One of the most expensive films ever made captured the hearts of Readers' Choice film fans as Best Movie This Year — even though it was released in 2009.

One of the most expensive films ever made captured the hearts of Readers' Choice film fans as Best Movie This Year — even though it was released in 2009.

It's no wonder James Cameron's "Avatar" lingers in voters' minds. It won three Oscars and grossed $2.5 billion, the largest gross by any film, ever. In an upset, it lost to Iraq war thriller "Hurt Locker."

Each frame of the computer-generated imagery took an average of 47 man-hours to complete, IMDb.com says.

Re-released in August with previously deleted scenes, "Avatar" is the story of a paraplegic Marine named Jake Sully who is dispatched to the moon Pandora and becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world that has become his home.

Other favorites: "Inception" and "The Blind Side"