In 2009, we spent so much time putting together our retrospective of the last decade (click here for our "Best of the 2000s" series) that we almost forgot about all the memorable things that happened this year. Well, 2010 ain't here yet, so we're spending the last week looking back at all our favorite stuff, including albums, movies, girls, video games, sports moments, books, style trends, and websites.

By now, we figured the recession would have d-bag directors and their sniffling starlets reeling, eating butter sandwiches on the unemployment line. Alas, in 2009, Hollywood made more than $10 billion at North American box offices, so they're still living it up, distracting us from our effed up reality with their professional endeavors and personal fuckery. Fortunately, many of the movies that came out this year were legitimately worth lightening our pockets to fatten theirs (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, we are NOT looking at you). As the year comes to a close, Complex revisits the reel to reel (and keeps it real) with our top 25 movies of 2009...

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#25: Notorious

DIRECTOR: George Tillman Jr.

STARS: Jamal Woolard, Derek Luke, Angela Bassett, Marc John Jefferies, Naturi Naughton, Anthony Mackie

PLOT: The story of legendary Brooklyn rapper Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace (Woolard), from his childhood to his Life After Death.

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: As the rapper Gravy, Woolard can get the meatloaf, but as an actor portraying Biggie, he proves that he really should quit his day job (way less people get shot in the ass on movie sets—with bullets, at least). We can't co-sign the head-scratching decisions to cast Jefferies as Lil' Cease and Mackie as Tupac, but Luke nails the Puffy dance, and we can forgive oft-naked Naughton for having considerably more, um, talent up top than pre-surgery Lil' Kim. Suspension of disbelief, people!

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#24: Away We Go

DIRECTOR: Sam Mendes

STARS: John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Catherine O'Hara, Jeff Daniels, Maggie Gyllenhaal

PLOT: A nervous, unaccomplished couple (Krasinski, Rudolph) expecting their first child visits friends and relatives in search of the perfect place to settle down and start their family.

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Many of us are still dicking around, working shit jobs, getting hammered constantly, and leaving our progeny on our jumpoffs' faces, so we can relate to Mendes' funny, insightful, low-key take on the fear of becoming a parental figure. Someday we may grow up, too, but only if grownups are still allowed to splash off in a nostril every once in a while.

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#23: Coraline

DIRECTOR: Henry Selick

STARS: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Ian McShane, Keith David

PLOT: A young girl (Fanning) who feels bored and neglected by her mom and dad discovers a parallel world where her button-eyed parents are attentive and sweet...but may be looking to steal her soul.

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Like Selick's The Nightmare Before Christmas, this stop-motion gem adapted from Neil Gaiman's novel might look like it's for kids, but it's darker and more horrifying than the lil' buggers would expect. We suggest you tie the tykes down and sew their eyelids open when you force them to watch.

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#22: Adventureland

DIRECTOR: Greg Mottola

STARS: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader

PLOT: High school grad James Brennan (Eisenberg) learns about life and love while reluctantly working at a rundown amusement park to help pay for college.

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: We'll watch anything Kristin Stewart is in that doesn't suck vampire balls. Besides, we haven't experienced a theme park coming of age this good since we got dome on a carousel for the first time. Also: Lisa. Fucking. P.

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#21: The House of the Devil

DIRECTOR: Ti West

STARS: Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov

PLOT: An old couple (Noonan, Woronov) lure a cash-strapped college student (Donahue) to their creepy old house to babysit (for a child they don't have) and trap her with the intention of using her in a Satanic ritual.

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: West throws it back to the slasher, haunted house, and Satanic cult films of the 1970s and '80s without spoofing or ripping them off. He creates slow-building suspense and chills masterfully without all the gore that's become commonplace in horror flicks. If you need buckets of blood to turn you on, time your booty calls to a menstrual cycle.

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