50 Best Superhero Movies Since 2000

20. Blade II (2002)

Blade 2 Blood Pool

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela

Best moment: Blade slashing vampire baddie Reinhardt in two after casually walking out of a literal pool of blood.

Sample review (via The Film Yap): “Twilight popularly defined vampire cinema in the Zeroes. But Team Blade could execute every last sullen Cullen. When Blade turns full vampire – suplexing and flying-elbow-dropping people like a crazy Mexican luchador – ’tis pure fanboy nirvana.”

19. Dredd (2012)

Dredd Gun

Director: Pete Travis
Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Wood Harris

Best moment: The slo mo shootout.

Sample review (via Express Elevator To Hell): ” Dredd 2012 remains one of the few new millennium remakes that not only stands on its own, but definitively outclasses its previous film incarnation. With strong characters, a smart setting, and wonderfully bloody carnage, Urban does not need to shout, “I AM THE LAAAUUUWW!” He only needs to mutter it softly.”

18. Chronicle (2012)

Chronicle Poster

Director: Josh Trank
Stars: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan

Best moment: The climactic fisticuffs between Andrew and Matt is impressively epic.

Sample review (via Wicked Horror): “The flick works both as a fascinating look into what might really happen if three immature lads suddenly found themselves with super-powers, and as a study of how bullying and abuse leads certain kids to go off the rails.”

17. Unbreakable (2000)

Unbreakable Comic-Book Store

Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Stars: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright, Spencer Treat Clark

Best moment: David testing/learning the bounds of his strength during a workout session.

Sample review (via The A.V. Club): “Modern superhero movies could look many places to learn how to take a step back from their playbooks or perpetual phase/team-up planning. But it’s hard to imagine a better source of inspiration than Unbreakable. A few pinches of the thematic and character driven success of M. Night Shyamalan’s movie could go a long way toward making superheroes and their fights mean something again.”

16. X-Men (2000)

Hugh Jackman Wolverine

Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romijn, Tyler Mane, Bruce Davison

Best moment: The opening scene where, instead of introducing us to the heroes, we are introduced to the villain in the form of young Magneto in 1944 German-occupied Poland

Sample review (via SPLICEDWire): “As overwrought, over-buzzed, F/X-driven, pure-popcorn summer escapist flicks go, X-Men delivers the goods better than most.”

15. Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man Rain Scene

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco, J.K. Simmons

Best moment: Spidey facing off against Green Goblin… oh, and the upside down kiss.

Sample review (via People): “Not since 1978’s Superman has there been a live-action, comic book-based film so savvy at mixing self-aware camp with sincere emotion, and so successful at establishing the normal guy life of its spandexed protagonist.”

14. Kick-Ass (2010)


Director: Matthew Vaughn
Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Best moment: Pretty much whenever Hit-Girl shows up in full costume.

Sample review (via Herald Sun): With its electrifying action sequences, a killer storyline and a maverick comic sensibility, the brilliance of Kick Ass will hit those who want to see it like a thunderbolt.

13. X-Men: First Class (2011)

X-Men First Class

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne

Best moment: In a bar, Magneto gets revenge on two former Nazi’s for killing his family.

Sample review (via Sight and Sound): “For reasons arising from the way the X-Men film franchise has developed, this is the first Marvel movie set in the period when the characters were created, and thus able to embrace the Rat Pack cool that was part of their original charm.”

12. X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)

Days Of Future Past Opening

Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Evan Peters, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult

Best moment: The opening scene where a group of mutants get obliterated by a pack of Sentinels.

Sample review (via Metro Times): “A film loaded with snappy dialogue, winking in-jokes, and a fistful of terrific performances that add a layer of emotional resonance and moral complexity, grounding the material even as it threatens to fly away in a blizzard of flying shrapnel.”

11. Batman Begins (2005)

Batman Begins Rain

Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman

Best moment: Bruce Wayne’s training, before he dons his infamous getup.

Sample review (via Quickflix): “It’s a refreshing approach to the genre, even when revisiting years later, in an era inundated with superhero movies where each tries to better the last’s visual effects budget.”

One thought 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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