Superhero stories have been told across various media as part of our culture for several decades, with the big screen being the most popular destination. Most of us love them because every movie says something about our collective desire as human beings for a champion who is able to rise up during difficult times to help us – someone who has our best interest at heart, but is not held back by either physical or societal laws like us.
There are also those who love these movies because of the dual identities of the superhero characters, their fancy skin tight costumes and the fantastic struggles between evil and good. Either way, there’s no denying that the popularity of superhero movies is currently at an all time high. With that in mind, here are the best 5 superhero movies of all time:
Long before the spider man trilogy, Sam Raimi flexed his creative muscles on the superhero film – Darkman. Featuring Liam Neeson as Dr Peyton Westlake, a hideously disfigured scientist who is seeking revenge on the thugs who set his face on fire, this movie is wild and relentlessly entertaining, even though it makes you feel sympathy for its hero.
The Original Spider Man
Although there are many peoples who think Spider-Man 2 is the best of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, the contribution that the original Spider-Man has had on the whole genre cannot be underestimated. From perfect cast choices in the form of J.K. Simmons and Tobey Maguire to hyper-stylized aesthetic, the original spider man remains one of the best superhero movies of all time. Without this one movie, the whole genre would look very different today.
Though Richard Donner’s Superman wasn’t the first ever superhero movie, it is from it that most of us believed that a man can fly. Understanding the importance of a hero’s origin story is as important as good development of their current story, Richard spent as much time in Kansas and Krypton as he did in Metropolis. This enabled us to understand Clark Kent better, thereby helping us to appreciate Superman. Nearly every superhero movie of today can be traced back to this landmark feature.
Captain America: The First Avenger
Thanks to the unique story, excellent choreographed action and Chris Evans’ performance, Captain America: The First Avenger remains one of the greatest superhero movies of all time. Set in the 1940s when the 2nd world war was raging and Captain America was the top hero in the United States, the film managed to keep up entertained and the edge of our seats all throughout.
The Crow isn’t a typical superhero movie everyone would expect, but it is a thrilling and fantastic dark feature that is great in its own right. It is a classic revenge story with a fantasy twist, as a rock star returns from the dead to seek revenge on the people who murdered him and his girlfriend on the exact anniversary of his murder. The story may be small scale with all the action happening in one small neighborhood, but it still manages to entertain with its great characters and excellent performances.
Your favorite movie may not have made it on this list, but these are still some of the best superhero movies in history. Enjoy!