Lists: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, DC Comics, Superhero movie, Time travel, Classics

Brief Synopsis: "Mild-mannered Clark Kent works as a reporter at the Daily Planet alongside his crush, Lois Lane -- who's in love with Superman. Clark must summon his superhero alter ego when the nefarious Lex Luthor launches a plan to take over the world."

Overall Ranking: 873 (Rank from 1978: # 6)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 41.18%
Regular 47.06%
Half-Popped 11.76%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Wayne of Man I Love Films97(full review)
Dave Examines Movies97(full review)
Pete B95
Tim The Film Guy93(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest92(full review)
Josh B90
Steve Habrat85 - Influential and epic, the original Superman is a real comic book blast.
(full review)
Carrie B80
Dan O'Neill80(full review)
Sober Film Critic James Brown80(full review)
Hypersonic55 Curt80(full review)
Harvey Gardner80
That Movie Guy Dion Wyn Hughes78(full review)
Thomas Pollock70
Jay of Life Vs Film70(full review)
Jordan K50
David Baruffi43

People Involved

  • Marlon Brando (Jor-El)
  • Gene Hackman (Lex Luthor)
  • Christopher Reeve (Superman / Clark Kent)
  • Ned Beatty (Otis)
  • Jackie Cooper (Perry White)
  • Glenn Ford (Jonathan Kent)
  • Trevor Howard (1st Elder)
  • Margot Kidder (Lois Lane)
  • Jack OHalloran (Non)
  • Valerie Perrine (Eve Teschmacher)
  • Maria Schell (Vond-Ah)
  • Terence Stamp (General Zod)
  • Phyllis Thaxter (Martha Kent)
  • Susannah York (Lara)
  • Jeff East (Young Clark Kent)
  • Michael Ensign (Newscaster)
  • Richard Donner (Director)

  • Other Movies in the Series

  • Superman II (Donner cut)
  • Superman III
  • Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
  • Included in Achievement Trios...

  • Three Different Supermen
  • Christopher Reeve Superman