The trailer for Dark Phoenix just dropped. I watched it four times and decided THS needed a ranking of the X-Men movies. I didn’t include either Deadpool films, regardless of the presence of X-Men characters seen on the screen. Anyhow, here is the official ranking of the X-Men movies, as done by me – a man who apparently knows movies better than he knows actual human interaction:
Drum roll please…
- Logan – Excellent writing, outstanding acting, grounded in reality, this film has it all going on. This is the gold standard of the franchise.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past (Rogue Cut) – This particular version, the Rogue Cut, ties the storyline together in a better, more cohesive way. An excellent blend of the old cast and the new. This film also gives us the best version of Peter Maximoff.
- X2 – This film was considered by some to be the best superhero film until the release of The Dark Knight. It still holds up today.
- X-Men – A good introduction, cinematically, to the world of the X-Men. This was mostly a generic film, but served its purpose well.
- X-Men: First Class – This soft reboot gave us James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as the believable embodiment of a young Xavier and Erik. It also has the best Wolverine cameo in the franchise.
- The Wolverine – This film is adapted from the 1982 Chris Claremont and Frank Miller series “Wolverine.” Fun fact – the samurai sword given to Wolverine makes a cameo in Logan.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past – This would rank higher if it were the only version. However “as is,” it doesn’t resonate like the Rogue Cut
- X-Men: Apocalypse – Jean Grey said it best with, “Well, at least we can all agree the third one’s always the worst.”
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine – No. Just, no.
- X-Men: The Last Stand – Hell no.
So there you have it. The “definitive” ranking of the X-Men movies, even though nobody asked for it and you may disagree.