Overall Rank: 4
Average Rating: 3.4/4
# of Ratings: 2144
Theatrical Release Date: 07/18/2008
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 12/09/2008
Genre: Action, Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Christopher Nolan
Actors: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman
Plot: Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 05/30/2019
Improving upon the previous film, "The Dark Knight" features gritty psychological undertones, and Heath Ledger's career defining performance, all while becoming the greatest superhero film ever made.
Pat - wrote on 07/03/2016
While this film has less of a "beginning, middle, and end" approach than Batman Begins, it is a flawless second chapter nevertheless. Probably the most exciting comic book movie ever made! RIP Heath Ledger, we love you!
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Robby Kronemeyer - wrote on 04/21/2015
This is not only one of the greatest comic book films ever. This is also one of MY favorite movies ever (largely because of Ledger). It is largely performance based which is uncommon for superhero movies. Heath Ledger as the Joker is brilliant. It is my favorite performance in a movie ever. This capitalizes on the brilliance that was Batman Begins, and adds to it going darker than ever before. There are some problems I have with it as there are with all movies. These include the fight scenes where Batman looks like he's moving to different poses instead of fighting. It looks like he's a robot just moving from point a to point b without any fluent motion. And there are some points in the movie that drone on for a little to long, but for the most part this movie goes from scene to scene …
memento_mori - wrote on 07/03/2013
After Batman flew off the rooftop after witnessing the Joker card in Batman Begins, a sequel was awaited. The hype was higher than Snoop Dogg (*Badum Tss*).
But the wait payed off… Big time.
Back in Gotham, Batman is in full effect. He is an organized person of justice, going on missions nightly, as we see in the first few scenes.
The movie is structured so well. The prologue puts us right into our new villain's work and from there, we get one of the best stories put to screen, with some of the most menacing character relationships and threatening plot points. The Dark Knight exceeded the expectations of a normal Batman film. This had crime, gangsters, an actual city, a hero and a villain.
There was always something around every corner, with so much going for it and it worked.
Jrmovielover - wrote on 06/16/2013
The Dark Knight
Christopher Nolan and gang are back with their long awaited sequel to their 2005 hit Batman Begins. Begins was a surprise critical darling and extremely well made. It was shocking considering it was the first attempt at Batman in 8 years. Overall the first run at Batman on the big screen turned out to be a failure. No one expected Nolan to follow up his comic book debut with an even better film. It was unheard of for a sequel to better then its predecessor especially one on such a high level. Nolan proved us all wrong.
Turning this into a crime drama was one of the best ideas Nolan could have had. Delve further down the well of realism and bring more into the batman world. It's much easier to get behind a superhero when there is a since of realism to his or her …
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Rich - wrote on 2011-09-22 08:57
Was I the only one annoyed by the unnecessary vacuum noise throughout the majority of the movie? &nbsp;Vacuum cleaners do not build suspense in my book, they build irritation. &nbsp;This movie was good but not great. &nbsp;I am surprised it's still considered so popular. &nbsp;I personally prefer Batman Begins, which does make my top 50. &nbsp;
mplo - wrote on 2011-08-31 15:08
I, too saw The Dark Knight, in the movie theatre, when it first came out 3 years ago, and it was a wonderful movie. &nbsp;Both Christian Biale and (the late) Heath Ledger gave wonderful performances ini TKD. &nbsp;Too bad that Heath Ledger died so young. &nbsp;Heath Ledger's "Joker" was even more sinister and dangerous, as well as much craftier, than Jack Nicholson's Joker in Batman. &nbsp;The craftiness of Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight lent it an even more villainous edge.
SocialNikhil - wrote on 2011-01-21 08:02
It was an amazing movie with Nolan at his best and Christian Bale did justice to the role. Liked bad Batman Ending.&nbsp;
Michael W-K - wrote on 2010-06-13 14:12
I just watched it for the second time and I still find it to be very good film. I don't think it deserves to be&nbsp;#1&nbsp;or even in the top 10. Maybe in the 25-30 range.