Best Family Movies of 2009

1.

Up

7.0
8.2/10

Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives him a new lease on life.

Starring: Ed Asner, Jordan Nagai, Christopher Plummer, Bob Peterson, Delroy Lindo
Directed by: Pete Docter
Release date: 2009-05-28
2.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

6.8
7.6/10

As Harry begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as 'Property of the Half-Blood Prince', and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past.

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton, Michael Gambon
Directed by: David Yates
Release date: 2009-07-07
3.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

6.4
7.8/10

The Fantastic Mr. Fox bored with his current life, plans a heist against the three local farmers. The farmers, tired of sharing their chickens with the sly fox, seek revenge against him and his family.

Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Release date: 2009-10-23
4.

Coraline

6.3
7.7/10

When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay in her world forever, the girl refuses and finds that the alternate reality where she is trapped is only a trick to lure her.

Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith David
Directed by: Henry Selick
Release date: 2009-02-05
5.

The Princess and the Frog

5.9
7.1/10

A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him.

Starring: Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Michael-Leon Wooley, Jennifer Cody
Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
Release date: 2009-12-08
6.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

5.9
6.9/10

Times are changing for Manny the moody mammoth, Sid the motor mouthed sloth and Diego the crafty saber-toothed tiger. Life heats up for our heroes when they meet some new and none-too-friendly neighbors – the mighty dinosaurs.

Starring: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Simon Pegg
Directed by: Carlos Saldanha
Release date: 2009-06-29
7.

A Christmas Carol

5.8
6.8/10

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
8.

Partly Cloudy

5.7
8.2/10

Everyone knows that the stork delivers babies, but where do the storks get the babies from? The answer lies up in the stratosphere, where cloud people sculpt babies from clouds and bring them to life. Gus, a lonely and insecure grey cloud, is a master at creating "dangerous" babies. Crocodiles, porcupines, rams and more - Gus's beloved creations are works of art, but more than a handful for his loyal delivery stork partner, Peck. As Gus's creations become more and more rambunctious, Peck's job gets harder and harder. How will Peck manage to handle both his hazardous cargo and his friend's fiery temperament?

Starring: Tony Fucile, Lori Richardson
Directed by: Peter Sohn
Release date: 2009-05-28
9.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

5.7
6.9/10

Inventor Flint Lockwood creates a machine that makes clouds rain food, enabling the down-and-out citizens of Chewandswallow to feed themselves. But when the falling food reaches gargantuan proportions, Flint must scramble to avert disaster. Can he regain control of the machine and put an end to the wild weather before the town is destroyed?

Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell
Directed by: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Release date: 2009-09-17
10.

Monsters vs Aliens

5.4
6.5/10

When Susan Murphy is unwittingly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk on her wedding day, she mysteriously grows to 49-feet-11-inches. The military jumps into action and captures Susan, secreting her away to a covert government compound. She is renamed Ginormica and placed in confinement with a ragtag group of Monsters...

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Paul Rudd, Kiefer Sutherland
Directed by: Conrad Vernon, Rob Letterman
Release date: 2009-03-19
11.

The Secret of Kells

5.4
7.7/10

Adventure awaits 12 year old Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells. In order to finish Brother Aiden's book, Brendan must overcome his deepest fears on a secret quest that will take him beyond the abbey walls and into the enchanted forest where dangerous mythical creatures hide. Will Brendan succeed in his quest?

Starring: Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney, Brendan Gleeson, Mick Lally, Liam Hourican
Directed by: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey
Release date: 2009-02-09
12.

Hachi: A Dog's Tale

5.2
8.1/10

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
13.

Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars

5.2
8.8/10
Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars
The Doctor joins forces with his oldest companion on record when a military base comes under attack from sentient, dangerous waters. It may be another stand against immeasurable odds, but waiting in the wings for the Time Lord is a sign all songs must end....
Starring: David Tennant, Lindsay Duncan, Gemma Chan, Peter O'Brien, Aleksander Mikic
Directed by: Graeme Harper
Release date: 2009-12-19
14.

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
15.

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

5.0
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.

Planet 51

4.9
6.0/10

When Earth astronaut Capt. Chuck Baker arrives on Planet 51 -- a world reminiscent of American suburbia circa 1950 -- he tries to avoid capture, recover his spaceship and make it home safely, all with the help of an empathetic little green being.

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Gary Oldman
Directed by: Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad, Marcos Martínez
Release date: 2009-11-19
17.

Where the Wild Things Are

4.9
6.7/10

Max imagines running away from his mom and sailing to a far-off land where large talking beasts -- Ira, Carol, Douglas, the Bull, Judith and Alexander -- crown him as their king, play rumpus, build forts and discover secret hideaways.

Starring: Max Records, Catherine Keener, Lauren Ambrose, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara
Directed by: Spike Jonze
Release date: 2009-10-16
18.

Oceans

4.8
7.8/10

An ecological drama/documentary, filmed throughout the globe. Part thriller, part meditation on the vanishing wonders of the sub-aquatic world.

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Jacques Perrin, Rie Miyazawa, Aldo Baglio, Matthias Brandt
Directed by: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud
Release date: 2009-10-17
19.

Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead

4.7
7.5/10

A meeting in a London bus with jewel thief Lady Christina takes a turn for the worst for the Doctor when the bus takes a detour to a desert-like planet, where the deadly Swarm awaits. (Taken from the imdb page)

Starring: David Tennant, Michelle Ryan, Lee Evans, Noma Dumezweni, Adam James
Directed by: James Strong
Release date: 2009-07-26
20.

Astro Boy

4.6
6.3/10
Astro Boy
Set in the futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy (Atom) is a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he had lost. Unable to fulfill his creator's expectations, Astro embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators, before returning to save Metro City and reconcile with the father who rejected him.
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Donald Sutherland, Bill Nighy
Directed by: David Bowers
Release date: 2009-10-15

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