THE COMPLETE RANKINGS OF COMIC BOOK MOVIES

Note: I just updated this to reflect Venom as an ‘ABOVE AVERAGE’ comic book movie.  Seriously.  It got massive bad hype, but I saw it and I enjoyed it. Yeah, plotholes abound and it’s really silly, but Tom Hardy played it perfect.

Every comic book movie ever made, ranked.

Ground rules:

  • Must be theatrical releases (but may be animated)
  • No direct to video
  • Must be actually based on a comic book (so no Incredibles), and most non-U.S. comics are excluded because I can’t possibly watch all the subtitled Manga movies
  • The comic book had to come first—movies based on unpublished comics (Oblivion) or based on comics that were based on something else (Conan, The Shadow) are excluded; however, newspaper comics (Dick Tracy) are fair game

We’ll start with the top 25, and then rank all the rest…

THE 25 BEST COMIC BOOK MOVIES OF ALL TIME, RANKED

1.  Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) (Marvel)
2.  Avengers: Infinity War (2018) (Marvel)
3.  Superman II (1980) (DC)
4.  The Avengers (2012) (Marvel)
5.  Iron Man (2008) (Marvel)
6.  Black Panther (2018) (Marvel)
7.  The Dark Knight (2008) (DC)
8.  Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) (Marvel)
9.  Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) (Oni)
10.  Hellboy (2004) (Dark Horse)
11.  Logan (2017) (Marvel)
12.  Wonder Woman (2017)
13.  Spider-Man 2 (2004) (Marvel)
14.  Deadpool (2016) (Marvel)
15.  Thor: Ragnarok (2017) (Marvel)
16.  A History of Violence (2005) (Vertigo)
17.  Batman Begins (2005) (DC)
18.  Thor (2011) (Marvel)
19.  Spider-Man (2002) (Marvel)
20.  Blade (1998) (Marvel)
21.  Batman (1989) (DC)
22.  X2: X-Men United (2003) (Marvel)
23.  Superman (1978) (DC)
24.  Batman: The Movie (1966) (DC)
25.  Kick-Ass (2010) (Icon)

TOP TIER (Not quite top 25, but definitely among the best)

American Splendor (2003) (Dark Horse)
Ant-Man (2015) (Marvel)

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Blade II (2002) (Marvel)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) (Marvel)
Captain America: Civil War (2016) (Marvel)
The Crow (1994) (Caliber/Kitchen Sink)
Dick Tracy (1990) (syndicated newspaper strip)
Ghost World (2001) (Fantagraphics)
Heavy Metal (1981) (animated theatrical release) (HM Communications)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) (Dark Horse)
Kick-Ass 2 (2013) (Icon)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) (Image)
The Losers (2010) (Vertigo)
Men in Black (1997) (Aircel/Malibu)
Red (2010) (Image)
Road to Perdition (2002) (Image)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) (Marvel)
30 Days of Night (2007) (IDW)
2 Guns (2013) (Boom!)
V for Vendetta (2006) (Vertigo)
Wanted (2008) (Image)
X-Men (2000) (Marvel)
X-Men: First Class (2011) (Marvel)

ABOVE AVERAGE

(Still giving comic book movies a good name)

Batman Returns (1992) (DC)
Blade: Trinity (2004) (Marvel)
Bulletproof Monk (2003) (Image)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) (DC)
Deadpool 2 (2018) (Marvel)
Doctor Strange (2016) (Marvel)
Dredd (2012) (2000 AD)
From Hell (2001) (Top Shelf)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) (Marvel)
Hardware (1990) (2000 AD)
Hulk (2003) (Marvel)
The Incredible Hulk (2008) (Marvel)
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) (Image)
My Friend Dahmer (2018) (Harry N. Abrams)
The Punisher (1989) (Marvel)
Sin City (2005) (Dark Horse)
Superman and the Mole Men (1951) (DC)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) (Mirage)
Timecop (1994) (Dark Horse)

Venom (2018) (Sony/Marvel)
Watchmen (2009) (DC)
Weird Science (1985) (EC Comics)
When the Wind Blows (1986) (animated) (Penguin Books)

AVERAGE

(compared to other comic book movies at the time, these are solid films)

Alien vs. Predator (2004) (Dark Horse)
Atomic Blonde (2017) (Oni)Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) (Marvel)
Batman & Robin (1997) (DC)
Constantine (2005) (Vertigo)
The Crow: City of Angels (1996) (Caliber/Kitchen Sink)
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) (Marvel)
G-Men from Hell (2000) (based on Grafik Muzik, pub. by Caliber)
Heavy Metal 2000 (2000) (animated) (Metal Mammoth, Inc.)
Iron Man 2 (2010) (Marvel)
Iron Man 3 (2013) (Marvel)
The Mask (1994) (Image)
The Punisher (2004) (Marvel)
Punisher: War Zone (2008) (Marvel)
Red 2 (2013) (Image)
The Rocketeer (1991) (Pacific)
Spider-Man 3 (2007) (Marvel)
Supergirl (1984) (DC)
Surrogates (2009) (Top Shelf)
Swamp Thing (1982) (DC)
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995) (EC Comics)
Tank Girl (1995) (Titan)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) (Mirage)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) (Mirage)
300 (2007) (Dark Horse)
Virus (1999) (Dark Horse)
The Wolverine (2013) (Marvel)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) (Marvel)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) (Marvel)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) (Marvel)

BELOW AVERAGE

(You’ll only like these if you really always wanted to see this comic adapated)

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) (Dark Horse)
Art School Confidential (2006) (based on Eightball, pub. by Fantagraphics)
Barb Wire (1996) (Dark Horse)
Batman Forever (1995) (DC)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) (DC)
Casper (1995) (Archie)
Cowboys & Aliens (2011) (Image)
The Crow: Salvation (2000) (Caliber/Kitchen Sink)
Daredevil (2003) (Marvel)
Fantastic Four (2005) (Marvel)
Gemma Bovery (2014) (serial in The Guardian magazine)judge-dredd
Green Lantern (2011) (DC)
Howard the Duck (1986) (Marvel)
I, Frankenstein (2014) (self-released)
Jonah Hex (2010) (DC)
Josie and the Pussycats (2001) (Archie)
Judge Dredd (1995) (2000 AD)
Man of Steel (2013) (DC)
Men in Black II (2002) (Aircel/Malibu)
Monkeybone (2001) (based on Dark Town, pub. by Mad Monkey)
Mystery Men (1999) (based on Flaming Carrot, pub. Image)
Officer Downe (2016) (Image)
Ri¢hie Ri¢h (1994) (Archie)
R.I.P.D. (2013) (Dark Horse)
Spawn (1997) (Image)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) (Marvel)
The Spirit (2008) (syndicated newspaper strip)
Suicide Squad (2016) (DC)
Superman III (1983) (DC)
Tales from the Crypt (1972) (EC Comics)
Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood (1996) (EC Comics)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) (Mirage)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) (Mirage)
Term Life (2016) (Image)
Thor: The Dark World (2013) (Marvel)
TMNT (2007) (animated) (Mirage)
Whiteout (2009) (Image)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) (Marvel)

UGH.  NO.  STAY AWAY.

Bad Kids Go to Hell (2012) (Antarctic)
Bad Kids of Crestview Academy (2017) (based on Bad Kids Go 2 Hell, pub. by Antarctic)
Captain America (1990) (Marvel)
Catwoman (2004) (DC)
The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005) (Caliber/Kitchen Sink)
Elektra (2005) (Marvel)
Fantastic Four (2015) (Marvel)
Ghost Rider (2007) (Marvel)
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012) (Marvel)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) (ABC/WildStorm)
Men in Black 3 (2012) (Aircel/Malibu)
The Return of Swamp Thing (1989) (DC)
Sheena (1984) (Fiction House)
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) (Dark Horse)
Son of the Mask (2005) (Image)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) (Marvel)
Steel (1997) (DC)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) (DC)
Superman Returns (2006) (DC)
Tales from the Crypt Presents: Ritual (2002) (EC Comics)
300: Rise of an Empire (2014) (Dark Horse)
Wilson (2017) (Fantagraphics)

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