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1. Burrowing (2009)

76 min | Drama

An eleven-year-old boy observes his neighborhood as its surface orderliness rots away.

Directors: Henrik Hellström, Fredrik Wenzel | Stars: Sebastian Eklund, Jörgen Svensson, Hannes Sandahl, Marek Kostrzewski

Votes: 694

2. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

69 Metascore

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,162,297 | Gross: $120.54M

3. Nothing Personal (I) (2009)

85 min | Drama

71 Metascore

Alone in her empty flat, from her window Anne observes the people passing by who nervously snatch up the personal belongings and pieces of furniture she has put out on the pavement. Her ... See full summary »

Director: Urszula Antoniak | Stars: Lotte Verbeek, Stephen Rea, Tom Charlfa, Ann Marie Horan

Votes: 4,366

4. Everyone Else (2009)

Unrated | 119 min | Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

While on a Mediterranean vacation, a seemingly happy boyfriend and girlfriend find their connection to one another tested as they bond with another couple.

Director: Maren Ade | Stars: Lars Eidinger, Birgit Minichmayr, Hans-Jochen Wagner, Nicole Marischka

Votes: 3,227 | Gross: $0.10M

5. Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

71 Metascore

Yearning for escape and adventure, a young boy runs away from home and sails to an island filled with creatures that take him in as their king.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Max Records, Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker, Pepita Emmerichs

Votes: 97,431 | Gross: $77.23M

6. Enter the Void (2009)

Not Rated | 161 min | Drama, Fantasy

69 Metascore

A French drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy, Olly Alexander

Votes: 63,519 | Gross: $0.34M

7. Antichrist (2009)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Horror

49 Metascore

A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage, but nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

Votes: 109,123 | Gross: $0.40M

8. Dogtooth (2009)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Angeliki Papoulia, Hristos Passalis

Votes: 71,829 | Gross: $0.11M

9. Lourdes (2009)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

71 Metascore

In order to escape her isolation, wheelchair-bound Christine makes a life changing journey to Lourdes, the iconic site of pilgrimage in the Pyrenees Mountains.

Director: Jessica Hausner | Stars: Sylvie Testud, Léa Seydoux, Bruno Todeschini, Elina Löwensohn

Votes: 2,936 | Gross: $0.01M

10. White Material (2009)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, War

81 Metascore

Amidst turmoil and racial conflict in a Francophone African state, a white French woman fights for her coffee crop, her family and ultimately for her life.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert, Isaach De Bankolé, Nicolas Duvauchelle

Votes: 6,278 | Gross: $0.30M

11. A Prophet (2009)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb

Votes: 89,187 | Gross: $2.08M

12. The White Ribbon (2009)

R | 144 min | Drama, History, Mystery

82 Metascore

Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible?

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 64,038 | Gross: $2.22M

13. Coraline (2009)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

80 Metascore

An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Jennifer Saunders

Votes: 182,467 | Gross: $75.29M

14. Fish Tank (2009)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama

81 Metascore

Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Rebecca Griffiths

Votes: 55,727 | Gross: $0.37M

15. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

84 Metascore

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

Votes: 45,761 | Gross: $0.87M

16. Hadewijch (2009)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

83 Metascore

The aspirant nun Céline van Hadewijch is invited to leave the convent where she studies and she returns to the house of her parents in Paris. Céline meets her outcast Muslim teenage friend ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Dumont | Stars: Julie Sokolowski, Karl Sarafidis, Yassine Salime, David Dewaele

Votes: 1,673 | Gross: $0.00M

17. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama

69 Metascore

Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Russell M. Haeuser, Val Kilmer

Votes: 71,713 | Gross: $1.70M

18. Star Trek (2009)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Leonard Nimoy

Votes: 561,526 | Gross: $257.73M

19. Mother (2009)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Hye-ja Kim, Won Bin, Goo Jin, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 40,005 | Gross: $0.55M

20. The Ape (2009)

81 min | Drama, Thriller

A descent into hell, Jesper Ganslandt's disturbing and suspenseful second feature begins with a man waking up in unfamiliar surroundings, only to find the life he knew the day before is gone.

Director: Jesper Ganslandt | Stars: Olle Sarri, Eva Rexed, Françoise Joyce, Sean Pietrulewicz

Votes: 1,323

21. North (2009)

79 min | Comedy, Drama

NORTH Following a nervous breakdown, ski athlete Jomar has isolated himself in a lonely existence as the guard of a ski park. When he learns that he might be the father of a child way up ... See full summary »

Director: Rune Denstad Langlo | Stars: Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Kyrre Hellum, Marte Aunemo, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen

Votes: 2,919

22. Letters to Father Jacob (2009)

74 min | Drama

65 Metascore

With few options, newly pardoned convict Leila agrees to work as an assistant to a blind pastor. Father Jacob spends his days answering the letters of the needy, which Leila finds pointless... See full summary »

Director: Klaus Härö | Stars: Kaarina Hazard, Heikki Nousiainen, Jukka Keinonen, Esko Roine

Votes: 2,083

23. The Red Chapel (2009)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Comedy

58 Metascore

Two Danish comedians join the director on a trip to North Korea, where they have been allowed access under the pretext of wanting to perform a vaudeville act.

Director: Mads Brügger | Stars: Mads Brügger, Simon Jul Jørgensen, Jacob Nossell

Votes: 1,692 | Gross: $0.01M

24. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman

Votes: 181,304 | Gross: $21.00M

25. Mary and Max (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.

Director: Adam Elliot | Stars: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries

Votes: 154,256

26. Eastern Plays (2009)

83 min | Drama

Through Georgi (a juvenile) and Itso (an adult), we take a quick glance (about one and a half hour quick) at what happens in post cold-war Bulgaria.

Director: Kamen Kalev | Stars: Christo Christov, Ovanes Torosian, Saadet Aksoy, Nikolina Iancheva

Votes: 2,672

27. Tetsuo: The Bullet Man (2009)

Not Rated | 71 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Losing his son Tom in a hit and run triggers violent emotions in Anthony, whose body begins to transform. When the driver who killed Tom reappears, Anthony mutates into a mass of metal - a human weapon fuelled by an uncontrollable rage.

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto | Stars: Eric Bossick, Akiko Monô, Yûko Nakamura, Stephen Sarrazin

Votes: 1,583

28. Mammoth (2009)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

While on a trip to Thailand, a successful American businessman tries to radically change his life. Back in New York, his wife and daughter find their relationship with their live-in Filipino maid changing around them. At the same time, in the Philippines, the maid's family struggles to deal with her absence.

Director: Lukas Moodysson | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Michelle Williams, Marife Necesito, Sophie Nyweide

Votes: 9,367 | Gross: $0.01M

29. Thirst (2009)

R | 135 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

73 Metascore

Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ok-bin Kim, Hee-jin Choi, Dong-soo Seo

Votes: 39,099 | Gross: $0.30M

30. Oceans (2009)

G | 84 min | Documentary, Drama

75 Metascore

An ecological drama/documentary, filmed throughout the globe. Part thriller, part meditation on the vanishing wonders of the sub-aquatic world.

Directors: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Jacques Perrin, Matthias Brandt

Votes: 8,715 | Gross: $19.42M

31. The Road (I) (2009)

R | 111 min | Drama

64 Metascore

In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall

Votes: 211,457 | Gross: $0.06M

32. Symbol (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery

A man wakes up in a white room empty other than buttons on the walls, he must find out which button to push to get what he wants.

Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto | Stars: Hitoshi Matsumoto, David Quintero, Luis Accinelli, Lilian Tapia

Votes: 3,128

33. Moon (2009)

R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw

Votes: 317,455 | Gross: $5.01M

34. Valhalla Rising (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

61 Metascore

Forced for some time to be a fighting slave, a pagan warrior escapes his captors with a boy and joins a group of Crusaders on their quest to the Holy Land.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Maarten Stevenson, Alexander Morton, Stewart Porter

Votes: 53,047 | Gross: $0.02M

35. Police, Adjective (2009)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

A police officer refuses to arrest a young man for offering drugs to his friends.

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu | Stars: Dragos Bucur, Vlad Ivanov, Ion Stoica, Irina Saulescu

Votes: 4,514 | Gross: $0.05M

36. Watchmen (2009)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

56 Metascore

In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman

Votes: 469,080 | Gross: $107.51M

37. Harry Brown (2009)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice.

Director: Daniel Barber | Stars: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, David Bradley, Charlie Creed-Miles

Votes: 81,572 | Gross: $1.82M

38. The Door (2009)

103 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A successful artist loses control of his life after his young daughter's death. A chance for a new start appears, but all is not what it seems.

Director: Anno Saul | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Jessica Schwarz, Valeria Eisenbart, Thomas Thieme

Votes: 4,780

39. The Bone Man (2009)

117 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Private Investigator Brenner is handling a case at the grill-station "Löschenkohl". There he finds - besides some chicken - also other meat...that doesn't belong in a good meal.

Director: Wolfgang Murnberger | Stars: Josef Hader, Josef Bierbichler, Birgit Minichmayr, Christoph Luser

Votes: 4,323

40. Polytechnique (2009)

Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, History

63 Metascore

A dramatization of the Montreal Massacre of 1989 where several female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Maxim Gaudette, Sébastien Huberdeau, Karine Vanasse, Martin Watier

Votes: 11,165

41. Vincere (2009)

Unrated | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

The story of Mussolini's secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino.

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Fausto Russo Alesi, Michela Cescon

Votes: 5,033 | Gross: $0.62M

42. A Serious Man (2009)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Fred Melamed

Votes: 124,430 | Gross: $9.19M

43. The Temptation of St. Tony (2009)

114 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A mid-level manager who develops an aversion to being "good" finds himself confronting the mysteries of middle-age and morality as he loses grasp of what was once his quiet life.

Director: Veiko Õunpuu | Stars: Taavi Eelmaa, Ravshana Kurkova, Tiina Tauraite, Sten Ljunggren

Votes: 1,141 | Gross: $0.00M

44. Amer (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

72 Metascore

As a young girl Ana was a rebellious child. She was also tormented by images of death and a shadowy, ominous figure in black. Now an adult, she is once again tormented by shadowy, other-worldly forms.

Directors: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani | Stars: Cassandra Forêt, Charlotte Eugène Guibeaud, Marie Bos, Biancamaria D'Amato

Votes: 5,326

45. Trash Humpers (2009)

Not Rated | 78 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

33 Metascore

Follows the lives of a small group of sociopathic elderly people in Nashville, Tennessee.

Director: Harmony Korine | Stars: Rachel Korine, Brian Kotzur, Travis Nicholson, Harmony Korine

Votes: 4,021

46. Brüno (2009)

R | 81 min | Comedy

54 Metascore

Flamboyant and gay Austrian Brüno looks for new fame in America.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten, Clifford Bañagale, Chibundu Orukwowu

Votes: 135,969 | Gross: $60.05M

47. All Tomorrow's Parties (2009)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, Music

A kaleidoscopic journey into the parallel musical universe of cult music festival All Tomorrow's Parties.

Director: Jonathan Caouette | Stars: Battles, Belle & Sebastian, Grinderman, Dirty Three

Votes: 602

48. Tales from the Golden Age (2009)

Not Rated | 155 min | Comedy, History

68 Metascore

Several urban legends of Communist Romania are dramatized.

Directors: Hanno Höfer, Razvan Marculescu, Cristian Mungiu, Constantin Popescu, Ioana Uricaru | Stars: Diana Cavallioti, Radu Iacoban, Vlad Ivanov, Tania Popa

Votes: 4,654

49. Nymph (2009)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Fantasy