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Every Single Batman Movie, Ranked Best to Worst 

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List Rules Movies that star Batman, both live action and animated.

After the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan released the reins of the current Batman franchise after making three of the greatest of the Batman films of all time. Or were they? This list of the greatest Batman films ever is here to declare, in order, which of all Batman movies is really the top Batman film of all time. How can you possibly rank such masterpieces? It's easy - consider the mood, directing, actors, and storylines that the movie creators were able to capture in their films. Which of all of the Batman movies do you feel was most faithful to the original comics or more entertaining than the others? It's unlikely that anyone's answer would be a chronological list, given that the films have continued to build on themselves over time.

Batman has been one of the most popular comic book characters to make the jump to movies. There's also no end in sight to his cinematic appearances, as a new Batman film is slated to appear in 2021. This list has every adventure of the Dark Knight tallied by preference, from the Adam West all the way up to Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy with Christian Bale, including the final film, 2012's The Dark Knight RisesIt also includes the animated Batman movies that became popular in the mid-90s. But what is the best Batman movie? Or have you ever wondered how many Batman movies are there? This list will answer both those questions!

Batman films are so iconic and popular that there's even a whole genre of Batman fan films! Many other cultures have translated Batman films into their own languages too – Urutan film Batman is a popular international film. FYI there's another list on Ranker of Best Batman Comics.

Vote for your favorite Batman movie titles below on this Batman movies list! And if you're a real fan, check out our list of the best Batman actors who ever donned the batsuit. 

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Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. After training with his mentor (Liam Neeson), Batman (Christian Bale) begins his fight to ...more

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Every Single Batman Movie, Ranked Best to Worst
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman

Released: 2012

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

Released: 1989

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito

Released: 1992

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner

Released: 1993

Directed by: Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is a 1993 American animated superhero mystery film featuring the DC Comics character Batman, and is based on the 1990s Batman: The Animated Series. Produced by ...more

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Neil Patrick Harris, Jensen Ackles, Kelly Hu

Released: 2010

Directed by: Brandon Vietti

Batman: Under the Red Hood is a 2010 American superhero film produced by Warner Bros. Animation and released by Warner Home Video. It is the eighth animated feature in the DC Universe Animated ...more

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Angie Harmon, Mark Hamill, Melissa Joan Hart

Released: 2000

Directed by: Curt Geda

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Ariel Winter, Michael Emerson, Peter Weller

Released: 2012

Directed by: Jay Oliva

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is a two-part direct-to-video animated superhero film, an adaptation of the 1986 comic book The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller and serves as a sequel to ...more

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Conan O'Brien, Ariel Winter, Paget Brewster

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jay Oliva

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Eliza Dushku, Bryan Cranston, Katee Sackhoff

Released: 2011

Directed by: Sam Liu, Lauren Montgomery

Batman: Year One is a 2011 animated superhero film based on the four-issue story arc Batman: Year One printed in 1987. It premiered at Comic-Con on July 22 and was officially released October ...more
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Batman: Assault on Arkham Matthew Gray Gubler, Neal McDonough, Kevin Conroy

Released: 2014

Directed by: Jay Oliva, Ethan Spaulding

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Nathan Fillion, Olivia d'Abo, Juliet Landau

Released: 2012

Directed by: Lauren Montgomery

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Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Lisa Edelstein

Released: 1996

Directed by: Toshihiko Masuda

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Allison Mack, LeVar Burton, Clancy Brown

Released: 2009

Directed by: Sam Liu

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Dana Delany, Nathan Fillion, Ron Perlman

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jay Oliva

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Released: 1998

Directed by: Boyd Kirkland

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Released: 2016

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Directed by: Lauren Montgomery

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