The 20 Best Superhero Movies of All Time

'Hellboy' makes great use of director Guillermo del Toro's great visual acumen and produces a fun superhero yarn.
Matthew Vaughn's "realistic" take on superheroes is a fun twist on a genre that could use a couple shake-ups once in a while.
'Darkman' is a kooky, gross-out take on costumed heroes that could have only come from the warped mind of Sam Raimi.
Blade II
'Blade II' is eerie as it is thrilling thanks to Guillermo del Toro's great direction.
The Crimson Bolt's descent into madness is hilarious and heartbreaking all at the same time thanks to a great performance by James Gunn.
The superhero film reborn! Sam Raimi brought his wonderfully goofy sensibilities to mainstream comics in the tonally perfect 'Spider-Man.'
Iron Man
Marvel came out swinging with this first piece of their mega-franchise of films. 'Iron Man' is a boldly confident proof of concept, thanks in large part to Robert Downey Jr's career saving turn as Tony Stark.
X2: X-Men United
Bryan Singer's 'X2' is bigger and better than the original. Even 10 years later, has there been a scene in a comic book film as beautifully choreographed as Nightcrawler's siege on the White House?
Superman II
Richard Donner's sequel is a classic in every sense of the word thanks to a touching love story and action that stands the test of time. Take notes Zach Snyder. This is how you do Superman.
X-Men: First Class
After a couple of missteps, the 'X-Men' franchise returns to form with a '60s set adventure that tells a great origin story and makes good use of the time period.
This brooding atypical superhero yarn changed what people thought was possible with superhero films.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' easily outclasses its predecessor thanks to a terrifying presence of the Winter Soldier and some engagingly topical themes.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
The X-Men's latest adventure was a zany, time-hopping good time that packed an emotional wallop in-between scenes of fun mutant action.
Iron Man 3
Shane Black added some much needed irreverence to the superhero genre, making 'Iron Man 3' the funniest and oddest Marvel film... until...
Batman Begins
Batman's origin story is powerfully told in 'Batman Begins,' a film that may be even better than its much lauded sequel.
The Dark Knight
Heath Ledger's masterclass performance as the Joker elevates Batman's darkest hour to greatness.
Guardians of the Galaxy
The strangest, funniest, and most joyful tribute to superhero flicks and sci-fi adventures that has come to cinema in years.
The Incredibles
Pixar's first family of superheroes could teach the big comic publishers a thing or two. 'The Incredibles' is fun, zany, and full of so much heart.
Spider-Man 2
Sam Raimi's follow-up to the original 'Spider-Man' combines a wonderfully sympathetic villain, fantastic action, and a resonant story into one of the finest comic book films ever produced.
The Avengers
Joss Whedon's dazzling superhero team up is the closest we've come to an actual comic book inked on screen.