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The 12 best Richard Donner movies ranked


This list wouldn’t be complete without 1978’s “Superman”, with Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent / Superman, Marlon Brando as his father Jor-El, Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor and Margot Kidder as Lois Lane.

“Superman” was a very influential comic book film. It depicts the origin story of its titular hero, his romance with Lois Lane, and his battles with his nemesis Lex Luthor. It was a real blockbuster and it was the most expensive movie ever made when it was released, with a budget of $ 55 million. The big budget paid off, as “Superman” was a huge box office hit, making $ 300.5 million.

“Superman” is exactly the kind of movie Richard Donner was so good at making: funny, adventurous and exciting. Critics loved it, with Roger ebert giving it 4 out of 4 stars and calling it “pure delight” and “extremely exciting” and describing it as having “underhand sophistication… which makes it, surprisingly, a refreshing and quirky comedy”. His special effects were also praised and were quite impressive for the time, and “Superman” paved the way for modern comic book superhero films today. In 2017, the Library of Congress chose him for preservation, along with Donner’s “The Goonies”.