Ranking Every Superhero Movie Since 2000

Film Review Dark Knight Rises

by Vanessa Tottle

I want to rank every live-action superhero movie made since 2000 through this year. The movie has to have had a theatrical release to qualify. It’s an ambitious goal, so I broke things down into categories to make it easier.

Films Based Around a Male Superhero
51. Jonah Hex
50. Zoom
49. The Crow: Wicked Prayer
48. Son of the Mask
47. Thor: The Dark World
46. Green Lantern
45. Man-Thing
44. The Green Hornet
43. The Incredible Hulk
42. Superman Returns
41. The Crow: Salvation
40. The Spirit
39. Ghost Rider
38. Kick-Ass 2
37. Daredevil
36. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
35. Iron Man 2
34. R.I.P.D.
33. Super
32. Spider-Man 3
31. Punisher: War Zone
30. The Legend of Zorro
29. Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance
28. The Punisher
27. Iron Man 3
26. Blade: Trinity
25. Wanted
24. Iron Man
23. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
22. Captain America: The First Avenger
21 .The Amazing Spider-Man
20. Kick-Ass
19. Jumper
18. Spider-Man
17. The Dark Knight
16. Blade 2
15. Spider-Man 2
14. The Wolverine
13. Thor
12. Man of Steel
11. Hulk
10. Hancock
9. Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
8. Batman Begins
7. Hellboy
6. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
5. V for Vendetta
4. Constantine
3. Dredd
2. Unbreakable
1. The Dark Knight Rises


Ensembles Dominated by Male Superheroes
12. Fantastic Four
11. X-Men: The Last Stand
10. Sky High
9. Push
8. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
7. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
6. X-Men
5. X-Men: First Class
4. The Avengers
3. Chronicle
2. X2: X-Men United
1. Watchmen

Elektra appears in Daredevil

Ensembles Dominated by Female Superheroes
no entries yet

Films Based Around a Dog Superhero
2. Super Buddies
1. Underdog

Films Based Around a Female Superhero
2. Catwoman
1. Elektra

If Black Widow gets a solo movie, we’ll be one ahead of dogs, you guys!

3 thoughts on “Ranking Every Superhero Movie Since 2000”

  1. I’d have to disagree about Watchmen being better than the Avengers. The source material is certainly stronger, but I don’t think Snyder understood the film he was trying to make, and as a result he made a lot of mistakes with it, whereas Avengers is pretty much perfect for what it wants to do.

    Nevertheless, a fun project!


    1. I haven’t seen all the films on the list myself. While I do agree with Vanessa on how and why she’s split up the categories, I disagree with her in some of the details. “Push” might actually be my personal favorite in the ensemble subcategory – it’s weird and different; the rock-paper-scissors logic of the powers at play give the conflict an element of creative puzzle-solving many other superhero films lack; and I often enjoy having more personal stakes in a plot than “you must do this or the world ends.”


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