2008 in film

Highest-grossing films

Highest-grossing films of 2008[1]
RankTitleDistributorWorldwide gross
1 The Dark Knight Warner Bros. $997,000,000[2]
2 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Paramount $786,636,033
3 Kung Fu Panda $631,744,560
4 Hancock Sony $624,386,746
5 Mamma Mia! Universal $609,841,637
6 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Paramount $603,900,354
7 Quantum of Solace Sony $586,090,727
8 Iron Man Paramount $585,174,222
9 WALL-E Disney $533,281,433
10 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian $419,665,568

On August 4, The Dark Knight reached a $400 million domestic gross in a record time of 18 days. The previous record was held by Shrek 2, which reached it in 43 days.[3] On August 31, after 45 days in release, The Dark Knight reached $500 million domestically, becoming only the second film in history after Titanic to cross the half-billion-dollar domestic milestone, as well as the first film of the 2000s decade. Worldwide, it grossed $997 million on its initial release,[2] and an IMAX reissue[4] in 2009 saw it become the fourth film to gross $1 billion at the global box office.[5][6] For 2008, the top ten films consisted of three superhero films, three animated films, three action films and one musical film. Mamma Mia! became the highest-grossing film in UK history until it was surpassed by Avatar in 2010. In the domestic box office, 2008 came very close in passing 2007 as the highest-grossing year, falling short by just $30 million.


January 7Due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America Strike, NBC and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association scrap plans to hold its 65th Golden Globe Awards ceremony and instead hold a press conference announcing the winners
13The 65th Golden Globe Awards winners were announced.
16The 61st BAFTA Awards nominations were announced with Atonement the leading film with 14 nominations closely followed by No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood, both with 7 nominations
17 – 27The 26th Sundance Film Festival is opened with the world premiere of Martin McDonagh's In Bruges and screens over 120 films. The Grand Jury and Audience Award prizes are awarded to Frozen River and The Wackness, respectively. The festival is closed by the world premiere of Bernard Shakey's CSNY/Déjà Vu
22The 80th Academy Awards nominations were announced with No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood the leading films with 8 nominations each, closely followed by Atonement and Michael Clayton, both with 7
The Oscar-nominated actor Heath Ledger, 28, is found dead at his home in Manhattan, New York City, from an accidental prescription pills overdose.
23 – 3The 37th Rotterdam International Film Festival is opened with the world premiere of Lucía Cedrón's narrative feature-film debut Lamb of God (Cordero de Dios).
26The 60th Directors Guild of America Award dinner is held in the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles. The Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film prize is awarded to Joel and Ethan Coen
27The 14th Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony is held in the Shrine Exposition Center, Los Angeles.
February 7 – 17The 58th Berlin International Film Festival is opened with the world premiere of Martin Scorsese's Shine a Light and screens over 350 films. The Golden Bear prize is awarded to Elite Squad. The Silver Bear prizes are awarded to Paul Thomas Anderson, Best Director, Reza Naji, Best Actor and Sally Hawkins, Best Actress. The festival is closed by the international premiere of Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind
8The 35th Annie Awards ceremony is held in the UCLA's Royce Hall, Los Angeles. The Best Animated Feature prize is awarded to Ratatouille
9The 60th Writers Guild of America Awards are announced in a brief statement. The Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay prizes are awarded to Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men) and Diablo Cody (Juno), respectively
10The 61st BAFTA Awards ceremony is held in the Royal Opera House, London. Anthony Hopkins is honoured with the Academy Fellowship.
12The members of the WGA agree a three-year deal with the AMPTP and vote to end the 3-month 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America Strike
23The 28th Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony is held in Santa Monica, California.
The 23rd Independent Spirit Awards ceremony is broadcast. The Best Film award is given to Juno. The Best Actor and Best Actress awards are given to Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ellen Page respectively
24The 80th Academy Awards ceremony is held in the Kodak Theater, Hollywood.
March 3The 28th Genie Awards
9The 13th Empire Awards is held in the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, England.
13 – 217th Tiburon International Film Festival
April 4 – 1310th Sarasota Film Festival
23 – 47th Tribeca Film Festival
24 – 851st San Francisco International Film Festival
May ? – ?8th Silver Lake Film Festival
14 – 25Entre les murs wins the Palme d'Or while Gomorrah receives the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.
22 – 1534th Seattle International Film Festival
26Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull earns $126 million in the United States and Canada, becoming the highest-grossing debut of 2008 and the second-highest-grossing for a Memorial Day weekend debut behind Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
June 1The 2008 MTV Movie Awards winners were announced
A massive fire destroys portions of facilities at Universal Studios in Universal City near Los Angeles, California.
14 – 2211th Shanghai International Film Festival
18Iron Man becomes the first movie of 2008 to earn $300 million in the United States and Canada.
18 – 2962nd Edinburgh International Film Festival. The festival launches a new sidebar celebrating the spirit of discovery, including selections Bigga than Ben, Blood Car, Crack Willow, Spike, Strange Girls, and The Third Pint.[7]
July 17 – 268th Era New Horizons Film Festival
August 4The Dark Knight reached $400 million in record time at 18 days. The previous record was held by Shrek 2, which reached it in 43 days.[3]
6 – 1661st Locarno International Film Festival
21 – 132nd Montreal World Film Festival
27 – 665th Venice International Film Festival
September 4 – 1333rd Toronto International Film Festival
15 – 20 33rd Polish Film Festival in Gdynia
18 – 2756th San Sebastián International Film Festival
23 – 30 6th Bangkok International Film Festival
October 1 – 1216th Raindance Film Festival
15 – 3052nd London Film Festival
18 – 2621st Tokyo International Film Festival
November 18 – 2832nd Cairo International Film Festival
December 5 – 1410th Jakarta International Film Festival
4 – 1423rd Mar del Plata International Film Festival


Category/Organization14th Critics' Choice Awards
January 8, 2009
66th Golden Globe Awards
January 11, 2009
Producers, Directors, Screen Actors, and Writers Guild Awards62nd BAFTA Awards
February 8, 2009
81st Academy Awards
February 22, 2009
DramaMusical or Comedy
Best FilmSlumdog MillionaireVicky Cristina BarcelonaSlumdog Millionaire
Best DirectorDanny Boyle
Slumdog Millionaire
Best ActorSean Penn
Mickey Rourke
The Wrestler
Colin Farrell
In Bruges
Sean Penn
Mickey Rourke
The Wrestler
Sean Penn
Best ActressAnne Hathaway
Rachel Getting Married
Meryl Streep
Kate Winslet
Revolutionary Road
Sally Hawkins
Meryl Streep
Kate Winslet
The Reader
Best Supporting ActorHeath Ledger
The Dark Knight
Best Supporting ActressKate Winslet
The Reader
Penélope Cruz
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Screenplay, AdaptedSimon Beaufoy
Slumdog Millionaire
Simon Beaufoy
Slumdog Millionaire
Best Screenplay, OriginalDustin Lance Black
Martin McDonagh
In Bruges
Dustin Lance Black
Best Animated FilmWALL-EN/AWALL-E
Best Original ScoreSlumdog Millionaire
A. R. Rahman
N/ASlumdog Millionaire
A. R. Rahman
Best Original Song"The Wrestler"
The Wrestler
N/AN/A"Jai Ho"
Slumdog Millionaire
Best Foreign Language FilmWaltz with BashirN/AI've Loved You So LongDepartures

2008 wide-release films


‡ Films that achieved wide-release status after initial release
Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre
4 One Missed CallWarner Bros. Pictures / Alcon Entertainment / Kadokawa PicturesShannyn Sossamon, Edward Burns, Ana Claudia Talancón, Azura Skye, Ray Wise, Margaret Cho
11 First SundayScreen Gems / Cube VisionIce Cube, Katt Williams, Tracy Morgan, Loretta Devine, Michael Beach, Keith David, Regina Hall
In the Name of the KingFreestyle Releasing / Boll KG / Brightlight PicturesJason Statham, Leelee Sobieski, Ron Perlman, John Rhys-Davies, Claire Forlani, Matthew Lillard, Kristanna Loken, Brian J. White
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales MovieUniversal Pictures / Big Idea ProductionsMike Nawrocki, Phil Vischer, Cam Clarke, Yuri Lowenthal
18 27 DressesFox 2000 Pictures / Spyglass EntertainmentKatherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Åkerman, Judy Greer, Edward Burns
Cassandra's DreamThe Weinstein CompanyWoody Allen (director); Hayley Atwell, Colin Farrell, Sally Hawkins, Ewan McGregor, Tom Wilkinson
CloverfieldParamount Pictures / Bad Robot ProductionsMichael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas
Mad MoneyOverture Films / Millennium FilmsDiane Keaton, Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes, Ted Danson, Stephen Root, Christopher McDonald, Roger Cross
TeethRoadside AttractionsMitchell Lichtenstein (director); Jess Weixler, John Hensley, John Pais, Hale Appleman, Ashley Springer, Lenny Von Dohlen
25 How She MoveParamount Vantage / MTV FilmsKevin Duhaney, Shawn Desman, Kardinal Offishall, Djanet Sears, Mýa
Meet the Spartans20th Century Fox / Regency EnterprisesSean Maguire, Ken Davitian, Carmen Electra, Kevin Sorbo, Jareb Dauplaise, Travis Van Winkle, Diedrich Bader
MinutemenSalty PicturesJason Dolley, Luke Benward
RamboLionsgate / The Weinstein Company / Millennium Films / Equity PicturesSylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Paul Schulze, Matthew Marsden, Graham McTavish, Ken Howard, Jake La Botz
UntraceableScreen Gems / Universal Pictures / Lakeshore EntertainmentDiane Lane, Colin Hanks, Billy Burke, Joseph Michael Cross, Mary Beth Hurt
30 Asterix at the Olympic GamesPathé
1 The EyeLionsgate / Paramount Vantage / Cruise/Wagner ProductionsJessica Alba, Alessandro Nivola, Parker Posey, Rade Šerbedžija, Rachel Ticotin, Chloë Grace Moretz
Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds ConcertWalt Disney PicturesMiley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Kenny Ortega, Billy Ray Cyrus
Over Her Dead BodyNew Line Cinema / Gold Circle FilmsEva Longoria, Paul Rudd, Lake Bell, Lindsay Sloane, Jason Biggs
Strange WildernessParamount Pictures / Level 1 Entertainment / Happy Madison ProductionsSteve Zahn, Allen Covert, Jonah Hill, Kevin Heffernan, Ashley Scott, Peter Dante, Harry Hamlin, Robert Patrick
6 How to Rob a BankIFC First TakeNick Stahl, Erika Christensen, Gavin Rossdale, Terry Crews, Adriano Aragon, David Carradine
8 Fool's GoldWarner Bros. PicturesKate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Donald Sutherland, Tiffany Grant, Ray Winstone, Kevin Hart, Ewen Bremner, Brian Hooks, David Roberts, Alexis Dziena, Rohan Nichol, Adam LeFevre
In BrugesFocus FeaturesColin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Clémence Poésy, Jérémie Renier
Welcome Home Roscoe JenkinsUniversal Pictures / Spyglass EntertainmentMartin Lawrence, Margaret Avery, Joy Bryant, Louis C.K., Michael Clarke Duncan, Mike Epps, Mo'Nique, Nicole Ari Parker, Cedric the Entertainer, James Earl Jones
Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30 Nights – Hollywood to the HeartlandPicturehouse EntertainmentAhmed Ahmed, Sean Fitzgerald, Peter Billingsley, John Caparulo, Bret Ernst, Justin Long, Sebastian Maniscalco, Keir O'Donnell, Vince Vaughn
14 Definitely, MaybeUniversal Pictures / Working Title FilmsRyan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Derek Luke, Abigail Breslin, Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz
Jumper20th Century Fox / Regency EnterprisesHayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Rachel Bilson, Jamie Bell, Diane Lane, Michael Rooker, Jesse James, Tom Hulce, Kristen Stewart, Teddy Dunn, AnnaSophia Robb, Max Thieriot, Barbara Garrick, Shawn Roberts, Meredith Henderson, Nathalie Cox, Tony Nappo, Clark Beasley Jr.
The Spiderwick ChroniclesParamount Pictures / Nickelodeon Movies / The Kennedy/Marshall Company / Atmosphere PicturesFreddie Highmore, Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Nolte, Joan Plowright, David Strathairn
Step Up 2: The StreetsTouchstone Pictures / Summit EntertainmentRobert Hoffman, Briana Evigan, Channing Tatum, Cassie Ventura
15 Diary of the DeadThe Weinstein Company / Dimension FilmsMichelle Morgan, Josh Close, Shawn Roberts, Amy Lalonde, Joe Dinicol, Scott Wentworth, Philip Riccio, Chris Violette, Tatiana Maslany
22 Be Kind RewindNew Line Cinema / Partizan FilmsJack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover, Mia Farrow, Melonie Diaz, Chandler Parker, Quinton Aaron, Gio Perez, Marcus Carl Franklin, Irv Gooch, Blake Hightower, Amir Ali Said, Karolina Wydra, Marc Alan Austen, Kid Creole, Jon Glaser, P. J. Byrne, Marceline Hugot, John Tormey, Matt Walsh, Paul Dinello, Sigourney Weaver
Charlie BartlettMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Sidney Kimmel EntertainmentRobert Downey Jr., Hope Davis, Anton Yelchin, Kat Dennings
U2 3DNational Geographic Entertainment / 3ality DigitalBono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.
Vantage PointColumbia Pictures / Relativity Media / Original FilmDennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Zoe Saldana
Witless ProtectionLionsgate / Parallel EntertainmentLarry the Cable Guy, Ivana Miličević, Peter Stormare, Eric Roberts, Jenny McCarthy, Yaphet Kotto
29 BonnevilleSenArt FilmsJessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Allen, Tom Skerritt, Christine Baranski
City of MenMiramax FilmsDouglas Silva, Darlan Cunha, Jonathan Haagensen, Rodrigo dos Santos
The Other Boleyn GirlColumbia Pictures / Focus Features / BBC Films / Relativity MediaNatalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Jim Sturgess, Kristin Scott Thomas
PenelopeSummit Entertainment / Stone Village Pictures / Type A FilmsChristina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O'Hara, Reese Witherspoon, Richard E. Grant
Semi-ProNew Line CinemaWill Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, André 3000, Maura Tierney, Will Arnett, David Koechner, Andrew Daly
7 10,000 BCWarner Bros. Pictures / Legendary Pictures / Centropolis EntertainmentSteven Strait, Camilla Belle, Cliff Curtis
The Bank JobLionsgate / Mosaic Media Group / Relativity Media / Omnilab MediaJason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Richard Lintern, David Suchet
College Road TripWalt Disney PicturesRaven-Symoné, Martin Lawrence, Brenda Song, Donny Osmond
Married LifeSony Pictures ClassicsIra Sachs (director); Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, Pierce Brosnan, Rachel McAdams
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a DayFocus FeaturesBharat Nalluri (director); Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Ciarán Hinds, Lee Pace
Paranoid ParkIFC FilmsGus Van Sant (director); Gabe Nevins, Taylor Momsen, Jake Miller, Daniel Liu, Lauren McKinney, Scott Patrick Green
Snow AngelsWarner Independent PicturesDavid Gordon Green (director/screenplay); Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, Michael Angarano, Olivia Thirlby, Amy Sedaris, Connor Paolo
14 DoomsdayRogue Pictures / Intrepid Pictures / Crystal Sky PicturesMalcolm McDowell, Bob Hoskins, Rhona Mitra, Neil Marshall
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!20th Century Fox Animation / Blue Sky StudiosJim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Isla Fisher, Will Arnett, Dan Fogler, Jaime Pressly
Funny GamesWarner Independent PicturesMichael Haneke (director); Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet, Devon Gearhart
Never Back DownSummit Entertainment / Mandalay Independent ProductionsSean Faris, Amber Heard, Djimon Hounsou, Cam Gigandet, Evan Peters
SleepwalkingOverture FilmsWilliam Maher (director); AnnaSophia Robb, Nick Stahl, Charlize Theron, Dennis Hopper, Woody Harrelson
21 Drillbit TaylorParamount PicturesOwen Wilson, Troy Gentile, Nate Hartley, David Dorfman, Alex Frost, Josh Peck
The GrandAnchor Bay EntertainmentZak Penn (director); Woody Harrelson, Cheryl Hines, David Cross, Chris Parnell, Richard Kind, Dennis Farina, Werner Herzog, Ray Romano
Meet the BrownsLionsgate / Tyler Perry StudiosTyler Perry, Angela Bassett, Sofía Vergara, David Mann, Tamela Mann
Shutter20th Century Fox / Regency EnterprisesJoshua Jackson, Rachael Taylor, John Hensley
Under the Same MoonFox Searchlight Pictures / The Weinstein CompanyPatricia Riggen (director); Adrián Alonso, Kate del Castillo, Eugenio Derbez, America Ferrera, Jesse Garcia
28 21Columbia Pictures / Relativity MediaJim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne, Aaron Yoo
Chapter 27Peace Arch EntertainmentJared Leto, Judah Friedlander, Lindsay Lohan
Run Fatboy RunNew Line Cinema / Picturehouse / Material EntertainmentSimon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Dylan Moran, Hank Azaria
Stop-LossParamount Pictures / MTV FilmsRyan Phillippe, Channing Tatum, Abbie Cornish, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Superhero MovieMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Dimension FilmsDrake Bell, Sara Paxton, Leslie Nielsen, Kevin Hart, Christopher McDonald


‡ Films that achieved wide-release status after initial release
Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre
4 LeatherheadsUniversal Pictures / Smokehouse Pictures / Casey Silver ProductionsGeorge Clooney, Renée Zellweger, John Krasinski, Jonathan Price, Stephen Root
My Blueberry NightsThe Weinstein CompanyNorah Jones, Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman
Nim's Island20th Century Fox / Walden MediaAbigail Breslin, Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler
The RuinsParamount Pictures / DreamWorks Pictures / Spyglass Entertainment / Red Hour FilmsJonathan Tucker, Jena Malone, Shawn Ashmore, Laura Ramsey, Joe Anderson
Shine a LightParamount ClassicsMick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood
11 Never ForeverArts Alliance AmericaVera Farmiga, Ha Jung-woo, David Lee McInnis, Jackson Pace
Prom NightScreen Gems / Original Film / Newmarket FilmsBrittany Snow, Scott Porter, Johnathon Schaech, Idris Elba, Jessalyn Gilsig, Linden Ashby, Jessica Stroup
Smart PeopleMiramax Films / Groundswell EntertainmentDennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Ellen Page
Street KingsFox Searchlight Pictures / Regency EnterprisesKeanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Naomie Harris, The Game
The VisitorOverture Films / Groundswell Entertainment / Participant ProductionsRichard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Hiam Abbass
18 88 MinutesTriStar Pictures / Millennium Films / Emmett/Furla FilmsAl Pacino, Alicia Witt, Benjamin McKenzie, Leelee Sobieski, Deborah Kara Unger, Amy Brenneman
AnamorphIFC FilmsWillem Dafoe, Scott Speedman, Peter Stormare, Clea Duvall, James Rebhorn, Mick Foley
Expelled: No Intelligence AllowedRocky Mountain PicturesBen Stein
The Forbidden KingdomLionsgate / The Weinstein Company / Casey Silver Productions / Relativity MediaJet Li, Jackie Chan, Michael Angarano, Collin Chou, Liu Yi Fei, Li Bingbing
Forgetting Sarah MarshallUniversal PicturesJason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, Bill Hader, Liz Cackowski, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd
The Life Before Her EyesMagnolia PicturesUma Thurman, Evan Rachel Wood, Eva Amurri, Brett Cullen, Gabrielle Brennan
Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?The Weinstein CompanyMorgan Spurlock
Young@HeartFox Searchlight Pictures
25 Baby MamaUniversal Pictures / Relativity MediaTina Fey, Amy Poehler, Greg Kinnear, Steve Martin, Sigourney Weaver, Romany Malco, Dax Shepard, Maura Tierney, Holland Taylor, Will Forte
DealMetro-Goldwyn-MayerBret Harrison, Burt Reynolds, Charles Durning, Vincent Van Patten, Michael Sexton, Jennifer Tilly, Shannon Elizabeth
Deception20th Century FoxEwan McGregor, Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Maggie Q
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo BayNew Line Cinema / Mandate PicturesKal Penn, John Cho, Rob Corddry, Paula Garcés, Neil Patrick Harris, Ed Helms
RogueDimension FilmsRadha Mitchell, Michael Vartan, Sam Worthington, Barry Otto
Son of RambowParamount VantageBill Milner, Will Poulter, Jessica Hynes, Eric Sykes
30 Mister LonelyIFC FilmsDiego Luna, Samantha Morton, Denis Lavant, Werner Herzog, James Fox, Anita Pallenberg
2 Iron ManParamount Pictures / Marvel StudiosRobert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Leslie Bibb, Samuel L. Jackson, Jon Favreau
Made of HonorColumbia Pictures / Relativity Media / Original FilmPatrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan, Sydney Pollack, Kevin McKidd, Kelly Carlson
RedbeltSony Pictures ClassicsChiwetel Ejiofor, Emily Mortimer, Tim Allen, Alice Braga, Joe Mantegna, Randy Couture, Ricky Jay
Then She Found MeThinkFilmHelen Hunt, Bette Midler, Colin Firth, Matthew Broderick
9 The FallRoadside AttractionsLee Pace, Justine Waddell
Speed RacerWarner Bros. Pictures / Village Roadshow Pictures / Silver PicturesEmile Hirsch, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Christina Ricci, Matthew Fox
What Happens in Vegas20th Century Fox / Regency EnterprisesAshton Kutcher, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Miller, Rob Corddry, Dennis Farina, Zach Galifianakis
16 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince CaspianWalt Disney Pictures / Walden MediaAndrew Adamson (director), Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes, Anna Popplewell, Ben Barnes, Tilda Swinton, Eddie Izzard, David Walliams
22 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullParamount Pictures / LucasfilmHarrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Jim Broadbent
23 War, Inc.First Look StudiosJohn Cusack, Hilary Duff, Marisa Tomei, Joan Cusack, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley
28 Savage GraceIFC FilmsJulianne Moore, Stephen Dillane, Eddie Redmayne, Elena Anaya, Unax Ugalde, Belén Rueda, Hugh Dancy
30 The Foot Fist WayParamount Vantage / MTV FilmsDanny McBride
Sex and the CityNew Line Cinema / HBO FilmsSarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth, Mario Cantone, David Eigenberg, Willie Garson
The StrangersRogue Pictures / Intrepid PicturesLiv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Gemma Ward
6 And When Did You Last See Your Father?Sony Pictures ClassicsJim Broadbent, Colin Firth, Juliet Stevenson
Kung Fu PandaParamount Pictures / DreamWorks AnimationJack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, Ian McShane, David Cross, Dan Fogler, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim
MongolPicturehouseTadanobu Asano, Sun Honglei, Chuluuny Khulan, Amadu Mamadakov
The PromotionDimension FilmsSeann William Scott, John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Lili Taylor, Fred Armisen, Gil Bellows
You Don't Mess with the ZohanColumbia Pictures / Relativity Media / Happy Madison ProductionsAdam Sandler, John Turturro, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Nick Swardson
13 The Children of Huang ShiSony Pictures Classics / Hyde Park EntertainmentJonathan Rhys-Meyers, Radha Mitchell, Chow Yun-fat, Michelle Yeoh, Guang Li
The Happening20th Century Fox / UTV Motion Pictures / Spyglass EntertainmentMark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, Betty Buckley, Alan Ruck
The Incredible HulkUniversal Pictures / Marvel StudiosEdward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt
Quid Pro QuoMagnolia PicturesNick Stahl, Vera Farmiga, Jacob Pitts, Pablo Schreiber, Joshua Leonard, James Frain, Aimee Mullins, Kate Burton
20 Brick LaneSony Pictures ClassicsTannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson, Naeema Begum, Lana Rahman, Lalita Ahmed
Get SmartWarner Bros. Pictures / Village Roadshow Pictures / Mosaic Media GroupSteve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Alan Arkin, Ken Davitian, Dwayne Johnson, Terence Stamp, David Koechner, Masi Oka, Nate Torrence, Bill Murray, James Caan, Dalip Singh
Kit Kittredge: An American GirlPicturehouse / HBO FilmsAbigail Breslin, Chris O'Donnell, Julia Ormond, Joan Cusack, Stanley Tucci, Jane Krakowski, Glenne Headly, Wallace Shawn, Max Thieriot, Willow Smith
The Love GuruParamount Pictures / Spyglass EntertainmentMike Myers, Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake, Ben Kingsley, John Oliver, Verne Troyer, Romany Malco
27 Finding AmandaMagnolia PicturesBrittany Snow, Peter Facinelli, Matthew Broderick, Daniel Roebuck
WALL-EWalt Disney Pictures / Pixar Animation StudiosBen Burtt, Elissa Knight, Sigourney Weaver, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy, MacInTalk
WantedUniversal Pictures / Spyglass Entertainment / Relativity MediaMorgan Freeman, James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Thomas Kretschmann, Common, Marc Warren, Chris Pratt


‡ Films that achieved wide-release status after initial release
Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre
2 HancockColumbia Pictures / Relativity Media / Overbrook Entertainment / Weed Road Pictures / Blue LightWill Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason BatemanSuperhero, Action
3 The WacknessSony Pictures ClassicsBen Kingsley, Josh Peck, Famke Janssen, Olivia Thirlby, Mary-Kate Olsen, Method Man
11 Garden PartyRoadside AttractionsWilla Holland, Vinessa Shaw
Hellboy II: The Golden ArmyUniversal Pictures / Relativity MediaRon Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Jeffrey Tambor, Luke Gross, Anna Walton, John Hurt
Journey to the Center of the EarthNew Line Cinema / Walden MediaBrendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem
Meet Dave20th Century FoxEddie Murphy, Gabrielle Union, Elizabeth Banks
The Stone AngelAlliance AtlantisEllen Burstyn, Ellen Page, Cole Hauser, Christine Horne, Kevin Zegers, Dylan Baker
18 The Dark KnightWarner Bros. Pictures / Legendary Pictures / DC Comics / SyncopyChristian Bale, Heath Ledger, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman, Eric Roberts, Cillian Murphy, Jonathan Sadowski, Johnathon Schaech
Mamma Mia!Universal Pictures / Relativity Media / PlaytoneMeryl Streep, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård
Space Chimps20th Century Fox / Starz Animation / Vanguard AnimationAndy Samberg, Jeff Daniels, Cheryl Hines, Kenan Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton, Kristin Chenoweth, Omid Abtahi, Patrick Breen, Jane Lynch, Kath Soucie, Carlos Alazraqui, Zack Shada
23 Boy AThe Weinstein CompanyAndrew Garfield, Peter Mullan, Katie Lyons
25 Brideshead RevisitedMiramax FilmsEmma Thompson, Michael Gambon, Matthew Goode, Hayley Atwell, Ben Whishaw
Step BrothersColumbia Pictures / Relativity Media / Gary Sanchez Productions / Mosaic Media GroupWill Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen
The X-Files: I Want to Believe20th Century FoxDavid Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Mitch Pileggi, Xzibit, Billy Connolly, Callum Keith Rennie, Adam Godley
1 Frozen RiverSony Pictures ClassicsMelissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Michael O'Keefe, Mark Boone Junior
The Midnight Meat TrainLionsgate / Lakeshore EntertainmentBradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Shields, Roger Bart, Ted Raimi, Vinnie Jones
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon EmperorUniversal Pictures / Relativity Media / The Sommers Company / Alphaville FilmsBrendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, Michelle Yeoh, John Hannah, Luke Ford, Isabella Leong, Russell Wong
Swing VoteTouchstone PicturesKevin Costner, Paula Patton, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, George Lopez, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane
6 Pineapple ExpressColumbia Pictures / Relativity Media / Apatow ProductionsSeth Rogen, James Franco, Danny R. McBride, Gary Cole, Craig Robinson, Kevin Corrigan, Rosie Perez, Amber Heard, Ed Begley Jr., James Remar
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2Warner Bros. Pictures / Alcon EntertainmentAmber Tamblyn, Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Jesse Williams, Kyle Schmid, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Rachel Nichols
8 Beer For My HorsesRoadside AttractionsToby Keith, Rodney Carrington, Ted Nugent, Tom Skerritt, Claire Forlani, Barry Corbin, Greg Serano, Willie Nelson, Gina Gershon
ElegySamuel Goldwyn Films / Lakeshore EntertainmentPenélope Cruz, Ben Kingsley, Dennis Hopper, Patricia Clarkson, Peter Sarsgaard
Hell RideDimension FilmsLarry Bishop, Michael Madsen, Vinnie Jones, David Carradine, Dennis Hopper
What We Do Is SecretPeace Arch EntertainmentShane West, Bijou Phillips, Rick Gonzalez, Noah Segan, Ray Park
13 Tropic ThunderParamount Pictures / DreamWorks Pictures / Red Hour FilmsBen Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Steve Coogan, Brandon T. Jackson, Nick Nolte, Tom Cruise, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel
15 Fly Me to the MoonSummit Entertainment / nWave PicturesNicollette Sheridan, Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Robert Patrick, Kelly Ripa, Adrienne Barbeau, Ed Begley, Jr., Buzz Aldrin
Henry Poole Is HereOverture Films / Lakeshore EntertainmentLuke Wilson, Adriana Barraza, Radha Mitchell, Morgan Lily, Cheryl Hines, George Lopez
Mirrors20th Century Fox / Regency EnterprisesKiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton, Amy Smart
Star Wars: The Clone WarsWarner Bros. Pictures / Lucasfilm / Lucasfilm AnimationMatt Lanter, Dee Bradley Baker, Tom Kane, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Ashley Eckstein, James Arnold Taylor, Ian Abercrombie, Nika Futterman, Matthew Wood, Kevin Michael Richardson
Vicky Cristina BarcelonaThe Weinstein CompanyScarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Hall, Chris Messina, Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Dunn
20 The Rocker20th Century FoxRainn Wilson, Christina Applegate, Teddy Geiger, Josh Gad, Will Arnett, Emma Stone, Jeff Garlin, Jane Lynch
22 Death RaceUniversal Pictures / Relativity MediaJason Statham, Joan Allen, Ian McShane, Tyrese Gibson, Jacob Vargas, Frederick Koehler, Robin Shou
The Fifth CommandmentFreestyle ReleasingRick Yune
Hamlet 2Focus FeaturesSteve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Amy Poehler, David Arquette, Elisabeth Shue, Melonie Diaz
The House BunnyColumbia Pictures / Relativity Media / Happy Madison ProductionsAnna Faris, Emma Stone, Colin Hanks, Katharine McPhee, Rumer Willis, Kat Dennings, Beverly D'Angelo, Kiely Williams, Hugh Hefner
The LongshotsMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Dimension FilmsIce Cube, Keke Palmer, Matt Craven
Trouble the WaterZeitgeist Films
27 TraitorOverture FilmsDon Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Saïd Taghmaoui, Jeff Daniels, Neal McDonough
29 Babylon A.D.20th Century FoxVin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Mélanie Thierry, Gérard Depardieu, Charlotte Rampling
CollegeMetro-Goldwyn-MayerDrake Bell, Andrew Caldwell, Ryan Pinkston, Kevin Covais, Nick Zano
Disaster MovieLionsgateCarmen Electra, Kim Kardashian, Matt Lanter, Vanessa Minnillo, Nicole Parker, Crista Flanagan
Goal II: Living the DreamWalt Disney PicturesKuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola, Anna Friel, Stephen Dillane, Leonor Varela
I Served the King of EnglandSony Pictures ClassicsIvan Barnev, Oldřich Kaiser, Julia Jentsch, Martin Huba, Marián Labuda, Milan Lasica, Zuzana Fialová, Josef Abrhám
5 Bangkok DangerousLionsgate / Virtual Studios / Saturn FilmsNicolas Cage, Chakrit Yamnam, Charlie Yeung
Surfer, DudeAnchor Bay EntertainmentMatthew McConaughey, Alexie Gilmore, Scott Glenn, Jeffrey Nordling, Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson
12 Burn After ReadingFocus Features / StudioCanal / Relativity Media / Working Title Films / Mike Zoss ProductionsGeorge Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Richard Jenkins, Brad Pitt
The Family That PreysLionsgate / Tyler Perry StudiosAlfre Woodard, Sanaa Lathan, Rockmond Dunbar, KaDee Strickland, Cole Hauser, Robin Givens, Kathy Bates
Proud AmericanSlowhand CinemaJonathan Banks, Dennis Haskins, Ken Howard, Marc McClure, Kimberlin Brown
TowelheadWarner Independent PicturesAaron Eckhart, Toni Collette, Maria Bello, Peter Macdissi, Summer Bishil, Lynn Collins
The WomenPicturehouseMeg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Carrie Fisher, Cloris Leachman, Debi Mazar, Bette Midler
13 Superior Ultraman 8 BrothersShochikuHiroshi Nagano, Susumu Kurobe, Kohji Moritsugu, Jiro Dan, Keiji Takamine, Takeshi Tsuruno
19 AppaloosaNew Line CinemaViggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, Renée Zellweger, Jeremy Irons, Lance Henriksen
Battle in SeattleRedwood Palms PicturesAndré Benjamin, Jennifer Carpenter, Woody Harrelson, Martin Henderson, Ray Liotta, Connie Nielsen, Michelle Rodriguez, Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron, Ivana Miličević
The DuchessParamount VantageKeira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell
Ghost TownParamount Pictures / DreamWorks Pictures / Spyglass EntertainmentRicky Gervais, Téa Leoni, Greg Kinnear, Billy Campbell, Kristen Wiig, Alan Ruck
HounddogEmpire Film GroupDakota Fanning, Isabelle Fuhrman, Robin Wright Penn, Piper Laurie, David Morse
IgorMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer / The Weinstein CompanyJohn Cusack, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Jennifer Coolidge, Arsenio Hall, Dana Snyder, Eddie Izzard, Jay Leno, Molly Shannon, Christian Slater
Lakeview TerraceScreen Gems / Overbrook EntertainmentSamuel L. Jackson, Patrick Wilson, Kerry Washington, Jay Hernandez
Local Colormonterey mediaArmin Mueller-Stahl, Trevor Morgan, Ray Liotta, Charles Durning, Samantha Mathis
My Best Friend's GirlLionsgateDane Cook, Kate Hudson, Jason Biggs, Lizzy Caplan, Alec Baldwin, Diora Baird
26 ChokeFox Searchlight PicturesSam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald, Brad William Henke, Jonah Bobo
Eagle EyeParamount Pictures / DreamWorks PicturesShia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Anthony Mackie, Billy Bob Thornton
FireproofSamuel Goldwyn FilmsKirk Cameron, Erin Bethea, Ken Bevel, Stephen Dervan, Jason McLeod, Alex Kendrick
Forever StrongCrane Movie CompanyGary Cole, Sean Faris, Arielle Kebbel, Penn Badgley, Sean Astin, Neal McDonough
The Lucky OnesLionsgate / Roadside AttractionsTim Robbins, Rachel McAdams, Michael Peña
Miracle at St. AnnaTouchstone Pictures / 40 Acres and a Mule FilmworksDerek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller, Matteo Sciabordi, John Leguizamo
Nights in RodantheWarner Bros. Pictures / Village Roadshow PicturesRichard Gere, Diane Lane, James Franco, Scott Glenn, Christopher Meloni, Viola Davis, Mae Whitman
TowelheadWarner Independent PicturesAaron Eckhart, Toni Collette, Maria Bello, Peter Macdissi, Summer Bishil


‡ Films that achieved wide-release status after initial release
Opening Title Studio Cast and crew Genre
3 An American CarolVivendi EntertainmentKevin Farley, Kelsey Grammer, Jon Voight, Dennis Hopper, Leslie Nielsen, Jillian Murray
Beverly Hills ChihuahuaWalt Disney Pictures / Mandeville FilmsDrew Barrymore, George Lopez, Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo, Andy García, Plácido Domingo, Edward James Olmos, Paul Rodriguez, Cheech Marin
BlindnessMiramax FilmsJulianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Alice Braga, Yūsuke Iseya, Yoshino Kimura, Don McKellar, Danny Glover
Flash of GeniusUniversal Pictures / Spyglass EntertainmentGreg Kinnear, Dermot Mulroney, Lauren Graham
How to Lose Friends & Alienate PeopleMetro-Goldwyn-MayerSimon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Bridges, Megan Fox, Danny Huston, Gillian Anderson
Nick & Norah's Infinite PlaylistColumbia Pictures / Mandate PicturesMichael Cera, Kat Dennings, Alexis Dziena, Aaron Yoo, Rafi Gavron
Rachel Getting MarriedSony Pictures ClassicsAnne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Irwin, Anna Deavere Smith, Tunde Adebimpe, Debra Winger
ReligulousLionsgate / Thousand WordsBill Maher
8 RocknRollaWarner Bros. PicturesGerard Butler, Thandie Newton, Jeremy Piven, Idris Elba, Tom Wilkinson, Ludacris
10 Body of LiesWarner Bros. Pictures / Scott Free ProductionsLeonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe
City of Ember20th Century Fox / Walden Media / PlaytoneBill Murray, Tim Robbins, Saoirse Ronan, Toby Jones, Harry Treadaway, Martin Landau
The Express: The Ernie Davis StoryUniversal Pictures / Relativity MediaDennis Quaid, Rob Brown, Charles S. Dutton
Happy-Go-LuckyMiramax FilmsSally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan, Alexis Zegerman, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Samuel Roukin
QuarantineScreen GemsJennifer Carpenter, Steve Harris, Columbus Short, Jay Hernandez, Johnathon Schaech
12 FlickPeace Arch / AV Pictures / Monster FilmsHugh O'Conor, Faye Dunaway, Liz Smith, Michelle Ryan, Mark Benton, Julia Foster
17 The Elephant KingUnison FilmsTate Ellington, Jonno Roberts, Florence Faivre, Ellen Burstyn, Josef Sommer
Filth and WisdomIFC FilmsEugene Hütz, Holly Weston, Vicky McClure, Richard E. Grant, Olegar Fedoro
Max Payne20th Century FoxMark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges, Ludacris, Kate Burton, Donal Logue, Nelly Furtado, Amaury Nolasco, Chris O'Donnell
Morning LightWalt Disney Pictures
The Secret Life of BeesFox Searchlight Pictures / Overbrook EntertainmentDakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Paul Bettany, Jennifer Hudson, Sophie Okonedo, Hilarie Burton
Sex DriveSummit EntertainmentJosh Zuckerman, James Marsden, Seth Green, Clark Duke, Amanda Crew
W.LionsgateJosh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, James Cromwell, Ellen Burstyn, Rob Corddry, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Ioan Gruffudd, Scott Glenn
What Just HappenedMagnolia PicturesRobert De Niro, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Robin Wright Penn, Moon Bloodgood, Kristen Stewart, Michael Wincott, Bruce Willis
24 ChangelingUniversal Pictures / Imagine EntertainmentAngelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Geoff Pierson, Jeffrey Donovan, Jason Butler Harner, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan
High School Musical 3: Senior YearWalt Disney PicturesZac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Olesya Rulin, Chris Warren Jr., Ryne Sanborn, Kaycee Stroh, Alyson Reed
PassengersTriStar Pictures / Mandate PicturesAnne Hathaway, Patrick Wilson, Andre Braugher, Clea DuVall, Chelah Horsdal, David Morse, Dianne Wiest, William B. Davis, Ryan Robbins, Don Thompson, Stacy Grant
Pride and GloryNew Line CinemaEdward Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Noah Emmerich
Saw VLionsgate / Twisted PicturesTobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Julie Benz, Scott Patterson, Betsy Russell
Synecdoche, New YorkSony Pictures ClassicsPhilip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Emily Watson, Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hope Davis, Tom Noonan
31 The Haunting of Molly HartleyFreestyle ReleasingChace Crawford, Haley Bennett, AnnaLynne McCord, Shannon Marie Woodward
The Other End of the LineMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Hyde Park EntertainmentJames Dodson (director); Jesse Metcalfe, Shriya Saran, Anupam Kher, Tara Sharma, Larry Miller, Sara Foster, Resh Ballam
Zack and Miri Make a PornoThe Weinstein CompanySeth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Jason Mewes, Jeff Anderson, Craig Robinson, Traci Lords, Brandon Routh
7 The Boy in the Striped PajamasMiramax FilmsVera Farmiga, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend, Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon
Madagascar: Escape 2 AfricaParamount Pictures / DreamWorks Animation / PDI/DreamWorksBen Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Bernie Mac, Sherri Shepherd, Alec Baldwin, will.i.am
Repo! The Genetic OperaLionsgateAlexa Vega, Paul Sorvino, Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Brightman, Paris Hilton, Bill Moseley, Ogre, Terrance Zdunich
Role ModelsUniversal Pictures / Relativity MediaPaul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Elizabeth Banks, Jane Lynch
Soul MenMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Dimension FilmsSamuel L. Jackson, Bernie Mac, Sean Hayes, Sharon Leal, Jennifer Coolidge, Isaac Hayes
12 Slumdog MillionaireFox Searchlight Pictures / Warner Bros. PicturesDev Patel, Freida Pinto, Irrfan Khan, Anil Kapoor
14 Quantum of SolaceColumbia PicturesDaniel Craig, Mathieu Amalric, Olga Kurylenko, Gemma Arterton, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini
21 BoltWalt Disney Pictures / Walt Disney Animation StudiosJohn Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, Mark Walton, Malcolm McDowell, Nick Swardson, Diedrich Bader, Chloë Grace Moretz, Greg Germann, James Lipton, Randy Savage, Kari Wahlgren
Lake CityScreen Media FilmsSissy Spacek, Troy Garity, Keith Carradine, Rebecca Romijn, Dave Matthews, Drea de Matteo
SpecialMagnolia PicturesMichael Rapaport, Paul Blackthorne, Josh Peck, Robert Baker, Jack Kehler, Alexandra Holden
TwilightSummit EntertainmentKristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene
26 Australia20th Century FoxNicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham, Bryan Brown
Four ChristmasesNew Line Cinema / Spyglass EntertainmentVince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Kristin Chenoweth, Robert Duvall, Jon Voight, Jon Favreau, Tim McGraw
MilkFocus FeaturesSean Penn, Josh Brolin, James Franco, Emile Hirsch, Joseph Cross, Alison Pill, Diego Luna, Victor Garber
Transporter 3LionsgateJason Statham, François Berléand, Robert Knepper
5 Cadillac RecordsTriStar Pictures / Sony Music Entertainment / Parkwood EntertainmentAdrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Mos Def, Beyoncé Knowles, Gabrielle Union, Columbus Short, Cedric the Entertainer, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Eamonn Walker
Extreme MovieDimension FilmsMichael Cera, Ryan Pinkston, Jamie Kennedy, Chris Cooper, Frankie Muniz, Matthew Lillard
Frost/NixonUniversal Pictures / Imagine Entertainment / Working Title Films / StudioCanal /Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell, Matthew Macfadyen, Toby Jones, Rebecca Hall, Patty McCormack, Andy Milder
Nobel SonFreestyle ReleasingAlan Rickman, Bryan Greenberg, Shawn Hatosy, Mary Steenburgen, Bill Pullman, Eliza Dushku, Danny DeVito, Ted Danson, Tracey Walter
Punisher: War ZoneLionsgate / Marvel KnightsRay Stevenson, Dominic West, Julie Benz, Wayne Knight, Dash Mihok, Colin Salmon, Doug Hutchison
10 The ReaderMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer / The Weinstein Company / Mirage EnterprisesRalph Fiennes, Kate Winslet, David Kross, Alexandra Maria Lara, Lena Olin
Wendy and LucyOscilloscope PicturesMichelle Williams
12 Adulthood LionsgateNoel Clarke, Ben Drew, Danny Dyer
CheIFC FilmsBenicio del Toro, Rodrigo Santoro, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Franka Potente, Julia Ormond, Lou Diamond Phillips, Demián Bichir
Dark StreetsSamuel Goldwyn FilmsBijou Phillips, Gabriel Mann, Izabella Miko, Elias Koteas, Michael Fairman, Toledo Diamond
The Day the Earth Stood Still20th Century FoxKeanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Jaden Smith, John Cleese, Kyle Chandler
DelgoFreestyle ReleasingFreddie Prinze, Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Anne Bancroft, Chris Kattan, Val Kilmer, Malcolm McDowell, Louis Gossett, Jr., Michael Clarke Duncan, Eric Idle, Burt Reynolds
DoubtMiramax FilmsMeryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis
Gran TorinoWarner Bros. Pictures / Village Roadshow PicturesClint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Ahhey Her
Nothing like the HolidaysOverture FilmsJohn Leguizamo, Debra Messing, Freddy Rodriguez, Alfred Molina, Jay Hernandez, Luis Guzmán
TimecrimesMagnolia PicturesKarra Elejalde, Nacho Vigalondo, Candela Fernández, Bárbara Goenaga
Where God Left His ShoesIFC FilmsJohn Leguizamo
While She Was OutAnchor Bay EntertainmentKim Basinger, Lukas Haas
17 The WrestlerFox Searchlight PicturesMickey Rourke, Ernest Miller, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Todd Barry
19 Nothing but the TruthFreestyle ReleasingKate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Angela Bassett, Alan Alda, Vera Farmiga
Seven PoundsColumbia Pictures / Relativity Media / Overbrook Entertainment / Escape ArtistsWill Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, Michael Ealy, Barry Pepper
The Tale of DespereauxUniversal Pictures / Relativity MediaMatthew Broderick, Emma Watson, Dustin Hoffman, Tracey Ullman, William H. Macy, Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci, Robbie Coltrane, Ciarán Hinds, Frances Conroy, Tony Hale, Richard Jenkins, Frank Langella, Christopher Lloyd, Charles Shaughnessy, Sigourney Weaver
Yes ManWarner Bros. Pictures / Village Roadshow Pictures / The Zanuck Company / Heyday FilmsJim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Terence Stamp, Bradley Cooper, Rhys Darby, Danny Masterson
25 Bedtime StoriesWalt Disney PicturesAdam Sandler, Keri Russell, Guy Pearce, Teresa Palmer, Courteney Cox, Lucy Lawless, Russell Brand, Richard Griffiths, Aisha Tyler, Jonathan Pryce
The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonWarner Bros. Pictures / Paramount PicturesBrad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Jared Harris, Phyllis Somerville, Elias Koteas, Jason Flemyng, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Elle Fanning
Last Chance HarveyOverture FilmsDustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Eileen Atkins, Kathy Baker, James Brolin, Richard Schiff, Liane Balaban
Marley & MeFox 2000 Pictures / Regency EnterprisesJennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Kathleen Turner
The SpiritLionsgateGabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, Jaime King, Sarah Paulson, Dan Lauria
ValkyrieMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer / United ArtistsTom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Christian Berkel, Bill Nighy, David Schofield, Terence Stamp, Carice van Houten
Waltz with BashirSony Pictures ClassicsAri Folman
26 Revolutionary RoadParamount Vantage / DreamWorks Pictures / BBC FilmsLeonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, Michael Shannon, Kathryn Hahn, David Harbour, Richard Easton, Zoe Kazan, Jay O. Sanders
31 DefianceParamount VantageDaniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, George MacKay, Alexa Davalos, Mia Wasikowska, Tomas Arana

Notable deaths

MonthDateNameAgeCountryProfessionNotable films
January 1Peter Caffrey58UKActor
2George MacDonald Fraser82UKScreenwriter
2Brice Mack90USBackground Artist
15Brad Renfro25USActor
18Lois Nettleton80USActress
19Suzanne Pleshette70USActress
22Roberto Gari88USActor
22Heath Ledger28AustraliaActor
22Kevin Stoney87UKActor
25Christopher Allport60USActor
25Louisa Horton87USActress
February 2Barry Morse89CanadaActor
3Charles Fawcett92UKActor
4Augusta Dabney89USActress
6John Alvin59USPoster Artist
7Tamara Desni94Germany-UKActress
8Eva Dahlbeck87SwedenActress
8Jane Lumb65UKActress
9Robert DoQui73USActor
10Roy Scheider75USActor
11James Quinn88UKProducer
12Oscar Brodney100USScreenwriter
12David Groh68USActor
13Kon Ichikawa92JapanDirector
13Lionel Mark Smith62USActor
14Perry Lopez76USActor
18Alain Robbe-Grillet85FranceScreenwriter, DirectorLast Year at Marienbad
19Mary Barclay91UKActress
19David Watkin82UKCinematographer
21Ben Chapman82USActorCreature from the Black Lagoon
22Dennis Letts73USActor
28John Bliss77USActor
29Gayne Rescher83USCinematographer
March 4Leonard Rosenman83USComposer
6Gustaw Holoubek84PolandActor
6Alex Sharp86USStuntman, Actor
7Kay Callard84CanadaActress
8Carol Barnes63UKActressShaun of the Dead
11David Nettheim83AustraliaActorPaws
11Dave Stevens52USIllustrator, ProducerThe Rocketeer
12Erwin Geschonneck101GermanyActorJacob the Liar
16Ivan Dixon76USActor, Director
18Philip Jones Griffiths72UKPhotographerThe Deer Hunter
18Anthony Minghella54UKDirector, Screenwriter, Producer
19Arthur C. Clarke90Sri LankaWriter, Actor
19Paul Scofield86UKActor
24Rafael Azcona81SpainScreenwriter
24Richard Widmark93USActor
25Art Aragon80USActor
25Tony Church77UKActor
25Abby Mann80USScreenwriter
31Jules Dassin96USDirector
April 1Floyd Simmons84USActor
3Frosty Freeze44USSinger, ActorFlashdance
5Alex Grasshoff79USDirectorYoung Americans
5Charlton Heston84USActor
8Stanley Kamel65USActor
9Lloyd Lamble94AustraliaActorThe Belles of St Trinian's
11Willoughby Goddard81UKActor
14Ollie Johnston95USAnimator
14June Travis93USActress
15Hazel Court93UKActress
18Kay Linaker94USActress
18Joy Page83USActress
20Bebe Barron82USComposerForbidden Planet
23Dave Atkins67UKActor
24Tristram Cary82UKComposer
29Lewis Croft88USActorThe Wizard of Oz
29Julie Ege64NorwayActress
May 1Bernard Archard91UKActor
1Terry Duggan76UKActor, Wrangler
2Beverlee McKinsey72USActress
4Fred Haines72USScreenwriter, Director
12Robert Russell71UKActor
12Burton Zucker91USActor
12Claudio Undari73ItalyActor
13Jill Adams77UKActress
13John Phillip Law70USActor
14John Forbes-Robertson80UKActor
15Alexander Courage88USComposer, Orchestrator
16Sandy Howard80USDirector, Producer
16David Mitton69UKWriter, Director
18Irma Córdoba94ArgentinaActor
18Joseph Pevney96USDirector
19Vijay Tendulkar80IndiaScreenwriter
22Harry Lange77GermanyProduction Designer
24Rob Knox18UKActorHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
24Dick Martin86USActor
26Sydney Pollack73USActor, Director, Producer
28Earle Hagen88USComposer, Orchestrator
29Harvey Korman81USActor
June 1Ted Manson81USActor
2Bo Diddley79USActor, Musician
2Mel Ferrer90USActor, Director
5Bruce Purchase69UKActorMacbeth
6Bobby Anderson75USActorIt's a Wonderful Life
7Dino Risi91ItalyDirector, Writer
11Jean Desailly87FranceActor
15Stan Winston62USDirector, Makeup Artist
17Henry Beckman86SpainActor
17Cyd Charisse86USActress, Dancer
18Jean Delannoy100FranceDirector
21Kermit Love91USPuppeteer, Costume DesignerThe Muppet Movie
22George Carlin71USActor, Comedian
22Dody Goodman93USActress
23John Furlong75USActor
24William Vince45CanadaProducer
26Lilyan Chauvin82FranceActress
29Don S. Davis67USActor
July 2Elizabeth Spriggs78UKActress
4Evelyn Keyes91USActress
6Nonna Mordyukova82RussiaActress
7Bruce Conner74USDirector
9Charles H. Joffe78USProducer
11Breno Mello76BrazilActorBlack Orpheus
14Hugh Lloyd85UKActorQuadrophenia
17Paul Sorensen82USActor
22Patrick Connor81UKActor
22Estelle Getty84USActress
25Randy Pausch47USProfessor, ActorStar Trek
25Mikhail Pugovkin85RussiaActor
27Youssef Chahine82EgyptDirector
27Marisa Merlini84ItalyActress
29Luther Davis91USScreenwriter
August 1Gertan Klauber76Actor
7Bernie Brillstein77USProducer
9Bernie Mac50USActor
10Isaac Hayes65USActor, Songwriter
11George Furth75USActor
11Terence Rigby71UKActor
15Molly McClure89USActress
21Fred Crane90USActorGone with the Wind
24Peter Sutton65BritishSound Mixer
25Marpessa Dawn74USActor
25Rita Quigley85USActress
31Ken Campbell66UKActor, Writer
31Jerry Reed71USActor, Singer,
September 1Don LaFontaine68USVoice actorProlific and iconic voice-over actor featured in over 5,000 movie trailers
1Michael Pate88AustraliaActor, Director
2Bill Melendez91MexicoAnimator, Director
6Anita Page98USActress
8Celia Gregory58UKActress
17Humberto Solás67CubaDirectorLucía
18Florestano Vancini82ItalyDirector, Writer
19Jun Ichikawa59JapanDirectorTony Takitani
19David Jones74UKDirector
20William Fox97UKActor
26Paul Newman83USActor, Director
27Mahendra Kapoor74IndiaPlayback Artist
29Louis Guss90USActor
October 1Robert Arthur87USActor
5Kim Chan90USActor, Producer
5Ken Ogata71JapanActor
7Peter Copley93UKActor
8Bob Friend70UKActor
8Eileen Herlie90UKActress
11Neal Hefti85USComposer
11Mark Shivas70UKProducer
11Gil Stratton86USActor
13Guillaume Depardieu37FranceActor
15Edie Adams81USActress
15Nathan Davis91USActor
18Peter Gordeno69UKActor, ChoreographerCarry On Columbus
18Xie Jin84ChinaDirector
19Rudy Ray Moore81USActor
20John Ringham80UKActorV for Vendetta
22John Axon48UKActor
24Milton Katselas75USDirector
26Delmar Watson82USActorMr. Smith Goes to Washington
27Roy Stewart83UKActor
31Jonathan Bates68UKSupervising Sound Editor
31John Daly71UKProducer
November 1Yma Sumac85PeruSinger, Actress
5Michael Crichton66USWriter, Director
5Michael Higgins88USActor
16Reg Varney92UKActor
17Ennio de Concini84ItalyScreenwriter
19John Michael Hayes89USScreenwriter
20June Vincent89USActress
26De'Angelo Wilson29USActor
December 1Paul Benedict70USActor
1James Bree85UKActorOn Her Majesty's Secret Service
5Nina Foch84Netherlands–USActress
5Beverly Garland82USActress
8Robert Prosky77USActor
8Bob Spiers63UKDirector, Producer
11Maddie Blaustein48USActress
12Van Johnson92USActor
16Sam Bottoms53USActor, Producer, Soundtrack
16Richard Coleman78FranceActor
18Majel Barrett-Roddenberry76USActress
18John Costelloe47USActor
18Jack Douglas81UKActor
20Robert Mulligan83USDirector
24Harold Pinter78UKWriter, Actor, Director
25Eartha Kitt81USActress, Singer
25Ann Savage87USActress
27Patricia Kneale83UKActressA for Andromeda
30Bernie Hamilton80USActor
31Brad Sullivan77USActor
31Donald E. Westlake75MexicoWriter

Film debuts

See also



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  2. "Warner Bros. Entertainment Wraps Record-Breaking Year" (Press release). Warner Bros. January 8, 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  3. "The Dark Knight Breaks $400 Million in Record Time". 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2008-08-06.
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