Comic Book Movies

Comic books have always been a rich source of inspiration for Hollywood. But not all comic book adaptations are created equal. This list includes our favorites, with heroes from the Man of Steel to his more offbeat friends the Mystery Men.

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Astro Boy Movie Poster Image
Action-packed adventure a fun bet for young superhero fans.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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Superman: The Movie Movie Poster Image
Super-nostalgic superhero adventure still soars.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1978)
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The Adventures of Tintin Movie Poster Image
Whirlwind animated adventure is a visual treat for tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec Movie Poster Image
French comics-based adventure is engaging for tweens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Dick Tracy Movie Poster Image
Artful, colorful, light comics adaptation.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1990)
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Spider-Man Movie Poster Image
Fun movie, but may be too intense for younger kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2002)
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Spider-Man 2 Movie Poster Image
A popcorn pleasure with heart, soul, and insight.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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X-Men Movie Poster Image
Comic-book adaptation has brains, brawn, and style.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Spider-Man 3 Movie Poster Image
Kids will be dazzled, but the story falls short of No. 2.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Captain America: The First Avenger Movie Poster Image
Comic book adventure mixes patriotism, explosive action.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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The Amazing Spider-Man Movie Poster Image
Action-packed series reboot has lots to offer Spidey fans.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Poster Image
Uneven Spider-Man sequel mixes action, romance.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Firebreather Movie Poster Image
Comic-inspired movie has great messages for teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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Green Lantern Movie Poster Image
Entertaining but superficial superhero thriller.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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The Mask Movie Poster Image
A bit crude, but fun and relatively harmless.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1994)
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X2: X-Men United Movie Poster Image
Fun but violent sequel has peril, cursing.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
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Men in Black Movie Poster Image
Lots of fun, but too scary for some kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1997)
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Mystery Men Movie Poster Image
Witty comic-book story is edgy, with lots of potty humor.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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The Avengers Movie Poster Image
Heroes work together in explosive comic-book adventure.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Poster Image
Superheroes reteam for entertaining, action-packed sequel.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Movie Poster Image
Heavy fantasy violence, but no sex in superhero sequel.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Iron Man Movie Poster Image
Great action, lots of style, some iffy stuff.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2008)
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Iron Man 2 Movie Poster Image
Downey whips out the big guns, sexy banter in fun sequel.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Thor Movie Poster Image
Surprisingly complex superhero action-adventure.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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X-Men: Days of Future Past Movie Poster Image
Time-traveling superhero sequel has lots of action violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Batman Returns Movie Poster Image
A darkly violent take on the comic-book hero.
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(Release Year: 1992)
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Hellboy Movie Poster Image
Somewhat entertaining, but too scary for many.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Hellboy II: The Golden Army Movie Poster Image
Imaginative, campy comic book fun; lots of scares.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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The Incredible Hulk Movie Poster Image
Bloodier action than other comic book adventures.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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The Fifth Element Movie Poster Image
Futuristic comic book spectacle fun, but riddled with guns.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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Superman vs. the Elite Movie Poster Image
Strong violence countered by positive messages, good story.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Superman: Unbound Movie Poster Image
Superman fights, learns life lessons in animated thriller.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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The Wolverine Movie Poster Image
Thrilling, action-packed adventure treads dark waters.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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The Dark Knight Movie Poster Image
Excellent sequel much darker, more violent than the first.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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The Dark Knight Rises Movie Poster Image
Bale's final Batman is as gritty and dark as the first two.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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