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The 50 Greatest Superhero Movies of All Time, According to Rotten Tomatoes

Ellen Gutoskey
Lupita Nyong'o, Chadwick Boseman, and Danai Gurira in Black Panther (2018).
Lupita Nyong'o, Chadwick Boseman, and Danai Gurira in Black Panther (2018). / Marvel Studios
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If you came to this list a little apprehensive that the Marvel Cinematic Universe would have a monopoly on it, fear not.

Yes, the MCU inarguably looms large, with four entries in the top 10 alone—Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Iron Man (2008), and Thor: Ragnarok (2017)—and many other films somewhere in the top 50. It’s not the highest-grossing movie franchise of all time for nothing.

Movies derived from Marvel Comics that don’t explicitly fall under the MCU umbrella are well-represented, too. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), which is also Rotten Tomatoes’ best animated movie of all time, took the top spot with a 97 percent rating. Logan (2017) landed in 10th place, and several other X-Men films also made the list, including 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past in 20th place and 2011’s X-Men: First Class in 30th (2019’s Dark Phoenix, one of the biggest box office flops in history, is unsurprisingly nowhere to be found).

But it’s not just a Marvel world that we all happen to live in. Wonder Woman (2017), Shazam! (2019), and more DC Comics films ranked high, and right behind Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sits an original and very beloved Pixar creation: 2004’s The Incredibles. Its 2018 sequel clinched 11th place. The list is peppered with other kids’ favorites, from Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie to The LEGO Batman Movie, both released in 2017. There are also six other Batman works, including all three films from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.

If you don’t see your personal favorite superhero movie below, you can check for it on Rotten Tomatoes’ full list of 75 movies here.

  1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) // 97 percent
  2. The Incredibles (2004) // 97 percent
  3. Black Panther (2018) // 96 percent
  4. Avengers: Endgame (2019) // 94 percent
  5. The Dark Knight (2008) // 94 percent
  6. Iron Man (2008) // 94 percent
  7. Superman (1978) // 94 percent
  8. Wonder Woman (2017) // 93 percent
  9. Thor: Ragnarok (2017) // 93 percent
  10. Logan (2017) // 93 percent
  11. Incredibles 2 (2018) // 93 percent
  12. Spider-Man 2 (2004) // 93 percent
  13. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) // 92 percent
  14. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) // 92 percent
  15. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) // 91 percent
  16. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) // 91 percent
  17. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) // 90 percent
  18. Captain America: Civil War (2016) // 90 percent
  19. Shazam! (2019) // 90 percent
  20. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) // 90 percent
  21. The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) // 90 percent
  22. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) // 90 percent
  23. Spider-Man (2002) // 90 percent
  24. Doctor Strange (2016) // 89 percent
  25. Big Hero 6 (2014) // 90 percent
  26. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) // 87 percent
  27. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) // 87 percent
  28. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) // 87 percent
  29. Superman II (1981) // 86 percent
  30. X-Men: First Class (2011) // 86 percent
  31. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) // 86 percent
  32. Avengers: Infinity War (2018) // 85 percent
  33. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) // 85 percent
  34. Deadpool (2016) // 85 percent
  35. X2: X-Men United (2003) // 85 percent
  36. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) // 84 percent
  37. Deadpool 2 (2018) // 84 percent
  38. Batman Begins (2005) // 84 percent
  39. Darkman (1990) // 83 percent
  40. The Crow (1994) // 83 percent
  41. Ant-Man (2014) // 83 percent
  42. X-Men (2000) // 82 percent
  43. Hellboy (2004) // 81 percent
  44. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) // 80 percent
  45. Batman Returns (1992) // 80 percent
  46. Captain Marvel (2019) // 79 percent
  47. Iron Man 3 (2013) // 79 percent
  48. Batman: The Movie (1966) // 79 percent
  49. Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) // 79 percent
  50. Thor (2011) // 77 percent
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