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, intense, visually appealing, realistic, exciting and clever. Plot: storytelling, mentor, redemption, destiny, dialogue, catastrophe, friendship, love, runaway and death. 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), Iron Man (2008), Milk (2008), Kung Fu Panda (2008), Gran Torino (2008), The Reader (2008), Changeling (2008), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), The Wrestler (2008), In Bruges (2008), Hancock (2008), Cloverfield (2008), Seven Pounds (2008), Twilight (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Doubt (2008), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008).
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List of Best Movies

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, neo noir, serious, suspense, epic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, batman, secret identity, heroes, organized crime, moral dilemma, psychopath, good versus evil, double life, rivalry, tragic hero, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, hong kong
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WALL·E (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, 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, touching, futuristic, emotional, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, teens, girls' night ...
Plot: robot, loneliness, outer space, post apocalypse, space travel, distopia, adventure, ecology, happy ending, love, ecological disaster, androids and robots ...
Time: future, distant future
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Crime, 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: touching, motivational, realistic, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: poverty, childhood, orphan, against the odds, destiny, life is a bitch, rags to riches, society, true love, love, street kid, street life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 20th century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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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: touching, philosophical, atmospheric, sentimental, captivating ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: true love, life philosophy, aging, tragic love, life & death, love and romance, existentialism, child as adult, impossible love, destiny, puzzle, melancholy ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, english channel, pearl harbor, louisiana ...
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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: suspense, realistic, tense, emotional, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: iraq war, military, war, soldier, sniper, marines, army, terrorism, gulf war, bomb squad, bomb, u.s. army ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2004
Place: iraq, middle east, baghdad iraq, new york
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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, entertaining, humorous, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids, boys' night
Plot: superhero, heroes, technology, adventure, intelligence, prodigy, billionaire, self sacrifice, millionaire, weapon system, androids and robots, good versus evil ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, afghanistan, california, malibu california, los angeles ...
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Milk (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, 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, sincere, touching, sad ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, politics, homosexual, discrimination, homosexuality, civil rights, protest, lgbt, male homosexuality, murder, politician ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1977, year 1975, year 1972 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, florida, minnesota ...
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Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
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, entertaining, humorous, fairy tale, inspirational ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: kung fu, martial arts, talking animals, mentor, adventure, chosen one, animals, transformation, good versus evil, goofy hero, unlikely friendships, warrior ...
Time: year 2008, 2000s
Place: china, asia, ancient china
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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, touching, thought provoking, suspense ...
Plot: gang, friendship, racism, veteran, elderly, interracial relations, gunfight, rape, widower, teenager, prejudice, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
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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, sexy, emotional, sexual, erotic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, age difference, first love, older woman younger man sex, sex, coming of age, sexual relations, nazi, sexuality, older woman teenage boy sex, secret, world war two ...
Time: year 1988, year 1958, year 1980, post world war two, year 1966 ...
Place: germany, israel, west berlin west germany, hamburg germany, berlin germany ...
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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, heartbreaking, sentimental, tense, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: serial killer, investigation, missing child, missing person, fighting the system, uncover truth, kidnapping, disorder, life is a bitch, court, insanity, crimes ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: california, los angeles, usa, canada, seattle
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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, romantic, erotic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love triangle, polyamory, artist, bohemian life, fall in love, sex, lesbian, sexuality, love, seduction, open relationship, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: barcelona, spain, europe, new york, catalonia
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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: emotional, depressing, gloomy, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: wrestling, loneliness, aging, life is a bitch, sport, stripper, self destructing, father daughter relationship, fame, ambition, redemption, introspection ...
Time: 80s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa, california
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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, humorous, cynical, tragicomedy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dark humor, irish, hitman, guilt, haunted by the past, tourist, dwarf, partners, friendship, death, suicidal, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: bruges, belgium, ireland, europe, amsterdam ...
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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, entertaining, exciting, funny, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: superhero, immortality, supernatural ability, superhuman powers, heroes, invulnerability, super powers, memory loss, soul mate, impossible love, superhuman, lone wolves ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, brooklyn new york city, usa, new york
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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: scary, suspense, suspenseful, tense, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: monster, found footage, giant monster, disaster, survival, survival horror, alien, deadly creature, chaos, destruction, fear, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: september 11 2001, 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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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, depressing, compassionate ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: redemption, life philosophy, depression, life changing experience, true love, self sacrifice, sacrifice, fall in love, hopes, suicide, existentialism, life & death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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: romantic, sexy, touching, sentimental, exciting ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, date night, teen drama
Plot: vampire, supernatural, teenager, vampire human love, love and romance, supernatural romance, forbidden love, teenage love, fall in love, dangerous attraction, immortality, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: washington state, phoenix arizona, washington d.c., usa, arizona
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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, entertaining, gloomy, serious, intense ...
Audience: kids, teens, boys' night
Plot: superhero, transformation, superhuman powers, scientist, adventure, giant, mutant, monster, chase, experiment gone awry, creature, unstoppable ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: brazil, new york, rio de janeiro, virginia, british columbia ...
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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: suspense, sincere, enigmatic, depressing, bleak ...
Plot: pedophilia, clergy, pedophile, priest, nun, teacher, guilt, sexual abuse, religion, school, suspicion, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, year 1964, victorian era, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, 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: emotional, touching, sad, heartbreaking, serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens
Plot: world war two, holocaust, concentration camp, jewish, childhood, nazi, war, friendship, nazism, against humanity, gas chamber, boy ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
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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, suspense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: kidnapping, vigilantism, human trafficking, one man army, revenge, chase, dark hero, father daughter relationship, lone hero, secret service, abduction, tough heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france, europe, usa, north america
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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: entertaining, funny, humorous, sweet, witty ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: talking animals, penguins, friendship, lion, hippopotamus, jungle, animals, zebra, friends, farce, escape, giraffe ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, madagascar, new york, manhattan new york city
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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: funny, feel good, sexy, humorous, romantic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: romance, breakup, vacation, resort, friendship, sex, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, infidelity, nudity (full frontal - brief), depression, sarcasm, betrayal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hawaii, los angeles, usa
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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, entertaining, scenic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: treasure hunt, adventure, archaeologist, treasure, adventurer, archaeology, chase, artifact, jungle, alien, desert, mythology ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, future, year 1957
Place: latin america, peru, mexico city, usa, south america ...
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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, heartbreaking, depressing, bleak, sad ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: adultery, abortion, infidelity, destiny, death of wife, family problems, under the surface, dysfunctional family, mental illness, housewife, deadend life, marriage ...
Time: 50s, year 1955, 1940s, 20th century, year 1948
Place: connecticut, california, usa, paris france, new york
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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: funny, humorous, absurd, melancholic, talky ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: slacker, friendship, dysfunctional family, friends, adolescence vs adulthood, nudity (full frontal - brief), friendship between men, brother brother relationship, father son relationship, family relations, man child, goofy hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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: psychological, surreal, philosophical, twists and turns, depressing ...
Plot: existentialism, depression, theater, schizophrenic, obsession, writer's life, magic realism, mental illness, writers, actor, director, self fulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, usa, berlin germany, manhattan new york city
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Marley & Me (2008)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: 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 the load, the film explores the highs and lows of ...
Style: touching, sad, sentimental, feel good, funny ...
Audience: date night, family outing, chick flick, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: dog, pets, family, friendship, couple relations, animals, life, family relations, parenthood, marriage, love, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, miami, ireland, usa, pennsylvania
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Bolt (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Bolt is the star of the biggest show in Hollywood. The only problem is, he thinks it's real. After he's accidentally shipped to New York City and separated from Penny, his beloved co-star and owner, Bolt must harness all his "super ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, sweet, light, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: dog, disney, animals, adventure, human animal relationship, talking animals, cartoon dog, friendship, pets, family, cat, animal life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, new york, missouri, ohio, california ...
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