Let's face it -- prequels, for the most part, suck. They tend to be even lamer than sequels, which, though often repetitive and pointless, at least get to launch from the previous film's endpoint. Prequels, on the other hand, are forced to operate within the universe of the original movie and can't stray far from the established order of the story that they're leading up to.

So, with 'X-Men: First Class' going back to the JFK years to show how Professor Xavier and Magneto originally pulled the whole mutant funky bunch together, let's look back at the best and worst that the prequel genre has to offer:
The Godfather, Part II Movie Poster
The Godfather, Part II
Based on 12 critics

The compelling sequel to "The Godfather," contrasting the life of Corleone father and son. Traces the... Read More

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Movie Poster
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Based on 14 critics

The second of the Lucas/Spielberg Indiana Jones epics is set a year or so before the events in Raiders... Read More

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Hannibal Rising
Based on 30 critics

After witnessing the violent deaths of his parents at the end of World War II, young Hannibal Lecter... Read More

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Butch and Sundance: The Early Days
In Theaters on 1979

Prequel to the 1969 western "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" in which a gang of bank robbers arrive... Read More