1. Batman Begins
The best origin story.
2. Iron Man
The cornerstone of the Marvel cinematic universe. There is arguably no better casting in the history of comic book films than RDJ as Tony Stark.
3. Batman Returns
Is this even a "Batman" movie? Let's be honest, the movie barely features him. His character arc is basically non-existent.
This film really let Burton run rampant through his own vision of Gotham, centering it on the gothic, strange setting of said city and it's villains - expertly portrayed by De Vito and Pfieffer. The result is one hell of a passion piece from a visionary in the prime of his career. Underrated masterpiece.
The most fun.
Clunky and dated CGI really hampers this movie nowadays. But I always loved it when I was younger and it really opened my eyes to superhero movies (and superheroes in general) as something I realized I really liked and could relate to.
Tobey Maguire is still the best Peter Parker, and the death of Uncle Ben has never had more impact. Also, no quote from a superhero movie has ever resonated with me more than "with great power comes great responsibility."
This may not be the best looking superhero film anymore, but it's been a very important movie to me.
6. The Dark Knight
The best there is.
7. Spider-Man 2
Bit of a CGI fest, but the character work is exemplary for the genre.
8. The Wolverine
Superhero comics' great ronin story. Yes it's quite flawed. It doesn't even reach anywhere near the height of its source material as far as the plot goes. But there's small moments that really hit the right spots for me. Plus it features a cast of great Japanese actors and Hugh Jackman at the top of his game.
9. Captain America
Another flawed piece of fun. Joe Johnston, director of another personal favorite in The Rocketeer, has just the right touch to pull off a solid Captain America origin tale. Chris Evans offers up a similarly solid outing as the titular character.
10. X2: X-Men United
The best X-Men movie to date. Even if Cyclops is reduced to basically nothing.
Jack Nicholson's performance alone could have carried this movie. That, an immortal theme song and a vision for Gotham that is since unmatched by director Tim Burton gives us the first movie to take Batman seriously.
Ron Perlman and Guillermo Del Toro kill it in this comic book adaptation. It's got the right balance between campy fun and macabre mythology building that made the comics so unique.
13. X-Men: First Class
Stellar new cast to carry the X-Men torch.
14. Iron Man 2
Suitcase armor ftw!
Solid first entry.
16. Spider-Man 3
Not as bad as people say.
17. Batman: The Movie
It would be remiss of me not to include the quintessential movie of camp. Batman at his worst AND best.