My favorite films: 2009

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1. $9.99 (2008)

R | 78 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

68 Metascore

A stop-motion animated story about people living in a Sydney apartment complex looking for meaning in their lives.

Director: Tatia Rosenthal | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia, Samuel Johnson, Barry Otto

Votes: 3,065 | Gross: $0.05M

2. 17 Again (2009)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

48 Metascore

Mike O'Donnell is ungrateful for how his life turned out. He gets a chance to rewrite his life when he tried to save a janitor near a bridge and jumped after him into a time vortex.

Director: Burr Steers | Stars: Zac Efron, Matthew Perry, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon

Votes: 170,166 | Gross: $64.17M

3. 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: 124,359 | Gross: $9.19M

4. A Single Man (2009)

R | 99 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles.

Director: Tom Ford | Stars: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 100,873 | Gross: $9.17M

5. Adam (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

Adam, a lonely man with Asperger's Syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Beth.

Director: Max Mayer | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving

Votes: 32,791 | Gross: $2.28M

6. Adoration (2008)

R | 100 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

For his French-class assignment, a high school student weaves his family history in a news story involving terrorism, and goes on to invite an Internet audience in on the resulting controversy.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Devon Bostick, Rachel Blanchard, Louca Tassone, Kenneth Welsh

Votes: 3,021 | Gross: $0.29M

7. Adventureland (2009)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

In the summer of 1987, a college graduate takes a 'nowhere' job at his local amusement park, only to find it's the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world.

Director: Greg Mottola | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Kelsey Ledgin

Votes: 148,060 | Gross: $16.03M

8. Afterschool (2008)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Mystery

66 Metascore

An Internet-addicted prep-school student captures on video camera the drug overdose of two girls.

Director: Antonio Campos | Stars: Ezra Miller, Jeremy Allen White, Emory Cohen, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 3,964 | Gross: $0.00M

9. All About Steve (2009)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

17 Metascore

Convinced that a CCN cameraman is her true love, an eccentric crossword puzzler trails him as he travels all over the country, hoping to convince him that they belong together.

Director: Phil Traill | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Thomas Haden Church, Ken Jeong

Votes: 38,263 | Gross: $33.86M

10. American Violet (2008)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama

56 Metascore

A single mother struggles to clear her name after being wrongly accused and arrested for dealing drugs in an impoverished town in Texas.

Director: Tim Disney | Stars: Nicole Beharie, Will Patton, Alfre Woodard, Tim Blake Nelson

Votes: 2,307 | Gross: $0.55M

11. An Education (2009)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama

85 Metascore

A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.

Director: Lone Scherfig | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Olivia Williams

Votes: 124,280 | Gross: $12.57M

12. Angels & Demons (2009)

PG-13 | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

48 Metascore

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works with a nuclear physicist to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican during one of the significant events within the church.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 257,643 | Gross: $133.38M

13. 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: 109,053 | Gross: $0.40M

14. Away We Go (2009)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

A couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Allison Janney, Carmen Ejogo

Votes: 50,038 | Gross: $9.45M

15. Big Fan (2009)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

A hard-core New York Giants fan struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player.

Director: Robert Siegel | Stars: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Rapaport, Marcia Jean Kurtz

Votes: 8,662 | Gross: $0.23M

16. Bronson (2008)

R | 92 min | Action, Biography, Crime

71 Metascore

A young man who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter-ego, Charles Bronson.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Tom Hardy, Kelly Adams, Luing Andrews, Katy Barker

Votes: 112,433 | Gross: $0.10M

17. Brothers (I) (2009)

R | 105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

A young man comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, Sam Shepard

Votes: 105,080 | Gross: $28.50M

18. Chloe (2009)

R | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

48 Metascore

Suspecting her husband of infidelity, gynecologist Dr. Catherine Stewart hires an escort named Chloe in order to test his faithfulness. Soon, the relationships between all three intensify.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Max Thieriot

Votes: 65,841 | Gross: $3.07M

19. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

43 Metascore

Teenager Darren Shan meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a vampire. After a series of events, Darren must leave his normal life and go on the road with the Cirque du Freak and become a vampire.

Director: Paul Weitz | Stars: Chris Massoglia, John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, Josh Hutcherson

Votes: 41,472 | Gross: $14.05M

20. 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: 182,381 | Gross: $75.29M

21. Crazy Heart (2009)

R | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance

83 Metascore

A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him.

Director: Scott Cooper | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell, James Keane

Votes: 80,618 | Gross: $39.46M

22. Deadgirl (2008)

R | 101 min | Horror

36 Metascore

Two high school boys discover an imprisoned woman in an abandoned mental asylum who cannot die.

Directors: Marcel Sarmiento, Gadi Harel | Stars: Shiloh Fernandez, Noah Segan, Candice King, Eric Podnar

Votes: 17,855

23. The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)

R | 150 min | Action, Biography, Crime

76 Metascore

A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, Bruno Ganz

Votes: 33,988 | Gross: $0.48M

24. Drag Me to Hell (2009)

PG-13 | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

83 Metascore

A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Ruth Livier, Lorna Raver

Votes: 179,953 | Gross: $42.10M

25. Explicit Ills (2008)

R | 87 min | Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

A drama of four interconnecting stories revolving around love, drugs and poverty in Philadelphia.

Director: Mark Webber | Stars: Paul Dano, Rosario Dawson, Naomie Harris, Lou Taylor Pucci

Votes: 665 | Gross: $0.03M

26. Fanboys (2009)

PG-13 | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

45 Metascore

Star Wars fanatics take a cross-country trip to George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch so their dying friend can see a screening of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) before its release.

Director: Kyle Newman | Stars: Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel, Kristen Bell, Sam Huntington

Votes: 54,712 | Gross: $0.69M

27. 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: 181,164 | Gross: $21.00M

28. Funny People (2009)

R | 146 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship causes him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.

Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana

Votes: 110,335 | Gross: $51.86M

29. Gardens of the Night (2008)

R | 110 min | Drama

43 Metascore

After being abducted as children, and suffering years of abuse, a teenage boy and girl find themselves living on the street.

Director: Damian Harris | Stars: Gillian Jacobs, John Malkovich, Ryan Simpkins, Tom Arnold

Votes: 4,076

Special director's edition

30. Good Hair (2009)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Comedy

72 Metascore

Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles.

Director: Jeff Stilson | Stars: Chris Rock, Maya Angelou, Al Sharpton, Tanya Crumel

Votes: 5,292 | Gross: $4.16M

31. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

PG | 153 min | Action, Adventure, Family

78 Metascore

As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon

Votes: 430,337 | Gross: $301.96M

32. Hit and Run (2009 Video)

R | 84 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

Mary Murdock, a college student, thinks she's hit and killed a cat with her car driving home drunk from a party. She is horrified beyond words when she gets home and discovers a man's ... See full summary »

Director: Enda McCallion | Stars: Laura Breckenridge, Kevin Corrigan, Christopher Shand, Megan Anderson

Votes: 3,846

Unrated version

33. Humpday (2009)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

Two guys take their bromance to another level when they participate in an art film project.

Director: Lynn Shelton | Stars: Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, Alycia Delmore, Lynn Shelton

Votes: 5,202 | Gross: $0.41M

34. Il Divo (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama

81 Metascore

The story of Italian politician Giulio Andreotti, who has served as Prime Minister of Italy seven times since the restoration of democracy in 1946.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Giulio Bosetti, Flavio Bucci

Votes: 14,763 | Gross: $0.24M

35. In the Electric Mist (2009)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A detective in post-Katrina New Orleans has a series of surreal encounters with a troop of friendly Confederate soldiers while investigating serial killings of local prostitutes, a 1965 lynching, and corrupt local businessmen.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman, Peter Sarsgaard, Mary Steenburgen

Votes: 15,604

36. In the Loop (2009)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy

83 Metascore

A political satire about a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempting to prevent a war between two countries.

Director: Armando Iannucci | Stars: Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Harry Hadden-Paton

Votes: 51,934 | Gross: $2.38M

37. 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: 1,161,299 | Gross: $120.54M

38. It's Complicated (2009)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

When attending their son's college graduation, a couple reignite the spark in their relationship. But the complicated fact is they're divorced and he's remarried.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski

Votes: 82,165 | Gross: $112.74M

39. Jennifer's Body (2009)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Horror

47 Metascore

A newly possessed high school cheerleader turns into a succubus who specializes in killing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?

Director: Karyn Kusama | Stars: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody, Johnny Simmons

Votes: 108,514 | Gross: $16.20M

Extended director's cut

40. Julie & Julia (2009)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book.

Director: Nora Ephron | Stars: Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Chris Messina, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 98,580 | Gross: $94.13M

41. Just Peck (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Family

When Michael Peck's overbearing parents force him to compete in the science fair, he thinks he can shock everyone. Instead, Peck finds that teen angst might be cliché, but it still sucks.

Director: Michael A. Nickles | Stars: Keir Gilchrist, Marcia Cross, Adam Arkin, Camryn Manheim

Votes: 850

42. Knowing (2009)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

41 Metascore

M.I.T. professor John Koestler links a mysterious list of numbers from a time capsule to past and future disasters and sets out to prevent the ultimate catastrophe.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne, Lara Robinson

Votes: 211,505 | Gross: $79.96M

43. The Beautiful Person (2008)

Unrated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

Sixteen-year old Junie changes high school mid-year, following the death of her mother. She finds herself in the same class as her cousin Mathias, who introduces her to his friends. All the... See full summary »

Director: Christophe Honoré | Stars: Louis Garrel, Léa Seydoux, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Esteban Carvajal-Alegria

Votes: 5,984

44. The Girl from Monaco (2008)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

52 Metascore

Bertrand Beauvois, a well-known attorney, is in Monte Carlo to defend a businessman's mother who murdered a gigolo with ties to gangsters. The businessman provides a bodyguard, Christophe, ... See full summary »

Director: Anne Fontaine | Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Roschdy Zem, Stéphane Audran, Gilles Cohen

Votes: 1,896 | Gross: $0.60M

45. Laid to Rest (2009)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

A young girl wakes up in a casket with a head injury and no memory of her identity. She quickly realizes she was abducted by a serial killer and she must fight to survive.

Director: Robert Hall | Stars: Bobbi Sue Luther, Kevin Gage, Lena Headey, Sean Whalen

Votes: 7,389

Unrated director's cut

46. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

34 Metascore

A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney

Votes: 257,570 | Gross: $73.34M

Unrated director's cut

47. Love Happens (2009)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Romance

33 Metascore

A widower whose book about coping with loss turns him into a best-selling self-help guru, falls for the hotel florist where his seminar is given, only to learn that he hasn't yet truly confronted his wife's passing.

Director: Brandon Camp | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Aaron Eckhart, Dan Fogler, John Carroll Lynch

Votes: 29,327 | Gross: $22.93M

48. Lymelife (2008)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A family unit begins to bow under the pressure of a failing marriage.

Director: Derick Martini | Stars: Rory Culkin, Alec Baldwin, Jill Hennessy, Emma Roberts

Votes: 13,481 | Gross: $0.43M

49. Make