75 Best Superhero Movies of All Time
Friends of the super variety, we’ve collected every Fresh and Certified Fresh superhero movie with at least 20 reviews to assemble our guide to the 75 best superhero movies ever, ranked by Tomatometer!
It’s been a decades-long battle towards the top in pop culture for superhero movies, and we’re featuring here all the goods, the greats, and the masterpieces made along the way. Everything from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Iron Man, Avengers) to DCEU (Aquaman, Wonder Woman), animated fare (The Incredibles, Megamind) to live-action spoofs (The Toxic Avenger, Mystery Men), comedies (Deadpool) and the super serious (The Dark Knight), and then throwing in some originals made just for the big screen (The Rocketeer, Darkman, Unbreakable).
Great leaping buggaboos! This introduction is now over! Throw up the cape, slip on that cowl (but leave the whip at home, unless you’re looking for the erotic films list…), and hop into the Tomatomobile: We ride for to the 75 best superhero movies of all time!
Adjusted Score: 65005%
Critics Consensus: It plays like an extended episode, but The Powerpuff Girls Movie is still lots of fun.
Three little girls with superpowers battle an evil monkey and its army of chemically enhanced primates.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72222%
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.
Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) undergoes an ominous transformation when his Spider-Man suit turns black and brings out the dark, vengeful... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75753%
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.
After his former colleague is murdered, a masked vigilante (Jackie Earle Haley) uncovers a plot to discredit and destroy the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87085%
Critics Consensus: Aquaman swims with its entertainingly ludicrous tide, offering up CGI superhero spectacle that delivers energetic action with an emphasis on good old-fashioned fun.
Aquaman must retrieve the legendary Trident of Atlan to save the underwater city of Atlantis -- and the surface world... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71605%
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.
A test pilot (Bill Campbell) turns superhero in 1938 Hollywood with a Nazi-coveted rocket backpack designed by Howard Hughes.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79645%
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.
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) forms an alliance with treacherous Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to save Earth and the Nine Realms from an... [More]
Adjusted Score: 29232%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
The mutant superhero (David Mattey) rises from the sludge to save a group of students held hostage in Tromaville.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76372%
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.
As Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) seeks to rid himself of The Hulk forever, a powerful enemy known as The Abomination... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71225%
Critics Consensus: A silly and ribald superhero spoof, Toxic Avenger uninhibited humor hits more than it misses.
A 98-pound nerd (Mark Torgl) from New Jersey lands in a vat of toxic waste and becomes a benevolent monster... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77561%
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.
The sole survivor (Bruce Willis) of a horrific train crash, questioning his existence, finds counsel in a mysterious stranger (Samuel... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78267%
Critics Consensus: An eerie, haunting spectacle, Batman succeeds as dark entertainment, even if Jack Nicholson's Joker too often overshadows the title character.
The Caped Crusader (Michael Keaton) saves dismal Gotham City and gorgeous Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) from the freaky Joker (Jack... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83355%
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.
In Japan and vulnerable for the first time, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) confronts lethal samurai steel and grapples with the ghosts... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90241%
Critics Consensus: Zack Snyder's Justice League lives up to its title with a sprawling cut that expands to fit the director's vision -- and should satisfy the fans who willed it into existence.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Batman and his new ally Wonder Woman... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83135%
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.
With the world now aware that he is Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) must forge new... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86783%
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.
Peter Parker's (Andrew Garfield) quest to solve his parents' disappearance puts him on a collision course with a scientist's (Rhys... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78305%
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.
An evil genius (Will Ferrell) must create a powerful new opponent after defeating his heroic nemesis leaves him without purpose.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77520%
Critics Consensus: This highly derivative superhero coming-of-age flick is moderately entertaining, family-friendly fluff.
Hoping he will follow in their footsteps, two superheroes (Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston) send their reluctant son (Michael Angarano) to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83247%
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.
After world war leads to a fascist government, a vigilante known as V (Hugo Weaving) uses terrorist tactics to fight... [More]
Adjusted Score: 68633%
Critics Consensus: Defendor's reach occasionally exceeds its grasp, but this unique take on the superhero genre is held together by Woody Harrelson's solid performance.
An everyday guy (Woody Harrelson) believes he is a superhero and befriends a teenager while seeing a psychiatrist.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84730%
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.
While Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) plots against him, the Man of Steel (Brandon Routh) tries to reconnect with Lois Lane... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85698%
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.
Despite a complete lack of extraordinary powers, a teenager (Aaron Johnson) reinvents himself as a superhero and, together with a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92925%
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.
When Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) jumpstart of a dormant peacekeeping program goes awry, the Avengers must reassemble to battle... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87417%
Critics Consensus: A dazzling blockbuster that tempers its sweeping scope with wit, humor, and human drama, Thor is mighty Marvel entertainment.
After his reckless actions reignite an ancient war, the Norse god (Chris Hemsworth) is stripped of his powers, cast out... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82750%
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.
An ancient mask transforms a drab bank clerk (Jim Carrey) into a grinning Romeo with superhuman powers.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82180%
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.
Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) save Gotham City from the Catwoman, Joker (Cesar Romero), Penguin and Riddler.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94914%
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.
After a malevolent enemy reduces his world to rubble, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) must rely on instinct and ingenuity... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101315%
Critics Consensus: With a fresh perspective, some new friends, and loads of fast-paced action, Birds of Prey captures the colorfully anarchic spirit of Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn.
Harley Quinn faces the wrath of narcissistic crime boss Black Mask and every other thug in Gotham. But things soon... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108367%
Critics Consensus: Packed with action, humor, and visual thrills, Captain Marvel introduces the MCU's latest hero with an origin story that makes effective use of the franchise's signature formula.
Captain Marvel is an alien Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of a battle between her people... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87080%
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.
The Caped Crusader (Michael Keaton) clashes with Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) and saves gloomy Gotham City from the foul Penguin's (Danny... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89692%
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.
After an experimental program turns him into a supersoldier, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), now known as Captain America, leads the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87488%
Critics Consensus: With wit, humor and Guillermo del Toro's fantastic visuals, the entertaining Hellboy transcends the derivative nature of the genre.
The son (Ron Perlman) of the devil helps a top-secret organization investigate and destroy paranormal creatures.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106579%
Critics Consensus: Black Widow's deeper themes are drowned out in all the action, but it remains a solidly entertaining standalone adventure that's rounded out by a stellar supporting cast.
Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88609%
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.
Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) leads Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and other superheroes against Magneto (Ian McKellen), a mutant who would rule... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87925%
Critics Consensus: Gruesome and deliciously broad, Sam Raimi's Darkman bears the haunted soulfulness of gothic tragedy while packing the stylistic verve of onomatopoeia springing off a comic strip page.
An acid-scarred scientist (Liam Neeson) uses 99-minute masks to be with his girlfriend (Frances McDormand) and trap gangsters.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87291%
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.
A black bird resurrects a rock musician (Brandon Lee) who then avenges his own murder and his fiancee's.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98043%
Critics Consensus: Led by a charming performance from Paul Rudd, Ant-Man offers Marvel thrills on an appropriately smaller scale -- albeit not as smoothly as its most successful predecessors.
Armed with a suit that allows him to shrink in size but grow in strength, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) must prevent... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86572%
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.
Adjusted Score: 95134%
Critics Consensus: Brooding and dark, but also exciting and smart, Batman Begins is a film that understands the essence of one of the definitive superheroes.
Following the death of his parents, young heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) becomes a masked avenger who fights the forces... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105705%
Critics Consensus: Though it threatens to buckle under the weight of its meta gags, Deadpool 2 is a gory, gleeful lampoon of the superhero genre buoyed by Ryan Reynolds' undeniable charm.
Wisecracking mercenary Deadpool must protect a teenage mutant from Cable -- a genetically enhanced soldier from the future. He soon... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92511%
Critics Consensus: Tightly scripted, solidly acted, and impressively ambitious, X2: X-Men United is bigger and better than its predecessor -- and a benchmark for comic sequels in general.
After a mutant-hating militarist named Stryker invades their school, the X-Men must join forces with Magneto (Ian McKellen) to rescue... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101022%
Critics Consensus: Fast, funny, and gleefully profane, the fourth-wall-busting Deadpool subverts superhero film formula with wildly entertaining -- and decidedly non-family-friendly -- results.
Armed with accelerated healing powers and a twisted sense of humor, mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) adopts the alter ego... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105190%
Critics Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's action-packed plot, dazzling visuals, and irreverent humor add up to a sequel that's almost as fun -- if not quite as thrillingly fresh -- as its predecessor.
The team struggles to keep its newfound family together as it tries to unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110374%
Critics Consensus: Avengers: Infinity War ably juggles a dizzying array of MCU heroes in the fight against their gravest threat yet, and the result is a thrilling, emotionally resonant blockbuster that (mostly) realizes its gargantuan ambitions.
Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle the evil Thanos -- an intergalactic... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90909%
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.
The Man of Steel (Christopher Reeve) gets serious with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) and fights three Krypton outcasts in league... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96994%
Critics Consensus: Guillermo del Toro crafts a stellar comic book sequel, boasting visuals that are as imaginative as the characters are endearing.
Hellboy (Ron Perlman) and his team face an underworld prince who plans to awaken a lethal army and use it... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96716%
Critics Consensus: With a strong script, stylish direction, and powerful performances from its well-rounded cast, X-Men: First Class is a welcome return to form for the franchise.
Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) work with other mutants to prevent a nuclear nightmare, but a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93099%
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.
Two overly imaginative pranksters accidentally hypnotize their principal into thinking that he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110721%
Critics Consensus: A lighter, brighter superhero movie powered by the effortless charisma of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, Ant-Man and The Wasp offers a much-needed MCU palate cleanser.
Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Scott Lang once again dons the Ant-Man suit to fight alongside... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104636%
Critics Consensus: The Dark Knight Rises is an ambitious, thoughtful, and potent action film that concludes Christopher Nolan's franchise in spectacular fashion.
Eight years after he took the blame for Harvey Dent's death and vanished into the night, Batman (Christian Bale) is... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106881%
Critics Consensus: Doctor Strange artfully balances its outrÃ© source material against the blockbuster constraints of the MCU, delivering a thoroughly entertaining superhero origin story in the bargain.
After a terrible accident, Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) loses his ability to operate but finds new purpose when a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97595%
Critics Consensus: Not only does Spider-Man provide a good dose of web-swinging fun, it also has a heart, thanks to the combined charms of director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire.
Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) uses his superhuman powers to battle his archenemy, the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe).... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104459%
Critics Consensus: The Lego Batman Movie continues its block-buster franchise's winning streak with another round of dizzyingly funny -- and beautifully animated -- family-friendly mayhem.
There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman (Will Arnett) wants to save the city from the Joker's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104219%
Critics Consensus: Suspenseful and politically astute, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a superior entry in the Avengers canon and is sure to thrill Marvel diehards.
Captain America (Chris Evans), the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and a new ally, the Falcon, face an unexpected enemy as... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100032%
Critics Consensus: Agreeably entertaining and brilliantly animated, Big Hero 6 is briskly-paced, action-packed, and often touching.
When a devastating turn of events thrusts them into the middle of a dangerous plot, a child prodigy (Ryan Potter),... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106492%
Critics Consensus: X-Men: Days of Future Past combines the best elements of the series to produce a satisfyingly fast-paced outing that ranks among the franchise's finest installments.
The X-Men (Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart) join forces with their younger selves in order to change the past... [More]
Adjusted Score: 111775%
Critics Consensus: An effortlessly entertaining blend of humor and heart, Shazam! is a superhero movie that never forgets the genre's real power: joyous wish fulfillment.
Billy Batson is a streetwise 14-year-old who can magically transform into the adult superhero Shazam simply by shouting out one... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110895%
Critics Consensus: Captain America: Civil War begins the next wave of Marvel movies with an action-packed superhero blockbuster boasting a decidedly non-cartoonish plot and the courage to explore thought-provoking themes.
Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must pick a side when a feud between Captain America (Chris Evans)... [More]
Adjusted Score: 115042%
Critics Consensus: A breezily unpredictable blend of teen romance and superhero action, Spider-Man: Far from Home stylishly sets the stage for the next era of the MCU.
Spider-Man teams up with Nick Fury and fellow superhero Mysterio to stop four massive elemental creatures -- each representing Earth,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96507%
Critics Consensus: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies distills the enduring appeal of its colorful characters into a charmingly light-hearted adventure whose wacky humor fuels its infectious fun -- and belies a surprising level of intelligence.
With a few madcap ideas and a song in their hearts, the Teen Titans head to Hollywood to fulfill their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 112401%
Critics Consensus: Enlivened by writer-director James Gunn's singularly skewed vision, The Suicide Squad marks a funny, fast-paced rebound that plays to the source material's violent, anarchic strengths.
The government sends the most dangerous supervillains in the world to the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Armed with... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107135%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a script that emphasizes its heroes' humanity and a wealth of superpowered set pieces, The Avengers lives up to its hype and raises the bar for Marvel at the movies.
S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) recruits a team of superheroes to pull the world back from the brink of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107651%
Critics Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy is just as irreverent as fans of the frequently zany Marvel comic would expect -- as well as funny, thrilling, full of heart, and packed with visual splendor.
A space adventurer (Chris Pratt) becomes the quarry of bounty hunters after he steals an orb coveted by a treacherous... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110718%
Critics Consensus: Spider-Man: Homecoming does whatever a second reboot can, delivering a colorful, fun adventure that fits snugly in the sprawling MCU without getting bogged down in franchise-building.
Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, high school student Peter Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102048%
Critics Consensus: Boasting an entertaining villain and deeper emotional focus, this is a nimble sequel that improves upon the original.
Tormented Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) battles a sinister scientist who uses mechanical tentacles for destructive purposes.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 113843%
Critics Consensus: Incredibles 2 reunites Pixar's family crimefighting team for a long-awaited follow-up that may not quite live up to the original, but comes close enough to earn its name.
Elastigirl springs into action to battle a cybercriminal who plans to hypnotize the world through computer screens. That leaves Mr.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 114243%
Critics Consensus: Hugh Jackman makes the most of his final outing as Wolverine with a gritty, nuanced performance in a violent but surprisingly thoughtful superhero action film that defies genre conventions.
In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) while protecting a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 114926%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, funny, and above all fun, Thor: Ragnarok is a colorful cosmic adventure that sets a new standard for its franchise -- and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Thor must battle the Hulk in a deadly gladiatorial contest and prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world... [More]
Adjusted Score: 115714%
Critics Consensus: Thrilling, earnest, and buoyed by Gal Gadot's charismatic performance, Wonder Woman succeeds in spectacular fashion.
After leaving her all-female island for the first time, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) discovers her full powers and true destiny... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102832%
Critics Consensus: Superman deftly blends humor and gravitas, taking advantage of the perfectly cast Christopher Reeve to craft a loving, nostalgic tribute to an American pop culture icon.
Jor-El (Marlon Brando) of Krypton sends his baby to Earth, where he grows up as Clark Kent (Christopher Reeve) and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105428%
Critics Consensus: Powered by Robert Downey Jr.'s vibrant charm, Iron Man turbo-charges the superhero genre with a deft intelligence and infectious sense of fun.
A wealthy industrialist (Robert Downey Jr.) builds an armored suit and uses it to defeat criminals and terrorists.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108485%
Critics Consensus: Dark, complex, and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga.
Batman (Christian Bale) has to keep a balance between heroism and vigilantism to fight a vile criminal known as the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 123598%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful, Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel's epic Infinity Saga.
The remaining Avengers -- Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner -- must figure out a way to bring... [More]
Adjusted Score: 124632%
Critics Consensus: Black Panther elevates superhero cinema to thrilling new heights while telling one of the MCU's most absorbing stories -- and introducing some of its most fully realized characters.
Black Panther's mettle as king gets tested when an old enemy draws him into a conflict that puts his nation... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105091%
Critics Consensus: Bringing loads of wit and tons of fun to the animated superhero genre, The Incredibles easily lives up to its name.
Now fighting boredom in suburbia, a former superhero (Craig T. Nelson) and his family get a chance to save the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 118126%
Critics Consensus: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse matches bold storytelling with striking animation for a purely enjoyable adventure with heart, humor, and plenty of superhero action.
Bitten by a radioactive spider, teenager Miles Morales suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into Spider-Man. He must now... [More]