Top 10 Films of 2008

by muybueno16 | created - 20 Feb 2017 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

Another mixed year filled with some scene-stealing material.

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1. Summer Hours (2008)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Family

85 Metascore

Two brothers and a sister witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother's succession.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, Jérémie Renier, Edith Scob

Votes: 6,605 | Gross: $1.64M

2. I've Loved You So Long (2008)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison.

Director: Philippe Claudel | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein, Serge Hazanavicius, Laurent Grévill

Votes: 19,146 | Gross: $3.17M

3. Gran Torino (2008)

R | 116 min | Drama

72 Metascore

Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley, Ahney Her

Votes: 677,884 | Gross: $148.10M

4. The Escapist (2008)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict fourteen years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined to make peace with her before it's ... See full summary »

Director: Rupert Wyatt | Stars: Brian Cox, Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes, Seu Jorge

Votes: 15,932 | Gross: $0.01M

5. How to Be a Serial Killer (2008)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

A serial killer decides to teach the secrets of his satisfying career to a video store clerk.

Director: Luke Ricci | Stars: Dameon Clarke, Matthew Gray Gubler, Laura Regan, George Wyner

Votes: 1,958 | Gross: $0.00M

6. Ballast (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

84 Metascore

A drama set in the Mississippi delta, where one man's suicide affects three people's lives.

Director: Lance Hammer | Stars: Micheal J. Smith Sr., JimMyron Ross, Tarra Riggs, Johnny McPhail

Votes: 2,143 | Gross: $0.08M

7. Appaloosa (2008)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

Two friends hired to police a small town that is suffering under the rule of a rancher find their job complicated by the arrival of a young widow.

Director: Ed Harris | Stars: Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renée Zellweger, Jeremy Irons

Votes: 56,130 | Gross: $20.21M

8. Taken (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Thriller

51 Metascore

A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.

Director: Pierre Morel | Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Leland Orser

Votes: 542,804 | Gross: $145.00M

9. Frost/Nixon (2008)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

80 Metascore

A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell

Votes: 97,735 | Gross: $18.59M

10. The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008)

R | 114 min | Drama

50 Metascore

A desperate woman asks for a meeting with a journalist to disclose the cruel and inhumane punishment of her niece.

Director: Cyrus Nowrasteh | Stars: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Jim Caviezel, Mozhan Marnò, Navid Negahban

Votes: 17,500 | Gross: $0.66M

11. The Class (2008)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama

92 Metascore

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.

Director: Laurent Cantet | Stars: François Bégaudeau, Agame Malembo-Emene, Angélica Sancio, Arthur Fogel

Votes: 32,549 | Gross: $3.77M

12. American Violet (2008)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama

56 Metascore

A single mother struggles to clear her name after being wrongly accused and arrested for dealing drugs in an impoverished town in Texas.

Director: Tim Disney | Stars: Nicole Beharie, Will Patton, Alfre Woodard, Tim Blake Nelson

Votes: 2,305 | Gross: $0.55M

13. Sugar (I) (2008)

R | 114 min | Drama, Sport

82 Metascore

Dominican baseball star Miguel "Sugar" Santos is recruited to play in the U.S. minor-leagues.

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck | Stars: Algenis Perez Soto, Jose Rijo, Walki Cuevas, Santo Silvestre

Votes: 4,462 | Gross: $1.08M

14. La journée de la jupe (2008)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

Skirt Day is a fascinating psychological study, a socio-critical investigation - and Isabelle Adhani's first film in five years.

Director: Jean-Paul Lilienfeld | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Denis Podalydès, Khalid Berkouz, Yann Ebonge

Votes: 2,226

15. Float (2008)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

Ray Fulton, a 55 year old owner of an Ice Cream shop, separates from his long-time wife and decides to move in with his 2 bachelor employees. As a result, all are forced to reassess their priorities.

Director: Johnny Asuncion | Stars: Gregory Itzin, Hrach Titizian, Lauren Cohan, Johnny Asuncion

Votes: 145

16. The Wave (2008)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

A high school teacher's experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own.

Director: Dennis Gansel | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt, Jennifer Ulrich

Votes: 96,203

17. Lion's Den (2008)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

An incarcerated woman struggles to raise her son from prison.

Director: Pablo Trapero | Stars: Martina Gusman, Elli Medeiros, Francisco Marquez, Rodrigo Santoro

Votes: 2,812 | Gross: $0.01M

18. A Wednesday (2008)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A retiring police officer reminisces about the most astounding day of his career. About a case that was never filed but continues to haunt him in his memories - the case of a man and a Wednesday.

Director: Neeraj Pandey | Stars: Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Jimmy Sheirgill, Deepal Shaw

Votes: 68,998

19. Medicine for Melancholy (2008)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

Twenty-four hours in the tentative relationship of two young San Franciscans also dealing with the conundrum of being a minority in a rapidly gentrifying city.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins, Elizabeth Acker, Melissa Bisagni

Votes: 1,874 | Gross: $0.11M

20. Pedro (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

In 1994 Pedro Zamora was the first HIV-positive gay man to appear in a reality show on MTV. The audience of 'The Real World: San Francisco' identified easily with this intelligent, ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Oceano | Stars: Alex Loynaz, Justina Machado, Hale Appleman, DaJuan Johnson

Votes: 463

21. Chain Link (2008)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

A story about a man recently released from prison who is trying to re-connect with his estranged son and girlfriend.

Director: Dylan Reynolds | Stars: Yassmin Alers, Lelia Goldoni, Mark Irvingsen, Jody Jaress

Votes: 75

22. Rivals (2008)

106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The story of two rival brothers, one a pimp and the other a cop, and how the former manages to be the family favorite.

Director: Jacques Maillot | Stars: Guillaume Canet, François Cluzet, Clotilde Hesme, Marie Denarnaud

Votes: 812

23. Yesterday Was a Lie (2008)

PG | 89 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

Hoyle, a girl with a sharp mind and a weakness for bourbon, finds herself on the trail of a reclusive genius. But her work takes a series of unforeseen twists as events around her grow ... See full summary »

Director: James Kerwin | Stars: Kipleigh Brown, Chase Masterson, John Newton, Mik Scriba

Votes: 394

24. The Least of These (2008)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A priest returns to his old Catholic high school to replace a priest who has gone missing, only to begin to suspect that the missing priest may have been murdered by someone at the school to hide a darker secret.

Director: Nathan Scoggins | Stars: Isaiah Washington, Robert Loggia, Jordan Garrett, Andrew Lawrence

Votes: 223

25. Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)

R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Crime

72 Metascore

The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine.

Director: Jean-François Richet | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Ludivine Sagnier, Mathieu Amalric, Samuel Le Bihan

Votes: 26,965 | Gross: $0.28M

26. Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)

R | 113 min | Action, Biography, Crime

71 Metascore

The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1.

Director: Jean-François Richet | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Cécile de France, Gérard Depardieu, Gilles Lellouche

Votes: 30,474 | Gross: $0.55M

27. Lion's Den (2008)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

An incarcerated woman struggles to raise her son from prison.

Director: Pablo Trapero | Stars: Martina Gusman, Elli Medeiros, Francisco Marquez, Rodrigo Santoro

Votes: 2,812 | Gross: $0.01M

28. The Blue Tooth Virgin (2008)

R | 80 min | Comedy, Drama

35 Metascore

Two writers must face a dilemma that is common to anyone who has ever had an artistic friend: what happens when you have to give feedback, and the news isn't good? Sam, an aspiring ... See full summary »

Director: Russell Brown | Stars: Austin Peck, Bryce Johnson, Roma Maffia, Tom Gilroy

Votes: 118 | Gross: $0.00M

29. Camino (2008)

TV-14 | 138 min | Drama

The young daughter of sectarian religious fanatics faces a deadly illness soon after falling in love for the first time.

Director: Javier Fesser | Stars: Nerea Camacho, Carme Elias, Mariano Venancio, Manuela Vellés

Votes: 4,414

30. From Within (2008)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A small Maryland town is gripped by a curse which causes residents to take their own life one after another.

Director: Phedon Papamichael | Stars: Elizabeth Rice, Thomas Dekker, Kelly Blatz, Laura Allen

Votes: 6,619 | Gross: $0.07M

31. Rain (I) (2008)

R | 93 min | Drama

Determined to reconcile with the mother who abandoned her when she was just a toddler, a Bahamian adolescent boards a local mail boat and sets sail for Nassau in director Maria Govan's ... See full summary »

Director: Maria Govan | Stars: Renel Brown, Nicki Micheaux, CCH Pounder, Marion Bethel

Votes: 143

32. A Quiet Little Marriage (2008)

90 min | Drama

A woman (Mary Elizabeth Ellis) believes that a baby will solve all her problems, but her husband (Cy Carter) resists fatherhood.

Director: Mo Perkins | Stars: Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Cy Carter, Jimmi Simpson, Michael O'Neill

Votes: 314

33. The Poker Club (2008)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Four friends discover and accidentally kill a burglar -- who may not be alone -- in the kitchen during their weekly poker night.

Director: Tim McCann | Stars: Johnny Messner, Michael Risley, Jana Kramer, Lenny Levi

Votes: 359

34. Chronic Town (2008)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

Truman Korovin is a lonely, sharp-witted cab driver in Fairbanks, Alaska, 1980. The usual routine of picking up fares and spending his nights at his favorite bar, the Boatel, is disrupted ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Hines | Stars: JR Bourne, Emily Wagner, Carrie Baker, Ejay Buoncore

Votes: 100

35. The Merry Gentleman (2008)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

55 Metascore

A woman leaves an abusive relationship to begin a new life in a new city, where she forms an unlikely and ironic relationship with a suicidal hitman (unbeknownst to her). Enter a worn, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Keaton | Stars: Michael Keaton, Kelly Macdonald, Tom Bastounes, Kareem Bandealy

Votes: 2,705 | Gross: $0.35M

36. Baby Blues (I) (2008)

R | 86 min | Drama

Josie Patterson is attempting to start her life over after a tragic incident changed the life she previously knew forever. She gets a job at a small town diner and attempts to establish new... See full summary »

Director: Dylan Pearce | Stars: Jenny Cooper, Sean O'Neill, Melanie Scrofano, Michie Mee

Votes: 158 | Gross: $0.04M



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