All X-Men Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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What if you woke up one day and were... different? That's the central question posed by the world of the X-Men, the fictional mutant superheroes created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. In 2000, the colorful characters made the leap from comics to the movies. All X-Men movies share similar themes of mutant rights and good versus evil, but each film takes a slightly different approach to the superhero story. This is a list of the greatest X-Men movies ranked from best to worst.

What films will you find on this list of X-Men movies? X-Men: First Class rebooted the series in 2011, going back to the 1960s to focus on the complex relationship of Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr. The darkly comic Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds, is a fan-favorite spin-off in the X-Men franchise. Other movies featured on this list include Logan, X2, and the original film, X-Men.

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    • Actors: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry
    • Directed by: Bryan Singer
    In X-Men: Days of Future Past, it's a race against time as Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent into the past by Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen). His mission: To prevent an apocalyptic future dominated by Sentinels, robotic enforcers targeting mutants. Teaming up with a younger Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), they grapple with their past selves to alter the course of history. A sci-fi action thriller, this film won Saturn Awards for Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture and Best DVD/Blu-ray Special Edition Release in 2015.

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  • X2: X-Men United
    2
    816 votes
    • Actors: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen
    • Directed by: Bryan Singer
    In the superhero sequel, X-Men 2, our band of mutants, led by Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), are back in action. They face a formidable foe in William Stryker (Brian Cox), a military man with a personal vendetta against their kind. As Stryker launches an attack on Xavier's school, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Storm (Halle Berry), and the rest of the team rally to protect their haven and uncover secrets from Logan's mysterious past. This action-packed film blends thrilling combat sequences and compelling character drama while exploring themes of discrimination and acceptance. The movie has been lauded for its impressive special effects and strong performances, particularly from Jackman and Ian McKellen as Magneto.

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  • Logan
    3
    2017
    1,050 votes
    • Actors: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen
    • Directed by: James Mangold
    In the gritty drama Logan, Hugh Jackman reprises his role as the weary, aging Wolverine. Set in a dystopian future, our protagonist is tasked with safeguarding Laura (Dafne Keen), a young mutant girl, from dark forces. Patrick Stewart returns as Charles Xavier, struggling with deteriorating health but still offering guidance to Logan. The film, directed by James Mangold, is a departure from traditional superhero narratives, delving into themes of mortality and legacy. It was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 90th Academy Awards - a first for a superhero movie.

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  • X-Men: First Class
    4
    863 votes
    • Actors: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones
    • Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
    X-Men: First Class, a vivid tapestry of action and drama, unspools the genesis of the X-Men saga. In this robust prequel, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), who are yet to become Professor X and Magneto respectively, join forces against the dire threat posed by Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon). Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, it showcases their transformation from close friends into bitter adversaries. The film, interspersed with thrilling sequences and notable performances, won accolades for its narrative depth and visual effects. It's an intriguing exploration of loyalty, ideology, and origin, leading up to the birth of two conflicting factions in the mutant world.

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  • X-Men
    5
    2000
    720 votes
    • Actors: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, James Marsden
    • Directed by: Bryan Singer
    In the action-packed superhero film X-Men, humanity grapples with the emergence of mutants, individuals born with extraordinary abilities. Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), a powerful telepath, seeks peaceful coexistence between humans and mutants, establishing a school for gifted youngsters. His former friend, Erik Lehnsherr (Ian McKellen), now Magneto, harbors a more aggressive approach towards human-mutant relations. The movie follows Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Rogue (Anna Paquin), two confused mutants drawn into this ideological conflict. Directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men sets the stage for an epic saga that explores themes of acceptance and identity.
  • Deadpool
    6
    919 votes
    • Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller
    • Directed by: Tim Miller
    In the genre-bending action-comedy Deadpool, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative turned mercenary. After being subjected to rogue experimentation that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, he adopts the alter ego Deadpool. With his dark humor and penchant for breaking the fourth wall, Deadpool seeks revenge on the man who nearly destroyed his life. Morena Baccarin stars as Vanessa, Wade's love interest, while Ed Skrein plays Ajax, the villainous subject of Deadpool's wrath. This movie has won several awards including two Critics' Choice Awards and a Golden Trailer award. It's a wild ride through unexpected twists and turns, balancing intense action sequences with sharp wit.

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