Every X-Men movie ranked

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You can thank the X-Men for all of your favorite comic book movies. Their successful first effort set the tone for everything from the MCU to Christopher Nolan's iconic Batman films.


13. 'Dark Phoenix' (2019)

The X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe when one of their own, Jean Grey, starts to spiral out of control. During a rescue mission in outer space, Jean is nearly killed when she's hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. The X-Men must now band together to save her soul and battle aliens that want to use Grey's new abilities to rule the galaxy.

Dark Phoenix
"The Phoenix will rise."
60
PG-131 hr 54 minJun 7th, 2019


12. 'The New Mutants' (2020)

Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.

The New Mutants
"It's time to face your demons."
63
PG-131 hr 34 minAug 28th, 2020


11. 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' (2009)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2009

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Thanks to studio-mandated fan-service (too many mutant cameos), Wolverine is relegated to a supporting role in his own movie -- which is full of terrible CG and even more terrible narrative choices. The worst of the worst? “Magic” memory-wiping bullets and a face palm-y depiction of Deadpool (pictured), where the Merc with the Mouth has his mouth fused shut. Yep, that happened.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine
"Witness the Origin."
63
PG-131 hr 47 minApr 30th, 2009


10. 'X-Men: The Last Stand' (2006)

X-Men: The Last Stand 2006

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We'd cry too, Logan, if this movie was on our resume. Hell, we still angry cry whenever we think of this epic misfire, that thinks killing a hero, Cyclops, off-screen is a good idea. From “I'm the Juggernaut, bitch!” to pretty much every other scene is this lackluster sequel, 'X-Men: The Last Stand' nearly sets a franchise record for packing in so many wrong things into a normal-sized movie.

X-Men: The Last Stand
"Take a Stand"
64
PG-131 hr 44 minMay 26th, 2006


9. 'X-Men: Apocalypse' (2016)

X-Men: Apocalypse 2016

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Nevermind that a decade passes between these new prequels and the cast barely ages a day. And ignore all the negative reviews – “X-Men: Apocalypse” is an entertaining disaster epic starring your favorite mutants that achieves some emotionally resonate moments that call back to Bryan Singer's first film in the series. What doesn't work is Singer's seemingly uninspired visual direction and yet another story about proving there's still good in the really bad Magneto -- who ultimately (shocker) turns good just in time (again!) after spending much of the soulless third act floating purposelessly in a swirl of CG. Also, it's hard not to just feel bad for Oscar Isaac, under gobs of make-up, as the titular villain.

X-Men: Apocalypse
"Only the strong will survive"
65
PG-132 hr 24 minMay 27th, 2016


8. 'Deadpool 2' (2018)

Deadpool 2 2018

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“Deadpool 2” isn’t a bad movie, per se, but it lacks the surprise and spontaneity that made the first movie so much fun. While undoubtedly entertaining, with MORE of everything -- more characters (including Zazie Beatz’s charming performance as Domino), more action set pieces (mostly involving Deadpool facing off against time traveling bad-ass Josh Brolin), and much more blood (it really flirts with an NC-17, which makes the PG-13 cut even more baffling) – without much in the way of dividends. And worst of all, the big emotional moment in the first act is undone by the credits.

Deadpool 2
"Prepare for the Second Coming."
75
R1 hr 59 minMay 10th, 2018


7. 'X-Men' (2000)

X-Men 2000

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Despite criticisms that the film plays out like an extended trailer for a bigger (potentially better) movie, Bryan Singer's initial "X-Men" is a confidently-executed introduction to the mutants -- filled with powerful Holocaust imagery and strong thematic ideas wrapped around asking: what would life be like if one were a mutant? Answer: More trips on jets that live under a basketball court and lots of fights atop NYC landmarks.

X-Men
"Evolution Begins"
70
PG-131 hr 44 minJul 12th, 2000


6. 'The Wolverine' (2013)

The Wolverine 2013

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Two thirds of this movie capture the brooding, lone wolf thing that fans love in their Wolverine stories -- especially this one, which finally brings the character's Japan arc to the screen. "The Wolverine's" last third, however, goes off the rails with a weird showdown between Wolverine and a DNA-sucking Silver Samurai (don't ask). Hugh Jackman gives his best performance to date as our favorite X-Men, finally given something really meaty to play as Logan struggles with the consequences of outliving all those he will or could ever love. And bonus points for that very inventive mid-point fight atop a bullet train.

The Wolverine
"When he's most vulnerable, he's most dangerous."
64
PG-132 hr 6 minJul 25th, 2013


5. 'Deadpool' (2016)

Deadpool 2016

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It's ironic that the one movie set in the X-Men universe that doesn't (technically) feature Wolverine has proven to be the most successful and beloved of the bunch. "Deadpool" freed moviegoers from the increasingly convoluted continuity of the main films to deliver a gleefully funny, raunchy and self-aware story of an assassin getting in touch with his inner hero.

Deadpool
"Witness the beginning of a happy ending"
76
R1 hr 48 minFeb 12th, 2016


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

X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014

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"X-Men: Days of Future Past" serves as both a sequel (ish) to "X-Men: First Class" and a ret-con of the original X-Men films, as the laws of physics are literally broken via time travel to bridge the two casts. Bryan Singer's first X-Men film since 2003 is one of his best; an assured, "Terminator"-inspired adventure that boasts the biggest production values the series has ever seen.

X-Men: Days of Future Past
"To save the future, they must alter the past"
75
PG-132 hr 12 minMay 23rd, 2014


3. 'X-Men: First Class' (2011)

X-Men: First Class 2011

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Magneto's James Bond-inspired Nazi hunt is just one of the many great things about this 1960s-set prequel. It's basically "Magneto Begins" or maybe "Professor X: Year One," as we watch the birth of the X-Men -- a genesis which finds them struggling to stop World War III by way of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

X-Men: First Class
X-Men: First Class
"Witness the moment that will change our world."
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PG-132 hr 12 minMay 25th, 2011


2. 'Logan' (2017)

Logan 2017

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With "Logan" director and co-writer James Mangold set out to deliver a definitive and R-rated comic book movie for adults. One that explores the cost of being an aging superhero full of bone-deep regret. The end result is a violent, and at times, tear-jerking affair that makes it hard to let go of Hugh Jackman's iconic take on the character.

Logan
"His time has come"
78
R2 hr 17 minMar 3rd, 2017


1. 'X2: X-Men United' (2003)

X2: X-Men United 2003

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It's the "Wrath of Khan" of the X-Men films, as our heroes team up with their enemy to battle an even bigger threat -- Col. Stryker, who wants to wipe out mutant-kind. The character-driven storyline and impressive set pieces, including a harrowing dogfight with the X-Jet, make "X2" one of the best comic book films ever.

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X2
"The time has come for those who are different to stand united."
70
PG-132 hr 13 minMay 2nd, 2003