Best movies based on a comic book

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1. Sin City (2005)

R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller

8.0
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74 Metascore

A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.

Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba

Votes: 694,565 | Gross: $74.10M

2. The Dark Knight (2008)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama

9.0
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82 Metascore

When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine

Votes: 1,876,651 | Gross: $534.86M

3. Batman Begins (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

8.3
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70 Metascore

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

Votes: 1,096,822 | Gross: $206.85M

4. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller

8.4
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78 Metascore

Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

Votes: 1,277,011 | Gross: $448.14M

5. Watchmen (2009)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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56 Metascore

In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman

Votes: 425,146 | Gross: $107.51M

6. The Avengers (2012)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.1
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69 Metascore

Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner

Votes: 1,080,946 | Gross: $623.36M

7. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.3
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83 Metascore

Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina, James Franco

Votes: 459,579 | Gross: $373.59M

8. Batman (1989)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure

7.6
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69 Metascore

The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl

Votes: 293,627 | Gross: $251.19M

9. 300 (2006)

R | 117 min | Action, Fantasy

7.7
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52 Metascore

King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West

Votes: 657,154 | Gross: $210.61M

10. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.1
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76 Metascore

A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana

Votes: 811,613 | Gross: $333.18M

11. Spider-Man (2002)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.3
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73 Metascore

When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco

Votes: 595,827 | Gross: $403.71M

12. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.9
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66 Metascore

Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a "Super-Soldier serum". But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayley Atwell

Votes: 576,575 | Gross: $176.65M

13. Iron Man (2008)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.9
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79 Metascore

After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges

Votes: 770,002 | Gross: $318.41M

14. X2 (2003)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.5
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68 Metascore

The X-Men band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life, while the Mutant Academy is attacked by military forces.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen

Votes: 448,135 | Gross: $214.95M

15. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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86 Metascore

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

Votes: 138,223 | Gross: $134.22M

16. The Punisher (2004)

R | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.5
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33 Metascore

An undercover FBI agent becomes a vigilante assassin and sets out to unleash his wrath upon the corrupt businessman who slaughtered his entire family at a reunion.

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh | Stars: Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Samantha Mathis, Laura Harring

Votes: 134,993 | Gross: $33.68M

17. Batman Returns (1992)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.0
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68 Metascore

When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken

Votes: 236,221 | Gross: $162.83M

18. Superman II (1980)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.8
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87 Metascore

Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.

Directors: Richard Lester, Richard Donner | Stars: Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty

Votes: 84,282 | Gross: $108.19M

19. X-Men (2000)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.4
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64 Metascore

Two mutants come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen

Votes: 500,484 | Gross: $157.30M

20. Punisher: War Zone (2008)

R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.0
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30 Metascore

Frank Castle, the ex-military man whose family was killed by criminals, who became a vigilante known as the Punisher, goes after a whole mob family and gets everyone except enforcer Billy ... See full summary »

Director: Lexi Alexander | Stars: Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Julie Benz, Doug Hutchison

Votes: 53,598 | Gross: $7.95M

21. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.6
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40 Metascore

A look at Wolverine's early life, in particular his time with the government squad Team X and the impact it will have on his later years.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds, Danny Huston

Votes: 404,403 | Gross: $179.88M

22. Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)

R | 92 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

6.7
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A man on the run is hunted by a demon known as the Collector.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: Billy Zane, William Sadler, John Kassir, Jada Pinkett Smith

Votes: 18,086 | Gross: $21.09M

23. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.8
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61 Metascore

Bruce Banner, a scientist on the run from the U.S. Government, must find a cure for the monster he turns into, whenever he loses his temper.

Director: Louis Leterrier | Stars: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt

Votes: 357,501 | Gross: $134.52M

24. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.6
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45 Metascore

The Fantastic Four learn that they aren't the only super-powered beings in the universe when they square off against the powerful Silver Surfer and the planet-eating Galactus.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis

Votes: 226,519 | Gross: $131.92M

25. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

PG | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.7
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Four teenage mutant ninja turtles emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from a gang of criminal ninjas.

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Josh Pais, David Forman

Votes: 74,269 | Gross: $135.27M

26. Spawn (1997)

R | 96 min | Action, Horror

5.2
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34 Metascore

An elite mercenary is killed, but comes back from Hell as a reluctant soldier of the Devil.

Director: Mark A.Z. Dippé | Stars: Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, Martin Sheen, Theresa Randle

Votes: 56,931 | Gross: $54.97M

27. Bordello of Blood (1996)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

5.3
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The Crypt Keeper returns to tell the story of a funeral parlor that moonlights as a vampire bordello.

Director: Gilbert Adler | Stars: Dennis Miller, Erika Eleniak, Angie Everhart, John Kassir

Votes: 11,469 | Gross: $5.59M

28. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)

PG | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.0
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The Turtles and the Shredder battle once again, this time for the last canister of the ooze that created the Turtles, with which Shredder wants to unleash an army of new mutants.

Director: Michael Pressman | Stars: Paige Turco, David Warner, Michelan Sisti, Leif Tilden

Votes: 45,366 | Gross: $78.66M

29. Men in Black (1997)

PG-13 | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.3
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71 Metascore

A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 445,007 | Gross: $250.69M