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The Most Outstanding X-Men Movies Of All Times

Here’s a question that’s been swirling around in our head since we first saw Logan: Is it really the best X-Men movie? The franchise was at the forefront of the “superhero boom” earlier this century, and in the decade and a half since then, it has offered us some of the best and most iconic films in cinematic history. So, even when Logan is undoubtedly the best Wolverine movie, its position in the competition with other X-Men blockbusters is still a question for sure.

So, which X-Men movies do you think are the best? Here come our pick for the top 5, scroll down and check it out!

#1. X2: X-Men United (2003)

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While the original X Men (2000) also featured embarrassing black feather costumes and a young Hugh Jackman, it was never quite the same as the later films. And although the cast (which included Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and, yes, newcomer Hugh Jackman) was totally perfect, the number of starring roles was surprisingly small for a well-known series with a list of unique characters.

Anything X Men did, X2 did it better. The incredible team of mutants had grown a lot thanks to the appearance of Nightcrawler, Iceman, and Pyro. And while Magneto and Mystique remained arch-enemies with Xavier & Co, we also had other villains like William Stryker, Jason Stryker and Lady Deathstrike. The story was more ambitious, the special effects were better, and the action scenes – especially the opening scene with Nightcrawler in the White House – were way more impressive.

#2. X-Men: First Class (2011)

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After X-Men United, Fox struggled to find its place for a while. The studio carried on with its X-Men journey with a quite bad movie – X-Men: The Last Stand, and then continued with even a worse one – X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It didn’t produce anything great until almost a decade later, but thankfully, the result was well worth the wait.

The prequel First Class successfully did something every previous X-Men movie failed to do: making itself fun and interesting. It re-imagined the franchise as a super-powered Bond movie with younger and more eccentric characters who put in colorful costumes that brightened up the scene. The direction was vibrant, the action was contagious, and everyone – including Xavier – was surely a blast. It even managed to heal some of Wolverine’s wounds.

#3. Deadpool (2016)

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Deadpool was the first X-Men movie after the reboot of the timeline from Days of Future Past, and there had been a lot of speculations surrounding this project. It was the first R-rated film in the series, the first without Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, and the first to be mostly a comedy. They even kept the same actor who played Deadpool in the disaster X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a movie people would rather forget.

As it turned out, when given the space to be the character he was designed to be in the first place, Deadpool could be as beloved by fans on the big screen as he had proven to be in the comics. Despite the significantly stretched budget, Deadpool was one of the most marvelous and funniest action movies of the year.

#4. Logan (2017)

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James Mangold was also the director of The Wolverine. However, contrary to the failure of that 2013 debut, this new Logan marked an improvement in James Mangold’s directing and storytelling style in the world of mutants. Logan was also the last appearance of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine on the big screen, and perhaps that fact had contributed to creating the catalyst that made both James Mangold and the film crew get more emotional, thereby putting more effort and thoughts into their brainchild.

As one critic has said, Logan is a movie that makes you feel like your own youth is passing before your eyes. That’s true indeed. All those fights, all those chases, all those wonderfully choreographed skirmishes, after all, only prove how cruel time is. And sometimes, in order to move towards the futre, we have to let go of something in the past.

#5. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

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Days of Future Past is probably the best movie in this franchise so far, it’s even on par with other smash hits of the same genre like The Avengers and The Dark Knight. While fans of the comics might hate the way they retold that team story and pushed Wolverine into the leading role, it was definitely a suitable change in the context of all X-Men movies.

This part is without a doubt the most ambitious film in the series to date as it was set simultaneously in two separate time periods with two generations of X-Men, and focused on two parallel storylines. It’s everything we’ve ever wanted in an X-Men movie, and every detail happened so easily that they made us wonder why it took seven movies and fourteen years just to get it right.

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