Best 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.

WALL·E

6.9

WALL·E is the last robot left on an Earth that has been overrun with garbage and all humans have fled to outer space. For 700 years he has continued to try and clean up the mess, but has developed some rather interesting human-like qualities. When a ship arrives with a sleek new type of robot, WALL·E thinks he's finally found a friend and stows away on the ship when it leaves.

Starring: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, MacInTalk
Directed by: Andrew Stanton
Release date: 2008-06-22
3.

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
4.

Iron Man

6.6

After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Shaun Toub
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Release date: 2008-04-30
5.

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
6.

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
7.

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
8.

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
9.

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
10.

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
11.

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
12.

Kung Fu Panda

6.2

When the Valley of Peace is threatened, lazy Po the panda discovers his destiny as the "chosen one" and trains to become a kung fu hero, but transforming the unsleek slacker into a brave warrior won't be easy. It's up to Master Shifu and the Furious Five -- Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey -- to give it a try.

Starring: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu
Directed by: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
Release date: 2008-06-04
13.

Taken

6.2

While vacationing with a friend in Paris, an American girl is kidnapped by a gang of human traffickers intent on selling her into forced prostitution. Working against the clock, her ex-spy father must pull out all the stops to save her. But with his best years possibly behind him, the job may be more than he can handle.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Leland Orser, Jon Gries
Directed by: Pierre Morel
Release date: 2008-02-18
14.

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
15.

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
16.

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

6.0

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
17.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

6.0

Dr. Horrible, an aspiring supervillain with his own video blog, is attempting to join the prestigious Evil League of Evil (led by the legendary "thoroughbred of sin", Bad Horse), but his plans are usually foiled by the egotistical superhero Captain Hammer. Dr. Horrible's life is thrown for a loop when he falls in love with Penny, a beautiful and optimistic advocate for the homeless he meets at the laundromat.

Release date: 2008-07-15
18.

Marley & Me

6.0

A newly married couple who, in the process of starting a family, learn many of life's important lessons from their trouble-loving retriever, Marley. Packed with plenty of laughs to lighten the load, the film explores the highs and lows of marriage, maturity and confronting one's own mortality, as seen through the lens of family life with a dog.

Starring: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric William Dane, Kathleen Turner, Alan Arkin
Directed by: David Frankel
Release date: 2008-12-25
19.

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
20.

Presto

5.8

Dignity. Poise. Mystery. We expect nothing less from the great turn-of-the-century magician, Presto. But when Presto neglects to feed his rabbit one too many times, the magician finds he isn't the only one with a few tricks up his sleeve!

Starring: Doug Sweetland
Directed by: Doug Sweetland
Release date: 2008-06-18

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