X-Men Movies Ranked

by Pjtaylor-96-138044 | created - 29 Sep 2015 | updated - 05 Mar 2017 | Public

This is how I rank the movies in the X-men franchise, from best (#1) to worst.

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1. Logan (2017)

R | 137 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

In a future where mutants are nearly extinct, an elderly and weary Logan leads a quiet life. But when Laura, a mutant child pursued by scientists, comes to him for help, he must get her to safety.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook

Votes: 555,494 | Gross: $226.28M

My most anticipated film of the year did not disappoint, instead proving itself to be a masterfully crafted and deeply effecting action/thriller that stays with you long after the credits roll: it is brutal, somber, visceral, heart-breaking, nuanced, tragic and overall an amazingly accomplished piece of work in every possible way.

2. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy

Votes: 617,624 | Gross: $233.92M

This movie took the franchise back to it's roots, serving as an apt 'goodbye' to the original trilogy and it's cast while merging the new with the old. It focuses upon Wolverine again, this time taking him back to the seventies to stop the sentinels - mutant killing machines -from being created. The time-travel isn't the most complex and there are plenty of continuity errors, but this is a fun film with deeper characters as well as the action we've come to expect.

3. X2: X-Men United (2003)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

When anti-mutant Colonel William Stryker kidnaps Professor X and attacks his school, the X-Men must ally with their archenemy Magneto to stop him.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen

Votes: 479,421 | Gross: $214.95M

This entry improved upon the first in every way, adding character depth and more visceral action into the mix; it also added more emphasis on Wolverine and his mysterious past, as well as introducing great new characters like Nightcrawler.

4. X-Men: First Class (2011)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

In the 1960s, superpowered humans Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr work together to find others like them, but Erik's vengeful pursuit of an ambitious mutant who ruined his life causes a schism to divide them.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 606,792 | Gross: $146.41M

The planned reboot that turned into a canonical prequel, this entry jumps back to the sixties to show the origins of the X-Men and to shed some light on the eventually tumultuous relationship between 'Professor X' and 'Magneto.' It's a somewhat more mature affair, with less focus on CGI-heavy superhero battles and more on character development.

5. The Wolverine (2013)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

Wolverine comes to Japan to meet an old friend whose life he saved years ago, and gets embroiled in a conspiracy involving yakuza and mutants.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima

Votes: 399,888 | Gross: $132.56M

It may be a bit of an acquired taste, but I actually really like this entry. It plays it a little straighter and a little more serious right up until the final act, which is unfortunately another CGI filled mess. The 'Unleashed Extended Edition' actually adds to the overall effect, making for a generally better film due to it's added brutality.

6. X-Men (2000)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

In a world where mutants (evolved super-powered humans) exist and are discriminated against, two groups form for an inevitable clash: the supremacist Brotherhood, and the pacifist X-Men.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen

Votes: 534,361 | Gross: $157.30M

This first outing did a great job at setting up the characters and the world, the feature is certainly a pioneer for the genre. It is still a fun and entertaining watch despite it's occasional lack of action.

7. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

58 Metascore

The human government develops a cure for mutations, and Jean Gray becomes a darker uncontrollable persona called the Phoenix who allies with Magneto, causing escalation into an all-out battle for the X-Men.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen

Votes: 451,275 | Gross: $234.36M

I don't understand why this movie gets all the hate it does. Sure, it isn't as good as the two films it follows but it features some great action and is never dull. The characters and plot are both a little lacking, but there's enough here to keep you entertained.

8. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

52 Metascore

In the 1980s the X-Men must defeat an ancient all-powerful mutant, En Sabah Nur, who intends to thrive through bringing destruction to the world.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 353,377 | Gross: $155.44M

The main issue with this film is that the first hour-and-a-bit is dedicated purely to setting up the characters, leading to a long-winded and generally uninteresting experience. It picks up a little when the climax begins, but every character is ludicrously overpowered and the fights usually culminate in a lot of CGI that doesn't feel entirely tangible. Plus, Apocalypse is pretty underwhelming.

9. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

40 Metascore

The early years of James Logan, featuring his rivalry with his brother Victor Creed, his service in the special forces team Weapon X, and his experimentation into the metal-lined mutant Wolverine.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds, Danny Huston

Votes: 435,601 | Gross: $179.88M

This is the only movie in the X-men franchise that I'd consider 'bad'; it's poorly written, makes no sense, features generic CGI that is criminally unrealistic, it ruins what would be a great origin story and it is cheesy as all hell. A huge disappointment and a poor effort overall... at least Hugh Jackman is still trying.

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