8. The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan's game-changing Dark Knight trilogy came to an end with 2012's The Dark Knight Rises. It was a much larger-scale movie than its predecessors and it had some huge expectations to live up to after the critical and commercial success of The Dark Knight. There is some division as to whether or not it actually did that, but regardless of that, the consensus is that it brought about a fulfilling, successful and epic conclusion to the trilogy.
I can't argue with that. If anything, The Dark Knight Rises is one of the more underrated DC movies of the past 15 years. Nolan's world of Batman is unlike any other, and to spend more time in it after The Dark Knight was a treat, especially as that movie desperately needed a successor to finish its story. Tom Hardy joined the fray as the imposing Bane, while Ann Hathaway was delightful as the wild card Catwoman. Both personalities were welcome additions to the franchise's already-star-studded cast and the film's central storyline benefited a great deal from.
Batman's long-running desire to protect Gotham City from the League of Shadows came full circle in this film, and watching Bale deliver his final performance as the character was a bittersweet moment for sure. He was incredible, as we had come to expect, and watching Bruce rebuild himself throughout the movie in anticipation of that stunning final battle; it was a fulfilling end to The Dark Knight's story.