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See the best films Hollywood had to offer in 2009

Shaun Harrison
1 of 9 Warner Bros.

The Hangover

Who knew that an old-fashioned, bacchanalian bachelor-party weekend could have such appeal? The wickedly funny buddy movie raked in nearly $300 million. Yeah, sick sells.
2 of 9 Disney/Pixar


At this point, Pixar can do anything. The movie studio seamlessly mixed comedy, action-adventure and heartfelt emotion for yet another all-ages crowd-pleaser. Emmy winner Ed Asner's especially moving portrayal of the widowed and lonely Carl gave unexpected pathos to the film. Just try not to cry during the montage of Carl and Ellie's marriage.
3 of 9 Industrial Light & Magic

Star Trek

Trekkies across the galaxy held their breath for this highly anticipated reboot. Thankfully, with J.J. Abrams behind the camera and the charismatic Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana on board, this summer blockbuster didn't disappoint. This fresh take on the Starfleet's early days proved a winner with devoted fans and newcomers alike.
4 of 9 The Weinstein Company and Universal Pictures

Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino re-writes World War II with nods to spaghetti Westerns, blaxploitation, war movies, and a million films we've probably never heard of. And no one writes a better monologue than Tarantino.
5 of 9 Warner Bros.

Where the Wild Things Are

Spike Jones' adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's story used the book as a jumping-off point to honor the dreamy, melancholy child in all of us.
6 of 9 Fox Searchlight

(500) Days of Summer

Falling in love has never felt as good (or painful!) as it does in Marc Webb's directorial debut. The film stings at times, but Tom and Summer's relationship reminds audiences what it feels like to fall in love for the first time, Hall & Oates soundtrack and all. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zoey Deschanel share electrifying chemistry, and Webb elevates this love story to new heights with his unique storytelling and artistic sensibility.
7 of 9 Magnolia Pictures

Two Lovers

Letterman jokes aside, Joaquin Phoenix's turn in this indie makes us hope his retirement is just a joke. Co-writer/director James Gray weaves together a complicated yet mesmerizing love triangle between Phoenix's broken Leonard and the two very different women in his life. Gwyneth Paltrow shines as the needy Michelle, but Vinessa Shaw is the one to really watch as the brutally honest Sandra.
8 of 9 Brent J. Craig/Abramorama

Anvil! The Story of Anvil

You spend the first half of this hilarious, engrossing documentary wondering whether to believe the story of Robb and Lipps, best friends and partners in the long-running metal band Anvil. The two middle-aged rockers work 9-5 jobs, scraping together just enough cash for one big tour, and Stonehenge-sized disasters ensue. But by the end of the movie, you want to see their band thrive almost as much as they do. The final scene may make you bawl your eyes out even while you bang your head.
9 of 9 courtesy 20th Century Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox

If you thought Ocean's 11 would have been better with an all-animal cast, this is your movie. Wes Anderson's latest — and weirdest — features a series of lines and gestures that deserve to be instant classics. And we're not just cussing with you.