Best Thriller 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.

The Hurt Locker

6.1
7.6/10

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
3.

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
4.

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
5.

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
6.

Cloverfield

5.5
7.0/10

Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives.

Starring: Michael Stahl-David, T.J. Miller, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, Odette Annable
Directed by: Matt Reeves
Release date: 2008-01-15
7.

Rambo

5.4
7.0/10

When governments fail to act on behalf of captive missionaries, ex-Green Beret John James Rambo sets aside his peaceful existence along the Salween River in a war-torn region of Thailand to take action. Although he's still haunted by violent memories of his time as a U.S. soldier during the Vietnam War, Rambo can hardly turn his back on the aid workers who so desperately need his help.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Matthew Marsden, Reynaldo Gallegos, Jake La Botz
Directed by: Sylvester Stallone
Release date: 2008-01-24
8.

Get Smart

5.3
6.5/10

When the identities of secret agents from Control are compromised, the Chief promotes hapless but eager analyst Maxwell Smart and teams him with stylish, capable Agent 99, the only spy whose cover remains intact. Can they work together to thwart the evil plans of KAOS and its crafty operative?

Starring: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terence Stamp
Directed by: Peter Segal
Release date: 2008-06-19
9.

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
10.

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
11.

Nothing But the Truth

5.2
7.2/10

When reporter Rachel Armstrong writes a story that reveals the identity of a covert CIA operative, the government demands that Rachel reveal her source. She defies the special prosecutor and is thrown in jail. Meanwhile, her attorney, Albert Burnside argues her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Alan Alda, Vera Farmiga, Noah Wyle
Directed by: Rod Lurie
Release date: 2008-12-19
12.

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
13.

Eden Lake

4.8
6.8/10

Eden Lake is a relentlessly tense and immaculately paced horror-thriller about modern youth gone wild. When a young couple goes to a remote wooded lake for a romantic getaway, their quiet weekend is shattered by an aggressive group of local kids. Rowdiness quickly turns to rage as the teens terrorize the couple in unimaginable ways, and a weekend outing becomes a bloody battle for survival.

Starring: Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Jack O'Connell, Finn Atkins, Thomas Turgoose
Directed by: James Watkins
Release date: 2008-09-12
14.

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
15.

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
16.

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
17.

The Escapist

4.7
6.8/10

Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict twelve years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined to make peace with her before it's too late. He develops an ingenious escape plan, and recruits a dysfunctional band of escapists - misfits with a mutual dislike for one other but united by their desire to escape their hell hole of an existence.

Starring: Brian Cox, Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes, Seu Jorge, Liam Cunningham
Directed by: Rupert Wyatt
Release date: 2008-06-20
18.

Surveillance

4.6
6.4/10

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
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.

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, Amy Smart, Cameron Boyce, Erica Gluck
Directed by: Alexandre Aja
Release date: 2008-08-15

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