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1. Aquaman (2018)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.0
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55 Metascore

Arthur Curry, the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson

Votes: 297,585 | Gross: $335.06M

2. Glass (2019)

PG-13 | 129 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.7
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43 Metascore

Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Anya Taylor-Joy

Votes: 156,888 | Gross: $111.04M

3. Watchmen (2009)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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56 Metascore

In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman

Votes: 460,492 | Gross: $107.51M

4. Deadpool (2016)

R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.0
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65 Metascore

A wisecracking mercenary gets experimented on and becomes immortal but ugly, and sets out to track down the man who ruined his looks.

Director: Tim Miller | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein

Votes: 837,906 | Gross: $363.07M

5. Batman Begins (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure

8.2
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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: 1,212,577 | Gross: $206.85M

6. Spider-Man (2002)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.3
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73 Metascore

When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco

Votes: 649,492 | Gross: $403.71M

7. Wonder Woman (2017)

PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.4
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76 Metascore

When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis

Votes: 500,700 | Gross: $412.56M

8. Batman (1989)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure

7.5
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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: 317,121 | Gross: $251.19M

9. Man of Steel (2013)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure

7.1
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55 Metascore

Clark Kent is an alien who as a child was evacuated from his dying world and came to Earth, living as a normal human. But when survivors of his alien home invade Earth, he must reveal himself to the world.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane

Votes: 655,112 | Gross: $291.05M

10. Doctor Strange (2016)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.5
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72 Metascore

While on a journey of physical and spiritual healing, a brilliant neurosurgeon is drawn into the world of the mystic arts.

Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong

Votes: 533,484 | Gross: $232.64M

11. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.5
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44 Metascore

Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg

Votes: 585,344 | Gross: $330.36M

12. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

6.9
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66 Metascore

After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khan

Votes: 532,521 | Gross: $262.03M

13. Fantastic Four (2015)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

4.3
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27 Metascore

Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Director: Josh Trank | Stars: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell

Votes: 141,980 | Gross: $56.12M

14. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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80 Metascore

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

Votes: 149,702 | Gross: $134.22M

15. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Pre-production

The movie, based on Marvel Comics, will focus on Shang-Chi; 'The Master of Kung-Fu'.

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton | Stars: Awkwafina, Simu Liu, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung

16. Daredevil (2003)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Crime

5.3
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42 Metascore

A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero.

Director: Mark Steven Johnson | Stars: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan

Votes: 199,174 | Gross: $102.54M

17. Superhero Movie (2008)

PG-13 | 75 min | Action, Comedy

4.5
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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: 60,436 | Gross: $26.64M

18. Max Steel (2016)

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

4.6
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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: 17,141 | Gross: $3.82M

19. Dr. Strange (1978 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 93 min | Action, Fantasy

5.3
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A psychiatrist becomes the new Sorcerer Supreme of the Earth in order to battle an evil Sorceress from the past.

Director: Philip DeGuere Jr. | Stars: Peter Hooten, Clyde Kusatsu, Jessica Walter, Anne-Marie Martin

Votes: 1,416

20. The Scribbler (I) (2014)

R | 88 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.4
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32 Metascore

A young woman is facing her destructive multiple personalities using an experimental new procedure known as "The Siamese Burn."

Director: John Suits | Stars: Katie Cassidy, Garret Dillahunt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 4,526

21. Code Name: Dynastud (2018)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action

3.4
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In the year 2024, homosexuality has been outlawed by an extreme right-wing government. Only one extraordinary man can stop this wave of terror and repression, a superhero for our troubled times.

Director: Richard Griffin | Stars: Michael Varrati, Anthony Gaudette, Aaron Andrade, William Galatis

Votes: 190

22. Faith (VII)

Action, Drama | Announced

Faith Herbert, a jubilant, geeky teen who also has telekinetic superpowers.

23. Cassius: Feeling for You (1999 Video)

4 min | Short, Action, Comedy

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A freak accident with a CD player transforms a teenager into Cassius, a superhero of house music.

Director: Evan Bernard | Stars: Cassius, Philippe Zdar, Hubert Blanc-Francard

24. The Cat's Tale (1951)

7 min | Animation, Short

5.3
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Baby Mighty Mouse appears on the doorstep of a loving couple and quickly gains a fearsome reputation.

Director: Mannie Davis | Star: Dayton Allen

Votes: 11

25. Gotham (2014–2019)
Episode: A Dark Knight: The Fear Reaper (2017)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.2
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Gordon is forced to face his inner demons when he tries to bring in Jonathan Crane to prove that the GCPD is still powerful.

Director: Louis Shaw Milito | Stars: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Morena Baccarin

Votes: 1,570

26. Daredevil (2015–2018)
Episode: Daredevil (2015)

TV-MA | 56 min | Action, Crime, Drama

9.4
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In the season finale, a boxed-in Fisk and a desperate Murdock, Foggy, and Karen are forced to play their end games.

Director: Steven S. DeKnight | Stars: Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Bob Gunton

Votes: 8,856

27. Gotham (2014–2019)
Episode: Heroes Rise: Heavydirtysoul (2017)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

9.1
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With the deadly virus spreading throughout the city, the search for the antidote continues, as Fish Mooney, The Riddler and Penguin reveal plans of their own. Bruce meets Ra's Al Ghul and ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Bailey | Stars: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Morena Baccarin

Votes: 2,155

28. Superboy (1988–1992)
Episode: Microboy (1990)

22 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

8.5
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Hoping to impress Lana, a fellow student invents an energy capsule that makes him a superhero, but he is unable to control his new found powers.

Director: Richard J. Lewis | Stars: Gerard Christopher, Stacy Haiduk, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Frank Military

Votes: 13



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