The Best Thriller Movies of 2008 

Updated September 24, 2019 330 votes 42 voters 2.6k views 49 items

List of the best 2008 thriller movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. These thrillers take you on a ride full of action, suspense, and anticipation of what's going to happen next. These are all the thriller movies that defined the year 2008, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

This list features movies like The Dark Knight and Iron Man. This isn't necessarily a list of all thriller movies from 2008, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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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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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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Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Scott Speedman

Released: 2008

Directed by: Bryan Bertino

The Strangers is a 2008 American horror film written and directed by Bryan Bertino and starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman as a young couple who are terrorized by three masked assailants, who ...more

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John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel

Released: 2008

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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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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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Mena Suvari, AnnaLynne McCord, Nick Cannon

Released: 2008

Directed by: Steve Miner

This film is a 2008 American horror film about a virus outbreak that causes people to turn into creatures. It is a loose remake of George A. Romero's zombie film of the same name, the third in ...more

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Gemma Arterton, Eva Green, Daniel Craig

Released: 2008

Directed by: Marc Forster

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Gemma Arterton, Gerard Butler, Tom Hardy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

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Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, Brian Cox

Released: 2007

Directed by: Michael Dougherty

Trick 'r Treat is a 2007 American-Canadian anthology horror film written and directed by Michael Dougherty. The film stars Dylan Baker, Brian Cox and Anna Paquin, and centers on four ...more

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Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones

Released: 2008

Directed by: John Erick Dowdle

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Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Izzard

Released: 2008

Directed by: Bryan Singer

Valkyrie is a 2008 American-German historical thriller film set in Nazi Germany during WWII. The film depicts the 20 July plot in 1944 by German army officers to take down Adolf Hitler and to ...more

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Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith

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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Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, 50 Cent

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jon Avnet

This film is a 2008 American thriller film with elements of a buddy cop film directed by Jon Avnet, and starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. It is one of only two movies in which De Niro and ...more
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Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Natalie Martinez

Released: 2008

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson

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Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Mia Wasikowska

Released: 2008

Directed by: Edward Zwick

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Tom Hardy, Amanda Burton, James Lance

Released: 2008

Directed by: Nicolas Winding

Bronson is a 2008 British fictionalised biographical psychological drama film co-written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Tom Hardy. The film follows the life of notorious ...more

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Amber Heard, Djimon Hounsou, Evan Peters

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jeff Wadlow

Never Back Down is a 2008 martial arts film starring Sean Faris, Amber Heard, Cam Gigandet, and Djimon Hounsou. It was theatrically released on March 14, 2008. The film's tagline is "Win or ...more

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Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

Released: 2008

Directed by: Loveleen Tandan, Danny Boyle

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Lakeview Terrace Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva LaRue

Released: 2008

Directed by: Neil LaBute

Lakeview Terrace is a 2008 American thriller film directed by Neil LaBute, written by David Loughery and Howard Korder, and co-produced by Will Smith, and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick ...more

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Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Dennis Quaid

Released: 2008

Directed by: Pete Travis

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Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, James McAvoy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov

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Kim Yoon-seok, Ha Jung-woo, Seo Young-hee

Released: 2008

Directed by: Na Hong-jin

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Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas

Released: 2008

Directed by: Matt Reeves

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Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan

Released: 2008

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg, Olga Kurylenko

Released: 2008

Directed by: John Moore

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