Film Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes  

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Many memorable movie protagonists ride in on their white horses to save the day, but some of the best heroes are complex characters with a dark side. The top films about very dark heroes feature brave characters who with cross moral lines in order to ultimately do the right thing. This is a list of the greatest movies about dark heroes including everything from Taxi Driver to V for Vendetta to The Crow.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about dark heroes? Batman is famous among superheroes for his brooding tendencies, and The Dark Knight pushes him further into murky territory than he's ever gone before. The Devil's Rejects is another movie that finds audiences rooting for some very flawed heroes. When they become trapped inside a den of vampires, a family must work with their murderous kidnappers to make it out alive in From Dusk till Dawn. Other good films featured on this list include Birdman, Dirty Harry, and Falling Down.

Which dark hero would you call to save the day? Vote the best films up to the top of this list and please add any good movies that are missing.

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
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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Logan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
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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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
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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Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
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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V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving V for Vendetta is a 2006 American political thriller film directed by James McTeigue and written by the Wachowski Brothers, based on the 1988 Vertigo graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore ...more

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach in the title roles respectively. ...more

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Léon: The Professional is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Jean Reno Léon: The Professional is a 1994 English-language French action crime thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. The film stars Jean Reno and Gary Oldman, and features the film ...more

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Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities, Max Rockatansky (Max Hardy) joins ...more

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Set in New York City soon after the end of the Vietnam War, the film ...more

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
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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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
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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The Boondock Saints is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
Willem Dafoe, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly The Boondock Saints is a 1999 American crime film written and directed by Troy Duffy. The film stars Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus as fraternal twins, Connor and Murphy MacManus, who ...more

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
John Travolta, Rebecca Romijn, Kevin Nash The Punisher is a 2004 American comic book vigilante action film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, starring Thomas Jane as the antihero Frank Castle / The Punisher and John ...more

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Pitch Black is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Keith David Pitch Black is a 2000 science fiction horror film co-written and directed by David Twohy. The film stars Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Keith David. Dangerous criminal Richard B. ...more

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From Dusk till Dawn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino From Dusk till Dawn is a 1996 American horror-crime thriller film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino. It stars George Clooney, Tarantino, Harvey Keitel and Juliette ...more

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The Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
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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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a 1998 American dark comedy film co-written and directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke and Benicio del Toro as Dr. Gonzo. It was adapted ...more

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Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson Dirty Harry is a 1971 American action film produced and directed by Don Siegel, the first in the Dirty Harry series. Clint Eastwood plays the title role, in his first outing as San Francisco ...more

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Falling Down is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
Robert Duvall, Michael Douglas, Tuesday Weld Falling Down is a 1993 drama film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Ebbe Roe Smith. The film stars Michael Douglas in the lead role of William Foster, a divorcé and unemployed ...more

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The Devil's Rejects is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
Diamond Dallas Page, Danny Trejo, Ginger Lynn The Devil's Rejects is a 2005 American horror film written and directed by Rob Zombie, and the sequel to his 2003 film House of 1000 Corpses. The film is centered on the run of three members of ...more

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Birdman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton Birdman or, commonly referred to as Birdman, is a 2014 American black comedy-drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. It stars Michael ...more

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A Prophet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes
Leïla Bekhti, Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup A Prophet is a 2009 French prison drama film directed by Jacques Audiard from a screenplay he co-wrote with Thomas Bidegain, Abdel Raouf Dafri and Nicolas Peufaillit. It stars Tahar Rahim in the ...more