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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3. Deadpool (2016)

Alright, let's talk about why Deadpool absolutely killed it and landed itself the bronze medal in the grand X-Men Olympics.

First off, this movie was like that one guest at a party who doesn't just break the ice; he dynamites it. Deadpool was a breath of fresh, albeit slightly scandalous air, in a genre that was becoming as predictable as my grandma's Sunday roast (it's truly delicious but you know what you're getting every time). It wasn't just a superhero movie; it was a cheeky love letter to the genre, complete with a wink and a nudge. Deadpool took the rulebook, tore it to shreds, and then taped it back together in a gloriously irreverent collage. Mixing snort-laugh-inducing humor, kick-ass action, and a surprisingly sweet romance, it delivered something fans didn't even know they were craving. Also, Morena Baccarin is a fellow Brazilian, so it only makes the movie even better for me.

But why does it rank so damn high among its X-Men brethren? Two words: Authenticity and Audacity.

Ryan Reynolds didn't just play Deadpool - he was Deadpool, embodying the character's chaotic charm and breaking the fourth wall like it was made of sugar glass. The movie captured the essence of the comic book Deadpool with such precision, you'd think it was traced. It was the first of its kind to not only embrace but revel in its R-rating, setting the stage for others to follow. It proved that superhero movies could be raunchy, violent, and heartfelt all at once, and still be a box office smash. In the grand tapestry of X-Men movies, Deadpool stands out for being unapologetically itself - a rogue element that rewrote the rules and, in doing so, earned its spot as the third-best X-Men movie of all time.

It's the wild, wise-cracking cousin who shows up, steals the show, and leaves you wondering, "What the heck just happened?" but in the best way possible.