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Last film added: December 16, 2018. There are currently 1603 films in the database (since 1996).


    Comic Book and Superhero Films (1996-2019)

    Search returned all movies based on comic books and graphic novels (or that include superhero characters) out of 1603 total rated films.
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  1. Movie DetailsAmazing Screw-On Head, The (2006) 10  AnimationComedyHorrorObscure/RareComic Book/SuperheroTV ShowsI own on DVD
    A TV pilot featuring Emperor Zombie and Lincoln. Any last words before I spark it?
  2. Movie DetailsGhost World (2001) 10  ComedyComic Book/SuperheroI own on DVD
    A witty appraisal of America during the summer following Thora Birch's high school graduation.
  3. Movie DetailsPersepolis (2007) 10  AnimationComic Book/SuperheroDocumentary/TrueFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    Autobiographical, cinematic graphic novel of a young outspoken girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.
  4. Movie DetailsSin City (2005) 10  With Sex/NudityComic Book/SuperheroFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez create a brilliant piece of ultra-violent, stylized noir. Visually stunning.
  5. Movie DetailsV for Vendetta (2006) 10  ConspiracyMind-blowingSci-FiComic Book/SuperheroI own on DVD
    The Wachowski Brothers present the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, starring Natalie Portman.

  6. EXCELLENT
  7. Movie DetailsAmerican Splendor (2003) 9  ComedyComic Book/SuperheroDocumentary/True
    Welcome to the life of Harvey Pekar, a hospital clerk, music collector and comic-book writer.
  8. Movie DetailsDark Knight, The (2008) 9  FantasySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Nolan's nightmarish adaptation of Batman, Joker and Two-Face raises the bar for comic-book movies, again.
  9. Movie DetailsIncredibles, The (2004) 9  AnimationComedySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Pixar Animation presents a family of undercover superheroes forced into action to save the world.
  10. Movie DetailsScott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) 9  AnimationComedyFantasyComic Book/SuperheroI own on DVD
    Clever graphic novel adaptation about a boy who must defeat his girlfriend's seven evil exes.
  11. Movie DetailsWatchmen (2009) 9  ConspiracyFantasySci-FiWith Sex/NudityComic Book/Superhero
    Zack Snyder successfully films Alan Moore's graphic novel about an alternate, quantum America in 1985.

  12. VERY GOOD
  13. Movie Details300 (2007) 8  With Sex/NudityComic Book/SuperheroDocumentary/True
    An epic rendering of Miller's graphic novel about the Battle of Thermopylae. Stunning Spartan art-blood.
  14. Movie DetailsApril and the Extraordinary World (2016) 8  AnimationComedyConspiracyObscure/RareSci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Alternate universe ruled by coal and steam engines. Scientists have been disappearing. Fun French steampunk.
  15. Movie DetailsAvengers, The (2012) 8  FantasySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Nick Fury brings together Marvel superheroes to save the Earth from Loki. Very balanced effort.
  16. Movie DetailsBatman Begins (2005) 8  FantasySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    The prequel to the Batman series, directed by Christopher Nolan, includes an awesome Batmobile.
  17. Movie DetailsBatman: Under the Red Hood (2010) 8  AnimationComic Book/Superhero
    Compelling, accessible animated superhero film, featuring Batman, the Red Hood, Nightwing and the Joker.
  18. Movie DetailsBlack Panther (2018) 8  Sci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    The advanced African kingdom of Wakanda, powered by vibranium, is in transition. Socially conscious Marvel.
  19. Movie DetailsDark Knight Rises, The (2012) 8  FantasySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Very emotionally dark film that rises to an impressive, satisfying finale for Nolan's Batman trilogy.
  20. Movie DetailsHellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) 8  FantasyHorrorComic Book/Superhero
    Stunning grotesqueness and visual poetry from Guillermo del Toro. Incredible set design and beautiful effects.
  21. Movie DetailsHistory of Violence, A (2005) 8  With Sex/NudityComic Book/Superhero
    A Cronenberg art film that's also an accessible crime drama. Based on a graphic novel.
  22. Movie DetailsIron Man (2008) 8  ConspiracySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Robert Downey Jr. builds an armored suit and decides to use the technology against evil.
  23. Movie DetailsKick-Ass (2010) 8  ComedyComic Book/Superhero
    A high-schooler decides to become a superhero. Ultraviolent, stylized brutality and absurdist comedy ensues.
  24. Movie DetailsMen in Black (1997) 8  ComedySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones must save the world from an intergalactic terrorist.
  25. Movie DetailsMindscape of Alan Moore, The (2003) 8  Obscure/RareComic Book/SuperheroDocumentary/True
    Creative philosophies from the brilliant comic writer of Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell.
  26. Movie DetailsRoad to Perdition (2002) 8  Comic Book/Superhero
    The result of hitman Tom Hanks's son witnessing what his father does for a living.
  27. Movie DetailsSnowpiercer (2014) 8  Sci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Earth's remaining inhabitants are confined to a class-divided train circling the frozen globe. Stylish allegory.
  28. Movie DetailsSpider-Man 2 (2004) 8  FantasySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Tobey Maguire continues his demanding double life as student and superhero. Enter supervillain Dr. Octopus.
  29. Movie DetailsTokyo! (2008) 8  Obscure/RareWith Sex/NudityComic Book/Superhero
    A cinematic triptych (transformation, anarchy, rebirth) set in Tokyo. Directed by Gondry, Carax and Bong.

  30. GOOD
  31. Movie DetailsCaptain America: The First Avenger (2011) 7  FantasySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Steve Rogers volunteers for a top-secret research project that turns him into Captain America. Charming.
  32. Movie DetailsFrom Hell (2001) 7  ConspiracyHorrorWith Sex/NudityComic Book/SuperheroDocumentary/True
    A stylized whodunit set in Victorian Era London, starring clairvoyant police detective Johnny Depp.
  33. Movie DetailsGuardians of the Galaxy (2014) 7  Sci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Goofy, formulaic Marvel Universe blockbuster. Can an oddball group of intergalactic criminals save the galaxy?
  34. Movie DetailsGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) 7  Sci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    The ragtag, intergalactic crew fights to stay together and unravels the mystery of Quill's father.
  35. Movie DetailsHellboy (2004) 7  FantasyHorrorComic Book/Superhero
    A good-hearted demon is produced in a black-magic Nazi ceremony. This is his story.
  36. Movie DetailsHellboy Animated: Blood and Iron (2007) 7  AnimationFantasyHorrorObscure/RareComic Book/SuperheroTV Shows
    Hellboy ends up battling the goddess Hecate after a professor resurrects a powerful female vampire.
  37. Movie DetailsIron Man 2 (2010) 7  Sci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Fun, explosion-packed sequel that's almost as good as the first. Downey Jr. and Rourke shine.
  38. Movie DetailsRenegade (2004) 7  Obscure/RareWith Sex/NudityComic Book/Superhero
    Psychedelic French Western that feels like a Jodorowsky film. Sacred mountains, gunfights, peyote and shaman.
  39. Movie DetailsSin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) 7  With Sex/NudityComic Book/Superhero
    The Eva Green show. Visually stunning and gritty like the Miller/Rodriguez original, but less compelling.
  40. Movie DetailsSpider-Man (2002) 7  FantasySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Tobey Maguire is bitten by a genetically engineered spider and subsequently wins Kirsten Dunst's love.
  41. Movie DetailsSuperman Returns (2006) 7  FantasySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Bryan Singer's reverent reboot of the Superman franchise. Good, but lacks surprises and new ideas.
  42. Movie DetailsTransformers (2007) 7  Sci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Spectacularly rendered Autobot and Decepticon destruction. ADHD kids love these plotless nonsensical blasts.
  43. Movie DetailsUnbreakable (2000) 7  FantasyMind-blowingComic Book/Superhero
    A mystery thriller about unrealized supernatural powers. Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson star.
  44. Movie DetailsX-Men (2000) 7  ConspiracyFantasySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    The superheroes from a private academy for mutants must oppose a powerful mutant terrorist organization.
  45. Movie DetailsX2: X-Men United (2003) 7  ConspiracyFantasySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Mutants continue to struggle against fearful human society and are attacked by military forces.

  46. FAIR
  47. Movie DetailsHellboy Animated: Sword of Storms (2006) 6  AnimationFantasyHorrorObscure/RareComic Book/SuperheroTV Shows
    A samurai sword sends Hellboy into a dangerous realm of Japanese legends, ghosts and monsters.
  48. Movie DetailsHeroes - Seasons 1-3 (2009) 6  FantasySci-FiComic Book/SuperheroTV Shows
    Cleverly structured graphic novel in TV-show format about people with diverse superpowers. It became unwatchable.
  49. Movie DetailsIncredible Hulk, The (2008) 6  Sci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Too bad the awkward computer-generated creatures killed the movie, despite Edward Norton. Noisy and boring.
  50. Movie DetailsMystery Men (1999) 6  ComedyComic Book/Superhero
    A group of inept amateur superheroes must try to save their city from supervillian destruction.
  51. Movie DetailsSuper (2011) 6  ComedyWith Sex/NudityComic Book/Superhero
    A depressed everyday guy transforms himself into the superhero Crimson Bolt. Ellen Page is great.
  52. Movie DetailsThor (2011) 6  FantasyComic Book/Superhero
    The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor is cast out of Asgard and sent to Earth.
  53. Movie DetailsWanted (2008) 6  Comic Book/Superhero
    A young man finds out his long-lost father is an assassin. Then hyperkinetic bullet-bending ensues.

  54. ADEQUATE
  55. Movie Details├ćon Flux (2005) 5  Sci-FiWith Sex/NudityComic Book/Superhero
    Charlize Theron is a stunning, athletic heroine. But they've destroyed the meaning of the series.
  56. Movie DetailsCrow: City of Angels, The (1996) 5  FantasyWith Sex/NudityComic Book/Superhero
    The spirit of the Crow resurrects another man seeking revenge for his son's murder.
  57. Movie DetailsDaredevil (2003) 5  FantasyComic Book/Superhero
    Ben Affleck, who can't act, zipped into a maroon bodysuit. Enough said.
  58. Movie DetailsFantastic Four (2005) 5  FantasySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Exposure to cosmic radiation creates superhero scientists: Mr. Fantastic, Human Torch, Thing, and Jessica Alba.
  59. Movie DetailsLeague of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The (2003) 5  FantasySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    In an alternate Victorian Age world, Captain Nemo, Tom Sawyer, and Dr. Jekyll join forces.
  60. Movie DetailsMen in Black II (2002) 5  ComedySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    A semi-amusing replica of the original popcorn flick. The train-station locker creatures steal the show.
  61. Movie DetailsSpider-Man 3 (2007) 5  FantasySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Boring/incoherent/awkward for 90 minutes, then three minutes of cool, then Venom and the climactic battle.
  62. Movie DetailsSpirit, The (2008) 5  ComedyFantasyWith Sex/NudityComic Book/Superhero
    Frank Miller's self-aware film noir is gorgeous, vapid, overacted and emotionless. Based on Eisner's comics.
  63. Movie DetailsSurrogates (2009) 5  Sci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Soulless industrial entertainment. Most humans live in isolation and interact entirely via glamorous surrogate robots.
  64. Movie DetailsTransformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) 5  ConspiracySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Unrelenting sound and fury. I appreciated the alternate Apollo and Chernobyl histories. But it's vapid.

  65. FROM BAD TO WORSE
  66. Movie DetailsAvengers, The (1998) CRAP  Comic Book/Superhero
    There was nothing Uma Thurman could do to save this ill-fated remake.
  67. Movie DetailsBatman & Robin (1997) CRAP  ComedyFantasySci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Batman George Clooney, Uma Thurman and Alicia Silverstone starred in this contrived, colossal waste.
  68. Movie DetailsSpawn (1997) CRAP  FantasyHorrorComic Book/Superhero
    A killed mercenary returns to walk the Earth after making deal with the devil.
  69. Movie DetailsTransformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) CRAP  Sci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    A tedious and loathsome sequence of explosions. Despite childhood nostalgia, I hoped everyone might die.
  70. Movie DetailsVirus (1999) CRAP  HorrorSci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Jamie Lee Curtis fights an electromagnetic alien lifeform. It's a nicely polished turd.


  71. Statistical ratings distribution of these 64 films (4% of total rated films):
    With enough films included, it usually approximates a bell curve with a mean near 6.5...
    (especially when considering that CRAP is 0-4 combined).
    Average rating for these 64 films: 6.9.

    10:7.8%

    9:7.8%

    8:26.6%

    7:23.4%

    6:10.9%

    5:15.6%

    CRAP:7.8%



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