Best Thriller 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.

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
3.

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
4.

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
5.

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
6.

9

5.7

When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good.

Starring: Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, John C. Reilly, Crispin Glover, Jennifer Connelly
Directed by: Shane Acker
Release date: 2009-08-19
7.

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
8.

Prison Break: The Final Break

5.6
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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
9.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

5.5

After seeking to live a normal life, Logan sets out to avenge the death of his girlfriend by undergoing the mutant Weapon X program and becoming Wolverine.

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Lynn Collins, Ryan Reynolds
Directed by: Gavin Hood
Release date: 2009-04-28
10.

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
11.

Antichrist

5.4

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
12.

Terminator Salvation

5.4

All grown up in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor must lead the resistance of humans against the increasingly dominating militaristic robots. But when Marcus Wright appears, his existence confuses the mission as Connor tries to determine whether Wright has come from the future or the past -- and whether he's friend or foe.

Starring: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Bryce Dallas Howard
Directed by: McG
Release date: 2009-05-20
13.

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

5.3

A prequel to the first two Underworld films, this fantasy explains the origins of the feud between the Vampires and the Lycans. Aided by his secret love, Sonja, courageous Lucian leads the Lycans in battle against brutal Vampire king Viktor. Determined to break the king's enslavement of his people, Lucian faces off against the Death Dealer army in a bid for Lycan independence.

Starring: Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen, Rhona Mitra, Shane Brolly, Steven Mackintosh
Directed by: Patrick Tatopoulos
Release date: 2009-01-22
14.

Drag Me to Hell

5.3

After denying a woman the extension she needs to keep her home, loan officer Christine Brown sees her once-promising life take a startling turn for the worse. Christine is convinced she's been cursed by a Gypsy, but her boyfriend is skeptical. Her only hope seems to lie in a psychic who claims he can help her lift the curse and keep her soul from being dragged straight to hell.

Starring: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Dileep Rao, David Paymer
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Release date: 2009-03-15
15.

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
16.

State of Play

5.2

Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party's contender for the upcoming presidential race. Until his research assistant/mistress is brutally murdered and buried secrets come tumbling out.

Starring: Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright
Directed by: Kevin Macdonald
Release date: 2009-04-17
17.

Harry Brown

5.1

An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder by doling out his own form of justice.

Starring: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Iain Glen, Lee Oakes, Liam Cunningham
Directed by: Daniel Barber
Release date: 2009-11-11
18.

Surrogates

5.1

Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, James Cromwell, Ving Rhames
Directed by: Jonathan Mostow
Release date: 2009-09-24
19.

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
20.

Dorian Gray

5.0
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A vain London playboy offers his soul in exchange for eternal beauty in this adaptation of the chilling tale by author Oscar Wilde. Seduced into the decadent world of Lord Henry Wotton (Colin Firth), handsome young aristocrat Dorian Gray (Ben Barnes) becomes obsessed with maintaining his youthful appearance, and commissions a special portrait that will weather the winds of time while he remains forever young. When Gray's obsession spirals out of control, his desperate attempts to safeguard his secret turn his once-privileged life into a living hell.
Starring: Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, Rebecca Hall, Emilia Fox, Ben Chaplin
Directed by: Oliver Parker
Release date: 2009-09-09

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