All 13 X-Men movies ranked from worst to best

They're all a blend of high-octane action, complex characters, and, let's be honest, a timeline more tangled than the headphones in your pocket, but which X-Men movie takes the number 1 spot?

087_ad_3690_v3099_left.1073_2 – Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), the original and most powerful mutant, embarks on a path of global destruction. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.
087_ad_3690_v3099_left.1073_2 – Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), the original and most powerful mutant, embarks on a path of global destruction. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox. /
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5. X2: X-Men United (2003)

This. This is the movie my sister and I used to be able to quote verbatim while playing with our Wolverine and NIghtcrawler action figures, chasing after our dog Sugar. The good ol' days.

Imagine stepping into a world where mutants are just trying to fit in, and then X2: X-Men United hits you with an opening scene that's like a fireworks display of mutant powers at the White House. This isn't just any old sequel; it's like the cool, older sibling of the original X-Men movie that knows a lot more tricks. Released in 2003, this cinematic gem climbed its way to the number 5 spot among the 13 X-Men movies with the grace of Nightcrawler teleporting through a security detail. Why? Because it took everything we loved about the first movie - the struggle for acceptance, the clash of ideologies between Magneto and Professor X, and those awesome mutant abilities - and dialed it up to 11. The movie didn't just reheat the leftovers; it served up a whole new feast that left fans and critics alike begging for seconds.

But X2 isn't just a showcase of mutant mayhem; it's a masterclass in character development. This movie goes deep, peeling back layers to show us the fears, hopes, and dreams of its characters. Wolverine digs into his mysterious past, we see the softer side of Rogue, and even get a glimpse of the humanity behind Magneto's metal-bending façade. This isn't just mutants showing off - it's a heartfelt exploration of what it means to be different, to belong, and to stand united against a common threat. It's this blend of adrenaline-pumping action and genuine emotional depth that cements X2: X-Men United firmly in the fifth spot.

It's yet another movie equivalent of a Swiss Army knife: versatile, packed with features, and ready to tackle just about anything. No wonder it's remembered as one of the highlights of the X-Men saga.