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The Best Movies of 2008  

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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
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger
The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character, Batman. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and ...more
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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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
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
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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Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr.
Tropic Thunder is a 2008 American action satire comedy film directed by Ben Stiller. Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become ...more
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The Curious Case of Benjamin B... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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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Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh
Let the Right One In is a 2008 Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson. A 12-year-old boy (Kåre Hedebrant) develops a friendship with a vampire child (Lina Leandersson) in ...more
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The Wrestler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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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Milk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace
Taken is a 2008 French action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel. A former CIA operative (Liam Neeson) sets about tracking down his teenage daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) and her best friend ...more
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In Bruges is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
wiabux added Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith
In Bruges is a 2008 British-American comedy film written and directed by Martin McDonagh. The film stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two Irish hitmen in hiding, with Ralph Fiennes as ...more
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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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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The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
wiabux added Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner
The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team during the conflict in Iraq. The film was produced and directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenplay ...more
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Doubt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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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Waltz with Bashir is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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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Forgetting Sarah Marshall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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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Departures is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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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Hancock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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. Will Smith portrays an old ...more
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Hunger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham, Stuart Graham
Hunger is a 2008 film directed by Steve McQueen.
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Bolt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
looksharp added 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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Hellboy II: The Golden Army is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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