The Top 15 Superhero Films of All Time

With “Avengers: Age of Ultron” now in theaters, we can officially rank the best comic book films in history. 

Now that Iron Man, the Hulk, and Black Widow are back in theaters, we can do an official ranking of the best comic book films of all time. Yes, we understand this will be controversial, but we employed a strictly scientific method in regards to these rankings that left no room for error. Even if you disagree with us, the fact of the matter is — you’re wrong. These are the best. It’s science.

15 .  “Superman”  (1978)

The one that started it all still holds up even with the hokey effects, and Christopher Reeve remains the best Superman by far. 

14.  “Hellboy” (2004)

This dark and beautiful feature was the perfect marriage of director and source material. Guillermo del Toro brought the awesome world of Hellboy to life, and Ron Perlman provided some of the best cigar-chomping this side of the underworld. 

13. “Batman Begins” (2005)

Christopher Nolan’s attempt to save the Batman franchise from the cruel death it was handed by George Clooney’s nipples works because beneath the unrelenting darkness is a cool understanding of what makes Batman such a badass character—he’s insane. 

12. “Spider-Man 2” (2004)

The best of Sam Raimi’s trilogy, “Spider-Man 2” featured a cross and fun supervillain in Dr. Octopus, and enough heart to make even the greenest of goblins have a feel or two. 

11. “Thor” (2011)

It takes skill to make Asgaard look actually realistic, but this Kenneth Branagh production scored points on set design, effects, and valuable use of Natalie Portman, a goddess herself. 

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