You can thank the X-Men for all of your favorite Marvel movies.

In 2000, Bryan Singer and his creative team took a then-risk bringing Professor Xavier's mutants to the big screen -- grounding their mutant adventures into a very real, very gritty, world. This approach paid off, lighting the spark on the current comic book movie fad that -- directly or indirectly -- inspired other franchises, including those of the MCU and Christopher Nolan's Batman films.

In honor of Hugh Jackman's birthday this week, here's a definitive ranking of Wolverine and the rest of the X-Men's movie adventures.