The Dark Knight (2008)

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Wins 80%
of its Matchups

81686
Total Users
Who've Ranked It

1068173
Total Times Ranked

3233
Have It At #1

27270
Have It In Their Top 20

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Directed By Christopher Nolan Starring Christian Bale  •  Heath Ledger  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Gary Oldman  •  Maggie Gyllenhaal Genres Action  •  Action Thriller  •  Based-on-Comics  •  Crime  •  Crime Thriller  •  Superhero Film  •  Thriller Studios &
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Batman  •  DC Comics  •  Academy Award Nominated  •  1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die  •  Legendary Pictures  •  Academy Award Best Cinematography Nominated  •  Academy Award for Best Production Design Nominated  •  MTV Movie Award for Best Movie Nominated  •  Alamo Drafthouse 100  •  Wizard World Louisville 2014  •  Time Out: New York's 100 Best Action Movies
Release Info July 18, 2008
Color  •  152 minutes PG13 Rated PG13
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Comments (77)

 
JeffersonSmith

JeffersonSmith on 11/7/2010 Reply  · 

This shouldn't number 1 of all-time by any stretch of the imagination.

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mudslidematt

mudslidematt on 11/12/2010 Reply  · 

A very good movie but overrated. Batman Begins is the superior film. Batman Begins is the greatest comic book film. Ever.

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Rain Man

Rain Man on 10/27/2011 Reply  · 

you are soooooooooooooooooooooo wrong it's crazy batman begins is good but dark knight is muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch better

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Kozmik_Pariah

Kozmik_Pariah on 1/24/2012 Reply  · 

I can find you a few better than Begins, though BB is pretty good.

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JRM

JRM on 11/16/2010 Reply  · 

The movie is brilliant. Those who deny it are just whispers in a stadium full of cheers.

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permanente

permanente on 1/23/2011 Reply  · 

Very good superhero film but astronomically overrated by fanboys. Better than batman begins though.

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Rain Man

Rain Man on 10/27/2011 Reply  · 

aight buddy the dark knight is in now way a superhero movie the comics make him look like a superhero but the dark knight and batman begins make batman anything but a superhero christopher nolan did a great job with that

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Sano

Sano on 12/12/2011 Reply  · 

Rain Man i seriously think youre retarded. your argument makes no sense. the only thing you say is dark knight is the best movie. tell me. WHY is it the best movie? have you ever seen the godfather? raging bull? anything like those? i doubt it. youre just one of the fanboys that came out of no where after dark knight came out.

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johnmason

johnmason on 2/12/2011 Reply  · 

When a movie ranks as high as it does, it means that the vast majority of Flickchart's users believe that the film is AT LEAST "pretty good". The Dark Knight has an 80% win percentage. It takes down 8 out of 10 of ALL MOVIES it comes up against. From ALL USERS. People can cry about films being overrated all they want. I'm sure most people have films they think are "overrated". Doesn't mean that they are. The stats speak for themselves: The Dark Knight is rated exactly as it should be. Perhaps given another year or two, it will drop in the rankings. (Maybe after The Dark Knight Rises comes out...)

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Rain Man

Rain Man on 10/27/2011 Reply  · 

i really appreciate that note,,,considering the dark knight is my favorite movie of all time...but you gotta get rid of that profile picture because avatar is one of my least favorite films

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tampabayrays03

tampabayrays03 on 3/19/2011 Reply  · 

Give it a break-the Dark Knight is just a little superior to Batman Begins. However, TDK practically says that the Joker wins in the end and that shouldn't have happened.

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Nadal24

Nadal24 on 3/5/2012 Reply  · 

because its a trilogy

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PFV

PFV on 5/8/2011 Reply  · 

Great film, but there are hundreds of better ones. Overrated heavily by the fans.

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Nadal24

Nadal24 on 3/5/2012 Reply  · 

hundreds??? really???

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nickflicks

nickflicks on 5/30/2012 Reply  · 

I am one of those who has hundreds ranked higher than Dark Knight!

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dwalsh334

dwalsh334 on 5/20/2011 Reply  · 

How in the hell is this number 1?? I'm about to leave this site. I don't even know if it's gonna stay in my top 100

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Nadal24

Nadal24 on 3/5/2012 Reply  · 

well then you should leave this site

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PFV

PFV on 6/5/2011 Reply  · 

I think the best way to address this movie being at number one is that it does seem to be the most popular movie. However, that doesn't make it the best. It has to stand the test of time before it tops any of those lists.

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patman2011

patman2011 on 7/3/2011 Reply  · 

best movie ever

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SquareMaster316

SquareMaster316 on 7/14/2011 Reply  · 

Simply put, an iconic masterpiece of cinema that easily surpasses any and all Superhero Genre films. The comparisons to The Empire Strikes Back and The Godfather 2 are completely legitimate and logical.

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Mandy

Mandy on 8/2/2011 Reply  · 

This is a very good movie, but it's not number one. Definitely in the top 10 or 20 though.

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makarena

makarena on 9/9/2011 Reply  · 

nice film with cool plot and fancy effects have seen way better movies though.

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maiden666

maiden666 on 9/10/2011 Reply  · 

This movie kicks-ass!!! It's so good I saw it 3 times in theaters. It's Nolan's best film in my opinion. However, it definatly isn't the greatest film ever made.

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monty31

monty31 on 10/16/2011 Reply  · 

Great movie! Heath Ledger is amazing as The Joker! Makes the movie!

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Rain Man

Rain Man on 10/27/2011 Reply  · 

um excuse me mister mudslide matt u are silly

batman begins is a very good movie....but comparing it to the dark knight is like comparing living in a box to living in a billion dollar mansion

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Sano

Sano on 12/12/2011 Reply  · 

i rest my case

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SquareMaster316

SquareMaster316 on 10/28/2011 Reply  · 

I'll join the vast majority of film buffs and movie goers in stating that both Nolan Batman films outclass anything Marvel or Darkhorse have ever put to screen.

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Sano

Sano on 12/12/2011 Reply  · 

im not sure who made the mistake of putting this as "the best movie of all time" but you are mistaken sir

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movieguyjon

movieguyjon on 1/12/2012 Reply  · 

It doesn't really matter to me where this falls on the global charts. If a majority of the userbase here has this film ranked high, it makes sense for it to be ranked high. I liked this film quite a bit, but had some serious issues with the chaotic editing during action sequences that wasn't very spatially coherent (a similar gripe with Batman Begins) and some pacing issues.

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JRM

JRM on 2/6/2012 Reply  · 

I didn't have any issues with the movie that you mentioned, but it's good to know that you understand why the movie is ranked so highly without resorting to trolling.

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Kozmik_Pariah

Kozmik_Pariah on 1/24/2012 Reply  · 

Holy cow, this is no. 1 globally? It's in my top 10, but it should be a far cry from number 1...

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JRM

JRM on 2/6/2012 Reply  · 

So the movie is in your top 10 but you claim it should be a far cry from number 1? That doesn't make much sense; it's users like you (and me) that have placed The Dark Knight at #1 globally by having it ranked so highly on our own charts.

3 people liked this  √ 

celticbhoy

celticbhoy on 3/8/2012 Reply  · 

I think I will watch this again as so many people rate this extremly high. I remember liking it but it didn't stand out as an instant classic. Let's see if I change my mind about this one.

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celticbhoy

celticbhoy on 3/9/2012 Reply  · 

Well I just watched it for the 2nd time and it was better than I remembered. I also now rememeber that I was drunk when I saw it the first time so I probably wasn't giving it my full attention. Heath Ledger was brilliant in this! I think now that it rightfully deserves to be somewhere in my top 50 and no longer just outside the top 100. Thanks to all you flickchart users in changing my mind a little bit at least.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 5/23/2012 Reply  · 

How did this go from no. 1 to no. 35?I smell a conspiracy.

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JRM

JRM on 5/23/2012 Reply  · 

New Ranking System that takes into account a movie's age. TONS of movies were shifted around. No conspiracy.

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nickflicks

nickflicks on 5/30/2012 Reply  · 

Yes the revolution is finally starting !When I first starting ranking movies back in Feb. Dark Knight was "Globally ranked @ 1 now I see it's 35!!Hell yes.this is wonderful news.But I bet the fanboys are uniting to get it back @ number 1 as I type this

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DREDDY

DREDDY on 6/5/2012 Reply  · 

dark knight is something special.I cant compare it with any other movie

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Reelz

Reelz on 6/15/2012 Reply  · 

The best superhero movie of all time. I just hope that Dark Knight Rises has the ability to top it, which I'm sure it will.

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deusmark

deusmark on 6/16/2012 Reply  · 

How the hell did this go from #1 to #35?

How the hell is a movie that has been seen by 91 percent of the user base, and wins 80 percent of its match-ups (The Dark Knight), ranked below a film that has been seen by 24 percent of the user base, and wins just over 50 percent of its match ups (Double Indemnity)?

Did Flickhart completely change the way it calculates its overall user rankings? Did they not like that two comic book movies were sitting pretty at the top of their lists?

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DREDDY

DREDDY on 6/21/2012 Reply  · 

DARK KNIGHT RISES WILL OCCUPY NUMBER 1

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AWorkOfArts

AWorkOfArts on 7/20/2012 Reply  · 

Agreed with others...the Origin story is definitely the superior film. I believe part of the reason why The Dark Knight succeeded as it did was due to all the hype surrounding Heath Ledger's passing.

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billsantoast

billsantoast on 9/1/2012 Reply  · 

The heart of the Nolan Batman trilogy. One of my all time favorite movies. More than just a "comic book movie".

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UncleFok

UncleFok on 9/4/2012 Reply  · 

"The movie is brilliant. Those who deny it are just whispers in a stadium full of cheers." Ahh, appeal to popularity. Justin Bieber must be a great musician, too, right? ;)

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JRM

JRM on 4/12/2013 Reply  · 

Do most people believe JB is a great musician? I don't believe so. Do most people who have seen The Dark Knight consider it great? From what I gather, absolutely. Just because something is popular, it doesn't diminish its quality.

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OneFuckTooMany

OneFuckTooMany on 7/30/2013 Reply  · 

I've never seen someone miss the point of an argument by that great a distance. But that's OK, you got more likes than him so you must be right.

I'd leave you with just that offering of irony, but I fear it too will be missed. So:

Argumentum ad populum = Logical fallacy

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SquareMaster316

SquareMaster316 on 9/6/2012 Reply  · 

4 years later, this film still stands tall as the greatest CBM in the history of motion picture.

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Yellowjacket

Yellowjacket on 1/15/2013 Reply  · 

A bland, dumb-as-bricks film from start to finish. An uninteresting, one dimensional cliche hero, shoehorned attempts at emotion (killing a poorly written damsel in distress) and one of the dumbest plot twists in the history of cinema (element in the diorama) make this a failed attempt by nolan to get me invested in anything that "rises." Time for another reboot already?

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SquareMaster316

SquareMaster316 on 1/29/2013 Reply  · 

What kind of pathetic idiot would just copy a quote bashing the godawful Iron Man 2 and paste it on this board? Look, you didn't even change the "element in the diorama" statement, making your entire "rant" null and void.

The Dark Knight still stands tall as the greatest comic book film ever associated with the genre. An emotionally gripping drama, a flawless character study of a brilliant psychopath; a smartly constructed crime epic; a crisply shot, high octane, adrenaline-pumping action film; a thrilling adventure piece; a deep, spiritual, richly complex study of the nuanced intricacies of morality and what one must do to achieve what one perceives as the greater good. Combined with bits of witty, subtle and dark humor that never overstay their welcome.

All constructed within a film that is so Shakespearean, it even follows his classic 5 act tragedy structure. Truly a film that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the absolute best works of Kurosawa, Kubrick and Hitchcock and the Bard himself.

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Yellowjacket

Yellowjacket on 2/10/2013 Reply  · 

What's the "MOST POPULAR MATCHUP DISCUSSION" I see here? Hmmmm...

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shane24

shane24 on 2/11/2013 Reply  · 

Squatmaster and the jacket is yellow are lovely people. No denying it.

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SquareMaster316

SquareMaster316 on 3/7/2013 Reply  · 

Given how the majority of critics, filmmakers and fans alike consider the Dark Knight to be the greatest comic book film ever made and an exceptionally high quality piece of film making, it's no wonder Marvel fanatics are so insecure and jealous as to start up hosanna threads in a desperate attempt to convince others that garbage like Iron Man 2 or Wolverine is somehow better (or even watchable, in general)

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Caesar

Caesar on 3/26/2013 Reply  · 

All I know is that this movie is good. Really good.

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SquareMaster316

SquareMaster316 on 3/28/2013 Reply  · 

No just good, it's great. The best thing about Nolan's Batman Trilogy is that you actually care about these characters and are invested in everything that happens to them.

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robmoviefilms13

robmoviefilms13 on 4/3/2013 Reply  · 

Like Citizen Kane, The Godfather and the Star Wars' trilogy, The Dark Knight serves as the opus of our time. An epic in every sense of the word.

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Danielod

Danielod on 8/11/2013 Reply  · 

in my top twenty, but extremely overrated

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Danielod

Danielod on 10/16/2013 Reply  · 

Overrated but still good

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The27Arsenal

The27Arsenal on 11/24/2013 Reply  · 

This film has finally made it to my top spot after I gave it yet another viewing, and I felt the exact same way I did when I saw it 5 years ago. It really is the best film I've ever seen. People take a lot of criticism for saying that, but I'm prepared to because I know it's true. I don't expect it will be toppled for a very long time.

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The27Arsenal

The27Arsenal on 12/4/2013 Reply  · 

Actually, it's 2nd, never mind. Still a masterpiece haha

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mrmonningsir

mrmonningsir on 1/2/2014 Reply  · 

The most overrated film of all time....... Ahem Besides Godfather

2 people liked this  √ 

SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 1/18/2014 Reply  · 

WTF!? The Godfather is overrated?

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Danielod

Danielod on 2/23/2014 Reply  · 

?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

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Lugnut14

Lugnut14 on 3/12/2014 Reply  · 

The Dark Knight series make Batman look like a puss (plus Batman's smoking voice), therefore they suck and have no right being ranked in the top 100 of all time

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Area_hulk

Area_hulk on 3/16/2014 Reply  · 

congrats. Someone should give this movie the award for being the most overrated of all time. The academy should start giving this award out. Im not offended that this movie was made, i still like, im offended on how the majority of people look at this movie

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 3/22/2014 Reply  · 

"im offended on how the majority of people look at this movie"

Because your opinion is like... totally superior to theirs lol :(

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cheesydog1

cheesydog1 on 4/12/2014 Reply  · 

The best Batman film

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cheesydog1

cheesydog1 on 4/13/2014 Reply  · 

The best Comic book film of all time

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Area_hulk

Area_hulk on 4/21/2014 Reply  · 

Think I gotta give this another viewing since I only like it - and so goes the other two

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SquareMaster316

SquareMaster316 on 5/9/2014 Reply  · 

The greatest cinematic piece of film making and storytelling that the 21st century has blessed us with. Nothing else from the CB genre even comes close.

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MysticSpoon

MysticSpoon on Oct 6 Reply  · 

Now he's just a parody of himself.

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JeremyDavis

JeremyDavis on 7/16/2014 Reply  · 

Beautiful, poetic masterpiece. Nolan didn't just present the audiences with a superhero movie, he gave them a rich crime thriller that explored the darkness within each of us, our deceptive obsession with rules and our penchant for choosing a noble lie over a brutal truth.

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Area_hulk

Area_hulk on Oct 19 Reply  · 

Okay much better this time. However, the biggest problem with this:
1) Bruce Wayne was pushed in the background more
2) many movies have plot holes - but the ones here are really distracting

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on Nov 29 Reply  · 

Name the plot holes.

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AngieRomero

AngieRomero on Wednesday Reply  · 

The best Comic Book Movie ever made.

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