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The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

Updated November 19, 2020 451.6k votes 34.1k voters 549.5k 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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  • 1
    The Dark Knight
    15,877
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    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • 2
    Avengers: Infinity War
    5,781
    1,207

    Avengers: Infinity War

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth

    Released2018

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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  • 3
    Deadpool
    5,356
    1,553

    Deadpool

    Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin

    Released2016

    Directed byTim MIller

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  • 4
    Logan
    4,667
    1,402

    Logan

    Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart

    Released2017

    Directed byJames Mangold

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  • 5
    Guardians of the Galaxy
    5,959
    1,927

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Gunn

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  • 6
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    7,921
    2,578

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders

    Released2014

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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  • 7
    Wonder Woman
    4,705
    1,422

    Wonder Woman

    Gal Gadot, Chris Pine

    Released2017

    Directed byPatty Jenkins

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  • 8
    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
    1,551
    390

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld

    Released2018

    Directed byBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

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  • 9
    Captain America: Civil War
    4,699
    1,600

    Captain America: Civil War

    Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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  • 10
    Thor: Ragnarok
    3,116
    1,011

    Thor: Ragnarok

    Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2017

    Directed byTaika Waititi

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  • 11
    Black Panther
    3,400
    1,264

    Black Panther

    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan

    Released2018

    Directed byRyan Coogler

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  • 12
    Doctor Strange
    3,000
    1,222

    Doctor Strange

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Released2016

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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  • 13
    Shazam!
    939
    298

    Shazam!

    Zachary Levi, Mark Strong

    Released2019

    Directed byDavid F. Sandberg

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  • 14
    The Dark Knight Rises
    8,560
    4,501

    The Dark Knight Rises

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2012

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • 15
    The Avengers
    10,250
    4,966

    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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  • 16
    Batman Begins
    9,038
    4,670

    Batman Begins

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2005

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • 17
    Spider-man: Homecoming
    2,091
    872

    Spider-man: Homecoming

    Tom Holland, Michael Keaton

    ReleasedJuly 7, 2017

    Directed byJon Watts

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  • 18
    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
    2,248
    1,069

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2017

    Directed byJames Gunn

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  • 19
    Deadpool 2
    1,178
    464

    Deadpool 2

    Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Leitch

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  • 20
    Iron Man
    8,880
    4,506

    Iron Man

    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard

    Released2008

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

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  • 21
    Ant-Man
    3,050
    1,593

    Ant-Man

    Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas

    Released2015

    Directed byPeyton Reed

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  • 22
    The Incredibles
    6,440
    3,370

    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Bird

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  • 23
    Venom
    960
    333

    Venom

    Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed

    Released2018

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

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  • 24
    X-Men: Days of Future Past
    4,282
    2,356

    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry

    Released2014

    Directed byBryan Singer

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  • 25
    Spider-Man 2
    6,967
    4,190

    Spider-Man 2

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed bySam Raimi

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