#1 Inglourious Basterds 2009
Once upon a time in Nazi occupied France...
Director: Quentin Tarantino. Cast: Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Diane Kruger, Mike Myers, Michael Fassbender, Samuel L. Jackson, Eli Roth, Til Schweiger, B.J. Novak, Gedeon Burkhard, Omar Doom, Samm Levine, Paul Rust, Michael Bacall.
Overview: 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. Aldo Raine soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Action, Thriller, War. Countries: Germany, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 33m. Rated: R.
#2 Up 2009
Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson. Cast: Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, Bob Peterson, Delroy Lindo, Josh Cooley, John Ratzenberger, David Kaye, Jeremy Leary, Elie Docter, Mickie McGowan, Danny Mann, Donald Fullilove, Jess Harnell, Jerome Ranft.
Overview: After a lifetime of dreaming of traveling the world, 78-year-old homebody Carl flies away on an unbelievable adventure with Russell, an 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer, unexpectedly in tow. Together, the unlikely pair embarks on a thrilling odyssey full of jungle beasts and rough terrain.
Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 36m. Rated: PG.
#3 3 Idiots 2009
Director: Rajkumar Hirani. Cast: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Mona Singh.
Overview: Two friends embark on a quest for a lost buddy. On this journey, they encounter a long forgotten bet, a wedding they must crash, and a funeral that goes out of control. As they make their way through the perilous landscape, another journey begins: their inner journey through memory lane and the story of their friend- the irrepressible free-thinker Rancho, who in his unique way, changed their lives
Genres: Comedy, Eastern, Foreign. Country: India. Runtime: 2h 50m. Rated: PG.
#4 The Secret in Their Eyes 2009
Director: Juan José Campanella. Cast: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Javier Godino, Guillermo Francella.
Overview: A man wants to solve a murder committed many years ago.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Foreign, Mystery, Romance. Countries: Argentina, Spain. Runtime: 2h 4m. Rated: R.
#5 Mary and Max 2009
Director: Adam Elliot. Cast: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries, Bethany Whitmore, Renée Geyer.
Overview: 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.In the mid-1970's, a homely, friendless Australian girl of 8 picks a name out of a Manhattan phone book and writes to him; she includes a chocolate bar. She's Mary Dinkle, the only child of an alcoholic mother and a distracted father. He's Max Horowitz, living alone in New York, overweight, subject to anxiety attacks. He writes back, with chocolate. Thus begins a 20-year correspondence, interrupted by a stay in an asylum and a few misunderstandings. Mary falls in love with a neighbor, saves money to have a birthmark removed and deals with loss. Max has a friendship with a neighbor, tries to control his weight, and finally gets the dream job. Will the two ever meet face to face?
Genres: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Foreign, Indie. Country: Australia. Runtime: 1h 20m. Rated: NR.
#6 District 9 2009
You are not welcome here.
Director: Neill Blomkamp. Cast: William Allen Young, Robert Hobbs, Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, Vanessa Haywood, Kenneth Nkosi, Nathalie Boltt, Sylvaine Strike, Elizabeth Mkandawie, John Sumner, Greg Melvill-Smith, Nick Blake, Morena Busa Sesatsa, Themba Nkosi, Mzwandile Nqoba.
Overview: Aliens land in South Africa and 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 (MNU). The movie follows an MNU employee tasked with leading the relocation and his relationship with one of the alien leaders.
Genres: Action, Thriller, Science Fiction, Foreign. Countries: New Zealand, United States of America, Canada, South Africa. Runtime: 1h 52m. Rated: R.
#7 Avatar 2009
Enter the World of Pandora.
Director: James Cameron. Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, Joel David Moore, Giovanni Ribisi, Michelle Rodriguez, Dileep Rao, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi, CCH Pounder, Matt Gerald, Sean Anthony Moran, Jason Whyte, Scott Lawrence.
Overview: 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.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction. Countries: United States of America, United Kingdom. Runtime: 2h 42m. Rated: PG-13.
#8 Star Trek 2009
The future begins.
Director: J.J. Abrams. Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Leonard Nimoy, Winona Ryder, Ben Cross, Greg Ellis, Chris Hemsworth, Jennifer Morrison.
Overview: 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 reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before. The human adventure has begun again.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction. Countries: Germany, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 7m. Rated: PG-13.
#9 Hachi: A Dog's Tale 2009
Director: Lasse Hallström. Cast: Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Jason Alexander, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.
Overview: A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.
Genres: Drama, Family. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 33m. Rated: G.
#10 A Prophet 2009
Director: Jacques Audiard. Cast: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Hichem Yacoubi, Reda Kateb, Jean-Philippe Ricci, Gilles Cohen, Antoine Basler.
Overview: 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 a group of Corsicans who enforce their rule in the prison. As the 'missions' go by, he toughens himself and wins the confidence of the Corsican group.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Foreign, Thriller. Countries: France, Italy. Runtime: 2h 35m. Rated: R.
#11 Moon 2009
The last place you'd ever expect to find yourself.
Director: Duncan Jones. Cast: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw, Adrienne Shaw, Kaya Scodelario, Benedict Wong, Matthew Berry, Malcolm Stewart, Robin Chalk.
Overview: 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. The long period of time alone however has resulted in him talking to himself for the most part, or to his plants. Direct communication with Earth is not possible due to a long-standing communication malfunction but he does get an occasional message from his wife Tess. When he has an accident however, he wakens to find that he is not alone. He also comes to realize that his world is not what he thought it was.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 37m. Rated: R.
#12 (500) Days of Summer 2009
Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn't.
Director: Marc Webb. Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Chloe Moretz, Geoffrey Arend, Matthew Gray Gubler, Clark Gregg, Rachel Boston, Minka Kelly.
Overview: In this quirky romantic comedy about love and fate, a young greeting card writer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is hopelessly, helplessly searching for the girl of his dreams...and his new co-worker, Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), may just be “the one.” But the 500 days of their offbeat relationship reveal (in no particular order) that the road to happiness can be unpredictable, uncontrollable—and unbelievably funny!
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Indie, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 35m. Rated: PG-13.
#13 Dev.D 2009
Get Ready for Emotional Atyachar
Director: Anurag Kashyap. Cast: Abhay Deol, Mahie Gill, Kalki Koechlin, Parakh Madan, Kuldeep Singh, Gurkirtan, Sanjay Kumar, Aseem Sharma, Satwant Kaur, Shena Gamat.
Overview: Dev who, after spurning Paro's love due to a misunderstanding, turns to drugs and vodka for solace. Paro moves on but Dev still is in remorse. He meets Chanda, a prostitute with problems of her own. Dev likes her but his penchant for self-destruction prevents him and Chanda from truly getting together. He also meets sleazy people like Chunni, Chanda's pimp who drags Dev further into self-destruction to further his own needs.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance. Country: India. Runtime: 2h 24m.
#14 Mother 2009
She'll stop at nothing.
Director: Joon-ho Bong. Cast: Hye-ja Kim, Bin Won, Ku Jin, Mi-sun Jun, Young-Suck Lee, Sae-Beauk Song, Je-mun Yun.
Overview: A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it's his mother's call whether to prove him innocent or to leave him imprisoned.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Foreign, Mystery, Thriller. Country: Korea, Republic of. Runtime: 2h 8m.
#15 The Hangover 2009
Some guys just can't handle Vegas.
Director: Todd Phillips. Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Heather Graham, Sasha Barrese, Jeffrey Tambor, Rachael Harris, Ken Jeong, Mike Tyson, Mike Epps, Jernard Burks, Rob Riggle, Cleo King, Bryan Callen.
Overview: A Las Vegas-set comedy centered around three groomsmen who lose their about-to-be-wed buddy during their drunken misadventures, then must retrace their steps in order to find him.
Genres: Comedy, Crime. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 40m. Rated: R.
#16 Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009
Dig the life fantastic!
Director: Wes Anderson. Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wallace Wolodarsky, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe.
Overview: 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.
Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 27m. Rated: PG.
#17 The Breath 2009
Director: Levent Semerci. Cast: Birce Akalay, Ibrahim Akoz, Serkan Altintas, Okan Avci, Ertunc Atar, Baris Aydin, Baris Bagci, Engin Baykal, Muharrem Bayrak, Cem Bilgin, Ekin Bulut, Hakan Bulut, Tahsin Omer Cetin, Cuneyt Deniz, Utku Duman.
Overview: A major who had just lost two people in his command in a combat with PKK militants arrives at the station and takes charge. He finds it very difficult to step out of the state of depression due to his recent loss and so intimidates his soldiers into bettering themselves to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again. During his stay there, he came across a PKK militant called the ‘Doctor’.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War. Country: Turkey. Runtime: 2h 8m.
#18 The White Ribbon 2009
Director: Michael Haneke. Cast: Christian Friedel, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur, Fion Mutert, Levin Henning, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Leonard Proxauf, Thibault Sérié, Johanna Busse, Ursina Lardi.
Overview: Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Foreign, Mystery. Countries: Austria, Germany, France, Italy. Runtime: 2h 24m.
#19 Mr. Nobody 2009
Nothing is real, everything is possible.
Director: Jaco Van Dormael. Cast: Jared Leto, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham, Toby Regbo, Clare Stone, Sarah Polley, Rhys Ifans, Natasha Little, Juno Temple, Daniel Mays.
Overview: Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence with his wife and 3 children; one day, he wakes up as a mortal centenarian in the year 2092.
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance. Countries: Belgium, Canada, Germany, France. Runtime: 2h 21m. Rated: NR.
#20 Coraline 2009
Be careful what you wish for.
Director: Henry Selick. Cast: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith David, John Hodgman.
Overview: Coraline is a 2009 stop-motion 3D fantasy children's film based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel of the same name. It was produced by Laika and distributed by Focus Features. Written and directed by Henry Selick, it was released widely in US theaters on February 6, 2009, after a world premiere at the Portland International Film Festival.The film made $16.85 million during opening weekend, ranking third at the box office. As of September 2009, the film has grossed over $120 million worldwide. Coraline won the Annie Awards for best music, character design, and production design and received an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination for Best Animated Feature.An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Animation, Action, Thriller, Science Fiction, Family. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 41m. Rated: PG.
#21 Zombieland 2009
This place is so dead
Director: Ruben Fleischer. Cast: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Bill Murray, Amber Heard, Derek Graf.
Overview: Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) 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 stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other.
Genres: Comedy, Horror, Action, Adventure. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 28m. Rated: R.
#22 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2010
Director: Niels Arden Oplev. Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Sven-Bertil Taube, Peter Andersson, Peter Haber, Marika Lagercrantz, Lena Endre, Gösta Bredefeldt, Björn Granath, Ewa Fröling, Stefan Sauk, Gunnel Lindblom, Willie Andréason, Tomas Köhler, Ingvar Hirdwall.
Overview: Swedish thriller based on Stieg Larsson's novel about a male journalist and a young female hacker. In the opening of the movie, Mikael Blomkvist, a middle-aged publisher for the magazine Millennium, loses a libel case brought by corrupt Swedish industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerström. Nevertheless, he is hired by Henrik Vanger in order to solve a cold case, the disappearance of Vanger's niece
Genres: Foreign, Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Drama. Countries: Germany, Denmark, Sweden. Runtime: 2h 32m. Rated: R.
#23 Cell 211 2009
Director: Daniel Monzón. Cast: Luis Tosar, Alberto Ammann, Antonio Resines, Carlos Bardem, Félix Cubero, Marta Etura, Luis Zahera, Fernando Soto, Vicente Romero, Patxi Bisquert, Manolo Solo, Josean Bengoetxea, Anartz Zuazua.
Overview: The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.
Genres: Action, Thriller, Foreign. Countries: Spain, France. Runtime: 1h 50m.
#24 Up in the Air 2009
The story of a man ready to make a connection.
Director: Jason Reitman. Cast: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Melanie Lynskey, Sam Elliott, Amy Morton, J.K. Simmons, Danny McBride, Zach Galifianakis, Chirs Lowell, Steve Eastin, Adrienne Lamping, Tamala Jones.
Overview: 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 Ryan is about to reach his life-long goal of the ten million mile frequent flyer mark some major changes come his way. Changes that threaten to crack the cold heartless exterior that is Ryan Bingham.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 49m. Rated: R.
#25 Watchmen 2009
Justice is coming to all of us. No matter what we do.
Director: Zack Snyder. Cast: Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Carla Gugino, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Matt Frewer, Stephen McHattie, Laura Mennell, Rob LaBelle, Gary Houston, James M. Connor, Mary Ann Burger, John Shaw.
Overview: 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 heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so uncover a sinister plot that puts all of humanity in grave danger.
Genres: Action, Mystery, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 42m. Rated: R.
#26 The Blind Side 2009
Based on the extraordinary true story
Director: John Lee Hancock. Cast: Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron, Kathy Bates, Tim McGraw, Jae Head, Lily Collins, Ray McKinnon, Kim Dickens, Adriane Lenox, Catherine Dyer, Sharon Morris.
Overview: 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, Leigh Anne and Sean, Michael embarks on a remarkable rise to play for the NFL.
Genres: Sports Film, Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 8m. Rated: PG-13.
#27 Sin Nombre 2009
The greatest sin of all is risking nothing.
Director: Cary Fukunaga. Cast: Paulina Gaitán, Edgar Flores, Kristian Ferrer, Tenoch Huerta, Diana García, Luis Fernando Peña, Héctor Jiménez.
Overview: Set on the border, where Mexico becomes the crucible and the fearsome gangs of today’s Mexican countryside, the gauntlet, to freedom. The stories of a girl living in Honduras and hungering for a brighter future, and two teen gang members, for whom the Mara Salvatrucha is near their entire universe, become interlaced on the train to the border, a journey that will determine the future of their lives
Genres: Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime. Country: Mexico. Runtime: 1h 36m. Rated: R.
#28 A Single Man 2009
Director: Tom Ford. Cast: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Goode, Paulette Lamori, Ryan Simpkins, Ginnifer Goodwin, Teddy Sears, Paul Butler, Aaron Sanders, Keri Lynn Pratt, Elisabeth Harnois, Lee Pace, Jon Kortajarena.
Overview: Adapted from a 1964 novel of the same name, the film follows a day in the life of George Falconer (Colin Firth), a British college professor reeling with the recent and sudden loss of his longtime parter. This traumatic event makes George challenge his own will to live as he seeks the console of close friend Charley (Juliane Moore) who is struggling with her own questions about life.
Genres: Drama, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 41m. Rated: R.
#29 Red Cliff Part II 2009
Destiny Lies In The Wind
Director: John Woo. Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Fengyi, Chang Chen, Zhao Wei, Hu Jun, Song Jia, Shidou Nakamura, Lin Chiling, Tong Dawei, Hou Yong, You Yong, Ba Sen Zha Bu, Zang Jinsheng, Zhang Shan.
Overview: The battle of Red Cliff continues and the alliance between Xu and East Wu is fracturing. With Cao Cao's massive forces on their doorstep, will the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu survive?
Genres: Action, Drama, History, War. Country: China. Runtime: 2h 16m. Rated: R.
#30 In the Loop 2009
The fate of the world is on the line.
Director: Armando Iannucci. Cast: Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, James Gandolfini, Chris Addison, Anna Chlumsky, Enzo Cilenti, Paul Higgins, Mimi Kennedy.
Overview: The US President and the UK Prime Minister are looking to launch a war in the Middle East. The plot follows government officials and advisers in their behind-the-scenes efforts either to promote the war or prevent it. Spinal Tap meets Strangelove. A satirical demolition of Whitehall and Washington: politically astute, hilarious and terrifyingly real.
Genres: Comedy, Foreign, Indie. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 46m.
#31 The Concert 2010
An Uplifting Comedy About a True Band of Misfits.
Director: Radu Mihaileanu. Cast: Mélanie Laurent, Dmitri Nazarov, François Berléand, Miou-Miou, Lionel Abelanski, Valeriy Barinov.
Overview: A former world-famous conductor of the Bolshoï orchestra, known as "The Maëstro", Andreï Filipov had seen his career publicly broken by Leonid Brezhnev for hiring Jewish musicians and now works cleaning the concert hall where he once directed. One day, he intercepts an official invitation from the prestigious Théâtre du Châtelet. Through a series of mad antics, he reunites his old orchestra, now composed of old alcoholic musicians, and flies to perform in Paris and complete the Tchaikovsky concerto interrupted 30 years earlier. For the concerto, he engages a young violin soloist with whom he has an unexpected connection.
Genres: Drama, Comedy, Music, Foreign. Countries: Belgium, France, Italy, Romania. Runtime: 1h 59m.
#32 The Secret of Kells 2009
Directors: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey. Cast: Evan McGuire, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Hourican, Mick Lally, Michael McGrath, Christen Mooney, Paul Tylack, Paul Young.
Overview: Adventure awaits 12 year old Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells. In order to finish Brother Aiden's book, Brendan must overcome his deepest fears on a secret quest that will take him beyond the abbey walls and into the enchanted forest where dangerous mythical creatures hide. Will Brendan succeed in his quest?
Genres: Animation, Science Fiction, Family, Foreign. Countries: Belgium, France, Ireland. Runtime: 1h 15m.
#33 The Damned United 2009
They love me for what I'm not... ...they hate me for what I am.
Director: Tom Hooper. Cast: Michael Sheen, Colm Meaney, Timothy Spall, Jim Broadbent, Giles Alderson, Maurice Roëves, Stephen Graham.
Overview: Taking over Leeds United, Brian Clough's abrasive approach and his clear dislike of the players' dirty style of play make it certain there is going to be friction. Glimpses of his earlier career help explain both his hostility to previous manager Don Revie and how much he is missing right-hand man Peter Taylor
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Sports Film. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 37m. Rated: R.
#34 Sherlock Holmes 2009
Nothing escapes him.
Director: Guy Ritchie. Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Rachel McAdams, Jude Law, Mark Strong, Kelly Reilly, William Hope, Eddie Marsan, Robert Maillet, Geraldine James, William Houston.
Overview: After finally catching serial killer and occult "sorcerer" Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. Contending with his partner's new fiancée and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the dauntless detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic - and the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller. Countries: Australia, United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 8m. Rated: PG-13.
#35 City Island 2009
Truth is stranger than family
Director: Raymond De Felitta. Cast: Andy Garcia, Alan Arkin, Curtiss Cook, Dominik García-Lorido, Emily Mortimer.
Overview: The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con (Strait) brought home by Vince (Garcia), the patriarch of the family, who is a corrections officer in real life, and a hopeful actor in private.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Indie, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 40m. Rated: PG-13.
#36 Fish Tank 2009
Director: Andrea Arnold. Cast: Katie Jarvis, Grant Wild, Sarah Bayes.
Overview: Everything changes for 15yr old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Indie. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 2h 3m.
#37 An Education 2009
Director: Lone Scherfig. Cast: Carey Mulligan, Olivia Williams, Alfred Molina, Cara Seymour, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike.
Overview: 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.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Romance. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 35m. Rated: PG-13.
#38 Pirate Radio 2009
On air. Off shore. Out of control.
Director: Richard Curtis. Cast: Tom Sturridge, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Nick Frost, Kenneth Branagh, January Jones, Gemma Arterton, Jack Davenport, Rhys Darby, Chris O'Dowd, Katherine Parkinson, Katie Lyons.
Overview: The Boat That Rocked is an ensemble comedy, where the romance is between the young people of the 60s, and pop music. It's about a band of DJs that captivate Britain, playing the music that defines a generation and standing up to a government that, incomprehensibly, prefers jazz.
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Foreign. Countries: Germany, United Kingdom. Runtime: 2h 9m.
#39 Precious 2009
Life is hard. Life is short. Life is painful. Life is rich. Life is....Precious.
Director: Lee Daniels. Cast: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Sherri Shepherd, Stephanie Andujar, Chyna Layne, Amina Robinson, Xosha Roquemore, Angelic Zambrana, Aunt Dot, Nealla Gordon, Grace Hightower, Barret Helms.
Overview: 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, an angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is chaotic and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and a secret..she can't read.
Genre: Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 50m. Rated: R.
#40 Invictus 2009
His people needed a leader. He gave them a champion.
Director: Clint Eastwood. Cast: Morgan Freeman, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern, Julian Lewis Jones, Adjoa Andoh, Marguerite Wheatley, Leleti Khumalo, Patrick Lyster, Matt Damon.
Overview: 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 team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.
Genres: Drama, History, Sports Film. Country: South Africa. Runtime: 2h 13m. Rated: PG-13.
#41 The Road 2009
In a moment the world changed forever.
Director: John Hillcoat. Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Molly Parker, Michael Kenneth Williams, Garret Dillahunt, Bob Jennings.
Overview: 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 warmer south, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there.
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 51m. Rated: R.
#42 Crazy Heart 2009
The harder the life, the sweeter the song.
Director: Scott Cooper. Cast: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell, Tom Bower.
Overview: 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 existence playing in the shadow of Tommy, the upstart kid he once mentored?
Genres: Drama, Indie, Music, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 52m. Rated: R.
#43 My Sister's Keeper 2009
Director: Nick Cassavetes. Cast: Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin, Abigail Breslin, Joan Cusack.
Overview: Sara and Brian live an idyllic life with their young son and daughter. But their family is rocked by sudden, heartbreaking news that forces them to make a difficult and unorthodox choice in order to save their baby girl's life. The parents' desperate decision raises both ethical and moral questions and rips away at the foundation of their relationship. Their actions ultimately set off a court case that threatens to tear the family apart, while revealing surprising truths that challenge everyone's perceptions of love and loyalty and give new meaning to the definition of healing.
Genre: Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 49m. Rated: PG-13.
#44 Black Dynamite 2009
He's super bad. He's outta sight. He's...
Director: Scott Sanders. Cast: Michael Jai White, Arsenio Hall, Tommy Davidson, Kevin Chapman, Richard Edson, Bokeem Woodbine, Buddy Lewis, Salli Richardson-Whitfield.
Overview: This is the story of 1970s African-American action legend Black Dynamite. The Man killed his brother, pumped heroin into local orphanages, and flooded the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor. Black Dynamite was the one hero willing to fight The Man all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House...
Genres: Action, Comedy. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 30m. Rated: R.
#45 Harry Brown 2009
Every man has a breaking point.
Director: Daniel Barber. Cast: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Iain Glen, Lee Oakes, Liam Cunningham, Sean Harris, Charlie Creed-Miles, David Bradley, Ben Drew, Jack O'Connell, Jamie Downey, Liz Daniels, Raza Jaffrey, Joseph Gilgun, Claire Hackett.
Overview: An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice.
Genres: Thriller, Crime, Drama, Action. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 43m. Rated: R.
#46 The Messenger 2009
The Scars of War Will Last Forever
Director: Oren Moverman. Cast: Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Eamonn Walker, Samantha Morton, Steve Buscemi, Dale Soules, Stevie Ray Dallimore, Michael Chernus, Marceline Hugot, Lindsay Michelle Nader, Gaius Charles, Brendan Sexton III, Peter Francis James, Halley Feiffer.
Overview: Will Montgomery (Ben Foster), a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant who has returned home from Iraq, is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. Montgomery is partnered with Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson), to give notice to the families of fallen soldiers. The Sergeant is drawn to Olivia Pitterson (Samantha Morton), to whom he has delivered news of her husband’s death.
Genre: Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 53m. Rated: R.
#47 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009
Dark Secrets Revealed
Director: David Yates. Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Elarica Gallacher, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Matthew Lewis.
Overview: The sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry kicks off with a bang for young Harry Potter when he inadvertently discovers a mysterious book that sheds light on the sordid life of the evil Lord Voldemort. Preparing for inevitable battle, Harry and Dumbledore turn to professor Horace Slughorn for help in pinpointing the weakness in Voldemort's forces.
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Action, Science Fiction, Family, Foreign. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 33m. Rated: PG.
#48 State of Play 2009
Director: Kevin Macdonald. Cast: Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright, Jason Bateman, Jeff Daniels, Michael Berresse, Harry Lennix, Josh Mostel, Michael Weston, Barry Shabaka Henley, Viola Davis, David Harbour, Sarah Lord.
Overview: Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party's contender for the upcoming presidential race. Until his research assistant/mistress is brutally murdered and buried secrets come tumbling out.
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 7m. Rated: PG-13.
#49 Soul Kitchen 2009
Director: Fatih Akin. Cast: Adam Bousdoukos, Birol Ünel, Moritz Bleibtreu, Anna Bederke, Pheline Roggan, Dorka Gryllus, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Lucas Gregorowicz, Demir Gökgöl, Cem Akin, Marc Hosemann, Catrin Striebeck, Uğur Yücel, Udo Kier, Monica Bleibtreu.
Overview: SOUL KITCHEN centers on a likable but hopelessly disorganized restauranteur, Zinos, whose cafe is second home to a motley crew of lovable eccentrics. When his girlfriend Nadine up and moves to Shanghai, a love-sick Zinos decides to fly after her, leaving his restaurant in the hands of his unreliable ex-con brother Illias. Both decisions turn out disastrous: Illias gambles away the restaurant to a shady real estate agent, and Zinos finds Nadine with a new lover. If the brothers can stop arguing and get it together, the Soul Kitchen might still have one last chance at staying in business. The mayhem that follows is a hilariously entertaining story of self-realization, set to an irresistibly soulful soundtrack.
Genres: Drama, Comedy. Countries: France, Germany, Italy. Runtime: 1h 39m. Rated: NR.
#50 Micmacs 2009
Non Stop Madness
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Cast: Dany Boon, Dominique Pinon, André Dussollier, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Julie Ferrier, Yolande Moreau, Michel Crémadès, Nicolas Marié, Omar Sy, Marie-Julie Baup.
Overview: A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers. Avid movie-watcher and video store clerk Bazil has had his life all but ruined by weapons of war. His father was killed by a landmine in Morocco and one fateful night a stray bullet from a nearby shootout embeds itself in his skull, leaving him on the verge of instantaneous death. Losing his job and his home, Bazil wanders the streets until he meets Slammer, a pardoned convict who introduces him to a band of eccentric junkyard dealers including Calculator, a math expert and statistician, Buster, a record-holder in human cannonball feats, Tiny Pete, an artistic craftsman of automatons, and Elastic Girl, a sassy contortionist. When chance reveals to Bazil the two weapons manufacturers responsible for building the instruments of his destruction, he constructs a complex scheme for revenge that his newfound family is all too happy to help set in motion.
Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime. Country: France. Runtime: 1h 40m. Rated: R.
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