More Year End Love: Edgar Wright's Top 29 Films of 2008

December 15, 2008
Source: Official Blog

Edgar Wright

We've already debuted Roger Ebert's top 20 movies of 2008, we've already debuted Stephen King's top 10 movies of 2008, so why not Edgar Wright, too? Movie geeks should instantly know who Wright is - the cheerful British filmmaker behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz who is currently working on Scott Pilgrim. Wright has put together his own list of 29 favorites from 2008 on his official blog and says that there's still a few more he intends to watch by the end of the year. Even if you think you've seen everything, this is a list you need to check out. I'm especially glad this is an actual diverse list of films, instead of the same old, so I thank Edgar for brightening my day and mentioning some true gems from this year.

1. Let the Right One In
2. Synecdoche, New York
3. Iron Man
4. Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!
5. Man on Wire
6. Hunger
7. Frost/Nixon
8. The Dark Knight
9. Burn After Reading
10. Wall-E
11. Rachel Getting Married
12. Slumdog Millionaire
13. Happy-Go-Lucky
14. Gran Torino
15. Kung Fu Panda (IMAX)
16. Rec
17. Cloverfield
18. JCVD
19. Son of Rambow
20. Rambo
21. The Ruins
22. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
23. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
24. The Foot Fist Way
25. Tropic Thunder
26. Milk
27. W.
28. Zack and Miri Make a Porno
29. Pineapple Express

Note: He's already made one additional update, saying Nacho Vigalondo's Timecrimes was also great.

I really don't think there is a good movie that he didn't mention from this year on his list. Reading through this makes me wish I had the time to go back and re-watch almost everything he mentioned. I really want to watch Burn After Reading, Gran Torino, and Benjamin Button again. And I still need to see Man on Wire, Rachel Getting Married, and Happy-Go-Lucky, especially since this isn't the only list those 3 have showed up on. I'm guessing that most typical moviegoers don't even see more than 28 movies (in the theaters) in a year anyway. How many of these have you seen? And do they deserve to be on your list as well?

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Reader Feedback - 24 Comments


I have seen 15 of the movies on that list all of which I thought were very good ... except for Foot Fist Way, W, and Zack and Miri make a porno ... Foot Fist Way was funny but I would not put that on my list. As for the other two I thought they were disappointments. I like the fact that Let The Right One In and Synecdoche, New York top his list.

Betterchill on Dec 15, 2008


The Dark knight was far better than Iron Man.

Bryan on Dec 15, 2008


I think everyone needs to drop this "The Dark Knight" is better than "Iron Man" and vice versa argument. Who really cares? This guy just made a great list of movies that the majority of people that follow this website do not talk about. I am sick of those two movies because they are all anyone is talking about. There have been better films this year!

Betterchill on Dec 15, 2008


I've seen exactly 100 films this year but I've yet to see Happy-Go-Lucky and Let The Right One In 🙁

BahHumbug on Dec 15, 2008



Jackmanson on Dec 15, 2008


I really can't understand how people can put Rachel Getting Married in a list while leaving I've Loved You So Long out, it's vastly superior in every way...

Homero on Dec 15, 2008


Homero I just saw that at my theater on Saturday and I must agree with you I found I've Loved you So Long a much better film.

Betterchill on Dec 15, 2008


He forgot The Wrestler.

Jesse on Dec 15, 2008


its nice to see horror movies on the list, let the right one in defiently deserves top slot of at least in top 5, im not a fanboy but i think dark knight was better than iron but whatever, people have opinions, also rec was brilliant, which im glad it got some recognition, ive seen 13 of those and i feel everyone deserves to be on the list except for hellboy 2, but i guess im tryin to say is that its nice to see a diversity list instead of these shallow-minded people who are "movie critics" whatever that means anymore, thinking the best movies cant be a horror, or comic, or action movie. just like the dark knight getting screwed at the oscars. why do these small movies that barely come to theaters get awarded best movie of the year, why cant it be the biggest grossing movie, or what typical people thought was great, not these volunteers who are to stubborn to see the fun in a movie rather then the laugh out loud "heart pounding" drama but then again dont get me wrong, those can be good movies too but not what i would call the best film

sk8r on Dec 15, 2008


Here's a GREAT movie he didn't mention: The Fall How come nobody seems to have any end-of-the-year love for that one?

Michael on Dec 15, 2008


I just think it's funny everywhere I read people saying things like "IN MY OPINION Dark Knight should be higher than Iron Man on this list, which is based on someone else's opinion." I just find it hard to criticize a persons opinion WITH MY opinion. Like these critics are one day gonna go "Johnny61758 makes a good point that since he and several other frequent posters on message boards believe Dark Knight is superior to Iron Man, I should now hold that opinion as well".

Colca on Dec 15, 2008


A decent list but these things are so subjective it's become hard to even debate them imo. Overall I felt like this year didn't produce a lot of hands-down-must-see-f******-incredible movies. Or at least I didn't really fall in love with any movies this year like I have in the past. *shrugs* Either way another year put to rest...

janet on Dec 15, 2008


Pretty cool to see JCVD get a mention though.

Colca on Dec 15, 2008


dude if the guy thinks iron man is better than dark knight. that's his opinion.

Darrin on Dec 15, 2008


Great list. I like TDK more than Iron Man, but I totally see where he's coming from. I've seen both of them way too many times haha.

Itri on Dec 15, 2008


Oh but Rambo was just a terrible movie. Awful.

Itri on Dec 15, 2008


TDK i think is better than iron man, but iron man is still great. who cares i own them both, there different films and different comic movies. at least we all can agree that their both better than twilight. and yea i had to go see twilight with the gf. anyways nice list, pleanty of good movies this year, so lets not complain. :]

buzali on Dec 15, 2008


Dark Knight better than Iron Man? Who cares...neither deserve to be on the list. Where is In Bruges? It is actually a really good movie. There's quite a few on the list I still need to see. Saw Rachel and that was a very good filmmaker making a bad film, and Burn After Reading was one of the substandard Coens. Though I hadn't really thought it, looking at this list makes me think that either it was a bad year for movies, which I doubt, or just a really bad year for best lists. And much as I was looking forward to Tropic of Thunder, it kind of sucked as well. Synecdoche hasn't made it to my town yet but it sounds like a winner. And though I thought Vicki Christina Barcelona was ok but not really best of material, looking at this list makes me think that maybe it is.

Paul on Dec 15, 2008


He basically just listed what he saw all year... Still, what is on there is quite good, but the order is asinine.

Angelo on Dec 16, 2008


Nice list. LoL at JCVD. I really want to see that movie. I can't wait to go watch it. Has anyone seen it? If anyone has, can they say something about it? I seen about 15 of the movies on that list and I must say that I enjoyed pretty much all of them.

TKaihea on Dec 16, 2008


I've seen JVCD and it ranks among the top 10 best films of the year. No kidding. Especially the 6 minute long monologue he delivers is one of the best scenes of the year. The film also looks quite good, the sephia filter works fine, and the shifting in time is done well.

Angelo on Dec 16, 2008


Oh Cloverfield. Why do people love you so?

ScottyR37 on Dec 16, 2008


I know it is his opinion, but at the same time I think that is a pretty bad list, but hey. Alex though, can't believe you haven't seen RACHEL GETTING MARRIED yet. While the film itself is just alright, the acting is superb. I only saw 14 so far released on his list.

Ryan on Dec 16, 2008


we get it. theres a lot of top lists for 2008. we get it. dark knights on every list. we get it. some of them have "some true gems". i feel like you guys are blogging these lists for filler. seeing the same lists over and over.

Zack on Dec 16, 2008

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