A Few Superhero Movies - Best to Worst

A list of a few--just a few!--superhero/comic book-based films, in order from best to worst.
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1.
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 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. (152 mins.)
“ Metacritic: 82 (4 stars; universal acclaim) / Metacritic Users: 8.9 (4.5 stars; universal acclaim) / Rotten Tomatoes: 94 (4.5 stars; fresh) / Flixster: 96 (5 stars; fresh) ” - spielberg00
 
2.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius. (127 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Metacritic: 83 (4 stars; universal acclaim) Metacritic Users: 7.8 (4 stars; generally favorable) / Rotten Tomatoes: 93 (4.5 stars; fresh) / Flixster: 81 (4 stars; fresh) ” - spielberg00
 
3.
Superman II (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth. (127 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ Metacritic: 99 (5 stars; universal acclaim) / Metacritic Users: 5.6 (3 stars; mixed or average) / Rotten Tomatoes: 88 (4.5 stars; fresh) / Flixster: 66 (3.5 stars; fresh) ” - spielberg00
 
4.
Batman Returns (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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. (126 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Metacritic: n/a (not applicable) / Metacritic Users: n/a (not applicable) / Rotten Tomatoes: 79 (4 stars; fresh) / Flixster: 68 (3.5 stars; fresh) ” - spielberg00
 
5.
X-Men 2 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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. (134 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ Metacritic: 68 (3.5 stars; generally favorable) / Metacritic Users: 8.2 (4 stars; universal acclaim) / Rotten Tomatoes: 88 (4.5 stars; fresh) / Flixster: 84 (4 stars; fresh) ” - spielberg00
 
6.
The Crow (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiance's murder. (102 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
 
7.
Spider-Man (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
“ Metacritic: 73 (3.5 stars; generally favorable) / Metacritic Users: 8.0 (4 stars; generally favorable) / Rotten Tomatoes: 89 (4.5 stars; fresh) / Flixster: 65 (3.5 stars; fresh) ” - spielberg00
 
8.
X-Men (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two mutants come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers. (104 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ Metacritic: 64 (3 stars; generally favorable) / Metacritic Users: 7.7 (4 stars; generally favorable) / Rotten Tomatoes: 82 (4 stars; fresh) / Flixster: 88 (4.5 stars; fresh) ” - spielberg00
 
9.
Hulk (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Bruce Banner, a genetics researcher with a tragic past, suffers an accident that causes him to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry. (138 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Metacritic: 54 (2.5; mixed or average) / Metacritic Users: 5.0 (2.5 stars; mixed or average) / Rotten Tomatoes: 62 (3 stars; fresh) / Flixster: 34 (1.5 stars; rotten) ” - spielberg00
 
10.
X-Men: First Class (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III. (132 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
 
11.
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.)
“ Metacritic: 70 (3.5 stars; generally favorable) / Metacritic Users: 8.6 (4.5 stars; universal acclaim) / Rotten Tomatoes: 84 (4 stars; fresh) / Flixster: 90 (4.5 stars; fresh) ” - spielberg00
 
12.
Thor (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. (115 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ Metacritic: 57 (3 stars; mixed or average) / Metacritic Users: 7.0 (3.5 stars; generally favorable) / Rotten Tomatoes: 77 (4 stars; fresh) / Flixster: 80 (4 stars; fresh) ” - spielberg00
 
13.
Batman (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker. (126 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Metacritic: 66 (3.5 stars; generally favorable) / Metacritic Users: 8.0 (4 stars; generally favorable) / Rotten Tomatoes: 71 (3.5 stars; fresh) / Flixster: 78 (4 stars; fresh) ” - spielberg00
 
14.
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When a cure is found to treat mutations, lines are drawn amongst the X-Men, led by Professor Charles Xavier, and the Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier's former ally, Magneto. (104 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
“ Metacritic: 58 (3 stars; mixed or average) / Metacritic Users: 6.1 (3 stars; generally favorable) / Rotten Tomatoes: 57 (3 stars; rotten) / Flixster: 73 (3.5 stars; fresh) ” - spielberg00
 
15.
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, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil. (126 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ Metacritic: 79 (4 stars; generally favorable) / Metacritic Users: 8.4 (4 stars; universal acclaim) / Rotten Tomatoes: 94 (4.5 stars; fresh) / Flixster: 91 (4.5 stars; fresh) ” - spielberg00
 
16.
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker and causes inner turmoil as he contends with new villains, temptations, and revenge. (139 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Metacritic: 59 (3 stars; mixed or average) Metacritic Users: 6.1 (3 stars; generally favorable) / Rotten Tomatoes: 63 (3 stars; fresh) / Flixster: 54 (2.5 stars; fresh) ” - spielberg00
 
17.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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. (107 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
“ Metacritic: 30 (1.5 stars; generally unfavorable) / Metacritic Users: 6.1 (3 stars; generally favorable) / Rotten Tomatoes: 37 (2 stars; rotten) / Flixster: 72 (3.5 stars; fresh) ” - spielberg00
 
18.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Bruce Banner, a scientist on the run from the U.S. Government, must find a cure for the monster he emerges whenever he loses his temper. (112 mins.)
Director: Louis Leterrier
“ Metacritic: 61 (3 stars; generally favorable) / Metacritic Users: 7.7 (4 stars; generally favorable) / Rotten Tomatoes: 66 (3.5 stars; fresh) / Flixster: 75 (4 stars; fresh) ” - spielberg00
 
19.
Batman Forever (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Batman must battle Two-Face and The Riddler with help from an amorous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin. (121 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ Metacritic: 51 (2.5 stars; mixed or average) / Metacritic Users: 5.5 (3 stars; mixed or average) / Rotten Tomatoes: 44 (2 stars; rotten) / Flixster: 42 (2 stars; rotten) ” - spielberg00
 
20.
Underdog (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A Beagle must use his newly-bestowed superpowers to defend Capitol City from mad scientist Simon Barsinister. (84 mins.)
“ Metacritic: 37 (2 stars; generally unfavorable) / Metacritic Users: 6.6 (3.5 stars; generally favorable) / Rotten Tomatoes: 15 (1 stars; rotten) / Flixster: 48 (2.5 stars; rotten) ” - spielberg00
 
21.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
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. (92 mins.)
Director: Tim Story
“ Metacritic: 45 (2.5 stars; mixed or average) / Metacritic Users: 5.2 (2.5 stars; mixed or average) / Rotten Tomatoes: 37 (2 stars; rotten) / Flixster: 55 (3 stars; rotten) ” - spielberg00
 
22.
Howard the Duck (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his homeworld to Earth where he must stop an alien invader. (110 mins.)
Director: Willard Huyck
“ Metacritic: n/a (not applicable) / Metacritic Users: n/a (not applicable) / Rotten Tomatoes: 16 (1 stars; rotten) / Flixster: 42 (2 stars; rotten) ” - spielberg00
 
23.
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
“ Metacritic: 90 (4.5 stars; universal acclaim) / Metacritic Users: 8.6 (4.5 stars; universal acclaim) / Rotten Tomatoes: 97 (5 stars; fresh) / Flixster: 67 (3.5 stars; fresh) ” - spielberg00
 
24.
Sky High (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Set in an era where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young William Stronghold, the son of the Commander and Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being. (100 mins.)
Director: Mike Mitchell
“ Metacritic: 62 (3 stars; generally favorable) / Metacritic Users: 6.9 (3.5 stars; generally favorable) / Rotten Tomatoes: 73 (3.5 stars; fresh) / Flixster: 58 (3 stars; rotten) ” - spielberg00
 
25.
Batman & Robin (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
Batman and Robin try to keep their relationship together even as they must stop Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing Gotham City. (125 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ Metacritic: 28 (1.5 stars; generally unfavorable) / Metacritic Users: 2.8 (1.5 stars; generally unfavorable) / Rotten Tomatoes: 13 (0.5 stars; rotten) / Flixster: 28 (1.5 stars; rotten) ” - spielberg00