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21 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Superheroes

Updated February 26, 2020 3.1k votes 240 voters 3.6k views21 items

List RulesVote up the classic films appropriate for kids and teens that will teach them to love and respect superhero movies.

Let's face it - superhero movies aren't just for kids. Your kids may watch some corny cartoons featuring classic characters, but more mature superhero movies are complex films that help define the moral backbone of America. It's understandable parents want to get kids into superhero movies given the litany of life lessons that can be gleaned from the genre. Who better than Spiderman to teach your kids that with great power comes great responsibility? With the threat of killer drones and nuclear bombs, the Batman universe can show how technology can be directed towards great good and great evil. Here, you'll find some superhero movies for beginners. These films are appropriate for teens and tweens and can help ease them into the genre. 

There are plenty of thematically rich classic superhero movies that are appropriate for kids. The Dark Knight may be scary, but it teaches about chaos versus order and how to fight back against nihilism even in a world that is cruel and often defies reason. Spider-Man can be heartbreaking, but it speaks to the importance of humility and charity. These - and plenty of other suggestions - are listed below. 

What do you think are the best superhero movies for teens and tweens? Vote up your favorites below. 

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  • Superman
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    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, Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter, Jackie Cooper, Trevor Howard, Marc McClure, Terence Stamp, Valerie Perrine, and Ned Beatty. The film depicts Superman's origin, including his infancy as Kal-El of Krypton and his youthful years in the rural town of Smallville. Disguised as reporter Clark Kent, he adopts a mild-mannered disposition in Metropolis and develops a romance with Lois Lane, while battling the villainous Lex Luthor. Several directors, most notably Guy Hamilton, and screenwriters were associated with... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp, Margot Kidder
    • Released: 1978
    • Directed by: Richard Donner
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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Franchise
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    Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the tenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film was directed by James Gunn. In Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill forms an uneasy alliance with a group of extraterrestrial misfits who are fleeing after taking a powerful artifact.... more on Wikipedia
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    • The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.... more on Wikipedia
      • Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee, Craig T. Nelson, Wallace Shawn
      • Released: 2004
      • Directed by: Brad Bird
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    • Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.... more on Wikipedia
      • Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson
      • Released: 2012
      • Directed by: Joss Whedon
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