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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, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District ...more

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
The Avengers 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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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Iron Man 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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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Batman Begins 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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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
ScrewTimTebow added The Dark Knight Rises 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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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 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

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Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Spider-Man 2 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

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

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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 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

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
The Incredibles 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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Batman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Batman 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

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X-Men is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
X-Men 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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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 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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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Guardians of the Galaxy 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 criminals ...more

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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 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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Thor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Thor 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

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Superman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Superman 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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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 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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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Watchmen Malin Åkerman, 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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Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
ghost22 added Deadpool 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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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 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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Logan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Logan 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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Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Iron Man 2 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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Batman Returns is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Batman Returns 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

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Hellboy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Hellboy John Hurt, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman Hellboy is a 2004 American supernatural superhero film, starring Ron Perlman and directed by Guillermo del Toro. The film is loosely based on the Dark Horse Comics graphic novel Hellboy: Seed of ...more

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The Amazing Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Kelly28 added The Amazing Spider-Man Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans The Amazing Spider-Man is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Marc Webb, based on the Marvel Comics character. After Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is bitten by a genetically altered ...more

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Ant-Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Desertrat89 added Ant-Man Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly Ant-Man is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Peyton Reed, based on the Marvel Comics character. Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in ...more

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Blade is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Blade Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, loosely based on the Marvel Comics character Blade. Snipes plays Blade, a human-vampire hybrid ...more

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Avengers: Infinity War is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Avengers: Infinity War 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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Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Freddyjason added Doctor Strange Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams Doctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Scott Derrickson, based on the Marvel Comics character. After a career-ending car accident, brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon ...more

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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
SnowLeopard44 added Wonder Woman Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Patty Jenkins, based on the DC Comics character. When a pilot (Chris Pine) crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana ...more

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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
The Incredible Hulk Robert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler, Edward Norton The Incredible Hulk is a 2008 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character the Hulk, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the second ...more

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Avengers: Age of Ultron Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo Avengers: Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) ...more

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Kick-Ass is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Kick-Ass Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca Kick-Ass is a 2010 British-American superhero action comedy film based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. The film was directed by Matthew Vaughn, who ...more

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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Man of Steel Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics character. Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable ...more

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
akkithedude added The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowskis, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe ...more

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Superman II is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Superman II Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp Superman II is a 1980 British-American superhero film directed by Richard Lester. It is a sequel to the 1978 film Superman and stars Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp, Ned Beatty, ...more

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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
The Crow Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd The Crow is a 1994 American fantasy action film directed by Alex Proyas, written by David J. Schow and John Shirley, and starring Brandon Lee in his final film appearance. Based on James ...more

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Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Iron Man 3 Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley Iron Man 3 is a 2013 superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2008's ...more

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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Men in Black Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. ...more

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Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Black Panther Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character, directed by Ryan Coogler. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) ...more

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Thor: The Dark World is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Thor: The Dark World Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston Thor: The Dark World is a 2013 American superhero film directed by Alan Taylor, based on the Marvel Comics character. When Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) gets cursed with a powerful entity ...more

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Unbreakable is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Unbreakable Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright Unbreakable is a 2000 American superhero drama film written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. The film tells the story of ...more

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Thor: Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Thor: Ragnarok Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Taika Waititi. Four years after the events of Thor: The Dark World, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must win a gladiatorial duel against an ...more

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Hellboy II: The Golden Army John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a 2008 American supernatural superhero film based on the fictional character Hellboy created by Mike Mignola. The movie was written and directed by Guillermo del ...more

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The Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
gschwayze added The Wolverine Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima The Wolverine is a 2013 American superhero film directed by James Mangold, based on the Marvel Comics superhero. When Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is ...more

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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is a 1993 American animated superhero mystery film featuring the DC Comics character Batman, and is based on the 1990s Batman: The Animated Series. Produced by ...more

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a 2017 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family ...more

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X-Men: The Last Stand is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
X-Men: The Last Stand Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin X-Men: The Last Stand is a 2006 superhero film, based on the X-Men superhero team introduced in Marvel Comics. The film, distributed by 20th Century Fox, is the third installment in the X-Men ...more

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Stewart X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a 2009 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics' fictional character Wolverine, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the fourth installment in the X-Men film ...more