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List Rules Only movies based on DC comic books.

A list of DC Comics movies. These are films based on DC comics such as Batman, Superman, and Green Lantern, characters that live within the DC Universe. Unlike other comic book companies which really didn't start having films made until the turn of the century, DC Comics have been a bit more popular with several films being released in the 80s and a number of movies and serials dating all the way back to 1951.

Ironically, movies based on DC Comics almost put the comic book movie genre out of business during the 1990's (the Batman sequels). Today though, DC Comics films are in the middle of a renaissance. DC Comics is currently owned by DC Entertainment, which in turn is owned by Warner Bros. Entertainment and they have been putting out some excellent DC Comics movies as of late.

If you're into movies based on comic books, check out the best Marvel comic movies for more awesome comic book movie action.

What the best movies based on DC Comics? It's up to you to decide.
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Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures/Syncopy Films The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character, Batman. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and ...more

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Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures/Syncopy Films 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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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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Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton Studio: Warner Bros. 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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Malin Ã…kerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures/Paramount Pictures/Legendary Pictures Watchmen is a 2009 American neo-noir superhero film directed by Zack Snyder and starring Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick ...more

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Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving Studio: Warner Bros. 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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Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve Studio: Warner Bros. Superman is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner. It is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and stars Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, ...more

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito Studio: Warner Bros. Batman Returns is a 1992 American superhero film, directed and produced by Tim Burton, based upon the Batman character appearing in comics published by DC Comics. It is the second installment of ...more

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midnightq2 added Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics character. Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable ...more

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Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp Studio: Warner Bros. Superman II is a 1980 British-American superhero film directed by Richard Lester. It is a sequel to the 1978 film Superman and stars Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp, Ned Beatty, ...more

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Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf Studio: Warner Bros. Constantine is a 2005 American supernatural action-thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence as his feature film directorial debut, starring Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, with Rachel Weisz, ...more

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wiabux added Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren Red is a 2010 American action comedy film directed by Robert Schwentke, inspired by the comic book series by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech ...more

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Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Paul Newman Studio: DreamWorks Road to Perdition is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Sam Mendes. The screenplay was adapted by David Self, from the graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins. The film stars ...more

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Sean Connery, Peta Wilson, Shane West Studio: 20th Century Fox The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, also promoted as LXG, is a 2003 superhero film loosely based on the first volume of the comic book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan ...more

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Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Jim Carrey Studio: Warner Bros. Batman Forever is a 1995 American superhero film directed by Joel Schumacher and produced by Tim Burton, based on the DC Comics character Batman. It is the third installment of the initial ...more

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Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris Studio: New Line Cinema This film is a 2005 American thriller film directed by David Cronenberg and written by Josh Olson. It is an adaptation of the 1997 graphic novel of the same name by John Wagner and Vince Locke. ...more

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teddybear1029 added Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics characters. Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman ...more

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Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Angela Bassett Green Lantern is a 2011 action fantasy film written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim and directed by Martin Campbell.

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coolmountain5812 added Marlon Brando, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures Superman Returns is a 2006 American superhero film directed and produced by Bryan Singer. It is based on the DC Comics character Superman and serves as an homage sequel to the motion pictures ...more

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teddybear1029 added Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie This film is a 2016 American superhero film directed by David Ayer, based on the DC Comics antihero team. A secret government agency recruits some of the most dangerous incarcerated ...more

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mmccarver01 added Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren Red 2 is an American action comedy film and sequel to Red. It was inspired by the limited comic book series of the same name, created by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, and published by the DC ...more

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coolmountain5812 added Richard Pryor, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder Studio: Warner Bros. Superman III is a 1983 British-American superhero film directed by Richard Lester. It is the third film in the Superman film series based upon the long-running DC Comics superhero. The film is ...more

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mmccarver01 added Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba, Chris Evans The Losers is a 2010 action-adventure film written by Peter Berg, Andy Diggle and James Vanderbilt and directed by Sylvain White.

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Skid Vicious added Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, an unemployed Los Angeles ...more

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coolmountain5812 added Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Jim Broadbent Studio: Golan-Globus/Cannon Films/Warner Bros. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is a 1987 American superhero film directed by Sidney J. Furie. It is the fourth and final film in the original Superman film series. This is the first film in ...more

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mmccarver01 added Adrienne Barbeau, Louis Jourdan, Karen Price Year of Release: 1982
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Swamp Thing is a 1982 American science fiction superhero film written and directed by Wes Craven, based on the DC Comics character of the same name created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. It ...more

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Batman & Robin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies Based on DC Comics
mmccarver01 added Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Uma Thurman Year of Release: 1997
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Batman & Robin is a 1997 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman. It is the fourth and final installment of Warner Bros.' initial Batman film series. The film was ...more

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mmccarver01 added Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole, Mia Farrow Year of Release: 1984
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Supergirl is a 1984 British superhero film directed by Jeannot Szwarc. It is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and is a spin-off to Alexander and Ilya Salkind's Superman film ...more

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Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Patty Jenkins, based on the DC Comics character. When a pilot (Chris Pine) crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana ...more

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Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams Justice League is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the fifth installment in the DC Extended ...more

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ChrisVargas added Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn Year of Release: 2006
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The Fountain is a 2006 American drama film that blends elements of fantasy, history, spirituality, and science fiction. It is directed by Darren Aronofsky, and stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel ...more

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mmccarver01 added Heather Locklear, Louis Jourdan, Sarah Douglas Year of Release: 1989
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The Return of Swamp Thing is a sci-fi-comedy film released in 1989, and directed by Jim Wynorski. It is based on the DC Comics title Swamp Thing and is a sequel to the 1982 horror film Swamp ...more

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George Reeves, Jeff Corey, Stanley Andrews Year of Release: 1951
Studio: Lippert Pictures
Superman and the Mole Men is a 1951 superhero film starring George Reeves as Superman and Phyllis Coates as Lois Lane. The motion picture is the first theatrical feature film based on the DC ...more

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mauro-manthomex-antonini added Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Missy Peregrym Year of Release: 2004
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Catwoman is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Pitof Comar and stars Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Benjamin Bratt, Lambert Wilson, Frances Conroy and Alex Borstein. The film is loosely ...more