Top 10 Animated DC Movies of All Time

We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion. With that being said, here are the top 10 animated DC movies of all time. Feel free to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.

10. Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2009) 72% at Rotten Tomatoes

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In an alternate universe, Lex Luthor and Jester (Joker) are heroes infiltrating the Crime Syndicate (Justice League). Jester dies, but Luthor teleports to Earth-Prime where he warns the Justice League of their evil doppelgangers.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Sam Liu, Lauren Montgomery
Starring: William Baldwin, Mark Harmon, Chris Noth

9. The Dark Knight Returns (2012) 100% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Batman retires after the death of Jason Todd, and Harvey Dent has plastic surgery to repair his face. Meanwhile, a gang known as the mutants terrorizes Gotham, forcing Bruce Wayne to once again take up the mantle of Batman.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Jay Oliva
Starring: Peter Weller, Ariel Winter, David Selby

8. Justice League vs Teen Titans (2015) 64% at Rotten Tomatoes

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The Justice League is being systematically possessed by Trigon’s shadow, leaving the Teen Titans to free them. In order to do it, they’ll have to fight Earth’s mightiest heroes, which proves to be no easy task.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Sam Liu
Starring: Rosario Dawson, Christopher Gorham, Shemar Moore

7. Justice League Dark (2017) 71% at Rotten Tomatoes

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People are being possessed by demons and forced to commit grisly murders. Batman is skeptical until he himself is possessed and wakes up to the word Constantine. He tracks down John Constantine and starts investigating the occult forces at play with help from Swamp Thing.

Rating: R
Director: Jay Oliva
Starring: Camilla Luddington, Rosario Dawson, Alfred Molina

6. Superman vs. the Elite (2012) 80% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Superman’s idealism is often seen as corny in the real world, and this starts to become the case in Metropolis as well. Soon he’s competing with a ruthless new superhero team known as The Elite who don’t have the same morality as he does.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Michael Chang
Starring: George Newbern, Pauley Perrette, Robin Atkin Downes

5. Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011) 71% at Rotten Tomatoes

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This film is a series of stories set against the backdrop of Krona’s imminent destruction of Oa, the Green Lantern home world.

Rating: PG
Director: Christopher Berkeley, Lauren Montgomery, Jay Oliva
Starring: Nathan Fillion, Jason Isaacs, Elisabeth Moss

4. Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) 45% at Rotten Tomatoes

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The Joker wants to prove any man will go crazy, given the right circumstances. To do so, he shoots and paralyzes Barbara Gordon, then kidnaps Commissioner Gordon and tortures him endlessly for days. Meanwhile, we’re given glimpses into the Joker’s origin story and beginnings as the Red Hood.

Rating: R
Director: Sam Liu
Starring: Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Tara Strong

3. Justice League: War (2014) 50% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Darkseid is invading the planet, but the Justice League forms to stop him. They find the Parademons difficult to handle, but the combined powers of Flash, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Shazam, Green Lantern, and Cyborg is enough to overtake Darkseid and send him and his minions back to Apokolips.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Jay Oliva
Starring: Sean Astin, Zach Callison, Christopher Gorham

2. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013) 100% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Barry Allen wakes up in an alternate reality and is desperate to learn how it happened. Wonder Woman and the Amazonians conquered Britain, Aqauaman and the Atlanteans sunk most of Europe, Bruce Wayne is dead, and his father is the Batman. He initially blames his arch nemesis Zoom but learns he may be the one actually responsible.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Jay Oliva
Starring: Justin Chambers, C. Thomas Howell, Michael B. Jordan

1. Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010) 100% at Rotten Tomatoes

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The Joker brutally assaults and kills Jason Todd before Batman can save him. Five years later, a criminal called the Red Hood appears and begins terrorizing Gotham. Batman and Nightwing investigate to learn he’s actually Todd, who was resurrected by Ra’s al Ghul in the Lazarus Pit after his death.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Brandon Vietti
Starring: Bruce Greenwood, Jensen Ackles, John DiMaggio

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Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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