Best Mystery Movies of 2009

1.

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
2.

Orphan

5.7
7.0/10

A married couple with a rocky past adopt 9-year old, Esther to fill the void created by a recently-stillborn baby. However, Esther is not quite who she seems.

Starring: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder, Jimmy Bennett
Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
Release date: 2009-07-24
3.

Angels & Demons

5.7
6.7/10

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is recruited by the Vatican to investigate the apparent return of the Illuminati - a secret, underground organization - after four cardinals are kidnapped on the night of the papal conclave.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård, Pierfrancesco Favino
Directed by: Ron Howard
Release date: 2009-05-13
4.

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
5.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

5.4
6.8/10

A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.

Starring: Christopher Plummer, Heath Ledger, Lily Cole, Tom Waits, Andrew Garfield
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Release date: 2009-10-01
6.

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
7.

Paranormal Activity

5.1
6.3/10

After a young, middle class couple moves into a suburban 'starter' tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially when they sleep. Or try to.

Starring: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong, Ashley Palmer
Directed by: Oren Peli
Release date: 2009-09-25
8.

Knowing

5.1
6.2/10

A teacher opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son's elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions -- some that have already occurred and others that are about to -- that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the events that are about to unfold.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Chandler Canterbury, Ben Mendelsohn, Nadia Townsend
Directed by: Alex Proyas
Release date: 2009-03-19
9.

Saw VI

5.0
6.0/10

Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman has emerged as the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw's legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw's grand scheme is finally understood.

Starring: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, Mark Rolston, Peter Outerbridge
Directed by: Kevin Greutert
Release date: 2009-10-22
10.

Exam

4.9
6.9/10

The final candidates for a highly desirable corporate job are locked together in an exam room and given a test so simple and confusing that tension begins to unravel.

Starring: Luke Mably, Adar Beck, Chris Carey, Gemma Chan, Nathalie Cox
Directed by: Stuart Hazeldine
Release date: 2009-06-19
11.

Cracks

4.8
6.7/10

Jealousy flares after the headmistress of an elite boarding school for girls becomes obsessed with a new student.

Starring: Eva Green, Juno Temple, María Valverde, Imogen Poots, Ellie Nunn
Directed by: Jordan Scott
Release date: 2009-12-04
12.

A Perfect Getaway

4.7
6.5/10

For their honeymoon, newlyweds Cliff and Cydney head to the tropical islands of Hawaii. While journeying through the paradisaical countryside the couple encounters Kale and Cleo, two disgruntled hitchhikers and Nick and Gina, two wild but well-meaning spirits who help guide them through the lush jungles. The picturesque waterfalls and scenic mountainsides quickly give way to terror when Cliff and Cydney learn of a grisly murder that occurred nearby and realize that they're being followed by chance acquaintances that suspiciously fit the description of the killers.

Starring: Milla Jovovich, Timothy Olyphant, Steve Zahn, Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Ruivivar
Directed by: David Twohy
Release date: 2009-06-08
13.

The Uninvited

4.7
6.4/10

Anna returns home after spending time in a psychiatric facility following her mother's tragic death and discovers that her mother's former nurse, Rachel, has moved into their house and become engaged to her father. Soon after she learns this shocking news, Anna is visited by her mother's ghost, who warns her that Rachel has evil intentions.

Starring: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, David Strathairn, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Massar
Directed by: Charles Guard, Thomas Guard
Release date: 2009-01-30
14.

Ninja Assassin

4.6
6.4/10

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
15.

The Limits of Control

4.5
6.3/10

A mysterious stranger works outside the law and keeps his objectives hidden, trusting no one. While his demeanor is paradoxically focused and dreamlike all at once, he embarks on a journey that not only takes him across Spain, but also through his own consciousness.

Starring: Isaach De Bankolé, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Gael García Bernal, John Hurt
Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Release date: 2009-05-01
16.

Chloe

4.5
6.3/10

A doctor hires an escort to seduce her husband, whom she suspects of cheating, though unforeseen events put the family in danger.

Starring: Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Max Thieriot, R. H. Thomson
Directed by: Atom Egoyan
Release date: 2009-03-25
17.

The House of the Devil

4.5
6.4/10

In the 1980s, college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret.

Starring: Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, Greta Gerwig, AJ Bowen
Directed by: Ti West
Release date: 2009-04-25
18.

In the Electric Mist

4.4
6.1/10

Lt. Dave Robicheaux, a detective in New Iberia, Louisiana, is trying to link the murder of a local hooker to New Orleans mobster Julie (Baby Feet) Balboni, who is co-producer of a Civil War film. At the same time, after Elrod Sykes, the star of the film, reports finding another corpse in the Atchafalaya Swamp near the movie set, Robicheaux starts another investigation, believing the corpse to be the remains of a black man who he saw being murdered 35 years before.

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman, Peter Sarsgaard, Mary Steenburgen, Kelly Macdonald
Directed by: Bertrand Tavernier
Release date: 2009-04-15
19.

Tetro

4.4
6.9/10

Bennie travels to Buenos Aires to find his long-missing older brother, a once-promising writer who is now a remnant of his former self. Bennie's discovery of his brother's near-finished play might hold the answer to understanding their shared past and renewing their bond.

Starring: Vincent Gallo, Alden Ehrenreich, Maribel Verdú, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Silvia Pérez
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 2009-06-11
20.

The Fourth Kind

4.3
5.9/10

Since the 1960s, a disproportionate number of the population in and around Nome, Alaska, have gone missing. Despite FBI investigations, the disappearances remain a mystery. Dr. Abigail Tyler, a psychologist, may be on the verge of blowing the unsolved cases wide open when, during the course of treating her patients, she finds evidence of alien abductions.

Starring: Milla Jovovich, Will Patton, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Corey Johnson, Enzo Cilenti
Directed by: Olatunde Osunsanmi
Release date: 2009-11-06

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