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1. Mysterious Doctor Satan (1940)

Approved | 267 min | Adventure, Action, Crime

A mad scientist plots the domination of America and only the masked hero, The Copperhead, can stop him.

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Eduardo Ciannelli, Robert Wilcox, William Newell, C. Montague Shaw

Votes: 183

2. The Masked Marvel (1943)

Passed | 197 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A mysterious detective called The Masked Marvel battles Japanese saboteurs intent on blowing up America.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet | Stars: William Forrest, Louise Currie, Johnny Arthur, Rod Bacon

Votes: 139

3. Abar (1977)

PG | 102 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Upon moving into a bigoted neighborhood, the scientist father of a persecuted black family gives a superpower elixir to a tough bodyguard, who thus becomes a superpowered crimefighter.

Director: Frank Packard | Stars: J. Walter Smith, Tobar Mayo, Roxie Young, Gladys Lum

Votes: 337

4. Hero at Large (1980)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

An idealistic but struggling actor finds his life unexpectedly complicated when he stops a robbery while wearing the costume of Captain Avenger, a superhero character of a film he is hired ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Davidson | Stars: John Ritter, Anne Archer, Bert Convy, Kevin McCarthy

Votes: 1,234 | Gross: $15.93M

5. Condorman (1981)

PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Cartoonist Woody becomes the superhero he draws. Using his gadgets he helps a Soviet spy defect to the West.

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Michael Crawford, Oliver Reed, Barbara Carrera, James Hampton

Votes: 4,224

6. The Toxic Avenger (1984)

R | 82 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

42 Metascore

Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.

Directors: Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen, Jennifer Babtist, Cindy Manion

Votes: 22,702

7. The Toxic Avenger Part II (1989)

R | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

The Toxic Avenger is tricked into traveling to Tokyo to search for his estranged father, leaving Tromaville open to complete domination by an evil corporation.

Directors: Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Ron Fazio, John Altamura, Phoebe Legere, Rick Collins

Votes: 5,652 | Gross: $0.79M

8. The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989)

R | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

Toxie finds he has nothing to do as a superhero, as he has ridden his city of evil. He decides to go to work for a major corporation, which he discovers may be the evilest of all his adversaries.

Directors: Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Ron Fazio, Phoebe Legere, John Altamura, Rick Collins

Votes: 3,944 | Gross: $0.36M

9. Darkman (1990)

R | 96 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

65 Metascore

A brilliant scientist left for dead returns to exact revenge on the people who burned him alive.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry Drake

Votes: 54,303 | Gross: $33.88M

10. Doctor Mordrid (1992)

R | 74 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

An unspeakable evil has come into our dimension and wants to rule over Earth, and only a mysterious sorceror known as Doctor Mordrid can stop him.

Directors: Albert Band, Charles Band | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Yvette Nipar, Jay Acovone, Keith Coulouris

Votes: 1,167

11. The Meteor Man (1993)

PG | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

A high school teacher from a troubled inner city Washington D.C. neighborhood becomes a super-powered hero and takes on the gang that has been terrorizing his streets.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Robert Townsend, Marla Gibbs, Eddie Griffin, Robert Guillaume

Votes: 7,206 | Gross: $8.02M

12. Blankman (1994)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Action, Crime

A simpleton inventor becomes a superhero with a bulletproof costume and a low budget.

Director: Mike Binder | Stars: Damon Wayans, David Alan Grier, Robin Givens, Christopher Lawford

Votes: 8,644 | Gross: $7.89M

13. Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1995 Video)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Horror

Darkman and Durant return and they hate each other as much as ever. This time, Durant has plans to take over the city's drug trade using high-tech weaponry. Darkman must step in and try to stop Durant once and for all.

Director: Bradford May | Stars: Larry Drake, Arnold Vosloo, Kim Delaney, Renée O'Connor

Votes: 4,412

14. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995)

PG | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Family

40 Metascore

A giant egg is unearthed at a construction site and soon opened, releasing the terrible Ivan Ooze, who wreaks vengeance on Zordon for imprisoning him millennia ago. With Zordon dying and their powers lost, the Rangers head to a distant planet to find the mystic warrior Dulcea.

Director: Bryan Spicer | Stars: Karan Ashley, Johnny Yong Bosch, Steve Cardenas, Jason David Frank

Votes: 23,471 | Gross: $38.19M

15. Black Scorpion (1995)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

A female "BATMAN" with a strong story, intriguing characters, good action pacing... and several opportunities for sex.

Director: Jonathan Winfrey | Stars: Ashley Peldon, Rick Rossovich, Michael Wiseman, Bradford Tatum

Votes: 948

16. Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1996 Video)

R | 87 min | Action, Crime, Horror

Darkman, needing money to continue his experiments on synthetic skin, steals a crate of cash from drug lord Peter Rooker, attracting the gangster's attention. Rooker is determined to find ... See full summary »

Director: Bradford May | Stars: Jeff Fahey, Arnold Vosloo, Darlanne Fluegel, Roxann Dawson

Votes: 3,222

17. Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997)

PG | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Family

35 Metascore

The legendary Power Rangers must stop the evil space pirate Divatox from releasing the powerful Maligore from his volcanic imprisonment on the island of Muranthias, where only the kindly ... See full summary »

Directors: Shuki Levy, David Winning | Stars: Jason David Frank, Catherine Sutherland, Hilary Shepard, Jon Simanton

Votes: 7,686 | Gross: $8.36M

18. Black Scorpion II: Aftershock (1996)

R | 85 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

Darcy is back on the force, but still fights on as the Black Scorpion because "it's in her nature." This time, she fights Gangster Prankster; and a new villian emerges when the Mayor tries ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Winfrey | Stars: Joan Severance, Whip Hubley, Sherrie Rose, Stoney Jackson

Votes: 634

19. Star Kid (1997)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

Shy seventh-grader Spencer Griffith's life changes when a meteor falls into a local junkyard and he finds a Cybersuit - an exoskeleton with AI from another galaxy. Spencer puts on the ... See full summary »

Director: Manny Coto | Stars: Joseph Mazzello, Joey Simmrin, Alex Daniels, Arthur Burghardt

Votes: 2,266 | Gross: $7.02M

20. The Specials (2000)

R | 82 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

38 Metascore

The sixth or seventh best superhero team in the world pursue their rightful place in the harshly competitive world of toy tie-ins and fighting evil.

Director: Craig Mazin | Stars: Rob Lowe, Thomas Haden Church, Paget Brewster, Jordan Ladd

Votes: 2,107 | Gross: $0.01M

21. Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV (2000)

R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

41 Metascore

The Toxic Avenger must defend his friends from his own evil alternate universe doppelgänger, The Noxious Offender.

Director: Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: David Mattey, Clyde Lewis, Heidi Sjursen, Paul Kyrmse

Votes: 4,811

22. Unbreakable (2000)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

A man learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright, Spencer Treat Clark

Votes: 353,167 | Gross: $95.01M

23. The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005)

PG | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

38 Metascore

A young boy is recruited by his imaginary friends Sharkboy and Lavagirl to help save their planet.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Cayden Boyd, George Lopez, Kristin Davis, David Arquette

Votes: 27,268 | Gross: $39.18M

24. Sky High (2005)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

62 Metascore

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.

Director: Mike Mitchell | Stars: Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston, Michael Angarano, Danielle Panabaker

Votes: 72,361 | Gross: $63.95M

25. Lightspeed (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Sci-Fi

After an accident, a government Agent gains the ability of super-speed and goes after an old friend turned Nemesis.

Director: Don E. FauntLeRoy | Stars: Jason Connery, Nicole Eggert, Daniel Goddard, Lee Majors

Votes: 970

26. My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

When a regular guy dumps a superhero for her neediness, she uses her powers to make his life a living hell.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris, Rainn Wilson

Votes: 59,191 | Gross: $22.53M

27. Special (2006)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A lonely comic book fan, Les Franken, has a reaction to medication and becomes convinced he's a superhero.

Directors: Hal Haberman, Jeremy Passmore | Stars: Michael Rapaport, Paul Blackthorne, Josh Peck, Robert Baker

Votes: 5,151 | Gross: $0.01M

28. Zoom (2006)

PG | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

26 Metascore

Former superhero Jack is called back to work to transform an unlikely group of ragtag kids into superheroes at a private academy.

Director: Peter Hewitt | Stars: Tim Allen, Courteney Cox, Chevy Chase, Spencer Breslin

Votes: 17,318 | Gross: $11.63M

29. Jumper (2008)

PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

35 Metascore

A teenager with teleportation abilities suddenly finds himself in the middle of an ancient war between those like him and their sworn annihilators.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson

Votes: 272,433 | Gross: $80.17M

30. Superhero Movie (2008)

PG-13 | 75 min | Action, Comedy

33 Metascore

Orphaned high school student Rick Riker is bitten by a radioactive dragonfly, develops super powers (except for the ability to fly), and becomes a hero.

Director: Craig Mazin | Stars: Drake Bell, Leslie Nielsen, Sara Paxton, Christopher McDonald

Votes: 59,813 | Gross: $26.64M

31. 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: 412,895 | Gross: $227.95M

32. Push (2009)

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

36 Metascore

Two young Americans with special abilities must race to find a girl in Hong Kong before a shadowy government organization called Division does.

Director: Paul McGuigan | Stars: Camilla Belle, Dakota Fanning, Chris Evans, Colin Ford

Votes: 100,720 | Gross: $31.81M

33. Defendor (2009)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

57 Metascore

Arthur Poppington, a regular man who adopts a superhero persona, known as "Defendor", combs the city streets at night, in search of his archenemy, Captain Industry.

Director: Peter Stebbings | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Kat Dennings, Sandra Oh, Elias Koteas

Votes: 34,251 | Gross: $0.04M

34. 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: 70,701 | Gross: $0.32M

35. Power Rangers Samurai: Clash of the Red Rangers - The Movie (2013 Video)

Not Rated | 45 min | Action

The Samurai Rangers team with the mysterious RPM Ranger Red and fend off the dual threat from Master Xandred's Mooger army and a robotic super-villain from the RPM Ranger's dimension. When ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Tzachor | Stars: Alexander P. Heartman, Erika Fong, Hector David Jr., Najee De-Tiege

Votes: 45

36. Chronicle (2012)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

69 Metascore

Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

Director: Josh Trank | Stars: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly

Votes: 229,509 | Gross: $64.58M

37. All Superheroes Must Die (2011)

Unrated | 78 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

Four Super Heroes find themselves abducted by their Arch Nemesis and are forced to compete in a series of challenges in order to save an abandoned town full of kidnapped innocent civilians.

Director: Jason Trost | Stars: Jason Trost, Lucas Till, James Remar, Sophie Merkley

Votes: 1,984

38. Super Buddies (2013 Video)

G | 81 min | Family

Watch the fur fly as a new breed of superhero is born in Disneys fun-filled epic adventure. An ordinary day at Fernfield Farms turns extraordinary when Budderball, Mudbud, B- Dawg, Buddha ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Vince | Stars: Trey Loney, John Ratzenberger, Michael Teigen, Sam Adler

Votes: 974

39. American Hero (2015)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

42 Metascore

Melvin, a reluctant Superhero, lives only for crime, women and drugs - until he realises that the only way he will ever get to see his estranged son is to go straight and fulfil his potential as a crime fighter.

Director: Nick Love | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Eddie Griffin, Luis Da Silva Jr., Christopher Berry

Votes: 3,665

40. Max Steel (2016)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Family

22 Metascore

The adventures of teenager Max McGrath and his alien companion, Steel, who must harness and combine their tremendous new powers to evolve into the turbo-charged superhero Max Steel.

Director: Stewart Hendler | Stars: Ben Winchell, Josh Brener, Maria Bello, Andy Garcia

Votes: 16,833 | Gross: $3.82M

41. 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: 92,272 | Gross: $85.07M



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