Top Ten Best Batman Movies

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

The Top Ten

1 The Dark Knight The Dark Knight Product Image

The best Batman movie of all time without a doubt, the best comic book movie of all time, and one of the best movies in general of all time.

Not just the greatest batman movie but the greatest movie of all time!
People who hate this movie may don't know what the word 'movie' actually means

They say the only way to fight darkness, is light.

Not in this movie. In most comic based movies, the hero is the light. Not in this movie, my opinion this is. We saw Batman. Bruce Wayne's dark alter ego. The source of his power. The dark side of his mind made him who Batman is. He uses it to understand, and beat darkness. The way Nolan crushed the crusader image of Batman was something I can't describe with words. Light on it's pure form was Morgan Freeman as Fox, Michael Cain as Alfred, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel and Gary Oldman as Gordon.
And there was Heath Ledger. He was nothing like the old Jokers. Not even in the comic books. It was the most villain I've ever seen on movie that even Darth Vader can't match him.

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!

2 Batman (1989) Batman (1989) Product Image

Batman doesn't have a stupid voice. What more could you need? Well I'll give you more anyway. Gotham is Gotham. A hell-like city straight out of a nightmare. It's not Chicago. Bruce Wayne is a standard looking weirdo, reclusive rich guy that could easily blend in with a room of Gotham's elite. You would never guess he's Batman, it works perfectly. He's not some eccentric pretty boy. The joker is a fun loving and funny clown Prince of clown. Not a anarchistic psycho killer. The vehicles and gadgets Batman has make him look like a force of nature to criminals, an actual Bat flying around the city putting scumbags 6ft under. Not some guy in a tank. Love this movie, characters, music, atmosphere and story are perfect for a comic book hero, not a costumed csi episode that tries hard to make things realistic.

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.

Personally I think Jack nickelson plays a better joker than ledger just an amazing performance. The entire film is written brilliantly.

Don't know about you but I find Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson to have amazing chemistry on screen (and it's really them that the movie is about) and at times I can't help but laugh my head off. This film is batman for me. But I guess you could say I'm biased cause it's what got me into batman in the first place. True masterpeice. Done the way batman should be done.

3 The Dark Knight Rises The Dark Knight Rises Product Image

In my opinion this is not just the greatest Batman film, the greatest superhero movie of ALL TIME! It's the darkest of Nolan's trilogy, great cast - Bale, Freeman, Oldman, Cane, Hathaway and of course the best performance of the film - Tom Hardy's Bane. It's a great finale to one of the greatest trilogies ever. Unexpected twist, just everything... I can't say the film is a masterpiece, but is great. All the comment is in MY OPINION, don't take it personatly.

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.

I feel like Christopher Nolan (you know, the guy who knows NOTHING about batman and his villains) said, "You know what we should do? We should throw out Bane's amazing backstory and his Spanish heritage and throw out the idea of him using Titan (what he's known for) and totally ruin him. Then maybe a bunch of people who think they are batman fans will love it! " Seriously, that'd be like making the joker never laugh!

4 Batman Begins Batman Begins Product Image

I started watching the Nolan trilogy and I love Batman begins it showed us Bruce Wayne the man behind the mast Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes a plucky idealist I loved Liam Neeson as Ra ah Ghul and he was an interesting villain the final battle and the ending was great on a scale of 1 to 10 I’d give the movie an 8.5

Greatly written and directed, it had the perfect tone.
The Dark Knight was too serious and while Heath Ledger was the best joker ACTOR, I felt they didn't know what to do with him and that's why I prefer mark hamill. The movie was okay written.

The weakest film in the Dark Knight trilogy, but only because the other two are so great. This is a new take on Batman, giving as a truly gritty, and real version of the caped crusader. The story lines for Ra's and Scarecrow are awesome.

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.

5 Batman Returns Batman Returns Product Image

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.

This is my batman, dark, greedy, creepy visuals, this is defintive the darkest batman adventure and one I love to love.
I mean like, okay batman kill people in this movie and the story is kinda confusing but everything else I just adore.
Danny Devito blows it out of the arena with he,s performance and Michael Keaton is great in the movie, Michelle Pfeiffer is not the best catwoman but far better than Anne Hathaway.
Even Walken does a pretty good job.
I wish Keaton was more in this movie and the story was more focus but that does not change how much I love this damn movie.

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.

6 Batman - Mask of the Phantasm Batman - Mask of the Phantasm Product Image

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.

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.

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.

Just watched it. pretty good but not top3 on my list.
under the red hood tells a better story. I like how Phantasm shows batman's options to be happy and early crime fighting, but under the red hood tells a generally better story and explores batman's morality complex and dark knight returns explores batman's psychological state and his struggle. and its more grounded

7 Batman: Under the Red Hood Batman: Under the Red Hood Product Image

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.

I love these kind of animations! The story is so good and actually this was the first movie who presented me with batman! I loved it.

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

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

8 Batman: The Movie Batman: The Movie Product Image

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

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.

Does any other movie have "bat anti-shark repellent"? I don't think so. Therefore, by indisputable logic, this is the best Batman movie.

(That was pulling my must have been the JOKER! )

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

9 Batman Forever Batman Forever Product Image

Batman Forever had the best color patterns, but Batman Begins was truest to the character's gritty/ruthless nature. Batman-1966 was nice and colorful, but only had one fight scene in costume.

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.

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.

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

10 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Product Image

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!

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

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

The Newcomers

? Batman and Robin (1949)
? Batman (1943)

The Contenders

11 Batman Beyond - Return of the Joker Batman Beyond - Return of the Joker Product Image

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

The joker is batman worst enemy

a great movie for a great show

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 Hamill once again well voices 2 guys; 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 tortured Tim Drake?
Yeah but the the movie is awesome

12 Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice

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.

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

I think it is the best because of the intense storyline and the action plus the actors are amazing

I just watched the movie its great but I don't see why they put wonder woman in.

13 The Lego Batman Movie

I know there’s been a few lego batman short films but in this instance I’m refering to the 2017 Lego Batman movie! This movie takes everything everybody loves about batman and makes it better. It’s like the Dark Knight Trilogy on steroids yes somehow they keep it family friendly and a movie everybody even non batman or lego fans can enjoy.

Fan service galore

14 Batman: The Killing Joke Batman: The Killing Joke Product Image

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?

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.

Anything with Conroy, hamill and timm is guaranteed to be at least amazing

I shall vote this until it reached to number 5.

15 Batman: Year One Batman: Year One Product Image

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.

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

Really!? no mention of this beautiful creation?

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

16 Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero Product Image

I like this one, it is the best one. far, far better than the dark knight. BEst movie ever. Better than star wars. so good. MR. Freeze is so funny and awesome, so is Batman. Truly Batman at his greatest. Best thing about this world, even.

Whoever thinks this is the best thing in the world is dumb

17 Suicide Squad Suicide Squad Product Image

I like the part in Suicide Squad where Batman kicks a pregnant lady for 19 minutes straight; it shows how many risks the filmmakers were willing to take to complete a compelling story arc.

I enjoyed the movie... but if this one's on the list shouldn't the Lego Batman count?

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

Shouldn't count as a batman movie...

18 Batman: Assault on Arkham Batman: Assault on Arkham Product Image

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

19 Batman & Robin Batman & Robin Product Image

Worst Batman movie in my opinion I loved all 3 movies in the Christopher Nolan trilogy,Batman (89) I liked, Batman returns I thought was still good, batman forever I liked but after that it just got bad in my opinion bat nips, bat ass etc. so basically I liked the first 3 of the 90s batmans 3rd is probably more of guilty pleasure but still decent but just my opinion

So underrated, and even though it wasn't good it is still better than most movies made nowadays

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

This movie is a cinematic masterpiece dark knight is trash

20 Batman vs. Two-Face Batman vs. Two-Face Product Image

A really good film. It should be much higher on the list.

21 Justice League
22 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman Product Image

Nobody cares about this movie

23 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part II Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part II Product Image
24 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part I Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part I Product Image

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

25 Batman vs. Robin Batman vs. Robin Product Image
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