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

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!

The Dark Knight is a film that can impact a person's perspective to films. I am a Marvel Fanboy who thinks DC movies suck but this film flipped the switch and became one of my favorite movies of all time. Christian Bale is fantastic as Batman since he is not wearing Hockey Pads. The action is awesome and surpasses any DC film. Aaron Eckhart as Harvey is underrated because his performance is amazing and his face is scary. And finally to beat the dead horse, Heath Ledger's portrayal as the joker is the best villain portrayal ever. Not just the best Joker or best Batman. The best villain. Can Loki make a pencil disappear? I don't think so. Ledger even gets punched in the face and just laughs at it. That so terrifying yet so awesome. Too bad he is not alive to know how great he was. The Dark Knight is not just "the best Batman movie" as this list suggest. It is a movie that gives DC and Batman a true reason to stand throughout time.

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2 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.

good film

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3 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.

Not only is this my favorite superhero film, it is my favorite movie of all time!

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4 Batman (1989)

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.

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.

Nicholson's Joker wasn't creepy, he was just really funny. But Ledger's Joker was spine chilling and creepy. - mot

I miss Vicki vale! - lukemcnamara72

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5 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 like tim burton as a director, I like Edward scissorhands, batman 1989, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and even nightmare before Christmas but I think this movie is probably a little bit overrated. Not as overrated as the Nolan batman films but still given a little to much praise. It has some good acting, visuals and I like Michael Keaton but this movie does have some issues. I see a lot of people on imdb who gush over this film and that's fine with me but it's a alright movie.

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.

It had everything to be the best BATMAN movie

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6 Batman: Under the Red Hood

I think it's a really good movie, and John DiMaggio's Joker is very different, and successfully so. My biggest problems with it are a problem as a whole, and just personal taste: the biggest problem is that the story is a tad contrived, although it's a different case then the comic, which is a great topic for discussion. My other problem is the art style, which is unappealing to me, but it's just my taste. Overall, still quite good. - FuzzySlippers

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.

Guys please...we're talking about the Red Hood here
How is this not number 1? Nolan's films were good and all but come on! Jensen Ackles did an amazing job portraying the Red Hood! It's almost as iconic as Mark Hamill's and Kevin Conroy's voices! He was born to do it! The film also has a great story too
It deserves a lot more

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7 Batman - Mask of the Phantasm

While perhaps not as daring as Batman 1989 or the Nolan trilogy, it uses this to its advantage and has very few flaws. The performances are phenomenal, absolutely stellar. It's like a really high-budget episode, but it's not stretched out. The story is great, and really enthralling. It's scored masterfully. The characters are well-defined and interesting. The writing is really smart, and the writers navigate the twists and turns of the story incredibly well. I don't think it's just the best Batman movie, it's a top-notch animated film. It's absolutely incredible, and I encourage everyone who hasn't seen it to watch it. It is Batman. - FuzzySlippers

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.

The best one ever

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8 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!

Really?
Below Batman Forever?
It's at least better than that guys

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9 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

It was ok I mean it's Batman! I felt like in this movie the riddler should have been better after all there is only one non animamated version of the riddler besides Gotham which was awesome. It felt like Two Face was another version of the Joker and this was practicily a whole different series than the old ones which ever great. Tim Burton would have done better. On my list I would have it in 7th because I feel bad for this movie and it was ok. It would have been better without robin.

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10 Batman Beyond - Return of the Joker

The joker is batman worst enemy

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

3 things why I like this movie
1 it has a great story great characters and great fight scenes
2 great way to end the joker, s crimes by shooting him
3 mark hamil once again well chronogaliy voices 2 guys who the joker and price
But there are some things that bug me
1 why does ghoul sound like chris walken
2 why is is the joker, s face green on the cover
3 why does batman doesn't kill joker while he was still talking about how he tourtrerd tim drake
Yeah but the the movie is awesome - natemamate

The Contenders

11 Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice

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

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

It has some good stuff but the plot is a mess and the villains are just plain stupid - HarryPotter12

Not bad for the generation that ruined batman's reputation, not bad

THIS MOVIE IS CALLED BATMAN VS SUPERMAN
AND YOU PUT IT ON NO.11
WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU

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13 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

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

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.

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14 Batman: Year One

I have no idea how this ended up below Batman and Robin. This film has great action, a solid story, and Cranston nails it as Gordon. And yet somehow BaR is better. Don't know if anyone realizes, but ice puns and bat nipples don't make a good flick.

I voted to get this higher, how in hell did it get further down the line than the rubbish Batman and robin

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

Really!? no mention of this beautiful creation?

15 Batman & Robin

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

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

This movie sucks, and I like Batman. - RalphBob

Bat nipples - PeeledBanana

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16 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?

I shall vote this until it reached to number 5. - asantalo

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

hi

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17 Batman Gotham Knight
18 Suicide Squad

Shouldn't count as a batman movie...

Great movie, I don't think it can be counted as a "Batman movie" though, he's just in a few sences.

This is not counted as a batman movie.
Tip- To make it a Batman film the Batman has to be the main character.

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19 The Lego Batman Movie
20 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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2. Batman Begins
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3. The Dark Knight Rises
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