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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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2
6,739 3,348
Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

3
7,281 3,314
The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
The Avengers Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

4
6,465 2,975
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Iron Man Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson

5
6,108 3,004
The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
ScrewTimTebow added The Dark Knight Rises Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

6
5,887 2,880
X-Men: First Class is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
X-Men: First Class Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender

7
4,534 2,987
Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Spider-Man 2 Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

8
3,991 2,379
Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Spider-Man Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

9
3,740 2,463
X-Men 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
X-Men 2 Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

10
3,903 2,222
Batman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Batman Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

11
4,394 2,245
The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

12
3,619 2,192
X-Men is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
X-Men Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

13
4,097 945
Captain America: The Winter So... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson

14
2,658 497
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

15
3,625 2,055
Captain America: The First Ave... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Captain America: The First Avenger Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones

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16
3,416 2,322
Thor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Thor Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Samuel L. Jackson

17
3,236 2,222
Superman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Superman Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

18
2,445 713
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

19
3,436 2,371
Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Watchmen Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup

20
1,804 362
Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
ghost22 added Deadpool Ryan Reynolds

21
1,352 299
Captain America: Civil War is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Captain America: Civil War Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson

22
1,012 116
Logan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Logan Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen

23
2,749 2,379
Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Iron Man 2 Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

24
2,571 1,928
Hellboy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Hellboy John Hurt, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman

25
2,397 1,828
Batman Returns is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Batman Returns Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito

26
2,235 1,837
Blade is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Blade Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

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2,429 2,036
The Amazing Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Kelly28 added The Amazing Spider-Man Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen

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2,220 1,929
The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
The Incredible Hulk Robert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler, Edward Norton

29
2,636 1,674
Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Man of Steel Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

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1,733 889
The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
akkithedude added The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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1,085 345
Ant-Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Desertrat89 added Ant-Man Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd

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2,560 2,831
Kick-Ass is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Kick-Ass Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca

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1,934 1,613
Superman II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Superman II Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp

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1,867 467
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
SnowLeopard44 added Wonder Woman Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

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1,110 498
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

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1,662 1,407
The Crow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
The Crow Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd

37
1,589 947
Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

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1,875 1,402
Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Iron Man 3 Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley

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1,719 1,544
Unbreakable is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Unbreakable Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright

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1,499 1,014
Thor: The Dark World is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Thor: The Dark World Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Chris Hemsworth

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1,623 1,512
Hellboy II: The Golden Army is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Hellboy II: The Golden Army John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel

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1,421 894
The Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
gschwayze added The Wolverine Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima

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1,615 1,336
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner

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1,433 1,783
X-Men: The Last Stand is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
X-Men: The Last Stand Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

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472 109
Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Freddyjason added Doctor Strange Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams

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1,560 1,719
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Stewart

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1,345 1,433
Blade II is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Blade II Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman

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1,208 985
Batman: Under the Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Batman: Under the Red Hood Neil Patrick Harris, Jensen Ackles, Kelly Hu

49
903 916
Constantine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Constantine Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf

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1,184 1,244
The Mask is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
The Mask Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, Ben Stein