Superman (1978)

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Warner Bros.

The film that started it all. Its earnestness and total reliance on practical effects — as well as stellar performances and moving love story between Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) and Superman, make it feel more charming and inspiring with each passing year.

Christopher Reeve will always be our Superman not just for his heroism, but for his comic chops — you get the sense that even when Luther (Gene Hackman) has him literally drowning in kryptonite, he’s still too much of a gentleman to bring his full superpowers to bear on his nemesis. He also had the least elaborate of all superhero costumes, yet felt the most like an actual superhero.

Fun fact: Margot Kidder starred in both the No. 1 movie of 1978 — Superman — and the No. 2 movie, The Amityville Horror

Also, Superman is the most romantic of all superhero movies, except for maybe…

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