Best Drama Movies of 2009

1.

Inglourious Basterds

6.8

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.

Hachi: A Dog's Tale

6.5

A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.

Starring: Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Jason Alexander, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Sarah Roemer
Directed by: Lasse Hallström
Release date: 2009-06-13
3.

Mr. Nobody

6.5

Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence with his wife and 3 children; one day, he wakes up as a mortal centenarian in the year 2092.

Starring: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Đan Phạm, Rhys Ifans
Directed by: Jaco Van Dormael
Release date: 2009-11-06
4.

Moon

6.3

With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. When he has an accident however, he wakens to find that he is not alone.

Starring: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw, Adrienne Shaw
Directed by: Duncan Jones
Release date: 2009-06-12
5.

The Blind Side

6.2

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family

Starring: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Lily Collins, Jae Head
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Release date: 2009-11-20
6.

(500) Days of Summer

6.1

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
7.

Law Abiding Citizen

6.1

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
8.

Invictus

6.0

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
9.

Up in the Air

5.8

George Clooney plays the dry cynical character of Ryan Bingham, an executive who specializes in "downsizing". Ryan lives out of his suitcase, traveling the country for the sole purpose terminating unwanted employees day after day. Just as Ryan is about to reach his life-long goal of the ten million mile frequent flyer mark some major changes come his way. Changes that threaten to crack the cold heartless exterior that is Ryan Bingham.

Starring: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Danny McBride, Jason Bateman
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Release date: 2009-09-05
10.

The Road

5.8

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
11.

Mary and Max

5.8

A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. In the mid-1970's, a homely, friendless Australian girl of 8 picks a name out of a Manhattan phone book and writes to him; she includes a chocolate bar. He writes back, with chocolate. Thus begins a 20-year correspondence. Will the two ever meet face to face?

Starring: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries, Bethany Whitmore
Directed by: Adam Elliot
Release date: 2009-02-09
12.

A Christmas Carol

5.8

Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his own future will hold: death or redemption.

Starring: Gary Oldman, Jim Carrey, Steve Valentine, Daryl Sabara, Colin Firth
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Release date: 2009-11-04
13.

The Time Traveler's Wife

5.7

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
14.

Brothers

5.7

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
15.

Prayers for Bobby

5.7

True story of Mary Griffith, gay rights crusader, whose teenage son committed suicide due to her religious intolerance. Based on the book of the same title by Leroy Aarons.

Starring: Ryan Kelley, Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny, Dan Butler, Austin Nichols
Directed by: Russell Mulcahy
Release date: 2009-02-27
16.

Public Enemies

5.7

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
17.

The Proposal

5.6

When she learns she's in danger of losing her visa status and being deported, overbearing book editor Margaret Tate forces her put-upon assistant, Andrew Paxton, to marry her.

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, Betty White
Directed by: Anne Fletcher
Release date: 2009-06-01
18.

The Lovely Bones

5.6

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
19.

Fast & Furious

5.6

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
20.

Prison Break: The Final Break

5.6
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The movie covers the events which occurred in between the downfall of The Company and the finale of the series. It details the arrest and incarceration of Sara Tancredi, the final escape plan which Michael devises for Sara. It also reveals the ultimate fate of Gretchen Morgan.
Starring: Wentworth Miller, Sarah Wayne Callies, Dominic Purcell, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Amaury Nolasco
Directed by: Kevin Hooks, Brad Turner
Release date: 2009-05-26

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