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The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

Updated August 28, 2020 460.3k votes 34.0k voters 548.8k views174 items

List RulesMovies 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
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    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Avengers: Infinity War is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    Avengers: Infinity War

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2018

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.... moreamazon buy button

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    Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    Deadpool

    Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin

    Released2016

    Directed byTim MIller

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    Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Gunn

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    Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    Wonder Woman

    Gal Gadot, Chris Pine

    Released2017

    Directed byPatty Jenkins

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    Logan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    Logan

    Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart

    Released2017

    Directed byJames Mangold

    Logan is a 2017 American superhero drama film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine.... moreamazon buy button

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    Captain America: The Winter So is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders

    Released2014

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Ve is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld

    Released2018

    Directed byBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film directed... moreamazon buy button

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    Thor: Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    Thor: Ragnarok

    Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2017

    Directed byTaika Waititi

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    Captain America: Civil War is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    Captain America: Civil War

    Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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    Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    Black Panther

    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan

    Released2018

    Directed byRyan Coogler

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    The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

    Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the... moreamazon buy button
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    Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    Doctor Strange

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Released2016

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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    Shazam! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    Shazam!

    Zachary Levi, Mark Strong

    Released2019

    Directed byDavid F. Sandberg

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    The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    The Dark Knight Rises

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2012

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Spider-man: Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    Spider-man: Homecoming

    Tom Holland, Michael Keaton

    ReleasedJuly 7, 2017

    Directed byJon Watts

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    Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    Batman Begins

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2005

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics... moreamazon buy button
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    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2017

    Directed byJames Gunn

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a 2017 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based... moreamazon buy button

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    Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    Iron Man

    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard

    Released2008

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics... moreamazon buy button
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    Deadpool 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    Deadpool 2

    Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Leitch

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    Ant-Man is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    Ant-Man

    Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas

    Released2015

    Directed byPeyton Reed

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    The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Bird

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    Venom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    Venom

    Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed

    Released2018

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

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    X-Men: Days of Future Past is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry

    Released2014

    Directed byBryan Singer

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    Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
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    Spider-Man 2

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel... moreamazon buy button
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