Best Crime Movies of 2008

1.

The Dark Knight

7.6
9.0/10

Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker.

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Release date: 2008-07-16
2.

In Bruges

6.3
7.9/10

Ray and Ken, two hit men, are in Bruges, Belgium, waiting for their next mission. While they are there they have time to think and discuss their previous assignment. When the mission is revealed to Ken, it is not what he expected.

Starring: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Clémence Poésy, Thekla Reuten
Directed by: Martin McDonagh
Release date: 2008-02-08
3.

Changeling

6.3
7.7/10

Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Jeffrey Donovan, John Malkovich, Geoff Pierson, Amy Ryan
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 2008-01-30
4.

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

6.0
8.6/10

In 2001, Andrew Bagby, a medical resident, is murdered not long after breaking up with his girlfriend. Soon after, when she announces she's pregnant, one of Andrew's many close friends, Kurt Kuenne, begins this film, a gift to the child.

Starring: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby, Shirley Turner
Directed by: Kurt Kuenne
Release date: 2008-10-31
5.

Bronson

5.8
7.1/10

A young man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson.

Starring: Tom Hardy, Matt King, James Lance, Kelly Adams, Katy Barker
Directed by: Nicolas Winding Refn
Release date: 2008-10-09
6.

The Bank Job

5.7
7.2/10

Terry is a small-time car dealer trying to leave his shady past behind and start a family. Martine is a beautiful model from Terry's old neighbourhood who knows that Terry is no angel. When Martine proposes a foolproof plan to rob a bank, Terry recognises the danger but realises this may be the opportunity of a lifetime. As the resourceful band of thieves burrows its way into a safe-deposit vault at a Lloyds Bank, they quickly realise that, besides millions in riches, the boxes also contain secrets that implicate everyone from London's most notorious underworld gangsters to powerful government figures, and even the Royal Family. Although the heist makes headlines throughout Britain for several days, a government gag order eventually brings all reporting of the case to an immediate halt.

Starring: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Campbell Moore, Daniel Mays, James Faulkner
Directed by: Roger Donaldson
Release date: 2008-02-28
7.

Quantum of Solace

5.6
6.6/10

Quantum of Solace continues the adventures of James Bond after Casino Royale. Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. Pursuing his determination to uncover the truth, Bond and M interrogate Mr. White, who reveals that the organization that blackmailed Vesper is far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini
Directed by: Marc Forster
Release date: 2008-10-30
8.

Man on Wire

5.6
7.8/10

On August 7th 1974, French tightrope walker Philippe Petit stepped out on a high wire, illegally rigged between New York's World Trade Center twin towers, then the world's tallest buildings. After nearly an hour of performing on the wire, 1,350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan, he was arrested. This fun and spellbinding documentary chronicles Philippe Petit's "highest" achievement.

Starring: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix, David Forman
Directed by: James Marsh
Release date: 2008-07-25
9.

21

5.5
6.8/10

Ben Campbell is a young, highly intelligent, student at M.I.T. in Boston who strives to succeed. Wanting a scholarship to transfer to Harvard School of Medicine with the desire to become a doctor, Ben learns that he cannot afford the $300,000 for the four to five years of schooling as he comes from a poor, working-class background. But one evening, Ben is introduced by his unorthodox math professor Micky Rosa into a small but secretive club of five. Students Jill, Choi, Kianna, and Fisher, who are being trained by Professor Rosa of the skill of card counting at blackjack.

Starring: Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Aaron Yoo, Liza Lapira
Directed by: Robert Luketic
Release date: 2008-03-27
10.

A Matter of Loaf and Death

5.3
7.6/10

Wallace and Gromit have a brand new business - a bakery. Although business is booming, Gromit is concerned by the news that 12 local bakers have 'disappeared' this year - but Wallace isn't worried. He's too distracted and in love with local beauty and bread enthusiast, Piella Bakewell, to be of much help. Gromit must be the sleuth and solve the escalating murder mystery.

Starring: Peter Sallis, Sally Lindsay, Melissa Collier, Sarah Laborde, Geraldine McEwan
Directed by: Nick Park
Release date: 2008-12-03
11.

Vantage Point

5.3
6.6/10

The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt
Directed by: Pete Travis
Release date: 2008-02-01
12.

Felon

5.2
7.5/10

A family man convicted of killing an intruder must cope with life afterward in the violent penal system.

Starring: Stephen Dorff, Val Kilmer, Marisol Nichols, Vincent Miller, Anne Archer
Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh
Release date: 2008-07-17
13.

Traitor

5.0
7.0/10

When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn.

Starring: Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Neal McDonough, Saïd Taghmaoui, Alyy Khan
Directed by: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Release date: 2008-08-23
14.

The Stoning of Soraya M.

4.9
8.0/10

A drama set in 1986 Iran and centered on a man, Sahebjam, whose car breaks down in a remote village and enters into a conversation with Zahra, who relays to him the story about her niece, Soraya, whose arranged marriage to an abusive tyrant had a tragic ending.

Starring: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Mozhan Marnò, Jim Caviezel, Navid Negahban, Ali Pourtash
Directed by: Cyrus Nowrasteh
Release date: 2008-09-07
15.

Saw V

4.9
5.8/10

Detective Hoffman is seemingly the last person alive to carry on the Jigsaw legacy. But when his secret is threatened, he must go on the hunt to eliminate all the loose ends.

Starring: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson, Betsy Russell, Mark Rolston
Directed by: David Hackl
Release date: 2008-10-23
16.

Appaloosa

4.9
6.7/10

Two friends hired to police a small town that is suffering under the rule of a rancher find their job complicated by the arrival of a young widow.

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, Renée Zellweger, Jeremy Irons, Timothy Spall
Directed by: Ed Harris
Release date: 2008-09-12
17.

Transsiberian

4.8
6.7/10

A Trans-Siberian train journey from China to Moscow becomes a thrilling chase of deception and murder when an American couple encounters a mysterious pair of fellow travelers.

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Kate Mara, Eduardo Noriega, Thomas Kretschmann
Directed by: Brad Anderson
Release date: 2008-01-18
18.

Pride and Glory

4.8
6.7/10

A saga centered on a multi-generational family of New York City Police officers. The family's moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney, investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law. For Ray, the truth is revelatory, a Pandora's Box that threatens to upend not only the Tierney legacy but the entire NYPD.

Starring: Edward Norton, Jon Voight, Colin Farrell, Noah Emmerich, Jennifer Ehle
Directed by: Gavin O'Connor
Release date: 2008-09-09
19.

Assassination of a High School President

4.5
6.3/10

After the theft of copies of SAT exams from a principal's office, teenage reporter Bobby Funke sets out to unmask the thief. Bobby prints an article fingering Class President Paul Moore as the thief, shredding the youth's reputation. But as Bobby gets to know Paul's girlfriend, Francesca, he comes to realize he was wrong about Paul, so he sets out to unmask the true culprit.

Starring: Mischa Barton, Reece Thompson, Bruce Willis, Michael Rapaport, Kathryn Morris
Directed by: Brett Simon
Release date: 2008-01-17
20.

Righteous Kill

4.5
6.0/10

Two veteran New York City detectives work to identify the possible connection between a recent murder and a case they believe they solved years ago; is there a serial killer on the loose, and did they perhaps put the wrong person behind bars?

Starring: Robert De Niro, Carla Gugino, 50 Cent, Al Pacino, Donnie Wahlberg
Directed by: Jon Avnet
Release date: 2008-09-11

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