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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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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2012

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a ...more

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Avengers: Infinity War ... is listed (or ranked) 3 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

Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Torn apart after the events of Captain America: Civil War, the Avengers join forces with the Guardians ...more

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Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Captain America: The Win... is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Guardians of the Galaxy ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

Released: 2014

Directed by: James Gunn

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Captain America: Civil W... is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Thor: Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 9 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

Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Taika Waititi. Four years after the events of Thor: The Dark World, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must win a gladiatorial duel against an ...more

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Logan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
ShawnReynolds 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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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Avengers: Endgame is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2019

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Spider-Man: Into the Spi... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco

Released: 2004

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. While struggling to manage both his personal life and his duties as Spider-Man, Peter ...more

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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Hari Peña added Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

Released: 2017

Directed by: Patty Jenkins

Gal Gadot, Chris Pine

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Ant-Man is listed (or ranked) 19 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

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Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams

Released: 2016

Directed by: Scott Derrickson

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Captain America: The Fir... is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
wiabux added Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

Released: 1997

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

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V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving

Released: 2005

Directed by: James McTeigue

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Spider-Man: Homecoming ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time
Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya

Released: 2017

Directed by: Jon Watts

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Jon Watts, based on the Marvel Comics character. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) balances his life as an ordinary high school ...more

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300 is listed (or ranked) 25 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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