The Best Original Superhero Movies 

Ranker Film
Updated June 14, 2019 581 votes 52 voters 42 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.  

The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brad Bird

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
Unbreakable is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright

Released: 2000

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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
Sky High is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Kurt Russell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lynda Carter

Released: 2005

Directed by: Mike Mitchell

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
Darkman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Bruce Campbell

Released: 1990

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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
Hancock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Charlize Theron, Will Smith, Jason Bateman

Released: 2008

Directed by: Peter Berg

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
MegaMind is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell

Released: 2010

Directed by: Tom McGrath

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
Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan

Released: 2012

Directed by: Josh Trank

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
Blankman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Jason Alexander, Damon Wayans, Arsenio Hall

Released: 1994

Directed by: Mike Binder

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
The Toxic Avenger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Marisa Tomei, Mitch Cohen, R. L. Ryan

Released: 1984

Directed by: Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz

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
The Meteor Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones, Don Cheadle

Released: 1993

Directed by: Robert Townsend

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
My Super Ex-Girlfriend ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Uma Thurman, Anna Faris, Wanda Sykes

Released: 2006

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

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.
The Adventures of Sharkb... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Taylor Lautner, Kristin Davis, David Arquette

Released: 2005

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

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
Defendor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Kat Dennings, Woody Harrelson, Sandra Oh

Released: 2009

Directed by: Peter Stebbings

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
Bolt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloƫ Grace Moretz

Released: 2008

Directed by: Chris Williams, Byron Howard

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
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Alon... is listed (or ranked) 15 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
Black Mask is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Jet Li, Dwight Schultz, John DiMaggio

Released: 1996

Directed by: Daniel Lee

Black Mask is a 1996 Hong Kong action film starring Jet Li, Lau Ching-Wan, Karen Mok and Anthony Wong. It was directed by Daniel Lee and produced by Tsui Hark and his production company Film ...more
Silver Hawk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Michelle Yeoh, Michael Jai White, Li Bingbing

Released: 2004

Directed by: Jingle Ma

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
Hero at Large is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Kevin Bacon, John Ritter, Anne Archer

Released: 1980

Directed by: Martin Davidson

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
Super is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Liv Tyler, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon

Released: 2010

Directed by: James Gunn

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
Star Kid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Danny Masterson, Joseph Mazzello, Richard Gilliland

Released: 1998

Directed by: Michael Bay, Manny Coto

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.
Doctor Mordrid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Jeffrey Combs, Brian Thompson, Jay Acovone

Released: 1992

Directed by: Albert Band, Charles Band

Doctor Mordrid is a 1992 American fantasy film starring Jeffrey Combs.
Super Fuzz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Ernest Borgnine, Terence Hill, Joanne Dru

Released: 1980

Directed by: Sergio Corbucci

Super Fuzz or Poliziotto superpiù is an Italian comedy film about Dave Speed, a bumbling Miami police officer who gains super powers through accidental nuclear exposure. Directed by ...more
All Superheroes Must Die... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
All Superheroes Must Die Jason Trost, Lucas Till, James Remar

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jason Trost

All Superheroes Must Die (a.k.a. Vs) is a 2011 American independent superhero film directed by Jason Trost.
El Chicano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Adolfo Alvarez, Logan Arevalo, Jose Pablo Cantillo

Released: 2019

Directed by: Ben Hernandez Bray

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
Black Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Original Superhero Movies
Joan Severance, Garrett Morris, Casey Siemaszko

Released: 1995

Directed by: Jonathan Winfrey

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