2009 Top Ten List

  • Everyone Else (Maren Ade)
  • Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos)
  • Humpday (Lynn Shelton)
  • Amer (Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani)
  • Duplicity (Tony Gilroy)
  • Up (Pete Docter)
  • Rapt (Lucas Belvaux)
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson)
  • I Killed My Mother (Xavier Dolan)
  • In the Loop (Armando Iannucci)
  • Additional 2009 Films By Rating

  • The Time That Remains (Elia Suleiman)
  • Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese)
  • Face (Tsai Ming-Liang)
  • Vincere (Marco Bellocchio)
  • My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (Werner Herzog)
  • Drag Me to Hell (Sam Raimi)
  • Hadewijch (Bruno Dumont)
  • Public Enemies (Michael Mann)
  • Beeswax (Andrew Bujalski)
  • Soul Kitchen (Fatih Akin)
  • The Bad Lieutenant -- Port of Call: New Orleans (Werner Herzog)
  • The Double Hour (Giuseppe Capotondi)
  • Mother (Bong Joon-ho)
  • The Girlfriend Experience (Steven Soderbergh)
  • Neil Young Trunk Show: scenes from a concert (Jonathan Demme)
  • I Love You Phillip Morris (John Requa & Glenn Ficarra)
  • Bluebeard (Catherine Breillat)
  • District 9 (Neill Blomkamp)
  • Coraline (Henry Selick)
  • Oceans (Jacques Perrin & Jacques Cluzaud)
  • Ne change rien (Pedro Costa)
  • Accident (Soi Cheang)
  • Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)
  • The Girl on the Train (André Téchiné)
  • About Elly (Asghar Farhadi)
  • Ondine (Neil Jordan)
  • The Evening Dress (Myriam Aziza)
  • Vengeance (Johnnie To)
  • Father of My Children (Mia Hansen-Løve)
  • Mademoiselle Chambon (Stéphane Brizé)
  • The Disappearance of Alice Creed (J Blakeson)
  • Outrage (Kirby Dick)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (David Yates)
  • Up in the Air (Jason Reitman)
  • The Informant! (Steven Soderbergh)
  • The House of the Devil (Ti West)
  • (500) Days of Summer (Marc Webb)
  • Applause (Martin Pieter Zandvliet)
  • Women Without Men (Shirin Neshat)
  • The Secret of Kells (Tomm Moore)
  • Splice (Vincenzo Natali)
  • Huacho (Alejandro Fernández Almendras)
  • 9 (Shane Acker)
  • We Live in Public (Ondi Timoner)
  • Moon (Duncan Jones)
  • Passing Strange (Spike Lee)
  • A Prophet (Jacques Audiard)
  • A Town Called Panic (Stéphane Aubier & Vincent Patar)
  • Can Go Through Skin (Esther Rots)
  • A Perfect Getaway (David Twohy)
  • Symbol (Hitoshi Matsumoto)
  • Micmacs (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
  • An Education (Lone Scherfig)
  • Sweetgrass (Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor)
  • In the Beginning (Xavier Giannoli)
  • To Die Like a Man (João Pedro Rodrigues)
  • The Ape (Jesper Ganslandt)
  • Thirst (Park Chan-wook)
  • Chéri (Stephen Frears)
  • Air Doll (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
  • Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno (Serge Bromberg & Ruxandra Medrea)
  • The Cove (Louie Psihoyos)
  • Wild Grass (Alain Resnais)
  • Disney's A Christmas Carol (Robert Zemeckis)
  • Eastern Plays (Kamen Kalev)
  • Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)
  • Capitalism: A Love Story (Michael Moore)
  • Like You Know It All (Hong Sang-soo)
  • Where the Wild Things Are (Spike Jonze)
  • Tales From the Golden Age (Cristian Mungiu/Ioana Uricaru/Hanno Höfer/Razvan Marculescu/Constantin Popescu)
  • Mr. Nobody (Jaco Van Dormael)
  • Canary (Alejandro Adams)
  • The Messenger (Oren Moverman)
  • Ricky (François Ozon)
  • Happy End (Arnaud & Jean-Marie Larrieu)
  • Solitary Man (Brian Koppelman & David Levien)
  • World's Greatest Dad (Bobcat Goldthwait)
  • The King of Escape (Alain Guiraudie)
  • No One Knows About Persian Cats (Bahman Ghobadi)
  • Avatar (James Cameron)
  • Looking for Eric (Ken Loach)
  • Police, Adjective (Corneliu Porumboiu)
  • Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn)
  • Extract (Mike Judge)
  • Lourdes (Jessica Hausner)
  • The Hangover (Todd Phillips)
  • Bright Star (Jane Campion)
  • Life During Wartime (Todd Solondz)
  • Sherlock Holmes (Guy Ritchie)
  • Taking Woodstock (Ang Lee)
  • The Soloist (Joe Wright)
  • Tetro (Francis Ford Coppola)
  • Enter the Void (Gaspar Noé)
  • The Exploding Girl (Bradley Rust Gray)
  • A Serious Man (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
  • The International (Tom Tykwer)
  • Lebanon (Samuel Maoz)
  • Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1974 (Julian Jarrold)
  • Kanikôsen (Sabu)
  • Cold Souls (Sophie Barthes)
  • Ghost Town (Zhao Dayong)
  • Funny People (Judd Apatow)
  • Around a Small Mountain (Jacques Rivette)
  • Star Trek (J.J. Abrams)
  • A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop (Zhang Yimou)
  • Ong Bak 2 (Tony Jaa & Panna Rittikrai)
  • I Love You, Man (John Hamburg)
  • Kinatay (Brillante Ma. Mendoza, DGPI)
  • Adventureland (Greg Mottola)
  • Crude (Joe Berlinger)
  • Don't Look Back (Marina de Van)
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Terry Gilliam)
  • The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackson)
  • The Proposal (Anne Fletcher)
  • Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1980 (James Marsh)
  • Sawasdee Bangkok (Wisit Sasanatieng/Aditya Assarat/Kongdej Jaturanrasamee/Pen-ek Ratanaruang)
  • Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodóvar)
  • Hideaway (Le Refuge) (François Ozon)
  • I Am Love (Luca Guadagnino)
  • Sweet Rush (Andrzej Wajda)
  • A Room and a Half (Andrey Khrzhanovsky)
  • City of Life and Death (Lu Chuan)
  • The Art of the Steal (Don Argott)
  • Chloe (Atom Egoyan)
  • Garapa (José Padilha)
  • Dead Snow (Tommy Wirkola)
  • Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1983 (Anand Tucker)
  • Invictus (Clint Eastwood)
  • Independencia (Raya Martin)
  • The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)
  • White Material (Claire Denis)
  • The Limits of Control (Jim Jarmusch)
  • Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl (Manoel de Oliveira)
  • The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (Tony Scott)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Gavin Hood)
  • Observe and Report (Jody Hill)
  • He's Just Not That Into You (Ken Kwapis)
  • Spring Fever (Lou Ye)
  • Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (Isabel Coixet)
  • Antichrist (Lars von Trier)
  • Precious (Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire) (Lee Daniels)
  • The Thorn in the Heart (Michel Gondry)
  • Trash Humpers (Harmony Korine)