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The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

Updated November 19, 2020 452.5k votes 34.1k voters 549.6k views167 items

List RulesVote up your favorite 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 best superhero movies come from the comic giants like DC Movies or Marvel Films. Top 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.

Good 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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    Spider-Man
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    Spider-Man

    Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Batman
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    Batman

    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger

    Released1989

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • 28
    Captain America: The First Avenger
    5,329
    3,399

    Captain America: The First Avenger

    Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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  • 29
    Spider-Man: Far From Home
    816
    441

    Spider-Man: Far From Home

    Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2019

    Directed byJon Watts

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  • 30
    Big Hero 6
    1,624
    898

    Big Hero 6

    Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph

    Released2014

    Directed byChris Williams, Don Hall

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  • 31
    Captain Marvel
    725
    406

    Captain Marvel

    Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2019

    Directed byAnna Boden, Ryan Fleck

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  • 32
    Avengers: Endgame
    835
    522

    Avengers: Endgame

    Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin

    Released2019

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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  • 33
    Man of Steel
    4,202
    2,889

    Man of Steel

    Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

    Released2013

    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • 34
    Avengers: Age of Ultron
    2,708
    1,858

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2015

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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  • 35
    Superman
    4,864
    3,366

    Superman

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • 36
    X-Men: First Class
    6,284
    4,675

    X-Men: First Class

    Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman

    Released2011

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

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  • 37
    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
    2,607
    1,896

    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

    Mark Hamill, Dana Delany

    Released1993

    Directed byBruce Timm, Eric Radomski

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    X-Men
    4,530
    3,506

    X-Men

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

    Released2000

    Directed byBryan Singer

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  • 39
    Batman Returns
    3,507
    2,808

    Batman Returns

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken

    Released1992

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • 40
    Blade
    3,348
    2,629

    Blade

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen Norrington

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  • 41
    Flash Gordon
    646
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    Flash Gordon

    Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow

    Released1980

    Directed byMike Hodges

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  • 42
    The Lego Batman Movie
    470
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    The Lego Batman Movie

    Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis

    Released2017

    Directed byChris McKay

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  • 43
    Incredibles 2
    410
    276

    Incredibles 2

    Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter

    Released2018

    Directed byBrad Bird

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  • 44
    Watchmen
    4,408
    3,524

    Watchmen

    Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino

    Released2009

    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • 45
    The Trial of the Incredible Hulk
    407
    228

    The Trial of the Incredible Hulk

    Stan Lee, Lou Ferrigno

    Released1989

    Directed byBill Bixby

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  • 46
    X-Men 2
    4,780
    3,967

    X-Men 2

    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

    Released2003

    Directed byBryan Singer

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  • 47
    Wonder Woman: Bloodlines
    137
    71

    Wonder Woman: Bloodlines

    Rosario Dawson, Jeffrey Donovan

    Released2019

    Directed bySam Liu, Justin Copeland

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  • 48
    Superman II
    2,761
    2,373

    Superman II

    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

    Released1980

    Directed byRichard Lester, Richard Donner

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  • 49
    Batman: Under the Red Hood
    1,562
    1,333

    Batman: Under the Red Hood

    Neil Patrick Harris, Jensen Ackles

    Released2010

    Directed byBrandon Vietti

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  • 50
    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
    1,750
    1,510

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill

    Released2016

    Directed byZack Snyder

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