Greatest comic book movies of all time

by jackmzell | created - 01 Jul 2012 | updated - 01 Jul 2012 | Public

We all love them and they make us feel good. There have been some awesome ones in the past, but there has also been some duds. It is my personal favorite movie genre and they will never grow old. Here is my list of the greatest comic book movies of all time

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1. 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: 1,861,666 | Gross: $534.86M

This movie is AMAZING. It is the Batman movie we all wanted. The key moments were the opening bank robbing scene and Heath Ledgers performance as The Joker. He will go down as the most chilling and memorable comic book character of all time! It's not only the best comic book movie of all time, it's one of the best movies of all time period!

2. 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: 456,347 | Gross: $373.59M

Who doesn't love Spider-man, he is the superhero we can relate to the most and this movie perfectly explains to us that it's not easy to be a superhero. The train sequence is excellent and touching and definitely the best part of the movie!

3. 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: 764,604 | Gross: $318.41M

The most comical and entertaining comic book movie of them all. Robert Downey JR's brilliant performance and Jon Favreau's great directing shine and prove the point that Iron man is badass! I can watch this movie over and over again and it never gets old.

4. American Splendor (2003)

R | 101 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.5
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90 Metascore

An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.

Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Shari Springer Berman, Harvey Pekar, Chris Ambrose

Votes: 43,798 | Gross: $6.00M

American Splendor is not your typical comic book movie. It's actually about the life of a Comic book writer. The story is told wonderfully told and holds your interest even know it is not a big budget blockbuster!

5. 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: 1,075,113 | Gross: $623.36M

This is every Marvel fans dream. All your favorite Marvel superheros with their own respected movies all together fighting a master villain. The movie had very high hopes and exceeded all of them. Hats of to the cast and crew! Great performances as well.

6. 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: 1,088,370 | Gross: $206.85M

This movie changed comic book movies forever! A bold choice by director Christopher Nolan by completely changing the formula of the Batman films and superhero films in general! A great accomplishment and there would be no The Dark Knight without Batman Begins.

7. 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: 497,631 | Gross: $157.30M

A satisfying movie that is very faithful to the comics! The first X-Men in my opinion is the best of the bunch!

8. 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: 692,872 | Gross: $74.10M

Frank Miller's groundbreaking comic comes to life in this very stylized, violent and rewarding film for all the hardcore fans. Definitely one of the best looking movies ever made!

9. 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: 445,467 | Gross: $214.95M

With a great script, awesome action scenes and all the characters you love from the first one what could go wrong with this ambitious sequel. The answer is nothing. Great movie all around.

10. 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: 592,240 | Gross: $403.71M

Who would have ever thought that Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire could team up to make a fun and action pack Spider-Man movie. The best part in my opinion is the final fight between The Green Goblin and Spider-Man!

11. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

PG-13 | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.2
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59 Metascore

A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker and causes inner turmoil as he contends with new villains, temptations, and revenge.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Topher Grace, Thomas Haden Church

Votes: 421,079 | Gross: $336.53M

Spidey is back and battles his dark side. Venom and Sandman are very cool villains and a good way to end the the Spider-Man trilogy. Lets hope the reboot delivers!

12. Iron Man 2 (2010)

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

7.0
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57 Metascore

With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark must contend with both his declining health and a vengeful mad man with ties to his father's legacy.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle

Votes: 578,630 | Gross: $312.43M

Jon Favreau took what we love about the first Iron man and up the intensity and action. A fun ride just like the original.

13. 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: 291,832 | Gross: $251.19M

Tim Burton made Batman cool! Not a very hard task but he did i nonetheless! The best of the first four Batman's by far!

14. 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: 443,228 | Gross: $250.69M

When you've got Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and alot of aliens... what could go wrong! well-made, fun experience!

15. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.7
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58 Metascore

An all-out war looms when the discovery of a cure for mutations draws a line between the followers of Charles Xavier and those of Magneto.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen

Votes: 419,258 | Gross: $234.36M

Now a lot of people didn't like this movie but it's my list and i dont give a damn what anyone thinks! It's not the best of the series but its still a kick ass action movie!

16. 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: 653,862 | Gross: $210.61M

This movie is very lukewarm to some people but I love it! It retells the graphic novel so well and gives us a very rich experience. Alot of quotable lines as well!

17. Superman Returns (2006)

PG-13 | 154 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.1
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72 Metascore

Superman reappears after a long absence, but is challenged by an old foe who uses Kryptonian technology for world domination.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, James Marsden

Votes: 251,094 | Gross: $200.08M

We all love the original Superman and with all the technological advantages we have had in the recent years, it's awesome to see Superman in the way we have always imagined him. Stunning visuals as well!

18. Men in Black II (2002)

PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.1
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49 Metascore

Agent J needs help so he is sent to find Agent K and restore his memory.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Rip Torn, Lara Flynn Boyle

Votes: 286,860 | Gross: $190.42M

I'm a sucker for the Men in Black series and this is a very charming sequel to the beloved first film!

19. Batman Forever (1995)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.4
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51 Metascore

Batman must battle former district attorney Harvey Dent, who is now Two-Face and Edward Nygma, The Riddler with help from an amorous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman

Votes: 205,931 | Gross: $184.03M

Joel Schumacher's first try at the Batman series is a fun adventure with a great performance by Jim Carrey as The Riddler! The only flaw in this movie is Val Kilmer as Batman.

20. Thor (2011)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.0
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57 Metascore

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.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston

Votes: 596,402 | Gross: $181.03M

I was always a big Thor fan growing up and I thought it was cool that he was a God! Thor has a very special place in my heart and it was a memorable movie!

21. 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: 137,372 | Gross: $134.22M

This is the one that started them all! You gotta love the Man of Steel! Every comic book movie after this has a special thanks that they owe to Superman!

22. X: First Class (2011)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.8
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65 Metascore

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.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 566,377 | Gross: $146.41M

I didn't have very high hopes coming into this movie because most of my favorite characters were gone! Boy was I pleasantly surprised!

23. Ghost World (2001)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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88 Metascore

With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.

Director: Terry Zwigoff | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Brad Renfro

Votes: 102,280 | Gross: $6.22M

A witty adventure into the lives of two girls really caught my attention and won me over from beginning to end!

24. 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: 571,685 | Gross: $176.65M

The most patriotic superhero comes to life in this fun flick! The ending will leave you absolutely breathless!

25. Kick-Ass (2010)

R | 117 min | Action, Comedy

7.7
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66 Metascore

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.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Garrett M. Brown

Votes: 469,559 | Gross: $48.07M

A kid wonders why no one has ever tried to be a superhero and acts upon himself to conquer his dream! exciting story of what we all wish we could do!

26. A History of Violence (2005)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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81 Metascore

A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt

Votes: 200,338 | Gross: $31.49M

Who ever thought that violence could be an interesting topic! Crime like you've never seen before!

27. Hulk (2003)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Sci-Fi

5.7
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54 Metascore

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.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas

Votes: 225,975 | Gross: $132.18M

I love a good Hulk story! This movie tells a good story of the green monster just trying to get by!

28. 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: 83,700 | Gross: $108.19M

The second Superman has a top notch performance by Terrence Stamp as General Zod and is a nice sequel the the first!

29. Blade (1998)

R | 120 min | Action, Horror

7.1
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45 Metascore

A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

Director: Stephen Norrington | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright

Votes: 208,966 | Gross: $70.09M

Fun, very violent and an appealing comic book adaption!

30. Hellboy (2004)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

6.8
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72 Metascore

A demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, John Hurt

Votes: 264,038 | Gross: $59.62M

Who doesn't like to see a demon kicking ass!