We can add the favorite films of master critic Roger Ebert to the ever-growing lists of 2009's best. Writing his longtime column in the Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert declined to rank his 10 best movies of 2009 by order of excellence, but instead simply went alphabetical. That was just the "mainstream" list; he also offered a separate list of the year's indie films that impressed him the most.

That doesn't mean the legendary reviewer was anything less critical in his judgments. Of 'Bad Lieutenant,' he praised Nicolas Cage, whose "stare-down with an iguana ... needs no explanation." He called the Jeff Bridges-starring 'Crazy Heart,' which wasn't originally to open until next year, "This year's 'The Wrestler.'" And he went wild for Carey Mulligan's performance in 'An Education.'
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