The Best Movies of 2008

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List Criteria: Only movies that were in theatres in 2008

A list of the best movies of 2008, from gritty dramas movies like The Wrestler to comedies like Pineapple Express. The '00s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters and 2008 was no exception. Some the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies and dramas in history. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years after they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on here.

As stated before, some of the best movies of the decade were released in 2008. Who could forget The Dark Knight with Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, Milk with Sean Penn, and of course, Iron Man with Robert Downey Jr. And let's not forget about Tina Fey in Baby Mama.

The best movies of 2008 featured some of the biggest stars in the movie business. Whether it was the aforementioned stars continuing their success or the breakout performances featured in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, or established stars like Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Ben Stiller and Jack Black in Tropic Thunder.

Some of the best movies of all time were released in 2008. This is the ultimate list of the best movies of 2008, which shouldn't feature the best movies of 2007. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the best movies of that year should be reflected. If you notice that there's a movie from this year that should be on this list but is missing, feel free to add it.
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson

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    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning

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    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

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    Tom Cruise, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Robert Downey Jr.

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    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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    James Franco, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin

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    Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Russell Brand

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    Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham, Stuart Graham

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    Vera Farmiga, Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis

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    Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman

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    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

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    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

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    Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh

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    Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith

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    Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell, Michael Sheen

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    Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner

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    Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman

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    Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, Peter Dinklage

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    Yehezkel Lazarov, Mickey Leon

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Lena Olin

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    Ryoko Hirosue, Masahiro Motoki, Kimiko Yo

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    Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf

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    Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, Mary Steenburgen

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    Elizabeth Banks, Louis C.K., Paul Rudd

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    Amber Heard, James Franco, Seth Rogen

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    Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei

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    Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem

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    Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    Zooey Deschanel, Jim Carrey, Bradley Cooper

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    Gemma Arterton, Gerard Butler, Tom Hardy

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    Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Benedict Cumberbatch

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    Gemma Arterton, Eva Green, Daniel Craig

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    Robert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler, Edward Norton

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    Kristen Stewart, Rachel Bilson, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Bill Maher, José Luis de Jesús

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    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham

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    Selena Gomez, Jim Carrey, Isla Fisher

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    Paul McGill, Robert Sciglimpaglia, Jr.

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    Nozomi Ōhashi, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, George Tokoro

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    John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel

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    Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan

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    Elizabeth Banks, Seth Rogen, Traci Lords

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    Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Mia Wasikowska

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    Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Graham McTavish

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    Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Izzard

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kat Dennings, Michael Cera, Mimi Imfurst

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