Screen Rant’s Most Anticipated Movies Of 2009

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As 2008 approaches its end and we think back on all the big films of the year, we must take time to look forward at what is to come. That is exactly what we will do now – And I don’t use the term “we” lightly as I enlisted the help of the entire Screen Rant team to help me share with you our individual and collective thoughts of what movies to look forward to in 2009.

We began the tradition last year with the most anticipated movies of 2008, and here’s your bright, shiny 2009 version!

This was not an easy task to say the least. While there are several obvious big-name titles coming out next year, there are also 765 movies planned to debut next year in total (according to Movieweb). Narrowing that down to just ten is not the easiest of tasks especially when certain films have shared little information with us so far (wink wink nudge nudge to James Cameron’s Avatar).

Using all of our individual choices and an elaborate scoring system that took hundreds of hours to deliver its results (OK, I made up that last bit), I summed up and calculated our overall most anticipated movie of 2009 list for the Screen Rant team.

I present to you, Screen Rant’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2009:

s monsters Screen Rant’s Most Anticipated Movies Of 200910. Monsters vs. Aliens – March 27, 2009

Dreamworks’ big 3D-animated film of 2009

Featuring an abundance of well-known voice talent and a hilarious plot, this film looks like fun for all. Along with Disney’s Up we expect a pair of solid animated films next year. I’ll also be seeing this one in 3D!

s transformers Screen Rant’s Most Anticipated Movies Of 20099. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – June 26, 2009

The sequel to the loved and hated Summer blockbuster of 2007.

Can Michael Bay turn some of those frowns upside down with this sequel that he co-wrote? Will there be more robots, less people, better story, less corniness and better characters? We hope so and some of us are looking forward to finding out from this action-adventure.

s up Screen Rant’s Most Anticipated Movies Of 20098. Up – May 29, 2009

Disney Pixar’s next 3D-animated experience.

The beautiful-looking 3D-animated film about a 78 year-old man and a young boy stuck together on a wondrous journey into a lost world. I’m definitely seeing this one in 3D.

s public enemies Screen Rant’s Most Anticipated Movies Of 20097. Public Enemies – July 1, 2009

The notorious life of gangster John Dillinger brought to the big screen.

Starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and several other stars featured in other big films next year, this 1930s-style crime and dime movie should be awesome. Little has been shown so far, but we have high expectations from the cast and story alone.

s tarantino Screen Rant’s Most Anticipated Movies Of 20096. Inglourious Basterds – June 2009 (exact release date still to be determined)

Quentin Tarantino’s World War 2 Epic is finally arriving.

Tarantino’s been subject to some mixed reviews on his most recent projects – can this be the one to turn it around? We’re certainly hoping and looking forward to it and its interesting cast includes Brad Pitt, Mike Myers and Eli Roth.

s wolverine Screen Rant’s Most Anticipated Movies Of 20095. X-Men Origins: Wolverine – May 1, 2009

Wolverine’s origins are detailed in this prequel to the X-Men trilogy.

Hugh Jackman – Sexiest Man of the Year – is back in his career-making and fan-favorite invulnerable adamantium-laced claw-sharpening mutant. I’m sold on the support characters alone – this movie should be tons of fun – but will the story be any good?

s terminator Screen Rant’s Most Anticipated Movies Of 20094. Terminator Salvation – May 22, 2009

The fourth Terminator feature film starts a new trilogy.

The franchise hits the big screen again in this sequel/prequel to the Terminator Franchise. Starring Christian Bale as John Connor and a plethora of new Terminator designs, we look forward to McG’s new direction for the franchise.

s star trek Screen Rant’s Most Anticipated Movies Of 20093. Star Trek – May 8, 2009

The rebirth of the franchise is upon us thanks to J.J. Abrams.

Can this prequel/reboot of a film bring Star Trek back to the mainstream and make it “cool” once again? While Star Wars dwindles in the aftermath of the prequels and animated Clone Wars, Star Trek has the opportunity to nab the Sci-Fi throne.

s avatar Screen Rant’s Most Anticipated Movies Of 20092. Avatar – December 18, 2009

James Cameron’s epic bleeding-edge film that we know nothing about.

Even though we have seen literally (almost) nothing from the film, hopes and hype are high for this potential industry-changing film. We put our faith in James Cameron and his notion of quality of quantity film-making.

s watchmen Screen Rant’s Most Anticipated Movies Of 20091. Watchmen – March 6, 2009 (pending trial?)

Warner Brothers’ next blockbuster DC Comics film.

Can it compare to this year’s The Dark Knight? Will Fox Studios’ litigation proceedings delay or harm the film? We hope that Fox stops interfering and playing this money-grabbing game.

And now for our regular readers, I thought you’d be interested in the breakdown on what each of the writers here at Screen Rant picked as their most looked forward to movies…

To start, I’ll share my Top 10 most anticipated for next year and give a little explanation of my choices:

gi joe Screen Rant’s Most Anticipated Movies Of 20091. Watchmen
2. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
3. Star Trek
4. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
5. Inglourious Basterds
6. Terminator Salvation
7. Avatar
8. Public Enemies
9. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
10. G.I. Joe

The Wolverine origins flick recently made the jump into my top three simply because of the trailer that was released two weeks ago. I’m a huge Gambit fan and seeing some amazing scenes with him made me super excited for the film. The caveat to this is that if I find out Gambit does not have his Cajun accent in the film – then this movie will no longer by featured in my list.

We know very little about James Cameron’s Avatar and we’ve seen even less so it’s very difficult to gauge where it should rank but I threw it in there anyways because of the hype of the film, the crazy technology being employed to produce it, and the fact that it’s Cameron’s baby. I also threw in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus for the simple fact that it is Heath Ledger’s last film ever and the casting additions that were made to complete Ledger’s role in the film were pretty astonishing.

For fun, I also threw in G.I. Joe as my last pick even though we’ve not seen any real footage and there is some negative press surrounding some pre-screenings of the trailer for the film.

Next, we have Screen Rant Master Vic Holtreman’s Top 10 list:

the road1 Screen Rant’s Most Anticipated Movies Of 20091. Star Trek
2. Watchmen
3. Avatar
4. Terminator Salvation
5. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
6. Up
7. Monsters vs. Aliens
8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
9. The Surrogates
10. The Road

Vic is a massive Trek fan so his number one choice is a given. His top three can easily shift around depending on what kind of marketing the three films get and it’s the top six in the list he really looks forward to – with the last four added to round off the top 10.

Vic is looking forward to the fourth installment to the Terminator franchise and has confidence that McG will do a good job. He’s also hoping that Up will make up for his disappointment with Wall-E. On the other hand, Vic is also anticipating the Wolverine-centric movie but is not sure if it will be that good.

Next up, we have the master of television, Bruce Simmons:

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2. Sherlock Holmes
3. Star Trek
4. Knowing
5. Public Enemies
6. Terminator Salvation
7. Watchmen
8. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
9. The Surrogates
10. Fast & Furious

Bruce’s list is quite unique with him being the only one to include 2012, Knowing and Fast & Furious. Those two choices have him on shaky ground here as a continuing writer (JUST kidding!).

The following is Heath McKnight’s most anticipated films of 2009.

wolf man Screen Rant’s Most Anticipated Movies Of 20091. Watchmen
2. Avatar
3. Up
4. Monsters vs. Aliens
5. Terminator Salvation
6. The Road
7. X-Men Origins Wolverine
8. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
9. Sherlock Holmes
10. The Wolf Man

Heath shows some favor to the two big animated films of next year and does not include Star Trek in his list.

Next up is Niall Browne and his Top 10:

1. Edge of Darkness
2. The Surrogates
3. The Wolf Man
4. Public Enemies
5. The Taking of Pelham 123
6. Avatar
7. Watchmen
8. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
9. Terminator Salvation
10. Inglourious Basterds

Niall has Edge of Darkness starring Mel Gibson in comeback-mode as his unique #1 choice for next year.

The most anticipated films of 2009 for Jamie Williams:

ashecliffe Screen Rant’s Most Anticipated Movies Of 20091. Inglourious Basterds
2. Avatar
3. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
4. Ashecliffe (also known as: Shutter Island)
5. Up
6. Star Trek
7. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
8. Observe and Report
9. Terminator Salvation
10. The Lovely Bones

Jamie’s list includes several unique picks such as Ashcliffe and The Lovely Bones and is the only one that does not include Watchmen. Despite that, for some reason we continue to let him write for the site…

The following is Carl Lee’s Top 10 list for next year otherwise know as his “Top-5 Comic Films” as he points out:

push Screen Rant’s Most Anticipated Movies Of 20091. Watchmen
2. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
3. Push
4. Kick Ass
5. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
6. Public Enemies
7. Inglourious Basterds
8. Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
9. Monsters vs. Aliens
10. Assassination of a High School President

Carl makes the unique picks of having Push and Assassination of a High School President in his Top 10.

Next up is the Top 10 list for Kofi Outlaw:

jason Screen Rant’s Most Anticipated Movies Of 20091. Avatar
2. Watchmen
3. Terminator Salvation
4. Star Trek
5. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
7. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
8. Up
9. Monsters vs. Aliens
10. Friday the 13th

Kofi admits that Friday the 13th is his guilty pleasure. I forgive him as I put G.I. Joe as my number ten.

Last but not least we have Screen Rant’s newest writer, Ross Miller, and his most anticipated films of 2009:

soloist Screen Rant’s Most Anticipated Movies Of 20091. Watchmen
2. Inglourious Basterds
3. Public Enemies
4. The Soloist
5. Terminator Salvation
6. Up
7. Star Trek
8. Sherlock Holmes
9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
10. Notorious

Ross includes the unique Top 10 movie picks of The Soloist and Notorious.

That’s it for our individual lists.

So there you have it, sliced every which way! Special mentions also go out to The Surrogates, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Sherlock Holmes, The Wolf Man and the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus for all being included in several of our individual top-10 lists. Some of those just barely missed out on being included in the finalized top-10 and we are certainly looking forward to them as well, among others.

What movies are you looking forward to in 2009? Are you as excited for next year’s slate of films as I am?

And here’s a final question for you: Which of our writers’ movie tastes best match yours?

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  1. Not to be nitpicky, but I think the cool logo made for the article is missing a “c” in Screen Rant.

    And for some reason, I find that quite amusing, Sreen Rant. =P

  2. GAH!



  3. Oh and here is my top ten list:

    1. Star Trek
    2. Avatar
    3. Sherlock Holmes
    4. Watchmen
    5. Terminator Salvation
    6. and the Half-Blood Prince
    7. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
    8. Inglourious Basterds
    9. Monsters vs. Aliens
    10. Up

  4. Thanks, Ash – I’ve replaced the image. :-)


  5. No prob Vic, but ya gotta admit, “Sreen Rant” has a nice ring to it.

  6. 1. terminator 4
    2. x-men wolverine origens
    3. transformes 2
    4. fast and furius
    5. the surrogates
    6. 2012
    7. underworld 3
    8. knowing
    9. fanboys
    10. defiance
    truthfuly after 5 they look like b movies but the first 5 look great, but i could be wrong

  7. Star Trek

    After that, everything else is irrelevant.

    Except for maybe Up and T4.

  8. I’m surprised it wasn’t mentioned (may be something technical disqualified it) but I am looking forward to Astroboy. Anyone else?

  9. whoops, heh.

    Spent half the day working on this and the thing I rush at the end, I misspell :(

    New one is made – I’ll e-mail it to you Vic

  10. You know, after seeing the most recent Monsters vs. Aliens trailer, the humor seems almost… similar to other animated movies. I get edgy, but it just seems cliche now.

    If I could, I’d swap out MvA for Trek! That last trailer was great!


  11. Zipper

    I am def psyched for Astro Boy. The Soloist and The Road, I apologize for neglecting you boys from the list.

  12. Does anyone know any details about Scott Pilgrim? I absolutely love the comics, but all I’ve heard about the movie is that Michael Cera is Scott.

  13. 1. The Road
    2. Watchmen
    3. Public Enemies
    4. New Moon
    5. The Soloist
    6. X-men Origins
    7. The Alchemist
    8. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
    9. Transformers 2
    10. Push

    The Road went to the top of my list because I finally got around to reading the book, and that is amazing. The Alchemist is also based on a book but im not positive if it comes out in 2009 or 2010. Im a Twilight fan so Im looking forward to New Moon and who isnt looking forward to Watchmen?

  14. hey guys if there’s a trailer now for the transformers 2 i think it will be on top of your list am i right>>>>>>>and so for watchmen fox are damned bastards why did they wait till now why didn’t do it when the movie was in its pre production ???they just want some money because all their movies are bad

  15. Thanks, Martin. I saw that a little bit ago and just posted it up here on the site. :-)


  16. 9: Transformers

    “Can Michael Bay turn some of those frowns upside down with this sequel that he co-wrote?”

    If he pulls that off, I guarantee I won’t be one of them. That first insult was one and only chance he had with me.

    “Will there be more robots,”


    “less people,”

    Probably not.

    “better story,”

    (FlameStrike begins laughing hysterically at the thought.)

    “less corniness”

    (FlameStrike laughs even harder.)

    “and better characters?”

    (FlameStrike laughs so hard he falls out of his chair, hits his head and passes out.)

    “We hope so and some of us are looking forward to finding out from this action-adventure.”

    Abandon hope.

  17. Where the Wild Things Are. Been waiting for this since it was announced. However it may be more correctly included in 2010 releases, if ever.

  18. lol flamestrike.

    What movies do you look forward to next year – share your list

  19. Wow, I was shocked to see ‘Assassination of a High School President’ on Carl Lees list. I’m also anticipating this. Reece Thompson is starting to come around as a amusing screen actor and I really enjoyed ‘Rocket Science’ Now you can also call me extremely biased as he is a close friend to the family and I have to hang out with the little twerp tomorrow for new years day, lol.

    I didn’t see this on anybodies list. Tim Burtons produced new animated ’9′ looks like it will be a lot of fun.

    Happy New Years All!

  20. “What movies do you look forward to next year”

    I’m having a hard time finding any that sound like they’ll be any good. I suspect I’ll probably find the ones that interest me among the smaller productions that we haven’t heard about yet.

  21. @FlameStrike

    Hey bro, this is an honest question I’m curious about so don’t read it the wrong way: Considering the Sci-Fi/Superhero/Blockbuster focus of Screen Rant, why do you read us? I’m sure there are other more esoteric movie sites out there that cover the sort of films you’re referring to.



  22. Some great posts up there. The movies I am looking forward to in 2009 are :

    The International
    Public ENemies
    The Surrogates
    A Christmas Carol
    Year One
    Monsters Vs Aliens
    Star Trek XI
    Drag Me To Hell
    Ice Age 3
    Taking of Pelham 123

    Looks like it’s going to be a good year

  23. Because I’m a lifelong Science Fiction fan.

    Many of the movies this site covered for 2008 were good, and I enjoyed them. Next year just doesn’t look very good, though my hatred for a couple of the movies out next year, and the people making them, may be coloring my perception of some of the others. I’ll see when the advertising starts for some of them.

  24. Watchmen and Star Trek. I could give a damn if I see anything else. In regards to Wolverine, I feel like I’ve seen 3 Wolverine movies already so I’m not THAT psyched about it.

  25. @ 790

    Have you any interest in seeing The International? It seems to be up our alley with the global/corporate/world bank plan to rule the world…


    Cut off one head they grow three back..

  26. @Flamestrike

    Thanks for answering. As I’ve said before, I’m cautiously optimistic about Star Trek despite my being a fan for 30+ years and I really think that Watchmen is going to be freaking awesome.

    James Cameron, although being an egotisical jerk, DOES know how to make fantastic films so I’m looking forward to Avatar. And I’m willing to give McG a chance a Terminator.


  27. As I’ve said before, anything written by Orci and Kurtzman, directed by Michael Bay, or produced by Don Murphy or Spielberg isn’t worth my time or money. This, therefore, has me writing off Star Trek and Bayformers 2

    Watchmen is a comic I know nothing about. This movie was the first I’ve ever heard of it, so there’s nothing there to get me excited about it. The legal screw-ups of the producers also leave me doubtful of it actually being released, so I don’t see any reason to get my hopes up about it.

    As for Terminator, I was highly disappointed in the first one when I rented it earlier this year and I don’t give any series of movies more than one chance. Terminator blew it for me for some of the same reasons Bayformers did: it struck me as all spectacle and no story.

    As for Avatar, I have to wait until I know something about a movie before I have any reason to get excited about it. I know nothing about this one about this one and I’m going to hold off until I know more before making any decisions about it.

    The other on the list either just don’t interest me or I haven’t heard of them until now, so 2009 just doesn’t look like a good year, to me, for movies. Maybe that will change with time, though.