Best Superhero Movies of All Time

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the 64 best-reviewed superhero movies of all time, ranked by adjusted Tomatometer with at least 20 reviews each! Read on, caped internet crusaders, and see what got inducted into the legion of Fresh!

#64

Mystery Men (1999)
60%

#64
Adjusted Score: 64.349%
Critics Consensus: Absurd characters and quirky gags are brought to life by a talented cast, providing this superhero spoof with lots of laughs.
Synopsis: Based on the Dark Horse comic, Mystery Men. Seven lame superhero wannabes, who are called upon to use their dubious... [More]
Directed By: Kinka Usher

#63
Adjusted Score: 65.384%
Critics Consensus: It plays like an extended episode, but The Powerpuff Girls Movie is still lots of fun.
Synopsis: The most adorable little superheroines in all of Townsville make the jump to the big screen in this feature-length animated... [More]

#62

The Rocketeer (1991)
63%

#62
Adjusted Score: 67.434%
Critics Consensus: An action-packed, if anachronistic, look back at pulp matinee serials, The Rocketeer may ring hollow with viewers expecting more than simple fun and gee-whiz special effects.
Synopsis: After getting his start as a visual effects artist on the original Star Wars trilogy, Spielberg protege Joe Johnston found... [More]
Directed By: Joe Johnston

#61

Swamp Thing (1982)
66%

#61
Adjusted Score: 68.904%
Critics Consensus: Unabashedly campy -- often to its detriment -- Swamp Thing is not without its charms, among them Adrienne Barbeau as the damsel in distress.
Synopsis: Historia de suspenso escrita y dirigida por Wes Craven sobre el resultado monstruoso de un experimento fracasado. Louis Jourdan, Adrienne... [More]
Directed By: Wes Craven

#60

Hulk (2003)
61%

#60
Adjusted Score: 67.601%
Critics Consensus: While Ang Lee's ambitious film earns marks for style and an attempt at dramatic depth, there's ultimately too much talking and not enough smashing.
Synopsis: Ang Lee directs the live-action feature film The Hulk, based on the Marvel comic book created by Stan Lee and... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#59
#59
Adjusted Score: 70.918%
Critics Consensus: A silly and ribald superhero spoof, Toxic Avenger uninhibited humor hits more than it misses.
Synopsis: In a crazy spoof of heroic monster movies that spawned two sequels, The Toxic Avenger is about the transformation of... [More]

#58

Spider-Man 3 (2007)
63%

#58
Adjusted Score: 71.244%
Critics Consensus: Though there are more characters and plotlines, and the action sequences still dazzle, Spider-Man 3 nonetheless isn't quite as refined as the first two.
Synopsis: Your friendly neighborhood web-slinger is back, only this time his sunny outlook has become partially overcast in the third chapter... [More]
Directed By: Sam Raimi

#57

Watchmen (2009)
64%

#57
Adjusted Score: 73.367%
Critics Consensus: Gritty and visually striking, Watchmen is a faithful adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel, but its complex narrative structure may make it difficult for it to appeal to viewers not already familiar with the source material.
Synopsis: 300's Zack Snyder brings Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' critically acclaimed comic book Watchmen to the big screen, courtesy of... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#56

Unbreakable (2000)
69%

#56
Adjusted Score: 74.776%
Critics Consensus: With a weaker ending, Unbreakable is not as a good as The Sixth Sense. However, it is a quietly suspenseful film that intrigues and engages, taking the audience through unpredictable twists and turns along the way.
Synopsis: Unbreakable is a riveting story shared by two men. David Dunn, a man from a blue-collar neighborhood in Philadelphia emerges... [More]
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan

#55
#55
Adjusted Score: 75.191%
Critics Consensus: The Incredible Hulk may not be quite the smashing success that fans of Marvel's raging behemoth might hope for, but it offers more than enough big green action to make up for its occasionally puny narrative.
Synopsis: Mild-mannered scientist Bruce Banner has been traveling the globe in search of the antidote that will allow him to break... [More]
Directed By: Louis Leterrier

#54
#54
Adjusted Score: 75.637%
Critics Consensus: It may not be the finest film to come from the Marvel Universe, but Thor: The Dark World still offers plenty of the humor and high-stakes action that fans have come to expect.
Synopsis: Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth... [More]
Directed By: Alan Taylor

#53

Sky High (2005)
73%

#53
Adjusted Score: 76.789%
Critics Consensus: This highly derivative superhero coming-of-age flick is moderately entertaining, family-friendly fluff.
Synopsis: An ordinary teenager finds out he's not so ordinary after all in this comedy-adventure. Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano) has his... [More]
Directed By: Mike Mitchell (VI)

#52

Megamind (2010)
72%

#52
Adjusted Score: 76.776%
Critics Consensus: It regurgitates plot points from earlier animated efforts, and isn't quite as funny as it should be, but a top-shelf voice cast and strong visuals help make Megamind a pleasant, if unspectacular, diversion.
Synopsis: Notorious Metro City villian Megamind (voice of Will Ferrell) becomes an unlikely savior to the troubled metropolis after defeating beloved... [More]
Directed By: Tom McGrath

#51

Batman (1989)
72%

#51
Adjusted Score: 77.358%
Critics Consensus: An eerie, haunting spectacle, Batman succeeds as dark entertainment, even if Jack Nicholson's Joker too often overshadows the title character.
Synopsis: Jack Nicholson is the Joker, who emerged from a horrible accident as a maniacal criminal. Michael Keaton is the Caped... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#50

The Wolverine (2013)
70%

#50
Adjusted Score: 79.225%
Critics Consensus: Although its final act succumbs to the usual cartoonish antics, The Wolverine is one superhero movie that manages to stay true to the comics while keeping casual viewers entertained.
Synopsis: Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine in this sequel to the member of the X-Men's first solo outing. Mark Bomback and... [More]
Directed By: James Mangold

#49

The Mask (1994)
77%

#49
Adjusted Score: 80.067%
Critics Consensus: It misses perhaps as often as it hits, but Jim Carrey's manic bombast, Cameron Diaz' blowsy appeal, and the film's overall cartoony bombast keep The Mask afloat.
Synopsis: Hyperactive mayhem results when a mild-manned banker discovers an ancient mask that transforms him into a zany prankster with superhuman... [More]
Directed By: Chuck Russell

#48

Iron Man 2 (2010)
73%

#48
Adjusted Score: 81.236%
Critics Consensus: It isn't quite the breath of fresh air that Iron Man was, but this sequel comes close with solid performances and an action-packed plot.
Synopsis: In "Iron Man 2," the world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark is the armored Super Hero Iron Man.... [More]
Directed By: Jon Favreau

#47

V for Vendetta (2006)
73%

#47
Adjusted Score: 81.165%
Critics Consensus: Visually stunning and thought-provoking, V For Vendetta's political pronouncements may rile some, but its story and impressive set pieces will nevertheless entertain.
Synopsis: Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, V for Vendetta takes place in an alternate vision of Britain in... [More]
Directed By: James McTeigue

#46

Kick-Ass (2010)
75%

#46
Adjusted Score: 82.191%
Critics Consensus: Not for the faint of heart, Kick-Ass takes the comic adaptation genre to new levels of visual style, bloody violence, and gleeful profanity.
Synopsis: Adapted from Mark Millar's hyper-violent comic book of the same name, director Matthew Vaughn's (Layer Cake) vigilante superhero film tells... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn

#45

The Crow (1994)
81%

#45
Adjusted Score: 84.067%
Critics Consensus: Filled with style and dark, lurid energy, The Crow is an action-packed visual feast that also has a soul in the performance of the late Brandon Lee.
Synopsis: Based on the graphic novel by James O'Barr, this fantasy follows Eric Draven (Brandon Lee), a rock musician who is... [More]
Directed By: Alex Proyas

#44
#44
Adjusted Score: 83.419%
Critics Consensus: Batman: The Movie elevates camp to an art form -- and has a blast doing it, every gloriously tongue-in-cheek inch of the way.
Synopsis: Tongue-in-cheek humor prevails in Batman, a witty homage to the Dynamic Duo's exaggerated exploits. The Caped Crusaders (Adam West and... [More]
Directed By: Leslie H. Martinson

#43
Adjusted Score: 83.651%
Critics Consensus: Stylish and admirably respectful of the source material, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm succeeds where many of the live-action Batman adaptations have failed.
Synopsis: This stylish animated adventure is based on the '90s animated television series, which in turn is based on the original... [More]

#42

Superman Returns (2006)
75%

#42
Adjusted Score: 83.766%
Critics Consensus: Bryan Singer's reverent and visually decadent adaptation gives the Man of Steel welcome emotional complexity. The result: a satisfying stick-to-your-ribs adaptation.
Synopsis: Following a mysterious absence of several years, Superman comes back to Earth -- but things have changed. While an old... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Singer

#41
#41
Adjusted Score: 83.494%
Critics Consensus: A well-chosen cast and sure-handed direction allow The Amazing Spider-Man to thrill, despite revisiting many of the same plot points from 2002's Spider-Man.
Synopsis: The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents... [More]
Directed By: Marc Webb

#40

Thor (2011)
77%

#40
Adjusted Score: 85.202%
Critics Consensus: A dazzling blockbuster that tempers its sweeping scope with wit, humor, and human drama, Thor is mighty Marvel entertainment.
Synopsis: The epic adventure Thor spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the mystical realm of Asgard. At the... [More]
Directed By: Kenneth Branagh

#39

Hellboy (2004)
81%

#39
Adjusted Score: 86.319%
Critics Consensus: With wit, humor and Guillermo del Toro's fantastic visuals, the entertaining Hellboy transcends the derivative nature of the genre.
Synopsis: Mike Mignola's acclaimed comic book series about a creature from Hades who joins the battle against evil arrives on the... [More]
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro

#38
Adjusted Score: 86.535%
Critics Consensus: With plenty of pulpy action, a pleasantly retro vibe, and a handful of fine performances, Captain America is solidly old-fashioned blockbuster entertainment.
Synopsis: Captain America: The First Avenger will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans)... [More]
Directed By: Joe Johnston

#37

Batman Returns (1992)
79%

#37
Adjusted Score: 84.791%
Critics Consensus: Director Tim Burton's dark, brooding atmosphere, Michael Keaton's work as the tormented hero, and the flawless casting of Danny DeVito as The Penguin and Christopher Walken as, well, Christopher Walken make the sequel better than the first.
Synopsis: Batman returns, this time protecting Gotham City from the Penguin who is running for mayor and Catwoman who is just... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#36

X-Men (2000)
82%

#36
Adjusted Score: 87.983%
Critics Consensus: Faithful to the comics and filled with action, X-Men brings a crowded slate of classic Marvel characters to the screen with a talented ensemble cast and surprisingly sharp narrative focus.
Synopsis: One of the most popular superhero teams in comic book history finally comes to the screen in this big-budget adaptation... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Singer

#35

Darkman (1990)
84%

#35
Adjusted Score: 88.124%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this sci-fi crime melodrama, a scientist is busily doing research into using a computer to clone body parts when... [More]
Directed By: Sam Raimi

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 87.957%
Critics Consensus: Exuberant and eye-popping, Avengers: Age of Ultron serves as an overstuffed but mostly satisfying sequel, reuniting its predecessor's unwieldy cast with a few new additions and a worthy foe.
Synopsis: When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America,... [More]
Directed By: Joss Whedon

#33

Superman II (1981)
85%

#33
Adjusted Score: 88.558%
Critics Consensus: The humor occasionally stumbles into slapstick territory, and the special effects are dated, but Superman II meets, if not exceeds, the standard set by its predecessor.
Synopsis: Between giving up his super powers, confronting criminals from outer space, and having problems with his girlfriend, it's a bad... [More]

#32
Adjusted Score: 91.605%
Critics Consensus: With a tidy plot, clean animation, and humor that fits its source material snugly, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is entertainment that won't drive a wedge between family members.
Synopsis: Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series, and boasting an A-list cast of comedy superstars headed by Kevin... [More]
Directed By: David Soren

#31

Iron Man 3 (2013)
80%

#31
Adjusted Score: 91.595%
Critics Consensus: With the help of its charismatic lead, some impressive action sequences, and even a few surprises, Iron Man 3 is a witty, entertaining adventure and a strong addition to the Marvel canon.
Synopsis: Marvel's "Iron Man 3" pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark... [More]
Directed By: Shane Black

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