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The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

List Criteria: 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.

The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made Films
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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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  2. 2
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    Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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  3. 3
    + 4443
    - 1987


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

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  4. 4
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    - 2414


    Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender

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    Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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  7. 7
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    - 2095


    Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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  9. 9
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    Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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  10. 10
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    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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  11. 11
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    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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  12. 12
    + 2878
    - 1577


    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

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  13. 13
    + 2442
    - 1462


    Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Samuel L. Jackson

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    + 2219
    - 1454


    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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  15. 15
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

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    + 1981
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    Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson

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  17. 17
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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup

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    - 240

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

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    Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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    John Hurt, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman

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    Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan

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    + 1743
    - 1220

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    Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen

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    + 1625
    - 1178


    Robert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler, Edward Norton

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    + 1596
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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito

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    + 1567
    - 1277


    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

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  26. 26
    + 1727
    - 965


    Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

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  27. 27
    + 1352
    - 1103

    often listed
    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp

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    + 936
    - 436

    added by akkithedude
    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    + 1869
    - 2274

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca

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    + 1111
    - 941

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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  31. 31
    + 889
    - 452

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    Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Chris Hemsworth

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  32. 32
    + 998
    - 559


    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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    + 1252
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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley

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    + 1182
    - 1085


    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright

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    - 1059


    John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel

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    + 1025
    - 1201

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    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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    - 952


    Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner

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    Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima

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    - 1137


    Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Stewart

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    + 970
    - 1001


    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman

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    Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Cobie Smulders

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  42. 42
    + 781
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    Neil Patrick Harris, Jensen Ackles, Kelly Hu

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  43. 43
    + 810
    - 849


    Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman

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  44. 44
    + 793
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    Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, Ben Stein

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  45. 45
    + 533
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    Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf

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    Corey Feldman, Sam Rockwell, Elias Koteas Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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  47. 47
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    - 737


    John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn, Kevin Nash

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    + 664
    - 968

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    Jessica Alba, Kerry Washington, Maria Menounos

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    - 380


    Ariel Winter, Michael Emerson, Peter Weller

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  50. 50
    + 568
    - 515


    Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field

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