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My top 25 comic-book inspired films

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People who added this item 2750 Average listal rating (1843 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
Unbreakable (2000)
While not a comic book adaptation, this movie would not exist without M. Night Shyamalan's love of comic books. What he delivered is by far the best superhero origin tale ever to hit the big screen. It explores the relationship between good and evil, the nature of heroes and villains, and incorporates comic book mythologies and artistic techniques to do so. I hate to say too much & ruin the film for anyone who hasn't seen it (if you haven't, go watch it. NOW.), so I'll skip the plot particulars. Suffice it to say the story is compelling, the acting believable and outstanding, the cinematography, directing, even the score...all excellent.
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People who added this item 2975 Average listal rating (1862 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
Oldboy (2003)
Apparently Oldboy was Manga first, though I had no idea until much later. I still haven't read it so I can't honestly compare the two, but Oldboy is one of my all-time favorite films ever so I'd be doing it a disservice to not include it.
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People who added this item 7194 Average listal rating (4746 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 9
Easily the best Batman film to date. Nolan has brought Batman and co. fully into the modern-day world, and this film built off its predecessor with a multi-layered story superbly executed. Ledger marries the Joker with Tyler Durden to create one of the best film villains of all-time (too bad he could only do that trick once). And as the film comes to a close, you're left wanting more. I sit on pins & needles awaiting its sequel.
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People who added this item 1710 Average listal rating (1046 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
Akira (1988)
Adapted from the Manga series, this remains one of the best anime films ever. Outstanding animation, a complex and compelling story, and one of the most memorable movie endings. Amazing.
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People who added this item 6514 Average listal rating (4277 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8
Brad Bird's comic-inspired film looks at superheroes from a truly unique angle: what if people with superpowers had to stop using them? It's very well-rounded, moving easily between humor and darkness, action-packed one moment and tugging at your heartstrings the next, and all around brilliant.
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People who added this item 6927 Average listal rating (4477 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.2
Dystopian goodness. Though not entirely faithful to the source material, the changes work well, and the casting is perfect. Every time I watch it I like it a little more.
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People who added this item 6893 Average listal rating (4610 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
Batman Begins (2005)
Nolan's origin tale for Batman far exceeds Burton's from the start. This time around we truly understand and care about where Batman comes from and what he stands for, and it's more believable because this version of Gotham and its inhabitants isn't so far off from modern-day reality (though obviously it's a dark view). Batman faces his fears and learns to take care in who he trusts in order to completely embrace his role as Gotham's protector and hero. Of course, his work doesn't end here...
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People who added this item 627 Average listal rating (384 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Excellent biopic and adaptation of Harvey Pekar's comic book, which focuses primarily on his life and his thoughts. The performances are outstanding, and the film serves as a good introduction to the man and his work.
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People who added this item 4718 Average listal rating (3157 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
Iron Man (2008)
The best movie based on a Marvel comic. The casting is perfect, the story is well thought out and well told, and it left me wanting more. Also, of all the Marvel films it's the only one I had nothing critical to say about it (especially with regard to its faithfulness to the source material), even after multiple viewings.
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People who added this item 6064 Average listal rating (4022 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
Sin City (2005)
The most faithful comic-book adaptation ever produced, so faithful in fact that some people hated it for bringing nothing new to the table. The rest of us realize it didn't need to, and we love every minute of it.
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People who added this item 682 Average listal rating (438 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9
Creepshow (1982)
Romero's excellent homage to the EC horror comic books, and some of my favorite Stephen King tales. "The Crate" scared me when I was little, and "They're Creeping Up on You!" still creeps me out (and is probably a big reason I hate cockroaches to this day).
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People who added this item 2527 Average listal rating (1658 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
Wanted (2008)
I had no urge to see Wanted when I saw the trailers. It looked horrible. On opening night, however, I found myself dragged by friends to see it. I warned them that I’d walk out if it sucked as much as I expected it to. By the time Wesley Gibson goes off on his supervisor & co-workers, however, I was hooked. I wound up seeing it again in theatres and buying it on DVD. Excellent.
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People who added this item 4867 Average listal rating (3219 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
Batman (1989)
Burton’s Batman & Batman Returns will always have a special place in my heart. He lifted Batman out of campiness and made him dark & brooding, as he should be. Michael Keaton is excellent as Bruce Wayne AND Batman, which could never be said of Kilmer or Clooney. Nicholson’s Joker is menacing, mad, and full of one-liners, which also works well. The only failure here (SPOILER ALERT, but really you should have seen this by now) is Joker’s demise. Why he couldn’t have wound up in Arkham Asylum instead still eludes me. Regardless, I still love the film for what it is, and if it weren’t for Nolan’s reboot this would be much, much higher on this list.
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People who added this item 467 Average listal rating (295 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.2
Tank Girl (1995)
Lori Petty is perfectly cast as Tank Girl, Naomi Watts is perfectly cast as Jet, and Malcolm McDowell is their perfectly cast adversary. The story is well-told and a lot of fun, and so far it’s aged very well. Plus, you get to see Ice-T play a kangaroo, and how often does that happen?
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People who added this item 1391 Average listal rating (867 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.7
TMNT stayed true to the spirit of the comic book, tells the origin well, and has some really memorable scenes. Best of all, it doesn't have Vanilla Ice showing up and ruining it. Pretty sure I could watch it right now & quote the dialogue along with it still.
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People who added this item 4187 Average listal rating (2753 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Michelle Pfeiffer is brilliant as Selena Kyle/Catwoman, and Danny Devito is the best Penguin we'll ever see. Burton used both villains effectively and did a great job of humanizing them, and the overall story is perfectly executed. It's an even better film if you sit through either of its sequels (though I recommend you not).
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People who added this item 1356 Average listal rating (891 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
Admittedly, I haven't read the comic, but I really enjoyed this movie. It's violent, bloody, dark, and the pacing is perfect. When I saw it in theatres I caught myself a few times tightly gripping the armrest, and that's a good sign of an effective horror film.
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People who added this item 2900 Average listal rating (1853 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.4
Hancock (2008)
Another non-adaptation, but I love the idea of this movie. Here we have someone similar in powers to Superman, but he doesn't want to be a superhero & would rather get drunk & be left alone. Of course because he has powers, he can't get by by not using them for long, and Will Smith really brought Hancock alive.
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People who added this item 2261 Average listal rating (1469 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Crow (1994)
As far as I'm concerned this is the only Crow movie that exists. It's a good love story, revenge story, adaptation, and Brandon Lee's best performance. I saw it a few times in theatres & have watched it more times than I can count at home. Best watched around Halloween, when the story takes place.
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People who added this item 6088 Average listal rating (4034 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.9
The Mask (1994)
Jim Carrey was obviously the best choice for this adaptation, and the movie retained the comic's dark humor. It loses some points for toning down the violence from the comic book, but gains a few back for the cartoonish violence which makes sense here. It gets extra points for the Tex Avery-inspired animation.
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People who added this item 1753 Average listal rating (1067 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
Ghost World (2001)
An excellent adaptation and an underrated film.
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People who added this item 2938 Average listal rating (1956 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
Hellboy (2004)
At the time Hellboy came out, I had no interest in it. When I finally watched it shortly before its sequel's release date, I wondered why I'd avoided it. Dark, funny, and entertaining throughout, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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People who added this item 1829 Average listal rating (1183 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7
Equally as good as its predecessor, with just a little more humor thrown in that works well.
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People who added this item 6762 Average listal rating (4364 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Men in Black (1997)
Not a great adaptation, but as a movie it works well. The story's good, the characters are memorable, and it's entertaining throughout.
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People who added this item 1110 Average listal rating (718 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
Superman II (1980)
I've never been a fan of Superman, but as a kid I enjoyed Superman I-III (never saw the 4th). The story is perfectly executed, Christopher Reeve made a great Superman, Gene Hackman was excellent as Lex Luthor, but Krypton's exiled criminals are the best. Since I grew up with this version I put it here, but I could just as well put the Donner Cut here instead. Either way, it's the best of the Superman films.
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Posted: 6 years ago at Dec 1 0:19
How could you make a list without including Spider-man, especially the first 1! He is one of the best loved super heroes because he is someone that people can relate to ,an average kid with problems like us but then ends up with powers, and as we know "with great power comes great responsibility".. Actually you have a general lack of marvel characters
Posted: 6 years ago at Dec 1 1:43
Posted: 6 years ago at Dec 1 6:35
Yes, because the Marvel films have largely failed to impress & please me. Were I to extend this list further, I might include the X-men trilogy which I found thoroughly entertaining, but they're not outstanding to me. As for the Spider-man films, I thought the first was merely OK and the second was hugely disappointing.
Posted: 6 years ago at Dec 1 10:21
And I sir, didn't realize "30 Days of Night" was inspired by a comic. Definately would've made my list! And how did I forget about "The Incredibles"?! Well done, though we part company on 'Wanted' and 'Unbreakable' (which I'm starting to think requires a rewatch).
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Aug 31 7:13
Good list. I gotta say though, X2 is one of the greatest comic book-inspired films.

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