I have very little to quibble about with Jason's list, but it is incumbent on everyone who views a top 10 list to look at the rules of inclusion and find things to quibble about, so here I go:
Originally Posted by JasonEvans
I'd move Superman 2 way down and actually put Superman above it. They were both very good movies, although neither movie really rocked my world, even as a kid. Still, they were very good movies, and showed that comic book movies could be done right.
The Tim Burton Batman movies both struck me a little off, and I don't think either aged well. I'd probably move it down the list. Heath Ledger/Chris Nolan's take on the Joker killed the Burton/Nicholson take by comparison.
Here's my best shot at a list.
1. The Dark Knight. Nothing else is particularly close.
2. Spiderman: not quite the work of art that Raimi pulled off in the Evil Dead/Evil Dead 2/Army of Darkness trilogy...but close, since Ash was in it.
3. Spiderman 2: elevated by Ash's appearance as the snooty doorman
4. Batman Begins: agreed with Jason that the ending took away something from the film.
5. Iron Man: This ending left me wanting more. I kinda felt like the budget had run out and they had to stop the fight. Still, Downey owned this movie.
6. Superman: May not have moved me, but obviously a very good superhero movie, and it took a couple decades to surpass it.
7. X-Men 2: Felt like Singer was really able to do what he probably wanted to with X-Men. McKellen's Magneto was awesome in every one of his scenes.
8. X-Men: First Class: The MacAvoy/Fassbender interplay was way above the level of the rest of the movie. But they were very, very good.
9. Superman 2: Again, not a movie that really got me going, but I bow to the understanding that my tastes don't reflect the majority on this.
I'll stop there, leaving a spot for The Avengers, based on my faith in Whedon and overwhelmingly positive early reviews.
I was saddened to have to leave off James Cameron's Aquaman. The special effects were great and Cameron's love of the water showed in the beautiful filmmaking, but the lead actor simply was too skinny to be taken seriously as a superhero, and he couldn't act.
And finally, some words from Ash:
"I got news for you pal, you ain't leading but two things right now, Jack and *&$(. And Jack left town."
"Good...bad...I'm the guy with the gun."
"That was just pillow talk, baby."
"Shop smart...shop S-Mart. YOU GOT THAT?"
"Baby, you got reeeeeeal ugly."
"In my own way, I am king. Hail to the king, baby."
Brian Zoubek on what was going through his mind walking to the free throw line with 3.6 seconds remaining in the 2010 National Championship game and Duke up by 1: "Fifty percent [of me is] thinking, This is what I've been dreaming of doing my entire life. Fifty percent I'm crapping my pants."