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List Rules 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 Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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6,647 3,301
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Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

6,400 2,928
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Iron Man Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson

7,198 3,270
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The Avengers Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

6,014 2,964
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ScrewTimTebow added The Dark Knight Rises Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

5,841 2,827
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X-Men: First Class Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender

4,465 2,968
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Spider-Man 2 Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

3,939 2,348
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Spider-Man Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

3,699 2,427
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X-Men 2 Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

3,864 2,186
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Batman Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

3,587 2,157
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X-Men Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

4,327 2,220
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The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

4,021 918
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson

2,580 476
Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Guardians of the Galaxy Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan

3,587 2,020
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Captain America: The First Avenger Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

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3,378 2,284
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Thor Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Samuel L. Jackson

3,200 2,197
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Superman Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

2,393 692
X-Men: Days of Future Past is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
X-Men: Days of Future Past Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

3,404 2,335
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Watchmen Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup

1,724 339
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ghost22 added Deadpool Ryan Reynolds

1,290 277
Captain America: Civil War is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Captain America: Civil War Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chadwick Boseman

2,726 2,341
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Iron Man 2 Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

2,553 1,896
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Hellboy John Hurt, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman

2,374 1,802
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Batman Returns Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito

932 102
Logan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Logan Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen

2,218 1,812
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Blade Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

2,404 2,006
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Kelly28 added The Amazing Spider-Man Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen

2,198 1,898
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The Incredible Hulk Robert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler, Edward Norton

2,600 1,647
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Man of Steel Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

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1,703 868
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akkithedude added The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

1,043 331
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Desertrat89 added Ant-Man Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd

2,544 2,813
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Kick-Ass Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca

1,913 1,599
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Superman II Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp

1,797 455
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SnowLeopard44 added Wonder Woman Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

1,076 476
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Avengers: Age of Ultron Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Cobie Smulders

1,650 1,389
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The Crow Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd

1,569 932
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Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

1,856 1,378
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Iron Man 3 Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley

1,701 1,526
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Unbreakable Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright

1,477 986
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Thor: The Dark World Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Chris Hemsworth

1,609 1,492
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Hellboy II: The Golden Army John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel

1,401 878
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gschwayze added The Wolverine Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima

1,599 1,322
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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner

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1,415 1,759
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X-Men: The Last Stand Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

440 94
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Freddyjason added Doctor Strange Benedict Cumberbatch

1,338 1,414
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Blade II Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman

1,543 1,697
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Stewart

1,193 973
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Batman: Under the Red Hood Neil Patrick Harris, Jensen Ackles, Kelly Hu

890 897
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Constantine Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf

1,175 1,222
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The Mask Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, Ben Stein