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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11. The New Mutants (2020)

This movie is the cinematic equivalent of a teenager going through an identity crisis.

The New Mutants had us all excited with it being all set to blend horror with superhero vibes, a recipe that could have been as tantalizing as popcorn mixed with M&Ms. Instead, what we got in 2020 was a bit like getting a bag of just the popcorn, where half of it is kinda burnt. It's not that it didn't have the kernels of a great idea - it's just that it couldn't quite pop all the way. Critics and fans alike were peeking through their fingers, not out of fear but in confusion, trying to figure out if this movie was trying to scare them or lead them on a detour through the X-Men universe. And oh, the delays! It was like waiting for your pizza for so long that you're not hungry anymore by the time it arrives.

Now, ranking it at 11 out of the 13 X-Men movies isn't just about throwing darts at a board while blindfolded. The New Mutants found itself in this spot because it was like showing up to a costume party not sure if it's Halloween or a superhero gala. On one hand, it flirted with horror, teasing us with the chance to see our mutant heroes face their fears in a way we hadn't seen before. Yet, it fell short, stumbling over its own ambitions and never fully embracing the dark, twisted corridors it hinted at exploring. It didn't help that it felt like a distant cousin at the X-Men family reunion, recognizable but not quite fitting in.

The effort to stand out was there, bless its heart, but it ended up being more of a curiosity in the X-Men saga - a movie with the right ingredients, but a recipe that didn't quite cook up to expectations.