Best War Movies of 2009


Inglourious Basterds


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



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

The Messenger


Will Montgomery (Ben Foster), a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant who has returned home from Iraq, is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. Montgomery is partnered with Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson), to give notice to the families of fallen soldiers. The Sergeant is drawn to Olivia Pitterson (Samantha Morton), to whom he has delivered news of her husband’s death.

Starring: Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Eamonn Walker, Samantha Morton
Directed by: Oren Moverman
Release date: 2009-11-13

The Men Who Stare at Goats


A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions.

Starring: George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Robert Patrick
Directed by: Grant Heslov
Release date: 2009-10-17

Che: Part Two


After the Cuban Revolution, Che is at the height of his fame and power. Then he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits to start the great Latin American Revolution. Through this story, we come to understand how Che remains a symbol of idealism and heroism that lives in the hearts of people around the world.

Starring: Benicio del Toro, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Franka Potente, Demián Bichir, Óscar Jaenada
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Release date: 2009-01-24

Taking Chance

Taking Chance
Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort accompanies the body of Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps to his hometown in Wyoming.
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Tom Aldredge, Nicholas Art, Blanche Baker, Guy Boyd
Directed by: Ross Katz
Release date: 2009-09-21

John Rabe


A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.

Starring: Ulrich Tukur, Dagmar Manzel, Steve Buscemi, Daniel Brühl, Zhang Jingchu
Directed by: Florian Gallenberger
Release date: 2009-04-02

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
Irena Sendler is a Catholic social worker who has sympathized with the Jews since her childhood, when her physician father died of typhus contracted while treating poor Jewish patients. When she initially proposes saving Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto, her idea is met with skepticism by fellow workers, her parish priest, and even her own mother Janina.
Starring: Anna Paquin, Marcia Gay Harden, Goran Visnjic, Nathaniel Parker, Steve Speirs
Directed by: John Kent Harrison
Release date: 2009-04-19

Glorious 39


A mysterious tale set around a traditional British family on the eve of World War Two. Oblivious to the looming shadow of World War II, the wealthy Keyes maintain a confident façade in the British countryside until daughter Anne becomes an unexpected pawn. Her accidental discovery of secret recordings creates a rift in the family.

Starring: Romola Garai, Bill Nighy, Julie Christie, Eddie Redmayne, Juno Temple
Directed by: Stephen Poliakoff
Release date: 2009-11-20



When in 1941 Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, their troops quickly besieged Leningrad. Foreign journalists are evacuated but one of them, Kate Davies, is presumed dead and misses the plane. Alone in the city she is helped by Nina Tsvetnova a young and idealist police officer and together they will fight for their own survival and the survival of the people in the besieged Leningrad. Written by Marcio Eduardo

Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Mira Sorvino, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Alexander Beyer, Christian Berkel
Directed by: Aleksandr Buravsky
Release date: 2009-01-01

Nation's Pride

Nation's Pride
Director Quentin Tarantino tasked Eli Roth to craft a mini-movie called Stolz der Nation (Nation's Pride) that will be included in the theatrical cut of Inglourious Basterds. To help promote Inglourious Basterds via the film-within-a-film, Roth has slapped together a trailer for Nation's Pride blending black and white photography with modern multi-layered camera effects.
Starring: Daniel Brühl, Bo Svenson
Directed by: Eli Roth
Release date: 2009-08-21

Behind Enemy Lines III: Colombia


Navy SEALS mount an attack on Colombian special forces to clear their names and rescue a hostage.

Starring: Keith David, Joe Manganiello, Channon Roe, Yancey Arias, Chris Johnson
Directed by: Tim Matheson, Reynaldo Rodriguez
Release date: 2009-01-06

Red Sands

Red Sands
During a mission in the Middle East, a group of US soldiers destroy a statue out of boredom only to then be visited by something the next day.
Starring: Shane West, Leonard Roberts, Aldis Hodge, Callum Blue, Brendan Miller
Directed by: Alex Turner
Release date: 2009-02-24

Princess of Mars

Princess of Mars
Based on the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, a US soldier finds himself inexplicably transported to Mars in the midst of a war between two alien races.
Starring: Antonio Sabàto, Jr., Traci Lords, Matt Lasky, Chacko Vadaketh, Noelle Perris
Directed by: Mark Atkins
Release date: 2009-12-29

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank
BBC miniseries adaptation. During World War II, a teenage Jewish girl named Anne Frank and her family are forced into hiding in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.
Starring: Kate Ashfield, Geoffrey Breton, Ron Cook, Nicholas Farrell, Iain Glen
Directed by: Jon Jones
Release date: 2009-01-05

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