8. “Superman: The Movie” (1978)
The only way to start this countdown right is with a Superman film, or more specifically, the greatest of all Superman films, so far that is. “Superman: The Movie” set the stage for all comic book blockbusters. It all begins with the hero’s origin story, spanning his life from Krypton native to Daily Planet writer, culminating in the struggle against his arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor. Christopher Reeves was superman, capturing the essence of the hero as he grows up in the American heartland. “Superman: The Movie” is a terrific statement on humanity; that it’s not up to a hero to change the world, but it’s up to the rest of us. The film captures what it means to be a superhero, and it features no CGI, just pure movie magic.
Best Scene: When Superman rescues Lois Lane from the helicopter and does his first shirt reveal. Set to the musical stylings of John Williams, it gets me every time.