Top 10 Best Superhero Movies of All Time

by Eric Melin on July 17, 2012

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This weekend marks the end of Christopher Nolan’s epic crime drama Batman trilogy when The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters. How will it rank among the best superhero movies of all-time?

A new list must surely be drawn after this summer.

For now, we have the Top 10 Superhero Movies Ever list from 2011. <—-READ NOW and comment!

I have to be honest with you, I’ll be sad to see some of these go …

Now that Joss Whedon has had his say with what is now the top-grossing superhero movie of all time (Marvel’s The Avengers), it will also be interesting to see where The Avengers will sit in the pantheon of the best superhero movies of all time. Having not seen The Dark Knight Rises or Marvel’s The Avengers more than twice, I’m not ready to make that list yet.

Last year before the summer began, I published my list of the Top 10 Superhero Movies up to that point. This was before Thor, The Green Lantern, Captain America, and X-Men: First Class had come out. This summer also had The Amazing Spider-Man, which as disjointed as it may seem with the excised plot points from “the untold story” that were brought to light, still was a very solid superhero flick that treated its character with care.

Looking back at this list, I’m still very confident in each superhero movie choice on here. If I were going to add anything from 2011, it might be Thor, The Amazing Spider-man, and X-Men: First Class, while The Avengers would surely make the Top 10. My top three still don’t look like they’ll be touched anytime soon, however.

The superhero movie genre is still a pretty new one, and there haven’t been too many perfect movies yet, but at the rate they are being produced, this list could look very different in just a couple of years.

Without any further ado, please look at my list of Top 10 Superhero Movies. What would you add? What should have been left off? What are you looking forward to?

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 James May 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm

1. The Dark Knight-epic yet personal with complex ideas and themes and top notch filmmaking
2. Avengers-lacks the commentary of X2 or the relating aspects of Spider-Man 2, but, it’s ambitious in its own right balancing characters beautifully giving them witty banter, development, and human flaws that equal the action beats. I felt like a kid again and Whedon is the first since Raimi’s train sequence in Spidey 2 to utilize these powers in creative action sequences. This could have been a studio hack job. Thankfully it wasn’t.
3. X2-Best of the franchise. Takes the solid footing of the first and improves upon them.
4. Spider-man 2-Same as X2.
5. Batman Begins-If Nolan’s sequel is the best superhero sequel, than Begins is the best origin tale yet.
6. Iron Man-probably not entirely politically correct, but its well made with a much clearer than in it’s second installment with a brilliant performance by Downey blending pathos and humor.
7. Superman-In need of a rewatch, but a great flick through its idealism, heart, and humor.
8. Batman-Burton is no natural storyteller, but this is still near and dear to my heart since I was a child. It’s infectious.
9. Spider-Man-got its problems, but it’s a fine film
10. X-Men-same as Spider-Man.


2 Redneck May 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm

1 spiderman 2
2 dark knight
3 hulk ang lee
4 watchmen
5 batman returns
6 iron man
7 spider man
8 avengers
9 x-men2
10 thor fighting with captain america


3 Jimmyrhall July 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm

1. The Dark Knight
2. The Amazing Spider-Man
3. The Avengers
4. Batman Begins
5. Spider-Man 2
6. Iron Man
7. Iron Man 2
8. X-Men: First Class
9. Thor
10. X2


4 Eric Melin July 18, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Let me know what you think of TDK Rises after you see it!


5 Jimmyrhall July 18, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Of course! I’m hitting up the marathon tomorrow night.


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