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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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14,355 3,652
The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger
The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character, Batman. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and ...more

2
9,456 4,350
The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo
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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8,306 3,915
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges
Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark (Robert ...more

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8,526 4,442
Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson
Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. After training with his mentor (Liam Neeson), Batman (Christian Bale) begins his fight to ...more

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7,892 4,071
The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
ScrewTimTebow added Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman
The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman (Christian Bale), with the ...more

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6,197 3,855
Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco
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

7
6,957 4,007
X-Men: First Class is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender
X-Men: First Class is a 2011 American superhero film, based on the X-Men characters appearing in Marvel Comics. It is the fifth installment in the X-Men film series. It serves as a prequel to ...more

8
5,467 3,227
Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst
Spider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. When bitten by a genetically modified spider, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), a nerdy, ...more

9
4,646 3,377
X-Men 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin
X2 is a 2003 American superhero film, based on the X-Men superhero team appearing in Marvel Comics, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the second installment in the X-Men film series. The ...more

10
5,840 2,963
The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee
The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was the sixth film produced by Pixar ...more

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5,017 3,145
Batman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton
Batman is a 1989 American superhero film directed by Tim Burton and produced by Jon Peters, based on the DC Comics character of the same name. It is the first installment of Warner Bros.' ...more

12
6,114 1,406
Captain America: The Winter So... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson
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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4,484 2,966
X-Men is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin
X-Men is a 2000 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the first installment in the X-Men film series. The ...more

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4,621 886
Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista
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

15
4,847 2,730
Captain America: The First Ave... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones
Captain America: The First Avenger is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is ...more

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4,391 3,190
Thor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Thor is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the Marvel Comics character. The powerful, but arrogant god Thor (Chris Hemsworth), is cast out of Asgard to live ...more

17
4,108 3,053
Superman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve
Superman is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner. It is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and stars Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, ...more

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3,562 1,316
X-Men: Days of Future Past is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman
X-Men: Days of Future Past is a 2014 science fiction action film written by Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn; directed by Matthew Vaughn.

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3,848 775
Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
ghost22 added Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein
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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3,191 657
Captain America: Civil War is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson
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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4,272 3,290
Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Malin Ã…kerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup
Watchmen is a 2009 American neo-noir superhero film directed by Zack Snyder and starring Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick ...more

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3,501 232
Avengers: Infinity War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo
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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2,931 472
Logan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen
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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3,457 3,223
Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle
Iron Man 2 is a 2010 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) ...more

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3,054 2,544
Batman Returns is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito
Batman Returns is a 1992 American superhero film, directed and produced by Tim Burton, based upon the Batman character appearing in comics published by DC Comics. It is the second installment of ...more