If you want to watch some good, serious movies that have recently come out on DVD, check out the 10 best drama movies of 2009. The following films have riveting storylines, great characters, and plenty of drama. Most of the films also swept up quite a few Academy Awards.

  1. “The Hurt Locker This movie won the Best Picture Academy Award in 2009 for its gritty portrayal of the war in Iraq. The film follows a group of bomb detonators and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

  2. “Broken Embraces” This best drama film of 2009 is a Spanish movie starring Penelope Cruz. She plays an aspiring actress and a millionaire’s mistress, who soon becomes involved with her director in this tale of deadly love.

  3. “A Single Man” Colin Firth stars as a gay man coming to terms with the death of his lover in this best drama of 2009. The movie captures the entire feel of 1960s Los Angeles and subtly builds toward a powerful finale. Julianne Moore wows as Firth’s eccentric friend.

  4. “The Road” This apocalyptic tale based on Cormac McCarthy’s best-selling novel is grim and dark, but very good. Viggo Mortensen plays a father struggling to keep his son and him alive in this best drama movie from 2009.

  5. “Crazy Heart” Jeff Bridges won a Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of a run-down country singer who finds new life in him when he meets a young reporter (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal). His quest for redemption and change make the movie one of 2009’s best dramas.

  6. “The Blind SideThis best 2009 drama film gave Sandra Bullock her first Oscar. She stars in a true story about a woman who takes in a homeless boy and ultimately helps him make it into to the NFL.

  7. “Up in the Air” George Clooney stars in this indie hit about a man who travels the country, firing people. Along the way, he finds himself developing a conscience in spite of himself. His interactions with other characters and subtle development are reasons why this is one of the best drama movies of 2009.

  8. “An Education” This best 2009 drama movie is based on a screenplay by Nick Hornby and made actress Carey Mulligan famous. The story centers on a young British girl who learns quite a few lessons while dating an older man.

  9. “Inglourious Basterds” Quentin Tarantino’s wild World War II movie mixes many different movie genres, including drama, comedy, action, and Western. Its riveting portrayal of a French Jew’s quest for revenge, though, provides the dramatic centerpiece that makes this movie a great drama film from 2009.

  10. “District 9” This sci-fi movie produced by Peter Jackson may look like a straight action film, but it actually contains a lot of drama. Although it’s about aliens landing on earth, the movie also delivers a social critique.