Best Drama Movies of 2008

1.

The Dark Knight

7.6

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.

Gran Torino

6.6

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Carley, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Brian Haley
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 2008-12-09
3.

Slumdog Millionaire

6.6

Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.

Starring: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Mia Drake Inderbitzin, Saurabh Shukla
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Release date: 2008-05-12
4.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

6.4

Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond, Elle Fanning
Directed by: David Fincher
Release date: 2008-12-25
5.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

6.4

When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner or the role his own Nazi father plays in his imprisonment, Bruno embarks on a dangerous journey inside the camp's walls.

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend
Directed by: Mark Herman
Release date: 2008-05-07
6.

Changeling

6.3

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
7.

In Bruges

6.3

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
8.

Seven Pounds

6.3

An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.

Starring: Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Sarah Jane Morris, Woody Harrelson, Michael Ealy
Directed by: Gabriele Muccino
Release date: 2008-12-18
9.

The Wrestler

6.3

Aging wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson is long past his prime but still ready and rarin' to go on the pro-wrestling circuit. After a particularly brutal beating, however, Randy hangs up his tights, pursues a serious relationship with a long-in-the-tooth stripper, and tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter. But he can't resist the lure of the ring and readies himself for a comeback.

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Todd Barry
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Release date: 2008-09-07
10.

The Reader

6.1

The story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who, as a teenager in the late 1950s, had an affair with an older woman, Hanna, who then disappeared only to resurface years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as a concentration camp guard late in the war. He alone realizes that Hanna is illiterate and may be concealing that fact at the expense of her freedom.

Starring: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz
Directed by: Stephen Daldry
Release date: 2008-12-10
11.

The Hurt Locker

6.1

Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Release date: 2008-10-10
12.

Generation Kill

5.9

Marines prepare to invade Iraq at the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom; while the soldiers wait to receive their orders, they learn a Rolling Stone columnist will be embedded with them

Release date: 2008-07-13
13.

Revolutionary Road

5.8

A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Michael Shannon, Kathryn Hahn, David Harbour
Directed by: Sam Mendes
Release date: 2008-12-19
14.

Bronson

5.8

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
15.

Body of Lies

5.7

The CIA’s hunt is on for the mastermind of a wave of terrorist attacks. Roger Ferris is the agency’s man on the ground, moving from place to place, scrambling to stay ahead of ever-shifting events. An eye in the sky – a satellite link – watches Ferris. At the other end of that real-time link is the CIA’s Ed Hoffman, strategizing events from thousands of miles away. And as Ferris nears the target, he discovers trust can be just as dangerous as it is necessary for survival.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Ali Suliman, Simon McBurney
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 2008-10-10
16.

The Fall

5.7

In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story about 5 mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality starts to blur as the tale advances.

Starring: Catinca Untaru, Lee Pace, Justine Waddell, Kim Uylenbroek, Aiden Lithgow
Directed by: Tarsem Singh
Release date: 2008-01-03
17.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

5.7

Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Christopher Evan Welch
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 2008-08-15
18.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

5.6

When Sarah Marshall dumps aspiring musician Peter Bretter for rock star Aldous Snow, Peter's world comes crashing down. His best friend suggests that Peter should get away from everything and to fly off to Hawaii to escape all his problems. After arriving in Hawaii and meeting the beautiful Rachel Jansen, Peter is shocked to see not only Aldous Snow in Hawaii, but also Sarah Marshall.

Starring: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, Bill Hader
Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
Release date: 2008-04-17
19.

Burn After Reading

5.5

When a disc containing memoirs of a former CIA analyst falls into the hands of Linda Litzke and Chad Feldheimer, the two gym employees see a chance to make enough money for her to have life-changing cosmetic surgery. Predictably, events whirl out of control for the duo doofuses and those in their orbit.

Starring: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton
Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Release date: 2008-09-05
20.

Frost/Nixon

5.5

For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans. Likewise, Frost's team harboured doubts about their boss's ability to hold his own. But as the cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted.

Starring: Michael Sheen, Frank Langella, Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell, Matthew Macfadyen
Directed by: Ron Howard
Release date: 2008-10-15

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