Best Crime Movies of 2009

1.

Sherlock Holmes

6.2
7.6/10

Eccentric consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson battle to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy England.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Release date: 2009-12-23
2.

Law Abiding Citizen

6.1
7.4/10

A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Colm Meaney, Bruce McGill, Leslie Bibb
Directed by: F. Gary Gray
Release date: 2009-10-15
3.

Public Enemies

5.7
7.0/10

Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger's charm and audacity endear him to much of America's downtrodden public, but he's also a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover and the fledgling FBI. Desperate to capture the elusive outlaw, Hoover makes Dillinger his first Public Enemy Number One and assigns his top agent, Melvin Purvis, the task of bringing him in dead or alive.

Starring: Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Giovanni Ribisi, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard
Directed by: Michael Mann
Release date: 2009-07-01
4.

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
5.

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

5.2
6.4/10

Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.

Starring: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, John Turturro, Luis Guzmán, James Gandolfini
Directed by: Tony Scott
Release date: 2009-06-11
6.

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
7.

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
8.

The Disappearance of Alice Creed

4.9
6.7/10
The Disappearance of Alice Creed
A rich man's daughter is held captive in an abandoned apartment by two former convicts who abducted her and hold her ransom in exchange for her father's money.
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Martin Compston, Eddie Marsan
Directed by: J Blakeson
Release date: 2009-09-12
9.

Defendor

4.8
6.8/10

A crooked cop, a mob boss and the young girl they abuse are the denizens of a city's criminal underworld. It's a world that ordinary Arthur Poppington doesn't understand and doesn't belong in, but is committed to fighting when he changes into a vigilante super-hero of his own making, Defendor. With no power other than courage Defendor takes to the streets to protect the city's innocents.

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Kat Dennings, Elias Koteas, Sandra Oh, Clark Johnson
Directed by: Peter Stebbings
Release date: 2009-09-12
10.

Brooklyn's Finest

4.8
6.7/10

Enforcing the law within the notoriously rough Brownsville section of the city and especially within the Van Dyke housing projects is the NYPD's sixty-fifth precinct. Three police officers struggle with the sometimes fine line between right and wrong.

Starring: Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Vincent D'Onofrio
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Release date: 2009-01-16
11.

Crossing Over

4.8
6.7/10
Crossing Over
Immigrants from around the world enter Los Angeles every day, with hopeful visions of a better life, but little notion of what that life may cost. Their desperate scenarios test the humanity of immigration enforcement officers. In Crossing Over, writer-director Wayne Kramer explores the allure of the American dream, and the reality that immigrants find – and create -- in 21st century L.A.
Starring: Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Jim Sturgess, Cliff Curtis
Directed by: Wayne Kramer
Release date: 2009-02-10
12.

The International

4.7
6.5/10

An interpol agent and an attorney are determined to bring one of the world's most powerful banks to justice. Uncovering money laundering, arms trading, and conspiracy to destabilize world governments, their investigation takes them from Berlin, Milan, New York and Istanbul. Finding themselves in a chase across the globe, their relentless tenacity puts their own lives at risk.

Starring: Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ulrich Thomsen, Brían F. O'Byrne
Directed by: Tom Tykwer
Release date: 2009-02-03
13.

The Last House on the Left

4.7
6.5/10

A group of teenage girls heading into the city hook up with a gang of drug-addled ne'er-do-wells and are brutally murdered. The killers find their way to the home of one of their victim's parents, where both father and mother exact a horrible revenge.

Starring: Garret Dillahunt, Michael Bowen, Joshua Cox, Riki Lindhome, Aaron Paul
Directed by: Dennis Iliadis
Release date: 2009-03-13
14.

Middle Men

4.7
6.8/10

Chronicles Jack Harris, one of the pioneers of internet commerce, as he wrestles with his morals and struggles not to drown in a sea of conmen, mobsters, drug addicts, and pornstars.

Starring: Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, Gabriel Macht, James Caan, Jacinda Barrett
Directed by: George Gallo
Release date: 2009-05-17
15.

The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans

4.7
6.6/10

Terrence McDonagh, a New Orleans Police sergeant, who starts out as a good cop, receiving a medal and a promotion to lieutenant for heroism during Hurricane Katrina. During his heroic act, McDonagh injures his back and later becomes addicted to prescription pain medication. McDonagh finds himself involved with a drug dealer who is suspected of murdering a family of African immigrants.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk, Shawn Hatosy
Directed by: Werner Herzog
Release date: 2009-09-11
16.

The Informant!

4.6
6.4/10

A rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Mark Whitacre suddenly turns whistleblower. Even as he exposes his company’s multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, Whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero of the common man and handed a promotion.

Starring: Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Melanie Lynskey, Ann Dowd
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Release date: 2009-09-18
17.

Leaves of Grass

4.6
6.4/10

An Ivy League professor returns home, where his pot-growing twin brother has concocted a plan to take down a local drug lord.

Starring: Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, Keri Russell, Melanie Lynskey, Edward Norton
Directed by: Tim Blake Nelson
Release date: 2009-09-13
18.

Ninja Assassin

4.6
6.3/10

Ninja Assassin follows Raizo, one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them and vanishes. Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge.

Starring: Rain, Naomie Harris, Sung Kang, Randall Duk Kim, Rick Yune
Directed by: James McTeigue
Release date: 2009-09-29
19.

Duplicity

4.6
6.1/10

Two romantically-engaged corporate spies team up to manipulate a corporate race to corner the market on a medical innovation that will reap huge profits and enable them to lead an extravagant lifestyle together.

Starring: Clive Owen, Julia Roberts, Paul Giamatti, Tom Wilkinson, Lisa Roberts Gillan
Directed by: Tony Gilroy
Release date: 2009-03-19
20.

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

4.5
6.3/10

Skillfully framed by an unknown enemy for the murder of a priest, wanted vigilante MacManus brothers Murphy and Connor must come out of hiding on a sheep farm in Ireland to fight for justice in Boston.

Starring: Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly, Clifton Collins Jr., Julie Benz
Directed by: Troy Duffy
Release date: 2009-11-24

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