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The Top 10 Movies of 2008

slumdog millionaire2008 was a dark year for the movies.  Led by The Dark Knight, the year included a variety of excellent-but-dark films, including In Bruges, Frozen River and Revolutionary Road.  As usual, most of the best films were crowded into end-of-the-year-releases, each hoping to be the last film lingering on the minds of award voters.  From us at Reel Life Wisdom, here are our top 10 flicks of 2008.

The 6 Most Quoted Reel Life Movies of 2008

benjamin buttonThe Reel Life Wisdom site features approximately 100 inspirational and/or thought-provoking quotes from 2008.  On January 6th, we will release our Top Ten Smartest Quotes of 2008.  Most films in any year feature one or two quotes that have something to say beyond the context of the movie.  However, some films are full of meaningful quotes.  Here are the top six quote-providing 2008 movies featured on the Reel Life Wisdom website. 

The 6 Best Leadership Tips from Movie Presidents

NixonRonald Reagan never got to play a President of the United States until he was one.  However, many actors have played the Commander-in-Chief, including Charleton Heston, Henry Fonda, Robin Williams, George Clooney, Tom Selleck, Jeff Bridges, Michael Douglas, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, and Anthony Hopkins (twice - he played Adams and Nixon).  Real and fictional Presidents have offered some useful advice for President Elect Barack Obama.  Here are six tips from movie Presidents for America's next leader. 

RESILIENCE: “People can't do something themselves, they want to tell you that you can't do it. You want something? Go get it.”

Movie quote from: The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) – Chris Gardner (Will Smith)

HappynessThe Pursuit of Happyness is a film about the value of resilience.  While playing basketball with his son, Chris Gardner (as played by Will Smith) tells his son to forget basketball and do something useful.  Realizing the mistake of what he just said, Chris tells his son, “Don't ever let someone tell you, you can't do something. Not even me.”  He wants his son to know what he knows, that a persistent pursuit of your own dreams is the best way to bring a sense of happiness to your life.

The 5 Wisest Quotes from Bond Villains

Bond films are not common sources for inspirational or thought-provoking quotes.  This is especially true for the bad guys in 007 movies - they tend to just focus on saying evil things.  However, over the years, a few wise thoughts have been cruelly spoken in the name of world domination.  Here are the top five wisest things ever said by a villain in a James
Bond film.

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The Top 10 Wisest Quotes from Charlie Chan Films

charlie chanCharlie Chan is a fictional detective from the Honolulu Police Department who solved crimes and uttered wisdom in 47 different films between 1925 and 1949.  He solved crimes around the world, despite the unsuccessful support of his Number 1 and Number 2 sons.  Chan was played by six different actors, none of them Chinese.  These films introduced ancient Asian wisdom to North American pop culture.  Here are the wisest 10 quotes from Charlie Chan films.

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