The films of 2009

Well another year of film has come to a close and I’ve sat and ranked out all the films I’ve seen in the calendar year that were released in at least 1 theater.  Looking back at some past lists, would I rank them differently?  Youbetcha, but the older lists are exactly what I felt at the time of the original posting on Myspace/Livejournal/etc.

This year was the first time I’ve actually had a decrease in the overall number of films seen, but still averaging over 2 films a week is a decent amount (which some might say is even excessive.)

So this is all open to debate.  Not sure why I ranked something so high or low, leave a comment.  Call me an idiot or give me praise, I don’t care.  This list has been set in stone for a couple days now and the only thing I have changed was my original bottom 15 ranking of Avatar.  Yes I hated the film, but I hated it because of the story, but the visual was amazing.  I’m sure a lot of the love it is receiving now will change once people see it on the small screen without all the glitz and glamour.  But I moved it higher on the list because it is such a visual masterpiece, which isn’t that what film is all about… “Show it don’t say it.”

So here is the list:

  1. (500) Days of Summer
  2. The Hurt Locker
  3. Inglorious Basterds
  4. Up
  5. The Hangover
  6. Moon
  7. Anvil! The Story of Anvil
  8. Zombieland
  9. Sin Nombre
  10. Disctrict 9
  11. Up in the Air
  12. Paranormal Activity
  13. The Messenger
  14. Crazy Heart
  15. Star Trek
  16. The Lovely Bones
  17. I Love You, Man
  18. Tyson
  19. A Serious Man
  20. The Informant!
  21. Grace
  22. Drag Me to Hell
  23. World’s Greatest Dad
  24. Julie and Julia
  25. Whatever Works
  26. Taken
  27. Precious
  28. The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans
  29. Monsters Vs. Aliens
  30. Black Dynamite
  31. Michael Jackson’s: This is It
  32. Friday the 13th
  33. Extract
  34. Coraline
  35. Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince
  36. Food, Inc.
  37. Sherlock Holmes
  38. Adventureland
  39. Brothers
  40. Fired Up
  41. Thirst
  42. The Proposal
  43. The Young Victoria
  44. Sugar
  45. Notorious
  46. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
  47. State of Play
  48. 17 Again
  49. The Slammin’ Salmon
  50. Fanboys
  51. Sunshine Cleaning
  52. Public Enemies
  53. Gigantic
  54. The Uninvited
  55. Management
  56. The Invention of Lying
  57. Shrink
  58. Duplicity
  59. Pirate Radio
  60. The Great Buck Howard
  61. I Love You, Beth Cooper
  62. The Haunting in Connecticut
  63. Dance Flick
  64. The Marc Pease Experience
  65. Miss March
  66. Where The Wild Things Are
  67. The Road
  68. Hotel for Dogs
  69. Race to Witch Mountain
  70. He’s Just Not That Into You
  71. G-Force
  72. Humpday
  73. Obsessed
  74. Knowing
  75. Funny People
  76. Avatar
  77. Bruno
  78. The Brothers Bloom
  79. The Canyon
  80. Skills Like This
  81. Observe and Report
  82. Terminator Salvation
  83. Jennifer’s Body
  84. The Unborn
  85. It’s Complicated
  86. Paper Heart
  87. Confessions of a Shopaholic
  88. The International
  89. Donkey Punch
  90. New in Town
  91. Halloween 2
  92. Away we Go
  93. Bride Wars
  94. Crank: High Voltage
  95. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
  96. Spread
  97. Transylmania
  98. 2012
  99. The Ugly Truth
  100. The Fourth Kind
  101. The Girlfriend Experience
  102. The Blind Side
  103. Land of the Lost
  104. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li
  105. Push
  106. Year One
  107. My Bloody Valentine 3D
  108. Watchmen
  109. The Last House on the Left
  110. G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra
  111. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  112. Paul Blart: Mall Cop

1. (500) Days of Summer

2. The Hurt Locker

3. Inglorious Basterds

4. Up

5. The Hangover

6. Moon

7. Anvil! The Story of Anvil

8. Zombieland

9. Sin Nombre

10. Disctrict 9

11. Up in the Air

12. Paranormal Activity

13. The Messenger

14. Crazy Heart

15. Star Trek

16. The Lovely Bones

17. I Love You, Man

18. Tyson

19. A Serious Man

20. The Informant!

21. Grace

22. Drag Me to Hell

23. World’s Greatest Dad

24. Julie and Julia

25. Whatever Works

26. Taken

27. Precious

28. The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans

29. Monsters Vs. Aliens

30. Black Dynamite

31. Michael Jackson’s: This is It

32. Friday the 13th

33. Extract

34. Coraline

35. Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince

36. Food, Inc.

37. Sherlock Holmes

38. Adventureland

39. Brothers

40. Fired Up

41. Thirst

42. The Proposal

43. The Young Victoria

44. Sugar

45. Notorious

46. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

47. State of Play

48. 17 Again

49. The Slammin’ Salmon

50. Fanboys

51. Sunshine Cleaning

52. Public Enemies

53. Gigantic

54. The Uninvited

55. Management

56. The Invention of Lying

57. Shrink

58. Duplicity

59. Pirate Radio

60. The Great Buck Howard

61. I Love You, Beth Cooper

62. The Haunting in Connecticut

63. Dance Flick

64. The Marc Pease Experience

65. Miss March

66. Where The Wild Things Are

67. The Road

68. Hotel for Dogs

69. Race to Witch Mountain

70. He’s Just Not That Into You

71. G-Force

72. Humpday

73. Obsessed

74. Knowing

75. Funny People

76. Avatar

77. Bruno

78. The Brothers Bloom

79. The Canyon

80. Skills Like This

81. Observe and Report

82. Terminator Salvation

83. Jennifer’s Body

84. The Unborn

85. It’s Complicated

86. Paper Heart

87. Confessions of a Shopaholic

88. The International

89. Donkey Punch

90. New in Town

91. Halloween 2

92. Away we Go

93. Bride Wars

94. Crank: High Voltage

95. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

96. Spread

97. Transylmania

98. 2012

99. The Ugly Truth

100. The Fourth Kind

101. The Girlfriend Experience

102. The Blind Side

103. Land of the Lost

104. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li

105. Push

106. Year One

107. My Bloody Valentine 3D

108. Watchmen

109. The Last House on the Left

110. G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra

111. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

112. Paul Blart: Mall Cop

1 Comment

  1. Kelly
    Jan 3, 2010

    First off, great job on the list! I don’t know how you find the energy to go see and then RATE all of these movies each year. I’ve been reading your lists for years now, and I’m always impressed with the fact that you do it each year, regardless of if I agree with your taste or not.

    Knowing you personally, I was a bit surprised with your #1 pic. I absolutely agree with it, it’s definitely my #1 movie of the year as well, but I was surprised. Seeing how low something like Away We Go rated on your list, its surprising to see 500 Days of Summer in the #1 spot.

    What’s your beef with Away We Go, anyway? It’s a personal favorite of mine for this year, probably would sit somewhere in the Top 5 or 10 if I had to give it a rating. The movie moved me in a way that only 500 Days of Summer and Up were able to this year. (Keep in mind, I didn’t see as many 2009 releases as you did – still waiting to see things like Adam, Moon, etc.).

    I love that Julie and Julia ranked so highly as well. I know that you’ve always been able to appreciate a good chick flick – but it surprised me to see it beat out 75% of your list.

    I’m also happy to see Whatever Works in your Top 25 as well. So many people weren’t into it, but I thought that the Larry David/Woody Allen combination was flawless. Being a fan of both of them, it was totally entertaining to see Larry David do Woody – and see the crossover of how similar their styles actually are.

    I was there when you hated Watchmen, and its still disappointing how much you hated it, even 9 months later.

    I don’t see Adam on your list. Did you not see it, or did you not enjoy it? It’s one of the next in my Netflix queue, and one of the movies I was most excited about seeing this year.

    I also don’t see Whip It. Same question – did you not see it, or did you not enjoy it? What about 9? Is it possible that something was worse than Paul Blart? haha

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