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The Best Original Superhero Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 1.3k votes 61 voters42 items

List RulesVote 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.  

  • 1
    Kurt Russell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
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    10

    Released2005

    Directed byMike 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 Mark...  more
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  • 2
    Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand
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    Released1990

    Directed bySam 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 film...  more
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  • 3
    Charlize Theron, Will Smith
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    12

    Released2008

    Directed byPeter 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
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  • 4
    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter
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    Released2004

    Directed byBrad 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 action to...  more
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  • 5
    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson
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    11

    Released2000

    Directed byM. 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 Philadelphia...  more
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  • 6
    Marisa Tomei, Mitch Cohen
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    Released1984

    Directed byLloyd 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 Toxic...  more
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  • 7
    Taylor Lautner, Kristin Davis
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    17

    Released2005

    Directed byRobert 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 same...  more
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  • 8
    Kat Dennings, Woody Harrelson
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    Released2009

    Directed byPeter 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
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  • 9
    Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion
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    13

    Released2008

    Directed byJoss Whedon

    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 Dr....  more
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  • 10
    Miley Cyrus, John Travolta
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    Released2008

    Directed byChris 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 and...  more
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  • 11
    Brad Pitt, Tina Fey
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    Released2010

    Directed byTom 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 on...  more
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  • 12
    Jet Li, Dwight Schultz
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    12

    Released1996

    Directed byDaniel 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
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  • 13
    Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell
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    18

    Released2012

    Directed byJosh 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
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  • 14
    Jason Alexander, Damon Wayans
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    Released1994

    Directed byMike 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 was...  more
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  • 15
    Liv Tyler, Ellen Page
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    Released2010

    Directed byJames Gunn

    Super is a 2010 American superhero dark comedy-drama film written and directed by James Gunn. The film premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in theaters in the...  more
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  • 16
    Michelle Yeoh, Michael Jai White
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    Released2004

    Directed byJingle 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 style...  more
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  • 17
    Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones
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    10

    Released1993

    Directed byRobert 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 Earl...  more
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  • 18
    Kevin Bacon, John Ritter
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    18

    Released1980

    Directed byMartin 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 score...  more
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  • 19
    Adolfo Alvarez, Logan Arevalo
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    11

    Released2019

    Directed byBen 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 that...  more
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  • 20
    Danny Masterson, Joseph Mazzello
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    13

    Released1998

    Directed byMichael 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....  more
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  • 21
    Ernest Borgnine, Terence Hill
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    15

    Released1980

    Directed bySergio 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 Sergio Corbucci...  more
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  • 22
    Uma Thurman, Anna Faris
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    15

    Released2006

    Directed byIvan 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....  more
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  • 23
    Joan Severance, Garrett Morris
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    8

    Released1995

    Directed byJonathan 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 Showtime...  more
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  • 24
    Jeffrey Combs, Brian Thompson
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    15

    Released1992

    Directed byAlbert Band, Charles Band

    Doctor Mordrid is a 1992 American fantasy film starring Jeffrey Combs....  more
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  • 25
    Jason Trost, Lucas Till
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    13

    Released2013

    Directed byJason Trost

    All Superheroes Must Die (a.k.a. Vs) is a 2011 American independent superhero film directed by Jason Trost....  more
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