A best-of list at the year's halfway point? Hell yeah, but ain't a damn thing about it done halfway.

Blow the whistle—it's halftime in 2009! All week long we've been listing our favorite things that floated into the Complex universe in the past six months. We already gave you our picks for the best sneakers, albums, style essentials, and video games; now, we close the week out with The Top 10 Movies. Fortunately movies haven't sucked like rap has, so we had to really think about what deserved a spot and how it measured up to the rest. What we were left with is a legit list of must-see, worth-the-price-of-admission flicks (or at least the time it takes to download them illegally). Action, comedy, drama, romance, horror, sci-fi, sports, animation, documentary, blockbuster, indie—we've got it all. Find out which flick took the top spot and why as we count it down. As always, let us know if you have bad taste and disagree.
#10: Observe and Report


STARS: Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Ray Liotta, Michael Peña, Jesse Plemons

PLOT: Bipolar and professionally impotent mall cop Ronnie Barnhardt (Rogen) competes with real police to catch a flasher who's throwing his junk around the shopping center parking lot.

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: After playing several harmless, well-intentioned slackers, Rogen goes to the comedic dark side like Travis Bickle with the jokey-jokes. Date rape has never been so funny! (Hey, we didn't make it #1.)


#9: Sugar

DIRECTORS: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

STARS: Algenis Perez Soto, Rayniel Rufino

PLOT: Recruited to play in the U.S. minor leagues, Dominican pitching phenom Miguel "Sugar" Santos (Perez Soto) struggles with culture shock, competition, and his own drive as he attempts to go pro and pull his family out of poverty.

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: With all the baseball movies out there, this is the first we've seen that explores the plight of players trying to make it out of developing-world slums. On-field performance aside, do you have any idea how fucking hard it is to find a chick in Iowa who can cook arroz con frijoles y pollo and dance merengue? Fuck a curveball—Sugar hurls heat at your head!


#8: 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 haven't experienced a theme park coming of age this good since we got dome on a carousel for the first time.


#7: I Love You, Man

DIRECTOR: John Hamburg

STARS: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Jaime Pressley, Jon Favreau, Andy Samberg

PLOT: Peter Klaven (Rudd), a man so disturbingly pussy-whipped that he never took time out to develop male friendships, goes on a series of man-dates to find a Best Man for his wedding.

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Rudd and Segel are two halves of the best bromance ever that doesn't involve Brody Jenner and/or anal penetration in a tent on a mountain.


#6: Tyson

DIRECTOR: James Toback

STARS: Mike Tyson

PLOT: Tyson talks about his wild life experiences, from first-round knockouts and fortune to ear-biting and face tats, as each memorable moment is revisited in archival footage and photographs.

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Iron Mike is the only person who knows what the hell is going on inside his head. You may still not fully understand even after he speaks on it, but it's without a doubt his most convincing knockout in years.



#5: Up

DIRECTOR: Pete Docter

STARS: Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer

PLOT: To avoid going to a retirement home and fulfill a promise he made to his deceased wife, a lonely old man uproots his home with balloons and flies away, accidentally taking a young boy scout with him on his adventure.

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Like Wall-E in 2008, Up is proof that animated movies aren't just for kids. It'll keep you riveted with stunning visuals and a moving story, so if you're looking to finger blast a MILF while her kid stares at some family-friendly junk, take 'em to see an Eddie Murphy flick.


#4: Taken

DIRECTOR: Pierre Morel

STARS: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen

PLOT: When Euro-thugs abduct, drug, and sell his teenage daughter into sex slavery, an ex-secret service agent (Neeson) uses his investigative and kill skills in a desperate attempt to save her and savage the shit out of dudes.
THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Out of nowhere, Neeson single-fistedly brought back the badass Charles Bronson brand of violent vengeance. Disagree with this selection and we'll stab you in the brain with your nose bone!


#3: Sin Nombre

DIRECTOR: Cary Jôji Fukunaga

STARS: Paulina Gaitan, Edgar Flores

PLOT: A Honduran teenager (Gaitan) in search of a better life and a runaway Mexican gangbanger (Flores) who's being hunted by his old homeboys cross paths while riding atop trains to the U.S. border.

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Fukunaga's debut doesn't focus exclusively on life in La Mara Salvatrucha, one of the world's most notorious gangs, but it's still the best movie about bangin' that's been made in years. Menacing face tats, homemade shotguns, and machetes—trust us, you want to get jumped in for this one.


#2: Drag Me To Hell


STARS: Alison Lohman, Justin Long

PLOT: When loan officer Christine Brown (Lohman) publicly shames a gypsy, the old hag curses her with an evil spirit that will drag her to hell in three days if she doesn't figure out a way to save her soul.

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: Nobody does legitimately scary LOL horror like Raimi, creator of The Evil Dead trilogy. After years caught in the web of the Spider-Man franchise, he pops up like a ghoul hand from the ground to show these lames how it's done. (Boo, bitches!) It's worthy of the #1 spot, if not for...


#1: Star Trek


STARS: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Zoë Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Leonard Nimoy

PLOT: James Tiberius Kirk (Pine) and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise fight to protect the universe from the time-traveling Romulan terrorist (Bana) who killed Kirk's father and altered the time-space continuum.

THE COMPLEX CO-SIGN: It's damn near impossible to make a movie that appeals to longtime devotees, newbies, and everyone in between (see: Watchmen and Terminator Salvation—or, better yet, don't see them). Abrams pulled it off with a blockbuster that has the perfect balance of action and intelligence, comedy and drama, insider references and accessibility, and actually left us amped to see sequels. Of course, we'd like to see intergalactic playboy Kirk invade more alien chicks' inner space, but that's why we have face paint, flip-cams, and lighting rigs in our crib.