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The Best Superhero Movies of the 1980s

Updated July 8, 2019 1.9k votes 317 voters 20.2k views24 items

List RulesVote up your favorite superhero films that were released in the 1980s.

The 1980s weren't only a great time for heroes that didn't wear capes, like in action movies and teenage karate films. The '80s had its fair share of super heroes that wore capes and cool suits too.This list contains information on 1980s superhero movies (the cape-wearing kind), ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best 80s superhero movies set the stage for decades of great comic book movies to come. A few of these intensely great 80s superhero films feature a group of heroes working together, while others stray from untied teams of heroes to more unlikely heroes... like a cop that gets turned into a robot. 

What films will you find on this best 80s superhero movies list? Christopher Reeve became one of the most iconic faces in superhero films when he put on his red cape as Superman. Superman II, Superman III, and Superman IV were some of the best films of the decade. Tim Burton's first Batman movie is another good superhero film released in the 1990s. Part man, part machine, Robocop shared a futuristic look at superhero movies when it came out in 1987. Other great films that are featured on this top 1980s superhero movies list include Tron, The Punisher and Supergirl.

Which '80s superhero movie do you think is the best? Vote up your favorites and watch them rise to the top of this list!
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    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger
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    Superman II

    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve
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    The Incredible Hulk Returns

    Lou Ferrigno, Bill Bixby
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    The Punisher

    Dolph Lundren, Louis Gossett
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    Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller
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    The Trial of the Incredible Hulk

    Stan Lee, Lou Ferrigno
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    Swamp Thing

    Adrienne Barbeau, Louis Jourdan
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    The Return of Swamp Thing

    Heather Locklear, Louis Jourdan
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    Masters of the Universe

    Courteney Cox, Dolph Lundren
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    Flash Gordon

    Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow
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    Hero at Large

    Kevin Bacon, John Ritter
    Hero at Large is a 1980 comedy film starring John Ritter and Anne Archer. The film was written...  more
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    Jeff Bridges, David Warner
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    Superman III

    Richard Pryor, Christopher Reeve
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    Howard the Duck

    Tim Robbins, Jeffrey Jones
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    Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve
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    Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole
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    The Toxic Avenger

    Marisa Tomei, Mitch Cohen
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    The Toxic Avenger: Part 2

    Ron Fazio, John Altamura
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    Heavy Metal

    John Candy, Harold Ramis
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    Oliver Reed, Barbara Carrera
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    Tanya Roberts, Ted Wass
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    Heather Thomas, Scott Baio
    Zapped! is a 1982 American comedy teen film directed by Robert J. Rosenthal and co-written...  more

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    Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor
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