Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.
Like the gladiators of old, 2008 resembles a battle of formidable acting gods, especially when looking over the 20 choices presented below. Indeed, if anything, choosing a winner requires more of a leap of faith than any amount of critical skill - they all were that good.
Lamenting the loss of 'people who are uncompromising,' Clooney says, 'For us, this movie is a success if some kid in Austin, Texas sees it, who is studying journalism, and says, 'That's the guy I want to be like.' Then we win.'"