DC \ Superman Movies

by TheComicsGuru | created - 07 Aug 2013 | updated - 08 Aug 2013 | Public

A chronological listing of all Superman-related movies. This list includes regular theatrical movies as well as movie serials (listed individually) and direct to video.

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1. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

80 Metascore

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

Votes: 150,137 | Gross: $134.22M

2. Superman II (1980)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

87 Metascore

Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.

Directors: Richard Lester, Richard Donner | Stars: Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty

Votes: 92,329 | Gross: $108.19M

3. Superman III (1983)

PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

44 Metascore

Synthetic kryptonite laced with tar splits Superman in two: good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper

Votes: 60,677 | Gross: $59.95M

4. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Family

24 Metascore

The Man of Steel crusades for nuclear disarmament and meets Lex Luthor's latest creation, Nuclear Man.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper

Votes: 40,187 | Gross: $15.68M

5. Superman Returns (2006)

PG-13 | 154 min | Action, Sci-Fi

72 Metascore

Superman returns to Earth after spending five years in space examining his homeworld Krypton. But he finds things have changed while he was gone, and he must once again prove himself important to the world.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, James Marsden

Votes: 262,587 | Gross: $200.08M

6. Man of Steel (2013)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure

55 Metascore

Clark Kent is an alien who as a child was evacuated from his dying world and came to Earth, living as a normal human. But when survivors of his alien home invade Earth, he must reveal himself to the world.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane

Votes: 656,783 | Gross: $291.05M

7. Superman/Doomsday (2007 Video)

PG-13 | 75 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

When LexCorps accidentally unleash a murderous creature, Doomsday, Superman meets his greatest challenge as a champion. Based on the "The Death of Superman" storyline that appeared in DC Comics' publications in the 1990s.

Directors: Lauren Montgomery, Bruce Timm, Brandon Vietti | Stars: Adam Baldwin, Anne Heche, James Marsters, John DiMaggio

Votes: 18,932

8. Superman and the Mole-Men (1951)

Passed | 58 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

When underground beings explore the surface world from a deep oil well and inadvertantly cause a panic, only Superman can prevent a tragedy.

Director: Lee Sholem | Stars: George Reeves, Phyllis Coates, Jeff Corey, Walter Reed

Votes: 1,575

9. Atom Man vs. Superman (1950)

Approved | 252 min | Sci-Fi

Superman battles Lex Luthor who is using a teleportation device and a new identity as Atom Man in his criminal plans.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet | Stars: Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill, Lyle Talbot, Tommy Bond

Votes: 581

10. Superman vs. The Elite (2012 Video)

PG-13 | 76 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

The Man of Steel finds himself outshone by a new team of ruthless superheroes who hold his idealism in contempt.

Director: Michael Chang | Stars: George Newbern, Pauley Perrette, Robin Atkin Downes, Dee Bradley Baker

Votes: 11,522

11. Superman: Unbound (2013 Video)

PG-13 | 75 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Superman and Supergirl take on the cybernetic Brainiac, who boasts that he possesses "the knowledge and strength of 10,000 worlds."

Director: James Tucker | Stars: Matt Bomer, Stana Katic, John Noble, Molly C. Quinn

Votes: 10,448

12. Superman: Brainiac Attacks (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 76 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

Embittered by Superman's heroic successes and soaring popularity, Lex Luthor forms a dangerous alliance with the powerful computer/villain Brainiac. Using advanced weaponry and a special strain of Kryptonite harvested from the far reaches of outer space, Luthor specifically redesigns Brainiac to defeat the Man of Steel.

Director: Curt Geda | Stars: Tim Daly, Powers Boothe, Dana Delany, Lance Henriksen

Votes: 3,560

13. All-Star Superman (2011 Video)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

After being poisoned by sun radiation, a dying Superman decides to fulfill his lifelong dreams while Lex Luthor has his own agenda.

Director: Sam Liu | Stars: James Denton, Christina Hendricks, Anthony LaPaglia, Edward Asner

Votes: 12,765

14. Superman (1948)

Approved | 244 min | Sci-Fi

Superman comes to Earth as a child and grows up to be his home's first superhero with his first major challenge being to oppose The Spider Lady.

Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Thomas Carr | Stars: Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill, Tommy Bond, Carol Forman

Votes: 868

15. Superman (1941)

Passed | 10 min | Animation, Short, Action

The Man of Steel fights a mad scientist who is destroying Metropolis with an energy cannon.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer

Votes: 2,560

16. The Mechanical Monsters (1941)

Approved | 11 min | Animation, Short, Action

Superman battles a criminal mastermind and his robot army.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck

Votes: 1,039

17. Billion Dollar Limited (1942)

Passed | 9 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Superman battles train robbers seeking to steal a billion dollars worth of gold.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Julian Noa

Votes: 669

18. The Arctic Giant (1942)

Not Rated | 9 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Superman versus a thawed-out Tyrannosaurus.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky | Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Julian Noa

Votes: 680

19. The Bulleteers (1942)

Not Rated | 8 min | Animation, Short, Action

Superman versus extortionists with a super-powerful rocket car.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Orestes Calpini | Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Julian Noa

Votes: 632

20. The Magnetic Telescope (1942)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

When police interfere with a reckless scientist's experiment, it creates a deadly meteor shower only Superman can stop.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Julian Noa

Votes: 616

21. Electric Earthquake (1942)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Superman versus a fanatical extortionist with an earthquake machine.

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Julian Noa

Votes: 575

22. Volcano (1942)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Superman must face the threat of an erupting volcano.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky | Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Julian Noa

Votes: 539

23. Terror on the Midway (1942)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

When the circus' animals escape and threaten disaster, Superman must take action.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Orestes Calpini | Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer

Votes: 526

24. Japoteurs (1942)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Short, Action

Superman vs. Japanese spies hijacking a new super-bomber.

Director: Seymour Kneitel | Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer

Votes: 541

25. Showdown (1942)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Crime

A crook dressed as Superman commits a series of robberies. The real Superman must work fast to counter the bad publicity.

Director: Izzy Sparber | Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer

Votes: 468

26. Eleventh Hour (I) (1942)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, War

While Clark Kent is in wartime Japan, Superman becomes a saboteur.

Directors: Dan Gordon, Willard Bowsky | Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer

Votes: 472

27. Destruction Inc. (1942)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Short, Action

Superman versus saboteurs at the Metropolis Munitions Plant.

Director: Izzy Sparber | Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer

Votes: 475

28. The Mummy Strikes (1943)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short

While investigating an egyptologist's mysterious death, Superman must battle dangerous mummies.

Director: Izzy Sparber | Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Julian Noa

Votes: 484

29. Jungle Drums (1943)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Thriller

Superman vs. a secret Nazi outpost disguised as a jungle temple.

Directors: Dan Gordon, Orestes Calpini | Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer

Votes: 452

30. The Underground World (1943)

8 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Lois Lane and an explorer set out on an expedition through an underground cavern and discover a race of hawk-men. When these creatures prepare a ritual sacrifice for the adventurous pair, Superman comes to the rescue.

Director: Seymour Kneitel | Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Julian Noa

Votes: 430

31. Secret Agent (1943)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short

Superman battles saboteurs determined to stop a lady double agent from getting important documents to Washington D.C.

Director: Seymour Kneitel | Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer

Votes: 424



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