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Best Hero Movies

  • Iron Man

    Iron Man (PG-13, 2008)

    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leslie Bibb
    Billionaire industrialist and genius inventor Tony Stark is kidnapped and forced to build a devastat... read moreing weapon. Instead, using his intelligence and ingenuity, Tony builds a high-tech suit of armor and escapes captivity. When he uncovers a nefarious plot with global implications, he dons his powerful armor and vows to protect the world as Iron Man.
    • grantk1004
      grantk1004: w it people were surprised he didn't keep his identity a secret, I liked this because it gave you a hero that wanted the fame from it which was something that wasn't known from heroes. The redesign of
      Reviewed 4 months days ago
    • fb1438582461
      fb1438582461: rs horrible personality leaves plenty of the important messages that are suppose to come with super hero stories gone, and forgotten. There's suppose to be something to learn, and love. That's hard wh
      Reviewed 16 months days ago
    • fb1363641167
      fb1363641167: A staple of the super hero genre, with a star making role for Robert Downey Jr.
      Reviewed 13 months days ago
  • Watchmen

    Watchmen (R, 2009)

    Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley
    300's Zack Snyder brings Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' critically acclaimed comic book Watchmen to th... read moree big screen, courtesy of DC Comics and Warner Bros. Pictures. Set in an alternate universe circa 1985, the film's world is a highly unstable one where a nuclear war is imminent between America and Russia. Superheroes have long been made to hang up their tights thanks to the government-sponsored Keene Act, but that all changes with the death of The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a robust ex-hero commando whose mysterious free fall out a window perks the interest of one of the country's last remaining vigilantes, Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley). His investigation leads him to caution many of his other former costumed colleagues, including Dr. Manhattan, Night Owl (Patrick Wilson), Ozymandias (Matthew Goode), Sally Jupiter (Carla Gugino), and her daughter, The Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman). Heralded for bringing the world of superheroes into the literary world, Watchmen gave the super-powered mythos a real-life grounding that had been missing in mainstream comics to that point. The film adaptation had languished in one form of development hell or another for years after the book's release, with various directors on and off the project, including Terry Gilliam, David Hayter, and Darren Aronofsky, as well as Paul Greengrass, whose eventual dismissal stemmed from budget conflicts with the studio. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
    • fb1008742212
      fb1008742212: Wirh Zack Snyder taking on the superhero genre as it's surface appeal, Watchmen sounded like a film with great potential.

      I struggled
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
    • fb100000637233487
      fb100000637233487: great super hero movie! it even mostly stayed true the comic!!!
      Reviewed 5 months days ago
    • fb100004689670726
      fb100004689670726: . And one reason I really hated this movie was because I thought most of the heroes in this movie were monstrous and selfish. And I realize now that maybe that was one of the po
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
  • Hancock

    Hancock (PG-13, 2008)

    Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, Eddie Marsan, Johnny Galecki
    A hard-drinking lush finds himself thrust into superhero mode in director Peter Berg's unconventiona... read morel look at the private life of a crime-fighter. Will Smith stars as the embittered do-gooder whose lifestyle is more akin to a rock star than a role model, and who has grown as disillusioned with his once-admiring public as they have of him. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • fb1172677363
      fb1172677363: Not your typical super hero movie. But it was great to watch.
      Reviewed 18 days days ago
    • fb1148703379
      fb1148703379: . I enjoy hero movies. I didn't really enjoy Will Smith in this hero movie. Just couldn't get into it.
      Reviewed 14 months days ago
    • fb509096183
      fb509096183: . It's got three talented actors, and a great twist on the super-hero genre. However, 30 minutes into the film, it's clear that no effort will be put into developing
      Reviewed 17 months days ago
  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight (PG-13, 2008)

    Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal
    Christopher Nolan steps back into the director's chair for this sequel to Batman Begins, which finds... read more the titular superhero coming face to face with his greatest nemesis -- the dreaded Joker. Christian Bale returns to the role of Batman, Maggie Gyllenhaal takes over the role of Rachel Dawes (played by Katie Holmes in Batman Begins), and Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger dons the ghoulishly gleeful Joker makeup previously worn by Jack Nicholson and Cesar Romero. Just as it begins to appear as if Batman, Lt. James Gordon (Gary Oldman), and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) are making headway in their tireless battle against the criminal element, a maniacal, wisecracking fiend plunges the streets of Gotham City into complete chaos. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
  • Spider-Man

    Spider-Man (PG-13, 2002)

    Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson
    After incorporating elements of comic book style and design into many of his films, director Sam Rai... read moremi helms this straight-ahead, big-budget comic book adaptation, which also marks acclaimed young actor Tobey Maguire's first dip into live-action blockbuster filmmaking. Spider-Man follows the template of the original Stan Lee/Steve Ditko source material, with hero Peter Parker an orphaned, intellectual teen loner living in Queens with his aunt (Rosemary Harris) and uncle (Cliff Robertson), and dreaming of the girl next door, Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst). On a field trip to a Columbia University lab, Peter is bitten by a genetically altered spider and overnight he gains superhuman strength, agility, and perception. At first, Peter uses his powers for material gain, winning a wrestling match with a purportedly lucrative prize. But when Peter apathetically fails to stop a burglar from robbing the wrestling arena, a tragedy follows that compels him to devote his powers to fighting crime -- as the superhero Spider-Man. When he's not busy fighting crime in a spider suit, Peter moves into an apartment with his best friend, Harry (James Franco), and begins work as a photographer at the Daily Bugle. Meanwhile, his do-gooder alter ego finds a nemesis in the form of the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), a super-powered, megalomaniacal villain who happens to be the alter ego of Harry's father, weapons-manufacturing mogul Norman Osborn. Spider-Man was written by the prolific blockbuster scribe David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Panic Room). ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi
    • tylm
      tylm: Perhaps the first superhero movie I saw, Spiderman was a visual Marvel (pun intended) for its time; Spiderman even lives up
      Reviewed 5 months days ago
    • fb1843304860
      fb1843304860: Aside from some clunky dialogue, Spider Man proves to be one of my favorite super hero movies! It provides great casting, action, emotion, and heart. Truly an inspiring film for thos
      Reviewed 4 months days ago
    • fb100001276915292
      fb100001276915292: Raimi's approach to the comic book hero is very acceptable, even if most of the directing shots are laughable. Good action scenes and a
      Reviewed 5 months days ago
  • Batman Begins

    Batman Begins (PG-13, 2005)

    Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy
    The origins of the Caped Crusader of Gotham City are finally brought to the big screen in this new a... read moredaptation of the perennially popular comic-book series. The young Bruce Wayne (Gus Lewis) leads a privileged life as the son of wealthy, philanthropist parents, both of whom stress their commitment to improving the lives of the citizens of crime-ridden Gotham City. After his mother and father are murdered by a mugger, however, Wayne grows into an impudent young man (Christian Bale), full of rage and bent on retribution until encouraged by his childhood sweetheart, Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes), to search for answers beyond his own personal vendettas. Wayne eventually finds discipline in the Far East under the tutelage of Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson), a member of the mysterious League of Shadows who guides him in the study of martial arts -- and the ways in which an ordinary man can hone his senses to an almost superhuman acuity. After seven years away from Gotham, Wayne returns, determined to bring peace and safety back to the city. With the help of his faithful manservant, Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Caine), and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), a scientist at his late father's corporation, Wayne develops a secret identity as Batman, a masked fighter for justice. But when a shady psychiatrist (Cillian Murphy) joins forces with the criminal underworld, Wayne realizes that putting an end to their nefarious plans will be very difficult indeed. Batman Begins also features Gary Oldman as Lt. James Gordon and Tom Wilkinson as the crime boss Carmine Falcone. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • fb100004355019689
      fb100004355019689: This is the start of the greatest super hero movie franchises of all time.Christian Bale plays a spot on Bruce Wayne and a brilliant Batman.
      Reviewed 7 months days ago
    • johnburke27
      johnburke27: As a kid Batman was always my favourite super hero by far. Fast forward to present day and he still is.
      I never thought they'd make a batman bet
      Reviewed 7 months days ago
    • beetlebeebug
      beetlebeebug: Really good! Perfect for super hero/vigilante fans.
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
  • Green Lantern

    Green Lantern (PG-13, 2011)

    Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong (II), Tim Robbins
    In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Pro... read moretectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds). Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. -- (C) Warner Bros
    • fb1684760382
      fb1684760382: have been better movie if he would've just stayed on that planet the whole movie but it's a decent hero flick and isn't a good thing for Warner Bros and DC knowing that the last Superman movie and Jo
      Reviewed 4 months days ago
    • jasonrousseau
      jasonrousseau: . You can't say that about many movies. We're talking about a hero that can make giant fly swatters, or baseball bats out of green light. This movie had the right
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
    • fb1585321719
      fb1585321719: . He gets all elements of Hal perfect. There's the cocky pilot on Earth, the hero when he pulls Abin Sur from his ship, and the Lantern who's not afraid to talk back to the Guar
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
  • Iron Man 2

    Iron Man 2 (PG-13, 2010)

    Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell
    As Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) owns up to being Iron Man before the world press, Anton Vanko lies... read more dying in Russia. Years ago, Anton worked with Tony's father to create a new source of energy. But greed got the best of Anton, and now as he slips away, his son, Ivan (Mickey Rourke), vows to make Tony pay for the sins of his father. Meanwhile, Tony fends off efforts from smarmy Senator Stern (Garry Shandling) and military weapons expert Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) to get him to divulge the secrets of his powerful Iron Man suit. The powers that be are concerned that Tony's technology may fall into the wrong hands -- fears that are soon confirmed when the cocky billionaire entrepreneur is confronted in front of the entire world by Ivan, who has built his own weapon using stolen Stark blueprints. Later, as Lt. Rhodes (Don Cheadle) wrestles with the decision to personally deliver Tony's suit to the military, Ivan finds an unlikely ally in the quest to destroy Iron Man; Stark Industries legal consultant Natalie Rushman (Scarlett Johansson) reveals her connection to Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson); and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) takes on some new responsibilities. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb1112225155: on Tony Stark ended his feature film debut letting fanboys know this wouldn't be your typical super hero movie franchise. There would be no secret identity-- Stark and the suit would be one entity, k
      Reviewed 16 months days ago
    • fb1375834532
      fb1375834532: . Man Robert Downey Jr. has the out of control narcissistic hero down. I actually liked Don Cheadle as Rhodey more than the other guy. You throw Mickey Rourke a
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
    • fb634891889
      fb634891889: Funny how commercial's can make somthing so big so fast, I love superhero movie's alltogether and I want them to be popular but selling out to b.q and shit like that is
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Spider-Man 3

    Spider-Man 3 (PG-13, 2007)

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace
    Your friendly neighborhood web-slinger is back, only this time his sunny outlook has become partiall... read morey overcast in the third chapter of director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man saga. Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco return to reprise their roles from the previous two installments, with Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, and Bryce Dallas Howard making their first appearances in the series as Flint Marko (aka Sandman), Eddie Brock (aka Venom), and Gwen Stacy, respectively. Peter Parker (Maguire) has finally leaned to walk the middle ground between being the superhero that his city needs and the man that Mary Jane (Dunst) loves. All is well in New York City until one night, as Peter and M.J. sit gazing at the stars, a falling comet streams across the sky and crashes into the ground close by. But this isn't any ordinary shooting star, and upon impact the mysterious space rock is split open to reveal a shape-shifting symbiote with the power to overtake anything that it comes into contact with. Later, as Harry Osborn (James Franco) acquires his late father's flying board, engineers a powerful new Goblin outfit, and takes to the sky to avenge dad's death, the mysterious space sludge infects both Peter's Spider-Man suit and ambitious street photographer Eddie Brock (Grace). Peter's strange new suit gives him a newfound sense of power as it gradually overpowers his personality, and he discovers that escaped convict Flint Marko was in fact the man responsible for the death of Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson). Unfortunately for Peter, Marko has recently acquired the power to morph at will and quickly completes his transformation into the dreaded Sandman. As the Sandman gives in to his darkest criminal instincts and the slithering space symbiote transforms Eddie Brock into the nightmarish fanged villain known as Venom, the citizens of New York City must once again call on Spider-Man to fend off destructive forces that are far too powerful for the likes of mortal man. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • fb653277564
      fb653277564: . It's a shame, it could have been every bit as good as its predecessor, one of the finest super hero movies so far. Also, that news reporter in the final battle is fucking terrible.
      Reviewed 5 months days ago
    • taz523
      taz523: . Instead we have this average super hero film that didn't live up to expectation.
      Reviewed 4 months days ago
    • fb1211857879
      fb1211857879: Spider Man 3 is certainly not the worst super hero film, but it does contribute a handful of bad habits in the genre.
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
  • Kick-Ass

    Kick-Ass (R, 2010)

    Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong (II), Chloe Grace Moretz
    Adapted from Mark Millar's hyper-violent comic book of the same name, director Matthew Vaughn's (Lay... read moreer Cake) vigilante superhero film tells the tale of an average New York teenager who decides to don a costume and fight crime. Comic book geek Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) may not have good coordination or special powers, but that doesn't mean he isn't a fully capable crime fighter. After purchasing a flashy wet suit on the Internet, Dave starts busting up baddies with nothing but brute force. He calls himself Kick-Ass, and he can take a beating as good as he can dish one out. Before long, Kick-Ass has become a local sensation, and others are following his lead. Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) are a father-daughter crime-fighting duo who have set their sights on local mob heavy Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong). They're doing a decent job of dismantling Frank's sizable underworld empire when Kick-Ass gets drawn into the fray. But Frank's men play rough, and his son, Chris (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), is about to become Kick-Ass' very first arch nemesis. When Chris assumes the persona of Red Mist, the stage is set for a superhero showdown that could spell the end of Kick-Ass once and for all. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • fb513956912
      fb513956912: Love the line of thinking over a traditional super hero movie. Not for kids :)
      Reviewed 1 day days ago
    • iluvkdyer
      iluvkdyer: THIS is what a super hero movie should be. Kick-Ass is one of the few films I'd say is better than its source material. T
      Reviewed 7 months days ago
    • phantomfharlock
      phantomfharlock: This is a great commentary on super hero movies, the question, "why has no one become a super hero?", and what would be the ramification
      Reviewed 18 months days ago