Here are the ten best 2008 drama movies. In order to make the list, each movie had to have a dramatic and engaging plot that earned them high ratings and satisfied moviegoers.

  1. "The Dark Knight." This film earned the highest rating, making it the best drama movie of 2008. In this crime drama, the Joker, played by the late Heath Ledger, wreaks havoc as an eccentric mastermind. Batman, played by Christian Bale, attempts to deal with the madness caused by this bizarre villain.

  2. "Gran Torino." Starring Clint Eastwood as Walt Kowalski, "Gran Torino" makes this list as the second best 2008 drama movie with the story of a Korean war veteran who makes an effort to help an Asian teenager become a better person, even after that teenager attempted to steal his 1972 Gran Torino.

  3. "Slumdog Millionaire." In the third best drama movie of 2008, Dev Patel portrays a Mumbai teenager who participates in an Indian game show. The teen’s number of correct answers leaves people suspicious that he had somehow cheated and so they had him arrested.

  4. "The Wrestler." Randy “The Ram” Robinson, played by Mickey Rourke, struggles to make a life for himself outside of the wrestling world.

  5. "Ip Man." Wing Chun is a form of martial arts in China that was first taught by Yip Man. “Ip Man” tells his story with Donnie Yen as the star who portrays him.

  6. "Let the Right One In." This is film a boy named Oskar, played by Kåre Hedebrant, who discovers love in a beautiful vampire named Eli, played by Lina Leandersson. He also finds that, through Eli, he can have revenge. The dramatic and engaging story line makes "Let the Right One In" one of the best 2008 drama movies.

  7. "In Bruges." Starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Elizabeth Berrington, “In Bruges” is a film about two hit men who are faced with a complicated job that leads to the two of them hiding in Bruges.

  8. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." This film tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who begins to age backwards. Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton are the stars of this movie. Their performances, along with the film's intense plot, makes "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" one of the best drama movies of 2008.

  9. "Changeling." Starring Angelina Jolie, Colm Feore and Amy Ryan, “Changeling” is the dramatic tale of a mother faced with the disappearance of her child who has been replaced with an imposter. This film is based on the real life events that took place in the late 1920’s.

  10. "Milk." This biography/drama film is the final movie on this list of the best 2008 drama movies. Harvey Milk, played by Sean Penn, is an activist who fights for gay rights. “Milk” focuses on Harvey Milk’s struggles.