films The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made  

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List Rules Movies about superheroes, including masked vigilantes, costumed crime fighters, and peace protectors

Superhero movies may seem like a current trend, but the truth is, superheroes on film have been around since the beginning of celluloid. Most of the top superhero movies come from the comic giants like DC Movies or Marvel Films. Heroes like Batman, Spiderman, Superman, and Wolverine are all favorite superhero movie characters who have made it from the pages of comics to the big screen time and time again.

Superheroes began in classic American comic books in the 1930s, though their predecessors date back to earlier crime fighters and even mythological superhuman characters, like Zeus and Thor. In the Golden Age of comic books, superheroes frequented the pages of DC Comics, including Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern. In the 1960s, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and Iron Man showed up in the pages of Marvel Comics. More modern superhero stories like Kick-Ass and Watchmen still delight audiences.

Superhero movie serials once played before big features at movie houses. Today, Hollywood turns out giant summer blockbusters that routinely break records and bring in big business for studio execs, costumers, and special effects crews alike. Everyone has a favorite superhero film, and you can add yours to the rankings by voting up an existing item or creating your own full re-rank of your favorite super hero movies.

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The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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Iron Man Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson

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The Avengers Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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The Dark Knight Rises Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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X-Men: First Class Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender

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Spider-Man 2 Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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Spider-Man Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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X-Men 2 Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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X-Men Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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Batman Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson

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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Guardians of the Galaxy Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan

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Superman Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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Captain America: The First Avenger Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

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Thor Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Samuel L. Jackson

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
X-Men: Days of Future Past Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

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Watchmen Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup

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Deadpool Ryan Reynolds

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Captain America: Civil War is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Captain America: Civil War Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chadwick Boseman

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Iron Man 2 Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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Hellboy John Hurt, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman

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Batman Returns Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito

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The Amazing Spider-Man Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen

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Blade Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

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The Incredible Hulk Robert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler, Edward Norton

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Man of Steel Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

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The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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Kick-Ass Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca

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Superman II Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp

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Ant-Man Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Avengers: Age of Ultron Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Cobie Smulders

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The Crow Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd

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Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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Iron Man 3 Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley

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Thor: The Dark World Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Chris Hemsworth

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Unbreakable Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel

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The Wolverine Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima

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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner

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X-Men: The Last Stand Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Stewart

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Blade II Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman

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Batman: Under the Red Hood Neil Patrick Harris, Jensen Ackles, Kelly Hu

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The Mask Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, Ben Stein

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Constantine Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf

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Hancock Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Corey Feldman, Sam Rockwell, Elias Koteas

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Logan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Logan Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen