Comic Book Movies 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Superheroes  

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List Rules Vote 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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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 listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Superheroes
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The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was the sixth film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. The film's title is the name of a family of superheroes who are forced to hide their powers and live a quiet suburban life. Mr. Incredible's desire to help people draws the entire family into a battle with an evil villain and his killer robot. Bird, who was Pixar's first outside director, developed the film as an extension of 1960s comic books and spy films from his boyhood and personal family life. He pitched the film to Pixar after the box office disappointment of his first feature, The ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee, Craig T. Nelson, Wallace Shawn, + more

Initial Release: 2004

Directed by: Brad Bird

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Superheroes
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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, + more

Initial Release: 2012

Directed by: Joss Whedon

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Superheroes
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Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub, Gwyneth Paltrow, + more

Initial Release: 2008

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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