Best Mystery Movies of 2008

1.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

6.5
7.8/10

Born under unusual circumstances, Benjamin Button springs into being as an elderly man in a New Orleans nursing home and ages in reverse. Twelve years after his birth, he meets Daisy, a child who flits in and out of his life as she grows up to be a dancer. Though he has all sorts of unusual adventures over the course of his life, it is his relationship with Daisy, and the hope that they will come together at the right time, that drives Benjamin forward.

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond, Elle Fanning
Directed by: David Fincher
Release date: 2008-12-25
2.

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
3.

Doubt

5.4
7.5/10

In 1964, a Catholic school nun questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student, suspecting him of abuse. He denies the charges, and much of the film's quick-fire dialogue tackles themes of religion, morality, and authority.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis, Alice Drummond
Directed by: John Patrick Shanley
Release date: 2008-11-27
4.

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
5.

Eagle Eye

5.3
6.6/10

Jerry Shaw and Rachel Holloman are two strangers whose lives are suddenly thrown into turmoil by a mysterious woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, the unseen caller uses everyday technology to control their actions and push them into increasing danger. As events escalate, Jerry and Rachel become the country's most-wanted fugitives and must figure out what is happening to them.

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Anthony Mackie
Directed by: D.J. Caruso
Release date: 2008-09-25
6.

Felon

5.2
7.4/10

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
7.

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
8.

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
9.

Blindness

4.8
6.6/10

When a sudden plague of blindness devastates a city, a small group of the afflicted band together to triumphantly overcome the horrific conditions of their imposed quarantine.

Starring: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Alice Braga, Gael García Bernal, Danny Glover
Directed by: Fernando Meirelles
Release date: 2008-05-14
10.

Surveillance

4.6
6.3/10

An FBI agent tracks a serial killer with the help of three of his would-be victims - all of whom have wildly different stories to tell.

Starring: Julia Ormond, Bill Pullman, Pell James, Caroline Aaron, Hugh Dillon
Directed by: Jennifer Chambers Lynch
Release date: 2008-02-08
11.

Mirrors

4.5
6.2/10

An ex-cop and his family are the target of an evil force that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home.

Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton, Cameron Boyce, Erica Gluck, Amy Smart
Directed by: Alexandre Aja
Release date: 2008-08-15
12.

Untraceable

4.5
6.2/10

Special Agent Jennifer Marsh (Diane Lane) works in an elite division of the FBI dedicated to fighting cybercrime. She thinks she has seen it all, until a particularly sadistic criminal arises on the Internet. This tech-savvy killer posts live feeds of his crimes on his website; the more hits the site gets, the faster the victim dies. Marsh and her team must find the elusive killer before time runs out.

Starring: Diane Lane, Billy Burke, Colin Hanks, Joseph Cross, Mary Beth Hurt
Directed by: Gregory Hoblit
Release date: 2008-01-22
13.

The Midnight Meat Train

4.4
6.1/10

The photographer Leon lives with his girlfriend and waitress Maya waiting for a chance to get in the photo business. When Maya contacts their friend Jurgis, he schedules a meeting for Leon with the successful owner of arts gallery Susan Hoff; she analyzes Leon's work and asks him to improve the quality of his photos. During the night, the upset Leon decides to wander on the streets taking pictures with his camera, and he follows three punks down to the subway station; when the gang attacks a young woman, Leon defends her and the guys move on. On the next morning, Leon discovers that the woman is missing. He goes to the police station, but Detective Lynn Hadley does not give much attention to him and discredits his statement. Leon becomes obsessed to find what happened with the stranger and he watches the subway station. When he sees the elegant butcher Mahogany in the train, Leon believes he might be a murderer and stalks him everywhere, in the beginning of his journey to the darkness.

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Vinnie Jones, Brooke Shields, Leslie Bibb, Roger Bart
Directed by: Ryûhei Kitamura
Release date: 2008-08-07
14.

The Children

4.4
6.0/10

A relaxing Christmas vacation turns into a terrifying fight for survival as the children begin to turn on their parents

Starring: Eva Birthistle, Hannah Tointon, Stephen Campbell Moore, Rachel Shelley, Jeremy Sheffield
Directed by: Tom Shankland
Release date: 2008-12-05
15.

Passengers

4.3
5.9/10

After a plane crash, a young therapist, Claire, is assigned by her mentor to counsel the flight's five survivors. When they share their recollections of the incident -- which some say include an explosion that the airline claims never happened -- Claire is intrigued by Eric, the most secretive of the passengers

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Patrick Wilson, Andre Braugher, Dianne Wiest, David Morse
Directed by: Rodrigo García
Release date: 2008-09-26
16.

The Oxford Murders

4.3
6.1/10
The Oxford Murders
At Oxford University, a professor and a grad student work together to try and stop a potential series of murders seemingly linked by mathematical symbols
Starring: Elijah Wood, John Hurt, Leonor Watling, Julie Cox, Jim Carter
Directed by: Álex de la Iglesia
Release date: 2008-01-18
17.

The X Files: I Want to Believe

4.3
5.9/10

Six years after the events of The X-Files series finale, former FBI agent Doctor Dana Scully is now a staff physician at Our Lady of Sorrows, a Catholic hospital, and treating a boy named Christian who has Sandhoff disease, a terminal brain condition. FBI agent Drummy arrives to ask Scully’s help in locating Fox Mulder, the fugitive former head of the X-Files division, and says they will call off its manhunt for him if he will help investigate the disappearances of several women, including young FBI agent Monica Banan. Mulder and Scully are called back to duty by the FBI when a former priest claims to be receiving psychic visions pertaining to a kidnapped agent.

Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Xzibit
Directed by: Chris Carter
Release date: 2008-07-24
18.

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

4.0
5.5/10

Beautiful Mandy Lane isn't a party girl but, when classmate Chloe invites the Texas high school student to a bash in the countryside, she reluctantly accepts. After hitching a ride with a vaguely scary older man, the teens arrive at their destination. Partying ensues, and Mandy's close pal, Emmet, keeps a watchful eye on the young males making a play for Mandy. Then two of the students are murdered.

Starring: Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Michael Welch, Whitney Able, Edwin Hodge
Directed by: Jonathan Levine
Release date: 2008-02-15
19.

The Other Man

4.0
5.4/10

The story of a husband who suspects his wife of adultery, and sets out to track down the other man in her life.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Antonio Banderas, Laura Linney, Romola Garai, Abigail Canton
Directed by: Richard Eyre
Release date: 2008-12-25
20.

DownWard Spiral

3.7
7.8/10
DownWard Spiral
Sandy's living a normal happy life with her wealthy husband, working as a flight attendant. One day, after landing, she catches a taxi to her hotel and the creepy taxi driver takes Sandy to a deserted broken-down factory where he robs her and throws her out of the taxi, leaving her stranded amongst the dusty old factory buildings...this is where the story begins. Perplexed, she tries to find someone to help her get back to her hotel. While trying to escape, she witnesses many perverted situations, and even manages to get herself into a few. She doesn't really know where she is and how she got there, but she slowly starts to enjoy the filthy pleasures of the sinful area, and her mood gradually shifts from shock to excitement as she enters the downward spiral of perversity...
Starring: Sandy, Simony Diamond, Kathia Nobili, Nikki Rider, Cindy Hope
Directed by: Frank Major, Andrew Youngman
Release date: 2008-07-14

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