Top 111 Superhero Movies

by lord_avenger | created - 06 Jun 2018 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

So... A few years back I saw this article ranking 100 superhero movies and first of I was absolutely surprised about that number. There are already so many?! And since it's my favorite film genre, I accepted the challenge to make my own ranking. Little note: The movies don't have to include 100% superheroes - super villains or characters/stories with a comic reference are also accepted, as well as movies, that just feel like superhero ones. Complicated, I know. It's science. And a work in progress.

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1. The Dark Knight (2008)

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

84 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: 2,070,129 | Gross: $534.86M

This is the Lord of the Rings of superhero movies - it's very very long, but that's okay, because it's SO good! Sure, Heath Ledger's Joker easily takes the cake, but I also really love Batman's development and his decision, I like Nolan's art style, love the actors, the plot twists, all the dialogues - in short, there's really nothing I don't like so there is also no other rating I can give.

2. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

PG-13 | 181 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos' actions and restore balance to the universe.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth

Votes: 451,035 | Gross: $831.17M

I told my wife halfway through the movie sitting in the cinema: "This is the best thing since our marriage." - and I meant it. I got goosebumps, I cried like a baby in the end, laughed at the funny scenes and shouted approvement when it was necessary. Say what you want, but the MCU is the single best and most epic achievement in pop culture and movie history of all time and Endgame sums it up perfectly. The time travel story brings us to loved scenes from other movies just as well as some quotes and this biggest crossover ever makes me so incredibly happy. I have to admit, there are holes in the logic since everything could've gone way smoother with the existence of Captain Marvel (it's the same problem with every universe that has Superman in it) and that's the only reason I won't give it a 10/10, even if I don't even mind that shortcoming. Love it. It's the awesome finale of something that I loved for more than a decade and that I will continue to love for the rest of my life. Oh, and I loved the all-women get together in the final battle!

3. The Punisher (2004)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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: 142,513 | Gross: $33.68M

My favorite movie for so long and after re-watching it so many years later it's definitely still up there. Really great origin story, awesome actors with great characters to play in almost every role - they really thought this through comic-style. No unnecessary scenes, everything has a purpose, great lines and great bloody action. I love it, I just love it. Also: One of the best soundtracks and theme songs in this list.

4. Deadpool 2 (2018)

R | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg, Cable.

Director: David Leitch | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison

Votes: 393,950 | Gross: $324.59M

The beginning was surprisingly dramatic, but the movie builds more of a real story than a comedy firework. The single gags in itself have way more quality than in the prequel - especially the extensive after credit scene(s). Some CGI effects could be better, though.

5. Deadpool (2016)

R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

65 Metascore

A wisecracking mercenary gets experimented on and becomes immortal but ugly, and sets out to track down the man who ruined his looks.

Director: Tim Miller | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein

Votes: 822,327 | Gross: $363.07M

Ryan Reynolds IS Deadpool and the character is very similiar to its comic version. We have a nice Wolverine/Hugh Jackman diss, but the story doesn't really moves forward because of all the extensive flashbacks. And for my taste it was also a little bit too much love story.

6. Logan (2017)

R | 137 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

In a future where mutants are nearly extinct, an elderly and weary Logan leads a quiet life. But when Laura, a mutant child pursued by scientists, comes to him for help, he must get her to safety.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook

Votes: 562,083 | Gross: $226.28M

Surprisingly violent and bloody, but I loved it. Great and dramatic ending for a legendary superhero character / actor combination. And a nice setting/world with an post-apocalyptic feel.

7. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

PG-13 | 149 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans

Votes: 674,583 | Gross: $678.82M

Constant action with an incredible cast of stars in the ultimate crossover. Maybe the movie is a tiny bit too long and it has an open end with lots of drama that I can't take too seriously (hey, it's a comic adaption - of course nothing is final). It's dark but still funny.

8. Super Fuzz (1980)

PG | 97 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

Red powder from a nuclear explosion gives a police officer super powers as long as he doesn't see anything red. He is eventually framed for murder and is unsuccessfully executed by many different methods.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Terence Hill, Ernest Borgnine, Joanne Dru, Marc Lawrence

Votes: 6,079

Sorry for the rating, but I just love this movie - there's no other I've watched as many times. I love the soundtrack (even if it basically only consists of one song), love the cheesy bad special effects, the weird youngster way Terence Hill is talking, the stupidly funny characters and story... it just makes me smile the whole way through.

9. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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

76 Metascore

A group of intergalactic criminals must pull together to stop a fanatical warrior with plans to purge the universe.

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

Votes: 950,606 | Gross: $333.18M

Awesome and probably timeless CGI, great universe build around lovable characters played by great actors and a simply epic soundtrack and finale.

10. Constantine (2005)

R | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

50 Metascore

Supernatural detective John Constantine helps a policewoman prove her sister's death was not a suicide, but something more.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Djimon Hounsou, Shia LaBeouf

Votes: 278,663 | Gross: $75.98M

The only "superhero" with cooler toys than Batman. Awesome monster designs and ruthless atmosphere in general. Love this movie and its direction - even like Keanu Reeves and Shia LaBeouf in this.

11. Doctor Strange (2016)

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

72 Metascore

While on a journey of physical and spiritual healing, a brilliant neurosurgeon is drawn into the world of the mystic arts.

Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong

Votes: 516,186 | Gross: $232.64M

That's definitely some other kind of origin story in comparison to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and also a very other kind of style - you just have to love the Inception-esque CGI effects and Benedict Cumberbatch also does a great job.

12. Spider-Man (2002)

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

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: 640,271 | Gross: $403.71M

Even if the first X-Men movie was 2 years earlier, this was the film the started it all for me. Of course there were superheroes before and also live action superheroes, but this one opened the genre for me and made me fall in love with it. I love the origin story, even the love story with the most iconic kissing scene in all of movie history (and probably also the most copied one). And even if I don't like Green Goblin Willem Dafoe made an amazing believable villain. I love how he puts Spider-Man in front of the choice MJ vs. a ropeway full of children... definitely a great villain.

13. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

PG-13 | 147 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

Political involvement in the Avengers' affairs causes a rift between Captain America and Iron Man.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan

Votes: 585,050 | Gross: $408.08M

It's very long... the beginning is very action-packed but it just takes too long. Nonetheless, epic crossover with epic battle and the introduction of Black Panther as well as the new Spider-Man. It's not as funny as the Avengers movies, but also not as dark as a Batman one.

14. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy

Votes: 621,517 | Gross: $233.92M

Another meeting of generations for Patrick Stewart - lucky him! Wolverine as the protagonist always works and it has a cool story, awesome fights and lots of stars.

15. Watchmen (2009)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

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: 455,865 | Gross: $107.51M

It's a really long movie, mostly because there are a lot of flashbacks. Basically every important character in the plot gets its own background story and those are pretty extensive. But surprisingly it doesn't matter, because all of them are interesting. Rorschach is one of the greatest anti heroes out there - even if his moving mask is never explained. It has a great and long superhero sex scene, which is new. And also nice Eastereggs regarding Batman and his parents. Good villain with an interesting goal and definitely a great ending.

16. The Mask (1994)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

56 Metascore

Bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss is transformed into a manic superhero when he wears a mysterious mask.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene

Votes: 314,963 | Gross: $119.94M

Love how everytime someone says Stanley I hear Stan Lee. But also love this film in general. Better CGI than in most of the current movies, super entertaining and definitely unique - would've liked to see sequels (but ones with Jim Carrey and the same kind of niveau). Also... the dog <3

17. The Avengers (2012)

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

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: 1,185,073 | Gross: $623.36M

The first big crossover and for its time it was epic - significantly less now that we know Infinity War, but nontheless a pretty good movie. It's great to see the several conflicts between the heroes, to see SHIELD in all its glory and the MARVEL humor at its best.

18. X-Men (2000)

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

64 Metascore

In a world where mutants (evolved super-powered humans) exist and are discriminated against, two groups form for an inevitable clash: the supremacist Brotherhood, and the pacifist X-Men.

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

Votes: 537,138 | Gross: $157.30M

Wolverine teaching pick-up lines - perfect! It's a pretty cool start for the series with a focus on the core mutants and their different goals. It also has the most subtle Stan Lee cameo ever and it's weird to see that it's so old already that the Twin Towers still stand. Love Magneto.

19. Iron Man (2008)

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

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: 865,873 | Gross: $318.41M

There are more exciting and funnier superhero movies, but this one kind of started the hype.

20. X2: X-Men United (2003)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

When anti-mutant Colonel William Stryker kidnaps Professor X and attacks his school, the X-Men must ally with their archenemy Magneto to stop him.

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

Votes: 481,830 | Gross: $214.95M

Exciting story (the enemy of my enemey is my friend) and Mystique at her best. This movie is what I will always think for first when talking about X-Men.

21. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

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

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: 403,197 | Gross: $134.52M

I just can't see Norton as the egghead he's playing, but special effects and story are superb, even if the villain feels a lot like Iron-Man 1. Great action and great actors.

22. Wonder Woman (2017)

PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

76 Metascore

When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis

Votes: 488,658 | Gross: $412.56M

Very good mixture of dark and funny with a convincable amazon. Chris Pine is of course very likable in his role, the action is cool but not over the top. The World War doesn't seem whitewashed or belittled and I may be wrong... but is this the first superhero movie with a female protagonist? Why did it take so long?!

23. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller

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: 1,389,488 | Gross: $448.14M

It's a very long movie with a lot of tiring self-doubt, but I really like the whole plot. Bane isn't The Joker, but he is still a more interesting villain than most and I really love Gotham being turned into a "Escape From New York" kind of prison - although Gotham looked way to obviously like New York (with the One World Center being built). Definitely a good ending for the trilogy.

24. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

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.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khan

Votes: 526,214 | Gross: $262.03M

It doesn't really do that much different in comparison to the old movies - uses a lot of the same imagery (e.g. the boxing ring, letting the criminal slip that kills Ben, saving lots of people on a crowded bridge), but I like Andrew Garfield more then Tobey Maguire, I prefer his version of Peter Parker, because it's way more cheeky and I definitely prefer Gwen Stacey to Mary Jane - I just adore the love story here. The villain is rather lame (as is every single one in all of the Spider-Man movies so far...) and The Lizard's face looks absolutely stupid and way too humanoid.

25. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

67 Metascore

The Guardians struggle to keep together as a team while dealing with their personal family issues, notably Star-Lord's encounter with his father the ambitious celestial being Ego.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel

Votes: 484,884 | Gross: $389.81M

Probably the funniest superhero movie out there with excellent gags, just because they almost overused everything that worked fine in the first one (Baby Groot, Drax's way of speaking). It also looks visually very good, but even if Peter meets his father, the content is rather thin and after the perfect first half hour the story keeps dragging a little.

26. Power Rangers (2017)

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

44 Metascore

A group of high-school students, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.

Director: Dean Israelite | Stars: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin

Votes: 92,179 | Gross: $85.07M

The Megazords didn't look retro enough for my taste (same goes for the suits for that matter), but the nostalgia hit me like a bomb - and I wasn't even that big of a Power Rangers fan as a kid. Loved all the characters from the start, the setting and the special effects... Only had a little problem with Elizabeth Banks as alien villain, because to me she's the face of Zack and Miri make a Porno.

27. Bleach (2018)

TV-14 | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A Japanese teenager can see ghosts and sees a cute girl fighting an evil monster. He ends up with her reaper power and she as human in his high school class. He discovers a connection between his mom's death and these monsters.

Director: Shinsuke Sato | Stars: Sôta Fukushi, Hana Sugisaki, Ryô Yoshizawa, Miyavi

Votes: 8,495

A real surprise! For Japanese actors they're pretty cool and the CGI is awesome! Main part of the action are the fights against the Hollows and those monsters look amazing - even better than the original ones from Manga and Anime. The movie is also very true to the original, except for the ending - it leaves room for a sequel but can also be viewed as a standalone. Best anime adaption I've seen so far.

28. Batman Returns (1992)

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

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: 253,259 | Gross: $162.83M

Still love the theme song! But why are the Penguin henchman circus themed? Thought that was Joker's thing. The abandoned zoo as headquarters is significantly more fitting, even if it's a bit too obvious. Also Catwoman as an undead zombie? Very Burton-like. And with that in mind the Frankenstein-costume fits her really good. And I just love her personality which the authors absolutely nailed. What I certainly also love are the many cool and cartoony ideas like the hidden elevator in Bruce's iron maiden or Oswald's remote toy version of the Batmobil or big hangig cages or dressed up soldier penguins. Oswald's costume and makeup is perfect anyway. I think I actually prefer this one over the first.

29. Hancock (2008)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

49 Metascore

Hancock is a superhero whose ill considered behavior regularly causes damage in the millions. He changes when the person he saves helps him improve his public image.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, Jae Head

Votes: 412,609 | Gross: $227.95M

Will Smith is one of my favorite actors of all time and I love how Hancock starts - the drunk Superman who insults old women and scares children. It's interesting. It's something new. I don't like him being sad and lonely but he should not have done a complete 360 after one hour to become a boyscout. Nevertheless also an interesting origin story.

30. Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

R | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

41 Metascore

Following Kick-Ass' heroics, other citizens are inspired to become masked crusaders. But Red Mist leads his own group of evil supervillains to get revenge, kill Kick-Ass and destroy everything he stands for.

Director: Jeff Wadlow | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey

Votes: 239,107 | Gross: $28.80M

I don't have much love for the first one, but part 2 was really enjoyable with its Justice League of losers. Hit Girl really grew up ("She grew up. She filled out.") and they kept the fun violence. Nothing that will stay fresh in my memory for too long, but nevertheless very entertaining. Also funny that they changed one grown-up king of overacting (Cage) for another (Carrey) - even if Jim was very down-to-earth in comparison to The Mask for example.

31. Thor (2011)

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

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: 684,501 | Gross: $181.03M

Really interesting general plot with more magic than science and a great protagonist. Villains could be better, but of course Loki is pretty cool.

32. Glass (2019)

PG-13 | 129 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

43 Metascore

Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Anya Taylor-Joy

Votes: 136,572 | Gross: $111.04M

It sure took a while to finish this trilogy, but in my opinion it was worth the wait. Not as good as Split - the highlight still is schizophrenic James McAvoy - but a very solid movie. I love how you're wondering through the whole movie if the superpowers actually exist and that some parts don't really make sense (the psychiatrist could just test if someone is invincible or super strong, right?), but in the end every piece finds it place and works out - in a very good and brave finale. Good job, M. Night Shamalamadingdong - but you really don't have to include your "acting" in any more of your films...

33. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

PG-13 | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

53 Metascore

When New York is put under siege by Oscorp, it is up to Spider-Man to save the city he swore to protect as well as his loved ones.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti

Votes: 388,862 | Gross: $202.85M

Andrew Garfield is definitely my favorite Spider-Man so far. I love the Peter Parker he plays, who is extremly cheeky which makes the first 20 minutes of the movie very funny and I also prefer Gwen Stacey over Mary-Jane. I love the courage of the team to make such a dramatic ending, but unfortunately I don't like Electro that much - sure, he is a very frightening super villain but certainly not visually. Also the middle part of the movie is kind of dragging... Other than that I'm very sad to see this series end so abruptly.

34. Blade II (2002)

R | 117 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

52 Metascore

Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reapers, who are feeding on vampires.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela

Votes: 186,818 | Gross: $82.35M

It continues its really great horror atmosphere with a cool story, that makes Blade cooperate with the vampire council - including Ron "Hellboy" Perlman and Norman Reedus. The CGI improved SO much in comparison to the first part and the martial arts choreographies are superb. Very enjoyable movie.

35. The Crow (1994)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

71 Metascore

A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott, Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 155,426 | Gross: $50.69M

He stops villains, he certainly has superpowers and he leaves his symbol like Batman (the whole town even feels like Gotham) - so, sure, he's a superhero. In a way. Anyway, the legendary movie where Bruce Lee's son died on set, gotten hit by an allegedly fake bullet. Besides this, it's fun! It's violent, it has this strong and guitar playing antihero with his crow, fighting his way through this dark and rainy town.

36. Man of Steel (2013)

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

55 Metascore

Clark Kent is an alien who as a child was evacuated from his dying world and came to Earth, living as a normal human. But when survivors of his alien home invade Earth, he must reveal himself to the world.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane

Votes: 647,988 | Gross: $291.05M

Way too much backstory for my taste. I mean, the very long Krypton part and the bits from his childhood on earth were a good introduction to the general history of Superman... but it's the boring Superman after all. I also don't like Zod as a villain very much, but the fight in Smallville was very cool and the apocalyptic feeling in the pretty long finale was kind of epic. VERY difficult to rate!

37. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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

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: 500,834 | Gross: $373.59M

Probably my favorite one of the trilogy? Not quite sure yet. Either way, it has too much awkward comedy scenes in the first half, way too much artificially created romance drama all the way through and a really pathetic loser Peter Parker. But it also has the coolest villain of the trilogy (and probably also of all Spider-Man movies so far), the heartbreakingly beautiful train scene and the probably most subtle Stan Lee cameo so far.

38. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

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

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: 669,385 | Gross: $176.65M

Still wondering how they did the small vs. ripped Chris Evans. Didn't like it at all the first time but rather digged it the second. Similiar story to Wonder Woman but not as touching - but nonetheless exciting.

39. Hellboy (2004)

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

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: 289,087 | Gross: $59.62M

40. I Am Number Four (2011)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

36 Metascore

Aliens and their Guardians are hiding on Earth from intergalactic bounty hunters. They can only be killed in numerical order, and Number Four is next on the list. This is his story.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 217,911 | Gross: $55.10M

Starts with rather terrible CGI that gets really good in the end. It's more an interesting love story than a typical superhero movie, but nonetheless it's fun to watch. Big surprise.

41. V for Vendetta (2005)

R | 132 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.

Director: James McTeigue | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves, Stephen Rea

Votes: 953,606 | Gross: $70.51M

From an artistic point of view and regarding the dialogues it's plain genius. It's a bit too long, but visually stunning and the great mystery around V remains.

42. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

78 Metascore

The mythical world starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, so Hellboy (Ron Perlman) and his team must save the world from the rebellious creatures.

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

Votes: 241,546 | Gross: $75.75M

You really see and feel the Guillermo del Torro in this - some monsters look like they were taken straight from Pan's Labyrinth. I love the style but since Pan is so precious to me, it felt a little weird to see it in Hellboy. Also the fairytale vibe was very del Torro. I liked the new characters - especially the not-stereotypical villain - the story, the dialogues and the new focus on the side characters... but it's not better than the first one. Similarly good, but not better.

43. Batman (1989)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure

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: 313,243 | Gross: $251.19M

I like Burton's surrealistic dirty Gotham and I most definitely love the Batmobil - as impractiable as it may be. Not a fan of the useless Commissioner Gordon in comparison to Gary Oldman, but this Alfred is certainly one of the best. Heartpiece of the movie is of course Nicholson's Joker, which is really cool and close to the original, I just don't appreciate his origin story. I prefer that to be unknown and mysterious.

44. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

40 Metascore

The Turtles get into another battle with their enemy the Shredder, who has acquired new allies: the mutant thugs Bebop and Rocksteady and the alien being Krang.

Director: Dave Green | Stars: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Tyler Perry, Laura Linney

Votes: 77,326 | Gross: $82.05M

Watching it for the third time I finally saw how awfully bad Megan Fox acts (she also was never as hot anymore as she seemed in the first Transformers movie) and how shallow cliché the villains were. One of the richest guys in all of America wants to kill millions for even more money? I liked the Turtles - especially Raphael in terms of design and Michelangelo in terms of character and humor, only Donatello's nerd design wasn't really my thing. Will Arnett had only a comic function on the level of any popcorn movie ever, but it worked rather well and the bottom line is, that the movie is quite entertaining and in my opinion certainly a little more than the original rubber suit one.

45. Super (I) (2010)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

50 Metascore

After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, but lacking in heroic skills.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 70,666 | Gross: $0.32M

I didn't expect it at all, but this was really good! The way better Kick-Ass, that turns into a Punisher at the end. Hilarious origin story, some pretty funny scenes and dialogues and even the cut made me laugh sometimes. It had some gory elements and sex was also a topic, but most impressively was the I-knew-almost-every-face-cast: Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon as another (super)hero villain, Nathan Fillion as the TV superhero The Holy Avenger, Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn were a team here before they reunited in Guardians of the Galaxy, Gregg Henry who played Starlord's Grandfather in the same movie, Linda Cardellini who plays Hawkeye's wife in Age of Ultron, Ellen Page - prominent member of the X-Men cast. This movie was quite the foreshadowing.

46. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

70 Metascore

As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with a fellow Avenger and S.H.I.E.L.D agent, Black Widow, to battle a new threat from history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford

Votes: 667,550 | Gross: $259.77M

Very S.H.I.E.L.D. centered with Nicky Fury, Black Widow and Robert Redford playing a very convincing villain. It establishes a good connection to the Avengers, but at the same time makes the plot illogical (why doesn't they call in Iron-Man to help instead of risking everything by going to somebody else?). But hey, I love secret organisations, so this works very fine for me.

47. Fantastic Four (I) (2005)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

40 Metascore

A group of astronauts gain superpowers after a cosmic radiation exposure and must use them to oppose the plans of their enemy, Doctor Victor Von Doom.

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

Votes: 297,404 | Gross: $154.70M

Likeable characters and actors (unlike the remake) - especially Captain America is cool, but Alba... she's just in for the looks, can't act at all. CGI could be better but hey, it's old.