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The Best Original Superhero Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 749 votes 54 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
    The Incredibles
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    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Bird

    The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    Unbreakable
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    Unbreakable

    Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2000

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

    Unbreakable is a 2000 American superhero drama film written, produced, and directed by M.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Sky High
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    Sky High

    Kurt Russell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

    Released2005

    Directed byMike Mitchell

    Sky High is a 2005 American superhero family comedy film about an airborne school for teenage... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    MegaMind
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    MegaMind

    Brad Pitt, Tina Fey

    Released2010

    Directed byTom McGrath

    Megamind is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film directed by Tom... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Darkman
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    Darkman

    Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand

    Released1990

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Darkman is a 1990 American superhero action film directed and co-written by Sam Raimi. It is... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Chronicle
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    Chronicle

    Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell

    Released2012

    Directed byJosh Trank

    Chronicle is a 2012 American found footage science-fiction thriller film directed by Josh... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    Hancock
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    Hancock

    Charlize Theron, Will Smith

    Released2008

    Directed byPeter Berg

    Hancock, formerly known as John Hancock and Tonight, He Comes, is an superhero film directed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Blankman
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    Blankman

    Jason Alexander, Damon Wayans

    Released1994

    Directed byMike Binder

    Blankman is a 1994 American superhero comedy-parody film directed by Mike Binder and starring... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    The Toxic Avenger
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    The Toxic Avenger

    Marisa Tomei, Mitch Cohen

    Released1984

    Directed byLloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz

    The Toxic Avenger is a 1984 American superhero film released by Troma Entertainment, known for... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    The Meteor Man
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    The Meteor Man

    Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones

    Released1993

    Directed byRobert Townsend

    The Meteor Man is a 1993 American superhero comedy film written by, directed by, and starring... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    My Super Ex-Girlfriend
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    My Super Ex-Girlfriend

    Uma Thurman, Anna Faris

    Released2006

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    My Super Ex-Girlfriend is a 2006 American romantic comedy superhero film, directed by Ivan... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
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    The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl

    Taylor Lautner, Kristin Davis

    Released2005

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D is a 2005 American adventure fantasy comedy... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Defendor
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    Defendor

    Kat Dennings, Woody Harrelson

    Released2009

    Directed byPeter Stebbings

    Defendor is a 2009 Canadian superhero comedy-drama film written and directed by Peter... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Bolt
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    Bolt

    Miley Cyrus, John Travolta

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
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    6

    Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

    Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion
    Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is a 2008 musical comedy-drama miniseries in three acts,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Black Mask
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    Black Mask

    Jet Li, Dwight Schultz

    Released1996

    Directed byDaniel Lee

    Black Mask is a 1996 Hong Kong action film starring Jet Li, Lau Ching-Wan, Karen Mok and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Silver Hawk
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    Silver Hawk

    Michelle Yeoh, Michael Jai White

    Released2004

    Directed byJingle Ma

    Silver Hawk is a 2004 Hong Kong film starring Michelle Yeoh, Richie Ren, Luke Goss, Michael... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    Super
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    Super

    Liv Tyler, Ellen Page

    Released2010

    Directed byJames Gunn

    Super is a 2010 American superhero dark comedy-drama film written and directed by James Gunn.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Hero at Large
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    Hero at Large

    Kevin Bacon, John Ritter

    Released1980

    Directed byMartin Davidson

    Hero at Large is a 1980 comedy film starring John Ritter and Anne Archer. The film was written... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Star Kid
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    Star Kid

    Danny Masterson, Joseph Mazzello

    Released1998

    Directed byMichael Bay, Manny Coto

    Star Kid is a 1998 independent sci-fi/family film directed and written by Manny Coto. The film... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    Super Fuzz
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    Super Fuzz

    Ernest Borgnine, Terence Hill

    Released1980

    Directed bySergio Corbucci

    Super Fuzz or Poliziotto superpiù is an Italian comedy film about Dave Speed, a bumbling Miami... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Doctor Mordrid
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    Doctor Mordrid

    Jeffrey Combs, Brian Thompson

    Released1992

    Directed byAlbert Band, Charles Band

    Doctor Mordrid is a 1992 American fantasy film starring Jeffrey Combs.Amazon buy button
  • 23
    All Superheroes Must Die
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    All Superheroes Must Die

    Jason Trost, Lucas Till

    Released2013

    Directed byJason Trost

    All Superheroes Must Die (a.k.a. Vs) is a 2011 American independent superhero film directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    The Return of Captain Invincible
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    The Return of Captain Invincible

    Christopher Lee, Alan Arkin

    Released1983

    Directed byPhilippe Mora

    The Return of Captain Invincible is a 1983 Australian musical comedy and superhero film... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    El Chicano
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    El Chicano

    Adolfo Alvarez, Logan Arevalo

    Released2019

    Directed byBen Hernandez Bray

    El Chicano is a 2019 American drama film directed by Ben Hernandez Bray. While on a case, an... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button