Best Action Movies of 2009

1.

Avatar

7.0
7.8/10

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.

Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, Joel David Moore
Directed by: James Cameron
Release date: 2009-12-10
2.

Inglourious Basterds

6.8
8.3/10

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.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Release date: 2009-08-18
3.

Watchmen

6.2
7.6/10

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.

Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Release date: 2009-03-05
4.

9

5.7
7.1/10

When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good.

Starring: Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, John C. Reilly, Crispin Glover, Jennifer Connelly
Directed by: Shane Acker
Release date: 2009-08-19
5.

Fast & Furious

5.6
6.6/10

When a crime brings them back to L.A., fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto reignites his feud with agent Brian O'Conner. But as they are forced to confront a shared enemy, Dom and Brian must give in to an uncertain new trust if they hope to outmaneuver him. And the two men will find the best way to get revenge: push the limits of what's possible behind the wheel.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, John Ortiz
Directed by: Justin Lin
Release date: 2009-04-02
6.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

5.5
6.6/10

After seeking to live a normal life, Logan sets out to avenge the death of his girlfriend by undergoing the mutant Weapon X program and becoming Wolverine.

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Lynn Collins, Ryan Reynolds
Directed by: Gavin Hood
Release date: 2009-04-28
7.

Pandorum

5.5
6.8/10

Two crew members wake up on an abandoned spacecraft with no idea who they are, how long they've been asleep, or what their mission is. The two soon discover they're actually not alone – and the reality of their situation is more horrifying than they could have imagined.

Starring: Ben Foster, Dennis Quaid, Cam Gigandet, Antje Traue, Cung Le
Directed by: Christian Alvart
Release date: 2009-09-08
8.

Terminator Salvation

5.4
6.6/10

All grown up in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor must lead the resistance of humans against the increasingly dominating militaristic robots. But when Marcus Wright appears, his existence confuses the mission as Connor tries to determine whether Wright has come from the future or the past -- and whether he's friend or foe.

Starring: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Bryce Dallas Howard
Directed by: McG
Release date: 2009-05-20
9.

Black Dynamite

5.4
7.4/10

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...

Starring: Michael Jai White, Arsenio Hall, Tommy Davidson, Kevin Chapman, Richard Edson
Directed by: Scott Sanders
Release date: 2009-10-16
10.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

5.3
6.0/10

Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war.

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Rainn Wilson, Tyrese Gibson
Directed by: Michael Bay
Release date: 2009-06-19
11.

Wonder Woman

5.2
7.4/10

On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a daughter of untold beauty, grace and strength: Princess Diana. When an Army fighter pilot, Steve Trevor, crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization.

Starring: Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Alfred Molina, Rosario Dawson, Virginia Madsen
Directed by: Lauren Montgomery
Release date: 2009-03-03
12.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

5.2
6.0/10

Hapless museum night watchman Larry Daley must help his living, breathing exhibit friends out of a pickle now that they've been transferred to the archives at the Smithsonian Institution. Larry's (mis)adventures this time include close encounters with Amelia Earhart, Abe Lincoln and Ivan the Terrible.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Hank Azaria, Robin Williams
Directed by: Shawn Levy
Release date: 2009-05-20
13.

Harry Brown

5.1
7.2/10

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

Starring: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Iain Glen, Lee Oakes, Liam Cunningham
Directed by: Daniel Barber
Release date: 2009-11-11
14.

Surrogates

5.1
6.3/10

Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, James Cromwell, Ving Rhames
Directed by: Jonathan Mostow
Release date: 2009-09-24
15.

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

5.1
7.2/10

United States President Lex Luthor uses the oncoming trajectory of a Kryptonite meteor to frame Superman and declare a $1 billion bounty on the heads of the Man of Steel and his ‘partner in crime’, Batman. Heroes and villains alike launch a relentless pursuit of Superman and Batman, who must unite—and recruit help—to try and stave off the action-packed onslaught, stop the meteor Luthors plot.

Starring: Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Clancy Brown, LeVar Burton, Xander Berkeley
Directed by: Sam Liu
Release date: 2009-09-29
16.

Crank: High Voltage

5.0
6.2/10

Chelios faces a Chinese mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart and replaced it with a battery-powered ticker that requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working.

Starring: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam, Efren Ramirez, Julanne Chidi Hill
Directed by: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Release date: 2009-04-16
17.

Push

5.0
6.1/10

After his father, an assassin, is brutally murdered, Nick Gant vows revenge on Division, the covert government agency that dabbles in psychic warfare and experimental drugs. Hiding in Hong Kong's underworld, Nick assembles a band of rogue psychics dedicated to destroying Division. Together with Cassie, a teenage clairvoyant, Nick goes in search of a missing girl and a stolen suitcase that could be the key to accomplishing their mutual goal.

Starring: Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Djimon Hounsou, Maggie Siff
Directed by: Paul McGuigan
Release date: 2009-02-04
18.

Green Lantern: First Flight

4.9
7.2/10

Test pilot Hal Jordan finds himself recruited as the newest member of the intergalactic police force, The Green Lantern Corps.

Starring: Christopher Meloni, Victor Garber, Michael Madsen, Tricia Helfer, John Larroquette
Directed by: Lauren Montgomery
Release date: 2009-07-28
19.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

4.9
5.8/10

From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. JOE team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Sienna Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Directed by: Stephen Sommers
Release date: 2009-08-04
20.

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

4.9
7.1/10
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan
When the initial Cylon attack against the Twelve Colonies fails to achieve complete extermination of human life as planned, twin Number Ones (Cavils) embedded on Galactica and Caprica must improvise to destroy the human survivors.
Starring: Edward James Olmos, Dean Stockwell, Michael Trucco, Grace Park, Michael Hogan
Directed by: Edward James Olmos
Release date: 2009-10-27

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