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Best movies of 2009

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People who added this item 1250 Average listal rating (721 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
Mary and Max (2009)

Dr. Bernard Hazelhof said if I was on a desert island, then I would have to get used to my own company - just me and the coconuts. He said I would have to accept myself, my warts and all, and that we don't get to choose our warts. They are part of us and we have to live with them. We can, however, choose our friends, and I am glad I have chosen you.
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People who added this item 354 Average listal rating (223 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.9

I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone.
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People who added this item 3076 Average listal rating (2068 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
District 9 (2009)
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People who added this item 2120 Average listal rating (1381 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
Up in the Air (2009)

Anybody who ever built an empire, or changed the world, sat where you are now. And it's because they sat there that they were able to do it.
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People who added this item 766 Average listal rating (377 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
Thirst (2009)
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People who added this item 1341 Average listal rating (811 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
A Serious Man (2009)
For those of you who COMPLETELY MISSED that this film takes place in 1967 (judging from Listal reviews I've read I think that's everyone), that's why you failed to understand/appreciate this film.

Please. Accept the mystery.
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People who added this item 2199 Average listal rating (1447 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
The Wrestler (2008)
U.S. release date: Jan. 30, 2009
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People who added this item 2004 Average listal rating (1287 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Moon (2009)
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People who added this item 3182 Average listal rating (2133 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
Zombieland (2009)
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People who added this item 1716 Average listal rating (1086 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8

Why a fox? Why not a horse, or a beetle, or a bald eagle? I'm saying this more as, like, existentialism, you know? Who am I? And how can a fox ever be happy without, you'll forgive the expression, a chicken in its teeth?
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People who added this item 1311 Average listal rating (753 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.9
Mr. Nobody (2009)
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People who added this item 563 Average listal rating (287 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Che: Part One (2008)
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People who added this item 410 Average listal rating (183 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.9
Che: Part Two (2008)
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People who added this item 389 Average listal rating (248 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.4
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People who added this item 214 Average listal rating (109 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 6.9
Tetro (2009)
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People who added this item 2565 Average listal rating (1612 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
Coraline (2009)

They say even the proudest spirit can be broken... with love.
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People who added this item 386 Average listal rating (267 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4

Your knowledge of scientific biological transmogrification is only outmatched by your zest for kung-fu treachery!
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The Hangover (2009)
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Paper Heart (2009)
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Just because she likes the same bizzaro crap you do doesn't mean she's your soul mate.
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Posted: 6 years, 9 months ago at Feb 4 19:13
I'll have to check out Black Dynamite and Thirst, but once again, great list. I'm glad that someone else appreciated A Serious Man as much as I did. "Accept mystery" is one of the movie lines I laughed the hardest at during the year 2009, lol.
Posted: 6 years, 9 months ago at Feb 7 2:34
Really great choices for this year.

I would be curious of your thoughts on Mr Nobody... I couldn't make it through the whole film.
Posted: 6 years, 9 months ago at Feb 7 12:13
Nice mix of films here and again, a nice mix of differing opinions on a few. Cheers to jaytoast for clueing us both in on the genius of Mary and Max.

World's Greatest Dad and Tetro are both films I've been meaning to watch... and both streaming on Netflix, so hopefully I'll get to 'em soon.
Posted: 6 years, 9 months ago at Feb 23 14:53
Oh no, you haven't seen The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Or have you, but just didn't like it? :D I thought it was one of the best films of 2009.
Posted: 6 years, 9 months ago at Feb 23 22:26
@drugs - I haven't seen it yet. It's in my queue though. :) And now added to the unwatched section.
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Mar 8 11:39
Very nice selection !
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Jul 7 7:05
Great choices :)
You should most definitely watch Mr. Nobody great movie
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Feb 29 14:45
Many of these would appear on my list as well. 2009 was a strong year!

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