6. 'Inglorious Basterds'
Quentin Tarantino was in a rare downward period of his career by early 2009. His last movie, Grindhouse, was a complete flop and it looked like he might be past his peak. Then he released Inglorious Basterds, an alternate history World War II movie where Brad Pitt leads a group of Jews that enact brutal revenge on the Nazis. It pulled in $322 million, and set up a whole new chapter of Tarantino's career.