Superpowers and Superheroes

Most movies and tv-series about super heroes are rather crappy. The film makers rarely put enough effort into the details, but leave it all to the classical "super hero story" and the special effects.

A few movies and series deviate from this formula and create something really great. Below are my favourites - the only ones I believe are any good (although I might have missed some). Not really in best-to-worst order.
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1.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 TV Series)
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A young woman, destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures, deals with her life fighting evil, with the help of her friends. (44 mins.)
“ The best of the best. Nothing beats the storytelling, dialogue, characters and sheer epic-ness of Buffy.

(But the first season and quite a few episodes in the second one mostly suck, and the special effects are quite disappointing.) ” - tgwizard
 
2.
Chronicle (2012)
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Whilst attending a party, three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides. (84 mins.)
Director: Josh Trank
 
3.
Misfits (2009 TV Series)
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A group of young offenders doing community service get struck by lightning during a storm, and begin to develop superpowers. (60 mins.)
“ Awesome take on the classical "some event gives some young people super powers" story. The details are there. ” - tgwizard
 
4.
Kick-Ass (2010)
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Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so. (117 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ Funny, and great. ” - tgwizard
 
5.
Unbreakable (2000)
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A man learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident. (106 mins.)
 
6.
Angel (1999 TV Series)
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The vampire Angel, cursed with a soul, moves to Los Angeles and aids people with supernatural-related problems while questing for his own redemption. (44 mins.)
“ Not quite as good as Buffy, but it has its moments. ” - tgwizard
 
7.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ Good, especially Heath Ledgers acting. ” - tgwizard
 
8.
Spider-Man (2002)
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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. (121 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ The usual story, done well. ” - tgwizard
 
9.
Surface (2005 TV Series)
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A marine biologist, an insurance salesman and a teen-aged boy find their lives fundamentally changed by the emergence of a new, and often dangerous, species of sea life, while government agents work to keep the affair under wraps. (60 mins.)
“ Cancelled, but I think they managed the super powers + corporate conspiracy rather well. ” - tgwizard
 
10.
Batman Begins (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (140 mins.)
 
11.
Iron Man (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After being held captive in an Afghan cave, a billionaire engineer creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil. (126 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
 
12.
The Incredibles (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. (115 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
 
13.
Despicable Me (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. (95 mins.)
 
14.
Megamind (2010)
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The supervillain Megamind finally defeats his nemesis, the superhero Metro Man. But without a hero, he loses all purpose and must find new meaning to his life. (95 mins.)
Director: Tom McGrath
 
15.
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
 
16.
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
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Neo and the rebel leaders estimate that they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. During this, Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams. (138 mins.)
 
17.
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
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The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith. (129 mins.)
 
18.
Let the Right One In (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
 
19.
Next (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A Las Vegas magician who can see into the future is pursued by FBI agents seeking to use his abilities to prevent a nuclear terrorist attack. (96 mins.)
Director: Lee Tamahori
 
20.
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
An aspiring supervillain must balance his career and his pursuit of a beautiful do-gooder. (42 mins.)
 
21.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (95 mins.)
Director: Drew Goddard
 
22.
The Avengers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. (143 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
 
23.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death. (136 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
 
24.
Men in Black 3 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Agent J travels in time to M.I.B.'s early days in 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history. (106 mins.)
 
25.
Looper (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination. (119 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
 
26.
Watchmen (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (162 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
 
27.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight, with the help of the enigmatic Selina, is forced from his imposed exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. (164 mins.)
 
28.
Man of Steel (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Clark Kent, one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human, is forced to reveal his identity when Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring the planet to the brink of destruction. (143 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
 
29.
Limitless (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100 percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers. (105 mins.)
Director: Neil Burger
 
30.
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When Dr. Jane Foster gets cursed with a powerful entity known as the Aether, Thor is heralded of the cosmic event known as the Convergence and the genocidal Dark Elves. (112 mins.)
Director: Alan Taylor
 
31.
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies. (113 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman