Top 10 Best Batman Movies

A list of the best Batman movies, both animated and live action.
The Top Ten
1 The Dark Knight

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 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.

3 Batman Begins

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.

4 The Dark Knight Rises

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.

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.

6 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.

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.

7 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.

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 Forever

Honestly, I wanted to like Batman and Robin more than this. Because Val Kilmer is the absolute worst Batman ever, plus it's too cheesy, and weird moments. But now I look at Batman and Robin; it's pretty much the same costume, but the plot of Batman and Robin is a mess. And it's just so bad. So yeah, this one may have been better than Batman and Robin, but have the worst actor to play Batman. I give this movie 1/10; at least with this movie, it's kinda dark compared to the last sequel.

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.

9 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.

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

Awesome possible ending of Batman universe. Very good! If you like Batman you must see this!

10 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

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.

I said the same thing for mask of the phantasm, this movie is responsible for everything you love about batman.

The Contenders
11 Batman Beyond - Return of the Joker
12 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.

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.

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

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.

A great character study of Batman, while still being hilarious.

This is the best batman movie for me, please put it at number 1.

14 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?

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.

I shall vote this until it reached to number 5.

15 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.

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

16 The Batman

This is how the myth of the Batman should exist. This movie in the truest sense is an experience. You feel like Gotham really exists, you feel like the myth of The Batman is actually true. A legendary movie.

Gotta get the newest addition up to where it belongs!

The best gotham movie

17 Justice League

Not only is this not a batman film, its trash.

18 Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero

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.

19 Batman vs. Two-Face

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

20 The Batman vs. Dracula

This is a great crossover between the great superhero batman and a horror icon dracula

21 Batman: Assault on Arkham

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

22 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman
23 Batman Gotham Knight
24 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part II
25 Alyas Batman En Robin
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