Good hero movies for kids are hard to come by. One that may be acceptable to you might not have enough action for your budding superhero and others may barely squeak by on what you find acceptable. Some are just plain bad. The following is a list of good hero movies for kids. However, parents should still investigate the films themselves. Learn as much as you can about them by reading articles and reviews and speaking with other parents who have seen the films to find out if you’re comfortable with your kids watching them.

  1. “The Incredibles”  Possibly one of the best hero movies for kids, “The Incredibles” details the lives of a family with special powers, powers they try to keep hidden. In fact, Mr. and Mrs. Incredible used to be super heroes, but had to put aside their capes and masks in pursuit of a normal life. But when an unlikely danger threatens the Incredibles and their former super hero friends, the battle becomes a family affair. Rated PG for action violence.

  2. “Superman: The Movie”  A true classic, “Superman” features Christopher Reeve in the first movie about the man of steel. To ensure that the Kryptonian race will live on, alien scientist Jor-El sends his infant son Kal-El to Earth, where he is found by the Kents. The elderly couple raise the boy as their own, calling him Clark. Eventually Clark learns about his origins and his powers, particularly that he must use them for good. And just in time too, as super villain Lex Luthor is plotting a nefarious real estate scheme that will challenge Clark’s newfound abilities. Rated PG for peril, some mild sensuality and language.  

  3. “Spiderman”  This first film about Marvel’s famous web-slinger was wildly popular, particularly among super hero fans. Peter Parker is just an ordinary boy, an awkward boy who lives with his Uncle Ben and Aunt Mae and longs to be someone different, someone special. When he is bitten by a genetically-engineered spider, he gets his wish, gaining super strength, speed and the ability to scale walls and shoot webbing. But such a gift doesn’t come without a price and Peter quickly realizes he must use his powers to save the people he loves. Rated PG-13 for stylized violence and action.  

  4. Spiderman 2”  One of the rare instances where the sequel is just as good, if not better than the original, “Spiderman 2” picks up two years after its predecessor left off and Peter Parker is not in good shape. The girl of his dreams is engaged to someone else, the newspaper won’t cease painting Spiderman as a villain and he can’t keep any jobs. Frustrated, he gives up his secret identity and secret life and embraces the real world. Unfortunately, an obsessed scientist’s failed experiment transforms him into the super villain Doctor Octopus, leaving the world desperate for a hero once again. Rated PG-13 for stylized action violence.  

  5. “X-Men”  The film retelling of Marvel’s famous X-Men finally brought the team to life for fans and super hero enthusiasts. Charles Xavier runs a school for young mutants, individuals with special powers. Even as the mutants Rogue and Wolverine join up with Xavier, Magneto, a mutant who isn’t inclined to see the good in non-mutants, hatches a plan to even the playing field. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence.

-Sarah Sullivan