Top 10 Best Superhero Movies Ever

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Superhero movies are definitely in the mainstream these days.  Since 1998′s Blade, the comic book genre has flourished to the point where they are now award winning masterpieces that you can take your girlfriend to. In honor of 2010′s Kick Ass, The Losers, Iron Man 2, Jonah Hex, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, The Green Hornet and Dead of Night (based on Dark Horse Comics’ Dylan Dog series), I bring you the list of Top 10 Best Superhero Movies Ever.

10 Best Superhero Movies

 

As the name implies, these are specifically superhero movies and not simply comic book movies. So, you won’t find Ghost World, Road to Perdition, A History of Violbelief in people was more accurate.ence, Sin City, or American Spendor on this list. Those are all fine examples of how comics books can be adapted to the big screen, but superheroes make for a much tougher assignment. They build such a history with their readers that condensing it down to 2 hours can create such high expectations with hardcore fans that finding the balance between attracting the general population and pleasing the longtime fans can often become difficult and frustrating. Fans can become so critical that even a small change in the superhero costumes can cause an outrage. So without further delay, let’s jump right in…

10. Batman

When word got out that Tim Burton was planning on making a movie about Gotham’s caped crusader, fans were excited that the 1960s campfest starring Adam West and Burt Ward was finally going to be washed away. When it was revealed that Jack Nicholson was going to be playing the Joker, instant legitimacy was given to the project. But when Michael Keaton was selected to play Bruce Wayne/Batman eyebrows started to rise and worries that the main character was terribly miscast, not to mention that Prince’s song score was also a very odd choice. On June 23, 1989, all worries were wiped away when Batman came to theaters to record breaking box office numbers. Though not in the same vein as Christopher Nolan’s Bat movies, this one put an exclamation point on a decade of big time movies and a nostalgic favorite of comic fans everywhere.

9. Superman

Academy Award winners Gene Hackman and Marlon Brando, two of the biggest stars of the 1970s, may have had top billing over the actor who played the man of steel, but Christopher Reeve became an international superstar as Superman. For an entire generation of people, he was Superman. Whenever the character was mentioned, Reeve’s image was the only person we could see. His extraordinary performance as both Superman and Clark Kent outshines his co-stars and won our hearts. Richard Donner’s decision to tell a comprehensive story of Superman’s origin stood alone in comic movie history until 2005 when Batman Begins hit the screen. Memorable scenes include the destruction of Kal-El’s homeworld, Krypton, Superman’s debut by saving Lois Lane as she fell from a helicopter, and turning back time in order to save Lois from dying from Lex Luthor’s (Hackman) diabolical plan by flying around the world so fast it turns the rotation of the planet the other direction. As silly as the idea of time travel by these means may be, every single one of us has a moment in our lives in which we wanted to do the very same thing.

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8. Watchmen

Alan Moore’s classic mini series about washed up superheroes wrapped up in a mystery and fighting to prevent World War III comes to life in Zach Snyder’s epic film. Being based on a classic story that has so much detail it nearly makes people’s brains melt, the film version is not without its haters and critics. After all, Snyder’s decision to change the ending left a bad taste in many fans’ mouths, but the casting of Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (the Comedian), and Patrick Wilson (Nite Owl) were inspired. Walking into the movie, I knew not everything was going to play out like the 12-part series did in printed form (there was absolutely no way to be able to do that without making at least two movies), but the stunning visuals and brilliant performances by the previously mentioned actors makes this movie a purely special experience. Snyder brings Moore’s alternate 1985 world to life by using frames from the comic as the source material for the art direction. The film begins with perhaps the most amazing sequence in any comic book movie to date – the opening credits sequence that gives the entire history of this alternate reality. It never slows down from the beginning and draws the viewer into the world. Haters and conservatives may have despised the movie and the themes, but I loved it.

7. Batman Begins

Christopher Nolan’s reboot of the Batman movie franchise brought a new level of redemption to a series that had literally gone through the pits of hell under the direction of Joel Schumacher. After a long wait for someone to wash the horrific memory of Batman and Robin from our collective memories, I think the comic fans would have accepted just about anyone in the director’s chair with half a good idea. Little did we know that Christopher Nolan, director of the phenomenal Memento, would be so devoted to making a good Batman movie. Christian Bale is excellent as both Bruce Wayne and Batman (yes, even with his low and raspy Batman voice), and the additions of Liam Neeson and Cillian Murphy as the heavies were inspired. The real excellence was in the supporting cast. Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman as Gordon, Alfred, and Lucius Fox, respectively, fleshed out a Batman world with strong performances and a true understanding of how important each of these characters are to the dark knight.
*Honorable Mention: Hellboy I & II
Mike Mignola’s Hellboy franchise is one of the most popular creator owned creations and it’s easy to see why. He’s just simply cool looking. His buddies are all sorts of genetic wonders. His adventures tickle that supernatural node in our brains that expose us to hellish beasts and funny little characters that pay tribute to our wildest imaginations. And, he loves cats – really, REALLY loves cats (like me!). When Guillermo del Toro brought Hellboy and his buddies to the big screen in 2004, we were treated to faithful recreations of the characters and really fun action and adventure. In 2008, del Toro blew us away again with the sequel that was even better than the first (already a tough feat to accomplish). These are just two solid movies helmed by the perfect director with a strong cast who make us believe that these creatures, good and bad, really do exist. Oh, and Ron Pearlman as the big red lead is just perfect.

6. Superman II

Much like how Star Wars was outdone by it’s own sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, Superman’s 1980 sequel surpassed the original. This time around Reeve’s Superman must battle escaped Kryptonian public enemies to save the world. It’s not just that Superman must outwit the maniacal genius of Lex Luthor, or have to stop disasters caused by Luthor’s scheming, but in this one, he must face three beings (led by the ridiculously awesome Terrance Stamp as General Zod) who all possess the same powers he does. But before he can face the three super-powered villains, he must come to terms with his feelings for Lois Lane and decide whether his powers are worth keeping in order for him to find personal happiness. Most of this film was completed by Richard Donner as he worked on the first film, but he would later be replaced by Richard Lester after conflicts with the producers. Still, this film shines and really helped the argument that sequels can not only be bigger, but even better at times.

5. X-Men 2

Much like the previous entry in the list, X2 exceeded all our expectations and blew X-Men clean out of the water. Bryan Singer’s ultimate superhero opus pits the X-Men against a crazy and dangerous military man (played by the brilliant Bryan Cox) who plans on using mutants in experiments and even going far enough to control them to create havoc in order to turn the government against those with powers. Not only that, but he has some serious history with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. So, in order for the X-Men to defeat the madman, they must do something they would never count on – team up with Magneto and Mystique. Though the first X-Men movie was as good as one could hope for, it pales in comparison to the sequel. X2 benefits from X-Men’s low budget blockbuster status allowing it to up the ante and have more cool scenes and special effects. The world expands as Colossus makes his first appearance in an X movie. There are several other characters that appear briefly here and there that puts smiles on many comic fans. But the best addition to the movie is Alan Cumming’s Nightcrawler. Cumming’s portrayal of the lonely and demonic looking teleporter is both funny and heartfelt with a touch of sadness that he’s really a good guy who just happens to be scary looking. The dramatic climax (which I have always referred as the Star Trek II Finale) proves that even people who shoot beams of energy from their eyes or has the ability to create storms or have claws coming out of their hands can carry a deeply emotional scene. Following the enormous success of Spider-Man, X2 let the world know that comic book movies were here to stay.

4. Spider-Man

Not only was Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man movie a huge success (it was the first film to break $100 million for an opening weekend), but it also was one of the finest adaptations of a character to date. Tobey Maguire’s performance as Peter Parker was about as spot on as you could ever hope for as the awkward teenager in love with the girl next door and recent recipient of awesome super powers. This movie transcended the demographics and became a huge hit that both comic collectors and the general populace saw in repeated viewings. Marvel also made sure, if anyone wanted to either start collecting or return to Spider-Man, that the comics were top notch as well after some really poor storylines and some not-so-great sales. We may have had to wait a long time for ol’ webhead to make it to the big screen, but it was worth every minute of every day.
*Honorable Mention – The Incredible Hulk (NOT the Ang Lee one)
In 2003, Ang Lee made Hulk starring Eric Bana as Bruce Banner and Jennifer Connelly as Betty Ross. I’d be giving it too much credit to say fans were a tad disappointed. Though the editing to make the film was interesting and really attempted to capture the feeling of reading a comic, the movie itself had no true sense of who the characters were, or what the Hulk was, or what to do with him that made the most sense. Enter Louis Leterrier and Edward Norton. When the character was brought back to the screen, everything seemed to fit so much better. Norton’s portrayal of Banner was far better than Bana’s (though Bana is a really good actor) and the treatment of the characters involved was a huge upgrade than Lee’s flop. We get to see the Hulk doing crazy Hulk stuff like hurling rocks at lightning, taking on an army and smashing up tanks, taking on the Abomination, and screaming “Hulk smash!!!”  This is what the Incredible Hulk is all about.

3. Iron Man

You don’t have to look any farther than Robert Downey, Jr.’s portrayal of Tony Stark to see why this movie was so successful and so well liked by audiences. His cavalier and aloof Stark lends to the billionaire playboy who has everything he could ever want but nothing he really needs. He begins the movie without much conscience about the fact that he really is a war profiteer. He uses women as objects, but doesn’t realize the love of his life has always been right in front of him. Of course, by movie’s end, he’s moved toward striving to make the world a safe place and confronts his feelings for his assistant Pepper Potts (played nicely by Gwyneth Paltrow). Plus, the action scenes were really killer too. Director Jon Favreau, who had never before made an over-the-top action movie, does an excellent job of bringing a complex character and loads of adventure to the screens and it was really hard to find someone who didn’t adore the movie as the credits ran.

2. Spider-Man 2

Sam Raimi’s second outing with Spider-Man featured deep emotional drama, great performances (particularly by Alfred Molina), and brilliant action sequences. This movie is really about love and how far you can fall without it. Molina’s Doctor Otto Octavius (Dr. Octopus) is driven mad when a failed experiment causes the death of his wife while Peter Parker’s spider powers fizzle out on him when his broken heart can’t get over the loss of Mary Jane. This movie also features much more of the classic Sam Raimi style than the first – the dramatic raising of a surgical saw during an entire Raimi-esque operating room scene and, my favorite scene, Peter adjusting to life without his Spider-Man alter-ego while “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” plays to name a couple. This sequel from opening minute to the final, ominous shot of MJ watching Spider-Man head out to protect the city is funny, tender, and exciting all rolled up into a ball. It’s really my favorite superhero movie ever made, but you probably can already guess why it didn’t land at #1.

1. The Dark Knight

Part of me wants to say, “Because if I didn’t put this as #1, I’d be burned at the stake.”  But there’s a really good reason why this tops this list even though I admitted that Spider-Man 2 was my favorite. Christopher Nolan’s follow up to Batman Begins is more than just a superhero movie. It’s a stellar example of excellent acting and brilliant scripting. This is more along the lines of art than entertainment and just missed getting a Best Picture nomination from the Academy – something no superhero movie had ever accomplished. Like I have to remind any of you, but Heath Ledger, in the role that might have led to his accidental overuse of sleeping aids, won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for playing the wildly entertaining and deeply frightening Joker. His performance was unlike anything seen before in comic book movies and set a new standard for how comic book heroes and villains are shown on the screen. But the real joy of the film was seeing the intensely heated battle between Batman and the Joker and how truly made they were for one another. On one side, Batman does whatever he can to keep order and punish the guilty without killing. On the other, the Joker does whatever he can to tear down the social standards and bring about anarchy. No number of dead bodies is too high a cost for the Joker to reach his end result. The only thing the Joker never counted on was the common good that really resides in each person. Just when he expected to make his biggest splash by pitting a boat full of law abiding citizens against a boatload of hardened criminals, their decency and humanity shines through proving that Batman’s belief in people was more accurate.

There’s no right answer to these kinds of lists though, so please leave a comment and give us your 10 Best Superhero Movies Ever.

If you liked this you might also enjoy our TOP 10 WORST SUPERHERO MOVIES or other lists such as the 10 Lamest Marvel Villains and the 10 Sexiest Comic Book Heroes.


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  1. John says:

    Obviously there’s no way to create the “perfect” list out of these kinds of things given all the different opinions but all the ones listed are deserving. Kudos.

    My Top 10 (not really favorites, just what I think are the Top 10 best/most influential)…
    10. The Incredible Hulk
    9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    8. Iron Man
    7. Blade
    6. Spider-Man
    5. Batman Begins
    4. Batman (1989)
    3. Superman I & II
    2. The Dark Knight
    1. Spider-Man 2

    *After having watched it again, I enjoyed Batman Begins more than Dark Knight, It was just more focused on Bruce Wayne

    **Spider-Man 2 made me cry

    ***Watchmen is arguably the best comic I’ve ever read, the movie didn’t blow me away

    ****There will always be a place in my heart for the 1990 Captain America. I freaking loved it as a kid. Seen it at least 20 times.

    • Geoff says:

      Egads! The first appearance of the 1990 Captain America movie! Didn’t think it would be from you, John.

  2. Geoff says:

    Then you missed out my friend. Ed Norton is awesome no matter what he’s doing.

  3. John says:

    The Ed Norton Hulk was significantly better than I thought it would be.

  4. Nick Marino says:

    I blogged about this a couple years back… here’s my list: http://www.audioshocker.com/2008/06/20/the-top-9-best-live-action-superhero-movies-note-you-will-disagree-with-this — i know my choices are probably pretty odd, especially with the inclusion of an FF film. but they’re based on my enjoyment level, not necessarily on whether the movies have been culturally excepted as the best. granted, if i had to do my list all over again, i’d probably revise it a bit. but i’m still pretty anti the new Batman flicks and the old Superman flicks. they’re just not for me.

  5. Johnny says:

    I think that the Dark Knight deserves the number 1 spot it’s my personal favorite(even though few people think it’s overrated and some people try not to put it at number 1 just to mess with people). Anyway here would be my top 10 list(actually this list was pretty hard to make and it’s interchangeable except for the first 3 which are my total favorites)
    1. The Dark Knight
    2. Batman Begins
    3. Spider-man 2
    4. Spider-man
    5. Superman
    6. Iron Man
    7. Superman 2
    8. X2
    9. Batman
    10. X-men
    Other good ones Blade I and II I kind of actually liked Spider-man 3 a bit(but it’s definitely not in my top 10 nor is it as good as the first two but it’s a good action flick).
    I did NOT like the Watchmen however(please don’t ask why for me it just didn’t fit well that’s my own opinion deal with it).
    Iron Man 2 which I recently saw was pretty good not as good as the first one but more action packed.
    I also highly recommend that people watch Batman The Mask of Phantasm(in my opinion the best animated batman movie) Batman Beyond The Return of the Joker is pretty good too.
    The Incredible hulk was good as well
    Last but definately not least THE CROW!!! highly recommend that movie(actually this one should be in my top 10 but you know what whatever my top 10 is interchangeable except for the first 3)

    • Geoff says:

      I knew Watchmen would be the most controversial for the list. I think everyone who has seen it will be in one of two categories – those who loved it and those who hated it. It’s a fairly even split.

      I didn’t even think about The Crow. That was a great movie. The two animated Batman flicks you mentioned really are good movies to watch and should be pre-requisite for any Bat-fan.

      If you haven’t already checked out my review of Iron Man 2, please do… I think you’ll see we are on the same page there.

    • Batfreak666 says:

      your list is flawless. Crow awesome movie!! WATCHMEN? how could you!!!

  6. Sonal Sharma says:

    Apart from Spiderman and Ironman from among well-known superheroes, my personal favorites include Mercury Man, Daredevil and Catwoman in the movie titled on her name. Somehow, Superman has almost always failed to impress me with his exploits and Batman, on other hand, had his moments of glory but gave it away with an overplay of theatrics instead of tapping his potential. In my opinion, Batman has yet to showcase his potential as he should have long ago. Maybe it would happen when someone decides to throw him back to the basics with but little technology placed at his disposal which would force him to compensate the same with his unique bat skills.

  7. Mark says:

    Hey, what about The Incredibles? Come on, that film was way better than The Incredible Hulk or Tim Burton’s Batman movie. Even Watchmen wasn’t that great compared to the comic.  

  8. Vegard says:

    Perfect list!

  9. Magnum Steele says:

    Batman Begins
    Superman
    The Dark Knight
    Superman 2
    and the also rans because the rest of the superhero movies sucked.

    Spiderman? Please when I saw Mcguire it was a wrap.  There’s no way any of us that enjoyed this comic book legend imagined someone even scarcely resembling this mr. Frodo, Harry Potter looking actor portraying our beloved Peter Parker. I was immediately disappointed.
    The X-men movies are also miscast.  Hugh Jackman? Hugh Jackman? Hugh Jackman? Please, he’s a 6’5″, playing a character that’s 5 feet tall.  Also another beloved character shot to hell by the casting.  Only Patrick Stewart portraying Xavier was a saving grace for that crappy series of movies.
    The Watchmen? Better on paper than on film.
    The Hulk movies? I think there’s a consensus that the first Ang Lee offering was miserably bad and that the Ed norton portrayal in the second was better.  However, wht about the Hulk himself, I mean the creature.  Why was he a cartoon?  I hate CGI specifically because of this and Hollywood execs may not believe this but IT DOESNT LOOK REAL.   I swear I miss Lou Ferigno jogging away in slow motion with them tight ass ripped jeans.  I know, the Hulk is 10 feet tall.  Well. why not do what Lord of the Rings did with Gandelf and Frodo, use a real human being just ake him appear a lot bigger than everyone else. hopefully, maybe a dr strange movie starring johnny depp is in the works.

  10. the great thing about jennifier connelly is that she still looks hot eventhough she is already a bit old these days ;;

  11. Are you kidding me says:

    Are you kidding me, a list and *nobody even mentions* Unbreakable?!! To include the Watchmen, an at best “watchable” movie, and to not even mention the single best superhero “beginnings” movie of all time is pretty lame.

    • Geoff Arbuckle says:

      Each of the movies chosen are based on comics. So, Unbreakable is a great movie, but that wasn’t the list I created.

  12. Rich says:

    SUPERMAN THE MOVIE – NO ONE can replace Christopher Reeve and there is no better superhero movie

  13. special says:

    How could it not be The Dark Knight. The Dark Knight is totally awesome and people who bash it are just lame in my opinion.

  14. Thorrgils Corrigan says:

    Great list totally agree with you on the Hulk, I’m in Australia and have been on the same set as Eric Bana in the Australian made,”Something in the Air”TV series made for the ABC and Eric is a much better comedic actor than action. I also would have brought the Watchmen up to number 2 or 3 after watching the Extended, Ultimate version at 2hrs 15 minutes, with the added scenes etc it’s like a new movie! Please keep the lists coming! Love it!

  15. kingpotato says:

    Although the dark knight was epic it did’nt  have a good  ending. Superhero movies should end with a positive note that tells us that things will get better. At  the ending of the dark knight we see that batman will be hunted, the plan to get all the mafiosi locked away failed. My point is that things went worse than they were at the beginning.

    • Nyymatt says:

      Yes but that is Batmans life. His vigilance in a way is what sparks these psychos like joker and zsazs to come out. Batmans world is dark, which the movie portrayed excellently

    • jaycrawler says:

      I agree that superhero comics and movies for that matter should never end negatively. I am a Batman fan since the 70′s and he was never portrayed darkly till Frank Miller’s adaptation in the mid 80′s. Interesting? Yes. Fun? No. Dark Knight Good? Yes. Spider-Man 2 Good? Yes and for the perfect comic book superhero movie, leaves you in awe and wonder and simply fun!

    • marcoferrer says:

      for me, that’s one of the things that made it even better. the story broke the stereotypical pattern of contemporary superhero movies. however, it still maintained the archetypal hero’s journey with a little deviation, making it very realistic though not necessarily idealistic.

    • David says:

      Nope Ok dark Knight was better because it followed more of the comic book legend. The end was great as the hero sometimes has to sacrifice all thats what makes him the hero. Batman begins should have been higher on this list. hellboy shouldnt have even made the list.. It was ok but it wasnt specatcular. When u have Blade that has one of the Highest rated fight scenes listed somethign is wrong This list seems a little slighted Watchmen is a great Story but as far as the film there were so many better films about comic book Heroes, The Matrix? Anyone?? Yes and well Spiderman was god but again shouldnt have been rated as hi. The film that kind of started it was Batman so again that should have been higher too.

    • George Williams says:

      Even though, the Dark Knight didn’t have a positive ending, i’m sure that the Dark Knight Rises will do have a positive ending, and maybe Bruce Wayne and Miranda Tate will become a couple (perphaps, but i don’t know)

  16. Jester Finn says:

    Watchmen is the greatest superhero film of all time. Sorry, but there’s no grey area. It’s miles and miles ahead of the rest. Are you kidding me!!???? On every level!!! Are you BLIND man? LOL.

  17. Dauda Isa says:

    Seriously, Spiderman 2 is the greatest superhero movie ever made. Many might disagree with me, but i think movies like Blade 2, Spiderman, Superman 1-2 and even the Incredible Hulk are all far better than Dark Knight. The first hulk is being criticized as a bad portrayal. i don`t feel so. All the actors were great, and the Hulk seem more powerful in this movie than the second. On top of all that we got to see Hulk in the city day time more. Only thing i didn’t like was the fact that his father was the villain.

  18. Grant Garcia says:

    Although The Dark Knight is the better made film within the genre, Superman: The Movie is the greatest superhero flick of all time. Feeled with nostalgia, Superman provides enough adventure, Action and heart for an amazing piece of entertainment.

  19. thor says:

    spiderman 1 sucked…spiderman 2 was okay spiderman 3 was better than 1 and 2 but it was okay

    • Jericho says:

      According to MANY comic book fans, Spiderman 3 was said to be the worst CBM (comic book movie) ever created in the line of Spiderman. They made Peter a fricking emo, they made MJ a whiny bitch who complained about Peter’s superhero job, they pushed in Venom at the last minute just for the hell of it. But note this, Sam Raimi did NOT want this done. He was forced to change the storyline in Spidey 3 because the studio told him to. If Raimi was free to do whatever he wished with the script, then we would have gotten a mind-blowing CBM.
       I’m not saying you’re wrong, I’m only saying that many people would disagree with you.

    • Mush says:

      Spiderman 3 was a festering turd on the whole comic book genre. WORST comic book movie ever. That movie was an abomination. I smell a troll here… you can’t possibly really think that 3 was better than the first two.

      • Geoff Arbuckle says:

        Maybe he’s only ever seen Spider-Man 3, Captain America (1990), and Batman and Robin. In which case, he’s onto something with his opinion.

  20. DJ says:

    one can’t,in his ryt mind,compare d excelency of THE DARK KNIGHT with d other movies…..b it watever….

  21. Geoff Arbuckle says:

    I’m not sure how to respond to this one.

  22. bobcat says:

    Totally agree that these are the 10 best Superhero films ever made, though I might take exception with the exact numbering. I must agree with Jester Finn that Watchmen is by far the best.

  23. Rico Detroit says:

    These are mostly good choices, but you missed the best superhero movie of all time: The Incredibles!

  24. Rico Detroit says:

    I’m amazed that no one has mentioned the best superhero movie of all time: The Incredibles!

  25. Samantha Collins says:

    Although the X-Men series needed better plots, I felt that the casting was excellent. Hugh Jackman definitely brings Wolverine to life! Hopefully, first class will be a good moviie. The ex-man collection is amazing music as well! Don’t know if it’s part of the movie soundtrack, but it should be!!!

  26. Nige says:

    What about Darkman? Also it may be a pretty bad movie but Spawn nonetheless is one of the coolest comic book characters. My personal favourite superhero (and he is with out a doubt just that) is Batman. I can’t believe as a kid though that Batman and Robin was my favourite film i even had the quilt cover and everything but I’ve seen it recently and it is appalling. I did think however that Superman the movie is a much better film than superman II however i will be ordering the Richard Donner cut soon. I was also thinking and its something that comes up every time i watch X-men is that if they made it back in the seventies Clint Eastwood would have been a perfect choice and that if i eve build a time machine i’m going back in time just to cast Clint Eastwood as wolverine its just something i’d like to see. Good list though man.

  27. Cable says:

    My Top Ten
    10. The Incredible Hulk
    9. KickAss
    8. Spiderman
    7. X2
    6. X-men: First Class
    5. Iron Man
    4. Spiderman II
    3. Batman Begins
    2. The Dark Knight
    1. Watchmen (The Director’s or Ultimate Cut)

  28. Tommy says:

    Those are awesome movies! The worst? Definitely y
    GHOST RIDER.. eck!

  29. Mehmet Can says:

    10. Spiderman
    9. The Incredible Hulk
    8. Iron Man II
    7. Spiderman II
    6. X2
    5. Iron Man
    4. Batman Begins
    3. Kick-Ass
    2. The Dark Knight
    1. Watchmen

  30. Andrew says:

    I thought the spider man movies were silly, the acting wasn’t good until the third one, the dialogue was clunky, and unlike most. I LIKE THE THIRD ONE QUITE A BIT! PROPS FOR THE SANDMAN SEQUENCE AND GOOD UP TO THE BREAK WHERE PLOTHOLES ARISE!
    The new one plans to be much more serious, ask more questions, actually have gwen stacy, and start wit him in HS fighting the lizard. Virtually identical list except for spiderman.

    10) Superman
    9) Watchman
    8) Superman 2
    7) Batman
    6) Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
    5) Batman Begins
    4) X Men: First Class
    3) X2: X Men United
    2) Iron Man
    1) The Dark Knight

  31. Andrew says:

    sorry i mispelled watchmen

  32. Mason Moyer says:

    I thought the acting in Spider-Man 3 was the worst of the series, and I hated the whole series.

  33. fakescorpion says:

    1. The Dark Knight
    2. Spiderman 2
    3. Batman Begins
    4. Ironman
    5. Watchman

  34. Kooz says:

    Spiderman 2 as #2? Not so sure about that one. Not so sure I can get on board with the honorable mention to the Hulk–both versions were pretty bad (the Ang Lee one was far worse, I agree). I had a lot of overlap on my top 5 (here: http://kooztop5.blogspot.com/2011/10/top-5-best-comic-book-super-hero-movies.html).

  35. Actionlad says:

    I think I am disagreeing with everyone.

    10) Rocketeer
    9) The Incredible Hulk (2008)
    8) Blade
    7) Batman (1966)
    6) Superman II
    5) Spider-Man 2
    4) Iron Man
    3) Dark Knight
    2) Captain America
    1) Superman

    You can see my list at
    http://www.actionladsjournal.com/2011/10/best-super-hero-movies-ever-made.html

  36. Baba Fett says:

    Spider-man 2 is the greatest comic book movie ever made and it has almost everything. The only thing it lacked was Spidey’s trademark quips. If it had that too then it would be the perfect superhero movie. I would give it a score of 96 out of 100. It was epic, it had a great villain, the story was superb and very emotional (even religious), the script was written fantastically, characterizations were spot-on, the effects were wonderful (it won an Oscar, right?), the action sequences are still breathtaking (esp. that train sequence) and the performances were really really competent. Overall, it is definitely a much much better superhero flick than that depressing Dark Knight movie.

  37. McLovin says:

    Kick-Ass was very very good, better than I expected it to be.

    Spider-man 2 is a movie I think people can relate to more than The Dark Knight, even though Peter Parker has super powers and Bruce Wayne doesn’t.

    Spider-Man is supposed to be the superhero with the most real life problems, and you can really relate to them with Spiderman-2.

    The Crisis of Identity, “I am Spider-Man no more!” was done very well.

    The Dark Knight is a great movie, but Spider-man 2 is the greatest superhero movie.

  38. Tens says:

    You guys missed quite a few well known comic book to movie superhero movies. To name a few:

    League of Extraordinary Gentleman
    (though its kinda crap)
    V for Vendetta
    Hancock
    Wanted
    Sin City
    (Rin) Tintin (granted he has no powers but neither does batman)

  39. Johnsmith21197 says:

    I don’t understand. I actually thought that Hulk was better than the Incredible Hulk. Sure Edward Norton is cool, but in my opinion the Incredible Hulk was over done action wise and was just downright cheesy. Also, where is V for Vendetta. What about Sin City. Also Spiderman 3 wasn’t bad – despite what people believe, I think it broke new ground. I also can’t understand why people don’t like Tobey Maguire as Spiderman. HE WAS AMAZING. The movies captured what Spiderman is all about. The new Spiderman movie is going to suck, I can see that right from the trailer, as right from the beginning Peter Parker has a girlfriend (that isn’t right). Because of this I think I hate Warner Bros. I also think that the original Batman is one hundred times better than Superman.

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