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List Rules 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 Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District ...more

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Iron Man Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark (Robert ...more

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Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Slumdog Millionaire Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan Slumdog Millionaire is a 2009 British drama film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy, and produced by Christian Colson. It was co-directed in India by Loveleen Tandan. It is an ...more

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The Curious Case of Benjamin B... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a 2008 American romantic fantasy drama film directed by David Fincher. The storyline by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord is loosely based on the 1922 short ...more

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Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Gran Torino Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Christopher Carley, Bee Vang and Ahney Her. This was Eastwood's ...more

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Tropic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Tropic Thunder Tom Cruise, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Robert Downey Jr. Tropic Thunder is a 2008 American action satire comedy film written, produced and directed by Ben Stiller.

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In Bruges is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
wiabux added In Bruges Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith In Bruges is a 2008 British-American crime-black comedy film written and directed by Martin McDonagh. The film stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two Irish hitmen in hiding, with Ralph ...more

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Milk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Milk James Franco, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin Milk is a 2008 American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, ...more

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Taken is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Taken Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace Taken is a 2008 French action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel, written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, and starring Leland Orser, Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Jon Gries, David ...more

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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Kung Fu Panda Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 American computer-animated action comedy martial arts film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by John Stevenson and ...more

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Hunger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Hunger Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham, Stuart Graham Hunger is a 2008 film directed by Steve McQueen.

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
wiabux added The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Vera Farmiga, Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a 2008 British historical-drama based on the novel of the same name by Irish writer John Boyne. Directed by Mark Herman, produced by Miramax Films, and ...more

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Doubt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Doubt Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman Doubt is a 2008 American drama film adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize winning fictive stage play Doubt: A Parable. Written and directed by Shanley and produced by Scott Rudin, ...more

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Forgetting Sarah Marshall Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Russell Brand Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a 2008 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas Stoller and starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Russell Brand. The film, which was ...more

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Frost/Nixon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Frost/Nixon Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell, Michael Sheen Frost/Nixon is a 2008 British-American historical drama film based on the 2006 play of the same name by Peter Morgan, who also adapted the screenplay. The film tells the story behind the ...more

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The Reader is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
The Reader Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Lena Olin The Reader is a 2008 German-American romantic drama film based on the 1995 German novel of the same name by Bernhard Schlink. The film was written by David Hare and directed by Stephen Daldry. ...more

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a 2008 American science fiction adventure film. It is the fourth film in the Indiana Jones series created by George Lucas and directed by ...more

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Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Let the Right One In Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh Let the Right One In is a 2008 film directed by Tomas Alfredson.

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The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
wiabux added The Hurt Locker Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American war film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team during the Iraq War. The film was produced and directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenplay was ...more

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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prin... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, Peter Dinklage The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is a 2008 epic fantasy film based on Prince Caspian, the second published, fourth chronological novel in C. S. Lewis's epic fantasy series, The ...more

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The Wrestler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
The Wrestler Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei The Wrestler is a 2008 American sports drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by Robert D. Siegel, and starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood. Production began in ...more

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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Cloverfield Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas Cloverfield is a 2008 American science fiction found footage monster film directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams & Bryan Burk, and written by Drew Goddard. Before settling on an ...more

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Revolutionary Road is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Revolutionary Road Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates Revolutionary Road is a 2008 American-British drama film, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Richard Yates, directed by Sam Mendes. This is the second collaboration between Leonardo ...more

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Hancock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Hancock Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman Hancock, formerly known as John Hancock and Tonight, He Comes, is an superhero film directed by Peter Berg and starring Will Smith, Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron. The story was originally ...more

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Departures is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Departures Ryoko Hirosue, Masahiro Motoki, Kimiko Yo Departures is a 2008 Japanese drama film directed by Yōjirō Takita and starring Masahiro Motoki, Ryōko Hirosue, and Tsutomu Yamazaki. Loosely based on Coffinman, a memoir by Shinmon Aoki, the ...more

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Waltz with Bashir is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Waltz with Bashir Yehezkel Lazarov, Mickey Leon One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. As Ari delves deeper and deeper ...more

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RocknRolla is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
wiabux added RocknRolla Gemma Arterton, Gerard Butler, Tom Hardy RocknRolla is a 2008 British comedy crime film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, and starring Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Mark Strong, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Jimi Mistry and ...more

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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
The Incredible Hulk Robert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler, Edward Norton The Incredible Hulk is a 2008 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character the Hulk, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the second ...more

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Vicky Cristina Barcelona Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a 2008 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. The plot centers on two American women, Vicky and Cristina, who spend a summer in Barcelona ...more

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Step Brothers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Step Brothers Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, Mary Steenburgen Step Brothers is a 2008 American buddy slapstick comedy film starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. The screenplay was written by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, from a story written by them ...more

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Quantum of Solace is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Quantum of Solace Gemma Arterton, Eva Green, Daniel Craig Quantum of Solace is the 22nd James Bond film produced by Eon Productions, and is the direct sequel to the 2006 film Casino Royale. Directed by Marc Forster, it features Daniel Craig's second ...more

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Role Models is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Role Models Elizabeth Banks, Louis C.K., Paul Rudd Role Models is a 2008 American comedy film directed by David Wain about two energy drink salesmen who are ordered to perform 150 hours of community service as punishment for various offenses. ...more

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The Other Boleyn Girl is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
wiabux added The Other Boleyn Girl Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Benedict Cumberbatch The Other Boleyn Girl is a 2008 drama film directed by Justin Chadwick. The screenplay by Peter Morgan was adapted from the 2001 novel of the same name by Philippa Gregory. It is a romanticized ...more

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21 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
21 Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne 21 is a 2008 American heist drama film directed by Robert Luketic and stars Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Bosworth, Liza Lapira, Jacob Pitts, and Aaron Yoo. The film is ...more

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Yes Man is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Yes Man Zooey Deschanel, Jim Carrey, Bradley Cooper Yes Man is a 2008 British-American romantic comedy film directed by Peyton Reed, written by Nicholas Stoller, Jarrad Paul, and Andrew Mogel and starring Jim Carrey. The film is based loosely on ...more

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Horton Hears a Who! is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Horton Hears a Who! Selena Gomez, Jim Carrey, Isla Fisher Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! is a 2008 American computer-animated adventure comedy film based on the Dr. Seuss' book of the same name. The film was directed by Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino, ...more

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Pineapple Express is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Pineapple Express Amber Heard, James Franco, Seth Rogen Pineapple Express is a 2008 American stoner action comedy film directed by David Gordon Green, written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and starring Rogen and James Franco. Producer Judd Apatow, ...more

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Bolt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
looksharp added Bolt Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz Bolt tells the story of a dog who is convinced that his role as a super dog is reality. When he is ripped from his world of fantasy, and action by his own doing. His own obsession with his owner ...more

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Changeling is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Changeling Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan Changeling is a 2008 American drama film, written by J. Michael Straczynski and directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood, that explores child endangerment, female disempowerment, ...more

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Ponyo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Ponyo Nozomi Ōhashi, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, George Tokoro Ponyo, initially titled in English as Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, is a 2008 Japanese animated fantasy comedy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli and Toho. It is ...more

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Definitely, Maybe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Definitely, Maybe Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Isla Fisher Definitely, Maybe is a 2008 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Adam Brooks, and starring Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks, Abigail Breslin and ...more

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Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Mamma Mia! Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan Mamma Mia! is a 2008 British/American/Swedish musical/romantic comedy film adapted from the 1999 West End/2001 Broadway musical of the same name, based on the songs of successful pop group ABBA, ...more

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Religulous is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
sebbzor added Religulous Bill Maher, José Luis de Jesús Religulous is a 2008 American documentary film written by and starring comedian Bill Maher and directed by Larry Charles. The title of the film is a portmanteau derived from the words religious ...more

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Australia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
wiabux added Australia Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham Australia is an Australian romance film-epic film directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. An English aristocrat inherits a cattle station and when English cattle ...more

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The Secret Life of Bees is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Dimos Dicoudis added The Secret Life of Bees Alicia Keys, Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah The Secret Life of Bees is a 2008 American drama film, adapted from the novel of the same name by Sue Monk Kidd. The film was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and produced by Will Smith, with ...more

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Hellboy II: The Golden Army John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a 2008 American supernatural superhero film based on the fictional character Hellboy created by Mike Mignola. The movie was written and directed by Guillermo del ...more

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Defiance is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
wiabux added Defiance Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Mia Wasikowska Defiance is a 2008 World War II era film written, produced, and directed by Edward Zwick, and set during the occupation of Belarus by Nazi Germany. The film is an account of the Bielski ...more

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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Dimos Dicoudis added Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Amy Adams, Mark Strong, Frances McDormand Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a 2008 romantic comedy film directed by Bharat Nalluri. The screenplay by David Magee and Simon Beaufoy is based on the 1938 novel of the same name by Winifred ...more

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The Spiderwick Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
The Spiderwick Chronicles Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen, Mary-Louise Parker The Spiderwick Chronicles is a 2008 American fantasy adventure film. It is the film adaptation of Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi's bestselling series of the same name. Set in the Spiderwick ...more