RT’s best Superhero movies of all time

Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the 50 best superhero movies of all time, ranked by adjusted Tomatometer!

UNBREAKABLE (2000)
68%

#50
Adjusted Score: 73.449%
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

WATCHMEN (2009)
65%

#49
Adjusted Score: 74.225%
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

THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2008)
67%

#48
Adjusted Score: 75.043%
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

#47
Adjusted Score: 75.244%
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

SKY HIGH (2005)
73%

#46
Adjusted Score: 76.659%
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)

BATMAN (1989)
72%

#45
Adjusted Score: 77.228%
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

MEGAMIND (2010)
73%

#44
Adjusted Score: 77.72%
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

THE WOLVERINE (2013)
69%

#43
Adjusted Score: 77.913%
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

IRON MAN 2 (2010)
72%

#42
Adjusted Score: 80.003%
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

THE MASK (1994)
77%

#41
Adjusted Score: 80.083%
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


KICK-ASS (2010)
76%

#40
Adjusted Score: 82.995%
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


#39
Adjusted Score: 83.172%
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


Adjusted Score: 83.293%
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]

BATMAN: THE MOVIE (1966)
80%

#37
Adjusted Score: 83.36%
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


BATMAN RETURNS (1992)
80%

#36
Adjusted Score: 84.612%
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


SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006)
76%

#35
Adjusted Score: 84.649%
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


THOR (2011)
77%

#34
Adjusted Score: 84.92%
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


THE CROW (1994)
82%

#33
Adjusted Score: 84.926%
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


FLASH GORDON (1980)
82%

#32
Adjusted Score: 85.32%
Critics Consensus: Campy charm and a knowing sense of humor help to overcome a silly plot involving a spacefaring ex-football player, his adoring bevy of groupies, and a supervillain named Ming the Merciless.
Synopsis: Heroic earthling Flash Gordon saves the world from the nefarious Ming the Merciless in this lavish, intentionally campy adaptation of… [More]

Directed By: Mike Hodges


HELLBOY(2004)
81%

#31
Adjusted Score: 86.258%
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


X-MEN (2000)
81%

#30
Adjusted Score: 86.649%
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


DARKMAN (1990)
83%

#29
Adjusted Score: 86.982%
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


#28
Adjusted Score: 87%
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


Adjusted Score: 87.221%
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


IRON MAN 3 (2013)
79%

#26
Adjusted Score: 90.111%
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


CHRONICLE (2012)
85%

#25
Adjusted Score: 90.74%
Critics Consensus: Chronicle transcends its found-footage gimmick with a smart script, fast-paced direction, and engaging performances from the young cast.
Synopsis: Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn… [More]

Directed By: Josh Trank


ANT-MAN (2015)
81%

#24
Adjusted Score: 91.427%
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.
Synopsis: The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for… [More]

Directed By: Peyton Reed


SUPERMAN II (1981)
89%

#23
Adjusted Score: 92.469%
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]

X2: X-MEN UNITED (2003)
86%

#22
Adjusted Score: 92.494%
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.
Synopsis: When a failed assassination attempt occurs on the President’s (Cotter Smith) life by the teleporting mutant Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming), it’s… [More]

Directed By: Bryan Singer


BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
84%

#21
Adjusted Score: 92.868%
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.
Synopsis: The origins of the Caped Crusader of Gotham City are finally brought to the big screen in this new adaptation… [More]

Directed By: Christopher Nolan


Adjusted Score: 93.814%
Critics Consensus: Guillermo del Toro crafts a stellar comic book sequel, boasting visuals that are as imaginative as the characters are endearing.
Synopsis: Ron Perlman returns to the role of the big red BPRD agent in this sequel to 2004’s Hellboy, directed once… [More]

Directed By: Guillermo del Toro


X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (2011)
86%

#19
Adjusted Score: 94.086%
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.
Synopsis: X-Men: First Class unveils the epic beginning of the X-Men saga – and a secret history of the Cold War… [More]

Directed By: Matthew Vaughn


DEADPOOL (2016)
84%

#18
Adjusted Score: 95.047%
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.
Synopsis: Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade… [More]

Directed By: Tim Miller


Adjusted Score: 95.004%
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.
Synopsis: Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the… [More]

Directed By: James Gunn (II)


SPIDER-MAN (2002)
89%

#16
Adjusted Score: 95.458%
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.
Synopsis: After incorporating elements of comic book style and design into many of his films, director Sam Raimi helms this straight-ahead,… [More]

Directed By: Sam Raimi


BIG HERO 6 (2014)
89%

#15
Adjusted Score: 96.611%
Critics Consensus: Agreeably entertaining and brilliantly animated, Big Hero 6 is briskly-paced, action-packed, and often touching.
Synopsis: With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure… [More]
#14
Adjusted Score: 99.283%
Critics Consensus: The Dark Knight Rises is an ambitious, thoughtful, and potent action film that concludes Christopher Nolan’s franchise in spectacular fashion.
Synopsis: It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming… [More]

Directed By: Christopher Nolan


Adjusted Score: 99.453%
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.
Synopsis: After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into… [More]

Directed By: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo


SUPERMAN (1978)
93%

#12
Adjusted Score: 99.633%
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.
Synopsis: Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel in a big-budget epic with Oscar-winning effects. Marlon Brando, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman,… [More]

Directed By: Richard Donner


SPIDER-MAN 2 (2004)
93%

#11
Adjusted Score: 100.239%
Critics Consensus: Boasting an entertaining villain and deeper emotional focus, this is a nimble sequel that improves upon the original.
Synopsis: Stan Lee’s all-too-human superhero returns to the screen in this highly anticipated sequel to 2002’s blockbuster hit Spider-Man. Peter Parker… [More]

Directed By: Sam Raimi


DOCTOR STRANGE (2016)
90%

#10
Adjusted Score: 101.006%
Critics Consensus: Doctor Strange artfully balances its outré source material against the blockbuster constraints of the MCU, delivering a thoroughly entertaining superhero origin story in the bargain.
Synopsis: A disgraced former surgeon named Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) becomes a powerful sorcerer under the tutelage of a mystic known… [More]

Directed By: Scott Derrickson


#9
Adjusted Score: 101.656%
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.
Synopsis: In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO (R) Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of… [More]

Directed By: Chris McKay


Adjusted Score: 102.4%
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.
Synopsis: The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS… [More]

Directed By: Bryan Singer


#7
Adjusted Score: 102.443%
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.
Synopsis: From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers,… [More]

Directed By: James Gunn (II)


Adjusted Score: 103.061%
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.
Synopsis: Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to… [More]

Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo


THE INCREDIBLES (2004)
97%

#5
Adjusted Score: 103.358%
Critics Consensus: Bringing loads of wit and tons of fun to the animated superhero genre, The Incredibles easily lives up to its name.
Synopsis: Once one of the world’s top masked crime fighters, Bob Parr–known to all as “Mr. Incredible”–fought evil and saved lives… [More]

Directed By: Brad Bird


#4
Adjusted Score: 103.728%
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.
Synopsis: Marvel Studios presents Marvel’s The Avengers-the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man,… [More]

Directed By: Joss Whedon


IRON MAN (2008)
94%

#3
Adjusted Score: 103.868%
Critics Consensus: Director Jon Favreau and star Robert Downey Jr. make this smart, high impact superhero movie one that even non-comics fans can enjoy.
Synopsis: Billionaire industrialist and genius inventor Tony Stark is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon. Instead, using his intelligence… [More]

Directed By: Jon Favreau


THE DARK KNIGHT (2008)
94%

#2
Adjusted Score: 106.139%
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.
Synopsis: Christopher Nolan steps back into the director’s chair for this sequel to Batman Begins, which finds the titular superhero coming… [More]

Directed By: Christopher Nolan


LOGAN (2017)
93%

#1
Adjusted Score: 107.004%
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.
Synopsis: It’s 2029. Mutants are gone–or very nearly so. An isolated, despondent Logan is drinking his days away in a hideout… [More]
Directed By: James Mangold

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