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The Best Movies of 2008

Updated September 4, 2020 18.4k votes 873 voters 21.6k views280 items

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters 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
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    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics... more on Wikipedia

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    WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

    WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar... more on Wikipedia

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    Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    Iron Man

    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard

    Released2008

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics... more on Wikipedia

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    Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    Gran Torino

    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker

    Released2008

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also... more on Wikipedia

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    The Wrestler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    The Wrestler

    Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke

    Released2008

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

    The Wrestler is a 2008 American sports drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by... more on Wikipedia

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    Tropic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    Tropic Thunder

    Ben Stiller, Jack Black

    Released2008

    Directed byBen Stiller

    Tropic Thunder is a 2008 American action satire comedy film directed by Ben Stiller. Through a... more on Wikipedia
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    Taken is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    Taken

    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen

    Released2008

    Directed byPierre Morel

    Taken is a 2008 French action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel. A former CIA operative... more on Wikipedia
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    The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    The Hurt Locker

    Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2008

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

    The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team... more on Wikipedia
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    Role Models is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    Role Models

    Elizabeth Banks, Louis C.K.

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Wain

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    Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    Kung Fu Panda

    Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Stevenson, Mark Osborne

    Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 American computer-animated action comedy martial arts film produced by... more on Wikipedia
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    Forgetting Sarah Marshall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell

    Released2008

    Directed byNicholas Stoller

    Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a 2008 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas... more on Wikipedia

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    Pineapple Express is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    Pineapple Express

    Seth Rogen, James Franco

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Gordon Green

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    Bolt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    Bolt

    Miley Cyrus, John Travolta

    Released2008

    Directed byChris Williams, Byron Howard

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    Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    Slumdog Millionaire

    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor

    Released2008

    Directed byLoveleen Tandan, Danny Boyle

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    The Spiderwick Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    The Spiderwick Chronicles

    Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen

    Released2008

    Directed byMark Waters

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    Marley & Me is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    Marley & Me

    Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Frankel

    Marley & Me is a 2008 American comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel, based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    The Chronicles of Narnia: Prin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Adamson

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    Step Brothers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    Step Brothers

    Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen

    Released2008

    Directed byAdam McKay

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    Definitely, Maybe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    Definitely, Maybe

    Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz

    Released2008

    Directed byAdam Brooks

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    Horton Hears a Who! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    Horton Hears a Who!

    Selena Gomez, Jim Carrey

    Released2008

    Directed bySteve Martino, Jimmy Hayward

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    The Express is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    The Express

    Dennis Quaid, Nicole Beharie

    Released2008

    Directed byGary Fleder

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    In Bruges is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    In Bruges

    Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2008

    Directed byMartin McDonagh

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    Hellboy II: The Golden Army is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane

    Released2008

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    Burn After Reading is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    Burn After Reading

    Brad Pitt, George Clooney

    Released2008

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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    Mamma Mia!

    Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep

    Released2008

    Directed byPhyllida Lloyd

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