The American Film Institute (AFI) has unveiled its list of the top movies of 2009 with more than a few surprises. The ten best films of the year, in alphabetical order:

1. Coraline

2. The Hangover

3. The Hurt Locker

4. The Messenger

5. Precious

6. A Serious Man

7. A Single Man

8. Sugar

9. Up

10. Up in the Air (starring George Clooney, left)

AFI is a publicly funded institute dedicated to the preservation of American film. The AFI Lifetime Achievement Award is considered to be one of the greatest honors in film today.

–Joe Galbo

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