The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made Films
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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.

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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 & most listed Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman

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  2. 2
    + 3982
    - 1805

    Katie Holmes, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

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  3. 3
    + 3686
    - 1711

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

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  4. 4
    + 4029
    - 2118

    Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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  5. 5
    + 3982
    - 1496

    Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, January Jones

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  6. 6
    + 3411
    - 1594

    added by ScrewTimTebow Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

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  7. 7
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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  8. 8
    + 2070
    - 1432

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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  9. 9
    + 2036
    - 1319

    Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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  10. 10
    + 2075
    - 1227

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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  11. 11
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    - 1290

    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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  12. 12
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    - 1364

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson

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  13. 13
    + 2042
    - 1215

    Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Samuel L. Jackson

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  14. 14
    + 1862
    - 1232

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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  15. 15
    + 1981
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Natalie Dormer, Tommy Lee Jones

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  16. 16
    + 1976
    - 1349

    Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

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  17. 17
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    Olivia Munn, Kate Mara, Bill O'Reilly

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  18. 18
    + 1285
    - 275

    Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson

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  19. 19
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    added by Kelly28 Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen

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  20. 20
    + 1517
    - 1059

    Selma Blair, John Hurt, Ron Perlman

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  21. 21
    + 1380
    - 943

    Robert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler, Edward Norton

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  22. 22
    + 1352
    - 1069

    often listed Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Traci Lords

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  23. 23
    + 1350
    - 1015

    often listed Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito

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  24. 24
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    - 85

    Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman

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  25. 25
    + 467
    - 60

    Guardians of the Galaxy

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  26. 26
    + 1384
    - 760

    Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner

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  27. 27
    + 1124
    - 935

    often listed Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder

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  28. 28
    + 927
    - 771

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Jon Polito

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  29. 29
    + 641
    - 285

    added by akkithedude Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

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  30. 30
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Nicolas Cage, Lyndsy Fonseca, Chloë Grace Moretz

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  31. 31
    + 630
    - 293

    ranked low on reranks Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Chris Hemsworth

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  32. 32
    + 992
    - 610

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle

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  33. 33
    + 757
    - 419

    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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  34. 34
    + 1008
    - 893

    Seth MacFarlane, Selma Blair, Jimmy Kimmel

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  35. 35
    + 999
    - 940

    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright

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  36. 36
    + 862
    - 991

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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  37. 37
    + 953
    - 830

    Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner

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  38. 38
    + 973
    - 947

    Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Stewart

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  39. 39
    + 825
    - 875

    Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman

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  40. 40
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    - 315

    ranked low on reranks & added by gschwayze Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Svetlana Khodchenkova

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  41. 41
    + 756
    - 734

    Sam Rockwell, Elias Koteas, Skeet Ulrich

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  42. 42
    + 635
    - 554

    Jensen Ackles, Neil Patrick Harris, Kelly Hu

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  43. 43
    + 662
    - 689

    Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman

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  44. 44
    + 672
    - 685

    Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, Ben Stein

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  45. 45
    + 399
    - 408

    Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf

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  46. 46
    + 426
    - 331

    Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field

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  47. 47
    + 503
    - 600

    John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn, Kevin Nash

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  48. 48
    + 540
    - 789

    Jessica Alba, Kerry Washington, Maria Menounos

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  49. 49
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  50. 50
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    Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Clint Howard

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