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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8. X-Men (2000)

Picture this: the year is 2000, and superhero movies are about as common as a flying pig. Enter X-Men.

X-Men came swooping into theaters with the grace of a spandex-clad hero, ready to shake things up. This isn't just any movie - it's the trailblazer, the one that lit the fuse for the superhero boom we're living in today. Why does it snag the eighth spot out of the thirteen X-Men movies, you ask? Well, it's a bit like the cool grandparent of the franchise. Sure, it might not have all the flashy CGI and mind-bending plots we're used to now, but back in the day, it was the bee's knees. Trust me, my sister and I even beg our parents for Wolverine action figures because of this movie. X-Men introduced us to a world where being different wasn't just okay; it was your superpower. Characters like Wolverine, Storm, and Professor X became household names, setting the stage for all the mutants that would follow.

But let's be real, watching it now can feel a tad dated. I gotta admit that while recently rewatching this gem, I cringed a bit.

The special effects that once dazzled us now elicit more of a nostalgic chuckle than awe. And the leather costumes? They scream Y2K fashion crisis. However, what keeps X-Men firmly in the heart of fans and at a respectable eighth place is its charm and significance. It didn't just introduce characters; it brought to life the struggles and triumphs of being an outsider, wrapped up in a superhero package. This movie laid the groundwork, proving that yes, there's a massive audience for these kinds of stories. It's like the wise old mentor of the X-Men saga, not without its quirks but deserving of respect for paving the way for the dazzling cinematic universe we've come to love.

So, while it might not have the polish of its younger siblings, X-Men holds a special place in the lineage, celebrated for igniting the spark and bringing superheroes back into the limelight, limitations of its era and all.