mississippi
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 6.7
 302K
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: feel good, romantic, light, funny, witty ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, date night, teens
Plot: opposites attract, love and romance, unlikely couple, boss and employee, workplace romance, happy ending, initially antagonists, fake marriage, love story, marriage of convenience, employer employee relationship, relationships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: alaska, usa, new york, canada, boston
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 7.3
 153K
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: touching, uplifting, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Plot: human spirit, rugby, historical character, president, leadership, racism, apartheid, politician, sport, celebration, idealism, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1995
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, johannesburg south africa, new jersey ...
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 7.2
 227K
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, suspenseful ...
Plot: survival, post apocalypse, apocalypse, post apocalyptic, father son relationship, starvation, vestiges of humanity, on the road, cannibalism, catastrophe, future dystopia, journey ...
Time: future
Place: usa
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 6.5
 191K
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After denying a woman the extension she needs to keep her home, loan officer Christine Brown sees her once-promising life take a startling turn for the worse. Christine is convinced she's been cursed by a Gypsy, but her boyfriend is skeptical. ...
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, enigmatic ...
Plot: curses spells and rituals, ghost, evil, witch, dark humor, supernatural, gypsy, heaven and hell, curse, obsessive quest, life turned upside down, legends and myths ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: pasadena california, los angeles
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 7.6
 594K
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: captivating, clever, odd, exciting, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: riddles and clues, private detective, intelligence, steampunk, sherlock holmes, investigation, prodigy, partners, adventure, master criminal, talented, hotshot hero ...
Time: victorian era, 1890s, 19th century, victorian
Place: england, london, europe, tower bridge london, big ben london ...
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 7.0
 111K
Julie & Julia (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Julia Child and Julie Powell – both of whom wrote memoirs – find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends... until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and ...
Style: inspirational, feel good, sentimental, witty, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: cooking and food, chef, cooking, food, self fulfillment, couple relations, cookbook, supportive spouse, cook, writer's life, life changing experience, lifestyle ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, contemporary, 21st century ...
Place: paris france, france, new york, europe, usa ...
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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war.
Style: exciting, semi serious, psychotronic, surreal, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: robot, battles, chaos, androids and robots, evil alien, military, extraterrestrial, fictional war, man versus machine, good versus evil, cyborgs, alien ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, stone age, prehistoric times
Place: egypt, washington d.c., usa, jordan, shanghai china ...
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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: suspense, tense, twists and turns, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: investigation, investigator, murder, rape, secret, haunted by the past, search, police, evidence, lawyer, justice, suspect ...
Time: 70s, 90s, 20th century, 2000s, year 1974
Place: argentina, latin america, south america, buenos aires argentina, harvard university
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 8.4
 358K
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, touching, feel good, semi serious ...
Plot: rebelliousness, friends, journey, student life, bollywood, student, college, talented, teachers and students, buddies, motivation, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
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I Killed My Mother (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Hubert, a brash 17-year-old, is confused and torn by a love-hate relationship with his mother that consumes him more and more each day. After distressing ordeals and tragic episodes, Hubert will find his mother on the banks of Saint Lawrence river, ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: gay, homosexuality, gay relationship, gay son, gay teenager, lgbt, youth, single parent, single mother, family problems, family relations, gender ...
Place: france, europe
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