I have two best movies this year: one is the best new movie of 2009, the other is the best new-to-me movie of 2009.
Best new movie of 2009: Up
I saw this delightful animated picture with a couple friends to celebrate one of their birthdays. It was a humourous and adorable watch, and the story was absolutely wonderful. It was such a happy movie. The message really struck a chord with me: life is an adventure, and we ought to celebrate it as such.
Best new-to-movie of 2009: Harold and Maude
My roommate in first year recommended this 1971 film to me, but I never got around to seeing it until this summer. I am very glad that I did watch it, and I think that I appreciated it far more now than I would have two years ago. Another movie reminding me to really live and to enjoy life. Also, the soundtrack is exquisite: 9 wonderful tracks by Cat Stevens, a few of which really resonated with me, most particularly "Don't Be Shy" (imagine that!).
I would recommend either of these movies to anyone. They are both excellent, and well worth the time to watch them.