Top 10 Superhero Movies

By Nicole Koehn

Epic battles, creative costumes, and a thirst for justice; these are some elements that make up the superhero movie. This classic genre is always a favorite because it gives people the chance to root for a hero. Here are my top ten superhero movies.

10. The Incredible Hulk (2008)   Who doesn’t love the Hulk (Edward Norton)? He is such a fantastic hero, but the movie was only okay. The special effects are great, but it feels like they could have made the movie so much better than it was. Still, it’s a fun one to watch.

9. X-Men (2000)   The X-Men movies are great. The film shows that the mutants are just normal people with special talents who are just trying to fit in and do the right thing…well most of them, at least. With a clear good guys-versus-bad-guys plot it’s easy to get caught up in the astounding fight scenes. Also, having Hugh Jackman as Wolverine doesn’t hurt either.

8. Thor (2011)   Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is the god of thunder and is already a hero on his home planet, but after being banished he ends up on Earth. This movie has amazing special effects and the occasional humor is fantastic. Within five minutes of meeting our hero he hilariously gets tased–I don’t see how a movie like that can go wrong. Another great point of this film is its villain, Loki, played none other than the British charmer Tom Hiddleston. Despite his evilness, we sympathize with Loki and deep down in our hearts kind of root for him. This movie is well done and I would definitely recommend it.

7. Superman Returns (2006)  Of course, no superhero movie list would be complete without the classic Superman. Personally, I chose this 2006 version for Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor. I love Spacey as the bad guy and I thought his portrayal of the classic villain was fantastic. I will admit the scene where our hero is shot in the eye and the bullet crumples when it hits him is kind of cheesy, but overall it’s a pretty good version of Superman.

6. The Dark Knight (2008)   With an all-star cast that includes Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, this film is expected to be good. It has a darker twist to it but is masterfully done, especially with Heath Ledger’s incredibly profound performance that gave me chills whenever he was onscreen. This will go down in movie history.

5.  Spider-Man (2002)    Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is just an average kid that gets bitten by spider and gets powers. He’s the last person we’d think of to become a hero, which is why he is such a great one. His drive for justice that follows him on the epic journey is a joy to watch. I will admit that I do enjoy the newest Spider-Man films with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, but you can never beat the classic with Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.

4. Iron Man (2008)
The fact that the character and the actor are basically the same person makes falling in love with this hero simple. Robert Downey Jr. brings the self-centered billionaire genius Tony Stark to life in the Iron Man films. Through him, we witness some great character development without completely losing our favorite parts of the original Tony. Iron Man is a great film for any superhero fan because it includes a fantastic hero, awesome special effects, and a great plot twist.

3. The Avengers (2012)    The Avengers is basically five superhero movies wrapped into one, which by anyone’s standards is usually a good idea. The dynamic between all of the characters is exactly what one would expect: complete chaos at the beginning that all works out in the end for the sake of saving humanity. With a perfect battle scene to end the film, it is a must watch.

2. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)    This is a classic underdog story and since the United States of America is the nation where anything is possible, how can you pass this film up? Steve Rodgers (Chris Evans) is desperate to help out and fight the war, but his lack of physical strength almost makes this impossible. When a doctor performs an experimental procedure on him, Steve becomes the hero he has always been on the inside. With an attitude that everyone is valuable, you can’t help but fall in love with Captain America, and as an audience we are rooting for him till the very end.

1. The Incredibles (2004)   In-hiding after the world rejected supers, this family is just trying to live as normal as a life as possible, until the world needs saving from an unlikely villain, of course. The reason this film is my number one is that the heroes are relateable and are people dealing with the same things as us…well, most things anyway. It’s so inspiring to see that because you have super powers does not mean your life is perfect. This is a superhero film for viewers of all ages and is perfect to watch on any occasion. Let’s just hope the sequel lives up to the original.