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
    + 4108
    - 1856

    Katie Holmes, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

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  3. 3
    + 3815
    - 1745

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

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  4. 4
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    Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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  5. 5
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    - 1534

    Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, January Jones

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  6. 6
    + 3527
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    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
    + 2151
    - 1459

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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  9. 9
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    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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  10. 10
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    Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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  11. 11
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    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

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  12. 12
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    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson

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  13. 13
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    Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Samuel L. Jackson

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  14. 14
    + 1920
    - 1267

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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  15. 15
    + 2054
    - 1143

    Samuel L. Jackson, Natalie Dormer, Tommy Lee Jones

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  16. 16
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    Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

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  17. 17
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    Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson

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  18. 18
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    Olivia Munn, Kate Mara, Bill O'Reilly

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  19. 19
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    ranked low on reranks Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman

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  20. 20
    + 1514
    - 999

    added by Kelly28 Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen

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  21. 21
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    - 1093

    Selma Blair, John Hurt, Ron Perlman

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  22. 22
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    Robert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler, Edward Norton

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  23. 23
    + 581
    - 78

    Guardians of the Galaxy

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  24. 24
    + 1382
    - 1099

    often listed Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Traci Lords

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  25. 25
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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito

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  26. 26
    + 1429
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    Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner

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  27. 27
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    often listed Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder

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  28. 28
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    - 305

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

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  29. 29
    + 954
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Jon Polito

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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
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    - 324

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

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  32. 32
    + 1033
    - 647

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle

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  33. 33
    + 800
    - 436

    ranked low on reranks Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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  34. 34
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    - 913

    Seth MacFarlane, Selma Blair, Jimmy Kimmel

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  35. 35
    + 1030
    - 960

    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright

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  36. 36
    + 891
    - 1023

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

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  37. 37
    + 974
    - 850

    Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner

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  38. 38
    + 999
    - 980

    Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Stewart

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  39. 39
    + 844
    - 892

    Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman

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  40. 40
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    ranked low on reranks & added by gschwayze Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Svetlana Khodchenkova

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  41. 41
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    - 36

    ranked low on reranks Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan

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  42. 42
    + 767
    - 763

    Sam Rockwell, Elias Koteas, Skeet Ulrich

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  43. 43
    + 656
    - 570

    Jensen Ackles, Neil Patrick Harris, Kelly Hu

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  44. 44
    + 686
    - 714

    Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman

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  45. 45
    + 692
    - 708

    Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, Ben Stein

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  46. 46
    + 419
    - 427

    Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf

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  47. 47
    + 446
    - 361

    Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field

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  48. 48
    + 560
    - 817

    often listed Jessica Alba, Kerry Washington, Maria Menounos

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  49. 49
    + 519
    - 621

    John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn, Kevin Nash

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  50. 50
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    - 643

    Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Clint Howard

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