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The Best Movies Based on DC Comics

Updated March 17, 2020 9.2k 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 Knight
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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
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    Batman

    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger

    Released1989

    Directed byTim Burton

    Studio: Warner Bros.
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    Batman Begins
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    Batman Begins

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2005

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures/Syncopy Films
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    The Dark Knight Rises
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    The Dark Knight Rises

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2012

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Batman Returns
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    Batman Returns

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken

    Released1992

    Directed byTim Burton

    Studio: Warner Bros.
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    V for Vendetta
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    V for Vendetta

    Natalie Portman, John Hurt

    Released2006

    Directed byJames McTeigue

    Studio: Warner Bros.
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    Superman
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    Superman

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Studio: Warner Bros.
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    Man of Steel
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    Man of Steel

    Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

    Released2013

    Directed byZack Snyder

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    Watchmen
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    Watchmen

    Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino

    Released2009

    Directed byZack Snyder

    Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures/Paramount Pictures/Legendary Pictures
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    Superman II
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    Superman II

    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

    Released1980

    Directed byRichard Lester, Richard Donner

    Studio: Warner Bros.
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    Constantine
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    Constantine

    Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves

    Released2005

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    Studio: Warner Bros.
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    Red
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    Red

    Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman

    Released2010

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

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    Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice
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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 Violence
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    A History of Violence

    Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello

    Released2005

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

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    Suicide Squad
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    Suicide Squad

    Will Smith, Jared Leto

    Released2016

    Directed byDavid Ayer

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    Aquaman
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    Aquaman

    Jason Momoa, Amber Heard

    Released2018

    Directed byJames Wan

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    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
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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 Perdition
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    Road to Perdition

    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Mendes

    Studio: DreamWorks
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    Red 2
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    Red 2

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis

    Released2013

    Directed byDean Parisot

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    Batman Forever
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    Batman Forever

    Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore

    Released1995

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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

    Jason Isaacs, Tara Strong

    Released2020

    Directed bySam Liu

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    The Losers
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    The Losers

    Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba

    Released2010

    Directed bySylvain White

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    Batman: Hush
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    Batman: Hush

    Jason O'Mara, Jennifer Morrison

    Released2019

    Directed byJustin Copeland

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    Superman Returns
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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 Lantern
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    Green Lantern

    Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2011

    Directed byMartin Campbell

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