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Top Three Movies of 2008

Updated on February 29, 2020

Even though ticket prices at the box office are soaring to more than ten dollars per adult in some areas this year, and will continue to go up, there are a lot of movies I saw this year in the theaters that were just AWESOME.

What you will see here is a review of three fantastic movies that came out in 2008, and then a list of honorable mentions, because there are tons of movies that came out in 2008 that were simply wonderful and worthy of mention. I encourage you all to contribute in the comment box below, let me know what you thought of these movies, or others that were released in 2008. I'd love to hear your opinions.

Without further ado: Gamergirl's Top Three Movies of 2008!

Number 3: Wanted

Let me just say it this way right now: Angelina Jolie is freakin' HOT.  Aside from that fact, the movie Wanted features the former star of Children of Dune James McAvoy as the son of an elite secret society member.  This movie is a cornucopia of stars, with the aforementioned Jolie, Morgan Freeman, James McAvoy, Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann and others playing out the events surrounding McAvoy's character's transformation from annoyed office worker to bullet-curving badass.  I'm not going to spoiler anything here for you, but the ending is totally not what I had expected, and the twists of the plot are ingenious. 

Number 2: The Changeling

I'm probably a little biased about this movie both because it's based on a true story and because Angelina Jolie stars in it, but those points aside, The Changeling is a movie which exposes a serial killer who kidnaps children and kills them on his ranch, one of those children being the child of the character portrayed by Jolie.  There are a few things that shine for me in this movie:

  • Emotion - the movie evokes a lot of emotion throughout.  Jolie does an incredible job portraying the real stresses of a mother whose child has gone missing.
  • Pace - The pace of the movie is completely fitting for the subject matter and appropriate for setting a mood.
  • Performances - Both Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich give this movie the very best, in my opinion, and bring a remarkable power to the tale.

The story is very sad, and by the end of the movie I will admit to a few sniffling moments myself.  It was very well done, which is why I picked it for the second best movie of 2008. 


Number 1: Iron Man

Call me names, call me what you will, my top movie pick for 2008 has got to be Iron Man.  There is no other flesh and blood face for Iron Man in my head now, Robert Downey Jr. is IT.  If you don't know what Iron Man is, please kindly dig your head out of that hole in the ground and shake the dirt out of your ears.

Iron Man insider Tony Stark is played perfectly, to a T, and the starry cast (consisting of such heavy hitters as Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, and Jeff Bridges) are nothing short of spellbinding.  It's rare for a superhero movie to come out that doesn't make efforts to inject a human element to the superhero role played, but this movie took that to a new height, and a new low.

Iron Man, The Changeling, and Wanted all receive two thumbs and two controllers up from me, Gamergirl!  If you haven't seen them, go go go! Hit up the nearest blockbuster store right now! 

Do you agree with my picks? Were there other movies you thought did just as well if not better? Tell me about 'em!

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    • gamergirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Kiz Robinson 

      12 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      Oh man, keep a box of tissues nearby, it really made me sniffle!

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      12 years ago from UK

      Changeling is definately on my list of movies to see!

    • gamergirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Kiz Robinson 

      12 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      Actually, Wanted beat out any of the other action movies of 2008 because it was brilliantly filmed, the storyline is one that attracts the attention of the normal working man. It gives the hyperbole that any normal person has the potential to be something more, like a legendary justice giving badass. But thanks for your feedback - I'd suggest you check out the graphic novels that the movie was based off of.

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      12 years ago

      as the hub title says your top three movies so i will take it fair that you actually liked the "wanted" more than any of the action movies which came out in 2008.. well the movie is full of flaws looks liek it had a lot of inspiration from " bend it beckham" and other than HOT angelina jolie there wasn't much to offer in the movie...

      but anyways as it is your hub and your list of movie it is fine i liked the other two movies you have listed... thanks for this hub...

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      12 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Charlotte! I haven't seen 'Chandeling' yet, but its on my listfor when I'm in a sappy crybaby mood. I loved the Iron Man. It was really well made. Robert Downey Jr did a fabulous job. 'Wanted' is probably my fave of the two that I've seen. Angelina Jolie is just perfect in her role.

      I think I have to agree with Cris though about the 'Dark Knight' it really is the best remake of the Batmans in my opinion.

      Great collection regards Zsuzsy

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      Cris A 

      12 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Got your point about the Hulk - I feel the same way with this particular franchise so I won't get us started! LOL as for the Dark Knight you may check out this hub by theyrodeon... but of course only if you want :D

    • gamergirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Kiz Robinson 

      12 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      I'm soooo not interested in Dark Knight. How many Batmans do we need to have? How many times do we have to remake remake and remake, regurgitate and attempt to reinvent the same superhero? I feel the same way about Superman, Spiderman, all of them really. And don't even get me started about the Incredible Hulk. sheeesh!

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      Cris A 

      12 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Of the three you've mentioned I've seen two - Wanted and Iron Man. But where's the Dark Knight?

      I also like Wanted because it's like watching a ballet! I never thought that firing guns could be so sexy and poetic at the same time! Loved Angelina there, she can do virtually everything! Iron Man is also a favourite - it has relevance, taking superheroes to the now and making them current! Good choices, which makes me think of coming up with something of my own. Thanks for sharing! I'll go get a copy of Changeling :D


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