Ones that i've personally shot:
1. Ruger SR9c
as this gun is the most solid 9mm i own. The trigger is beautiful, for a smaller gun it fits my hands great, the 1911 style safety is a plus, it's ambi, versatility of the compact and full size grip(sorry Cali) and it's even easy enough to tear apart so i could remove the lame magazine disconnect!
2. E.A.A Witness
as it's a CZ-75 clone, what's not to like! And everyone knows the CZ has alot of traits borrowed from the Browning High Power. This gun has been a solid performer for me, not the prettiest or lightest gun but it's damn accurate and reliable
3. Springfield XD
I myself do not own one but i love getting trigger time with my buddies. The trigger is great and it's very accurate. Not the prettiest damn thing but it works and it works great!
4. Taurus PT92
as mine was my very first gun purchase and it's been nothing but accurate and reliable for me. The PT series from Taurus seems to be a ton less hit or miss compared to their other firearms. I chose it over a Beretta because i'm not a fan of the slide mounted safety on the Beretta's.
5. Magnum Research Baby Eagle
First 9mm handgun i've ever fired and it's another firearm that is closely modelled to a CZ-75
A list based on what i think would be the top 5
1.Browning High Power
like CA said, they don't call them "King of Nines" for no reason
phew that was hard to say but no one can disprove their hell and back reliability
3. M&P 9mm's
it's a Glock with a little something called ergonomics! They don't have the publicised track record of Glocks but give it time as there is a reason more LE agencies are trading in their Glocks for M&P's
there's a reason elite agencies like the Navy SEALS adopted them, they are great guns. For those who don't know, the Sig 226 actually beat the Beretta in the military's pistol trials but Beretta offered a better price to the government
It's just a great all around performer
with traits from the BHP