We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 comic book movies from 2000-2010. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2010) 82% at Rotten Tomatoes
After falling in love, Scott Pilgrim must now defeat all his new girlfriend’s evil exes in this video game-styled movie based on the graphic novel series. It’s one of the more creative comic movies so far, and easily enjoyable in a post-Pokemon-Go era.
Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anna Kendrick
9. Kick-Ass (2010) 75% at Rotten Tomatoes
This anti-hero movie was exactly what was needed to cleanse audience palettes from the barrage of blockbuster superhero films in the 21st century. Everything down to McLovin’s Red Mist character is brilliant, and you’ll beg for another by the time you’re done watching.
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloe Grace Moretz
8. A History of Violence (2005) 87% at Rotten Tomatoes
Cronenberg is so known for venereal horror that he has an entire universe (or three) in Rick and Morty. A man becomes a hero for murdering two men in self defense, which then attracts more violence. It’s as gritty as the graphic novel and one of the best comic book movies ever made.
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris
7. Wanted (2008) 71% at Rotten Tomatoes
One day you’re a boring office worker. The next, you’re dragged by the hottest woman you’ve ever seen into a crazy world to learn you can defy the laws of physics. Soon you’re on a thrill ride of an adventure racing to save the world from one of your own.
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Starring: Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman
6. The Dark Knight (2008) 94% at Rotten Tomatoes
Widely regarded as one of the best movies ever made, Ledger’s final performance as the Joker certainly shines. It’s unfortunate every DC movie since tried so hard to match the doom and gloom. It works for Batman, but not everything.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal
5. Spider-Man 2 (2004) 94% at Rotten Tomatoes
Joining Goodfellas as one of few sequels to outdo the original, Spider-Man 2 is also the pinnacle of the original series and the best until Spider-man: Homecomings, when the web-slinger finally rejoins the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina
4. Watchmen (2009) 64% at Rotten Tomatoes
A gory take on superheroes and their powers set in an alternate 1985, Watchmen is highly watchable, no matter how close it sticks to the source material. Even Marvel’s Disney-fied Civil War is no match for the realism of super-violence portrayed here.
Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Carla Gugino, Patrick Wilson
3. Hellboy (2004) 81% at Rotten Tomatoes
Hellboy is a classic superhero film at this point and even getting a reboot. Although the special effects are a bit dated in an 8K UHD world, it’s still great to watch Perlman snarl his way through prosthetics and muppets.
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair
2. Iron Man (2008) 94% at Rotten Tomatoes
DC reigned supreme at the box office for a long time until Tony Stark and his Iron Man suit hoisted the Marvel Cinematic Universe on his shoulders to propel it forward. This is the movie that made it all start to fall into place.
Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard
1. The Incredibles (2004) 85% at Rotten Tomatoes
You’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t seen (and loved) this Pixar classic. A superhero family that goes through real life problems that put the Watchmen to shame, The Incredibles comic book actually proceeded the movie, but it’s so good, it gets a pass.
Director: Brad Bird
Starring: Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson