Best Mystery Movies of 2009

1.

Sherlock Holmes

6.2

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.

Watchmen

6.2

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
3.

Orphan

5.7

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
4.

Angels & Demons

5.7

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is recruited by the Vatican to uncover the link between the return of an ancient evil, the abduction of a priceless piece of equipment and the kidnapping of four cardinals 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
5.

Pandorum

5.5

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
6.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

5.4

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
7.

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

5.2

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, Luis Guzmán, Victor Gojcaj, John Turturro
Directed by: Tony Scott
Release date: 2009-06-11
8.

Knowing

5.0

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

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

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.

Pontypool

4.8

When disc jockey Grant Mazzy reports to his basement radio station in the Canadian town of Pontypool, he thinks it's just another day at work. But when he hears reports of a virus that turns people into zombies, Mazzy barricades himself in the radio booth and tries to figure out a way to warn his listeners about the virus and its unlikely mode of transmission.

Starring: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly, Hrant Alianak, Rick Roberts
Directed by: Bruce McDonald
Release date: 2009-03-06
12.

Cracks

4.8

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
13.

A Perfect Getaway

4.7

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
14.

The Uninvited

4.7

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
15.

Ninja Assassin

4.6

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
16.

Case 39

4.5

In her many years as a social worker, Emily Jenkins believes she has seen it all, until she meets 10-year-old Lilith and the girl's cruel parents. Emily's worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to harm the child, and so Emily assumes custody of Lilith while she looks for a foster family. However, Emily soon finds that dark forces surround the seemingly innocent girl, and the more she tries to protect Lilith, the more horrors she encounters.

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Kerry O'Malley, Callum Keith Rennie
Directed by: Christian Alvart
Release date: 2009-08-13
17.

The Limits of Control

4.5

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
18.

The Final Destination

4.5

After a young man's premonition of a deadly race-car crash helps saves the lives of his peers, Death sets out to collect those who evaded their end.

Starring: Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Nick Zano, Haley Webb, Krista Allen
Directed by: David R. Ellis
Release date: 2009-08-26
19.

The House of the Devil

4.5

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, Mary Woronov, Greta Gerwig, AJ Bowen, Heather Robb
Directed by: Ti West
Release date: 2009-04-25
20.

Rampage

4.4

The boredom of small town life is eating Bill Williamson alive. Feeling constrained and claustrophobic in the meaningless drudgery of everyday life and helpless against overwhelming global dissolution, Bill begins a descent into madness. His shockingly violent plan will shake the very foundations of society by painting the streets red with blood.

Starring: Brendan Fletcher, Shaun Sipos, Michael Paré, Lynda Boyd, Matt Frewer
Directed by: Uwe Boll
Release date: 2009-08-14

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