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The Best Movies of 2008 

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Updated June 14, 2019 16.4k votes 848 voters 21k views 280 items

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

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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

Released: 2008

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

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

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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

Released: 2008

Directed by: Loveleen Tandan, Danny Boyle

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

Released: 2008

Directed by: Clint 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.

Released: 2008

Directed by: Ben Stiller

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 Benj... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning

Released: 2008

Directed by: David Fincher

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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The Wrestler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei

Released: 2008

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

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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In Bruges is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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Released: 2008

Directed by: Martin McDonagh

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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Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh

Released: 2008

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

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 Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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Released: 2008

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

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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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 2008

Directed by: John Stevenson, Mark Osborne

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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Milk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
James Franco, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin

Released: 2008

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

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) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

Released: 2008

Directed by: Pierre Morel

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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Doubt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Released: 2008

Directed by: John Patrick Shanley

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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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

Released: 2008

Directed by: Matt Reeves

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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Forgetting Sarah Marshal... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Russell Brand

Released: 2008

Directed by: Nicholas Stoller

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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Waltz with Bashir is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Yehezkel Lazarov, Mickey Leon

Released: 2008

Directed by: Ari Folman

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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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Robert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler, Edward Norton

Released: 2008

Directed by: Louis Leterrier

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Hunger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham, Stuart Graham

Released: 2008

Directed by: Steve McQueen

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Hancock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman

Released: 2008

Directed by: Peter Berg

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Departures is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Ryoko Hirosue, Masahiro Motoki, Kimiko Yo

Released: 2008

Directed by: Yōjirō Takita

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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Bolt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
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Released: 2008

Directed by: Chris Williams, Byron Howard

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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Quantum of Solace is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Gemma Arterton, Eva Green, Daniel Craig

Released: 2008

Directed by: Marc Forster

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Indiana Jones and the Ki... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 2008
Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf

Released: 2008

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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