At around this time 10 years ago, the movie world couldn't have imagined what was about to happen. With a year that started with the American remake of One Missed Call, it wasn't long after that point that the first surprise hit of 2008 would hit theaters. What would follow throughout the entirety of 2008 was a series of game changers and underrated hits mixing it up, marking a new epoch in modern cinema.
The doldrums of the early Aughts were officially gone, and our current era of experimental and groundbreaking filmmaking officially was upon us. And in the year 2008, the following 10 films turned out to be the most memorable entries into contemporary box office history.
10. The Wrestler
2008 was a year that saw some successful comebacks mounted by folks like Robert Downey Jr., and in the case of Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, Mickey Rourke. The latter film tells the story of Rourke's Randy "The Ram" Robinson, a wrestler who tries to rescue himself from the depths of personal and professional obscurity, in the name of making up with his daughter and being able to stand proud once again. While playing a fictional character, Rourke lends a semi-autobiographical flare to his performance, drawing on his own experiences as a boxer. There are moments when you can literally see his heart breaking on screen, and Aronofsky captures all of this beautifully in one of the relatively warmest and most poignant films of his career.
9. Step Brothers
Released in the thick of Will Ferrell's streak of comedy hits, Step Brothers was the second team-up between Ferrell and Talladega Nights co-star John C. Reilly. It was this movie that cemented the partnership between the two clowns, and it's quite possibly their best work together, as their man-child personas raised all sorts of hell for their beleaguered parents, played by Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins. If you don't remember the words "Catalina Wine Mixer" and their original context, then it's time you go back and watch this one fresh.