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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1. Logan (2017)

I will say I've only watched this movie once and I don't think I'll ever watch it again solely because I nearly dehydrated myself while crying my eyes out.

I remember settling in for a movie night, popcorn in hand, ready to dive into the world of mutants, mayhem, and Hugh Jackman. But instead of the usual spandex-clad heroes saving the day with a wink and a smile, Logan threw me the mother of all curveballs. This isn't your typical X-Men movie. No, sir. This is a raw, unfiltered look at our favorite adamantium-clawed hero, Wolverine, but like we've never seen him before. Imagine Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven, but with more growling and stabbing.

Logan is set in a near future where mutants are nearly extinct, and our hero is now a grizzled old man whose healing factor ain't what it used to be. He's tired, he's beaten down, and he's just trying to care for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But then comes a young mutant, Laura, with powers eerily similar to his own. Cue the road trip from hell, with bad guys in hot pursuit.

Now, why does Logan stand at the pinnacle of the X-Men movie mountain? It's simple: it dared to be different.

While the other X-Men movies are like a spectacular fireworks show of superpowers and battles, Logan is the quiet, burning ember that stays with you long after the fireworks display ends. It strips away the gloss and fantasy to deliver a story that's as much about aging, loss, and redemption as it is about superhero brawls. Hugh Jackman gives the performance of his Wolverine career, bringing depth and vulnerability to a character that could easily have been a one-dimensional tough guy. The movie's R-rating allows it to explore darker themes and more brutal action scenes, making it a gritty, no-holds-barred finale to Wolverine's journey.

Logan is not just a great superhero movie; it's a great movie, period. And that's why it ranks numero uno out of the 13 X-Men films. It's a bold, beautiful goodbye to a beloved character, served straight up with no chaser.

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