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The Best Movies Based on DC Comics

Updated March 17, 2020 9.3k votes 1.5k voters 57.0k views37 items

List RulesOnly 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 and the best DC animated 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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  • The Dark Knight1
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    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures/Syncopy Films
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    Batman

    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger

    Released1989

    Directed byTim Burton

    Studio: Warner Bros.
    Batman is a 1989 American superhero film directed by Tim Burton, based on the DC Comics...  more
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  • Batman Begins3
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    Batman Begins

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2005

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures/Syncopy Films
    Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics...  more
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  • The Dark Knight Rises4
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    The Dark Knight Rises

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2012

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • V for Vendetta5
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    V for Vendetta

    Natalie Portman, John Hurt

    Released2006

    Directed byJames McTeigue

    Studio: Warner Bros.
    V for Vendetta is a 2006 American political thriller film directed by James McTeigue and...  more
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  • Superman6
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    Superman

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Studio: Warner Bros.
    Superman is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner. It is based on the DC Comics...  more
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  • Batman Returns7
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    Batman Returns

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken

    Released1992

    Directed byTim Burton

    Studio: Warner Bros.
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  • Man of Steel8
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    Man of Steel

    Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

    Released2013

    Directed byZack Snyder

    Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics...  more
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  • Watchmen9
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    Watchmen

    Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino

    Released2009

    Directed byZack Snyder

    Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures/Paramount Pictures/Legendary Pictures
    Watchmen is a 2009 American neo-noir superhero film directed by Zack Snyder and starring Malin...  more
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  • Superman II10
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    Superman II

    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

    Released1980

    Directed byRichard Lester, Richard Donner

    Studio: Warner Bros.
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  • Constantine11
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    Constantine

    Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves

    Released2005

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    Studio: Warner Bros.
    Constantine is a 2005 American supernatural action-thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence...  more
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  • Red12
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    Red

    Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman

    Released2010

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

    Red is a 2010 American action comedy film directed by Robert Schwentke, inspired by the comic...  more
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  • Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice13
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    Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice

    Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill

    Released2016

    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • A History of Violence14
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    A History of Violence

    Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello

    Released2005

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

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  • Suicide Squad15
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    Suicide Squad

    Will Smith, Jared Leto

    Released2016

    Directed byDavid Ayer

    Suicide Squad is a 2016 American superhero film directed by David Ayer, based on the DC Comics...  more
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  • Aquaman16
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    Aquaman

    Jason Momoa, Amber Heard

    Released2018

    Directed byJames Wan

    Aquaman is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the DC Comics character, directed by James...  more
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  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen17
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    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

    Sean Connery, Peta Wilson

    Released2003

    Directed byStephen Norrington

    Studio: 20th Century Fox
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  • Road to Perdition18
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    Road to Perdition

    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Mendes

    Studio: DreamWorks
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  • Red 219
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    Red 2

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis

    Released2013

    Directed byDean Parisot

    Red 2 is an American action comedy film and sequel to Red. It was inspired by the limited...  more
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  • Batman Forever20
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    Batman Forever

    Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore

    Released1995

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    Studio: Warner Bros.
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  • Superman: Red Son21
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    Superman: Red Son

    Jason Isaacs, Tara Strong

    Released2020

    Directed bySam Liu

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  • The Losers22
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    The Losers

    Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba

    Released2010

    Directed bySylvain White

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  • Batman: Hush23
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    Batman: Hush

    Jason O'Mara, Jennifer Morrison

    Released2019

    Directed byJustin Copeland

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    Superman Returns

    Marlon Brando, Kevin Spacey

    Released2006

    Directed byBryan Singer

    Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures
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  • Green Lantern25
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    Green Lantern

    Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2011

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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