The ten best R-rated movies in 2009 varied in plot line, era and genre. However, each movie had several main points in common: great stories and characters. Each movie represented their genre wonderfully and made for a great year for R-rated movies.  

  1. “Revolutionary Road” Director Sam Mendes brought the '50s era alive in this haunting portrayal of a husband and wife. The film follows the lives of Frank and April Wheeler, two individuals who consider themselves a step above the rest in their suburban neighborhood. But when they want to escape to France, their relationship quickly deteriorates as they realize that perhaps they’re not as unique as they once thought they were.          

  2. “Public Enemies” The true story of Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger is a fascinating film about a truly enigmatic thief who won the hearts of a downtrodden American people and paved the way for the FBI to exist, becoming America’s first Public Enemy Number One.          

  3. “District 9” The film showcases a fictional event in which extraterrestrials are stranded on Earth and moved to an internment camp calle District 9. There, they are guarded by the military until Wikus Van De Merwe is appointed to head their relocation and serve illegal eviction notices. Things wildly escalate as Wikus realizes the true living situations of the aliens and the horrors that his own species is capable of.          

  4. “Precious (Based on the Novel “Push” By Sapphire)”One of the harshest R-rated movies of 2009 came in the form of “Precious,” the story of an obese, illiterate sixteen-year-old African-American girl from Harlem. Abused by her mother, forced into incest by her father, Precious does what she can to survive. But when she transfers to an alternative school, Precious begins to realize there are opportunities for her.          

  5. “Brothers” Captain Sam Cahill leaves for his fourth tour in Afghanistan, leaving behind his wife Grace and two daughters. Things quickly take a turn for the worse when word comes that Sam’s helicopter was shot down and he is presumed dead. In the shock of it all, younger brother Tommy feels suddenly called to take some responsibility for his brother’s family, eventually becoming close to Grace, an element that is strongly felt when Sam is unexpectedly found alive.      

  6. “Inglorious Basterds” This bloody, humorous and wonderfully woven alternate ending to WWII is something that could have only been imagined by director Quentin Tarantino. The film takes place in Nazi-occupied France and amidst the terror the Nazis wreak along the countryside, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” emerge, hell-bent on taking down the Nazis their own way.  

  7. “I Love You, Man” Peter has a good life. He is engaged to the love of his life and has a successful job. However, he has no real best friends, let alone one to serve as his best man. Pushed by his fiance, he goes on several “man dates” before meeting Sydney Fife, a complete opposite of Peter, but exactly what he was looking for. However, the closer they get, the more Peter’s relationship with his fiance suffers, forcing him to choose between the two.         

  8. “Sunshine Cleaning” Determined to send her son to a private school, young mom Rose starts her own business with her unpredictable sister—a biohazard removal/crime scene cleaning service.          

  9. “The Edge of Love” Loosely based on real situations and people, the film follows the poet Dylan Thomas and the two loves of his life that he can’t and refuses to choose from. After unexpectedly reuniting with childhood friend Vera, Thomas introduces her to his wife Caitlin, forming an odd threesome against the backdrop of World War In Knowing that Dylan will never choose her, Vera falls in love with another man, something that Dylan openly resents.  

  10. “Watchmen” Based on the famed comic book of the same name, the story is set in an alternate 1985 America in the midst of the Cold War where superheroes are commonplace. After a former colleague is murdered, the Watchmen fight back, determined to find out who is eliminating superheroes.