Top 20 Fan-Favorite Movies of 2008: Audience Picks Revealed!

Roll out the red carpet and grab your popcorn, because we’re about to take a cinematic journey back to 2008! A year that gifted us with an eclectic mix of movies that made us laugh, cry, and clutch the edge of our seats. From heart-wrenching dramas to adrenaline-pumping action flicks, 2008 was a year that truly had it all. But which films stole the show and won the hearts of audiences worldwide? We’ve dusted off the archives and tallied the votes to bring you the definitive list of the Top 20 Fan-Favorite Movies of 2008. So, whether you’re a film buff looking to reminisce or a movie novice eager to catch up on classics, this list is your golden ticket to the best of 2008’s silver screen offerings. Get ready to revisit some old favorites and perhaps discover a few gems you missed. Lights, camera, action – let’s dive in!
The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

Release Date: 2008-07-14

Genres: Drama, Action, Crime, Thriller

“The Dark Knight” is a thrilling 2008 movie that follows Batman as he teams up with Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent to take down the remaining criminal organizations in Gotham City. Starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, and an incredible ensemble cast, this film showcases the intense battle between Batman and the Joker, a rising criminal mastermind. Released on July 14, 2008, it’s no wonder this movie made it to the list of the 20 Best Voted Movies of that year.

Cast: Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne / Batman) , Heath Ledger (Joker) , Michael Caine (Alfred Pennyworth) , Gary Oldman (James Gordon) , Aaron Eckhart (Harvey Dent / Two-Face) , Maggie Gyllenhaal (Rachel Dawes) , Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox) , Nestor Carbonell (Anthony Garcia) , Monique Gabriela Curnen (Anna Ramirez) , Ron Dean (Michael Wuertz) , Chin Han (Lau) , Eric Roberts (Sal Maroni) , Ritchie Coster (Chechen) , Anthony Michael Hall (Mike Engel) , Keith Szarabajka (Gerard Stephens) , Joshua Harto (Coleman Reese) , Melinda McGraw (Barbara Gordon) , Nathan Gamble (James Gordon Jr.) , Michael Jai White (Gambol) , Colin McFarlane (Gillian Loeb) , Nydia Rodriguez Terracina (Janet Surrillo) , Tommy Lister Jr. (Tattooed Prisoner) , William Fichtner (Bank Manager) , Cillian Murphy (Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow) , Patrick Leahy (Gentleman at Party)

Directors: Christopher Nolan

Writers: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, David S. Goyer, Bob Kane

Tags: crime fighter, secret identity, anti hero, scarecrow, sadism, chaos, vigilante, joker, superhero, based on comic, tragic hero, organized crime, anti villain, criminal mastermind, district attorney, super power, super villain, neo-noir

Gran Torino

Gran Torino

Release Date: 2008-12-12

Genres: Drama

“Gran Torino” is a captivating 2008 movie that made it to the list of the 20 Best Voted Movies of that year. Starring Clint Eastwood, the film tells the story of Walt Kowalski, a Korean War veteran who takes it upon himself to mentor his young Hmong neighbor, Thao Lor, after an attempted theft. With a prized possession at the center of the plot, this movie promises an intriguing and heartfelt journey.

Cast: Clint Eastwood (Walt Kowalski) , Christopher Carley (Father Janovich) , Bee Vang (Tao Vang Lor) , Ahney Her (Sue Lor) , Brian Haley (Mitch Kowalski) , Geraldine Hughes (Karen Kowalski) , Dreama Walker (Ashley Kowalski) , Brian Howe (Steve Kowalski) , John Carroll Lynch (Barber Martin) , William Hill (Tim Kennedy) , Brooke Chia Thao (Vu) , Chee Thao (Grandma Vang Lor) , Choua Kue (Youa) , Scott Eastwood (Trey) , Xia Soua Chang (Kor Khue) , Doua Moua (Fong/Spider) , Sarah Neubauer (Paralegal) , Lee Mong Vang (Hmong Gang Banger 3 (uncredited)) , Nana Gbewonyo (Monk (uncredited)) , John Anton (Family Friend (uncredited)) , Austin Douglas Smith (Daniel Kowalski) , Ramon Camacho (Latino #3 (uncredited)) , Rio Scafone (Day Planner) , Thomas D. Mahard (Mel) , Arthur Cartwright (Prez (uncredited))

Directors: Clint Eastwood

Writers: Nick Schenk, Dave Johannson

Tags: rape, war veteran, immigration, gangster, priest, gang, old man, detroit, michigan, widower, hmong

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Release Date: 2008-05-07

Genres: War, Drama, History

“The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” is a heart-wrenching movie set in 2008. It tells the story of young Bruno, who moves with his family from Berlin to Poland. There, he befriends Shmuel, a boy living on the other side of a fence, where everyone wears striped pajamas. Unaware of the tragic fate that awaits Shmuel as a Jewish prisoner, Bruno embarks on a dangerous journey inside the camp, unaware of his own father’s involvement. Starring Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, Vera Farmiga, and David Thewlis, this film will take you on an emotional rollercoaster.

Cast: Asa Butterfield (Bruno Hoess) , Jack Scanlon (Shmuel) , Vera Farmiga (Elsa Hoess) , David Thewlis (Ralf Hoess) , Rupert Friend (Lieutenant Kurt Kotler) , David Hayman (Pavel) , Sheila Hancock (Grandma Nathalie) , Cara Horgan (Maria) , Richard Johnson (Grandpa) , Amber Beattie (Gretel Hoess) , Zac Mattoon O’Brien (Leon) , Charlie Baker (Palm Court Singer) , Jim Norton (Mr. Liszt) , Domonkos Németh (Martin) , Henry Kingsmill (Karl) , Zsuzsa Holl (Berlin Cook) , László Áron (Lars) , Iván Verebély (Lieutenant Meinberg) , Béla Fesztbaum (Schultz) , Mihály Szabados (Kapo 2) , Zsolt Sáfár Kovács (Kapo 3 Sonderkommando) , Gábor Harsai (Elderly Jewish Man (as Gábor Harsay)) , Julia Papp (Dancer) , László Nádasi (Isaak) , László Quitt (Kapo 1)

Directors: Mark Herman

Writers: Mark Herman, John Boyne

Tags: based on novel or book, nationalism, concentration camp, world war ii, gas chamber, nazi, concentration camp prisoner, children in wartime

The Chaser

The Chaser

Release Date: 2008-02-14

Genres: Crime, Thriller, Action

“The Chaser” is a thrilling crime movie released on February 14, 2008. It follows Joong-ho, a former detective turned pimp, who is desperately trying to find his missing girls. As he investigates, he discovers a shocking connection between their disappearances and a mysterious client. With a talented cast including Kim Yoon-seok and Ha Jung-woo, this film is one of the best voted movies of 2008, offering a gripping storyline filled with suspense and intrigue.

Cast: Kim Yoon-seok (Jung-ho) , Ha Jung-woo (Ji Young-min) , Seo Young-hee (Mi-Jin) , Kim You-jung (Eun-ji) , Jeong In-gi (Detective Lee Gil-woo) , Park Hyo-joo (Detective Oh Eun-shil) , Jo Deok-jae (Detective Choi) , Choi Jung-woo (Mounted Police Chief) , Oh Yeon-ah (Sung-hee) , Lee Jae-hui (Grocery Store Owner) , Koo Bon-woong (Oh-jot (uncredited)) , Yoo Ji-yeon (Hee-jung (uncredited)) , Kim Sun-young (Ji-yeong (uncredited)) , Song Yo-sep (Detective) , Lee Jong-goo (Analyst) , Lee Sang-hee (Cop 4) , Park Jin-woo (Cop 3) , Jeong Jae-hoon (Cop 5) , Park Chan-guk (Forensic Team Member) , Jung Seo-in (Prostitute) , Son Hee-soon (Old lady)

Directors: Na Hong-jin

Writers: Na Hong-jin, Hong Won-chan, Shinho Lee

Tags: prostitute, pimp, kidnapping, investigation, psychopath, rope, flu, based on true story, gore, serial killer, psychological thriller, cell phone, dog, tied up, meat hook, chisel, seoul, south korea

Ip Man

Ip Man

Release Date: 2008-12-12

Genres: Drama, Action, History

“Ip Man” is a captivating martial arts film that tells the semi-biographical story of Yip Man, the legendary master who introduced Wing Chun to China. Set in the tumultuous backdrop of the Second Sino-Japanese War, the movie follows Ip’s journey in the city of Foshan during the 1930s to 1940s. With Donnie Yen in the lead role and impressive fight choreography by Sammo Hung, this action-packed movie is a must-watch for fans of martial arts and historical dramas.

Cast: Donnie Yen (Yip Man) , Simon Yam (Zhou Qing Quan) , Lynn Hung (Zhang Yong Cheng) , Hiroyuki Ikeuchi (General Miura) , Lam Ka-tung (Captain Li Zhao) , Fan Siu-wong (Jin Shan Zhao) , Xing Yu (Master Zealot Lin / Crazy Lin) , Wong Yau-Nam (Shao Dan Yuan) , Dennis To Yue-Hong (Hu Wei) , Calvin Cheng Ka-Sing (Zhou Guang Yao) , Chen Zhihui (Master Liao) , Shibuya Tenma (Colonel Sato) , Li Ze (Yip Zhun) , Li Qilong (Green Dragon / Master Li) , Zhou Zhong (Master He / Master Hong) , Zhang Bo (Jin Shan Zhao’s Bodyguard) , Jin Gang (Jin Shan Zhao’s Bodyguard) , Lu Kai (Jin Shan Zhao’s Bodyguard) , Tony Leung Siu-Hung (Green Dragon Club Master) , Liu Mingzhe (Righteous Club Master) , Zhong Hanhao (Cotton Mill Owner) , Chen Ka-Da (Uncle Wang) , Wang Xiaofang (Yip’s Maid) , Sheng Qirong (Li Zhao’s Father) , Han Mengxin (Li Zhao’s Daughter)

Directors: Wilson Yip

Writers: Edmond Wong, Chan Tai-Li

Tags: foreigner, martial arts, kung fu, katana, bravery, rice, market, sports, tragic hero, second sino-japanese war (1937-45), racism, sadist, master, wing chun, bayonet

Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

Release Date: 2008-11-12

Genres: Drama, Romance

“Slumdog Millionaire” is a captivating movie released in 2008 that tells the story of a teenager who finds himself accused of cheating on the Indian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”. As he reflects on his life, we witness a heartwarming journey filled with drama and emotion. With a talented cast including Dev Patel, Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor, and more, this film is definitely one of the best voted movies of 2008.

Cast: Dev Patel (Older Jamal) , Saurabh Shukla (Sergeant Srinivas) , Anil Kapoor (Prem) , Raj Zutshi (Director) , Jeneva Talwar (Vision Mixer) , Freida Pinto (Older Latika) , Irrfan Khan (Police Inspector) , Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail (Youngest Salim) , Ayush Mahesh Khedekar (Youngest Jamal) , Jira Banjara (Airport Security Guard) , Sheikh Wali (Airport Security Guard) , Mahesh Manjrekar (Javed) , Sanchita Choudhary (Jamal’s Mother) , Himanshu Tyagi (Mr Nanda) , Sharib Hashmi (Prakash) , Virendra Chatterjee (Slum Man) , Feroze Khan (Amitabh Bachchan) , Sunil Kumar Agrawal (Mr Chi) , Virender Kumar (Man on Fire) , Devesh Rawal (Blue Boy) , Rubina Ali (Youngest Latika) , Ankur Vikal (Maman) , Tiger (Punnoose) , Chirag Parmar (Young Arvind) , Nazneen Shaikh (Baby)

Directors: Danny Boyle

Writers: Simon Beaufoy, Gulzar, Vikas Swarup

Tags: slum, based on novel or book, cheating, suspicion, mumbai (bombay), india, game show, quiz, orphan, duringcreditsstinger, taj mahal, india

Il Divo

Il Divo

Release Date: 2008-05-28

Genres: Drama

“Il Divo” is a captivating Italian political drama set in the early ’90s. It follows the life of Giulio Andreotti, a powerful and enigmatic politician who has faced numerous challenges throughout his career. When former mobsters accuse him of being involved in the crimes of Cosa Nostra, Andreotti’s resilience is put to the ultimate test. Starring Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, and a talented ensemble cast, this critically acclaimed film was released on May 28, 2008, and is considered one of the best movies of that year.

Cast: Toni Servillo (Giulio Andreotti) , Anna Bonaiuto (Livia Danese) , Giulio Bosetti (Eugenio Scalfari) , Flavio Bucci (Franco Evangelisti) , Carlo Buccirosso (Paolo Cirino Pomicino) , Giorgio Colangeli (Salvo Lima) , Alberto Cracco (Don Mario Canciani) , Piera Degli Esposti (Signora Enea) , Lorenzo Gioielli (Mino Pecorelli) , Paolo Graziosi (Aldo Moro) , Gianfelice Imparato (Vincenzo Scotti) , Massimo Popolizio (Vittorio Sbardella) , Aldo Ralli (Giuseppe Ciarrapico) , Giovanni Vettorazzo (Judge Scarpinato) , Orazio Alba (Gaspare Mutolo) , Fernando Altieri (Oscar Luigi Scalfaro) , Stewart Arnold (Larry Schoenbach) , Nuot Arquint (Lima’s Killer) , Antonello Avallone (Doctor) , Gaetano Balistreri (Tommaso Buscetta) , Dezio Bettini (Licio Gelli) , Pietro Biondi (Francesco Cossiga) , Giovanni Bissaca (Senator) , Claudio Bonis (Giuseppe ‘Pippo’ Calò) , Achille Brugnini (Cardinal Angelini)

Directors: Paolo Sorrentino

Writers: Paolo Sorrentino

Tags: italy, vatican, 1970s, prime minister, biography, politics, mafia, italian history, 1980s, 1990s, state crimes, cosa nostra, domestic terrorism, pentito, repentant mobster

Iron Man

Iron Man

“Iron Man” is a thrilling superhero movie released in 2008. It follows the story of Tony Stark, a billionaire engineer who is captured in Afghanistan and builds a powerful suit of armor to fight against evil. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, and Gwyneth Paltrow, this action-packed film is definitely one of the best voted movies of 2008.

Cast: Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark / Iron Man) , Terrence Howard (James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes) , Jeff Bridges (Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger) , Gwyneth Paltrow (Virginia ‘Pepper’ Potts) , Leslie Bibb (Christine Everhart) , Bill Smitrovich (General Gabriel) , Paul Bettany (J.A.R.V.I.S. (voice)) , Jon Favreau (Harold ‘Happy’ Hogan) , Shaun Toub (Yinsen) , Faran Tahir (Raza) , Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson) , Peter Billingsley (William Ginter Riva) , Sayed Badreya (Abu Bakaar) , Tim Guinee (Major Allen) , Will Lyman (Award Ceremony Narrator (voice)) , Tom Morello (Guard) , Marco Khan (Guard) , Daston Kalili (Guard) , Ido Mor (Guard) , Kevin Foster (Jimmy) , Garret Noël (Pratt) , Eileen Weisinger (Ramirez) , Ahmed Ahmed (Ahmed) , Fahim Fazli (Omar / ADR Voice) , Gerard Sanders (Howard Stark)

Directors: Jon Favreau

Writers: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, Larry Lieber, Don Heck, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby

Tags: middle east, arms dealer, malibu, superhero, based on comic, aftercreditsstinger, marvel cinematic universe (mcu), counterterrorism

Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York

Release Date: 2008-10-24

Genres: Drama

“Synecdoche, New York” is a thought-provoking movie released in 2008. It follows a theater director, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, who faces challenges in both his work and personal life. In an ambitious attempt to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse for his new play, he explores the complexities of relationships with the talented cast, including Samantha Morton, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Emily Watson, Tom Noonan, Sadie Goldstein, Hope Davis, and Dianne Wiest.

Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman (Caden Cotard) , Samantha Morton (Hazel) , Jennifer Jason Leigh (Maria) , Michelle Williams (Claire Keen) , Catherine Keener (Adele Lack) , Emily Watson (Tammy) , Tom Noonan (Sammy Barnathan) , Sadie Goldstein (Olive (4 years old)) , Hope Davis (Madeleine Gravis) , Dianne Wiest (Ellen Bascomb / Millicent Weems) , Stanley Krajewski (Actor as Caden) , Kristen Bush (Actress Playing Claire) , Alice Drummond (Actress Playing Frances) , Amy Wright (Burning House Realtor) , Deirdre O’Connell (Ellen’s Mother) , Elizabeth Marvel (Warehouse Realtor) , Charles Techman (Like Clockwork Patient) , Tom Greer (Medic) , Josh Pais (Ophthalmologist) , Lynn Cohen (Caden’s Mother) , Jerry Adler (Caden’s Father) , Daisy Tahan (Ariel) , Frank Girardeau (Plumber) , Peter Friedman (Emergency Room Doctor) , Daniel London (Tom)

Directors: Charlie Kaufman

Writers: Charlie Kaufman

Tags: new york city, philosophy, depression, nihilism, surreal, man woman relationship, theater director, romance, surrealism, writer, divorce, magic realism, existentialism, meaningless existence, philosophical, meta fiction

Seven Pounds

Seven Pounds

Release Date: 2008-12-18

Genres: Drama

“Seven Pounds” is a heartwarming movie released in 2008 that tells the story of an IRS agent, played by Will Smith, who carries a life-changing secret. In his quest for redemption, he embarks on an extraordinary journey that forever alters the lives of seven strangers. With a talented cast including Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, and Michael Ealy, this film is sure to leave you touched and inspired.

Cast: Will Smith (Ben) , Rosario Dawson (Emily) , Woody Harrelson (Ezra Turner) , Michael Ealy (Ben’s Brother) , Barry Pepper (Dan) , Elpidia Carrillo (Connie) , Robinne Lee (Sarah) , Bill Smitrovich (George Ristuccia) , Joe Nuñez (Larry) , Sarah Jane Morris (Susan) , Connor Cruise (Young Ben) , Tim Kelleher (Stewart Goodman) , Gina Hecht (Dr. Briar) , Andy Milder (George’s Doctor) , Judyann Elder (Holly) , Madison Pettis (Connie’s Daughter) , Octavia Spencer (Kate the Home Health Care Nurse) , Robert Ochoa (Choirboy (uncredited)) , Bojana Novaković (Julie)

Directors: Gabriele Muccino

Writers: Grant Nieporte

Tags: sadness, vegetarian, tax collector, blind, pianist, organ transplant, blood type, sad story



Release Date: 2008-10-24

Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery

“Changeling” is a gripping drama released in 2008, starring Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, and Jeffrey Donovan. The movie follows Christine Collins, a mother whose kidnapped son is returned to her, but she suspects he is not her child. As she fights for the truth, she finds herself committed to an asylum by the police captain. Get ready for a suspenseful and emotional ride as you delve into this captivating story.

Cast: Angelina Jolie (Christine Collins) , John Malkovich (Rev. Gustav Briegleb) , Jeffrey Donovan (Captain J.J. Jones) , Michael Kelly (Detective Lester Ybarra) , Colm Feore (Chief James E. Davis) , Jason Butler Harner (Gordon Northcott) , Amy Ryan (Carol Dexter) , Geoff Pierson (S.S. Hahn) , Denis O’Hare (Dr. Jonathan Steele) , Frank Wood (Ben Harris) , Peter Gerety (Dr. Earl W. Tarr) , Reed Birney (Mayor Cryer) , Gattlin Griffith (Walter Collins) , Michelle Gunn (Sandy) , Jan Devereaux (Operator) , Erica Grant (Operator) , Antonia Bennett (Operator) , Kerri Randles (Operator) , Morgan Eastwood (Girl on Tricycle) , Madison Hodges (Neighborhood Girl) , Devon Conti (Arthur Hutchins) , Ric Sarabia (Man at Diner) , J.P. Bumstead (Cook) , Debra Christofferson (Police Matron at Train) , Russell Edge (Reporter at Train)

Directors: Clint Eastwood

Writers: J. Michael Straczynski

Tags: biography, clergyman, based on true story, child in peril, police corruption, los angeles, california, single mother, street urchin, missing child, mental asylum, mental hospital, shock treatment, 1920s, missing son, mother son relationship, imposter, disbelieving cop, child abduction, true story, female hysteria, found child, police coverup

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Release Date: 2008-12-25

Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is a captivating movie released on December 25, 2008. It tells the extraordinary story of Benjamin Button, who is born as an elderly man and ages in reverse. Throughout his life, he encounters various adventures, but it is his deep connection with Daisy, a dancer he meets when she is just a child, that drives him forward, hoping they will reunite at the right time. Starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, and an incredible cast, this film is a must-watch for its unique and touching narrative.

Cast: Brad Pitt (Benjamin Button) , Cate Blanchett (Daisy Fuller) , Taraji P. Henson (Queenie) , Julia Ormond (Caroline Fuller) , Jason Flemyng (Thomas Button) , Mahershala Ali (Tizzy Weathers) , Jared Harris (Captain Mike) , Elias Koteas (Monsieur Gateau) , Phyllis Somerville (Grandma Fuller) , Tilda Swinton (Elizabeth Abbott) , Faune Chambers (Dorothy Baker) , Donna DuPlantier (Blanche Devereux) , Jacob Tolano (Martin Gateau) , Earl Maddox (Man at Train Station) , Ed Metzger (Teddy Roosevelt) , Danny Vinson (Priest Giving Last Rites) , David Jensen (Doctor at Benjamin’s Birth) , Joeanna Sayler (Caroline Button) , Fiona Hale (Mrs. Hollister) , Patrick Thomas O’Brien (Dr. Rose) , Marion Zinser (Mrs. Horton) , Peter Donald Badalamenti II (Benjamin 1928-31) , Danny Nelson (General Winston) , Paula Gray (Sybil Wagner) , Lance E. Nichols (Preacher)

Directors: David Fincher

Writers: Eric Roth, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tags: diary, navy, funeral, tea, travel, hospital, based on short story, reverse aging

The Wrestler

The Wrestler

Release Date: 2008-09-07

Genres: Drama, Romance

“The Wrestler” is a captivating movie released in 2008 that tells the story of Randy “The Ram” Robinson, an aging wrestler who is determined to make a comeback in the pro-wrestling circuit. After a brutal beating, Randy decides to retire and focuses on building a serious relationship with a stripper while trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter. Starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood, this film explores the struggles and sacrifices of a wrestler past his prime.

Cast: Mickey Rourke (Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson) , Marisa Tomei (Cassidy) , Evan Rachel Wood (Stephanie) , Mark Margolis (Lenny) , Todd Barry (Wayne) , Wass Stevens (Nick Volpe) , Judah Friedlander (Scott Brumberg) , Ernest Miller (The Ayatollah) , Dylan Keith Summers (Necro Butcher) , Tommy Farra (Tommy Rotten) , Mike Miller (Lex Lethal) , Marcia Jean Kurtz (Admissions Desk Woman) , John D’Leo (Adam) , Ajay Naidu (Medic) , Gregg Bello (JAPW Promoter Larry Cohen) , Scott Siegel (Greg) , Maurizio Ferrigno (Spotter) , Donnetta Lavinia Grays (Jen) , Andrea Langi (Alyssa) , Armin Amiri (Dr. Moayedizadeh) , Lynn Tovale Anoa’i (Pharmacist) , Ryan Lynn (Strip Club Best Man) , Michael Drayer (Strip Club Bachelor) , Alyssa Bresnahan (Cheeques Bartender) , Jeff Chena (Hotel Bartender)

Directors: Darren Aronofsky

Writers: Robert D. Siegel

Tags: new jersey, supermarket, heart attack, ambition, daughter, stripper, steroids, fame, barbed wire, redemption, pro wrestling, pro wrestlers

Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In

Release Date: 2008-10-24

Genres: Horror, Drama

“Let the Right One In” is a captivating Swedish film released in 2008. Set in 1982, it tells the story of Oskar, a lonely and bullied twelve-year-old boy who forms an unlikely friendship with his mysterious neighbor, Eli. As their bond grows, Oskar discovers that Eli is not an ordinary girl, leading to a thrilling tale of revenge and survival. With a talented cast and a unique storyline, this movie is definitely worth checking out!”

Cast: Kåre Hedebrant (Oskar) , Lina Leandersson (Eli) , Per Ragnar (Håkan) , Henrik Dahl (Erik) , Karin Bergquist (Yvonne) , Peter Carlberg (Lacke) , Ika Nord (Virginia) , Mikael Rahm (Jocke) , Karl-Robert Lindgren (Gösta) , Anders T. Peedu (Morgan) , Pale Olofsson (Larry) , Cayetano Ruiz (Magister Avila) , Patrik Rydmark (Conny) , Johan Sömnes (Andreas) , Mikael Erhardsson (Martin) , Rasmus Luthander (Jimmy) , Sören Källstigen (Janne, Erik’s Friend) , Malin Cederblad (Hospital Receptionist) , Bernt Östman (Virginia’s Nurse) , Kajsa Linderholm (Teacher) , Adam Stone (Police in class) , Ingemar Raukola (Janitor) , Kent Rishaug (Kiosk Owner) , Linus Hanner (Boy Being Killed) , Tom Ljungman (Young Man 1)

Directors: Tomas Alfredson

Writers: John Ajvide Lindqvist

Tags: based on novel or book, sweden, vampire, castration, bullying, child vampire, murder, bully, androgyny, new neighbor, young love

The Wave

The Wave

Release Date: 2008-03-11

Genres: Drama, Thriller

“The Wave” is a thought-provoking movie released in 2008 that explores the dangers of manipulation and the ease with which people can be influenced. It follows a school teacher who conducts an experiment to demonstrate how easily the masses can be swayed, after his students dismiss the possibility of dictatorship in modern Germany. With a talented cast including Jürgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, and Jennifer Ulrich, this film offers a captivating insight into the power of persuasion and the potential consequences it can have.

Cast: Jürgen Vogel (Rainer Wenger) , Frederick Lau (Tim) , Max Riemelt (Marco) , Jennifer Ulrich (Karo) , Christiane Paul (Anke Wenger) , Elyas M’Barek (Sinan) , Cristina do Rego (Lisa) , Jacob Matschenz (Dennis) , Maximilian Vollmar (Bomber) , Tim Oliver Schultz (Jens) , Amelie Kiefer (Mona) , Max Mauff (Kevin) , Fabian Preger (Kaschi) , Ferdinand Schmidt-Modrow (Ferdi) , Odine Johne (Maja) , Tino Mewes (Schädel) , Karoline Teska (Miri) , Marco Bretscher-Coschignano (Dominik) , Lennard Bertzbach (Bommel) , Tommy Schwimmer (Maxwell) , Joseph M’Barek (Thorben) , Jaime Krsto Ferkic (Bobby) , Lucas Hardt (Kulle) , Maren Kroymann (Dr. Kohlhage) , Teresa Harder (Karo’s Mutter)

Directors: Dennis Gansel

Writers: Peter Thorwarth, Dennis Gansel

Tags: dictator, trainer, classroom, experiment, fascism, group dynamics, education, national socialism, training, squatter, anarchist, gymnasium, high school, violence in schools, homepage, high school teacher, water polo, autocracy

In Bruges

In Bruges

Release Date: 2008-02-08

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Crime

“In Bruges” is a captivating movie released in 2008 that revolves around two hit men, Ray and Ken, who find themselves in the picturesque city of Bruges, Belgium, awaiting their next assignment. As they reflect on their previous job, Ken is taken aback when the new mission is revealed to him, leading to unexpected twists and turns. Starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes, this film offers a thrilling and thought-provoking experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Cast: Colin Farrell (Ray) , Brendan Gleeson (Ken Daley) , Ralph Fiennes (Harry Waters) , Clémence Poésy (Chloë Villette) , Thekla Reuten (Marie) , Jordan Prentice (Jimmy) , Elizabeth Berrington (Natalie Waters) , Jérémie Renier (Eirik) , Mark Donovan (Overweight Man) , Eric Godon (Yuri) , Anna Madeley (Denise) , Theo Stevenson (Boy in Church) , Olivier Bonjour (Film Director) , Zeljko Ivanek (Canadian Guy) , Rudy Blomme (Ticket Seller) , Jamie Edgell (Boat Driver) , Sachi Kimura (Imamoto) , Jean Mark Favorin (Policeman) , Emily Thorling (Overweight Woman) , Ann Elsley (Overweight Woman #2) , Inez Stinton (Kelli) , Ran Yaniv (Barman) , Stephanie Carey (Canadian Girl) , Bonnie Witney (Harry’s Child #1) , Angel Witney (Harry’s Child #2)

Directors: Martin McDonagh

Writers: Martin McDonagh

Tags: drug dealer, hitman, tourist, bruges, belgium, church, guilt, death, cult film, town square, vietnamese, canadian stereotype, neo-noir, christmas

The Reader

The Reader

Release Date: 2008-12-10

Genres: Drama, Romance

“The Reader” is a captivating movie released in 2008 that tells the story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer. Set in the late 1950s, it explores his teenage affair with an older woman named Hanna, who mysteriously disappears. Years later, Hanna resurfaces as a defendant in a war crimes trial, and Michael realizes that she is illiterate, potentially jeopardizing her freedom. Starring talented actors like Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, and David Kross, this thought-provoking film delves into the complexities of love, guilt, and the consequences of one’s actions.

Cast: Kate Winslet (Hanna Schmitz) , Ralph Fiennes (Michael Berg) , David Kross (Young Michael Berg) , Lena Olin (Rose Mather) , Bruno Ganz (Professor Rohl) , Jeanette Hain (Brigitte) , Hannah Herzsprung (Julia) , Karoline Herfurth (Marthe) , Volker Bruch (Dieter Spenz) , Alexandra Maria Lara (Young Ilana Mather) , Fabian Busch (Hanna’s Defense Council) , Vijessna Ferkic (Sophie) , Susanne Lothar (Carla Berg) , Matthias Habich (Peter Berg) , Burghart Klaußner (Judge) , Sylvester Groth (Prosecuting Council) , Jürgen Tarrach (Gerhard Bade) , Florian Bartholomäi (Thomas Berg) , Moritz Grove (Holger) , Kirsten Block (Female Judge) , Margarita Broich (Co-Defendant) , Marie Gruber (Co-Defendant) , Martin Brambach (Remand Prison Guard #1) , Carmen-Maja Antoni (Prison Librarian) , Heike Hanold-Lynch (Prison Guard)

Directors: Stephen Daldry

Writers: David Hare, Bernhard Schlink

Tags: germany, based on novel or book, war crimes, women’s prison, trial, female prisoner, reading aloud, love affair, law student, teenage sexuality, older woman younger man relationship, reading to someone, secret lover, shame, literacy, west germany, courtroom drama



Release Date: 2008-02-18

Genres: Action, Thriller

“Taken” is an action-packed thriller that takes place in Paris. When an American girl is kidnapped by human traffickers, her ex-spy father, played by Liam Neeson, must use all his skills to rescue her before it’s too late. With a gripping storyline and a stellar cast, this 2008 release is definitely one of the best voted movies of the year.

Cast: Liam Neeson (Bryan Mills) , Maggie Grace (Kim Mills) , Leland Orser (Sam Gilroy) , Famke Janssen (Lenore St John) , Jon Gries (Mark Casey) , David Warshofsky (Bernie Harris) , Holly Valance (Sheerah) , Katie Cassidy (Amanda) , Xander Berkeley (Stuart St John) , Olivier Rabourdin (Jean-Claude Pitrel) , Gérard Watkins (Patrice Saint-Clair) , Marc Amyot (Pharmacist) , Arben Bajraktaraj (Marko Hoxha) , Radivoje Bukvić (Anton) , Mathieu Busson (Undercover Agent) , Michel Flash (Gio) , Nicolas Giraud (Peter) , Rubens Hyka (Leka) , Camille Japy (Isabelle Pitrel) , Valentin Kalaj (Vinz) , Fani Kolarova (Prostitute) , Goran Kostić (Gregor) , Christophe Kourotchkine (Gilles) , Edwin Krüger (Jean-Claude’s Assistant) , Jalil Naciri (Ali)

Directors: Pierre Morel

Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen

Tags: paris, france, kidnapping, rescue, prostitution, sex trafficking, albanian, missing daughter, ex special forces, ex-cia agent, abduction, search for daughter, army veteran



Release Date: 2008-10-15

Genres: Drama, History

“Frost/Nixon” is a captivating movie released in 2008 that tells the story of a historic interview between former President Richard Nixon and British TV host David Frost. After three years of silence, Nixon agrees to confront the questions surrounding his presidency and the Watergate scandal. With an incredible cast including Michael Sheen, Frank Langella, and Kevin Bacon, the film takes us on a thrilling battle of wits as these two strong personalities clash on screen.

Cast: Michael Sheen (David Frost) , Frank Langella (Richard Nixon) , Kevin Bacon (Jack Brennan) , Sam Rockwell (James Reston Jr.) , Matthew Macfadyen (John Birt) , Oliver Platt (Bob Zelnick) , Rebecca Hall (Caroline Cushing) , Toby Jones (Swifty Lazar) , Andy Milder (Frank Gannon) , Kate Jennings Grant (Diane Sawyer) , Gabriel Jarret (Ken Khachigian) , Jim Meskimen (Ray Price) , Patty McCormack (Pat Nixon) , Geoffrey Blake (Interview Director) , Clint Howard (Lloyd Davis) , Rance Howard (Ollie) , Gavin Grazer (White House Director) , Simon James (Frost Show Director) , Eloy Casados (Manolo Sanchez) , Jay White (Neil Diamond) , Wil Albert (Sammy Cahn) , Keith MacKechnie (Marv Minoff) , Penny L. Moore (Lady with Dachshund) , Mark Simich (Hugh Hefner) , Janneke Williamson (Frost’s Female Assistant)

Directors: Ron Howard

Writers: Peter Morgan

Tags: usa president, 1970s, camera, lie, scandal, watergate scandal, politics, richard nixon, reporter, writer



Release Date: 2008-11-05

Genres: History, Drama

“Milk” is a powerful and inspiring movie based on the true story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office. Set in San Francisco during the late 1970s, the film follows Harvey’s journey as he becomes a passionate advocate for gay rights, rallying others to join him in the fight for equal rights. With an incredible cast including Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, and Josh Brolin, this 2008 release is a must-watch for its captivating portrayal of an important historical figure and his impact on American society.

Cast: Sean Penn (Harvey Milk) , Emile Hirsch (Cleve Jones) , Josh Brolin (Dan White) , Diego Luna (Jack Lira) , James Franco (Scott Smith) , Alison Pill (Anne Kronenberg) , Victor Garber (Mayor Moscone) , Denis O’Hare (John Briggs) , Joseph Cross (Dick Pabich) , Stephen Spinella (Rick Stokes) , Boyd Holbrook (Denton Smith) , Lucas Grabeel (Danny Nicoletta) , Jeff Koons (Art Agnos) , Brent Corrigan (Telephone Tree #3) , Dave Franco (Telephone Tree #5) , Elias McConnell (Telephone Tree #8) , Ashlee Temple (Dianne Feinstein) , Brandon Boyce (Jim Rivaldo) , Kelvin Yu (Michael Wong) , Cleve Jones (Don Amador) , Dustin Lance Black (Castro Clone) , Joshua Grannell () , Blake Cooper Griffin (Castro Man) , Tim Halpin (SFPD Motor Cop) , Richard Gross (Riot Cop)

Directors: Gus Van Sant

Writers: Dustin Lance Black

Tags: california, san francisco, california, homophobia, 1970s, mayor, biography, politics, politician, election campaign, based on true story, murder, male homosexuality, morality, election, lgbt, candlelight vigil, lgbt activist, mayoral campaign, gay history, gay theme, gay rights

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