Comic Book Movies

The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite old comic book movies from before the year 2000.

This list contains information on the best classic comic book movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best classic comic book films come in many forms. Some early comic movies are about powerful superheros while other good comic films before 2000 feature hilarious jokes. A few of the best old comic book films even generated sequels.

What films will you find on this top old comic movies list? Batman has to be at the top. This 1989 Tim Burton film found Michael Keaton donning the Dark Knight cape to face off against Jack Nicholson's Joker. The movie even featured great music as Prince provided several original songs to accompany Danny Elfman's score. Superman – starring Christopher Reeve – is another great old comic book movie.

The Mask was based on the comic book series of the same name written by Mike Richardson. Other great early comic book movies featured on this list include Blade, Howard the Duck, and The Crow.

Do you have a favorite comic book movie that was released before 2000? Take a look at this list and give the best films a thumbs up.

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Superman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve
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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Batman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton
Batman is a 1989 American superhero film directed by Tim Burton, based on the DC Comics character. The Dark Knight of Gotham City (Michael Keaton) begins his war on crime with his first major ...more
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Batman Returns is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito
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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Superman II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp
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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The Rocketeer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton, Alan Arkin
The Rocketeer is a 1991 American period superhero film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and based on the character of the same name created by comic book writer/artist Dave Stevens. Directed by ...more
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The Incredible Hulk Returns is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Lou Ferrigno, Bill Bixby, Charles Napier
The Incredible Hulk Returns is a 1988 television film based on the Marvel Comics character the Hulk, which serves as a continuation of the Incredible Hulk television series. In The Incredible ...more
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Blade is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords
Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, loosely based on the Marvel Comics character Blade. Snipes plays Blade, a human-vampire hybrid ...more
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Flash Gordon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow, Ornella Muti
Flash Gordon is a 1980 British science fiction action film, based on the comic strip of the same name created by Alex Raymond. The film was directed by Mike Hodges, and produced by Dino De ...more
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Captain America is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin, Francesca Neri
Captain America is a 1990 direct-to-video American-Yugoslavian superhero film directed by Albert Pyun. The film is based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. While the film takes ...more
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Swamp Thing is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Adrienne Barbeau, Louis Jourdan, Karen Price
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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Judge Dredd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Sylvester Stallone, Diane Lane, James Earl Jones
Judge Dredd is a 1995 American science fiction action film directed by Danny Cannon, and starring Sylvester Stallone, Diane Lane, Rob Schneider, Armand Assante, and Max von Sydow. The film is ...more
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Heavy Metal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
John Candy, Harold Ramis, Eugene Levy
Heavy Metal is a 1981 Canadian adult animated anthology science fiction fantasy film directed by Gerald Potterton and produced by Ivan Reitman and Leonard Mogel, who also was the publisher of ...more
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Superman III is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Richard Pryor, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder
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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Casper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty
Casper is a 1995 American family comedy fantasy film starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, and Amy Brenneman, based on the Casper the Friendly Ghost comic books and ...more
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Red Sonja is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brigitte Nielsen, Ernie Reyes
Red Sonja is a 1985 Dutch-American sword and sorcery action film directed by Richard Fleischer. The film features the sword-wielding Marvel Comics character Red Sonja, created by Roy Thomas, who ...more
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Richie Rich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Richie Rich Macaulay Culkin, Claudia Schiffer, Reggie Jackson
Richie Rich is a 1994 American live-action film adaptation of the Harvey Comics comic book character Richie Rich. Directed by Donald Petrie, and starring Macaulay Culkin as the title character. ...more
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Captain America is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
George J. Lewis, John Davidson, Dick Purcell
Captain America is a 1944 Republic black-and-white serial film loosely based on the Timely Comics character Captain America. It was the last Republic serial made about a superhero. It also has ...more
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Spawn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Martin Sheen, John Leguizamo, Melinda Clarke
Spawn is a 1997 American supernatural superhero film loosely based on the comic book of the same name, by Todd McFarlane and published by Image Comics. Directed and co-written by Mark A.Z. ...more
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The Phantom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kristy Swanson, Billy Zane
The Phantom is a 1996 American superhero film directed by Simon Wincer. Based on Lee Falk's comic strip The Phantom, the film stars Billy Zane as a seemingly immortal crimefighter and his battle ...more
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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Dolph Lundren, Louis Gossett, Jr.
The Punisher is a 1989 Australian-American action film directed by Mark Goldblatt and starring Dolph Lundgren. It is based on the Marvel Comics' character of the same name. The film changes many ...more
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Tank Girl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Naomi Watts, Ice-T, Iggy Pop
Tank Girl is a 1995 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Rachel Talalay, loosely based on Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett's comic series of the same name, which originated in ...more
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Batman Forever is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Jim Carrey
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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The Fantastic Four is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Rebecca Staab, Alex Hyde-White, Jay Underwood
The Fantastic Four is an unreleased independent superhero film completed in 1994. Executive produced by low-budget specialist Roger Corman and Bernd Eichinger, the film was based on Marvel ...more
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The Shadow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Alec Baldwin, Ian McKellen, Tim Curry
The Shadow is a 1994 American superhero film, directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller, Ian McKellen, Peter Boyle, Jonathan Winters and Tim Curry. It ...more
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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Comic Book Movies, Ranked
Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole, Mia Farrow
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