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16 Batman Villains We’d Love to See In a Potential ‘The Batman’ Sequel

When it comes to comic book villains, one could argue that no one has a better or more iconic rogues gallery than Batman. After all, The Joker is one of, if not the greatest comic book villain ever, so even just having him alone makes Batman’s group of evildoers stand above many other heroes.

SPOILERS FOR ‘THE BATMAN’ FOLLOW

Even though the Riddler has been locked up in Arkham Asylum and Carmine Falcone has been killed, it’s clear by the end of The Batman that Bruce Wayne’s work is far from done. Despite the heroics of Batman, Catwoman, and James Gordon, Gotham City is still rotten to the core. In a very noir-like narration—also present throughout the film—Batman says that, after the flooding caused by Riddler, the city is now a breeding ground for criminals and supervillains alike.

A few breadcrumbs sprinkled throughout The Batman allude to future villains that will show up, including a cameo at the end that sets up something major for another entry.

So who should Batman go up against in the next movie? Here are 11 villains that would be ideal picks for a Batman sequel.

1. Court of Owls
DC Comics

For those unfamiliar with the group, the Court of Owls is essentially Gotham City’s version of the Illuminati. Since its founding, they have existed in Gotham City and secretly control much of what goes on there.

They regularly kidnap children from the circus to train them as assassins, known as Talons, to serve their mission and enforce their rule.

Beware the Court of Owls, that watches all the time,


Ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime.


They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed.


Speak not a whispered word about them, or they’ll send the Talon for your head,” reads a nursery rhyme that refers to the Court, echoing the ruthlessness of the group.

Robert Pattinson also might have already spoiled their appearance, saying in a video for Vanity Fair, “I was definitely thinking Court of Owls is probably gonna be in the sequel. It definitely seems like– I mean, I am literally just guessing, I just keep saying it.”

If this is confirmation of their future involvement, we say bring it on.

2. The Penguin
Warner Brothers

This one is a no-brainer as Colin Farrell already made his debut in The Batman and is set to reprise the role in a Penguin-centric spin-off series.

As the movie heads to its finale, Carmine Falcone is gunned down outside the Iceberg Lounge by the Riddler. In this film, Penguin served as Falcone’s second-in-command and is now primed to step in and lead the new crime family.

Batman and Penguin interact multiple times, with Penguin even helping him a bit along the way. Given these films’ new, more grounded aspect, Penguin could be a very formidable opponent for Batman in the future.

3. Hush
DC Comics

Another villain teased in The Batman was Hush, aka Doctor Thomas Elliot, a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne and whose upbringing was very similar to Wayne’s. He grew up in wealth but suffered abuse from his father, who also grew to hate his mother for not sticking up for herself and him.

Driven by an insatiable desire for his inheritance, he kills his father and severely injures his mother by causing them to crash their car. He eventually murders his mother after she cuts him off from his inheritance but is able to make it looks like an accident in order to not arouse suspicion.

He grew up resenting Bruce Wayne, and in an effort to sabotage his life, Hush gives himself plastic surgery to turn himself into an exact look-alike of Bruce.

While something along those lines could be difficult to pull off in live-action, the possibility of Batman facing off against someone like Hush is exciting.

4. Calendar Man
DC Comics

When you first hear of the villain named Calendar Man, he might not sound all that scary. After all, a serial killer that only strikes on holidays would make him kind of predictable, no?

While Calendar Man might not work as the film’s central villain, the idea of him being the “Hannibal Lecter” type of character that Batman visits is interesting.

If someone like Calendar Man wouldn’t fit into a future Batman movie, he’d be perfect for the upcoming spin-off series in Arkham Asylum.

5. A Night in Arkham Asylum
Rocksteady

Speaking of Arkham Asylum, a film inspired by the storyline of the video game Batman: Arkham Asylum would be a fantastic idea for this new universe.

For those unfamiliar, in Arkham Asylum, Batman gets trapped inside the institution by the Joker. The inmates then run amok, and Batman must contend with his most infamous supervillains while he tries to stop the Joker. The game isn’t as grounded as these new Batman films will be, but the Dark Knight being surrounded by all of his greatest villains as they run loose across the Asylum could make for a fantastic movie.

6. Two-Face
DC Comics

Batman’s one-time ally, who eventually became one of his greatest villains, Two-Face, would make for a perfect foil for Robert Pattinson in a future installment. Given that the Riddler murdered Gotham’s District Attorney in The Batman, someone needs to step into the role.

Harvey Dent was hideously scarred by a mobster who threw acid into his face, and it broke his psyche, causing him to adopt a good and evil persona, becoming Two-Face.

In a storyline that would mirror the villain’s journey in The Dark Knight, Batman would have to fight his former friend as he descends into madness. 

7. Deadshot, Deathstroke, Bane, and Other Assassins
WB Games

While the storyline of Arkham Origins wouldn’t need to be precisely followed, you can’t tell me that the idea of “multiple assassins hired to kill the Batman on Christmas Eve” doesn’t sound awesome.

In the game, the assassins are hired by Black Mask (later revealed to be the Joker) but in the film version, the Penguin could easily fill this role. It would also be a great introduction for classic Batman villains like Deathstroke, Deadshot, and Bane.

The substance Bane uses in the comics to “hulk up” is known as Venom, which was teased in The Batman. When he is overwhelmed in the final fight against the Riddler’s goons, Batman uses a green liquid that serves as an adrenaline shot of sorts to get back in the game. It wasn’t confirmed to be Venom, but it could easily be written into the sequel that this was the deadly substance.

8. Mr. Freeze
DC Comics

One of Batman’s most tragic enemies, Mr. Freeze, whose real name is Victor Fries, was a cryogenic scientist attempting to cure his terminally ill wife, Nora. He places her in suspended animation, freezing her in a block of ice until he can find a cure. After an accident causes his body temperature to drop to sub-zero levels, he creates a suit to keep himself alive and turns to a life of crime to raise funds for his research.

Matt Reeves has expressed interest in bringing the villain into his Batman universe in a grounded way. How he’d be able to tackle this sort of storyline remains to be seen. Still, Batman going up against a morally ambiguous supervillain is a story opportunity too good to pass up.

9. Hugo Strange
DC Comics

Dr. Hugo Strange became a recurring villain and frequent foe for the Caped Crusader and was also one of the first people to discover that Bruce Wayne was Batman. Able to match Batman on an intellectual level (a trait not many Batman villains share), Hugo Strange’s plots often involve him attempting to outsmart Bruce Wayne at every time.

It should come as no surprise that he often fails to do so. While The Riddler attempts to match Batman in terms of intelligence because of his own insecurities, Strange sees it as a competition and wants to prove that he is better than the Dark Knight no matter the cost.

10. Poison Ivy
DC Comics

Poison Ivy is an eco-terrorist who often comes into conflict with Batman and other supervillains. Given the state of the world and the issue of climate change, a supervillain trying to save the environment, albeit through destructive means, makes Poison Ivy a very socially relevant enemy for Batman to fight.

Formerly known as Dr. Pamela Isley, she was a botanist who, after being injected with various toxins and poisons, is transformed into the supervillain known as Poison Ivy.

She possesses power over almost all plant life, with an inane ability to use them to create life or destroy it. She also uses the power of pheromones to control people, primarily men, and use them to further her own goals.

A version of Poison Ivy could undoubtedly be introduced into this Batman continuity. While she wouldn’t have superpowers like in the comics, her role as an eco-terrorist would provide an attractive gray area for her to operate in, similar to Mr. Freeze.

11. The Joker
DC Comics

As one of the most infamous Batman villains of all time, there is no Batman without the Joker.

While credited as “Unnamed Arkham Prisoner” in The Batman, Matt Reeves confirmed that this person whom The Riddler talks to was, in fact, this universe’s Joker. Played by Barry Keoghan, he is in the cell next to The Riddler and says, “One day you’re on top, the next day you’re a clown.” Following it up with a riddle of his own, “Riddle me this…the less of these you have, the more one is worth.” Riddler answers this riddle fairly quickly, providing the correct response: “A friend.”

You can only sort of make out his scarred face, but once he breaks out into his maniacal laughter, you know who we are dealing with.

It’s not a guarantee that we’ll be seeing the Joker in the next Batman film, or even in any future movie, as Matt Reeves hasn’t ruled out locking him up in Arkham and throwing away the key.

I’d love if Batman movies took a break from iterations of the Joker for a time, as the hero has such a great collection of supervillains to choose from that deserve their time on the big screen. However, as mentioned above, there is no Batman without the Joker, and a conflict between them is inevitable.

12. Clayface
DC Comics

Sure, he might look a little like Gloppy from Candy Land, but Clayface is a major force to be reckoned with given that he literally can’t be killed. He’s a bit of a two-faced (no pun intended) sort of character, as he’s known to both be on Batman’s side and to wreak havoc on Gotham City.

His ability to constantly shapeshift serves his personality well, as he’s never quite firmly on one side or the other: in a constant struggle for good or evil, Clayface is always at odds with himself.

13. Scarecrow
DC Comics

Sure, we got to see our beloved Scarecrow in Batman Begins, but the character was grossly underused in the film, even though Cillian Murphy’s performance as the villain was beyond incredible. Given the Scarecrow’s destructive powers, he seems like the perfect fit for another dark tale opposite Robert Pattinson’s Batman—and he just happens to be one of the most iconic Batman villains of all time.

Using the human brain’s capacity for fear as he way into terrorizing Gotham City, the Scarecrow uses a powerful concoction of toxins that he’s created to send the citizens of Gotham into a paralyzing state of fear—including Batman himself.

14. Professor Pyg
DC Comics

Not everyone has heard of this piggly-wiggly creature, but director Matt Reeves legitimately mentioned the villain as one he was seriously considering for a sequel to The Batman. Professor Pyg is a trained surgeon who likes to casually throw on a pig mask and abduct the people of Gotham to turn them into his personal minions. And it’s no simple makeover: Professor Pyg uses drills and ice picks to transform his victims, showing just how utterly deranged he is.

His origins come directly from the old legend of Pygmalion, which comments on perfection and how one specific artist—named Pygmalion—crafted his own dream woman to be with for eternity.

15. Killer Croc
DC Comics

Need I say more about a villain named the Killer Croc? Well, maybe a little.

In the same general vein as Marvel’s the Lizard, the Killer Croc also resides in the lovely sewers below Gotham City, where he was basically relegated to by his family as they showed zero support for their half-human, half-reptile relative. However, as the years went by, he became more and more like a real crocodile, massively growing in size, shape, and anger.

16. Victor Zsasz
DC Comics

Though this serial killer is spoken about far less than the other, more classic Batman villains, there’s no mistaking it: Victor Zsasz is the ultimate villain. Covered in tallies from the people he’s killed, Zsasz is an experienced killer with zero tolerance for flashy techniques: all this man wants to do is murder, and given that logic, he’d be the perfect match for Robert Pattinson’s Batman.

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The 20 Best Spy Movies on Netflix (And a Few TV Shows as Well)

In a secret-filled world, spies can be hiding in every shadow. Whether secret agents are working for governments or acting as solo agents with their own positive or negative agendas, spies have become a backbone in both modern society and cinema. The Cold War, in particular, with Americans constantly afraid of Communist agents hiding and operating in the United States, brought the world of espionage to the forefront of people’s minds and has become a go-to topic for filmmakers wanting to explore the world of undercover agents with hidden agendas

If your hobbies include spying on your passersby with binoculars or sticking your ear up against a wall to eavesdrop on your roommates, spy movies are right up your alley. I know from personal experience that being a secret agent for the government can be difficult (crap, did I just say that out loud?), and these movies and television shows elucidate different aspects of that tricky world. Read on to discover the 15 best spy movies on Netflix.

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1. ‘Casino Royale’ (2006)

Who’s in It: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Giancarlo Giannini, Jesper Christensen, Judi Dench

Rating: 94% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h 24m

Of course, the most iconic fictional spy of all time was going to kick off this list of spy films and television shows. In the 2006 remake of Casino Royale, Daniel Craig donned a tuxedo and drank shaken martinis for the first time as James Bond.

In this film, Bond is still closer to the beginning of his storied career, and he is assigned to learn more about the financial exploits of terrorist financier Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen). With his newly assigned license to kill, Bond has to learn more about Chiffre’s organization and enter a high-stakes poker game to hopefully thwart their newest attempts to bring in massive amounts of money.

For those reasons, Casino Royale is easily one of the best spy movies on Netflix.

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2. ‘The Coldest Game’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Lotte Verbeek, Bill Pullman, James Bloor, Robert Więckiewicz, Aleksey Serebryakov

Rating: 0% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 43m

As I mentioned in the intro, The Cold War is when the world of espionage and secret agents first entered the mainstream imagination. The 2019 film The Coldest Game follows Joshua Mansky (Bill Pullman), an American mathematician who is forced to become a spy for the government during one of the Cold War’s most dangerous eras.

Set during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the movie follows the alcoholic Mansky as he prepares and competes in a chess tournament in Warsaw while simultaneously trying to discreetly take in as much information about the Soviets as possible.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81221170#:~:text=2019%7CTV%2DMA%20%7C1h,a%20deadly%20game%20of%20espionage.
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3. ‘The Spy’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Sacha Baron Cohen, Hadar Ratzon-Rotem, Yael Eitan, Noah Emmerich

Rating: 86% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h (per episode)

Sacha Baron Cohen is best known for outrageous comedic roles like Borat and Bruno, but in The Spy, a miniseries co-produced by Netflix, Cohen’s dramatic abilities are on full display.

In The Spy, Cohen plays Eli Cohen (no relation), a Mossad agent tasked with carrying out important tasks for the Israeli government during the Six-Day War between Israel and Syria in 1967.

Based on real-life events, the crux of the story follows Cohen as he disguises himself as a man named Kamel Amin Thaabet and integrates himself into Syrian society, eventually gaining the title of Deputy Defense Minister in the hopes that the knowledge he gains and actions he takes will all benefit Israel in the long run. 

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80178151
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4. ‘Red Notice’ (2021)

Who’s in It: Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Chris Diamantopoulos

Rating: 36% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 57m

One of Netflix’s biggest and most expensive productions ever (I mean, look at this cast!) Red Notice is an action-packed thrill ride, in which an FBI profiler (Dwayne Johnson) must work together with an art thief (Ryan Reynolds) to track down another criminal (Gal Gadot.)

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5. ‘Munich: The Edge of War’ (2022)

Who’s in It: Jeremy Irons, Alex Jennings, George MacKay, Jannis Niewöhner, Sandra Hüller, Liv Lisa Fries

Rating: 86% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h 3m

Based on an international bestselling novel, Munich: The Edge of War follows two diplomats, one British and one German, as they attempt to unravel a conspiracy that will unravel and spill over into World War II.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81144852
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6. ‘Quantum of Solace’ (2008)

Who’s in It: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Giancarlo Giannini, Gemma Arterton, Anatole Taubman, Judi Dench

Rating: 64% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 45m

One of the best spy movies on Netflix picks up literally an hour after Casino Royale, as Quantum of Solace sees Bond seek revenge for the loss of a loved one.

While on the trail of the killer, 007 discovers a shadowy organization called Quantum. It falls to Bond to diffuse Quantum and Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), one of its shadow members, from plotting a coup in Bolivia in order to gain control over its water supply. 

Keeping with the gritty spirit of Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace is an action-packed, bloody film that shows James Bond going much further in fight scenes than he had in the past as he embarks on a personal rather than fully professional mission. 

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https://www.netflix.com/title/70099117
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7. ‘A Call to Spy’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Sarah Megan Thomas, Stana Katic, Radhika Apte, Linus Roache, Rossif Sutherland, Samuel Roukin

Rating: 71% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h 4m

While the film is a fictional portrayal of three real women who served as British spies, A Call to Spy shifts the narrative a bit and changes up a few things here and there. Set during World War II, the movie follows the three women—portrayed by Sarah Megan Thomas, Stana Katic, and Radhika Apte—after they’re appointed to a new spy agency by Winston Churchill.

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8. ‘The Angel’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Marwan Kenzari, Toby Kebbell, Sasson Gabai, Waleed Zuaiter

Rating: 69% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 30m

The Angel, distributed by Netflix in 2018, tells the story of Ashraf Marwan (Marwan Kenzari), an Egyptian diplomat who was married to Egyptian President Nasser’s daughter and ended up working as a secret agent for the Israeli Mossad.

Based on Israeli professor Url Bar-Joseph’s book The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel, The Angel, explores Marwan’s time working as a spy for Israel and the emotional struggles he went through in an effort to maintain peace between the two countries.

Set in the aftermath of the Six-Day War between the two countries in 1967, the film is full of double-crossings and loose ends that make it clear just how logistically and morally complicated being a spy can be.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80188120
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9. ‘Rush Hour’ (1998)

Who’s in It: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Tom Wilkinson, Ken Leung, Elizabeth Peña, Tzi Ma

Rating: 61% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 38m

Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker pair up in this spy-esque-comedy that joins two police officers—Detective Inspector Lee and Detective James Carter—together as part of a mission to save a high-profile client’s daughter who’s just been abducted. While the movie didn’t receive flying colors critically, it has become one of the most hilarious, best spy movies on Netflix.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/17236928
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10. ‘Skyfall’ (2012)

Who’s in It: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Albert Finney

Rating: 92% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h 23m

The third film in Daniel Craig’s James Bond tenure, Skyfall finds Bond investigating intelligence attacks on M16 (Secret Intelligence Service),

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11. ‘Spycraft’ (2021)

Who’s in It: Keith Melton, Dylan Berry, Robert Bigman, Hamet Yousef, Robert Wallace

Rating: 52% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)

Runtime: 30m

Based on the book Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs, from Communism to Al-Qaeda, Spycraft is a Netflix original docu-series that takes viewers through different key components of espionage and how they have evolved over the years. Released in late January 2021 to limited fanfare (potentially because the powers at be don’t want individuals to know the truth about American spycraft), the eight-episode series has entries on everything from the power of “sexpionage” to how agencies go about recruiting individuals to become spies.  

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81014547
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12. ‘A Very Secret Service’ (2015)

Who’s in It: Hugo Becker, Joséphine de La Baume, Wilfred Benaïche, Christophe Kourotchkine, Mathilde Warnier

Rating: N/A

Runtime: 30m

The final television series on this list, A Very Secret Service, looks at the world of espionage through a more satirical, comedic lens. A French production, A Very Secret Service, follows André Merlaux (Hugo Becker) after he is called in to be a trainee with the French Secret Services.

Set in 1960 during the early days of the Cold War, the French are dealing with calls for independence in their then-African colonies, especially Algeria, and a domestic populace growing more liberal every day that makes the government increasingly worried about Communist interference.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80097771
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13. ‘The Devil’s Own’ (1997)

Who’s in It: Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Margaret Colin, Rubén Blades

Rating: 35% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 50m

Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt play on opposite sides in The Devil’s Own, which finds Provisional Irish Republican Army member, Frankie McGuire (Pitt), in the United States under the name of Rory Devaney in order to steal a few anti-aircraft missiles. On the other end of things, Sergeant Tom O’Meara (Ford), a policeman, ends up throwing a wrench into McGuire’s plan.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/1152837
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14. ‘The Red Sea Diving Resort’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Chris Evans, Michael K. Williams, Haley Bennett, Michiel Huisman, Alessandro Nivola, Greg Kinnear

Rating: 29% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h 9m

Another spy film that is loosely based on actual events, The Red Sea Diving Resort stars Chris Evans as an Israeli Mossad agent named Ari Levinson who works with Kabede Bimro (Michael K. Williams), an Ethiopian Jew, to evacuate Jewish refugees from persecution.

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15. ‘Operation Mincemeat’ (2021)

Who’s in It: Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Penelope Wilton, Johnny Film

Rating: 84% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h 8m

Based on the true story of Operation Mincemeat back in 1943, the eponymous film recreates the events, which was a British mission designed to trick Nazi forces into thinking they were going to attack Greece when in reality, the Allied forces were headed for Sicily. With its outstanding cast and true story, Operation Mincemeat is definitely one of the best spy movies on Netflix.

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16. ‘Red Joan’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Nina Sosanya, Tom Hughes, Tereza Srbova

Rating: 30% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 50m

Based on the novel of the same name by Jennie Rooney, Red Joan tracks the eponymous Joan Smith (Judi Dench), an older woman who’s ended up having a very long and chaotic career as a spy that spanned from before the Cold War to the early 2000s. As the book was inspired by the life of Melita Norwood, there are tons of parallels between the two in the film.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80202772
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mLCqedsPUFE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed17. 'Beirut' (2018)","buttonTextWatch now on Netflix","buttonUrlhttps://www.netflix.com/title/80195367</code>
17. ‘Beirut’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris, Shea Whigham, Larry Pine

Rating: 82% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 49m

In one of the greatest spy movies on Netflix, Jon Hamm portrays Mason Skiles, a man who returns to his career as a diplomat in order to save one of his colleagues, Cal Riley, from being murdered. As his family was attacked and killed by the very same group who’s after his colleague, Skiles doesn’t hesitate to jump into action and help out in any way possible.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80195367
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CZ0B22z22pI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed18. 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' (2005)","buttonTextWatch now on Netflix","buttonUrlhttps://www.netflix.com/title/70021641</code>
18. ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’ (2005)

Who’s in It: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vince Vaughn, Adam Brody, Kerry Washington

Rating: 59% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h

While John and Jane Smith might appear to be your average married couple, it goes a bit deeper than that, as the two are actually trained assassins. The only catch? They’ve been given the mission to kill each other.

Watch now on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/70021641
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/j74F5rT8DLA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed19. 'The Operative' (2019)","buttonTextWatch now on Netflix","buttonUrlhttps://www.netflix.com/title/81162171</code>
19. ‘The Operative’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Diane Kruger, Martin Freeman, Can Anvar, Liron Levo, Yaakov Zada Daniel, Ohad Knoller

Rating: 41% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 56m

Based on the novel, The English Teacher, The Operative follows two former intelligence agency operatives for Israel’s Mossad who have lost touch over the years. However, Rachel (Diane Kruger) comes back into Thomas’ (Martin Freeman) life after he gets an alarming phone call from her, which jumpstarts a mission to locate the recently-disappeared former agent.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81162171
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LJFra3B9sbA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed20. 'Zero Dark Thirty' (2012)","buttonTextWatch now on Netflix","buttonUrlhttps://www.netflix.com/title/70251669</code>
20. ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ (2012)

Who’s in It: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, James Gandolfini, Mark Duplass, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Taylor Kinney

Rating: 91% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h 37m

A thriller about the U.S. mission to kill Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty tracks both the CIA team and Navy squad responsible for eventually locating him after a 10-year hunt. With its stacked cast in tow, Zero Dark Thirty is definitely one of the best spy movies on Netflix right now.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/70251669
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The 20 Best Halloween Episodes of TV to Watch When You Need a Dose of Nostalgia

While I realize that the target audience for about half of these Halloween episodes is somewhere around the age of 10, the supreme era of cartoons in the late ’90s and 2000s is simply unmatched for any age. It was a golden period of time within Nickelodeon and Cartoon NetworkHey Arnold!, Drake & Josh, and Courage the Cowardly Dog are just a few that defined it. But things didn’t just stop there—there’s a slew of other perfect Halloween episodes from classic sitcoms of that time period, as well.

We’ve rounded up 2o of the greatest Halloween episodes that we’ve ever seen, and between the classics and others you might’ve forgotten about, there are bound to be at least a few you’ll want to stream this Halloween.

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1. ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’: “Scaredy Pants” (1999)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 10/10

Season: S1, E13

Runtime: 11m

In this Season 1 classic, SpongeBob decides that he wants to become a different type of sponge on Halloween: one who’s doing the scaring instead of being the one frightened by everything. Because of this, he shaves his body into the shape of a ghost, though he goes a little too far and ends up revealing his brain for everyone to see.

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https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/spongebob-squarepants/
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2. ‘Drake and Josh’: “Alien Invasion” (2006)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 6/10

Season: S3, E16

Runtime: 30m

Although this isn’t an outright Halloween episode, it may as well be given the basis of the plotline. After Megan gets a new telescope and hooks it up to her laptop, Drake and Josh decide to go all in on a prank to get back at her for getting them in trouble with Walter. Once they photoshop pictures of UFOs onto Megan’s laptop, she becomes convinced that there’s an incoming alien invasion.

Watch now on Paramount Plus
https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/drake-josh/video/qdnASXJK26gIWfAnTPWESYQzN7AVkZoC/drake-josh-alien-invasion/
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3. ‘Courage the Cowardly Dog’: “The Demon in the Mattress” (1999)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 7/10

Season: S1, E4

Runtime: 30m

To be fair, every episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog is Halloween-themed, and looking back, it’s sort of insane that we were even watching this as kids.

In “The Demon in the Mattress,” Muriel orders a mattress, but when it’s delivered by two creepy rats, Courage starts to get suspicious. Nevertheless, after Muriel sleeps on the mattress for the first time, she quickly becomes possessed and wild things begin to occur around the house.

Watch now on HBO Max
https://www.hbomax.com/series/urn:hbo:series:GX8auJwgvI5c0wwEAAAAk
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4. ‘Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius’: “Nightmare in Retroville” (2003)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 10/10

Season: S2, E5

Runtime: 30m

On Halloween, Jimmy decides to try out his new monster-making machine to turn Carl and Sheen into creatures instead of wearing regular costumes to go trick-or-treating. Though when Carl and Sheen start to exhibit signs that their costumes have taken over their DNA, Jimmy has to figure out a way to turn them back into their original selves.

Watch now on Paramount Plus
https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/the-adventures-of-jimmy-neutron-boy-genius/video/GoRmlMxUJDlN8HEANUx4YwBMVIvw_cIz/the-adventures-of-jimmy-neutron-boy-genius-nightmare-in-retroville/
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5. ‘Hey Arnold!’: “Arnold’s Halloween” (1997)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 9/10

Season: S2, E7

Runtime: 11m

With Grandpa’s Halloween Party coming up, Arnold and Gerald come up with the idea to stage an alien invasion to prank the partygoers by using the radio and a nearby tower to control the effects.

At the same time, Helga has convinced everyone in the fourth grade to dress up as aliens for Halloween, and they eventually head over to the party in a horde. With both of these plots converging, it ends up being broadcast on television, adding even further to the (at first) harmless prank.

Watch now on Paramount Plus
https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/hey-arnold/
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6. ‘iCarly’: “iScream on Halloween” (2007)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 9/10

Season: S1, E7

Runtime: 30m

When Carly accidentally receives mail from a different apartment that turns out to be abandoned, she decides to make it a segment on her web show. Carly, Sam, and Freddie livestream their way through apartment 13B, but when the lights go out, they quickly begin to feel like they aren’t the only ones in the apartment.

And though iCarly has two Halloween episodes, this one is definitely the best of the bunch.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/70136153
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7. ‘Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends’: “Bloooo” (2004)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 7/10

Season: S1, E11

Runtime: 30m

With Bloo resting in bed with a bad cold and the rest of the crew settling in to watch a horror movie, it seems like it’ll be a quiet night at Foster’s. But when the group starts believing that the movie is real, they barricade all of the entrances into the house. After Frankie has a frightening encounter on her way home and as Bloo’s condition worsens, things around the house get chaotic pretty quickly.

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https://www.hbomax.com/series/urn:hbo:series:GXnJ9_wWT34CgwwEAAADK
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8. ‘Fairly OddParents’: “Scary Godparents” (2002)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 8/10

Season: S2, E12

Runtime: 11m

As Timmy goes trick-or-treating in his toilet paper mummy costume with Vicky , he ponders his sad state of affairs and decides to make a wish for everyone to have genuinely real and scary Halloween costumes. However, he didn’t fully think through his wish: everyone fully becomes their costume, which means that there are some pretty hefty consequences coming Timmy’s way.

Watch now on Paramount Plus
https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/the-fairly-oddparents/video/sCzmkIbWRcCx6ZiqOOvL4YYWmxcWF5Yb/the-fairly-oddparents-scary-godparents/
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/c6zPt-nFxdg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed9. 'The Grim Adventures of Billy \u0026amp; Mandy': "Billy \u0026amp; Mandy's Jacked-Up Halloween" (2003)","buttonTextWatch now on HBO Max","buttonUrlhttps://www.hbomax.com/series/urn:hbo:series:GX-Tu4ge5qAexgwEAAABd</code>
9. ‘The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy’: “Billy & Mandy’s Jacked-Up Halloween” (2003)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 7/10

Season: S2, E15

Runtime: 11m

In this two-part special episode, Grim’s scythe is stolen by a villain, Jack O’ Lantern, who plans to use it to destroy the town and make everyday Halloween as an act of revenge. With the power of Grim’s scythe, Billy and Mandy have to figure out a way to retrieve it and put an end to Jack’s plans.

Watch now on HBO Max
https://www.hbomax.com/series/urn:hbo:series:GX-Tu4ge5qAexgwEAAABd
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VZD9P7IXyS0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed10. 'Zoey101': "Haunted House" (2005)","buttonTextWatch now on Paramount Plus","buttonUrlhttps://www.paramountplus.com/shows/zoey-101/video/d_u7DMbadjg5Jl2eOyosv4yL_Er7MKE_/zoey-101-haunted-house/</code>
10. ‘Zoey101’: “Haunted House” (2005)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 7/10

Season: S2, E4

Runtime: 30m

Each Halloween at PCA, someone is in charge of setting up a haunted house, and this year, Logan gets the job. When he makes the haunted house a little too scary, Zoey’s brother, Dustin, gets lost in it and Logan has to head inside to find him.

Watch now on Paramount Plus
https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/zoey-101/video/d_u7DMbadjg5Jl2eOyosv4yL_Er7MKE_/zoey-101-haunted-house/
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fDzT9ZqaGrM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed11. 'Parks and Recreation': "Greg Pikitis" (2009)","buttonTextWatch now on Peacock","buttonUrlhttps://www.peacocktv.com/stream-tv/parks-and-recreation</code>
11. ‘Parks and Recreation’: “Greg Pikitis” (2009)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 10/10

Season: S2, E7

Runtime: 30m

Not only is “Greg Pikitis” one of the best episodes of Parks and Recreation, but it’s also one of the greatest Halloween episodes, period.

Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) follows around a local Pawnee high schooler, Greg Pikitis, for the bulk of this episode as she’s determined to prove that he’s responsible for defacing a park statue every year on Halloween. At the same time, Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) is attempting to throw a poppin’ Halloween party at her house, but when the vibes turn stale, she has to rely on Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) to revive the party.

Watch now on Peacock
https://www.peacocktv.com/stream-tv/parks-and-recreation
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yjNYJ3wb1XI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed12. '30 Rock': "Stone Mountain" (2009)","buttonTextWatch now on Peacock","buttonUrlhttps://www.peacocktv.com/watch-online/tv/30-rock/6240863759978157112</code>
12. ’30 Rock’: “Stone Mountain” (2009)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 5/10

Season: S4, E3

Runtime: 30m

While not every storyline in this episode of 30 Rock revolves around Halloween, the largest involves Frank (Judah Friedlander), Toofer (Keith Powell), and Lutz (John Lutz) as they’re absolutely determined to throw the greatest Halloween party ever. However, this proves to be tougher to accomplish than they initially thought, which leads them to recruit Jenna (Jane Krakowski) and her plethora of gay friends in order to get the party really going.

Watch now on Peacock
https://www.peacocktv.com/watch-online/tv/30-rock/6240863759978157112
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13. ‘The Simpsons’: “Treehouse of Horror V” (1994)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 10/10

Season: S6, E6

Runtime: 30m

Widely regarded as one of the greatest “Treehouse of Horror” episodes ever created, The Simpsons‘ fifth iteration of the series-within-a-series tracks three different tales: one, which is a spoof of The Shining, the second, which tracks Homer as he travels through time, and a third, that finds Principal Skinner using students as food for the cafeteria.

While it’s one of the best Simpsons episodes ever created, it’s also one of the greatest Halloween episodes we’ve ever seen.

Watch now on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/series/the-simpsons/3ZoBZ52QHb4x
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14. ‘The Office’: “Halloween” (2005)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 9/10

Season: S2, E5

Runtime: 30m

In typical Michael Scott (Steve Carell) fashion, he waits until the last possible day to fire someone, and that day happens to be Halloween. So, with everyone all dressed up and ready to celebrate, Michael tries to fire just about every staff member, though nothing sticks until he actually fires Devon (Devon Abner).

Watch now on Peacock
https://www.peacocktv.com/stream-tv/the-office
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15. ‘Freaks and Geeks’: “Tricks and Treats” (1999)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 10/10

Season: S1, E3

Runtime: 45m

Freaks and Geeks approaches Halloween from two different angles: from that of teenagers who wreak havoc on the holiday as they’re too old to trick-or-treat, and that of slightly nerdy kids who go overboard with their costumes.

Even though Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini) had agreed to help her mother hand out candy at their house, she’s a little “too cool” for that now since she has a whole new group of friends to hang out with. Lindsay’s younger brother, Sam (John Francis Daley), dresses up with his friends to go trick-or-treating, but things go awry while walking around the neighborhood.

Watch now on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/series/freaks-and-geeks-0e7d9831-22bb-455d-8255-412be0415b2c
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16. ‘Stranger Things’: “Trick or Treat, Freak” (2017)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 9/10

Season: S2, E2

Runtime: 1h

While the entirety of Stranger Things is already home to some major spooky vibes, “Trick or Treat, Freak” definitely takes the cake. The crew is perfectly dressed as the characters from Ghostbusters, though the fun doesn’t last too long after Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) notices a new creature in the distance coming to terrorize both him and Hawkins, Indiana.

Watch now on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80057281
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17. ‘WandaVision’: “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!”

Halloween Vibes Rating: 9/10

Season: S1, E6

Runtime: 38m

Even though the cast of WandaVision is already technically in costume since the majority of them are superheroes, the show takes Halloween to an entirely new level despite that. As WandaVision episodes play off of typical TV tropes from decades of the past, this episode harkens back to the typical Halloween specials of the ’90s and 2000s.

Watch now on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/series/wandavision/4SrN28ZjDLwH?cid=DTCI-Synergy-Disneycom-Site-Awareness-Originals-US-Marvel-WandaVision-EN-HomeScreenBanner-Stream_on_DisneyPlus_button_WandaVision_show_page-NA
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18. ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’: “Trick or Treat” (2001)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 10/10

Season: S2, E3

Runtime: 30m

Easily one of the best episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm ever, “Trick or Treat” finds Larry David on the receiving end of a classic Halloween property destruction. After he refuses to give two teenagers candy because they weren’t dressed up and were too old to be trick-or-treating, his entire house is defaced and TP’d, leading him to search for the girls to pin them for the crime.

Watch now on HBO Max
https://www.hbomax.com/series/urn:hbo:series:GVU2bygQ1go7DwvwIAT3r
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19. ‘Friends’: “The One with the Halloween Party’ (2001)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 9/10

Season: S8, E6

Runtime: 22m

It’s not a complete list of the best Halloween episodes without a mention of the iconic Friends episode that takes place on the holiday.

Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) host a cheerful Halloween bash at the apartment, although dozens of conflicts end up breaking out within it as Rachel refuses to wear a costume, Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) has to deal with her twin sister, Ursula, and Ross (David Schwimmer) and Chandler have an arm-wrestling fight.

Watch now on HBO Max
https://www.hbomax.com/series/urn:hbo:series:GXdbR_gOXWJuAuwEAACVH
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4IixK7zqXc4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed20. 'Modern Family': "Halloween" (2010)","buttonTextWatch now on Peacock","buttonUrlhttps://www.peacocktv.com/stream-tv/modern-family</code>
20. ‘Modern Family’: “Halloween” (2010)

Halloween Vibes Rating: 10/10

Season: S2, E6

Runtime: 21m

While Modern Family stopped being funny after the third season, I have to admit, their Halloween episode from Season 2 is actually incredible. Claire (Julie Bowen) and Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) go all out for Halloween, meaning that they basically force everyone in their family to be actors in their fully-immersive haunted mansion. The only problem? They take things a little too far.

Watch now on Peacock
https://www.peacocktv.com/stream-tv/modern-family
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50 Hidden Gems on Netflix You Should Watch Immediately

At this point in the pandemic, we’ve probably all exhausted our Netflix watch lists a few times over.  It gets dark early, nights are long, and there’s nothing to do but be bored in the house. How many rewatches of Stranger Things can one person truly handle?

Luckily, Netflix’s expansive offerings go beyond reruns of mediocre sitcoms: the streaming service actually seems to have a near-endless amount of content despite much of it being hidden by the company’s algorithm.

We’ve picked out 50 films and TV shows that might not pop up on your “recommended” list if you haven’t been searching specifically for them. From unexpected reality competitions to obscure anime to underground LGBTQ+ cinema, here’s our (unranked) list of the greatest hidden gems on Netflix.

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1. ‘Ip Man’ (2008)

Who’s in It: Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung, Dennis To

An impeccably-choreographed martial arts tetralogy that traces the legendary career of Bruce Lee’s master as he defeats Westerners and Japanese foes alike. Sure, the whole series is not-so-subtle Chinese propaganda, but it’s worth watching for the exciting action sequences.

Watch now on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/70118799
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2. ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Taron Egerton, Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sigourney Weaver, Anya Taylor-Joy

Forget Game of Thrones. Dark Crystal is the high fantasy series worth watching. The Jim Henson Company’s high-concept puppet show is a dazzling example of a dying medium. The content is more adult than you’d expect from literal muppets, and the Tolkienesque world’s lore is both dense and allegorical.

Watch now on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/80148535
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3. ‘Love, Death + Robots’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Madeleine Knight, Topher Grace, Emily O’Brien

Black Mirror became a viral hit with its prescient predictions about the panoptic power of social media. The short animated film collection Love, Death + Robots covers a lot of the same territory as Charlie Booker’s infamous sci-fi series, but with a bit more humor. Although it’s occasionally juvenile and sometimes overtly sexist, each episode takes on a different aspect of our nightmarish future with a totally different visual aesthetic.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80174608
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4. ‘Lady Dynamite’ (2016)

Who’s in It: Maria Bamford, Fred Melamed, Mary Kay Place, Ana Gasteyer

Comedian Maria Bamford uses surreal humor to explore a recent nervous breakdown in this honest, creative, and self-reflexive series about living with bipolar disorder. Your average comedy aficionado might find Bamford’s aesthetic too off-beat, but there are a lot of smart commentaries and earnest emotionality in this show.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80046193
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5. ‘Cuties’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Fathia Youssouf, Médina El Aidi-Azouni, Maïmouna Gueye

Cuties faced a bizarre media cycle after receiving backlash from American conservative critics who objected to the sexual content of the film, and then it faded into semi-obscurity. That being said, it’s easily one of the best films of 2020—dealing with the complex emotional lives of teenage girls navigating a deeply misogynistic world.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81111198
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6. ‘Little Miss Sumo’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Hiyori Kon

A beautifully shot short documentary film about female Sumo wrestlers and their commitment to their sport. It’s only about 20 minutes long, but it’s impossible not to form an immediate attachment to the impossibly strong and impossibly adorable protagonist.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81110394
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7. ‘Shot in the Dark’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Zak Holman, Howard Raishbrook, Austin Raishbrook

Although the content is extremely disturbing, Shot in the Dark is a fascinating delve into the lives of stringers: videographers who capture footage of car crashes and violent crimes to sell to news stations at frighteningly high prices. The rogues gallery of people featured are patently deplorable, yet absurdly compelling.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80171561
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ysbX6JUlaEc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed8. 'Disclosure' (2020)","buttonTextWatch now on Netflix","buttonUrlhttps://www.netflix.com/title/81284247</code>
8. ‘Disclosure’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Laverne Cox, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Jamie Clayton, Chaz Bono

Laverne Cox is a heavily featured talking head in this exhaustive and insightful exploration of the history of transgender people in Western cinema. The movie traces specific tropes of anti-trans violence and how they developed within a culture that is largely intolerant of sexual difference—but it also shows how there’s hope for the future as more trans people take to the big screen.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81284247
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9. ‘The Platform’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Iván Massagué, Zorion Eguileor, Antonia San Juan, Emilio Buale

This ultra-violent, dystopian thriller serves as a poignant metaphor for the inhumanity of capitalism. A student voluntarily enters a near-future disciplinary complex, but it seems likely he won’t survive the impossible cruelty of this system. It’s a frightening allegory and a warning about the power of unchecked greed.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81128579
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10. ‘Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Joan Didion, Griffin Dunne

Directed by her nephew, Griffin Dunne, Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold focuses on the eponymous journalist and author in her decades-long career in writing. It weaves together her early days in Sacramento with her ultimate breakthrough in journalism at Vogue, while also having Didion candidly speak about specific moments and read through passages of her work. The sheer act of getting to hear her thoughts about writing easily cements this documentary as one of the greatest hidden gems on Netflix.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80117454
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11. ‘Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Walter Mercado

The ebullient and colorful Walter Mercado was the most beloved astrologer in Latin America before disappearing from the public eye. This earnest documentary traces his career with deep love and respect, positioning the fortune-teller as a queer legend and a beacon of kindness.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81200204
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12. ‘Circus of Books’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Jeff Stryker, Larry Flynt

How, exactly, did a married heterosexual couple come to own one of the most infamous gay porn shops in the entire United States? Circus of Books tells the story of unlikely homosexual icons, Barry and Karen Mason, at the final moments of the eponymous adult shop’s closing. The story shows the conflicted morality of the Masons and is directed by the duo’s daughter as she explores the psychology of her parents who stunningly rejected their own gay child before seeing the error of their ways.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81011569
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13. ‘Blown Away’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Katherine Gray, Nick Uhas

It would be easy to dismiss glass sculpture as a kind of decorative kitsch, but Blown Away, a competition reality show about glass blowing, showcases the artistry, talent, and intellectual thought put into this misunderstood art form. For how mesmerizing it is alone, Blown Away is by far one of the most underrated, best hidden gems on Netflix.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80215147
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14. ‘Friends From College’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Keegan-Michael Key, Fred Savage, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse, Billy Eichner, Jae Suh Park, Nat Faxon

While it only ended up getting two seasons, Friends From College might be one of the most slept-on series to ever hit Netflix. The show tracks a friend group who reunites in New York City after having been apart for many years after graduating from Harvard.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80117485
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15. ‘What Did Jack Do?’ (2017)

Who’s in It: David Lynch

David Lynch interviews a very creepy monkey in this 17-minute, black-and-white, non-narrative short. It’s exactly what you’d expect from the beloved auteur, whose noir-influenced surreal works have spawned a cult following amongst arthouse cinephiles. Don’t expect a coherent story, just spooky vibes.

For just how absurd and odd this film is, it’s well-deserving of being among some of the best hidden gems on Netflix of all time.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81226955
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16. ‘The Perfection’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Allison Williams, Logan Browning, Steven Weber, Alaina Huffman

A twist-filled horror-thriller, The Perfection is a very strange revenge story filled with deeply unexpected moments and extremely bizarre celebrations of bloodshed. It somehow feels like eight movies are packed tightly into this 90-minute nightmare, and the ending is sure to leave you both nauseated and satisfied.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80211638
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17. ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Jake Gyllenhaal, Toni Collette, Natalia Dyer, Rene Russo

What begins as an extremely caustic critique of the high art world devolves into an unsettling supernatural thriller. Starring an inexplicably buff Jake Gyllenhaal as a bisexual art dealer haunted by murderous painting, Velvet Buzzsaw combines smart satire with campy thrills.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80199689
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18. ‘Hollywood’ (2020)

Who’s in It: David Corenswet, Darren Criss, Dylan McDermott, Holland Taylor, Jeremy Pope, Jim Parsons, Laura Harrier, Rob Reiner, Maude Apatow

Tracking the nature of show business from quite a few different angles in the late 1940s, Hollywood is a limited series that ended up flying a bit under the radar when it first premiered in 2020. In one sense, we’re following an aspiring actor, Jack Castello (Corenswet), an aspiring Black screenwriter, Archie Coleman (Pope), and a veteran studio executive, Ellen Kincaid (Taylor). On top of that, we see the more gritty side of things and how actors have to both support themselves and hide who they really are.

Given that this one flew a bit under the radar, it’s definitely one of the most hidden gems on Netflix.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81088617
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19. ‘Cheer’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Monica Aldama, Morgan Simianer, Lexi Brumback, Gabi Butler

Cheer tracks Navarro College’s cheerleading squad in the months leading up to the NCA National Championships competition, which pits them against some of the greatest cheerleading programs in the country. Helmed by the staunch and formidable Monica Aldama, we get an unvarnished look into both the personal and professional lives of Aldama and her team through the early days of training, the emotional final roster reveal, and their ultimate performance at the NCA National Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81039393
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20. ‘A Secret Love’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Terry Donahue, Pat Henschel

Directed by Chris Bolan and produced by Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum, A Secret Love is an in-depth documentary about Terry Donahue, who was a player in the All-American Girls Professional League, and her relationship with Pat Henschel that she was forced to keep a secret from their families and friends.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80209024
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y9x5ImTWK5s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed21. 'Cam' (2018)","buttonTextWatch now on Netflix","buttonUrlhttps://www.netflix.com/title/80177400</code>
21. ‘Cam’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Madeline Brewer, Melora Walters

A young sex worker’s life begins to unravel when she spots her doppelganger gaining popularity on cam shows. Is she losing or mind, or is someone trying to destroy her life? Both erotic and extremely frightening, Cam is intelligent feminist horror for the 21st century.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80177400
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22. ‘Derry Girls’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell

Derry Girls has been a bit of a sleeper hit among fans, following a group teenage girls in Derry, Ireland during the Troubles in the mid-to-late 1990s. The show plays into the overall political conflict while mixing in absolutely hilarious dialogue and situations for the group of girls attending Catholic school.

If you haven’t watched Derry Girls yet, you absolutely need to—it’s one of the greatest hidden gems on Netflix by far.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80238565
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jmwZmghlsnk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed23. 'Ares' (2020)","buttonTextWatch now on Netflix","buttonUrlhttps://www.netflix.com/title/80995039</code>
23. ‘Ares’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Jade Olieberg, Tobias Kersloot, Lisa Smit and Robin Boissevain

When a struggling student accidentally finds herself accepted into a secret society, she begins unfurling a series of mysteries about the cult’s practices and her own lineage. This Dutch horror series is masterfully suspenseful and beautifully shot. You don’t need to pick up on the social criticism pertaining to the villainies of colonialism to be enthralled by the show’s dark story.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80995039
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24. ‘The Politician’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Jessica Lange, Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Judith Light, Theo Germaine, Zoey Deutch, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Rahne Jones

The Politician takes big stakes to the small stage of an affluent high school in California as Payton Hobart (Platt) is running for class president against the more popular favorite, River Barkley. However, the running mates they choose end up becoming major conflicts in the entire story.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80241248
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25. ‘The Big Flower Fight’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Natasia Demetriou, Vic Reeves, Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht

It’s hard to imagine that the frivolous world of flower arranging could be even remotely exciting, but The Big Flower Fight uses the formula of The Great British Baking Show to display the immense skills and aesthetic power of landscaping and floristry. The diverse cast are imminently lovable and you’ll absolutely have a favorite by the finale—even if you don’t care about plants at all.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81046153
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26. ‘Gerald’s Game’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Carla Gugino, Chiara Aurelia, Bruce Greenwood, Carel Struycken

One of Stephen King’s lesser-known works was transformed into a deeply eerie horror movie by director Mike Flanagan in 2017. In it, a married couple’s experiments in BDSM are interrupted when the husband suddenly dies, leaving the wife handcuffed to her bed. As she struggles to escape, she is visited in the night by wolves and giants: Is she going insane or is she being stalked?

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80128722
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27. ‘The Great British Baking Show: Holidays’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Matt Lucas, Noel Fielding

The Great British Baking Show became a viral sensation in the USA: the kind and gentle approach to reality competition was so starkly different from the bitchy, drama-filled spectacles we have on this side of the pond. Beloved contestants return for one-off Holiday-themed episodes in this spinoff showcase. Even viewers who vehemently oppose Christmas cheer can’t help but be charmed.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81013505
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-KMEOaMCJss" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed28. 'Casting JonBenet' (2017)","buttonTextWatch now on Netflix","buttonUrlhttps://www.netflix.com/title/80142316</code>
28. ‘Casting JonBenet’ (2017)

Who’s in It: John and Patsy Ramsey, Burke Ramsey, John Mark Karr

The true crime genre is often mind-numbingly violent and thoughtlessly sensationalist, but Casting JonBenet provides a sensitive and intelligent, postmodern twist on the standard formula. This documentary about the actors who play victims and murderers in true crime reenactments hits on the human element of crime stories in ways few other movies really can manage.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80142316
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29. ‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ (2016)

Who’s in It: Paul Reubens

We all remember the cultural shunning of Paul Reubens following a series of overblown non-scandals, but Pee-Wee gets the last laugh with this triumphant return. The wacky world of perpetual childhood remains heartwarmingly innocent even decades after the eponymous hero’s Big Adventure.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80031800
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30. ‘I Am Not Okay With This’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff, Sofia Bryant, Richard Ellis

Blending supernatural themes, comedy, and coming-of-age, I Am Not Okay With This follows Sydney Novak (Lillis), who has started to notice something a little different about herself: she has telekinetic powers. Equally weighing on her brain is the confusing relationships she has with her neighbor, Stan (Oleff), and her best friend, Dina (Bryant).

Although the series didn’t get a second season, it’s still one of the most underrated hidden gems on Netflix to date.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80244781
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31. ‘Pretend It’s a City’ (2021)

Who’s in It: Fran Lebowitz, Martin Scorsese

Basically, the entire premise of Pretend It’s a City is just listening to Fran Lebowitz go off on anything and everything that she perceives is wrong with the world and New York City. We follow alongside her as she struts around the city, answers audience questions at live events, and is interviewed by people including Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, and Olivia Wilde.

Given that Fran Lebowitz herself is a hidden gem, Pretend It’s a City is one of the most hilarious hidden gems on Netflix.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81078137
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32. ‘Tallulah’ (2016)

Who’s in It: Elliot Page, Allison Janney, Uzo Aduba, Tammy Blanchard

Starring Elliot Page in the namesake role of Tallulah, the film revolves around Tallulah as she finds herself as a slightly-accidental mother when she takes the child of a random woman, Carolyn, from a local hotel as she had irresponsibly passed out. The rest of the film follows Tallulah and the child as they head over to Margo, Tallulah’s mother’s, place.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80093198
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33. ‘The River Runner’ (2021)

Who’s in It: Scott Lindgren

In Tibet’s Mount Kailash, Scott Lindgren kayaks away in the hopes of becoming the first person to make it through the four major rivers that flow from the mountain. The River Runner is not only a profile of the man behind this massive mission, but always shines a spotlight on the trials and tribulations that come along with the sport.

Given how pure his mission is, The River Runner is well-deserving of being among the best hidden gems on Netflix.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81457001
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eOqtBtWGl1Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed34. 'The Chair' (2021)","buttonTextWatch now on Netflix","buttonUrlhttps://www.netflix.com/title/81206259</code>
34. ‘The Chair’ (2021)

Who’s in It: Sandra Oh, Holland Taylor, Jay Duplass, Bob Balaban

In The Chair, Ji-Yoon Kim (Oh) portrays a younger professor who has just been promoted to chair of the English Department at a fairly prestigious fictionalized college, Pembroke University. While there, she faces a slew of ups and downs stemming from a publicized scandal involving one of the professors at the college.

If this isn’t one of the greatest hidden gems on Netflix, then I don’t know what is.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81206259
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CQTEUd-5JMQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed35. 'The Babysitter' (2017)","buttonTextWatch now on Netflix","buttonUrlhttps://www.netflix.com/title/80164456</code>
35. ‘The Babysitter’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Samara Weaving, Judah Lewis, Hana Mae Lee, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne

In this wild horror-comedy, a sexy babysitter is revealed as the leader of a Satan-worshipping crew of ghouls. The only hope for their defeat is a pre-teen boy who must outsmart the demonic gang—but can he overcome his crush on his governess to thwart the devil? Director McG’s penchant for eye-popping visuals and Tarantino-esque hyper-stylization help uplift the movie’s extremely silly story.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80164456
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ukaN3adLzVA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed36. 'Ainori: Love Wagon' (2017)","buttonTextWatch now on Netflix","buttonUrlhttps://www.netflix.com/title/80174280</code>
36. ‘Ainori: Love Wagon’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Becky, Mayuko Kawakita, Toshiaki Kasuga

Japanese reality dating shows are far quirkier than the endless slog of Western romantic travesties like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. In Love Wagon, singles have their phones taken away during weeks of international travel. The socially awkward men and women navigate competing crushes while visiting tourist attractions, complete with over-the-top narration and absurd commentary.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80174280
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bxABOiay6oA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed37. 'Fantastic Fungi' (2019)","buttonTextWatch now on Netflix","buttonUrlhttps://www.netflix.com/title/81183477</code>
37. ‘Fantastic Fungi’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Brie Larson, Andrew Weil, Giuliana Furci

This documentary is probably exactly what it sounds like in your head: it’s about fantastic fungi. Zooming in close to various mushrooms and other types of fungi, Fantastic Fungi paints an extraordinary picture of a fairly overlooked eukaryotic organism.

While this is technically just a film about mushrooms, the simplistic beauty of the organisms makes this documentary one of the most underrated hidden gems on Netflix.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81183477
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38. ‘The Alpinist’ (2021)

Who’s in It: Marc-André Leclerc, Brette Harrington

We’ve all heard of climbers like Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell, but the more introverted Canadian climber and alpinist, Marc-André Leclerc, made incredible first ascents and solos without practically anyone realizing it. The Alpinist is the first (and last) time we get to see Leclerc up close, oftentimes not letting producers and directors know what he has planned until the climb is over, taking a more purist approach to the sport.

Not only is the one of the greatest hidden gems on Netflix, but it’s one of the best hidden gems, period.

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39. ‘Dorohedoro’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Wataru Takagi, Reina Kondou

Anime purists might balk at the 3D CG animation of this science fantasy series but the fight scenes and endearing characters make a few questionable stylistic decisions forgivable. It’d be impossible to explain the show’s absurd and whimsical story in this summary. Suffice it to say, the main plot point is a magical battle between high-class sorcerers and the slums.

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40. ‘The Speed Cubers’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Max Park, Feliks Zemdegs, Schwan Park, Philipp Weyer

These guys can beat a Rubik’s Cube—and fast. The Speed Cubers documents the people behind the cube who make the sport what it is, from deep rivalries and complicated friendships to the championships in Australia.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81092143
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41. ‘Chasing Coral’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Andrew Ackerman, Neal Cantin, Pim Bongaerts

Documenting the beauty and sadness that comes with coral reefs, Chasing Coral is raw look into the real dangers that our coral reefs face due to climate change. We track a large group of scientists, photographers, and divers whose goal is to both shed a light on what’s happening and deliver a breathtaking snapshot of coral reefs.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80168188
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42. ‘GLOW’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young

Having had a nice three-season run, GLOW is a dramedy that is a fictionalized take on women’s professional wrestling in the 1980s. Specifically, we hone in on the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW), and the various tactics used to promote the wrestling circuit.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80114988
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43. ‘Oprah + Viola: A Netflix Special Event’ (2022)

Who’s in It: Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis

In classic Oprah-sit-down-interview-fashion, Oprah Winfrey interviews Viola Davis about her memoir, Finding Me. Davis talks in depth about her childhood and growing up, the trauma she went through and the shame that has still stuck with her today.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/81592429
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44. ‘The Kominsky Method’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, Sarah Baker, Paul Reiser, Lisa Edelstein

With three seasons under its belt, The Kominsky Method pairs up Michael Douglas with Alan Arkin as two aging best friends; Douglas is Sandy Kominsky, a semi-successful actor who owns and teaches at his own acting school, and Arkin plays Norman Newlander, who serves as Kominsky’s agent. The two get into various conflicts and antics both between one another and separately with their respective family and friends.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80201680
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45. ‘Keith Richards: Under the Influence’ (2015)

Who’s in It: Keith Richards

Mick Jagger might be the frontman of The Rolling Stones, but Keith Richards is not to be forgotten. Getting into the psyche of Richards, Keith Richards: Under the Influence unveils a much-different man than the one we’ve heard about and seen on stage. Sure, he’s got all the grittiness that we’ve seen, but there’s a much softer side to him than he leads on.

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46. ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Michelle Gomez, Mirando Otto, Lucy Davis, Chance Perdomo, Jaz Sinclair, Lachlan Watson, Tati Gabrielle, Richard Coyle, Gavin Leatherwood

Based on the comic book series of the same name published by Archie Comics, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina takes (most) everything that went down in the comics and gives it a completely new life, perfectly bending comedy, drama, and spooky vibes into one. The main focus of the series is the eponymous Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka), a half-human, half-witch who has to make a major decision about which side of the genealogy she’ll be sticking to. Her thoughts on the subject: why can’t she have both?

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80223989
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47. ‘Russian Doll’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee, Elizabeth Ashley, Charlie Barnett, Yul Vazquez, Chloë Sevigny

An instant hit, Russian Doll stars Natasha Lyonne as Nadia Vulvokov, a woman who inexplicably gets herself entangled in an infinite time loop after dying on the day of her 36th birthday. Melding sci-fi, drama, and comedy together, the series tracks Vulvokov as she attempts to piece together how she ended up in her current situation.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80211627
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48. ‘Ratched’ (2020)

Who’s in It: Sarah Paulson, Judy Davis, Finn Wittrock, Cynthia Nixon, Jon Jon Briones, Charlie Carver, Sharon Stone

Sarah Paulson takes on the infamous role of Nurse Mildred Ratched, a major character in both the novel and film iterations of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Ratched focuses on the namesake nurse herself, giving us a deeper look into her past and how she became the person she was depicted as in Ken Kesey’s novel.

The sheer acting force that is Sarah Paulson and Judy Davis makes Ratched one of the greatest hidden gems on Netflix of all time.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/80213445
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49. ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Timothy Olyphant, Drew Barrymore, Liv Hewson, Skyler Gisondo

Mixing horror and comedy into one, Santa Clarita Diet is all about the real estate team of Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and Sheila Hammond (Drew Barrymore), who also happen to be married to each other. While things seem to be going swimmingly as usual for them and their family, everything takes a major turn when Sheila begins to transform into a zombie, changing both her diet and her usual disposition.

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50. ‘The Watcher’ (2022)

Who’s in It: Bobby Cannavale, Naomi Watts, Jennifer Coolidge, Mia Farrow, Richard Kind, Margo Martindale

New to Netflix, The Watcher is actually based on the real story of a house in Westfield, New Jersey that was home to a steady stream of threatening letters, all sent from someone named “The Watcher.” Bobby Cannavale and Naomi Watts star as the newly-married couple who move into the house and begin to receive these letters, which later opens up a wider investigation into who’s behind it.

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Everything New We Learned From the ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Trailer and More

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever isn’t just your average Marvel sequel film. About four years in the making, as initial plans for a Black Panther sequel began in 2018. Chadwick Boseman’s death in August 2020 of colon cancer changed the plans for the sequel, with director Ryan Coogler deciding not to recast the role of T’Challa. Instead, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will dive deep into Wakanda, exploring the country as a whole and highlighting the other characters in the film.

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Breaking Down the ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Trailer

As the newest Black Panther: Wakanda Forever just dropped, we’ve learned quite a bit more about the overall plot of the film than we did when the teaser was originally released back in July.

We start off with a somber, long procession line of T’Challa’s family, friends, and country for what seems to be his funeral, as his mother, Ramonda (Angela Bassett), is holding his helmet.

We’re then introduced to Namor (Tenoch Huerta), who’s painting a mural and other inscriptions on a wall. As he’s doing that, we hear him say, “only the most broken people can be great leaders.” As Wakanda mourns the death of T’Challa, we cut to an underwater kingdom where Namor takes a seat in what’s clearly the king’s throne.

It seems like Wakanda is under attack from outside forces (possibly the U.S. Army) as a man is seen using binoculars to spy on the country. However, the Wakandans don’t take kindly to this, as we see them scale a massive ship in retaliation.

M’Baku then explains the underwater kingdom that we were introduced to before: “His people do not call him General or King—they call him K’uk’ulkan, the feather serpent god. Killing him will risk eternal war.”

After Shuri (Letitia Wright) reveals that the king is rising up and “coming for the surface world,” it’s clear that there’s going to be a major battle between the two kingdoms. So, basically, it seems like we’ve got two battles going on here: one, between Wakanda and this feather serpent god, and the other, between Wakanda and the U.S. Army.

As we’re thrown through tons of action-packed clips that include a massive car chase and underwater battle, just to name a few, we’re given one, major reveal at the end of the trailer: a female-like figure in a modified Black Panther suit. Though it’s not totally clear just who this is, I think it’s safe to say that it’s either Shuri or Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o).

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Who Will Star in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”?

The bulk of the cast of Black Panther will be returning for its sequel, though Michael B. Jordan will not be returning as Erik Killmonger (given that we were to believe that he was killed at the end the film). Jordan himself has been fairly quiet on the subject, though he expressed interest in being a part of it, regardless of whether his character was supposedly dead. Being that it’s a Marvel film, practically anything is possible when it comes to the living statuses of characters.

Wright will be taking on a much larger role this time around, reprising her role as Shuri, T’Challa’s sister. Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, and Winston Duke are just a few of the cast members who will be returning to their former roles. Additionally, Michaela Coel has been cast as Aneka, who is rumored to be a combat instructor.

Tenoch Huerta will be taking on the role of Namor, who—as we saw in the trailer—is the main antagonist of the film. On top of him, Dominique Thorne will be portraying Riri Williams/Ironheart and Florence Kasumba is playing Ayo.

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What’s the Release Date of ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’?

The movie is currently set to be released on November 11, 2022, as filming resumed in January 2022 after a bit of a hiatus. Back in August of 2021, Letitia Wright was injured on set during a stunt, which resulted in her fracturing her shoulder and getting a concussion. Her recovery ended up taking much longer than expected, halting filming from November until January. Due to this, the movie’s release was pushed back to November 2022, as it had originally been slated for July 8, 2022.

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How Will They Honor Chadwick Boseman?

As of November of 2020, the writers and Coogler were still figuring out the best ways to honor Boseman as he became such an icon in his role as the Black Panther. Shuri will definitely play a major role in honoring Boseman, as she and T’Challa shared an unbreakable bond as brother and sister. There’s also a ton more to explore about Shuri herself, an insanely smart inventor who can create basically anything using technology. Through that, it might reveal more about T’Challa, perhaps revisiting a few flashbacks of their childhood together.

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Where Was ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Filmed?

Much of the sequel was filmed in Georgia, specifically in Atlanta at Trilith Studios and at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Brunswick. In addition, there were scenes shot at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as well as in Puerto Rico, the latter of which is where the film wrapped up production on March 24, 2022.

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Where Can I Watch ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’?

As of right now, the only place you’ll be able to catch Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be in theaters starting November 11, 2022. Once the film leaves theaters, Disney+ will most likely make the film available for streaming, just as we saw with Thor: Love and Thunder.

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Plot Predictions for ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

While it’s already been established that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will focus on Wakanda itself as opposed to focusing on one specific person within it, quite a few rumors are going around about just what that will entail.

With the focus being on Wakanda, we’re bound to see more of the country itself and what occurs daily, and through that, we’ll be introduced to new characters, including that of Coel, Lynch, and Huerta. We also now have the confirmed casting Ironheart, who Thorne will portray. She’s set to play the character in her own spin-off series, aptly titled, Ironheart, but since the series hasn’t been given an official release date yet, there’s a fair chance that Ironheart’s first live appearance will be in Wakanda Forever.

Anthony Ramos was also recently announced to be playing a major role in Ironheart, which means that we could also see his first entrance into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The cast had been filming at (MIT), and given that it’s where Wright sustained her injuries, there’s a fair chance that there will be an arc about her going further in her studies of technology.; this could also lean into the fact that Shuri will be taking on a much larger role in the film. As action scenes were also shot at the campus, time will only tell if it ends up being a study-related journey or a specific mission—or both.

We’ve still got a solid month before Black Panther: Wakanda Forever releases, but as the release date gets closer, we’re bound to get a few crumbs of details here and there as we patiently wait.

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Who is the Most Powerful Marvel Character? The 30 Greatest Heroes and Villians, Ranked

We all know about Thor, Thanos, and Hulk—but what about Squirrel Girl? Who’s she? Is she a girl who looks like a squirrel or a girl who summons squirrels? Does she eat acorns for a living? Why is someone named Squirrel Girl on this list? Who is the most powerful Marvel character?

From notorious names that we’ve come to love (and hate) to lesser-known oddballs who have flown under the radar, Marvel has ranked up quite a bit of power under its belt of characters over the years. Broken up between the most powerful of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and of Marvel Comics, these next 25 characters hold their own with no problem. But when we pit them against each other, how do they stand up?

The Most Powerful Marvel Cinematic Universe Characters
14. The Thing
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Basically a wall of stone, The Thing is a formidable opponent simply upon first glance. Although he has a similar build to the Hulk and relies upon his pure brute strength as his main weapon, Hulk is much more unpredictable with his rage, which allows his strength to grow even further. The Thing is much more grounded, but while he has enhanced senses, his weaknesses lie within his lack of other strengths. Being a tank of force is great, but when it’s the only thing you’re relying on, it makes certain enemies tougher to handle.

While we know that The Thing hasn’t appeared in an MCU film just yet, with a Fantastic Four movie on the way, as well as Mister Fantastic’s cameo in Multiverse of Madness it’s only a matter of time before he makes his debut.

13. Wolverine
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Made of impermeable skin and with the ability to heal himself, Wolverine is even more unstoppable with his retractable adamantium claws. A notable member of the X-Men, Wolverine is instantly recognizable as a hulking figure in yellow, and while he is a mutant superhero, he definitely has a dark side to him, which is shown in the sheer number of people he has killed over the years.

James Howlett, also known as Logan, became Wolverine after he saw his father, Thomas (who was also the groundskeeper), shoot and kill his step-father. This spurred the young James to develop his claws, killing his father.

12. Vision
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Ultron and Helen Cho created Vision from vibranium and the Mind Stone, giving this new synthezoid incredible powers. Although he was designed to become Ultron, Vision ended up being a standalone, living being capable of almost every superhuman ability along with a genius intellect.

Vision doesn’t rely on any weapons and instead uses blasts of energy, body and skin manipulation, and strength to defeat enemies. However, if he ever needs to pick up Thor’s hammer again, he’s one of the few who can do so.

11. Iron Man
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While the Iron Man suit might be responsible for inflicting the insane amount of damage it’s capable of harnessing, the man behind the suit is the true mastermind behind it all: Tony Stark. Portrayed by Robert Downey Jr. in the MCU, Iron Man is not only a powerful ally, but he’s also one of the de facto leaders of the crew—a constant beacon in times of darkness.

Of course, mentally, the man has a super-genius intellect, which allows him to constantly be ahead of the game both with regard to the inventions he creates and on that battlefield. Physically in his suit, Iron Man is granted superhuman strength, can shoot out energy blasts, run and fly at extremely fast speeds, absorb energy, and defend against outside radiation or other biological attacks.

10. Doctor Strange
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A Master of the Mystic Arts, Doctor Strange is well-versed in sorcery, having once been the Sorcery Supreme himself. He can form shields and other energy blasts out of Eldrich Magic is capable of astral projection and implements a number of spells that have various effects on his enemies. On top of that, Doctor Strange can travel through portals created by Sling Rings, enabling him and others to switch back and forth from various dimensions of the Multiverse.

9. Captain Marvel
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Carol Danvers, better known as Captain Marvel, is quite the underrated Avenger, as she’s basically a human rocket that can crush through almost anything in sight. After sustaining the impact of a massive explosion, the Tesseract’s extraterrestrial powers in it became infused within her, allowing Captain Marvel to have superhuman strength and power.

She’s also able to fly, create cosmic energy blasts, absorb the impacts of incredible forces, and create photon blasts. While some have argued that she’s the most powerful Avenger (myself included), Hulk and Thor ultimately have such incredible brute strength that it would be tough for her to beat them in battle.

8. Hulk
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One of the most recognizable superheroes of all time, Hulk is defined by his Gamma radiation-powered strength, the power of which is determined by just how much rage he has stored up in his body. Though at heart he’s a gentle giant, that doesn’t stop him from being a formidable opponent to just about any enemy who comes his way. On top of his strength, he also had incredible leaping and healing abilities, self-regenerates, and is quickly adaptable to various environments.

7. Thor
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Although Thor and Hulk are neck-and-neck in the strength battle, where Thor truly wins is within his power control: Hulk is more volatile, which gives him less control over his abilities. Thor is a steady leader and only one of a few people who have the ability to lift his iconic hammer, Mjolnir, which is enchanted and able to absorb astronomical heights of energy. The son of Odin, King of Asgard, Thor was always bound to be fighting for justice, as he continues to do as a member of the Avengers.

6. Adam Warlock
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Set to make his first appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol.3 where he’ll be played by Will Poulter, Adam Warlock was created by a group of scientists, who quested to create the perfect human being. In the MCU, Adam Warlock will be created by Ayesha, the leader of the Sovereign race.

She hopes to use Adam to destroy the Guardians of the Galaxy, who had betrayed her in the previous film.

In the comics, he has powers of superhuman strength, speed, agility, and durability. Oh, also he can fly, manipulate energy, manipulate matter, and is also a master of magic. It remains to be seen how powerful he will be in the MCU, but he will certainly be one of the heavy hitters.

5. Dormammu
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This dimension-surfing entity is feared by all—especially Doctor Strange, who’s encountered the being on more than one occasion. Ruler of the Dark Dimension, Dormammu is able to astral project, use the highest degree of sorcery, can banish enemies from his dimension, time travel, regenerate, resurrect, teleport, and more. Basically, this entity can do practically anything you name, and that’s on top of already possessing natural superhuman strength; however, being universally feared might be his greatest quality of all.

4. Thanos
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What? Did you put Thanos at number two? I know—but I have my reasons, the first being that without the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos’ power definitely decreases. Thanos is able to project cosmic energy on his opponents, has superhuman strength, is telepathic, and is immortal (well, kind of). While Thanos has a long list of incredible powers and brute strength, there’s definitely one person who could blast him out of the galaxy…

3. Professor X
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…and that’s Professor X. While Thanos could physically crush him, Professor X beats Thanos out in the world of telepathy, which would stop the majority of physical attacks against him. Thanos also has telepathy, but not at the extremely advanced level as Professor X. The founder of the X-Men, Professor X’s influence is spread far and wide, as he’s crossed paths with quite a number of superheroes over the years.

On a more emotional side, he has a much purer soul than someone like Thanos; Professor X simply wants to bring peace and coexistence to the world. His goal is to have everyone be shown acceptance, regardless of being a mutant or not, as he’s one himself. Professor X has an unending list of specific powers underneath the telepathy umbrella, including mind possession, mental shields, and psionic blasts. Basically, you don’t want to be opposite Professor X in a fight.

2. The Celestials
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Older than the universe itself, the Celestials first appeared in Eternals and are responsible for the Big Bang. Their mission is to bring new members of their race into existence, and they accomplish this by bringing planets and races up to their apex and then allowing a Celestial to be created from the planet’s core.

In Eternals, the Celestials nearly succeed in their mission to destroy Earth by creating a new member of their race. However, they are stopped by the team of Eternals at the film’s climax.

1. The Scarlet Witch
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Although some claim that the Scarlet Witch shouldn’t be counted as she uses sorcery and other forms of magic manipulation to fight, they’re superpowers regardless of what type they are. An underrated Avenger, Wanda Maximoff is much stronger than she looks, with the abilities of telepathy, mental and energy manipulation, creating force fields, and telekinesis. What she can do with her powers is practically limitless; it just depends on the task at hand.

Following the events of Multiverse of Madness, it’s clear that the only person that can stop the Scarlet Witch is herself. Her current status is uncertain but if we know one thing above Marvel it’s that if you don’t see a body, that person isn’t quite dead.

The Most Powerful Marvel Comics Characters
16. Sub-Mariner
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A lesser-known superhero, the Sub-Mariner has gone by a number of names over the years, with his given name being Namor McKenzie. Being that he’s part-merman and part-mutant, he calls on a number of different powers to complete his missions, which are all rooted in his innate superhuman abilities.

As he thrives underwater, the Sub-Mariner is able to survive both on and off the land, being able to live within below-freezing temperatures and having a vision that allows him to see straight through clouded waters. On top of that, he can absorb radiation, converse with underwater wildlife, control certain parts of the weather, and fly.

15. Molecule Man
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Formerly known as Owen Reece, Molecule Man basically follows his name right to the point. He’s able to control molecules and energy with his mind, which is a result of radiation exposure, and uses this ability to create force fields, portals, and turn various forms of matter into completely different types by simply using his mind.

While these are all incredible powers, his weaknesses are imposed by himself, as he subconsciously nerfed some of his abilities, which sent him into a sort of mental spiral about the values of his powers.

14. The Silver Surfer
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Another extremely recognizable Marvel character, you can tell that the Silver Surfer is a bearer of good vibes just from one look at him. I mean, he’s a metallic air surfer with a matching surfboard—what more could you want out of a superhero? Formally known as Norrin Radd, the Silver Surfer is able to navigate the galaxies without a spaceship—all he needs is himself. His other abilities include rearranging molecules, super speed, and of course, the Power Cosmic, which he received from Galactus.

13. Black Bolt
Marvel Comics

Though his full name is Blackagar Boltagon, he goes by Black Bolt, which refers directly to his ability to harness electrons and use their energy for various forms of manipulation, defying gravity, and telepathy. Because high levels of dangerous, sonic energy emanate from his voice, he was kept in a soundproof chamber as a child, though later in life he learned to simply communicate through other means.

12. Super-Skrull
Marvel Comics

We all know the shape-shifting Skrulls, but Super-Skrull is next-level. Kl’rt, the Super-Skrull, is insanely powerful, though his downfall is that he’s a bit more sensitive to injuries and fatigue than a regular human is. Despite that, he’s expertly combat trained and has a bit of mimicry up his sleeve, allowing him to take on all of the powers of those in the Fantastic Four but on a much higher level, given that he’s a Super-Skrull.

11. Squirrel Girl
Marvel Comics

Quite possibly one of the most underrated and forgotten superheroes, Squirrel Girl—also known as Doreen Green—is capable of a lot more than she gets credit for. And yes, she’s exactly what she sounds like, with the power to transform herself into a massive squirrel. She has super-human strength and takes on all of the qualities of squirrels, though in much larger proportions. In addition to this, she has night vision, an impressive jaw strength/bite, fast healing capabilities, and squirrel-like agility. One of her largest feats is using her horde of squirrels to keep Maelstrom from eliminating the entire world—no biggie.

Oh, and she once beat Thanos all by herself. No big deal.

10. Doctor Doom
Marvel Comics

Doctor Doom truly brings the heat as Supreme Leader of Latveria, utilizing a number of different mystical tools to help him defeat enemies. Donning an entirely metal suit, Doctor Doom is capable of traveling through multiple dimensions through portals, casting spells, and summoning dark creatures. A surprising note about Doctor Doom: he’s very creative and artistic on the side, as he’s able to create beautiful paintings and is an extremely talented piano player. Though he seems menacing on the outside, he’s really just a big softie on the inside (or at least that’s what I tell myself).

9. Magneto
Marvel Comics

Max Eisenhardt, more well-known as Magneto, is an Omega-level mutant, long hailed as one of the most powerful of the bunch. As it’s advertised in his name, Magneto has full control over the various types of magnetism within the galaxy, which he’s able to manipulate for many uses in his travels and missions.

8. Phoenix
Marvel Comics

Jean Grey—also known as Phoenix—was first able to harness the Phoenix Force in a near-death experience after using telepathy on her dying friend, Annie Richardson. Following another near-death instance on a space shuttle, the Phoenix Force appeared once again to save her life, except this time, the two joined and took on part of Grey’s consciousness and her body as its own. With that, Grey became one of the most powerful superheroes given her newfound connection with the almighty Phoenix Force.

7. Galactus
Marvel Comics

Though it’s sometimes tough to get past the fact that Squidward as Krakatoa looks exactly like Galactus, I’d say that there are some pretty solid differences between the two characters. Weighing in at a low 18 tons and at a height of almost 30 feet, Galactus’ stature alone is already off-putting, and that’s without even mentioning his abilities.

Having been born as Galan and reborn as Galactus after being saved by the Phoenix Force, he harnessed all of the power that came with sustaining the collision of an entire universe. With that, he’s practically unbeatable as he holds the Power Cosmic within him.

6. Zeus
Marvel Studios

Ah, Zeus. Both a part of Greek mythology and the Marvel universe, it’s no surprise that he’s the supreme leader of the Olympians, holding complete control of the sky above. While there are certainly other Olympians, Zeus’ powers are significantly heightened being that he’s the almighty leader of the pack—well, aside from his son, Hercules, who is more powerful.

Zeus is capable of casting spells, using magic, shape-shifting, creating electric energy, flying, and has superhuman strength. Not only is he an insanely tough foe, but his defenses are next-level, as he’s resistant to almost any type of damage, can heal himself through regeneration, and has extremely solid body tissue. Due to all of that, the man is immortal.

5. Hercules
Marvel Studios

Even stronger than his father, Zeus, Hercules is not someone you want to mess around with. Because he’s an Olympian-human hybrid, it brings him a bit more down to Earth as opposed to some of the other high and mighty Olympians. However, his powers make you forget that he’s even partially human at all.

Hercules is most well-known for his wildly Godlike strength, which exceeds almost everyone in the universe. Like his father, Hercules is also immortal and can regenerate his own health, making him both an indestructible and insurmountable opponent.

4. The Beyonder
Marvel Comics

The “man” behind the Secret Wars, The Beyonder is perhaps the most powerful villain in all of Marvel. Originally a member of a race also known as the Beyonders, he was brought to Earth accidentally and began observing our species.

Eventually, he created a planet known as Battleworld in which he forced heroes like the Avengers, X-Men, and Fantastic Four to do battle with villains like Doctor Doom and Galactus.

He possesses the power to create and destroy planets, alter the rules of physics, and even destroy the universe itself, all with a single thought.

3. Eternity
Marvel Studios

Another almighty entity, Eternity has been in the spotlight quite a bit more lately as the being was featured in Thor: Love and Thunder. There are basically only two other entities stronger than Eternity (more on that later), meaning that this thing is prettttttty powerful.

A personification of both time itself and everything held inside the universe, Eternity’s powers are genuinely limitless. Not only can the entity manipulate time, magic, energy, and reality, but it can transform itself into any currently-living being on Earth.

2. The Living Tribunal
Marvel Comics

A three-faced being who presides over the entire multiverse, The Living Tribunal was created by the One Above All (who we’ll get to in a second.) Not bound to a single universe, it oversees all and ensures that the entire multiverse is running smoothly. The MCU could have used him after Loki, Multiverse of Madness, and Spider-Man: No Way Home!

He predates the creation of all the universes and he has the ability to resolve conflicts between universes and prevent anyone from destroying existence itself.

1. The One Above All
Marvel Comics

Without question, the One Above All is the most powerful character in all of Marvel Comics. How do we know this? Well, the One Above All is literally God.

The creator of every single being in existence, the One Above All is the ultimate force for good in all the multiverses. As they say, “I am all powerful but my only weapon is love.”

On the flipside, the One Above All is also the One Below All (aka the Devil,) who serves as a necessary counterbalance to the One Above All.

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Here Are All the Spider-Man Movies in Order: Your Viewing Guide

After being stuck inside for what feels like forever, swinging around New York City like Spider-Man sounds pretty amazing right about now. Whether he’s fighting villains or helping his Aunt May put groceries away, Spider-Man, AKA Peter Parker, embodies some of the best traits a human being can have.

He’s loving, loyal, and willing to do anything he can to help others. Some people are lucky enough to own a PS4 and embody the wall-crawler in the console-exclusive video game, but fortunately, the rest of us can enjoy a number of Spider-Man movies whenever we want to spend some quality time with our favorite webhead.

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1. ‘Spider-Man’ (2002)

Who’s in It: Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, James Franco

Long before everyone’s favorite superhero had its own feature film, director, Sam Raimi, helped pave the path for the entire genre’s success with the first Spider-Man film.

With Tobey Maguire in the titular role, Spider-Man displays a nice balance between high school drama and stressful superhero situations that strike right into the character’s core. Nerd Peter Parker just wants to hang out with his next-door neighbor, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), but the world of superheroes never takes a break.

Currently available on Netflix, this classic film is a must-watch for Willem Dafoe’s scene-stealing performance as Norman Osborne alone.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/60004481
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2. ‘Spider-Man 2’ (2004)

Who’s in It: Tobey Maguire, Alred Molina, Kirsten Dunst, Rosemary Harris, Donna Murphy, J.K. Simmons, James Franco

One of the best superhero films ever made, Spider-Man 2 is an excellent observation of the moral quandaries at the heart of the character. Fans of the character know that with great power comes great responsibility, and this film is a precise examination of the personal toll being a hero has on Peter Parker. Not only is this film currently streaming on Netflix, but it also includes some wonderful action sequences and a fantastic performance from Alfred Molina as Doctor Otto Octavius, AKA Doc Ock.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/60036230
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3. ‘Spider-Man 3’ (2007)

Who’s in It: Tobey Maguire, Alred Molina, Kirsten Dunst, Rosemary Harris, James Cromwell, J.K. Simmons, Topher Grace, Thomas Haden Church, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Franco

Tobey Maguire’s last film as Spider-Man has split audiences and critics ever since it came out, though there’s no denying the film has a lot of heart and—despite its flaws—deeply understands its titular hero.

An epic that sees Spider-Man stumble upon an alien entity that bonds to him before ultimately becoming the terrifying Venom with antagonist Eddie Brock (Topher Grace), this is the Sam Raimi film that puts Spider-Man through the toughest gauntlet. Streaming on Netflix, Spider-Man 3 also sees the wall-crawler outmaneuver a vengeance-seeking Harry Osborne (James Franco) and the monstrous Sandman (Thomas Haden Church). 

Plans for a fourth Raimi film where John Malkovich was potentially going to play the Vulture were ultimately scrapped as Sony decided to reboot the franchise a few years later.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/70047101
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4. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ (2012)

Who’s in It: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan

The first live-action Spider-Man film not directed by Sam Raimi, The Amazing Spider-Man is clearly impacted by the dark tones and “grim reality” director Christopher Nolan established in his Batman movies. With Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, our favorite spider spends quite a bit of time moodily trying to discover more about his parents as he tries to stop the monstrous Lizard from rampaging through the city.

Instead of reexamining Peter and Mary Jane Watson’s relationship, The Amazing Spider-Man smartly cast Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, a scientist and classmate who challenges the hero’s personal limits in different ways. Before this film, director Marc Webb was best known for 500 Days of Summer and he does a solid job at lending a similar sense of whimsical and dramatic romance throughout the film.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/70208599
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5. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ (2014)

Who’s in It: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dan DeHaan, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Campbell Scott, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field

Some critics were harsh on the 2012 reboot, but The Amazing Spider-Man was still successful enough to warrant a sequel. Once again, Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy’s relationship make up the emotional center of the film, with one of their darkest moments being adapted in a heartbreaking sequence. However, the addition of Jamie Foxx as the villainous Electro brings fresh blood to the franchise.   

Similar to Sam Raimi’s ending with the character, expanded plans for this film universe were ultimately scrapped after a poor showing at the box office as Sony began negotiating with Disney to revitalize Spider-Man all over again.

Watch now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Spider-Man-2-Andrew-Garfield/dp/B00JPNZMG0
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6. ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016)

Who’s in It: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Chadwick Boseman, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, William Hurt, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo, Daniel Brühl

The third Captain America film may as well have been titled “Avengers 2.5” since it featured and relied on so many classic characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to tell a full story. Full of intrigue and double-crossing, the film showcased some of the most popular Marvel superheroes coming to blows over the Sokovia Accords, a UN agreement that would regulate caped crusaders. 

Part of what makes this film such a memorable entry in the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe is the fact that it included the first live-action interaction between Spider-Man and a member of the Avengers. Tom Holland’s live-action version of the character is the youngest and spunkiest to date as well as deeply ingratiated to Tony Stark, a noticeable distinction from previous depictions.  

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https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/marvel-studios-captain-america-civil-war/4ovfyKnnIBCg
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7. ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Tom Holland, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover, Laura Harrier, Marisa Tomei

With Tom Holland’s Peter Parker sneaking into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Civil War, his first solo outing was able to forego many of the story tropes both Spider-Man origin films had to include. Instead of making audiences watch Uncle Ben tragically meet his end all over again, director Jon Watts was able to quickly dive into the high school shenanigans and humor at the heart of Spider-Man: Homecoming.

A fast-paced film layered with humor and a truly menacing villain, Homecoming is a pure shot of joy that helps cement Peter Parker at the center of the MCU.

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https://www.amazon.com/Spider-Man-Homecoming-Robert-Downey-Jr/dp/B073HKJ1KZ
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8. ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Chris Pine, Hailee Steinfeld, Brian Tyree Henry, Mahershala Ali, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Vélez, Zoë Kravitz, Kimiko Glenn, Kathryn Hahn, Nicolas Cage, John Mulaney, Liev Schreiber

Disney may officially own Spider-Man as a character, but back when Marvel was its own entity and dealing with financial insecurity, it sold the hero’s film rights to Sony. As long as the studio releases a new Spider-Man project every five years, it is able to retain the rights even though Marvel and new parent company, Disney, are in a powerful financial position. Even though Sony struck a co-financing deal with the Big Mouse to have Spider-Man’s live-action appearances appear in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, that didn’t mean the company would forego producing animated features with the character. 

Thankfully, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is thoroughly entertaining, heartwarming, and hilarious, far from a hollow franchise for Sony to retain the Spider-Man film rights for even longer. With a stellar creative and animation team behind it, Spider-Verse, which is streaming on Netflix, is more than just one of the best superhero films ever made—it was one of the best films of 2018, period.

While Peter Parker certainly has a presence in the film, part of what makes the only Oscar-winning movie on this list so entertaining and special is its focus on Miles Morales, the ultimate Spider-Man, and its message that anyone is worthy of being a hero.

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https://www.amazon.com/Spider-Man-Into-Spider-Verse-4K-UHD/dp/B07L8MMVYS
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9. ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Tom Holland, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, J.B. Smoove, Martin Starr, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei

The second most recent Spider-Man film took New York’s favorite webhead on a European field trip that anyone stuck in quarantine would be envious of. Currently streaming on Prime Video, Spider-Man: Far From Home is the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe set after the earth-shattering Avengers: Endgame. Not only does this movie do a great job as an epilogue for Marvel’s Phase 3, but it’s also an entertaining, laugh-filled showcase of what makes Spider-Man such a relatable character.

Without spoiling things, the end of this film leaves Spider-Man’s future extremely uncertain on the big screen. Now that there have been so many films focused on the teenage hero, it’s exciting to know that the next live-action outing will cover material noticeably different from anything that has come before.

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https://www.amazon.com/Spider-Man-Far-Home-Tom-Holland/dp/B07TKZQFJC
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10. ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ (2021)

Who’s in It: Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Rhys Ifans, Thomas Haden Church, Jamie Foxx, Benedict Wong

Easily the most highly-anticipated Spider-Man film of all time, Spider-Man: No Way Home absolutely crushed the box office when it was first released in December of 2021, ultimately making around $1.8 billion, a monumental number.

The only thing better than one Spider-Man is three of them, and this film smacked them all together, pairing our current Spider-Man, Tom Holland, with the OG, Tobey Maguire, and the sophomore Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield. But the reunion didn’t just stop there, as each Spider-Man’s past villains were thrown into the present-day through a Multiverse-spell-gone-wrong situation, meaning that there was triple the conflict, as well.

Working alongside Doctor Strange, the Spider-Men have to figure out a way to send all of their villains back to their appropriate universes.

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https://www.amazon.com/Spider-Man-Way-Home-Tom-Holland/dp/B09NMDWYDL
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25 of the Best ‘80s Movies on Netflix and More for When You Need a Dose of Nostalgia

I’ve always been a little jealous that I didn’t grow up in the ’80s. It might have been the oversized sweatshirts and leg warmers, Rob Lowe in everything, MTV being the premiere channel for music videos, or those cool transparent telephones. Or, of course, it could be that my parents always made it seem like such a cool decade with classics that we still watch today. With a million different streaming services to choose from, there are endless movies you can watch, but these are the best ’80s movies on Netflix to get you started. 

Warning: there’s going to be a lot of John Hughes.

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1. ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ (1986)

Who’s in It: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jennifer Grey

Rating: 81% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 43m

Another John Hughes classic (and one of the best ’80s movies on Netflix), Matthew Broderick plays an unmotivated high schooler Ferris who skips school one day by playing sick. The Vice-President of his school does not believe him and spends the majority of the movie trying to catch him, which in hindsight, seems like a lot of effort to bust one kid. The movie’s charm comes from the unique breaking of the 4th wall to hear Ferris’ thoughts; it went on to be one of the top-grossing movies of the year.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/498716
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2. ‘Scarface’ (1983)

Who’s in It: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia

Rating: 81% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h 49m

Al Pacino stars as the iconic Tony Montana, a refugee from Cuba who eventually becomes a major force to be reckoned with as he gains control of the greater drug scene in Miami, Florida. Montana doesn’t stop there, however, as he acquires even more power, becoming homicidal and increasingly agitated with his colleagues, which creates major conflicts within his organization and other relationships.

Not only is this one of the best ’80s movies on Netflix, but it’s one of the greatest films, period.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/60029681
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3. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

Who’s in It: Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby

Rating: 91% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 35m

The film responsible for solidifying Nora Ephron on the rom-com scene, When Harry Met Sally… also rocketed Meg Ryan to major heights in her role as the eponymous Sally opposite of Billy Crystal’s Harry. The plot centers around the two characters who drive to New York City together after graduating from college, and though they don’t get along very well, their paths cross again later in life, where they test the question of whether or not men and women can just be friends.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/60000226
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4. ‘Blade Runner’ (1982)

Who’s in It: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh

Rating: 89% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 57m

Directed by Ridley Scott, Blade Runner takes on the sci-fi genre in a 2019 Los Angeles (one that’s much different from the real 2019 of just a few years ago), revolving around a corporation responsible for replicating humans in order to create various colonies in space. Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) has to fend off a gang of these replicants after they escape from their colony-creating work in space and return to Earth.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/70082907
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5. ‘Steel Magnolias’ (1989)

Who’s in It: Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Daryl Hannah, Julia Roberts

Rating: 68% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 57m

With an absolutely stacked cast, Steel Magnolias seems like it’s just going to be a lighthearted, solid good time about a group of older women, though things quickly turn dire when one of their daughters, Shelby (Julia Roberts) becomes drastically ill. In the wake of that, however, the group of friends rallies around M’Lynn Eatenton (Sally Field), getting to the core of what friendship is all about.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/60001533
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6. ‘Road House’ (1989)

Who’s in It: Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott, Ben Gazzara

Rating: 37% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 52m

Patrick Swayze takes on the role of bar bouncer, James Dalton, who aims to shield the roadside bar where he works from the dealings of Brad Wesley, a businessman who has his grip over the Missouri town where it’s located. As the two don’t get along very well, Wesley sets his sights on the bar and aims to do everything he can to take it down.

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https://www.netflix.com/title/60026347
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7. ‘Big’ (1988)

Who’s in It: Tom Hanks, David Moscow, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard

Rating: 97% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime:

Think of this movie as the original 13 Going on 30. When 12-year-old Josh wishes that he was no longer a kid and finally “big,” he wakes the next day to find his wish has come true.  He gets an apartment, finds success at his job, and even holds down a romance before he finds himself longing to be a kid again. As someone who has been a full-fledged adult for a while, let me say: I feel you, Tom Hanks. I feel you.

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https://www.hulu.com/movie/big-8bc10b2b-ce88-4f31-b8d7-75d9f425ec40
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8. ‘Dirty Dancing’ (1987)

Who’s in It: Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Cynthia Rhodes, Jerry Orbach, Jane Brucker, Jack Weston, Kelly Bishop

Rating: 71% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 40m

I sing “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” at least once a week, and this movie is the reason.  Taking place in a resort in the Catskills, young Frances “Baby” Houseman, and her family vacation during the summer as she learns how to dance by a super cool Patrick Swayze.

This movie is the classic of all classics, and while the budget was only $5 million, it made a cool $215 million at the box office. It also led to a prequel and a made-for-TV remake in 2017 (which my boyfriend was in, so check it out), but the original is such a joy and full of lines we’re still quoting in 2022. 

Watch now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Dirty-Dancing-Jennifer-Grey/dp/B000IDEORY
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9. ‘The Breakfast Club’ (1985)

Who’s in It: Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Paul Gleason

Rating: 89% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 37m

Often referred to as the blueprint for the coming-of-age movie, John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club introduced the world to the Brat Pack, a group of good-looking young actors who played in a series of similar movies in the ’80s. Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, and Ally Sheedy comprised the core of the group, with The Breakfast Club being one of two movies these five actors starred in together.

The movie takes course over an afternoon when five very different students are forced to spend Saturday detention together. As they share stories and bond, they discover that “a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal” have more in common than they initially thought. 

Watch now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Breakfast-Club-Molly-Ringwald/dp/B001BR3P0S
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3JXcqzJjHf0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed10. 'Risky Business' (1983)","buttonTextWatch now on HBO Max","buttonUrlhttps://www.hbomax.com/feature/urn:hbo:feature:GWD8vkwTbssPDwgEAAAAP</code>
10. ‘Risky Business’ (1983)

Who’s in It: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Janet Carroll, Nicholas Pryor

Rating: 92% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 35m

The movie that launched thousands of college girls wearing button-up shirts and long socks as Halloween costumes.

When rich kid Joel’s parents go away for the weekend, he treats himself to a prostitute who ends up robbing him. Hilarity ensues! Okay, maybe not hilarity but shenanigans that involve a pimp, a Porsche that sinks into a lake, Tom Cruise turning his parents’ home into a brothel, and displays of white privilege at every turn! Risky Business is considered one of the best films of the 80s and holds a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Watch now on HBO Max
https://www.hbomax.com/feature/urn:hbo:feature:GWD8vkwTbssPDwgEAAAAP
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ickbVzajrk0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed11. 'Beetlejuice' (1988)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Beetlejuice-Michael-Keaton/dp/B001EC2ISA</code>
11. ‘Beetlejuice’ (1988)

Who’s in It: Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder

Rating: 85% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 32m

A fantastical cult favorite, Beetlejuice’s cast is full of stars you’ll recognize… but 33 years younger. Alec Baldwin (you might know him as Former Spanish Person Hilaria Baldin’s husband) and Geena Davis play a deceased couple who find themselves haunting their house after the Deetz family (Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones, and Catherine O’Hara) move in. In an attempt to get them out, they summon Beetlejuice, a sneaky poltergeist who has a different idea of what help looks like. 

Watch now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Beetlejuice-Michael-Keaton/dp/B001EC2ISA
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jaiZ6ZQoO-Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed12. 'Stand By Me' (1986)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Stand-Me-Wil-Wheaton/dp/B00BRL4LL0</code>
12. ‘Stand By Me’ (1986)

Who’s in It: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell, Kiefer Sutherland, Casey Siemaszko, John Cusack

Rating: 92% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 28m

Arguably the quintessential kids-going-on-a-quest movie, this Stephen King film revolves around four young boys looking for the body of a recently deceased child somewhere in town. Yeah, that’s kind of a gruesome plot, but what else could you expect from Stephen King? What makes this movie unique is how it goes one step further into each of the boys’ traumas, grappling with some pretty heavy adult stuff, but always comes back to the strong friendship that carries the story. 

Watch now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Stand-Me-Wil-Wheaton/dp/B00BRL4LL0
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y46Sw1BUHPs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed13. 'St. Elmo’s Fire' (1985)","buttonTextWatch now on HBO Max","buttonUrlhttps://www.hbomax.com/feature/urn:hbo:feature:GYk8USgOkz1IGwwEAAAGf</code>
13. ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ (1985)

Who’s in It: Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy

Rating: 42% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 48m

In another classic starring a different configuration of the Brat Pack (take out Ringwald and Hall, add dreamboat Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Andrew McCarthy, and Mare Winningham), we meet a  group of recent college grads figuring out adulthood. Yeah, this is a pretty common trope, but did I mention a super attractive Rob Lowe is in it?

My parents love St.Elmo’s Fire. Ask your parents—they probably love it, too.

Watch now on HBO Max
https://www.hbomax.com/feature/urn:hbo:feature:GYk8USgOkz1IGwwEAAAGf
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14. ‘Footloose’ (1984)

Who’s in It: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, Dianne Wiest, John Lithgow, Chris Penn, Sarah Jessica Parker

Rating: 52% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 47m

Sometimes you’ve got this feeling that time’s just been holding you down. You’ll hit the ceiling or else you’ll tear up this town. Now you gotta cut loose.

No movie from the 80s used music quite as efficiently as Footloose.  Kenny Loggin’s “Footloose”, Deniece William’s “Let’s Hear It For the Boy”, Foreign’s “Waiting for a Girl Like You”, Moving Picture’s “Never” and Mike Reno and Ann Wilson’s “Almost Paradise” (you know the song from Bachelor in Paradise, and I’m embarrassed for you.) 

The premise: Ren, a teenager from the big city, moves to a small town where dancing and rock music have been banned. Watch to see how he turns things around.

Watch now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Footloose-Kevin-Bacon/dp/B00351ZUHY
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15. ‘Eddie Murphy: Raw’ (1987)

Who’s in It: Eddie Murphy

Rating: 77% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 33m

My dad hates watching movies with me that include any raunchy behavior or language. He still views me as his little girl, and I can feel his body cringe when there’s even something SLIGHTLY uncomfortable on the screen. However, my father made an exception for Eddie Murphy’s Raw because it’s that good. This 1987 blockbuster shows Murphy at his best, nailing impression after impression and securing his place in comedy history.

For all of those reasons, this special is easily one of the best ’80s movies on Netflix.

Watch now on Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/70002522
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16. ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ (1982)

Who’s in It: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus

Rating: 78% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime:

A whole generation was reintroduced to Fast Times at Ridgemont High last year when Dane Cook pulled together an impressive amount of stars to do a table reading for COVID relief efforts. The actual movie is a coming-of-age (I know, I know, another one) film about a group of high schoolers in Southern California and is probably best remembered for Sean Penn’s performance. 

Watch now on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/movie/fast-times-at-ridgemont-high-fe1a6c2c-6d8e-40ac-b165-56a289b8c255
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17. ‘Heathers’ (1989)

Who’s in It: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker

Rating: 93% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 43m

Heathers, like many other movies of this era, is about high schoolers and their daily lives, but that’s where the similarities end. Intended to be the antithesis of the popular John Hughes coming-of-age films, this movie centers around a popular clique of girls who attend a school where people start dying.  

Watch now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Heathers-Winona-Ryder/dp/B07P5VV81N
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18. ‘School Daze’ (1988)

Who’s in It: Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell, Kyme, Joe Seneca

Rating: 57% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h

One of the most iconic movies to shed light on Greek life in historically black colleges, Spike Lee based some of this movie on his own collegiate days at Morehouse University. Featuring a very young Lawrence Fishburne and Tisha Campbell, School Daze grappled with race, colorism, college politics, beauty standards, and identity (to name a few.) Even in 2022, this movie doesn’t feel dated. 

Watch now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/School-Daze-Laurence-Fishburne/dp/B000P9ULIC
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19. ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ (1989)

Who’s in It: Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, Matt Frewer, Kristine Sutherland, Thomas Wilson Brown, Jared Rushton, Amy O’Neill, Robert Oliveri

Rating: 78% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 33m

The movie that launched a thousand sequels (okay, it was just a few) is one of those sweet and warm films that you watch years later, and somehow, it still manages to hold up. When an inventor shrinks his kids, as well as the neighbor’s kids, they have to navigate the much larger world in hopes of getting back to normal size.

Watch now on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/honey-i-shrunk-the-kids/53dNy2VPeJ8O
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hJ2j4oWdQtU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed20. 'The Goonies' (1985)","buttonTextWatch now on HBO Max","buttonUrlhttps://www.hbomax.com/feature/urn:hbo:feature:GXdu2RQwR0JuAuwEAADZ5</code>
20. ‘The Goonies’ (1985)

Who’s in It: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Jonathan Ke Huy Quan, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton

Rating: 76% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 53m

Something about the ’80s bred groups of misfit kids going on adventures. The children in The Goonies find themselves in possession of an old map that leads to a treasure hunt, complete with pirates, caves, monsters, and skeletons. 

Watch now on HBO Max
https://www.hbomax.com/feature/urn:hbo:feature:GXdu2RQwR0JuAuwEAADZ5
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/O3CIXEAjcc8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed21. 'The Princess Bride' (1987)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.disneyplus.com/movies/the-princess-bride/6hFucDYzyBdw</code>
21. ‘The Princess Bride’ (1987)

Who’s in It: Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest

Rating: 97% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 38m

If you like fairy tales (especially modern takes), The Princess Bride will quickly be a favorite. The story is told through the narrative stylings of a grandfather telling his grandson a bedtime story; the bedtime story revolves around a farmhand and the hurdles he must go through to be with the one he loves.

Watch now on Prime Video
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/the-princess-bride/6hFucDYzyBdw
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JNwNXF9Y6kY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed22. 'Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back' (1980)","buttonTextWatch now on Disney+","buttonUrlhttps://www.disneyplus.com/movies/star-wars-the-empire-strikes-back-episode-v/iqtDTZAewwYl</code>
22. ‘Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back’ (1980)

Who’s in It: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker

Rating: 94% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h 4m

Regarded by many as the greatest Star Wars film ever created, The Empire Strikes Back barely needs an introduction. Though the Death Star was previously destroyed, all is still not well in the galaxy, as the Empire begins with an assault on the Rebel base located on Hoth. Things pick up from there, ultimately leading to the first face-off between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.

Watch now on Disney+
https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/star-wars-the-empire-strikes-back-episode-v/iqtDTZAewwYl
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0xQSIdSRlAk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed23. 'Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark' (1981)","buttonTextWatch now on Hulu","buttonUrlhttps://www.hulu.com/movie/indiana-jones-and-the-raiders-of-the-lost-ark-f6626d17-c6e2-42e4-830b-c62c1ff7846a</code>
23. ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark’ (1981)

Who’s in It: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott

Rating: 96% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 55m

The Indiana Jones film that started it all, Raiders of the Lost Ark, firmly established the character and displayed just how much star power Harrison Ford had during this time period. The first installment introduces us to Indiana Jones, an archaeologist who travels across the world to locate the Ark of the Covenant.

Watch now on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/movie/indiana-jones-and-the-raiders-of-the-lost-ark-f6626d17-c6e2-42e4-830b-c62c1ff7846a
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oSeQQlaCZgU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed24. 'Aliens' (1986)","buttonTextWatch now on Hulu","buttonUrlhttps://www.hulu.com/movie/aliens-b2ae8903-e3c5-4ae1-a9f7-885c04985f96</code>
24. ‘Aliens’ (1986)

Who’s in It: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein, William Hope

Rating: 98% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h 17m

The long-awaited sequel to the extremely successful Alien, Aliens focuses on Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) once again, who’s finally rescued after escaping the events of the original movie. After recounting everything that went down, her team sends her back with a different crew on a new expedition to investigate the area where the alien eggs were originally found.

Watch now on Hulu
https://www.hulu.com/movie/aliens-b2ae8903-e3c5-4ae1-a9f7-885c04985f96
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dgC9Q0uhX70" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed25. 'Batman' (1989)","buttonTextWatch now on HBO Max","buttonUrlhttps://www.hbomax.com/feature/urn:hbo:feature:GXdhYaQo_YpuAuwEAADV_</code>
25. ‘Batman’ (1989)

Who’s in It: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough

Rating: 73% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h 6m

Directed by Tim Burton, this take on Batman toes the line between campy and serious, as Nicholson’s take on the Joker creates a perfect dichotomy between Keaton’s more stern portrayal of the character. The film mainly focuses on the two arch-nemeses as they duke it out through various situations and conflicts in Gotham City.

Watch now on HBO Max
https://www.hbomax.com/feature/urn:hbo:feature:GXdhYaQo_YpuAuwEAADV_
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The 35 Best Slasher Movies to Watch on Halloween and Beyond

Depending on who you’re talking to, Halloween isn’t quite complete without a certain thing. For some, it’s that first pumpkin spice latte of the season, whereas for others, it’s the fact that they get to hate on that same pumpkin spice latte for a good month. But for the hardcore fans, there’s a good chance that it’s simply the movie, Halloween, or one of the other best slasher movies of the past 70 years.

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1. ‘Halloween’ (1978)

Who’s in It: Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle, Donald Pleasence, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers, Nancy Kyes, Kyle Richards

Rating: 96% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 31m

In her film debut, Jamie Lee Curtis quickly established herself on the horror scene with her role as Laurie Strode in one of the most well-known, best slasher movies of all time—Halloween. The film follows the now-iconic villain, Michael Myers, as he searches for babysitters to kill on Halloween.

Watch now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Halloween-John-Carpenter/dp/B018A5RPYU
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2. ‘Psycho’ (1960)

Who’s in It: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Vera Miles

Rating: 96% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 49m

Even if you’ve never seen Psycho, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen its iconic shower scene in some sort of iteration in the years since the movie was first released. Hitchcock’s film—based on the novel of the same name—centers around Norman Bates, the owner of the Bates Motel, and Marion Crane, who stops by one night.

Watch now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Psycho-Anthony-Perkins/dp/B000I9YLWG
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3. ‘Child’s Play’ (1988)

Who’s in It: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Dinah Manoff, Brad Dourif

Rating: 71% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 27m

Before there was Chuckie on Rugrats, there was Chucky the insane, serial-killer doll from Child’s Play. When pre-doll, human Chucky is killed by a police officer, he performs voodoo to reincarnate as a popular doll to take revenge on his enemies. Given that Chucky was also a serial killer before he was killed, this ends up including more than just his enemies.

Watch now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Childs-Play-Catherine-Hicks/dp/B000IZ21BS
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4. ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ (1984)

Who’s in It: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, John Saxon, Johnny Depp, Ronee Blakley, Amanda Wyss, Nick Corri

Rating: 95% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 31m

Written and directed by Wes Craven, A Nightmare on Elm Street is more of a supernatural slasher, as the villain, Freddy Krueger, claims his victims in their dreams. Johnny Depp also makes his film debut, playing the role of Glen Lantz in what would eventually become one of the most iconic, best slasher movies of all time.

Watch now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Nightmare-Elm-Street-John-Saxon/dp/B002R1UTAQ
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5. ‘Scream’ (1996)

Who’s in It: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Drew Barrymore, Skeet Ulrich, Roger L. Jackson

Rating: 79% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 51m

Set at a high school, Scream is similar to Halloween in that the main antagonist is after teenagers, which makes sense given that the screenplay was greatly influenced by both the horror movies that came before it, as well as the real-life story of the Gainesville Ripper. Its masked antagonist, Ghostface, has become a well-known villain over the years, with its mask never going out of style on Halloween.

Watch now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Scream-David-Arquette/dp/B004U8VUQG
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6. ‘Friday the 13th’ (1980)

Who’s in It: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Jeannine Taylor, Laurie Bartram, Kevin Bacon, Ari Lehman

Rating: 63% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 35m

In the first of what would become 12 movies, Friday the 13th follows the hockey-masked Jason Voorhees at Camp Crystal Lake, a summer camp, where he goes after a group of camp counselors. In the years prior to this, many people have been stalked, killed, and drowned; despite this, teenagers keep coming back—and so does Jason.

Watch now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Friday-13th-Betsy-Palmer/dp/B003COE90S
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7. ‘Happy Death Day’ (2017)

Who’s in It: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken

Rating: 71% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 36m

Happy Death Day is what happens when the concept of Groundhog Day meets a classic slasher film. Even though this movie looked slightly corny judging by its commercials, it was received fairly well with its time loop concept. In the film, Tree, a student at college, is killed on her birthday, but when she wakes up, she realizes it’s the previous day. Given this knowledge, she uses each looped day to figure out who her murderer is.

Watch now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Death-Day-Jessica-Rothe/dp/B076BZVSQ2
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8. ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ (1974)

Who’s in It: Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Teri McMinn, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen

Rating: 88% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 23m

Though it was filmed on a very limited budget, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was at the forefront of the slasher genre with its plot and infamous villain, Leatherface. The story involves a group of teenagers who drive to a farmhouse and end up encountering a family of cannibals, including one who wears a mask out of human skin—Leatherface. The film has seen tons of iterations in the years following and many have credited it as being one of the best slasher movies of all time.

Watch now on Prime Video
https://www.amazon.com/Texas-Chain-Saw-Massacre/dp/B017SZNK56
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9. ‘Black Christmas’ (1974)

Who’s in It: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon

Rating: 71% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 38m

Black Christmas is another classic slasher that has been remade a few times, one in 2006 and another in 2019. In this first film, threatening and mysterious calls are made to a sorority house’s Christmas party, but only one of the girls is concerned. However, when the calls don’t stop and victims start surfacing, it becomes clear that the threats are serious and that the killer is closer than they realize. Given its legendary status, it’s no surprise that Black Christmas is one of the best slasher movies ever created.

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https://www.amazon.com/Black-Christmas-Olivia-Hussey/dp/B01MSXEEFG
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10. ‘Candyman’ (1992)

Who’s in It: Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Vanessa Estelle Williams, Kasi Lemmons

Rating: 79% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 38m

This slasher film borders on a supernatural theme as the plot is based on an urban legend about the power of saying the name, “Candyman.” The legend goes that if you say “Candyman” five times while facing a mirror, it will summon him to kill whoever said his name. The main character, Helen, expresses her disbelief in the myth, and because of that, the Candyman takes it as an opportunity to prove her wrong.

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https://www.amazon.com/Candyman-Virginia-Madsen/dp/B001AQEIB0
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9n8BnNL03GY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed11. 'Strait-Jacket' (1964)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Strait-Jacket-Joan-Crawford/dp/B001NKGYMY</code>
11. ‘Strait-Jacket’ (1964)

Who’s in It: Joan Crawford, Diane Baker, Leif Erickson, Howard St. John

Rating: 88% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 29m

Around the time Strait-Jacket was released, Joan Crawford was in a bit of a slump in the years following What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, which had been a huge hit. As a way to get herself on the map again, Crawford took this film, and while the movie didn’t do well critically, she was praised for her performance in the main role of Lucy Harbin. The film is set 20 years after Harbin killed her husband and his mistress, following her subsequent stint in a psychiatric facility.

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https://www.amazon.com/Strait-Jacket-Joan-Crawford/dp/B001NKGYMY
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/S-1QgOMQ-ls" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed12. 'Saw' (2004)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Saw-Cary-Elwes/dp/B000XSEPYQ</code>
12. ‘Saw’ (2004)

Who’s in It: Leigh Whannell, Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Ken Leung, Dina Meyer

Rating: 50% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 43m

Jigsaw, the antagonist of the film, has become a quick classic in the years since Saw was first released in 2004; in less than 20 years, the franchise has had seven sequels, each in some way revolving around Jigsaw and his tests. After surviving a suicide attempt, he decides to dedicate his life to get others to have the same newfound, positive feeling about life.

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https://www.amazon.com/Saw-Cary-Elwes/dp/B000XSEPYQ
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NsIilFNNmkY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed13. 'The Cabin in the Woods' (2011)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Cabin-Woods-Kristen-Connolly/dp/B008WB33LW</code>
13. ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ (2011)

Who’s in It: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Sigourney Weaver

Rating: 92% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 35m

The Cabin in the Woods is definitely a freaky take on the modern slasher movie. Whereas previous horror movies had one main antagonist acting alone, this film features an engineered situation, with everything at the house controlled remotely. The lab engineers who are overseeing the house use different methods to control the group of college students who are staying at the cabin, including drugging them to cloud judgment, as well as sending in antagonists.

Developing a cult following after its release in 2011, The Cabin in the Woods became one of the best slasher movies we’ve seen in recent years.

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https://www.amazon.com/Cabin-Woods-Kristen-Connolly/dp/B008WB33LW
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/apdrNHcLUd8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed14. 'Deep Red' (1975)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Deep-Red-David-Hemmings/dp/B076QLK48S</code>
14. ‘Deep Red’ (1975)

Who’s in It: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Méril, Eros Pagni

Rating: 93% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 2h 6m

An Italian horror movie, Deep Red combines a few themes of film into one, including mysteries, thrillers, crime, and slashers. It fits into the classic genre of Italian Giallo horror films, turning out to be one of the most successful films of the genre in the years since its release.

The movie centers around a person only seen in silhouette who carries out several murders, and Marcus—one of the main characters—attempts to solve the case. Not only is this an incredible entry in the Giallo film genre, but it’s also one of the best slasher movies, period.

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https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Red-David-Hemmings/dp/B076QLK48S
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15. ‘Ma’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, McKaley Miller, Corey Fogelmanis, Juliette Lewis, Luke Evans

Rating: 55% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 39m

Octavia Spencer does much of the heavy lifting in this light slasher, and because it has received a bit of the meme treatment since its release, Ma has quickly become a horror favorite. When a group of teenagers asks Spencer’s character, “Ma,” to buy them liquor, she starts to develop an odd relationship with the group. She eventually invites them over to party in her basement, but when Ma starts to become too much of a part of their lives, things go awry. While it might not be super high-brow, Ma has quickly established itself as one of the best slasher movies that has been released in recent years.

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https://www.amazon.com/Ma-Octavia-Spencer/dp/B07SMBD3M4
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ek1ePFp-nBI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed16. 'Halloween' (2018)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Halloween-Jamie-Lee-Curtis/dp/B07JDXGJ9Z</code>
16. ‘Halloween’ (2018)

Who’s in It: Jamie Lee Curtis, James Jude Courtney, Nick Castle, Judy Greer, Will Patton, Andi Matichak, Haluk Bilginer

Rating: 79% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 46m

Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode in this installment of Halloween, and even though there have been 10 iterations prior, this is the technical sequel to the original film. Taking place 40 years after the first movie, Michael Myers escapes from the institution he had been locked in and makes his way back to town. During this time, Strode has remained worried about Myers and has become a slight agoraphobe as a result of her fear.

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https://www.amazon.com/Halloween-Jamie-Lee-Curtis/dp/B07JDXGJ9Z
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OWvLgL5tdkc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed17. 'My Bloody Valentine' (1981)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/My-Bloody-Valentine-Paul-Kelman/dp/B000I9W240</code>
17. ‘My Bloody Valentine’ (1981)

Who’s in It: Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck, Cynthia Dale, Don Francks, Keith Knight

Rating: 56% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 31m

In staying with one of the classic slasher themes of having the plot coincide with a holiday, My Bloody Valentine takes place at an impromptu Valentine’s Day party after the town’s planned dance is canceled because of a murder. Because this is a slasher movie, the murders don’t just stop because the dance is canceled.

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https://www.amazon.com/My-Bloody-Valentine-Paul-Kelman/dp/B000I9W240
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/THq6KlWgiqw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed18. 'Happy Death Day 2U' (2019)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Happy-Death-Day-Jessica-Rothe/dp/B07NJ5K4FC</code>
18. ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Suraj Sharma, Sarah Yarkin, Rachel Matthews

Rating: 71% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 40m

Following the original film’s success, this sequel utilizes the same time loop as Happy Death Day as well as a good portion of the original cast. In this iteration, the film focuses on Carter’s roommate, Ryan, who finds himself in the same time loop as Tree did in the first movie. A third installment is even on the way, titled Happy Death Day To Us.

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https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Death-Day-Jessica-Rothe/dp/B07NJ5K4FC
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/stnK1-uPVX0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed19. 'The Prowler' (1981)","buttonTextWatch now on Tubi","buttonUrlhttps://tubitv.com/movies/535627/the-prowler</code>
19. ‘The Prowler’ (1981)

Who’s in It: Vicky Dawson, Christopher Goutman, Lawrence Tierney, Farley Granger

Rating: 71% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 28m

The Prowler‘s cult following over the years has established the film’s standing in the slasher movie scene, even though it wasn’t received that well on a critical level. The antagonist of this movie is a World War II veteran—an unlikely murderer—who decides to stalk college students on the anniversary of his wife’s death.

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https://tubitv.com/movies/535627/the-prowler
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/C_CHiI1V4gE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed20. 'Alice, Sweet Alice' (1976)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Alice-Sweet-Brooke-Shields/dp/B01MSWPXSJ</code>
20. ‘Alice, Sweet Alice’ (1976)

Who’s in It: Linda Miller, Mildred Clinton, Paula Sheppard, Niles McMaster, Brooke Shields, Jane Lowry

Rating: 77% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 42m

In her film debut, Brooke Shields plays the role of Karen Spages, who—on the day of her First Communion—is murdered at church by someone wearing a mask. Prior to her murder, Karen’s older sister, Alice, had been shown with a similar mask to that of the one used in the killing of her sister.

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https://www.amazon.com/Alice-Sweet-Brooke-Shields/dp/B01MSWPXSJ
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wXuAbe4OUJE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed21. 'The House on Sorority Row' (1983)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/House-Sorority-Row-Kate-McNeil/dp/B00QDYLMIG</code>
21. ‘The House on Sorority Row’ (1983)

Who’s in It: Kathryn McNeil, Eileen Davidson, Janis Zido, Robin Meloy, Harley Kozak

Rating: 50% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 30m

The House on Sorority Row follows a more classical slasher theme with a house of sorority sisters being tormented immediately following their graduation from college. After a prank on their house mother ends poorly, things around the house start to go downhill. While it might not have the greatest rating on Rotten Tomatoes, The House on Sorority Row is certainly an OG, standing up as one of the most classic, best slasher movies around.

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https://www.amazon.com/House-Sorority-Row-Kate-McNeil/dp/B00QDYLMIG
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yiAlcLlJpQE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed22. 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' (1997)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Know-What-You-Last-Summer/dp/B0017I71JC</code>
22. ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ (1997)

Who’s in It: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Ryan Philippe

Rating: 43% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 41m

I Know What You Did Last Summer has a stacked starring cast, with Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Ryan Philippe. The film centers around a group of friends who accidentally killed someone in a car accident the summer before the film is set. A year following this, they’re hunted down by a murderer with a hook as an arm, influenced by the urban legend of “The Hook.”

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https://www.amazon.com/Know-What-You-Last-Summer/dp/B0017I71JC
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2oC4QJtPMH0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed23. 'When a Stranger Calls' (1979)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/When-Stranger-Calls-Carol-Kane/dp/B07ZL3N79P</code>
23. ‘When a Stranger Calls’ (1979)

Who’s in It: Charles Durning, Carol Kane, Colleen Dewhurst, Tony Beckley

Rating: 38% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 40m

It’s no surprise that a film that would later inspire Scream in 1996 would feature the now-classic slasher use of threatening phone calls. When a Stranger Calls begins with a babysitter receiving a mysterious call to check on the child she’s watching.

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https://www.amazon.com/When-Stranger-Calls-Carol-Kane/dp/B07ZL3N79P
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hNCmb-4oXJA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed24. 'Us' (2019)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Us-Lupita-Nyongo/dp/B07PH2LGM2</code>
24. ‘Us’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker

Rating: 93% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 56m

Jordan Peele—who brought us Get Out back in 2017—both wrote and directed this horror-thriller film starring Lupita Nyong’o. He harnessed that same uncomfortable, creepy vibe from Get Out and turned it up a notch, giving Us an entirely new level of terror. Though it’s only been out for a few years, Us has firmly stood its ground as one of the most successful, best slasher movies in the last five years.

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https://www.amazon.com/Us-Lupita-Nyongo/dp/B07PH2LGM2
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/janre4HxsX4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed25. 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' (2003)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Texas-Chainsaw-Massacre-Jessica-Biel/dp/B00351LYIS</code>
25. ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ (2003)

Who’s in It: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Eric Leerhsen, Mike Vogel

Rating: 37% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 35m

Starring Jessica Biel, this remake of the 1974 original (which is arguably one of the best slasher movies ever created) features Leatherface as the main antagonist once again, this time terrorizing a group of friends who had been on their way to see a concert. It follows roughly the same set-up, and though it was released in 2003, the film is set in 1973.

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https://www.amazon.com/Texas-Chainsaw-Massacre-Jessica-Biel/dp/B00351LYIS
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DH-9_6Eg-qc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed26. 'Black Christmas' (2019)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Black-Christmas-Imogen-Poots/dp/B082379BG9</code>
26. ‘Black Christmas’ (2019)

Who’s in It: Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue, Brittany O’Grady

Rating: 39% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 32m

A much more modernized remake of 1974’s Black Christmas, this iteration follows roughly the same plot, set at a college sorority house right around the time that students are leaving for winter break. When a murderer decides to take on the campus, the sorority sisters have to figure out how to survive.

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https://www.amazon.com/Black-Christmas-Imogen-Poots/dp/B082379BG9
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aQw9sjwf0O8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed27. 'Wes Craven's New Nightmare' (1994)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Wes-Cravens-Nightmare-Robert-Englund/dp/B001GPR01K</code>
27. ‘Wes Craven’s New Nightmare’ (1994)

Who’s in It: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, John Saxon, Miko Hughes, Tracy Middendorf, David Newsom

Rating: 79% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 52m

Though this film is written and directed by Wes Craven of A Nightmare on Elm Street (which is one of the most iconic, best slasher movies of all time), it isn’t necessarily a sequel to the franchise—it more so serves as a way of looking at both the original film and the genre of slashers in a new light. Instead of Freddy Krueger just being the villain in this movie, he’s playing a villain of a horror movie in this movie.

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https://www.amazon.com/Wes-Cravens-Nightmare-Robert-Englund/dp/B001GPR01K
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BbqELQHpmQM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed28. 'The Strangers' (2008)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Strangers-Alex-Fisher/dp/B001IX03BE</code>
28. ‘The Strangers’ (2008)

Who’s in It: Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Gemma Ward, Kip Weeks, Laura Margolis, Glenn Howerton

Rating: 48% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 25m

The Strangers, inspired by the Manson family, stars Liv Tyler as Kristen, and Scott Speedman as her husband, James, as they go on vacation at his family’s home in the middle of nowhere. This sounds like a bad situation already, but when the home is broken into, things get profoundly worse.

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https://www.amazon.com/Strangers-Alex-Fisher/dp/B001IX03BE
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ikDJlfuU758" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed29. 'Candyman' (2021)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Candyman-4K-UHD-Yahya-Abdul-Mateen/dp/B09FYJD86H</code>
29. ‘Candyman’ (2021)

Who’s in It: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Vanessa Williams

Rating: 84% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 31m

Although this holds the same title as its 1992 predecessor, Candyman (2021) isn’t a true remake—it’s simply inspired by the original film. This iteration’s main character, Anthony, learns of the urban legend of Candyman and gets wrapped up in the myth, incorporating it into his artwork. The film follows the toll that the legend is almost unconsciously taking on Anthony.

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https://www.amazon.com/Candyman-4K-UHD-Yahya-Abdul-Mateen/dp/B09FYJD86H
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pTG3sbBi54M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed30. 'Halloween Kills' (2021)","buttonTextWatch now on HBO Max","buttonUrlhttps://www.hbomax.com/feature/urn:hbo:feature:GYfinBwyKBImYsgEAAACn</code>
30. ‘Halloween Kills’ (2021)

Who’s in It: Jamie Lee Curtis, James Jude Courtney, Nick Castle, Judy Greer, Andy Matichak, Will Patton, Jacob Keohane, Anthony Michael Hall, Dylan Arnold, Charles Cyphers, Kyle Richards

Rating: 39% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 45m

Released on October 15, 2022, Halloween Kills is yet another sequel to the Halloween franchise, with Jamie Lee Curtis returning once again, as well as Kyle Richards, who’s reprising her role as Lindsey Wallace from the original film. The movie picks up where the 2018 sequel left off, allowing for a seamless transfer of action from one film to the next.

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https://www.hbomax.com/feature/urn:hbo:feature:GYfinBwyKBImYsgEAAACn
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nAqEn6JS-oM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed31. 'Peeping Tom' (1960)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Peeping-Tom-Nigel-Davenport/dp/B00FGCUTJE</code>
31. ‘Peeping Tom’ (1960)

Who’s in It: Karlheinz “Carl” Boehm, Anna Massey, Moira Shearer, Maxine Audley

Rating: 95% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 49m

This classic psychological thriller focuses on Mark Lewis (Carl Boehm), a man who secretly tapes the murders he commits, which starts with a young prostitute he meets. Being a serial killer is just a side job for Lewis, though, who works as part of a film crew as his daily gig. Fascinated by the fear behind the eyes of his victims, he becomes obsessed with filming each murder he carries out. Not only is Peeping Tom an absolute classic in its own right, but it’s also one of the best slasher movies ever made.

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https://www.amazon.com/Peeping-Tom-Nigel-Davenport/dp/B00FGCUTJE
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KTvr0SJQ_WM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed32. 'The Burning' (1981)","buttonTextWatch now on Tubi","buttonUrlhttps://tubitv.com/movies/486577/the-burning</code>
32. ‘The Burning’ (1981)

Who’s in It: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer, Lou David, Larry Joshua, Jason Alexander, Fisher Stevens, Holly Hunter

Rating: 73% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 30m

This movie is aptly titled as it centers around a former camp caretaker, Cropsy, who gets severely burned and deformed after his campers pull a prank on him that goes terribly wrong. Five years following the prank, Cropsy heads off to a different camp—Camp Stonewater—to take revenge for his burns.

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https://tubitv.com/movies/486577/the-burning
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/teb0r_wdLyc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed33. 'The Funhouse' (1981)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Funhouse-Elizabeth-Berridge/dp/B000I9WW7C</code>
33. ‘The Funhouse’ (1981)

Who’s in It: Elizabeth Berridge, Cooper Huckabee, Largo Woodruff, Miles Chapin, Kevin Conway

Rating: 70% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 36m

What better place is there to become trapped than inside a ride at a local carnival? The Funhouse tracks four Iowa teens who dare each other to sleep over in The Funhouse, which is a dark ride at the carnival. Things become dire, however, when they realize they’ve been locked inside and are being stalked by a killer.

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https://www.amazon.com/Funhouse-Elizabeth-Berridge/dp/B000I9WW7C
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YeV29jEtqm4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed34. 'Blood and Black Lace' (1964)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Blood-Black-Lace-Mario-Bava/dp/B07P6N6LPW</code>
34. ‘Blood and Black Lace’ (1964)

Who’s in It: Eve Bartok, Cameron Mitchell, Thomas Reiner, Arianna Gorini

Rating: 80% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 28m

A classic Giallo film (and one of the best slasher movies around), Blood and Black Lace centers around numerous models who are murdered by a killer who commits his acts while wearing a skin-tight white mask. His murders are all in a vicious attempt to gain access to a journal filled with secret entries.

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https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Black-Lace-Mario-Bava/dp/B07P6N6LPW
<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1NBAH9l0dMo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>","hed35. 'X' (2022)","buttonTextWatch now on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/X-4K-UHD-Jenna-Ortega/dp/B09J1LVQY6</code>
35. ‘X’ (2022)

Who’s in It: Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow, Scott Mescudi, Martin Henderson, Owen Campbell

Rating: 94% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Runtime: 1h 45m

It’s just another day on a pornographic film set as X tracks the production team and cast behind the project, which takes place on a desolate plot of land in Texas. Set in 1979, the group is slowly stalked by a murderer, though the killer might actually be closer than they realize.

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https://www.amazon.com/X-4K-UHD-Jenna-Ortega/dp/B09J1LVQY6
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The 45 Best Animated Superhero Movies of All Time

Superheroes easily capture the imagination of anyone who chooses to bask in their comic book realm.

And once those beloved saviors get the big-budget movie treatment, fans are given plenty of reasons to rejoice when that big-screen adaptation ends up being amazing. On both the big and small screen, there’s a myriad of animated superhero movies that bring Marvel and DC’s finest to life in impressive fashion. Even Disney got in on all the superhero fun by crafting a few incredible (pun intended) animated superhero epics of their own!

If you’re in the mood for some superheroic antics and want to see some baddies get their due comeuppance, then the following list of 45 animated superhero movies will definitely save the day.

<code><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tg52up16eq0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>\n","hed1. ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse’ (2018)","buttonTextWatch on Prime Video","buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Spider-Man-Into-Spider-Verse-4K-UHD/dp/B07L8MMVYS</code>
1. ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse’ (2018)

Runtime: 1h 56m

Rating: 97% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Not only is this film the best-animated film effort ever put out via Marvel, but it’s also arguably the greatest Spider-Man movie of all time. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse shows love to the young web-slinging prodigy Miles Morales and a fun assortment of other Spidey heroes from neighboring universes. The movie’s heartwarming moments, shocking twists, hilarious hijinks, and unique animation style all combine to make it a bonafide classic. It doesn’t matter what age you are—Into the Spiderverse is a favorite among all ages.

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2. ‘The Incredibles’ (2004)

Runtime: 1h 55m

Rating: 97% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Once the 3D animation wizards at Pixar decided to get into the superhero business, they knocked it out of the park. Their first crack at the popular genre resulted in The Incredibles, a film with a lot of heart, humor, and exciting action. The family of superheroes at the heart of this film are beloved and their struggle to stay undercover as regular citizens are engrossing. Once a crazed fan-turned villain rears his ugly head, the superpowered fam springs into action and makes this film even more of a fun wild ride.

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3. ‘Incredibles 2’ (2018)

Runtime: 2h 6m

Rating: 93% (Rotten Tomatoes)

It may have taken forever and a day to get this sequel, but it was well worth the long wait. The Incredibles 2 marked the return of the family that fights together and saves together. A new baddie enters the picture to change the public’s positive perception of superheroes, Mr. Incredible adjusts to being a stay-at-home dad, Elastigirl takes on some solo superhero work, Violet finds her first teenage crush, and little Jack-Jack’s powers begin to grow out of control. All of those factors combine to create an awesome Pixar film that showcases The Incredibles once more for their adoring fans.

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4. ‘Superman/Batman: Public Enemies’ (2009)

Runtime: 1h 15m

Rating: 66% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)

Jeph Loeb’s “Public Enemies” arc from the Superman/Batman comic book series gets translated wonderfully into one of DC’s finest animated superhero movies. The two biggest DC icons must come together due to the threat of President Lex Luthor (yes, you read that right!) and a host of other DC baddies. You’ll get to witness Lex at his most conniving here and be treated to a wealth of DC Comics cameos while Batman and Superman fight for the greater good in impressive fashion.

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5. ‘Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme’ (2007)

Runtime: 1h 16m

Rating: 58% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)

If you enjoyed each and every minute of the mind-bending live-action Doctor Strange movie, then you’ll most definitely feel the same way about this 2007 animated film. Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme details the mystical journey that Dr. Stephen Strange embarked on during his ascent to the title of “Sorcerer Supreme.” That ascension to one of the most powerful magic wielders in Marvel history makes for a quality viewing experience in animated form. Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme is a visual tour de force that will certainly enrapture one and all.

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6. ‘Hulk Vs.’ (2009)

Runtime: 1h 22m

Rating: 100% (Rotten Tomatoes)

How can anyone not enjoy watching Marvel’s big green brute swing his enormous fists and feet at someone? It’s especially entertaining when he does it in this film against two equally formidable superheroes. You can turn your brain off if you’d like and just enjoy witnessing The Incredible Hulk square up with Wolverine and Thor. The plot buildup to those epic battles is pretty interesting too, so you can also watch this with your brain turned off if you’d like.

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7. ‘Green Lantern: Emerald Knights’ (2011)

Runtime: 1h 24m

Rating: 71% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)

The Green Lantern Corps stand out as DC’s proud protectors of the galaxy. And one of its most recognizable members is Hal Jordan, who has a respectable track record when it comes to animated adaptations of his many adventures. Green Lantern: Emerald Knights is one of those strong animated movie series entries as it follows incoming member Arisia as she and the rest of the Lanterns battle with Krona. The stories told here about several legendary Lanterns and the exciting action that unfolds here makes this film worth watching.

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8. ‘Big Hero 6’ (2014)

Runtime: 1h 42m

Rating: 90% (Rotten Tomatoes)

The fictional city of San Fransokyo will enrapture you as you follow the superhero exploits of Hiro, his robot companion Baymax, and their assorted allies. There’s a lot of heart and hilarity at play in Big Hero 6, which has the power to appeal to adults and children alike. This film moves at a comfortable pace, delivers amazing action sequences on par with the ones presented in The Incredibles, and tugs at the heartstrings more often than you’d expect.

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https://www.disneyplus.com/movies/big-hero-6/4AozFbXy3sPw
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9. ‘Justice League: Gods and Monsters’ (2015)

Runtime: 1h 12m

Rating: 88% (Rotten Tomatoes)

DC’s many universes feature cool renditions of everyone’s favorite caped crusaders. Justice League: Gods and Monsters puts a darker and far more sinister version of the Justice League in the spotlight. This movie’s wholly different versions of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman provide the mass appeal this film deserves due to their more violent nature and eventual turn to redemption. DC’s “Trinity” of heroes will definitely shock first-time viewers of this one.

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10. ‘Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox’ (2013)

Runtime: 1h 15m

Rating: 100% (Rotten Tomatoes)

If you followed the comics that inspired this film, then you know just how integral it is to the birth of The New 52 era of DC. Watching all of the events tied to this storyline unfold onscreen is a treat as it’s done in the best way possible. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox follows The Flash as he looks to fix the errors caused to his world’s timeline via his own actions. What follows is a movie filled with alternate versions of fan favorites and monumental events that ended up changing the status quo of everything we once knew about the DC Universe.

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11. ‘Justice League: Doom’ (2012)

Runtime: 1h 17m

Rating: 87% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)

Remember how Batman made it clear that he had contingency plans in place if his fellow Justice League members ever went rogue? Well, those plans end up in the hands of the evil Vandal Savage and all hell breaks loose. This awesome film features an epic clash between the Justice League and the equally powerful Legion of Doom. Justice League: Doom does three things and does them well – it shows just how ahead of the curve Batman always is, delivers some hype action sequences, and brings its source material to life thanks to some strong animation techniques.

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12. ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1’ (2012)

Runtime: 1h 16m

Rating: 100% (Rotten Tomatoes)

One of the greatest and most influential graphic novels of all time is Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Thankfully, the entirety of that monumental storyline gets perfectly translated into one of DC’s best animated superhero movies. The first movie in that two-part saga encapsulates a version of Batman that’s at his darkest on a psychological level and showcases his long-awaited return to crime-fighting post-retirement. This film certainly does right by its source material.

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13. ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2’ (2013)

Runtime: 1h 18m

Rating: 94% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)

The second installment in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns earns the honor of being our favorite animated Batman movie of all time. It continues the incredibly riveting struggle established in Part 1 and raises the stakes accordingly. Batman’s continued war with Joker and his memorable clash with Superman are the two main story threads that afford this film its legendary status. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 wraps up things in the most efficient manner possible and gets you giddy for a possible animated sequel rendition of The Master Race.

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14. ‘Batman: Under the Red Hood’ (2010)

Runtime: 1h 15m

Rating: 100% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Red Hood’s introduction quickly turned him into one of the most celebrated DC characters of all time. His tragic backstory paves the way for a vicious anti-hero that’s justified in his feelings toward his former mentor. Batman: Under the Red Hood embraces the character’s dark and brutal nature as it delivers some of the best action sequences you’ll ever see within the DC Animated Universe. Everything is top-notch here: the animation, the emotional story beats, and the tense interactions between Batman & Red Hood make this film a bona fide classic.

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15. ‘Teen Titans Go! To the Movies’ (2018)

Runtime: 1h 27m

Rating: 91% (Rotten Tomatoes)

The slapstick humor and witty rebuttals featured in Teen Titans Go! Became that much better once it got the big Hollywood big screen treatment for Teen Titans Go! To The Movies. Robin, Cyborg, Starfire, Raven, and Beast Boy broke down the fourth wall in a major way as they starred in a film that’s all about them trying to get their own superhero film made. Of course, their grand plans result in pure mayhem being unleashed due to the presence of familiar DC heroes and villains. The cameos put on display here are worth the price of admission alone (STAN LEE’S EVEN IN HERE!).

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https://www.amazon.com/Teen-Titans-Movies-Greg-Cipes/dp/B07J5RB8RS
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16. ‘Superman vs. the Elite’ (2016)

Runtime: 1h 14m

Rating: 83% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Don’t let this film’s less-than-impressive art design keep you from its engrossing tale. Superman vs. the Elite features “The Man of Steel” in a movie that puts his honorable approach to superheroism against those of the more brutal means employed by The Elite. This movie’s messaging will even have you in a conundrum when it comes to choosing the right way to dish out street justice. The adult themes put into play here and the intense action sequences that spring up make Superman vs. the Elite one of Supes’ best animated efforts.

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17. ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ (2017)

Runtime: 1h 46m

Rating: 90% (Rotten Tomatoes)

If you don’t laugh at anything The Lego Batman Movie presents, then your soul is simply devoid of any happiness. The jokes come a mile a minute here and they’re sure to elicit giggles out of old-school DC fans and kids that enjoyed every minute of 2014’s The Lego Movie. Batman pops up in his cockiest form to date here, but he’s forced to change up his game plan once he meets his new sidekick. Following “The Dark Knight” as he adjusts to his new allies and comes to blows with his biggest foes becomes that much better as you watch everyone interact in a world full of Lego studs.

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18. ‘Justice League Dark’ (2017)

Runtime: 1h 16m

Rating: 80% (Rotten Tomatoes)

We rarely get to see the supernatural side of the DC Universe get its shine on the small and big screen. Justice League Dark brings that intriguing corner of DC’s superhero realm into focus and excels because of it. Batman is forced to join forces with John Constantine’s band of magic wielders in an attempt to eliminate an overwhelming plague. The character dynamic that plays out between everyone leads to some tense moments, plus the violence factor is high enough to satiate action movie buffs.

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19. ‘Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths’ (2016)

Runtime: 1h 12m

Rating: 73% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)

This film has it all: memorable voice acting, an engaging plot, and plenty of high-octane clashes between DC’s biggest heroes. It just so happens that those battles take place against those heroes’ evil counterparts from an entirely different universe. Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths focuses on the heroic efforts of a good version of Lex Luthor (crazy, we know!) as he adopts the aid of the Justice League in order to take down the Crime Syndicate.

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20. ‘Justice League: The New Frontier’ (2008)

Runtime: 1h 15m

Rating: 71% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)

Imagine if you will a world in which the Justice League rises to prominence and fights alongside the government that remains wary of them and combat war veterans. And to make this premise even crazier, imagine that that whole scene takes place in the 1950s. Justice League: The New Frontier adopts all those elements and handles them well by featuring a retro art style, the initial formation of the Justice League, and a sophisticated approach to storytelling.

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21. ‘Teen Titans: The Judas Contract’ (2017)

Runtime: 1h 16m

Rating: 83% (Rotten Tomatoes)

The main story arc that put the Teen Titans on the map gets lovingly recreated here. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract follows the young superhero squadron during their clash with Deathstroke and a mysterious religious cult. When they’re joined by a new member, their lives become upended by even more turmoil. The…well… “interactions” between Deathstroke and that new Teen Titans member are a bit uncomfortable. But the rest of the film stands tall thanks to a mix of great fights and a mature retelling of one of DC’s best storylines.

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22. ‘Batman: Mask of the Phantasm’ (1993)

Runtime: 1h 16m

Rating: 85% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is considered legendary among devoted Batman fanatics and DC animated filmgoers. You can tell the creatives behind it wanted to make a strong first impression since it’s the first film in the DC Animated Universe. This Batman: The Animated Series-themed movie follows our hero as he faces a mysterious vigilante that takes out Gotham’s most feared criminals. The animation, the storytelling, the dialogue, and everything in between are masterfully done here.

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23. ‘Batman: Return of the Joker’ (2000)

Runtime: 1h 10m

Rating: 100% (Rotten Tomatoes)

There’s just something incredible about the films that expand the Batman universes put forth by their cartoon series. Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker reprises the characters introduced in the beloved late 90s show and adds in the boisterousness of a returning Joker. This film showcases Bruce Wayne and Joker’s obsession with each other in great detail, plus it gives both Batmans a proper sendoff within the Batman Beyond universe.

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24. ‘All-Star Superman’ (2011)

Runtime: 1h 15m

Rating: 80% (Rotten Tomatoes)

If you’ve read the All-Star Superman comics themselves, then you know just how much of a gripping tale it is. In animated movie form, it handles good old Supes’ last days on Earth with care just like the source material did years beforehand. All-Star Superman tells the grand tale of a superhero that tries to fulfill all his dreams after being diagnosed with sun radiation poisoning.

As you await Superman’s eventual passing, you’ll get sucked into all the madness happening around him due to Lex Luthor’s meddling. And you’ll definitely shed a tear during Superman’s final sacrifice for the people of Earth.

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25. ‘Batman: Year One’ (2011)

Runtime: 1h 4m

Rating: 88% (Rotten Tomatoes)

The adult-oriented animated Batman films clearly stand out as the best entries to date. Batman: Year One provides even more proof of that widely held belief. Just like the graphic novel it was adapted from, this film follows Bruce Wayne’s initial transformation into the superhero moniker we all know so well and pre-commissioner James Gordon’s move to Gotham City. While this film’s runtime is shorter than one would expect, it still manages to make the most of its time thanks to some compelling interactions between Batman and Gordon. Plus the action sequences also impress.

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26. ‘Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam’ (2010)

Runtime: 22m

Rating: 62% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)

While shorter than most of the picks on this list, this superhero team-up film ends up being a fun watch nonetheless. Billy Batson’s grown-up superhero persona links up with Superman in order to defeat the overwhelmingly powerful Black Adam. This movie is light on a whole lot of deep storytelling—it quickly gives us Shazam’s origin story and gets right to the hard-hitting action between three of the most powerful superheroes the DC Universe has ever seen. The stakes are certainly high for this one.

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https://www.amazon.com/Superman-Shazam-Return-Black-Adam/dp/B0049CUWHQ
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27. ‘Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay’ (2018)

Runtime: 1h 31m

Rating: 88% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Amanda Waller’s Task Force X has been all over the big screen and increased its popularity tenfold. If you’re looking for an animated film that’s far superior to the first Suicide Squad live-action film, then go out of your way to watch this one. Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay features the group’s most prominent members and has them hot on the trail of a mystical artifact. During their search, the Suicide Squad gets caught up in several chaotic clashes that certainly entertain. This pick on our list delivers some hilarious moments and plenty of shockers when it comes to who eventually gets killed off.

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28. ‘Batman: Assault on Arkham’ (2014)

Runtime: 1h 15m

Rating: 75% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Batman has his hands full with this particular case. While he’s hot on the trail of a bomb-toting Joker, Batman also has to contend with Amanda Waller’s Suicide Squad. If you’ve played the Batman: Arkham games, then you’ll get a kick out of watching all the madness unfold between Task Force X, Batman, and a few additional members of his Rogues Gallery. Batman: Assault on Arkham plays out like a madcap heist film that’s full of dark humor, likable anti-heroes, and explosive action scenes.

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29. ‘Ultimate Avengers: The Movie’ (2006)

Runtime: 1h 12m

Rating: 60% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)

The very first Ultimate Avengers film started a strong trend for Marvel’s dedicated move to produce animated superhero movies that appealed to its older fanbase. The early origins of Marvel’s most iconic superhero team play out here and come together in a riveting manner. Aliens invade Earth, which gives General Fury every reason in the world to call on the aid of Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Giant-Man, and The Wasp. This strong introduction to the Ultimate Avengers team hits on all the right notes you’d expect from a quality animated film.

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30. ‘Planet Hulk’ (2010)

Runtime: 1h 21m

Rating: 56% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)

If you read the Planet Hulk comic book arc (and even if you haven’t!), you have to give this quality animated movie adaptation a thorough watch. Especially since it features a wild clash between the big green guy and Beta-Ray Bill! So here’s how the story goes – Bruce Banner’s green alter-ego has caused far too much destruction on Earth, which forces some of his contemporaries to send him off the planet.

Hulk soon ends up crash landing on a planet that’s ruled by a tyrant, who forces the green anti-hero to entertain him and his followers during coliseum battles. In a bid to fight back against that tyrant and free his fellow warriors from captivity, Hulk joins the resistance and struggles to regain his and their freedom.

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31. ‘Justice League vs. Teen Titans’ (2016)

Runtime: 1h 18m

Rating: 80% (Rotten Tomatoes)

So who would win in a fight: the youthful Teen Titans or the almighty Justice League? This film offers an animated description of that intriguing superhero clash and produces some shocking moments in the process. Once the Justice League falls under the possession of the demon/father of Raven Trigon, Robin and the rest of the Teen Titans must band together to break them out of their enslaved state. What ensues is an action-packed affair that’s way more violent than you’d expect. 

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32. ‘Justice League Dark: Apokolips War’ (2020)

Runtime: 1h 30m

Rating: 100% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Earth’s decimation at the hands of Darkseid and his overwhelming forces creates an unlikely alliance between members of the Justice League and its Dark spinoff team. The superviolent crusade against the all-powerful New God is equal to the epic superhero vs. super-villain encounters that took place in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, which is certainly high praise. Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is an incredible wrap-up of the DC Animated Movie Universe and provides an ending that is sure to satisfy.

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33. ‘The Death of Superman’ (2018)

Runtime: 1h 21m

Rating: 93% (Rotten Tomatoes)

2018’s The Death of Superman is pretty much a modern retelling of the comic book to film adaptation known as 2007’s Superman: Doomsday. And to be quite honest, this new take on one of the comic book medium’s most shocking storylines is a much better presentation.

The brutality that was on display in the comics between Supes and Doomsday is animated perfectly here, so expect to feel every brutal blow thrown by those superpowered rivals. The cameos from other DC heroes and getting to watch Superman at his very best are the main reasons you’ll want to check out this heart-tugger of an animated DC film.

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34. ‘Constantine: City of Demons’ (2018)

Runtime: 1h 30m

Rating: 74% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)

John Constantine is quite a shady and self-serving individual, but he can do a bit of good whenever the situation calls for it. Matt Ryan reprises his live-action role of the beloved anti-hero in animated form here and does it as well as you’d expect. Constantine’s current mission entails finding a cure that will break a young girl out of her supernatural stupor. This film features strong animation and some truly emotional moments that make every one of its characters incredibly endearing.

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35. ‘Wonder Woman’ (2009)

Runtime: 1h 14m

Rating: 83% (Rotten Tomatoes)

So you’d think two films that practically adopt the same origin story for a superhero would be super redundant. But that’s not the case for the animated superhero movies that focus on Wonder Woman’s initial rise to power and superstardom. The 2009 Wonder Woman animated movie paints her in the best light during her clash with a vicious war god. While the storyline should be familiar to anyone who has followed Wonder Woman for an extended period of time, this film still offers a fun romp through her origins as a heroic conduit between the world of man and her fellow Amazons.

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https://www.amazon.com/Wonder-Woman-Commemorative-Keri-Russell/dp/B001RU02GY
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36. ‘Justice Society: World War II’ (2021)

Runtime: 1h 24m

Rating: 81% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Anytime The Flash and the Speed Force come into play, mind-bending events are sure to pass. That’s exactly what happens in this movie when Barry Allen runs right into Earth-2 during the height of World War II. The plot is pretty straightforward, but that simple approach to telling this film’s story works well—watching The Flash and throwback interpretations of DC’s best & brightest work together to beat up some Nazis is certainly a good time.

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37. ‘Superman: Man of Tomorrow’ (2020)

Runtime: 1h 26m

Rating: 100% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Taking place right after the last film on our list, Superman: Man of Tomorrow follows a young Superman during his early days as the chosen savior of Metropolis. This faithful retelling of the Kryptonian hero’s origin story is familiar, yet it still manages to be a satisfying watch due to a welcome change in art style and an overall uplifting vibe. Superman: Man of Tomorrow embraces its source material by relaying his early crime-fighting days in an entertaining manner.

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38. ‘Wonder Woman: Bloodlines’ (2019)

Runtime: 1h 23m

Rating: 88% (Rotten Tomatoes)

It’s pretty criminal that DC’s standout heroine only has two animated superhero movies to her name. Thankfully, both of those animated superhero movies are satisfactory viewing experiences. Just like Wonder Woman (2009), Bloodlines follows the iconic warrior’s origin story as she first encounters Steve Trevor. This initial meeting gives way to Wonder Woman’s epic struggle against Villainy, Inc., which is a collective hellbent on invading her home of Themyscira. Diana’s big battles against her Rogues Gallery and her union with Trevor provide the main basis for this film’s most admirable scenes.

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39. ‘My Hero Academia: Two Heroes’ (2018)

Runtime: 1h 36m

Rating: 100% (Rotten Tomatoes)

We’re gonna do things a bit differently with these next two picks here and show some love to the superhero anime that’s commanded everybody’s attention: My Hero Academia. The very first feature-length film from the smash hit manga/anime sees Class 1-A attend a hero item convention. While their time spent there starts out on a fun note, everything falls apart once a group of villains rears their ugly heads. The students and All Might himself spring into action, which sets up some awe-inspiring action scenes. We even get some revelations about All Might’s past and his most trustworthy sidekick.

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https://www.hulu.com/movie/my-hero-academia-two-heroes-58982ee5-b6e7-4202-a450-a2e662e99f40
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40. ‘My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising’ (2020)

Runtime: 1h 44m

Rating: 90% (Rotten Tomatoes)

The second My Hero Academia movie moves Class 1-A to a private island and sees them improving their hero work as they aid its many denizens. The action gets kicked up a notch once a crew of baddies following a villain similar to All for One shows up. Deku and the rest of his fellow young heroes-in-training embark upon a grand struggle against them all and fight to protect a brother-sister duo. The closing moments of this film must be seen to be believed as they embody the visual madness My Hero Academia is known for when it comes to its battle sequences.

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https://www.amazon.com/My-Hero-Academia-Heroes-Rising/dp/B08L9QSMR4
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41. ‘Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold’ (2018)

Runtime: 1h 15m

Rating: 93% (Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score)

Nothing hits the spot quite like a good ‘ole Scooby-Doo crossover, and when Batman throws his hat into the ring, Mystery Incorporated has to figure out what’s best for their investigation. As the gang is trying to piece together a series of crimes committed by Puppetto the Puppeteer, Batman jumps right into things instead, telling Scooby-Doo and the others that crime-fighting should be left to him. However, he has a change of heart a bit later in the movie, allowing both parties to join together and solve crimes in Gotham.

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42. ‘Megamind’ (2010)

Runtime: 1h 36m

Rating: 72% (Rotten Tomatoes)

While this is supposed to be a gathering of the greatest animated superhero movies, Megamind (Will Ferrell) himself is actually a supervillain scouting the perfect hero to take down. Though as the movie continues on, it becomes more and more clear that Megamind actually has some superhero in his blood, after all. And come on, who doesn’t love a solid redemption arc?

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https://www.amazon.com/Megamind-Tom-McGrath/dp/B079HRQ6PZ
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43. ‘Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders’ (2016)

Runtime: 1h 18m

Rating: 94% (Rotten Tomatoes)

This animated film actually reunites the OG live-action Batman crew, comprised of Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Julie Newmar as Catwoman. A fascinating iteration by creating a new throwback in animation form, the film tracks a complicated Batman and Robin as they take on their long-lived, favorite villains: the Joker, Catwoman, the Riddler, and the Penguin.

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44. ‘Justice League vs the Fatal Five’ (2019)

Runtime: 1h 17m

Rating: 100% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Set in the distant 31st century, a few members of the Fatal Five are on a mission to retrieve their time sphere from the Legion of Super-Heroes’ main base. However, when Star Boy attempts to stop them, they’re all brought back into the 21st century after the time sphere is switched on. The Justice League ends up becoming entangled in the entire mess when Superman comes across the time sphere and wants to bring it in for observation and analysis.

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45. ‘Bolt’ (2008)

Runtime: 1h 36m

Rating: 89% (Rotten Tomatoes)

Our favorite dog-turned-hero, Bolt (John Travolta), has been a dog actor his entire life with the hopes of someday becoming a superhero. However, after his owner, Penny (Miley Cyrus), is kidnapped, it’s up to Bolt to locate and rescue her, which jumpstarts his superhero career in an instant. And with his new hamster and alley cat buddies by his side, it looks like Bolt might actually be able to pull the whole thing off.

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https://www.amazon.com/Bolt-John-Travolta/dp/B004E2E0II