59. Superman (1978)
While not my favorite comic book superhero (Batman beats Superman for me, HANDS DOWN!), this is the best live-action adaptation of the Man of Steel's story. Was there ever a better Superman than Christopher Reeve? His sweet naivete as Clark Kent and his bold strength as Kent's heroic alter-ego is a wonderful blend that made him the ultimate Superman. Director Richard Donner (the Lethal Weapon series, The Goonies) gives the character and his origin story heart and the action sequences really pack a punch. The cast is also first rate including Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, Jackie Cooper as Daily Planet editor Perry White and (in a brilliantly over-the-top performance) Gene Hackman as the villainous Lex Luthor. Also this film has one of the best star cameos in movie history: Marlon Brando as Jor-El, Superman's father from the planet Krypton. Brando threw himself and his method acting style into the role so well and it is extremely memorable. Plus there is the fantastic Superman theme by John Williams, who remains the greatest film composer of all-time. It is a great movie that gets me excited about a character that is, in my opinion, an overrated superhero.
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