Overstreet’s Favorite Films: 2009

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 2009.

In order to understand the color-coding, the purpose, and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here.

Red = Treasures
Purple = Favorites
Blue = Achievements
Gray = Decent/Noteworthy
Green = Unseen or Undecided
* = This film was discovered after the year in question and added in a list revision.


  1. Summer Hours* (review)
  2. Munyurangabo* (review)
  3. Where the Wild Things Are (review)
  4. Up (review)
  5. Everlasting Moments*
  6. A Serious Man (review)
  7. The Fantastic Mr. Fox
  8. Coraline (review)
  9. Two Lovers*
  10. Lorna’s Silence* (review)
  11. 35 Shots of Rum*
  12. Lake Tahoe*
  13. A Town Called Panic*
  14. The Girlfriend Experience
  15. Bright Star
  16. Gomorrah*
  17. The Beaches of Agnes*
  18. Phoebe in Wonderland*
  19. Moon
  20. Departures*
  21. Me and Orson Welles
  22. Duplicity
  23. Police, Adjective (review)
  24. District 9
  25. The Limits of Control (two-part review: Pt.1 , Pt. 2)
  26. Ponyo*
  27. The Secret In Their Eyes*
  28. The Song of Sparrows*
  29. Liverpool
  30. The Maid
  31. In the Loop
  32. The Road
  33. Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky (two-part review: Pt. 1, Pt. 2)
  34. Inglourious Basterds (two-part review: Pt. 1Pt.2)
  • 500 Days of Summer*
  • Sweetgrass
  • Invictus
  • Get Low
  • The White Ribbon*
  • Alamar*
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs*
  • Red Riding: 1970
  • Red Riding: 1984
  • The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
  • Star Trek
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Public Enemies
  • Away We Go
  • The Hedgehog*
  • Between the Folds*
  • Avatar (review)
  • An Education
  • Up in the Air
  • Tetro
  • Fish Tank
  • Oceans
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  • The Informant!
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Watchmen
  • Thirst
  • Drag Me to Hell
  • Zombieland
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • That Evening Sun
As-yet Unseen or Unratable Films of 2009:
A Christmas Carol (Robert Zemeckis)**
A Perfect Getaway (David Twohy)
A Room and a Half (Andrey Khrzhanovskiy)
A Single Man
Accident (Soi Cheang)
Adventureland (Greg Mottola)
Alexander the Last (Joe Swanberg)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Amer (Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani)
Angels & Demons
Antichrist (Lars Von Trier)
Around a Small Mountain (Jacques Rivette)
Art & Copy
Barking Water (Sterlin Harjo)
Beeswax (Andrew Bujalski)
Bellamy (Claude Cabrol)
Between Two Worlds (Vimukthi Jayasundara)
Big Fan
Black Dynamite (Scott Sanders)
Blue Beard (Catherine Breillat)
Bran Nue Dae
Bride Wars
Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodovar)
Butterflies Have No Memories (Lav Diaz)
Cafe Noir (Jung Sung-il)
Cairo Time
Canary (Alejandro Adams)
Capitalism: A Love Story
Cell 211
City Island
Coco Before Chanel
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Cold Souls
Confessions of a Shopaholic (P.J. Hogan)
Crank 2: High Voltage (Neveldine/Taylor)
Crazy Heart
David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl (Manoel de Oliveira)
Eighteen (Jang Kun-jae)
Enter the Void
Everybody’s Fine
Everyone Else (Maren Ade)
Extract (Mike Judge)
Face (Tsai Ming-liang)
Funny People (Judd Apatow)
Hadewijch (Bruno Dumont)
Halloween II (Rob Zombie)**
Harry Brown
He’s Just Not That Into You
Huacho (Alejandro Fernández Almendras)
Humpday (Lynn Shelton)
I Love You Phillip Morris
I Love You, Man
Il grande sogno
Imburnal (Sherad Anthony Sanchez)
In the Electric Mist
Inspector Bellamy
Johnny Mercer: The Dream’s On Me
Julie & Julia
Karaoke (Chris Chong Chan Fui)
Knowing (Alex Proyas)
La bocca del lupo (Pietro Marcello)
La Donation
La doppia ora
La mission
Last Train Home
Le roi de l’évasion (Alain Guiraudie)
Life During Wartime (Todd Solondz)
Like You Know it All (Hong Sang-soo)
Lo spazio bianco
Lourdes (Jessica Hausner)
Mao’s Last Dancer
Monsters vs Aliens
Mother (Bong Joon-ho)
Mother and Child
Mr. Nobody
My Dear Enemy (Lee Yoon-ki)
My Dog Tulip
My One and Only
My Sister’s Keeper
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (Werner Herzog)
Ne change rien (Pedro Costa)
Nowhere Boy
Nymph (Pen-ek Ratanaruang)
Oxhide II (Liu Jiayin)
Passing Strange
Pirate Radio
Polytechnique (Denis Villeneuve)
Prince of Tears
Pulling John
Queen to Play
Red Riding: 1983
Samson and Delilah (Warwick Thornton)
She, a Chinese (Xiaolu Guo)
Sin Nombre
Solitary Man
Soul Kitchen (Fatih Akin)
Splice (Vincenzo Natali)
Spring Fever (Lou Ye)
State of Play
Still Bill
Surrogates (Jonathan Mostow)
Survival of the Dead (George A. Romero)
Tetsuo: The Bullet Man
The Army of Crime (Robert Guédiguian)
The Art of the Steal
The Blind Side
The Box (Richard Kelly)
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story
The Concert
The Cove
The Damned United
The Donation (Bernard Emond)
The Father of my Children (Mia Hansen-Løve)
The Final Destination (David R. Ellis)
The Hangover
The House of the Devil
The International (Tom Tykwer)
The Invention of Lying
The Last Station
The Man Beyond the Bridge
The Messenger
The Milk of Sorrow
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
The Panic Is On: The Great American Depression as Seen by the Common Man
The Portugeuse Nun (Eugene Green)
The Promotion (Steve Conrad)
The Proposal
The Red Chapel
The Red Machine
The Search (Pema Tseden)
The Soloist (Joe Wright)
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (Tony Scott)
The Traveller
The White Meadows (Mohammad Rasoulof)
The Winning Season
The Young Victoria
This Is It
Tony Manero (Pablo Larrain)
Trash Humpers (Harmony Korine)
Under the Sea 3D
Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn)
Vengeance (Johnny To)
Vincere (Marco Belloccio)
Waking Sleeping Beauty
What’s the Matter with Kansas?
Whatever Works (Woody Allen)
Whip It (Drew Barrymore)
White Material
White Material (Claire Denis)
Wild Grass (Alain Resnais)
Women Without Men
World’s Greatest Dad (Bobcat Goldthwait)
Yellowstone: Battle for Life
Yi ngoi
Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg
Youth in Revolt