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The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time 

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List Rules Movies must be based on comic books.

This list of the best comic book movies ever, is ranked by fans of both comics and movies and needs your votes as well! This list includes some of the greatest superhero movies as well as film adaptations of graphic novels, which may not necessarily feature traditional heroes. These are the best of the best of the comic book movie genre, and many star some of the best actors in all of Hollywood.

Though not all comic book fans agree on the best comic book movies, some find a few of these comic inspired movies even better than the source material. Whether you prefer Marvel movies or DC movies, there's surely a comic book film on this list that you think is great.

Vote up your favorite movies from comics to move them up the list, or press rerank to create your own list of the best comic movies of all time and further affect the order of this ultimate list.
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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Guardians of the Galaxy ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

Released: 2014

Directed by: James Gunn

Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms a group of intergalactic "bad ...more

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Captain America: The Win... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2014

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios ...more

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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly

Released: 2019

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert Rodriguez, based on the manga by Yukito Kishiro. After being revived by Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), ...more

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Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein

Released: 2016

Directed by: Tim MIller

Deadpool is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Tim Miller, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being given mutant abilities with a scarred physical appearance, Wade Wilson (Ryan ...more

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman

Released: 2012

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

Released: 1989

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2012

Directed by: Joss Whedon

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Captain America: Civil W... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Captain America: Civil War is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the Marvel Comics character. Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a ...more

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Avengers: Infinity War ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2018

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
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Released: 1997

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
oliverg2028 added Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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Ant-Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Outspoken added Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly

Released: 2015

Directed by: Peyton Reed

Ant-Man is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Peyton Reed, based on the Marvel Comics character. Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in ...more

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V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving

Released: 2005

Directed by: James McTeigue

V for Vendetta is a 2006 American political thriller film directed by James McTeigue and written by the Wachowski Brothers, based on the 1988 Vertigo graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore ...more
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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst

Released: 2002

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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Logan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Josh Negley added Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant

Directed by: James Mangold

Logan is a 2017 American superhero drama film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. It is the 10th installment in the X-Men film series and the third and final Wolverine solo film ...more

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Thor: Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
mgroat69 added Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett

Released: 2017

Directed by: Taika Waititi

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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup

Released: 2009

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Captain America: The Fir... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Darkness138 added Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

Released: 2011

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco

Released: 2004

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd

Released: 1994

Directed by: Alex Proyas

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X-Men: Days of Future Pa... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
ejlinehan added Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

Released: 2014

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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300 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

Released: 2006

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Spider-Man: Into the Spi... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

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