Best 2008 Movies

An Education

An Education

An Education
IMDb: 7.3
100 min

Despite her sheltered upbringing, Jenny is a teen with a bright future; she’s smart, pretty, and has aspirations of attending Oxford University. When David, a charming but much older suitor,…

The Time Traveler’s Wife

The Time Traveler’s Wife

The Time Traveler’s Wife
IMDb: 7.1
107 min

Due to a genetic disorder, handsome librarian Henry DeTamble involuntarily zips through time, appearing at various moments in the life of his true love, the beautiful artist Clare Abshire.

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
IMDb: 8.1
93 min

A drama based on the true story of a college professor’s bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.

Adventureland

Adventureland

Adventureland
IMDb: 6.8
107 min

In the summer of 1987, a college graduate takes a ’nowhere’ job at his local amusement park, only to find it’s the perfect course to get him prepared for the…

Genre: Best 2008, Comedy
The Young Victoria

The Young Victoria

The Young Victoria
IMDb: 7.3
105 min

From Academy Award® winners Graham King and Martin Scorsese, along with the makers of Gosford Park and The Departed, comes the story of Queen Victoria’s early rise to power. From…

Prayers for Bobby

Prayers for Bobby

Prayers for Bobby
IMDb: 8.1
88 min

True story of Mary Griffith, gay rights crusader, whose teenage son committed suicide due to her religious intolerance. Based on the book of the same title by Leroy Aarons.

Crossing Over

Crossing Over

Crossing Over
IMDb: 6.8
113 min

Immigrants from around the world enter Los Angeles every day, with hopeful visions of a better life, but little notion of what that life may cost. Their desperate scenarios test…

Coraline

Coraline

Coraline
IMDb: 7.7
100 min

When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses…

Che: Part Two

Che: Part Two

Che: Part Two
IMDb: 6.9
131 min

After the Cuban Revolution, Che is at the height of his fame and power. Then he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades…

Defiance

Defiance

Defiance
IMDb: 7.2
137 min

Based on a true story, during World War II, four Jewish brothers escape their Nazi-occupied homeland of West Belarus in Poland and join the Soviet partisans to combat the Nazis….

A Frozen Flower

A Frozen Flower

A Frozen Flower
IMDb: 7.2
133 min

A historical drama set in the Koryo dynasty and focused on the relationship between a king and his bodyguard. Under the dominance of Yuan Dynasty China, the king of Goryeo…

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Genre: Best 2008, Drama
Valkyrie

Valkyrie

Valkyrie
IMDb: 7.1
121 min

Wounded in Africa during World War II, Nazi Col. Claus von Stauffenberg returns to his native Germany and joins the Resistance in a daring plan to create a shadow government…

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
IMDb: 7.8
166 min

Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

Marley & Me

Marley & Me

Marley & Me
IMDb: 7.1
115 min

A newly married couple who, in the process of starting a family, learn many of life’s important lessons from their trouble-loving retriever, Marley. Packed with plenty of laughs to lighten…

Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road
IMDb: 7.3
119 min

A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a…

Nothing But the Truth

Nothing But the Truth

Nothing But the Truth
IMDb: 7.2
108 min

When reporter Rachel Armstrong writes a story that reveals the identity of a covert CIA operative, the government demands that Rachel reveal her source. She defies the special prosecutor and…

Seven Pounds

Seven Pounds

Seven Pounds
IMDb: 7.6
123 min

An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.

Genre: Best 2008, Drama
Ip Man

Ip Man

Ip Man
IMDb: 8.0
108 min

A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun. The film focuses on events surrounding Ip that took place…

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The Reader

The Reader

The Reader
IMDb: 7.6
115 min

The story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who, as a teenager in the late 1950s, had an affair with an older woman, Hanna, who then disappeared only to resurface…

Yes Man

Yes Man

Yes Man
IMDb: 6.8
104 min

Carl Allen has stumbled across a way to shake free of post-divorce blues and a dead-end job: embrace life and say yes to everything.

Genre: Best 2008, Comedy
Gran Torino

Gran Torino

Gran Torino
IMDb: 8.1
116 min

Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man…

Genre: Best 2008, Drama
Journey to the Edge of the Universe

Journey to the Edge of the Universe

Journey to the Edge of the Universe
IMDb: 8.6
91 min

In one single, epic camera move we journey from Earth’s surface to the outermost reaches of the universe on a grand tour of the cosmos, to explore newborn stars, distant…

Cadillac Records

Cadillac Records

Cadillac Records
IMDb: 7.0
109 min

The story of sex, violence, race and rock and roll in 1950s Chicago, and the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America’s musical legends, including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess,…

Doubt

Doubt

Doubt
IMDb: 7.5
104 min

In 1964, a Catholic school nun questions a priest’s ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student, suspecting him of abuse. He denies the charges, and much of the film’s quick-fire…

Milk

Milk

Milk
IMDb: 7.6
128 min

The story of California’s first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, who became an outspoken agent for change, seeking equal rights and opportunities for all. His great love for the…

24: Redemption

24: Redemption

24: Redemption
IMDb: 7.5
102 min

Former federal agent Jack Bauer confronts African dictator Benjamin Juma, whose forces have been ordered to capture the children Bauer oversees for malicious military training.

Gardens of the Night

Gardens of the Night

Gardens of the Night
IMDb: 6.9
110 min

After being abducted as children, and suffering years of abuse, a teenage boy and girl find themselves living on the street.

Mesrine: Public Enemy #1

Mesrine: Public Enemy #1

Mesrine: Public Enemy #1
IMDb: 7.5
133 min

The story of Jacques Mesrine, France’s public enemy No. 1 during the 1970s. After nearly two decades of legendary criminal feats — from multiple bank robberies and to prison breaks…

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Two Lovers

Two Lovers

Two Lovers
IMDb: 7.0
110 min

A depressed man moves back in with his parents following a recent heartbreak and finds himself with two women.

Role Models

Role Models

Role Models
IMDb: 6.8
100 min

Two salesmen trash a company truck on an energy drink-fueled bender. Upon their arrest, the court gives them a choice: do hard time or spend 150 service hours with a…

Genre: Best 2008, Comedy
Futurama: Bender’s Game

Futurama: Bender’s Game

Futurama: Bender’s Game
IMDb: 7.3
88 min

When Leela is insulted by a group of space-rednecks (like regular rednecks, but in space) she enters the Planet Express ship in a demolition derby. She emerges victorious, but when…

Tinker Bell

Tinker Bell

Tinker Bell
IMDb: 6.9
78 min

Journey into the secret world of Pixie Hollow and hear Tinker Bell speak for the very first time as the astonishing story of Disney’s most famous fairy is finally revealed…

Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York
IMDb: 7.5
124 min

A theater director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of…

Genre: Best 2008, Drama
Nordwand

Nordwand

Nordwand
IMDb: 7.4
126 min

North Face tells the story of two German climbers Toni Kurz and Andreas Hinterstoisser and their attempt to scale the deadly North Face of the Eiger.

Mesrine: Killer Instinct

Mesrine: Killer Instinct

Mesrine: Killer Instinct
IMDb: 7.6
113 min

Jacques Mesrine, a loyal son and dedicated soldier, is back home and living with his parents after serving in the Algerian War. Soon he is seduced by the neon glamour…

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Loft

Loft

Loft
IMDb: 7.3
118 min

Five close friends, all of them married, share a loft to meet their mistresses. One day they find the body of a young woman in the loft. Since there are…

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Flashbacks of a Fool

Flashbacks of a Fool

Flashbacks of a Fool
IMDb: 6.8
110 min

An aging Hollywood star, Joe Scott, lives a life of narcissistic hedonism, observed by his laconic personal assistant, Ophelia. The death of his childhood best friend, Boots, takes our protagonist,…

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Genre: Best 2008, Drama
Frost/Nixon

Frost/Nixon

Frost/Nixon
IMDb: 7.7
122 min

For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the…

Body Of Lies

Body Of Lies

Body Of Lies
IMDb: 7.1
128 min

The CIA’s hunt is on for the mastermind of a wave of terrorist attacks. Roger Ferris is the agency’s man on the ground, moving from place to place, scrambling to…

The Express

The Express

The Express
IMDb: 7.3
130 min

Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.

Genre: Best 2008, Drama
The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker
IMDb: 7.6
131 min

Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential…

Bronson

Bronson

Bronson
IMDb: 7.1
92 min

A young man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality…

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Religulous

Religulous

Religulous
IMDb: 7.7
101 min

Commentator-comic Bill Maher plays devil’s advocate with religion as he talks to believers about their faith. Traveling around the world, Maher examines the tenets of Christianity, Judaism and Islam and…

Berlin Calling

Berlin Calling

Berlin Calling
IMDb: 7.3
105 min

A man tours clubs around the globe with his manager and girlfriend. On the eve of their largest album release he is admitted to a psychiatric clinic after overdosing at…

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Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge

Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge

Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge
IMDb: 7.9
138 min

Pirate hunter Captain Edward Reynolds and his blond first mate, Jules Steel, return where they are recruited by a shady governor general to find a darkly sinister Chinese empress pirate,…

Forever Strong

Forever Strong

Forever Strong
IMDb: 7.2
112 min

Rick Penning lives life just like he plays rugby; fast, hard-hitting and intense. When life on the edge lands him in jail, prison ward Marcus Tate offers him a chance…

Genre: Best 2008, Drama
The Lucky Ones

The Lucky Ones

The Lucky Ones
IMDb: 7.0
113 min

The story revolves around three soldiers — Colee, T.K. and Cheaver — who return from the Iraq War after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them….

Everlasting Moments

Everlasting Moments

Everlasting Moments
IMDb: 7.5
131 min

In a time of social change and unrest, war and poverty, a young working class woman, Maria, wins a camera in a lottery. The decision to keep it alters her…

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Genre: Best 2008, Drama
The Class

The Class

The Class
IMDb: 7.5
128 min

Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.

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Genre: Best 2008, Drama
The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees
IMDb: 7.3
114 min

Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her…

The Beautiful Person

The Beautiful Person

The Beautiful Person
IMDb: 6.7
97 min

In the wake of her mother’s tragic death, French teenager Junie (Léa Seydoux) transfers to a different high school. Though Junie lives mostly inside her own head, her beauty and…

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Genre: Best 2008, Drama
Departures

Departures

Departures
IMDb: 8.1
130 min

Daigo, a cellist, is laid off from his orchestra and moves with his wife back to his small hometown where the living is cheaper. Thinking he’s applying for a job…

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Genre: Best 2008, Drama
Keith

Keith

Keith
IMDb: 7.5
93 min

Natalie (Elisabeth Harnois) is high school royalty, but her queen bee status falls apart when she falls for the new guy at school. Although Keith (Jesse McCartney) ignores her at…

Eden Lake

Eden Lake

Eden Lake
IMDb: 6.8
91 min

Eden Lake is a relentlessly tense and immaculately paced horror-thriller about modern youth gone wild. When a young couple goes to a remote wooded lake for a romantic getaway, their…

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The Brothers Bloom

The Brothers Bloom

The Brothers Bloom
IMDb: 6.8
114 min

The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they’ve decided to take on one last job –…

One Week

One Week

One Week
IMDb: 7.1
94 min

Ben Tyler has been diagnosed with cancer. With a grim chance of survival in the best case scenario even if he immediately begins treatment, he instead decides to take a…

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The Wrestler

The Wrestler

The Wrestler
IMDb: 7.9
109 min

Aging wrestler Randy ”The Ram” Robinson is long past his prime but still ready and rarin’ to go on the pro-wrestling circuit. After a particularly brutal beating, however, Randy hangs…

The Stoning of Soraya M.

The Stoning of Soraya M.

The Stoning of Soraya M.
IMDb: 8.0
114 min

A drama set in 1986 Iran and centered on a man, Sahebjam, whose car breaks down in a remote village and enters into a conversation with Zahra, who relays to…

Flash of Genius

Flash of Genius

Flash of Genius
IMDb: 7.0
119 min

In this David vs. Goliath drama based on a true story, college professor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) goes up against the giants of the auto industry when they fail to…

Genre: Best 2008, Drama
Food, Inc.

Food, Inc.

Food, Inc.
IMDb: 7.8
94 min

Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner examines how mammoth corporations have taken over all aspects of the food chain in the United States, from the farms where our food is grown to…