Every X-Men Movie Ranked
With Logan now out on Blu-ray, we decided to rank every X-Men movie released so far!
9. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
By far the worst film of the bunch, X-Men Origins: Wolverine actually delivers a solid story about the mysterious history of the series' most intriguing character, but it all gets muddled by the crowded cast, pointless cameos, jumbled editing, and terrible visual effects. It was originally supposed to be a small, self-contained story about the relationship between James Howlett and his brother Victor Creed a.k.a. Sabretooth, who is the stand out int he movie as played by Liev Schrieber. However, it ended up being a cash-grab by the studio who interfered with the production too much by adding too many characters into the mix. Hugh Jackman gives it his all, but even his great performance can't overcome an overstuffed narrative and some silly, over-the-top action scenes.
8. X-Men: The Last Stand
After giving fans two of the greatest comic book films made up until that point, director Bryan Singer left the franchise for a break, so the impatient studio brought in Brett Ratner to helm the third film in the series. That proved to be a mistake as he brought a jarringly stylistic approach to the trilogy capper. Also, he shockingly killed off some major characters for no good reason. This one also suffers from introducing too many new characters and juggling to many storylines. If they had picked either the Cure or Dark Phoenix plots, stuck with it, and only brought in a couple of new mutants it would've worked much better. At least the original cast still delivers good performances, there are a few good action moments, and the visual effects are outstanding.
7. X-Men: Apocalypse
When Bryan Singer returned to the franchise with Days of Future Past, fans rejoiced that the man who started it all had come back to the franchise he stared. Unfortunately, his follow-up to that excellent time-travel adventure was a bit of a dud. Apocalypse as a character isn't explored enough, although Oscar Isaac gives a striking performance, and not enough time is spent with the younger versions of the original characters we all liked from the first trilogy. That deleted scene of the kids in the mall was brilliant and should've made the final cut which would've helped balance the tone out a bit instead of all the doom and gloom we ended up with. It's not a bad movie, though, thanks to the astounding action and effects, as well as any scenes with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender.
6. The Wolverine
Looking to go in a different direction after fan backlash over the first Wolverine spin-off, Fox let visionary writer and director James Mangold take over the character with a film based on the popular comic book Samurai Saga by Frank Miller. Jackman himself was a big fan of that storyline and they adapted it very well to the big screen. Some awesome action scenes and a more grounded approach to the filmmaking made this one stand out as one of the better entries in the series. The Japan setting and lack of well-known mutant characters help set it apart as we, like Wolverine, feel like a fish out of water. It's also very character-centric and feels smaller and more intimate than the rest.
5. X-Men: Days of Future Past
Bringing together the cast of the prequel/reboot First Class and the original trilogy was a daunting task which is why only Bryan Singer could do it. He began the journey with these characters and only he could give their story the ending and new beginning they deserved. It's full of some of the best action sequences to date, haunting music, and amazing visual effects. The characters are explored much further and every actor is on their A-game here. Days of Future Past embraces the sci-fi elements of the franchise like no other and it works so well.
4. X2: X-Men United
Perhaps the best superhero movie sequel ever made, Singer's follow-up to the first X-Men movie is everything a good sequel is. More epic in scope and scale, this one has lots of pulse-pounding action, dives deeper into each character's psyche, and the overall mythology of this not-too-distant future world. Plus, this is where Jackman really came into his own in the role of Wolverine as he unleashes some extra-special acting. It's an emotional tale with a heartbreaking ending and some of the most memorable lines and scenes in any X-Men movie.
3. X-Men: First Class
Making a prequel to or rebooting any major franchise is extremely difficult, especially when the characters are as well known and beloved as the X-Men. Somehow, director Matthew Vaughn pulled it off with First Class which gave us the in-depth backstories of our favorite mutants. Casting was key here as they went after top up-and-coming talent for the main roles of Professor X and Magneto. The incredible performances of McAvoy and Fassbender almost make you forget about Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen as they add layers to these characters which were only hinted at before. It's a great story and maybe the most fun and colorful entry in the entire franchise which boldly announced a new generation of X-Men to the world.
This is where it all started. A young director, a mostly unknown cast, and groundbreaking visual effects made this the surprise hit of summer 2000. Even after 17 years it remains a monumental success in every aspect of the filmmaking from writing to action, to production design to costumes, to music and editing. It's simple, yet complex, featuring a unique storyline that the filmmakers took seriously which helped set it apart from some of the sillier superhero movies that came before. This one's responsible for the modern era of audiences obsession with comic book movies.
The best X-Men movie is the most recent. Since this was Hugh Jackman's final turn as the character that made him famous, the studio let writer and director James Mangold have free reign to create the story he and Hugh had wanted to send Logan off with. It's a harrowing tale of survival and family which basically sums up the entire X-Men saga. Here we really get to know exactly who Logan is, what makes him tick, and witness how he's changed since first meeting Professor X all those years ago. Mangold tells the story brilliantly through every frame of film and Jackman gives the performance of a lifetime in what ends up being a fitting final chapter for one of the best characters in modern cinema.