Top Ten Best Batman Movies

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A list of the best Batman movies, both animated and live action.

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1The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger's performance in this film was simply impeccable. I agree, The Dark Knight Rises did have a lot of plot-holes, for example how did Batman actually escape the pit? Along with Eckhart's performance, it was probably the best superhero flick I have seen so far. To people who haven't seen The Dark Knight, I strongly advise you to take a look inside this amazing storyline that is Christopher Nolan's.

Dark Knight Rises had a lot of plot holes. How did Bruce Wayne get to Gotham from the middle of the desert with no food, money, or transportation? The scriptwriter was too busy writing Man of Steel. But yeah, The Dark Knight is the best. Heath Ledger was the best villain in a movie ever.

Oh my God. Easily the BEST Batman movie ever made. Heath Ledgers take on the Joker gave a new perspective on a classic villain. His part felt original, and independent of other incarnations. The Two-Face story line leads to a slightly rushed third act, but still blows the previous film incarnation of the character out of the water. This movie is absolutely great. The movie keeps a real, and down to earth feel, almost as though similar things could happen. Honestly, the wonderfulness of this movie can not be over stressed. If, by some chance, you haven't seen it, watch it NOW!

Best movie of all time

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2The Dark Knight Rises

Excellent story. Perfect how the directors were able to keep Talia al Ghul under wraps, even though all Batman fans know about her, they were still able to make it a twist that she was the child of Ras al Ghul in the end.

Awesome. I personally do prefer this to the The Dark Knight and Batman Begins(Which I still love). This one offers more to me, the villain overall did more damage, the scale was larger, there was more to talk about after the movie, it was WAY more emotionally powerful, the score was amazing, they fully developed the character of Bruce Wayne rather than concentrating on Batman the entire movie, and Bane was awesome.

A worthy sequel to The Dark Knight. An awesome, and realistic Bane story line, with an awesome twist. It wraps up the al Ghul story line that started with Batman Begins. It effectively avoids the topic of the Joker, while still connecting with the previous film. The only real problem is the impossible ending, but the rest of the story is so great, that it doesn't matter.

Too many fist fights and after the first hour is actually very disappointing

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3Batman Begins

Ra's Al Ghul is one of the awesomest Batman villains ever, and done perfectly by Liam Neeson. Amazing origin story, great performance by Christian Bale. This was the start of what I believe is the greatest trilogy of all time. - elijahpierson

Best origin story I've ever seen! Realistic, great acting, in depth and exciting.

An outstanding movie. The only Batman movie I have liked.

My list 1 batman begins 2 dark knight 3 batman returns 4 batman 5 dark knight rises 6 batman forever 7 batman and robin

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4Batman (1989)

Sheesh... I REALLY hate to see the entire Nolan trilogy be higher on this list than this masterpiece, when this one is clearly superior. While this movie was dark, it was also surreal and unrealistic at times, but that's what made it feel like Batman for me. Also, Nicholson is a FAR more enjoyable character that Ledger. Ledger was not the Joker, he was some random terrorist. Nicholson, however, is both creepy, insane and hilarious, just like the Joker should be. TDK I always felt was a tad TOO realistic. This one, however, is one of my favorite movies of all time.

It's my second favourite superhero film, after the original Superman. So you can understand that it's my favourite Batman film of all time. It is a masterpiece.

everyone should see it, it is a masterpeice

Dark knight is way better

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5Batman Returns

I loved Burton's visuals. You felt like you were in a comic book. It was entertaining and dark, just how Batman is supposed to be. When I think of Batman, I think of how this film looked. That is what made the film. Keaton is also the best Batman of all time.

Tim burton created a uniquely creative and brilliant movie.. But because I wasn't identical in tone to the original everybody assumed that it was bad... And that is completely unfair as this film is a masterpiece

Awesome follow up to Batman, with great work from all involved. Easily the best live action Batman movie between Batman and The Dark Knight.

Simply the best Burton movie ever. Much better than dark knight rises

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6Batman: Under the Red Hood

I loved this movie. My favorite characters were joker (because they made him evil and funny) and black mask (my personal favorite b-man villain). But why is the dark knight returns not on the list? There are two and both are incredible movies

This is the best after the two Tim Burton movies. It is based on one of the best DC stories and John DiMaggio is the best Joker.

Way better that all of the old batman movies with val kilmer, Michael Keaton & George Clooney

The best animated film. The Batman equivalent of The Winter Soldier.

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7Batman - Mask of the Phantasm

How does nobody I talk to know about this film!?!?! I would argue that, even in the wake of The Dark Knight, this is the greatest film adaptation for Batman, and along with the series is the best adaptation of Batman on a screen.

Better than that the live action movie of batman that came out the same year.

BTAS is an iconic series that works for any generation of Batman fan, and it's never been better than it was in its first feature-length film. Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill are on top of their game, and the tragic backstory of how Bruce Wayne lost his one chance at a normal life hits way harder than any animated movie ever should. A fantastic movie second only to The Dark Knight in Batman film history.

Nostalgia Critic even said that this was the best, albeit not his favorite, Batman movie. - BeatlesFan1964

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8Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Put your animation versus real life action biases aside and you'll see that not only is the graphic novel the best comic book ever written but this movie is also the best ever Batman flick.

Are you kidding this is a great movie it it the best animated batman movie of all time. this is my top 5

1 the dark knight
2 the dark knight rises
3 batman begins
4 batman returns
5 the dark knight returns

This was an awesome movie!
I think the movie was better than the graphic novel and its a great story by Frank Miller

By far the best Batman movie ever made!

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9Batman Forever

Mediocre at best. Sub-Par performance from Val Kilmer, who is no where near as good as Keaton. Two-Face was very poorly done. He almost felt like a wanna be Joker. The Riddler done alright, but the general campy-ness of the film ruined everything good about it. Better than Batman and Robin, levels below everything else.

While many people hate on this batman movie no one can deny Jim Carrey's role as the Riddler being one of the best. personally I'd say Heath Ledger then Jack Nicholson and then Jim Carrey

I agree jim Carrey was a good riddler, but can you say because of 1 good actor in this peace of crap, it is good? You can't so every one says jim Carrey was a good riddler but it doesn't mean it is a good movie

Hate this movie. Mainly because it's forgettable and I liked tommy lee Jones before I saw this

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10Batman Beyond - Return of the Joker

The joker is batman worst enemy

This is by far one the jokers darkest films of all time

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11Batman: The Movie

What? OBVIOUSLY this is the greatest Batman film ever made. Adam West portrays a dark Batman and must make life or death decisions around every corner! Does he throw the bomb into the water with the family of ducks to save others, but kill the ducks instantly? It's a thrill ride - higgsboson2142

Its hilarious, gets me mad the people think it is suppose to be dramatic but just came out campy, when it was meant to be campy all along

This movie is weird. Still prefer it to Batman and Robin any day though. - RalphBob

This is the only Batman movie with Bat Shark Repellent Spray, so that's enough to put it in the top 5, right? - Knucklewood

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12Batman & Robin

This terrible terrible peace of crap should be at last place and should go to hell and bern

This movie sucks, and I like Batman. - RalphBob

The ice man cometh. That could be the worst line ever

Just plain bad

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13Batman: Year One

Batman year one retells the tale perfectly of how the Bruce became the batman

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15Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice

This movie is amazing with the best live action batman ever and we see the caped crusader fighting the man of steel for the first time in live action and the first live action wonder woman on the big screen you just gotta love this movie

I think Affleck was easily the most badass Batman, but The Dark Knight was the best story for Batman.

I hate this movie. It shouldn't of existed. Ben Affleck shouldn't have been Batman. Christian Bale should've stayed as Batman. - Metts

What the hell is this doing under batman and robin

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16Batman Gotham Knight
17Batman: Assault on Arkham

Basically a film to go along side the Arkham Games. The original Suicide Squad movie.

This is an awesome animated film

18Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Why is this on top of Killing Joke? This movie is garbage. But cake compared to Batman and Robin (1997).

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19Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman
20Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part I

This movie looks awesome. I think the dark knight returns part 2 looks better.

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