Top Ten Best Batman Movies

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

The Top Ten

1 The Dark Knight The 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!

Heath ledger was amazing. DC needs Christopher Nolan back so they can get rid of Zack Snyder. Heath Ledger will be in my heart forever. R.I.P.

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2 The Dark Knight Rises The 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.

My favorite comic movie of all time. Christopher nolan is such a good director

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3 Batman Begins Batman 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.

Awesome. Define try thumbs up with great action. Irish man playing scarecrow so Irish is awesome

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4 Batman (1989) Batman (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.

everyone should see it, it is a masterpeice

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.

Keaton is the best batman yet albeit not the best Bruce wane.

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5 Batman Returns Batman Returns

This is such an amazing film. Penguin is absolutely haunting. His back story. I love when a film gives you a little more insight into the villain. The imagery, the depth and darkness of this film tops all other batman films. I loved the dark knight and the dark knight rises is a close second To batman returns but this film will always be my favourite. Michelle pfieffer plays a great Selena Kyle/cat woman. When she walks into her apartment after the change happens, it is so eerie when compared to her previously seen regular mundane routine. The contrast and character development is exquisite. I don't know about you miss kitty but I feel so much better.

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

Crap penguin was annoying all he did was moan and grunt though I like Danny devito bad writing in my opinion

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6 Batman: Under the Red Hood Batman: 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.

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

I love this movie! It's exciting and entertaining from start to finish and has one of my favorite endings in a movie!

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7 Batman - Mask of the Phantasm Batman - 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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8 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Batman: 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 is a totally wrong sequence... This movie should be 1st or 2nd as it features the old bats back into Gotham who is as dark as hell and makes his enemies scream for their mothers as if they saw a terrible nightmare even kicks superman out of his way when needed! This is the best movie for Batman fans!

Best movie featuring batman. A hole new level of story. The best part is the legendary fighting scene between batman and Superman.

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9 Batman Forever Batman 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

Jim carrey= annoying, loud, stupid, horrible actor

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10 Batman Beyond - Return of the Joker Batman 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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The Newcomers

? The Lego Batman Movie

Hopefully This Gets More Votes And gets to at least #8 on the list - VideoGamefan5

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The Contenders

11 Batman 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.

Ben Affleck was great as Batman, better than Christian Bale.

The 4 best Batman Actors is... 1. Ben Affleck. 2. Kevin Conroy. 3. Christian Bale. 4. Michael Keaton.

This movie was godawful. And Ben Affleck's Batman looks fat and dumb.

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12 Batman (1966) Batman (1966) V 2 Comments
13 Batman: The Movie Batman: 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

I did saw all the other batman movies but when I saw this it made me so angry I wanted to punch on my computer screen, what I really mean is this is so bad it also manage to make the original batman version bad. Batman is my favorite character in DC comics and marvel.

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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14 Batman: Year One Batman: Year One

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

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15 Batman & Robin Batman & 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

not good

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16 Batman Gotham Knight Batman Gotham Knight
17 Batman: The Killing Joke Batman: The Killing Joke

Great movie. As long I hated BVS, this movie is cake. A great film adaption with Mark and Kevin. But which film adaptation is next? Death of the Family? Knightfall? A Long Halloween?

That movie blew my mind. FINALLY A FILM ADAPTION OF THE KILLING JOKE IS OUT! Mark and Kevin did a great job! - asantalo

Why is this under BVS and Batman and Robin? These suck more than this one. Put this on top of them. Cause this movie rocks.

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18 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part II Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part II
19 Batman: Assault on Arkham Batman: Assault on Arkham

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

This is an awesome animated film

I'm batman farmers fam

20 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part I Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part I

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

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1. The Dark Knight
2. Batman Begins
3. Batman: Under the Red Hood
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1. Batman - Mask of the Phantasm
2. The Dark Knight
3. The Dark Knight Rises
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1. The Dark Knight
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3. The Dark Knight Rises
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