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The Best Original Superhero Movies  

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372 votes 30 voters 43 items

List Rules Vote up the best movies that feature never-before-seen, new superheroes.

Want to watch movies that feature superheroes not based on an existing comic book series or franchise? Then this list is for you. You'll find superheroes that made their first appearance on the silver screen. If you're tired drawn-out superhero franchises or reboots and want more movies like Unbreakable, check out the list below for viewing recommendations. The movies on this list span several genres including dark comedy, teen movies, and action films. This list also has indie films such as Super with Rain Wilson and larger productions like Hancock with Will Smith. Needless to say, these are great standalone superhero movies.

There are more superhero movies out there than the Marvel and DC films that have taken over the box office. If you like foreign superhero films, be sure to look up Silver Hawk and Black Mask. You can also watch a nerd be transformed into a superhero from radioactive waste in The Toxic Avenger. But which original superhero movie will make it to the top of the list? You get to decide with your votes. Vote up the movies you like and vote down the ones you thought were super duds.  

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee
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 ...more
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Unbreakable is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright
Unbreakable is a 2000 American superhero drama film written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. The film tells the story of ...more
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Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan
Chronicle is a 2012 American found footage science-fiction thriller film directed by Josh Trank. After gaining telekinetic powers from an unknown object, three teenagers use their abilities for ...more
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Darkman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Bruce Campbell
Darkman is a 1990 American superhero action film directed and co-written by Sam Raimi. It is based on a short story Raimi wrote that paid homage to Universal's horror films of the 1930s. The ...more
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Sky High is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Kurt Russell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lynda Carter
Sky High is a 2005 American superhero family comedy film about an airborne school for teenage superheroes. It was directed by Mike Mitchell and written by Paul Hernandez, Robert Schooley, and ...more
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Blankman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Jason Alexander, Damon Wayans, Arsenio Hall
Blankman is a 1994 American superhero comedy-parody film directed by Mike Binder and starring Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier. It was written by Wayans and J. F. Lawton, whose biggest success ...more
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The Meteor Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones, Don Cheadle
The Meteor Man is a 1993 American superhero comedy film written by, directed by, and starring Robert Townsend with supporting roles done by Marla Gibbs, Eddie Griffin, Robert Guillaume, James ...more
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MegaMind is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell
Megamind is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film directed by Tom McGrath. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film premiered ...more
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The Adventures of Sharkboy and... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Taylor Lautner, Kristin Davis, David Arquette
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D is a 2005 American adventure fantasy comedy film directed by Robert Rodriguez and released in the United States June 10, 2005. The film uses the ...more
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The Toxic Avenger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Marisa Tomei, Mitch Cohen, R. L. Ryan
The Toxic Avenger is a 1984 American superhero film released by Troma Entertainment, known for producing low budget B-movies with campy concepts. Virtually ignored upon its first release, The ...more
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Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is a 2008 musical comedy-drama miniseries in three acts, produced exclusively for Internet distribution. Filmed and set in Los Angeles, the show tells the story of ...more
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Hancock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman
Hancock, formerly known as John Hancock and Tonight, He Comes, is an superhero film directed by Peter Berg and starring Will Smith, Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron. Will Smith portrays an old ...more
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Bolt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloƫ Grace Moretz
Bolt tells the story of a dog who is convinced that his role as a super dog is reality. When he is ripped from his world of fantasy, and action by his own doing. His own obsession with his owner ...more
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Silver Hawk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Michelle Yeoh, Michael Jai White, Li Bingbing
Silver Hawk is a 2004 Hong Kong film starring Michelle Yeoh, Richie Ren, Luke Goss, Michael Jai White and Li Bingbing, directed by Jingle Ma. Yeoh plays the title character, a masked comic book ...more
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Defendor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Kat Dennings, Woody Harrelson, Sandra Oh
Defendor is a 2009 Canadian superhero comedy-drama film written and directed by Peter Stebbings, and starring Woody Harrelson, Kat Dennings, Elias Koteas and Sandra Oh. The story tells of an ...more
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My Super Ex-Girlfriend is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Uma Thurman, Anna Faris, Wanda Sykes
My Super Ex-Girlfriend is a 2006 American romantic comedy superhero film, directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris, Eddie Izzard, Rainn Wilson and Wanda Sykes.
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Doctor Mordrid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Jeffrey Combs, Brian Thompson, Jay Acovone
Doctor Mordrid is a 1992 American fantasy film starring Jeffrey Combs.
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Hero at Large is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Kevin Bacon, John Ritter, Anne Archer
Hero at Large is a 1980 comedy film starring John Ritter and Anne Archer. The film was written by former Disney screenwriter, AJ Carothers and directed by Martin Davidson. The original music ...more
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Black Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Joan Severance, Garrett Morris, Casey Siemaszko
Black Scorpion is a 1995 comedy-action film starring Joan Severance as the eponymous costumed crime fighter. Roger Corman was the executive producer, and it was originally released on the ...more
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Star Kid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Danny Masterson, Joseph Mazzello, Richard Gilliland
Star Kid is a 1998 independent sci-fi/family film directed and written by Manny Coto. The film stars Joseph Mazzello, Richard Gilliland, and Corinne Bohrer.
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The Super Inframan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Danny Lee, Bruce Le, Hap Wong
The Super Inframan is a Hong Kong Science fiction Tokusatsu film produced by Shaw Brothers Studio in 1975. Based upon the huge success of the Japanese tokusatsu shows Ultraman and Kamen Rider in ...more
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El Chicano is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Adolfo Alvarez, Logan Arevalo, Jose Pablo Cantillo
El Chicano is a 2019 American drama film directed by Ben Hernandez Bray. While on a case, an L.A.P.D. Detective resurrects the masked street legend El Chicano in hopes of a winning a turf war ...more
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Super is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Liv Tyler, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon
Super is a 2010 American superhero dark comedy-drama film written and directed by James Gunn, starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon and Nathan Fillion. The film premiered at ...more
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The Specials is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Jenna Fischer, Melissa Joan Hart, Rob Lowe
The Specials is a 2000 American comedy film about a group of ordinary superheroes on their day off. According to the film, the Specials are the sixth or seventh most popular group of superheroes ...more
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Super Buddies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Zendaya, Amy Sedaris, Alyson Stoner
Super Buddies is a 2013 Disney direct-to-DVD family film, directed by Robert Vince and produced by Anna McRoberts. It is the 7th installment in the Air Buddies franchise. The Buddies acquire ...more