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The Best DC Comics Animated Movies

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A list of the best DC animated feature length movies including new DC animated movies as well. These are feature length animated films based on DC comics such as Batman, Superman, and Green Lantern, characters that live within the DC Universe. In the 1990s, when live action movies based on DC Comics were in a slump, the Warner Bros' DC animation division took the reins, putting forth great quality animated films led by the likes of Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, and Alan Burnett. Today, animated films based on DC Comics are still popular. 
 

What are the best DC animated movies? Are the animated Batman movies like Batman: Under the Red Hood and Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker your favorites? DC Comics is currently owned by DC Entertainment, which in turn is owned by Warner Bros. Entertainment. These may not be all the DC animated movies, but they are the greatest.
 

You may think this is a list of DC movies, but in fact it is list of DC animated movies only. So you won’t find the likes of The Dark Knight, or Man of Steel here, but you will for sure see all the Superman animated movies. Maybe once DC makes enough we can have a Justice League movies list.  

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    Justice League: the Flashpoint is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Justice League: the Flashpoint Paradox

    Dana Delany, Nathan Fillion

    Released2013

    Directed byJay Oliva

    Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is a direct-to-video animated film adaptation of the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Batman: Under the Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Batman: Under the Red Hood

    Neil Patrick Harris, Jensen Ackles

    Released2010

    Directed byBrandon Vietti

    Year of Release: 2010
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    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

    Mark Hamill, Dana Delany

    Released1993

    Directed byBruce Timm, Eric Radomski

    Year of Release: 1993
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    Justice League: Doom is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Justice League: Doom

    Nathan Fillion, Olivia d'Abo

    Released2012

    Directed byLauren Montgomery

    Year of Release: 2012
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    The Dark Knight Returns is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    The Dark Knight Returns

    Year of Release: 2012
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    Justice League: Crisis on Two  is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

    James Woods, Mark Harmon

    Released2010

    Directed bySam Liu, Lauren Montgomery

    Year of Release: 2010
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    Batman Beyond: Return of the J is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

    Angie Harmon, Mark Hamill

    Released2000

    Directed byCurt Geda

    Year of Release: 2000
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    Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Superman/Batman: Apocalypse

    Summer Glau, Ed Asner

    Released2010

    Directed byLauren Montgomery

    Year of Release: 2010
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    Superman/Batman: Public Enemie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

    Allison Mack, LeVar Burton

    Released2009

    Directed bySam Liu

    Year of Release: 2009
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    Assault On Arkham is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Assault On Arkham

    Will Smith, Jared Leto

    Released2016

    Directed byDavid Ayer

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    Justice League: War is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Justice League: War

    Michelle Monaghan, Shemar Moore

    Released2014

    Directed byJay Oliva

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    Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Wonder Woman

    Rosario Dawson, Keri Russell

    Released2009

    Directed byLauren Montgomery

    Year of Release: 2009
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    Son of Batman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Son of Batman

    Morena Baccarin, David McCallum

    Released2014

    Directed byEthan Spaulding

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    The Batman Superman Movie: Wor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Released1997

    Directed byToshihiko Masuda

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    Batman: Year One is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Batman: Year One

    Eliza Dushku, Bryan Cranston

    Released2011

    Directed bySam Liu, Lauren Montgomery

    Year of Release: 2011
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    Justice League: Throne of Atla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Justice League: Throne of Atlantis

    Sean Astin, Rosario Dawson

    Released2015

    Directed byEthan Spaulding

    Year of Release: 2015 
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    Superman: Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Superman: Doomsday

    Anne Heche, Kevin Smith

    Released2007

    Directed byBruce Timm, Brandon Vietti, Lauren Montgomery

    Year of Release: 2007
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    Green Lantern: First Flight is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Green Lantern: First Flight

    Tricia Helfer, Christopher Meloni

    Released2009

    Directed byLauren Montgomery

    Year of Release: 2009
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    Justice League Vs Teen Titans is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Justice League Vs Teen Titans

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    Batman vs. Robin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Batman vs. Robin

    Jason O'Mara, Stuart Allan

    Released2015

    Directed byJay Oliva

    Batman vs. Robin is a direct-to-video animated superhero film which is part of the DC Universe... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Justice League: The New Fronti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Justice League: The New Frontier

    Brooke Shields, Neil Patrick Harris

    Released2008

    Directed byDave Bullock

    Justice League: The New Frontier is a 2008, direct-to-video, animated, superhero film adapted... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Superman/Shazam!: The Return o is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam

    Danica McKellar, James Garner

    Released2010

    Directed byJoaquim Dos Santos

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    All-Star Superman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    All-Star Superman

    Christina Hendricks, Ed Asner

    Released2011

    Directed bySam Liu

    Year of Release: 2011
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    Superman vs. The Elite is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Superman vs. The Elite

    Pauley Perrette, Laraine Newman

    Released2012

    Directed byMichael Chang

    Superman vs. The Elite is an animated superhero film based on "What's So Funny About Truth,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best DC Comics Animated Movies
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    Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero

    Marilu Henner, Dean Jones

    Released1998

    Directed byBoyd Kirkland

    Year of Release: 1998
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