All Batman movies from Best to Worst

by The Grand Master | created - 16 Feb 2014 | updated - 16 Feb 2014 | Public
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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: 2,009,014 | Gross: $534.86M

Set the bar very high for the Batman franchise. The best Batman movie in history.

2. 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: 1,355,173 | Gross: $448.14M

Most movies in a trilogy don't live up to the hype, but The Dark Knight Rises was a top movie.

3. Batman Begins (2005)

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

70 Metascore

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.

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

Votes: 1,165,725 | Gross: $206.85M

Erases the bad memories of Batman and Robin by rebooting the Batman franchise.

4. 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: 307,083 | Gross: $251.19M

I used to like Batman as a kid. Michael Keaton made a good Batman, and Jack Nicholson made an awesome Joker. Sure it's a bit dated now, but still enjoyable for nostalgic purposes.

5. 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: 247,874 | Gross: $162.83M

Good story and good villains. This was a big deal watching this as a kid given it was M rated. I'm surprised McDonald's promoted this movie.

6. Batman Forever (1995)

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

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: 216,348 | Gross: $184.03M

Good but not great. I liked Val Kilmer as Batman and Chris O Donnell as Robin. Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones were far too camp as villains.

7. Batman: The Movie (1966)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

71 Metascore

The Dynamic Duo faces four supervillains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people.

Director: Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero

Votes: 27,124

I liked this movie as a little kid. I even liked the TV show as a little kid. It's camp and very corny, but at least it's way better than Batman and Robin which I will sink the boot into below...

8. Batman & Robin (1997)

PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Sci-Fi

28 Metascore

Batman and Robin try to keep their relationship together even as they must stop Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing Gotham City.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell, Uma Thurman

Votes: 214,267 | Gross: $107.33M

The worst Batman movie in history. The worst sequel in movie history. Also one of the worst movies in history. George Clooney did not make a good Batman. They could have chosen ANYONE but Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr Freeze. The entire screenplay was poor. The only redeeming feature was the Smashing Pumpkins song The end is the beginning is the end. I liked that song as a 13 year old.

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