Here Are The 20 Best Superhero Movies of All Time

Just as the 1960s were era of the Spaghetti Western and the 1980s were filled with slasher films, the 21st century has been the Golden Age of the comic book movie. Here are the 20 greatest superhero films of all-time.

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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.
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Darkman is a kooky, gross-out take on costumed heroes that could have only come from the warped mind of Sam Raimi.
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Marvel's take on the heist genre actually began development in the 1980s. However, the project was shelved after Disney began working on a "similar" project, Honey I Shrunk the Kids.
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The superhero film reborn! Sam Raimi brought his wonderfully goofy sensibilities to mainstream comics in the tonally perfect Spider-Man.
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Shane Black added some much needed irreverence to the superhero genre, making Iron Man 3 the funniest and oddest Marvel film.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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This brooding atypical superhero yarn changed what people thought was possible with superhero films.
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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.
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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.
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The second Avengers film brought destruction and chaos, with an interesting amount of humor, but nothing can top the original.
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier easily outclasses its predecessor thanks to a terrifying presence of the Winter Soldier and some engagingly topical themes.
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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.
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Captain America: Civil War is MCU's longest film thus far, and though the film is about the tension between Cap and Tony Stark, it's pretty much the third Avengers film. There is a ton going on here between Cap's irrational plan to defend his friend Bucky, to Stark's insurmountable guilt over creating Ultron. But what's really magnificent here are the introduction of the new Spider-Man (played by Brit Tom Holland) and T'Challa aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). However, it's the final fight between Cap and Iron Man that makes the film one of MCU's best. It's a deeply personal fight rooted in years of history and tension that forces it well beyond the "typical superhero film."
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Tim Miller's Deadpool brilliantly lampooned superhero movies with its tongue in cheek, meta sense of humor. In the words of the Merc with a Mouth, "A fourth wall break inside a fourth wall break... That's like sixteen walls!"
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Batman's origin story is powerfully told in Batman Begins, a film that may be even better than its much lauded sequel.
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The strangest, funniest, and most joyful tribute to superhero flicks and sci-fi adventures that has come to cinema in years.
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Heath Ledger's masterclass performance as the Joker elevates Batman's darkest hour to greatness.
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Joss Whedon's dazzling superhero team up is the closest we've come to an actual comic book inked on screen.

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