The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

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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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    The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

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

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    Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


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

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    The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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    X-Men: First Class is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender

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    The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

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    Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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    Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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  9. 9
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    X-Men 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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    X-Men is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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    Batman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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    The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

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    Captain America: The Winter So... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Thor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Superman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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    Captain America: The First Ave... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan

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    Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

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    Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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    Hellboy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    John Hurt, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman

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    The Amazing Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

    added by Kelly28
    Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen

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    Batman Returns is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito

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    The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

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    Robert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler, Edward Norton

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    Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

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    Blade is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

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    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

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    Ryan Reynolds

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    Superman II is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

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    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp

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    Kick-Ass is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

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    Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca

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    Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Cobie Smulders

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    The Crow is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

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    Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd

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    Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

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    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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    Thor: The Dark World is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Chris Hemsworth

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    Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley

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    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chadwick Boseman

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    Ant-Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

    added by Desertrat89
    Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd

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    Unbreakable is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright

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    Hellboy II: The Golden Army is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel

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    The Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

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    Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima

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    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner

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    X-Men: The Last Stand is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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    Blade II is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman

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    X-Men Origins: Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Stewart

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    Batman: Under the Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Neil Patrick Harris, Jensen Ackles, Kelly Hu

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    The Mask is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, Ben Stein

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    Hancock is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman

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    Constantine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    Corey Feldman, Sam Rockwell, Elias Koteas

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    The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made


    John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn, Kevin Nash

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