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

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  2. 2
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    - 1889


    Katie Holmes, Morgan Freeman, Christian Bale

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  3. 3
    + 3890
    - 1769


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

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  4. 4
    + 4260
    - 2184


    Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

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  5. 5
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    - 1558


    Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, January Jones

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  6. 6
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    - 1663

    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
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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

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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
    + 1960
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    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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

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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
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    Selma Blair, John Hurt, Ron Perlman

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  21. 21
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    added by Kelly28
    Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen

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

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  23. 23
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    - 87


    Guardians of the Galaxy

  24. 24
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    often listed
    Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Traci Lords

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  25. 25
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    - 1064


    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito

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  26. 26
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    - 810


    Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner

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  27. 27
    + 1180
    - 977

    often listed
    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder

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  28. 28
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    - 326

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

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  29. 29
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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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    - 333

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

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  32. 32
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    - 451


    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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    - 662

    ranked low on reranks
    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle

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  34. 34
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    - 933


    Seth MacFarlane, Selma Blair, Jimmy Kimmel

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  35. 35
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    - 980


    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright

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  36. 36
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    - 1038


    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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  37. 37
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    - 869


    Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner

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  38. 38
    + 1020
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    Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Stewart

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  39. 39
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    Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman

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  40. 40
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    - 342

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

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  41. 41
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    - 45

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

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  42. 42
    + 708
    - 727


    Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman

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  43. 43
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    - 784


    Sam Rockwell, Elias Koteas, Skeet Ulrich

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  44. 44
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    Jensen Ackles, Neil Patrick Harris, Kelly Hu

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  45. 45
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    Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, Ben Stein

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  46. 46
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    Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf

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  47. 47
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    Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field

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  48. 48
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    Jessica Alba, Kerry Washington, Maria Menounos

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  49. 49
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    - 636


    John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn, Kevin Nash

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  50. 50
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    - 655


    Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Clint Howard

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