50 Best Superhero Movies Since 2000

30. Iron Man 3 (2013)

Tony Stark Iron Man 3

Director: Shane Black
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle

Best moment: When, midair, Tony saves the entire crew of Air Force One – it’s arguably the film’s best use of 3D and, in a film full of special effects shots, easily the most-convincing.

Sample review (via Birth.Movies.Death.):
“Iron Man 3 is front-to-back a Shane Black movie that just happens to involve the latest adventures of Tony Stark and friends. The surface stuff I expected is there for sure, but there’s also a heaping helping of Shane Black throughout – this is like an Iron Man movie as seen through the Johnny Gossamer universe. And it’s brilliant.”

29. Ant-Man (2015)

Ant-Man Ants

Director: Peyton Reed
Stars: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly

Best moment: Ant-Man facing off against his nemesis on a miniature train set.

Sample review (via New Zealand Herald): “Combined with action that shifts the usual Marvel macro battle to micro dazzle, a solid cast and a high-tech heist of a plot, Ant-Man delivers a good thing in a small package.”

28. Thor (2011)

Thor Hammer

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston

Best moment: Pretty much anytime Loki shows up.

Sample review (via TV Guide): “Tempering its sweeping scope with wit, humor, and just a little dose of dramatics, Thor is a super-charged fantasy epic that can stand alone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

27. Hancock (2008)

Hancock Suit

Director: Peter Berg
Stars: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman

Best moment: The opening scene where Hancock drunkenly chases down a car-full of robbers (and causes millions of dollars of property damage in the process).

Sample review (via eFilmCritic): “The structure of Hancock is a bold risk that supplies more storytelling ambition than your more typical summer popcorn blockbuster.”

26. Watchmen (2009)

Watchmen Smiley Face Pin

Director: Zack Snyder
Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup

Best moment: The opening montage over Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are a-Changin’.

Sample review (via Radio Times): “Those unfamiliar with the work may be completely bewildered, but stick with it — this is a bold and uncompromising take on one of the genre’s sacred cows that stands up to repeat viewings.”

25. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Bane Harvey Dent

Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Matthew Modine, Juno Temple

Best moment: Bane escapes the custody of the CIA, midair, in the most badass way possible.

Sample review (via Flavorwire): “Nolan somehow never loses control – this is an accomplished and tremendously confident filmmaker, both in the execution of his thrilling chases and action beats, and in his manipulation of the complicated, multi-faceted narrative.”

24. Hellboy (2004)

Hellboy Gun

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, John Hurt

Best moment: Hellboy facing off against Sammael in a subway station.

Sample review (via NPR): “Anyone can send an immense, computer-generated vegetable monster rampaging at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, but it takes a special kind of imagination to do it in a way that’s thrilling, emotionally complex, and rapturously beautiful all at once.”

23. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

Hellboy Abe Sapien

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, John Hurt

Best moment: Hellboy and friends vs. the titular Golden Army.

Sample review (via London Evening Standard): “This, like the first Hellboy, is del Toro on holiday in Hollywood, having as much fun as he can without totally compromising his considerable powers of invention.”

22. Big Hero 6 (2014)

Big Hero 6 Superheroes

Directors: Don Hall, Chris Williams
Stars: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller

Best moment: Baymax and crew facing off against the film’s baddie.

Sample review (via The Guardian): “An origins story ripe with innocence and loss, this anime-inflected treat harks back to Disney’s big-hearted heritage even as it looks forward towards new worlds of innovation.”

21. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Captain America Shield

Director: Joe Johnston
Stars: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones

Best moment: The final scene, when Cap wakes up in present day New York – only because we know big things are coming soon.

Sample review (via The Movie Report): “As good a film version as can be made in this day and age by unapologetically embracing the square do-gooder nature of the character and concept.”

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1 Comment on "50 Best Superhero Movies Since 2000"

  1. Thank you for sharing the list, I think I watched half of these movies. “The Dark Knight” is really epic.
    I wonder calling Deadpool and Suicide Squad is a superheroes movie true or not :p
    Bookmarked the list! Thank you!!

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