The 10 best thriller movies in 2009 crossed many genres. This list features some great films in sci-fi, horror, mystery and action. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chose to extend the best picture Oscar nominations from five movies to ten 10 in 2009, allowing several of the following films to be recognized.

  1. "Drag Me to Hell" Sam Raimi directed Alison Lohman in this funny, scary story of a loan officer who is cursed by a spurned client. Raimi, who directed the Evil Dead series, used many of his B-movie techniques to scare and thrill the audience as the lead character fights to rid herself of the curse and avoid eternal damnation.

  2. "District 9" This Oscar-nominated science fiction thriller is a parable about segregation set in South Africa, where aliens have been segregated from the human population while a multi-national corporation attempts to harness their alie weapon technology. One of the corporate workers finds himself in a life-threatening situation when he becomes infected with an alien virus, making him the world's most hunted man.

  3. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Män som hatar kvinnor)" The first novel of the wildly popular Swedish book trilogy was adapted to film in 2009. In the film, a mysterious young hacker with a painful history helps a disgraced journalist search for the truth about a wealthy woman's disappearance. A US version of the film is set to release in 2011.

  4. "Sherlock Holmes" Robert Downey Jr. stars as the detective Holmes in this action-packed movie. Jude Law stars as his loyal sidekick Watson. With Holmes' slic fighting skills and clever wit, the pair unravel a plot to destroy the country.

  5. "Paranormal Activity" Much like "The Blair Witch Project," this film gained a lot of hype for it's raw, realistic style. This horror film used similar cinematic tactics to tell the story of a young woman haunted by som unknown spirit. The hand-held camera techniques added extra chills and thrills for the audience.

  6. "Moon" Duncan Jones, son of David Bowie, directed this eerie independent sci-fi film, reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey. In the movie, Sam Rockwell plays an isolated astronaut nearing the end of a three-year solo mission on the moon. An accidental discovery unravels everything he thought he knew about the mission and his own existence.

  7. "The Hurt Locker" Director Kathryn Bigelow won a best picture Oscar for this suspenseful war drama about a special bomb unit in Iraq. The movie follows the unit on thrilling, tightly-shot missions where their lives are constantly at stake. The realistic war portrayal helped make it one of the best war movies of all time, too.

  8. "Star Trek" J.J. Abrams, the creator of the TV show "Lost," directed this thrilling reboot of the Star Trek franchise. The movie showcases the early Starfleet years of the classic Star Trek crew, including Kirk, Spock, Scotty and Uhura as they battle an evil Romulan, Nero, who has traveled through time to take revenge on those who destroyed his home planet.

  9. "The Lovely Bones" The Lovely Bones was a film adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name. It was directed by Peter Jackson, who also directed The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The movie stars Saoirse Ronan as Susie Salmon, a murdered young girl who watches over her family from heaven as they come to grips with her death and try to find her killer.

  10. "The Taking of Pelham 123" This thrilling remake of the 1974 movie stars Denzel Washington, and John Travolta. Travolta leads a team to hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers for ransom. Tensions mount as an ordinary dispatcher, played by Washington, must outwit the hijackers.