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Every Single Batman Movie, Ranked Best to Worst

Updated October 25, 2019 33.2k votes 5.8k voters 189.8k views38 items

List RulesMovies 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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  • The Dark Knight1
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    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • Batman Begins2
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    Batman Begins

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2005

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • Batman3
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    Batman

    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger

    Released1989

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • The Dark Knight Rises4
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    The Dark Knight Rises

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2012

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • Batman Returns5
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    Batman Returns

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken

    Released1992

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm6
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    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

    Mark Hamill, Dana Delany

    Released1993

    Directed byBruce Timm, Eric Radomski

    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is a 1993 American animated superhero mystery film featuring the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Batman: Under the Red Hood7
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    Batman: Under the Red Hood

    Neil Patrick Harris, Jensen Ackles

    Released2010

    Directed byBrandon Vietti

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  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker8
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    Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

    Angie Harmon, Mark Hamill

    Released2000

    Directed byCurt Geda

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  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 19
    604
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    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

    Ariel Winter, Michael Emerson

    Released2012

    Directed byJay Oliva

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    600
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    Batman: the Dark Knight Returns, Part 2

    Conan O'Brien, Ariel Winter

    Released2013

    Directed byJay Oliva

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  • The Lego Batman Movie11
    404
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    The Lego Batman Movie

    Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis

    Released2017

    Directed byChris McKay

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  • Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox12
    294
    149

    Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

    Dana Delany, Nathan Fillion

    Released2013

    Directed byJay Oliva

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  • Batman: Assault on Arkham13
    377
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    Batman: Assault on Arkham

    Matthew Gray Gubler, Neal McDonough

    Released2014

    Directed byJay Oliva, Ethan Spaulding

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  • Batman: Year One14
    810
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    Batman: Year One

    Eliza Dushku, Bryan Cranston

    Released2011

    Directed bySam Liu, Lauren Montgomery

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  • Justice League: Doom15
    369
    264

    Justice League: Doom

    Nathan Fillion, Olivia d'Abo

    Released2012

    Directed byLauren Montgomery

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  • Superman/Batman: Public Enemies16
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    Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

    Allison Mack, LeVar Burton

    Released2009

    Directed bySam Liu

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  • Justice League: War17
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    Justice League: War

    Michelle Monaghan, Shemar Moore

    Released2014

    Directed byJay Oliva

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  • The Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest18
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    Released1996

    Directed byToshihiko Masuda

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  • Son of Batman19
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    Son of Batman

    Morena Baccarin, David McCallum

    Released2014

    Directed byEthan Spaulding

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  • Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero20
    573
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    Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero

    Marilu Henner, Dean Jones

    Released1998

    Directed byBoyd Kirkland

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  • Batman21
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    Batman

    Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero

    Released1966

    Directed byLeslie H. Martinson

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  • Superman/Batman: Apocalypse22
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    Superman/Batman: Apocalypse

    Summer Glau, Ed Asner

    Released2010

    Directed byLauren Montgomery

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  • Batman: Gotham by Gaslight23
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    Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

    Bruce Greenwood, Jennifer Carpenter

    Released2018

    Directed bySam Liu

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    Batman 1966

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice25
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    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill

    Released2016

    Directed byZack Snyder

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