Best Drama Movies of 2009

1.

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
2.

(500) Days of Summer

6.1
7.7/10

Tom, greeting-card writer and hopeless romantic, is caught completely off-guard when his girlfriend, Summer, suddenly dumps him. He reflects on their 500 days together to try to figure out where their love affair went sour, and in doing so, Tom rediscovers his true passions in life.

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Chloë Grace Moretz, Geoffrey Arend, Matthew Gray Gubler
Directed by: Marc Webb
Release date: 2009-07-17
3.

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
4.

My Sister's Keeper

6.0
7.4/10

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.

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin, Abigail Breslin, Joan Cusack, Sofia Vassilieva
Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
Release date: 2009-06-26
5.

Invictus

6.0
7.3/10

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.

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 2009-12-10
6.

Up in the Air

5.8
7.4/10

Corporate downsizing expert Ryan Bingham spends his life in planes, airports, and hotels, but just as he’s about to reach a milestone of ten million frequent flyer miles, he meets a woman who causes him to rethink his transient life.

Starring: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Danny McBride, Jason Bateman
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Release date: 2009-09-05
7.

The Road

5.8
7.3/10

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.

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce
Directed by: John Hillcoat
Release date: 2009-11-25
8.

The Time Traveler's Wife

5.7
7.1/10

Due to a genetic disorder, handsome librarian Henry DeTamble involuntarily zips through time, appearing at various moments in the life of his true love, the beautiful artist Clare Abshire.

Starring: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Michelle Nolden, Arliss Howard, Ron Livingston
Directed by: Robert Schwentke
Release date: 2009-08-14
9.

Brothers

5.7
7.1/10

When his helicopter goes down during his fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan, Marine Sam Cahill is presumed dead. Back home, brother Tommy steps in to look over Sam’s wife, Grace, and two children. Sam’s surprise homecoming triggers domestic mayhem.

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Sam Shepard, Mare Winningham
Directed by: Jim Sheridan
Release date: 2009-01-27
10.

Prayers for Bobby

5.7
8.1/10

Bobby Griffith was his mother's favorite son, the perfect all-American boy growing up under deeply religious influences in Walnut Creek, California. Bobby was also gay. Struggling with a conflict no one knew of much less understood Bobby finally came out to his family.

Starring: Ryan Kelley, Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny, Dan Butler, Austin Nichols
Directed by: Russell Mulcahy
Release date: 2009-02-27
11.

The Lovely Bones

5.6
6.7/10

After being brutally murdered, 14-year-old Susie Salmon watches from heaven over her grief-stricken family -- and her killer. As she observes their daily lives, she must balance her thirst for revenge with her desire for her family to heal.

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Release date: 2009-12-26
12.

Julie & Julia

5.6
7.0/10

Julia Child and Julie Powell – both of whom wrote memoirs – find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends... until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond
Directed by: Nora Ephron
Release date: 2009-08-06
13.

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
14.

A Single Man

5.5
7.6/10

The life of George Falconer, a British college professor, is reeling with the recent and sudden loss of his longtime partner. This traumatic event makes George challenge his own will to live as he seeks the console of his close girl friend Charley, who is struggling with her own questions about life.

Starring: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Goode, Jon Kortajarena
Directed by: Tom Ford
Release date: 2009-10-19
15.

Antichrist

5.4
6.6/10

A grieving couple retreats to their cabin 'Eden' in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

Starring: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm
Directed by: Lars von Trier
Release date: 2009-05-18
16.

The Damned United

5.3
7.6/10

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

Starring: Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Jim Broadbent, Maurice Roeves
Directed by: Tom Hooper
Release date: 2009-03-27
17.

Precious

5.3
7.3/10

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.

Starring: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz
Directed by: Lee Daniels
Release date: 2009-11-06
18.

The Young Victoria

5.3
7.3/10

As the only legitimate heir of England's King William, teenage Victoria gets caught up in the political machinations of her own family. Victoria's mother wants her to sign a regency order, while her Belgian uncle schemes to arrange a marriage between the future monarch and Prince Albert, the man who will become the love of her life.

Starring: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent
Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée
Release date: 2009-03-04
19.

City Island

5.3
7.4/10

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 brought home by Vince, the patriarch of the family, who is a corrections officer in real life, and a hopeful actor in private.

Starring: Andy García, Julianna Margulies, Steven Strait, Dominik García-Lorido, Ezra Miller
Directed by: Raymond De Felitta
Release date: 2009-03-06
20.

Agora

5.3
7.2/10

A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria and her relationship with her slave Davus, who is torn between his love for her and the possibility of gaining his freedom by joining the rising tide of Christianity.

Starring: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac, Ashraf Barhom, Michael Lonsdale
Directed by: Alejandro Amenábar
Release date: 2009-05-17

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