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The Best Superhero Movies of the '90s

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List RulesVote up your favorite superhero films that were released in the 1990s.

The '90s introduced the world to what would eventually become a dark and gritty superhero movie renaissance. These are the best 1990s superhero movies, ranked from best to worst by users who know what they're talking about. These films range from the aforementioned dark and gritty dramas, to slapstick comedies, and everything in between. Many of the greatest 90s superhero movies have gone down as some of the greatest movies of all time, or as some of the most influential movies of all time at the very least.

What films are featured on this best 90s superhero movies list? Tim Burton's Batman sequel, Batman Returns, was dark, imaginative, and funny. Michael Keaton reprised his role as the Caped Crusader, while Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer provided complex versions of The Penguin and Catwoman, respectfully. Blade was another great superhero movie that was released in the 1990s.

Sometimes these movies were also comedies, as proven by films like The Mask and Blankman. Other good films worth a watch that are featured on this top 1990s superhero movies list include The Crow, Judge Dredd, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Do you have a favorite superhero movie from the 90s? Or a favorite comic book from the 90s? Give the best films a thumbs up to make sure they end up at the top of this list and please add any great movies you think belong on this list.
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    Batman Returns
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    Batman Returns

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken

    Released1992

    Directed byTim Burton

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    Blade
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    Blade

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen Norrington

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    The Crow
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    The Crow

    Bai Ling, Brandon Lee

    Released1994

    Directed byAlex Proyas

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Corey Feldman, Sam Rockwell

    Released1990

    Directed bySteve Barron

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    The Mask
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    The Mask

    Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey

    Released1994

    Directed byChuck Russell

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    Spawn
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    Spawn

    Martin Sheen, John Leguizamo

    Released1997

    Directed byMark A.Z. Dippé

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    The Mask of Zorro
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    The Mask of Zorro

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1998

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

    Released1991

    Directed byMichael Pressman

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    Darkman
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    Darkman

    Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand

    Released1990

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    The Rocketeer
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    The Rocketeer

    Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton

    Released1991

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
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    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

    Mark Hamill, Dana Delany

    Released1993

    Directed byBruce Timm, Eric Radomski

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    Batman Forever
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    Batman Forever

    Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore

    Released1995

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
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    Judge Dredd
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    Judge Dredd

    Sylvester Stallone, Diane Lane

    Released1995

    Directed byDanny Cannon

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    Mystery Men
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    Mystery Men

    Ben Stiller, Tom Waits

    Released1999

    Directed byKinka Usher

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    The Shadow
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    The Shadow

    Alec Baldwin, Ian McKellen

    Released1994

    Directed byRussell Mulcahy

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    Tank Girl
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    Tank Girl

    Naomi Watts, Ice-T

    Released1995

    Directed byRachel Talalay

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    The Phantom
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    The Phantom

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kristy Swanson

    Released1996

    Directed bySimon Wincer

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    Inspector Gadget
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    Inspector Gadget

    Michelle Trachtenberg, Matthew Broderick

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Kellogg

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    Batman & Robin
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    Batman & Robin

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney

    Released1997

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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    Black Mask
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    Black Mask

    Jet Li, Dwight Schultz

    Released1996

    Directed byDaniel Lee

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    Blankman
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    Blankman

    Jason Alexander, Damon Wayans

    Released1994

    Directed byMike Binder

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    The Fantastic Four
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    The Fantastic Four

    Rebecca Staab, Alex Hyde-White

    Released1994

    Directed byOley Sassone

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    The Meteor Man
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    The Meteor Man

    Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones

    Released1993

    Directed byRobert Townsend

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    Steel
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    Steel

    Shaquille O'Neal, Judd Nelson

    Released1997

    Directed byKenneth Johnson

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