Most movie critics make it an annual tradition to rank their top 10 films of the year.

We think that's way too limiting -- what with instantly classic superhero flicks ('The Dark Knight,' 'Iron Man'), top-notch comedies ('Tropic Thunder,' 'Role Models'), fantastic family fare ('WALL-E,' 'Kung Fu Panda') and must-see Oscar contenders ('Milk,' 'Slumdog Millionaire') all in the running.

Believe it or not, we've got 42 more where those came from ... Presenting our third annual list of the year's 50 best movies.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Movie Poster
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
PG-132008
Based on 37 critics

Born under unusual circumstances, Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) springs into being as an elderly man in... Read More

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Iron Man
PG-132008
Based on 38 critics

A billionaire industrialist and genius inventor, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), is conducting weapons... Read More

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Movie Poster
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
PG-132008
Based on 40 critics

It's the height of the Cold War, and famous archaeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), returning from... Read More

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Quantum of Solace
PG-132008
Based on 48 critics

Following the death of Vesper Lynd, James Bond (Daniel Craig) makes his next mission personal. The hunt... Read More

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The Visitor
PG-132007
Based on 29 critics

When professor Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) travels to New York for a lecture, he's stunned to find... Read More

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Frost/Nixon
R2008
Based on 38 critics

In 1977, three years after the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency, Richard Nixon (Frank Langella)... Read More

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Burn After Reading
R2008
Based on 37 critics

When a disc containing memoirs of a former CIA analyst (John Malkovich) falls into the hands of Linda... Read More

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Wanted
R2008
Based on 38 critics

Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) is an office worker whose life is going nowhere. After his estranged father... Read More

In Bruges Movie Poster
In Bruges
R2008
Based on 34 critics

After a particularly difficult job, hit men Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) head to Belgium... Read More

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Son of Rambow
PG-132007
Based on 29 critics

In 1980s England, schoolboys Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) and Lee Carter (Will Poulter) meet by chance... Read More

Revolutionary Road Movie Poster
Revolutionary Road
R2008
Based on 38 critics

Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) and April Wheeler (Kate Winslet) always see themselves as far-removed from... Read More

Doubt Movie Poster
Doubt
PG-132008
Based on 36 critics

In 1964 the winds of change are sweeping through Sister Aloysius' (Meryl Streep) St. Nicholas school.... Read More

Shine a Light Movie Poster
Shine a Light
PG-132008
Based on 36 critics

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese documents the Rolling Stones' energetic performance at New York's Beacon Theatre.... Read More

Defiance Movie Poster
Defiance
R2008
Based on 34 critics

In 1941, Nazi soldiers are slaughtering Eastern European Jews by the thousands. Three brothers, Tuvia... Read More

Taxi to the Dark Side Movie Poster
Taxi to the Dark Side
R2007
Based on 25 critics

This documentary explores the American military's use of torture by focusing on the unsolved murder of... Read More

Forgetting Sarah Marshall Movie Poster
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
R2008
Based on 37 critics

Struggling musician Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) is better-known as the boyfriend of TV star Sarah Marshall... Read More

Appaloosa Movie Poster
Appaloosa
R2008
Based on 32 critics

Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) and his longtime friend and partner Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen) travel the... Read More

The Wackness Movie Poster
The Wackness
R2008
Based on 31 critics

It's summer in New York City, the year is 1994, and teenage marijuana dealer Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck)... Read More

The Reader Movie Poster
The Reader
R2008
Based on 38 critics

Michael Berg (David Kross), a teen in postwar Germany, begins a passionate but clandestine affair with... Read More

Slumdog Millionaire Movie Poster
Slumdog Millionaire
R2008
Based on 36 critics

As 18-year-old Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) answers questions on the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a... Read More

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Movie Poster
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
2007
Based on 37 critics

The courage and friendship of two Romanian college students is tested when Gabita (Laura Vasiliu) discovers... Read More

Religulous Movie Poster
Religulous
R2008
Based on 31 critics

Commentator-comic Bill Maher plays devil's advocate with religion as he talks to believers about their... Read More

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Planet B-Boy
2007
Based on 13 critics

An international competition in Germany highlights a look at the evolution and resurgence of break-dancing. Read More

The Bank Job Movie Poster
The Bank Job
R2008
Based on 32 critics

Self-reformed petty criminal Terry Leather (Jason Statham) has become a financially struggling car dealer... Read More

Milk Movie Poster
Milk
R2008
Based on 39 critics

In 1972, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) and his then-lover Scott Smith leave New York for San Francisco, with... Read More

The Duchess Movie Poster
The Duchess
PG-132008
Based on 34 critics

Though adored by the people, the Duchess of Devonshire (Keira Knightley) is not content to sit as a pretty... Read More

Zack and Miri Make a Porno Movie Poster
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
R2008
Based on 33 critics

Lifelong friends and now roommates, Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) are buried under a mountain... Read More

American Teen Movie Poster
American Teen
PG-132008
Based on 29 critics

Four high-school seniors navigate their way through the ups and downs of life in their small Indiana... Read More

Man on Wire Movie Poster
Man on Wire
PG-132008
Based on 31 critics

Using actual footage from the event seamlessly mingled with new re-enactments, filmmaker James Marsh... Read More

Happy-Go-Lucky Movie Poster
Happy-Go-Lucky
R2008
Based on 34 critics

Teacher Poppy Cross (Sally Hawkins) is an eternal optimist who lives with her more cynical friend Zoe... Read More

W. Movie Poster
W.
PG-132008
Based on 36 critics

Flashbacks to key events in his life reveal the rise of George W. Bush from ne'er-do-well party boy and... Read More

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Surfwise
R2007
Based on 20 critics

Forsaking a traditional home life, Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz and his wife raise their large brood in a 24-foot... Read More

Boy A Movie Poster
Boy A
R2007
Based on 22 critics

Freed after a lengthy term in a juvenile detention center, convicted child killer Jack Burridge (Andrew... Read More

Vicky Cristina Barcelona Movie Poster
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
PG-132008
Based on 36 critics

Americans Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) arrive in Spain for a summer vacation... Read More

Gran Torino Movie Poster
Gran Torino
R2008
Based on 34 critics

Retired auto worker and Korean War vet Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) fills emptiness in his life with... Read More

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father Movie Poster
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
2008
Based on 11 critics

In 2001, 28-year-old Dr. Andrew Bagby is found dead in a park in Pennsylvania. He had been shot by his... Read More

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Rachel Getting Married
R2008
Based on 36 critics

As an affluent New England family prepares for one daughter's wedding, another named Kym (Anne Hathaway)... Read More

The Wrestler Movie Poster
The Wrestler
R2008
Based on 36 critics

Aging wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke) is long past his prime but still ready and rarin'... Read More

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JCVD
R2008
Based on 25 critics

Weary action star Jean-Claude Van Damme (Jean-Claude Van Damme) returns to Belgium to find relief from... Read More