All Fox X-Men Universe Movies Ranked!

From Flop to Fan Favorite: Ranking the X-Men Movies

Fox's X-Men universe ignited the superhero movie craze in 2000, spanning 13 movies and 2 TV shows. But not all heroes wear capes (or adamantium claws)! While some films soared to superhit status, others left fans feeling less than super.

With the buzz of Deadpool and Wolverine returning under Marvel, let's revisit the Fox X-Men universe, ranking the films based on their IMDb ratings.

Before we suit up, here's a quick recap of the X-Men cinematic timeline:
  • X-Men original trilogy
    • X-Men (2000)
    • X2 (2003)
    • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
  • Wolverine trilogy
    • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
    • The Wolverine (2013)
    • Logan (2017)
  • X-Men prequel films
    • X-Men: First Class (2011)
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
    • X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
    • Dark Phoenix (2019)
  • Deadpool films
    • Deadpool (2016)
    • Deadpool 2 (2018)
  • The New Mutants (2020)

  • Television
    • Legion (2017–2019)
    • The Gifted (2017–2019)

Now, let's unleash the rankings! We'll use IMDb ratings, with Rotten Tomatoes scores as a tiebreaker. Get ready for some mutant movie magic (and maybe a few cinematic misses)!

13. The New Mutants (2020) - IMDb: 5.3, Rotten Tomatoes: 36%
Plagued by production delays, this horror-tinged X-Men spin-off failed to capture the audience's imagination.

12. X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) - IMDb: 5.7, Rotten Tomatoes: 22%
This attempt to rekindle the "Dark Phoenix Saga" fell flat, failing to live up to the source material or previous X-Men films.

11. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) - IMDb: 6.5, Rotten Tomatoes: 38%
This Wolverine origin story deviated heavily from the comics, leaving fans clawed and disappointed.

10. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) - IMDb: 6.6, Rotten Tomatoes: 57%
The X-Men face a cure for mutations, dividing them and leading to an all-out war with Magneto and his followers. Though commercially successful, it received mixed reviews for its handling of complex themes and character arcs.

9. The Wolverine (2013) - IMDb: 6.7, Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
This solo Wolverine adventure offered a more grounded and emotional story but lacked the larger X-Man's universe connection.

8. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) - IMDb: 6.9, Rotten Tomatoes: 47%
Apocalypse's world-ending threat felt bloated and uninspired, despite some impressive visuals.

7. X-Men (2000) - IMDb: 7.3, Rotten Tomatoes: 64%
The film that started it all! While the effects haven't aged perfectly, this origin story for the X-Men holds a special place in many fans' hearts.

6. X2: X-Men United (2003) - IMDb: 7.4, Rotten Tomatoes: 68%
This sequel deepened the characters and explored the complexities of the mutant vs. human conflict, making it a true superhero film classic.

5. Deadpool 2 (2018) - IMDb: 7.6, Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
The Merc with a Mouth's sequel upped the action and humour, solidifying Deadpool's place as a fan favorite.

4. X-Men: First Class (2011) - IMDb: 7.7, Rotten Tomatoes: 65%
This prequel explores the early days of the X-Men, showcasing the complex relationship between Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) as they navigate the growing tensions between humans and mutants amidst the Cold War.

3. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) - IMDb: 7.9, Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
This ambitious time-travel adventure brought together the original and prequel casts, offering a satisfying conclusion to some storylines while setting the stage for future adventures (that never quite materialized).

2. Deadpool (2016) - IMDb: 8, Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
This R-rated action comedy breaks the mould, introducing the foul-mouthed, fourth-wall-breaking mercenary Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, who embarks on a dark and humorous mission to avenge his past.

1. Logan (2017) - IMDb: 8.1, Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
This emotional and gritty R-rated send-off for Wolverine is widely considered the best X-Men film, showcasing Hugh Jackman's incredible performance and offering a powerful story about legacy and mortality.

So there you have it, the Fox X-Men universe ranked from mutant masterpieces to films best left forgotten. While the numbers may not surprise seasoned fans, they do offer a helpful guide for revisiting these iconic (and sometimes infamous) movies.

For those seeking unforgettable moments, "Logan" stands out as a must-watch, showcasing a powerful and emotional send-off for Wolverine. But for a lighter trip down memory lane, films like "Deadpool" and "Deadpool 2" offer a dose of action, humour, and fourth-wall-breaking fun.

Ultimately, the choice is yours. However, when navigating the Fox X-Men cinematic universe, it's wise to consult this ranking – especially if you're short on time and want to avoid a cinematic disaster. While it's OK to skip films below 7 rating on  IMDb, some, like "The Wolverine (2013)", offer unique storylines and character development that shouldn't be overlooked. Ultimately, the choice of which X-Men films to revisit is yours. So, grab your popcorn and revisit those memories of Wolverine and Deadpool before heading to the cinema on July 26th to see your favourite characters now as part of the MCU!

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