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The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s 

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Updated March 30, 2019 1.7k votes 260 voters 2.5k views 30 items

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The new millennium saw a resurgence of the superhero movie, and towards the tail end of the 2000s, superhero movies had all but taken over. These are the very best 2000s superhero movies, ranked from best to worst by fans of caped crusaders all over the world. These movies came to us from a variety of source material with a truly diverse spectrum of heroes. Some of these great 00s superhero films feature a team of heroes working together, while others revolve around one man's quest to save the world. Many of the greatest 2000s superhero movies have of course spawned billion dollar franchises and have changed the face of cinema forever.

What movies should you find on this best 00s superhero movies list? When thinking about great superhero films of the 2000s, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight has to be near the top. Christian Bale's Batman was mysterious and strong and the supporting cast of Gary Oldman, Heath Ledger, and Michael Caine, only added to the drama. X-Men is also a popular superhero movie that was released in the 2000s.

The 2009 film The Watchmen flipped the script on superhero movies when popular masked crusaders were pitted as criminals. Other good films on the top 2000s superhero movies list include Hellboy, Iron Man, and Spider-Man.

Out of all of these great movies, which 00s superhero movie do you think is the best? Be sure to vote up your favorites and see if your favorite super hero movie can climb to the top of this list.
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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco

Released: 2004

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst

Released: 2002

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brad Bird

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X-Men 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
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Released: 2003

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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X-Men is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin

Released: 2000

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup

Released: 2009

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Unbreakable is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
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Released: 2000

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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Spider-Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco

Released: 2007

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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Blade II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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Hellboy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
John Hurt, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman

Released: 2004

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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 Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
Robert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler, Edward Norton

Released: 2008

Directed by: Louis Leterrier

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Hellboy II: The Golden A... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel

Released: 2008

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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Superman Returns is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
Marlon Brando, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth

Released: 2006

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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Hancock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman

Released: 2008

Directed by: Peter Berg

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Constantine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf

Released: 2005

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

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Ghost Rider is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Rebel Wilson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Mark Steven Johnson

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds

Released: 2009

Directed by: Gavin Hood

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Hulk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, Eric Bana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ang Lee

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
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Released: 2004

Directed by: Jonathan Hensleigh

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Zoom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
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Released: 2006

Directed by: Peter Hewitt

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Fantastic Four: Rise of ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans

Released: 2007

Directed by: Tim Story

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The League of Extraordin... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Superhero Movies of the 2000s
Sean Connery, Peta Wilson, Shane West

Released: 2003

Directed by: Stephen Norrington

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