The Films – Including the Top 10 – of 2009

The is part of my continuing project to collect and publish all of my older film lists in one place. Check out the End-of-Year Lists menu at the top of the screen. There you can find links to all the lists I have published so far. I’ll continue adding more as I find them. Stay tuned!

Side note: I also wrote up a ‘quick-bites’ style review of 2009 as a whole, without any rankings or ratings. Check it out over here.


After the Top 10, films are listed alphabetically using a 5-Star rating scale:
1 Star = Bad; 2 Stars = Fair; 3 Stars = Good; 4 Stars = Excellent; 5 Stars = Outstanding.
* Best Picture Nominee

Top 10 (5 Stars)
1. Food, Inc.
2. Where the Wild Things Are
3. (500) Days of Summer
4. Up In The Air *
5. In The Loop
6. The Hurt Locker *
7. Away We Go
8. Paper Heart
9. Crazy Heart
10. (tie) Coraline
10. (tie) Up *

4 1/2 Stars
The Cove
District 9 *
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Informant!
Mia and the Migoo
Precious *
A Serious Man *
Sherlock Holmes
A Single Man

4 Stars
An Education *
Drag Me To Hell
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
The Men Who Stare At Goats
Public Enemies
Star Trek
Whatever Works
Youth In Revolt

3 1/2 Stars
Avatar *
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
Inglourious Basterds *
Julie & Julia

3 Stars
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Road

2 1/2 Stars
Funny People
The Hangover
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

2 Stars
Angels & Demons
Terminator Salvation

1 Star
G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra
X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Zero Stars
Year One


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