Best Movies of 2008

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Movies of 2008" contains films with the following parameters. Style: interesting, visually appealing, intense, realistic, melancholic and serious. Plot: storytelling, mentor, redemption, destiny, dialogue, friendship, catastrophe, death, runaway and life philosophy. Genre: Drama, Action and Romance. Country: USA, UK and Germany.
Best Movies of 2008
Best Movies of 2008
TOP Movies: The Dark Knight (2008), WALL·E (2008), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), The Hurt Locker (2008), Milk (2008), Iron Man (2008), Gran Torino (2008), Kung Fu Panda (2008), Changeling (2008), The Reader (2008), The Wrestler (2008), In Bruges (2008), Ponyo (2008), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Seven Pounds (2008), Cloverfield (2008), Doubt (2008), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), Twilight (2008), Taken (2008).

List of Best Movies

 9.0
 2.4M
The Dark Knight (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, heroes, secret identity, double life, anti hero, good versus evil, organized crime, batman, rivalry, super villain, psychopath, moral dilemma ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, hong kong
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 8.4
 1.0M
WALL·E (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: WALL·E is the last robot left on an Earth that has been overrun with garbage and all humans have fled to outer space. For 700 years he has continued to try and clean up the mess, but has developed some rather interesting human-like qualities. When ...
Style: feel good, futuristic, touching, exciting, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: loneliness, robot, outer space, adventure, happy ending, future dystopia, ecological disaster, imaginary, space travel, spacecraft, earth, post apocalypse ...
Time: future, distant future
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.
Style: uplifting, touching, motivational, realistic, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, childhood, against the odds, poverty, life is a bitch, destiny, street kid, society, street life, true love, journey, tv show ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 20th century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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 7.5
 429K
The Hurt Locker (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: 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 enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.
Style: realistic, tense, suspense, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, iraq war, army, sniper, military, marines, terrorism, u.s. army, war, determination, peril, bomb ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2004, 2000s
Place: iraq, middle east, baghdad iraq, new york
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 166 min.
Story: Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.
Style: captivating, sentimental, atmospheric, dramatic, philosophical ...
Audience: date night
Plot: life philosophy, impossible love, love and romance, aging, true love, tragic love, life & death, child as adult, adult as child, existentialism, journey, fall in love ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 1920s, 1930s, 20th century ...
Place: new orleans, usa, paris france, louisiana, pearl harbor ...
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 7.5
 167K
Milk (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: 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 city and its people brought him backing from young and ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, discrimination, gay slur, homosexual, politician, civil rights, election, protest, politics, homosexuality, murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973, year 1976, year 1970 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, sacramento california, phoenix arizona ...
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 7.9
 965K
Iron Man (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 126 min.
Story: After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.
Style: exciting, witty, humorous, suspenseful, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhero, technology, heroes, adventure, prodigy, self sacrifice, weapon system, millionaire, good versus evil, intelligence, terrorism, androids and robots ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, malibu california, usa, middle east, afghanistan ...
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 8.1
 733K
Gran Torino (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: 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 who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. ...
Style: serious, emotional, thought provoking, suspenseful, contemplative ...
Plot: gang, veteran, gunfight, friendship, interracial relations, elderly, rape, immigrants, neighbor, visceral, ex soldier, prejudice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa
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 7.6
 430K
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA, China
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When the Valley of Peace is threatened, lazy Po the panda discovers his destiny as the "chosen one" and trains to become a kung fu hero, but transforming the unsleek slacker into a brave warrior won't be easy. It's up to Master ...
Style: feel good, humorous, entertaining, intense, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: chosen one, mentor, talking animals, kung fu, adventure, warrior, martial arts, good versus evil, goofy hero, unlikely friendships, master warrior, computer animation ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china
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 7.7
 243K
Changeling (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.
Style: psychological, sentimental, heartbreaking, tense, bleak ...
Plot: missing child, investigation, missing person, uncover truth, fighting the system, disorder, life is a bitch, pedophile, twists & turns, serial killer, corruption, kidnapped child ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, 20s, year 1935
Place: los angeles, usa, california, seattle, canada ...
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 7.6
 234K
The Reader (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: 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 years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as ...
Style: melancholic, psychological, bleak, emotional, compassionate ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, older woman younger man sex, age difference, sexuality, first love, sexual relations, sex scene, unlikely couple, court, trial, sex with a minor, female prisoner ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 70s, post world war two ...
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, israel, west berlin west germany ...
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 7.9
 293K
The Wrestler (2008)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: 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 up his tights, pursues a serious relationship with ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, emotional, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: wrestling, loneliness, life is a bitch, wrestler, fame, ambition, aging, stripper, self destructing, athlete's life, introspection, heart attack ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
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 7.9
 397K
In Bruges (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Ray and Ken, two hit men, are in Bruges, Belgium, waiting for their next mission. While they are there they have time to think and discuss their previous assignment. When the mission is revealed to Ken, it is not what he expected.
Style: atmospheric, neo noir, twist ending, tragicomedy, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dark humor, irish, tourist, hitman, guilt, haunted by the past, death, neo-noir, suicidal, redemption, partners, canadian stereotype ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: belgium, bruges, europe, london, amsterdam ...
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 7.7
 130K
Ponyo (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The son of a sailor, 5-year old Sosuke lives a quiet life on an oceanside cliff with his mother Lisa. One fateful day, he finds a beautiful goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach and upon rescuing her, names her Ponyo. But she is no ordinary ...
Style: touching, sweet, scenic, atmospheric, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: mermaid, friendship, fish, princess, magical, transformation, adventure, ocean or sea, obsessive quest, imaginary kingdom, magic, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.
Style: sexy, sexual, philosophical, captivating, romantic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love triangle, polyamory, bohemian life, fall in love, sexual exploration, artist, seduction, sexuality, love affair, self fulfillment, romance, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: barcelona, spain, europe, barcelona spain, catalonia ...
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 7.6
 291K
Seven Pounds (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.
Style: touching, sad, emotional, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: redemption, depression, life philosophy, self sacrifice, fall in love, life changing experience, true love, hopes, tragic event, sacrifice, secret, vegetarian ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: united states, usa
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 7.0
 378K
Cloverfield (2008)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, scary, rough, bleak ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: monster, found footage, giant monster, survival horror, quarantine, survival, chaos, destruction, chaos and mayhem, fear, escape, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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 7.5
 124K
Doubt (2008)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 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 dialogue tackles themes of religion, morality, and ...
Style: serious, sincere, suspense, enigmatic, bleak ...
Plot: pedophile, clergy, guilt, nun, school, teacher, life is a bitch, priest, suspicion, pedophilia, african american, gossip ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: touching, heartbreaking, emotional, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, jewish, against humanity, childhood, friendship, nazism, gas chamber, wartime life, atrocity, war ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, switzerland, berlin germany
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 5.2
 434K
Twilight (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: When Bella Swan moves to a small town in the Pacific Northwest to live with her father, she starts school and meets the reclusive Edward Cullen, a mysterious classmate who reveals himself to be a 108-year-old vampire. Despite Edward's repeated ...
Style: sexy, romantic, touching, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: vampire, vampire human love, forbidden love, fall in love, dangerous attraction, supernatural, supernatural romance, youth, true love, teenage love, love and romance, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: washington state, usa, washington d.c., arizona, phoenix arizona
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 7.8
 573K
Taken (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, USA, UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: While vacationing with a friend in Paris, an American girl is kidnapped by a gang of human traffickers intent on selling her into forced prostitution. Working against the clock, her ex-spy father must pull out all the stops to save her. But with his ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: one man army, kidnapping, chase, dark hero, vigilantism, human trafficking, woman in danger, danger, tough heroes, child abduction, lone hero, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, europe, france
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Set during the Cold War, the Soviets – led by sword-wielding Irina Spalko – are in search of a crystal skull which has supernatural powers related to a mystical Lost City of Gold. After being captured and then escaping from them, Indy is coerced ...
Style: exciting, humorous, suspenseful, entertaining, scenic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: adventurer, archaeologist, treasure hunt, adventure, treasure, archaeology, artifact, chase, heroes, sword fight, russian, lost city ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: latin america, peru, south america, connecticut, nevada ...
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The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Scientist Bruce Banner scours the planet for an antidote to the unbridled force of rage within him: the Hulk. But when the military masterminds who dream of exploiting his powers force him back to civilization, he finds himself coming face to face ...
Style: exciting, serious, gloomy, comic, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: scientist, superhuman powers, transformation, superhero, mutant, giant, on the run, chase, experiment gone awry, chaos, super soldier, creature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, brazil, rio de janeiro, usa, virginia ...
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Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: When Sarah Marshall dumps aspiring musician Peter Bretter for rock star Aldous Snow, Peter's world comes crashing down. His best friend suggests that Peter should get away from everything and to fly off to Hawaii to escape all his problems. ...
Style: humorous, feel good, funny, captivating, witty ...
Audience: teens, date night, chick flick
Plot: romance, breakup, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, resort, one-night stand, jealousy, crumbling relationship, love and romance, nothing goes right, dumped, vacation, hotel ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hawaii, usa, los angeles
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Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: 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 his new play.
Style: surreal, psychological, twists and turns, ambiguous ending, depressing ...
Plot: existentialism, depression, obsession, theater, actor, director, writer's life, writers, self fulfillment, artists and showbiz, alienation, actress ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, berlin germany
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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Alex, Marty, and other zoo animals find a way to escape from Madagascar when the penguins reassemble a wrecked airplane. The precariously repaired craft stays airborne just long enough to make it to the African continent. There the New Yorkers ...
Style: humorous, feel good, not serious, funny, sweet ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing, girls' night
Plot: talking animals, friendship, lion, zebra, farce, jungle, friends, penguins, escape, zoo, survival, hippopotamus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: madagascar, africa, new york, manhattan new york city
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 6.4
 453K
Hancock (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Hancock is a down-and-out superhero who's forced to employ a PR expert to help repair his image when the public grows weary of all the damage he's inflicted during his lifesaving heroics. The agent's idea of imprisoning the antihero ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, exciting, entertaining, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: immortality, supernatural ability, superhuman powers, superhero, invulnerability, heroes, anti hero, villain, impossible love, superhuman, anti heroes, memory loss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, brooklyn new york city, new york
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Revolutionary Road (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: 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 novel by Richard Yates.
Style: bad ending, serious, bleak, heartbreaking, depressing ...
Plot: family problems, under the surface, suburbs, housewife, cold relationship, dysfunctional family, couple relations, jealousy, abortion, destiny, adultery, unfulfillment ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1955, 1940s ...
Place: connecticut, usa, paris france, new york, california
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 274K
Step Brothers (2008)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Brennan Huff and Dale Doback might be grown men. But that doesn't stop them from living at home and turning into jealous, competitive stepbrothers when their single parents marry. Brennan's constant competition with Dale strains his ...
Style: humorous, not serious, absurd, funny, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slacker, family relations, friendship, grownups, living with parents, adulthood, goofy hero, becoming an adult, man child, friends, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 141K
Defiance (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: 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. The brothers begin the rescue of roughly 1,200 Jews still trapped in ...
Style: emotional, epic, sincere, realistic, intense ...
Plot: world war two, holocaust, partisan, survival, wartime life, jewish, rebellion, camp, judaism, nazi, russian, jews ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1941, year 1942
Place: poland, europe, germany, israel, russia
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