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Every Hugh Jackman Movie Ranked Worst To Best

An entertainer of the highest order, Hugh Jackman was born to thrive on a stage, be it one in front of the lens of a camera or an audience on Broadway. Jackman began acting in school and spent the last five years of the 20th century kicking around his native Australia in various TV and stage roles before relocating to America and becoming a household name. 

At the time, Scottish actor Dougray Scott was slated to play Wolverine in the 2000 film "X-Men." When Tom Cruise wouldn't let Scott do it, Jackman got the role. He hasn't looked back since.

Nowadays, accepting a superhero role is a no-brainer; back then, believe it or not, it was considered a gamble that could result in career-ending typecasting as a guy in tights. Nevertheless, Jackman was playing the role of a Marvel hero on screen long before it became mainstream. And it would be that very role that would carry him through 9 appearances as the bladed mutant, right up to 2017's critically-acclaimed hit "Logan."

Superheroes aside, Jackman has orchestrated a career of varied roles across multiple genres. He's even put his vocal talents to use on the silver screen in films such as "Les Misérables" and "The Greatest Showman." In the public eye, Jackman is charming and thoughtful, always putting his best foot forward. Jackman is well-known for his philanthropic efforts, participating in a wide range of charity events through his social media platforms. 

More than twenty years after he first took Hollywood by storm, it's amazing to look back on Jackman's impressive output. Here's a ranking of every movie he's ever made.

27. Deception (2008)

As the name implies, this film is a thriller rooted in the art of deception. Jonathan McQuarry (Ewan McGregor) is a lowly accountant who strikes up a sudden friendship with a boisterous lawyer by the name of Wyatt Bose (Hugh Jackman). During their whirlwind friendship, they mistakenly switch phones and Jonathan receives a call on Wyatt's phone inviting him to participate in a sex club. He does so out of curiosity. Wyatt later prods Jonathan to continue his sexual adventures in this newfound exclusive club. Eventually, however, Jonathan begins connecting with individuals in the club who he recognizes and learns more about Wyatt than he, perhaps, wanted to.

Despite A-listers like Jackman, McGregor, and the talented Michelle Williams, the film was lambasted for its contrived plot and predictability. Furthermore, the film's shallow writing and dialogue left a lot to be desired. As a result, "Deception" garnered a mostly negative reception from film critics.

26. Swordfish (2001)

This Dominic Sena thriller came at the height of the John Travolta renaissance and made headlines for Halle Berry's topless scene (she was paid $250k per breast); it also had the audacity to lift a bus with a helicopter over Los Angeles, making for some amazing sightings around the City of Angels. 

Jackman landed his first high-profile non-Wolverine role as a hacker on parole from past FBI intrusions. When he meets a pair of shady characters (Berry and Travolta) who coerce him into carrying out additional cyber breaches with the promise of a hefty payday, he finds himself caught up in a web of espionage, murder and sexual intrigue.

It sounds like a promising setup, but "Swordfish" ultimately didn't whisper the password most viewers were hoping for. The film's visual stylings were largely viewed as lackluster, the plot thin and meandering, and all these years later "Swordfish" is about as memorable as a meal you ate in 2001.

25. Pan (2015)

A big-budget film that attempted to retell the story of Peter Pan and his villainous rival Captain Hook as an origin story, the villain role of this box-office dud went to Hugh Jackman as the pirate Blackbeard. Hook isn't quite a captain yet in this film, being simply called James Hook. The film hinged on the concept that Blackbeard brought darkness into Neverland as he enslaved its inhabitants to mine fairy dust to help him retain ageless immortality.

While the film was obviously setting up a world where sequels would be made to flesh out this new look at Peter Pan and Captain Hook, the film was critically panned (pun intended), and a box office failure gave way to an abrupt end to this tale. Ultimately, "Pan" relied too heavily on its hefty budget, falling in love with stiff CGI effects resulting in a leaden romp that went big on spectacle and thin on any character-driven narratives. Track it down if you're a Jackman fan and want to see a rare villainous turn from the star; otherwise, this is a fairy tale unworthy of any bedtime. 

24. Butter (2011)

If you ever wanted to watch a "comedy" about butter, this 2011 film is likely the only chance you'll ever get. Because when it came to the box office, this movie certainly didn't do much cooking.

The flick tells the story of a champion butter sculptor (Ty Burrell), banned from competing in a competition simply because the Iowa State Fair believes others should have an opportunity to compete and win. His wife (Jennifer Garner) decides to compete instead — and also begins dating her former high school flame (Hugh Jackman), convincing him to help her sabotage the competition.

While the film had a unique premise, its satirical elements missed the mark. The characters were more cartoonish than the story called for, and the film's parodies of prominent political figures of the moment have left it dated barely a decade later. The film ultimately received mixed reviews from critics, who apparently preferred a "Butter" alternative.

23. Reminiscence (2021)

This sci-fi thriller with Jackman in the role of a tortured entrepreneur arrived mid-pandemic with much hype, and little satisfaction. 

Set in a distant future where global warming has caused mass flooding and forced much of humanity to become nocturnal, Jackman's character and his friend (Thandiwe Newton) own a business that allows their clients to relive memories. This "Eternal Sunshine of the Convoluted Mind" then brings in a mysterious client (Rebecca Ferguson) hoping to find her misplaced keys. When the Jackman character becomes infatuated with her and they begin a relationship, it ends in heartache when she suddenly disappears. He becomes lost in memories of her, desperately grasping at possible clues about her disappearance.

Despite its attempts to construct a memorable mystery, "Reminiscence" doesn't offer much worth remembering. In a world where reliving memories of better times is the basis of a successful business model, times are pretty dreary. Many critics felt that while there was little wrong with the film's narrative, its doom and gloom futurism didn't do much to set itself apart from others in the genre. In the end, critics gave "Reminiscence" a mixed reception.

22. Chappie (2015)

Everybody loved "District 9," right? As a result Hollywood gave writer/director Neil Blomkamp carte blanche to follow it up, receiving in return ... "Elysium" and possibly the most annoying film of the past decade, "Chappie." It might just be the most disappointing sophomore and junior efforts since Richard Kelly followed "Donnie Darko" with "Southland Tales" and "The Box."

"Chappie" asks big questions about when a sentient consciousness assumes the characteristics of life, following a scientist who helps design weaponized robots for policing and his jealous rival (Jackman). Jackman sports a killer mullet and a tinge of ferocity as he becomes determined to one-up his competitor — who creates a true-to-life A.I. and implants it into a damaged robot later named Chappie.

The flick didn't win over critics over or audiences, receiving a mixed reception. The characters in the film aren't likable, feel one-dimensional, and never really go anywhere. Chappie was clearly intended to be the heart and soul of the film, but instead became its A.I. albatross.

21. Van Helsing (2004)

Hugh Jackman's first real bomb, "Van Helsing" was a movie that actually made a decent amount of money on the back of the on-the-rise actor's reputation at the time. But considering its intentions as a blockbuster designed to launch franchises and birth sequels, it was a CG-disaster that felt like a horror film in more ways than one.

Jackman was cast as the famed vampire hunter in this Universal monsters-grounded cross-over film that reimagined Van Helsing as a slick, crossbow-wielding action hero

After hunting and killing Mr. Hyde, Van Helsing is sent to Transylvania to slay Dracula at the behest of a Holy Order. Of course, Killing Dracula is a far greater challenge than Van Helsing may have imagined. And vampires aren't the only concern of the swashbuckling monster-slaying hero. Werewolves are ever-present, and Frankenstein enters the picture later in the film.

A would-be crowd-pleaser that somehow managed to please no one, "Van Helsing" is the sort of movie best enjoyed when you turn off your brain — and writer/director Stephen Sommers seems to have enjoyed himself too much. Critics didn't find the substance they were apparently looking for in an action film about monsters, and Van Helsing flamed out fast at the box office, even if did manage to reach the beloved $100 million domestic metric.

20. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

At some point this list will start getting to the "good" Hugh Jackman movies, but first there must be some acknowledgement of a film best left forgotten — undoubtedly the worst of Jackman's Wolverine appearances.

Possibly the most disliked film in the "X-Men" series, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" marked Jackman's first solo Wolverine adventure. The film highlights the origins of the Marvel mutant hero, who is at least a couple centuries old and has fought in every major military engagement since the Civil War. Paired alongside his brother Victor (Liev Schreiber) for much of this existence, the pair eventually part ways over Victor's insatiable bloodlust, with our hero content to go live a life of solitude. When Victor re-emerges, however, and seemingly kills his brother's love interest, the plot kicks in. Of course, this is all part of a ploy by Wolverine nemesis Stryker (Danny Huston) to experiment on him, giving our favorite mutant the metal claws and reinforced skeleton that makes him Wolverine.

The film was hampered by lazy writing and clichés of action and revenge-quest films including the "fridging" of a love-interest in an effort to move the character's story forward. Perhaps its most grievous sin (and the one it is best remembered for today) is casting Ryan Reynolds for the first time as Wade Wilson and then butchering the character beyond all recognition — a point repeatedly driven home in the years since by audience love for Reynolds' "Deadpool" efforts, as well as all the tongue-in-cheek "anti-Jackman" digs that Deadpool/Reynolds gets in regularly as a reminder of how badly this film treated the character.

19. Scoop (2006)

Woody Allen might have enjoyed a late-career creative renaissance in the late '00s ("Match Point," "Midnight in Paris," "Blue Jasmine"), but this film inexplicably was dropped right in the middle and missed that magic.

Jackman plays the role of a suave English chap who may or may not be a serial killer. When the spirit of a recently-deceased investigative reporter (Ian McShane) approaches a journalism student (Scarlett Johansson) looking for her help in investigating the man, she goes undercover with help from Allen's bumbling magician, masquerading as an aristocrat and seeking the truth.

"Scoop" is content to be a farce, never takes itself very seriously despite the darker themes at play. Many critics saw the film as a weak rehash of other, better Allen crime comedies ("Manhattan Murder Mystery," "Bullets Over Broadway," even "Curse of the Jade Scorpion") and in 2016 Time Out chose it as Woody Allen's worst film of all time.

18. Someone Like You (2001)

Just as Jackman was becoming a known commodity in Hollywood, he appeared in this forgettably-titled rom-com based on the book "Animal Husbandry." The source material has a woman looking at dating through a new lens after she embraces the so-called "Old-Cow-New-Cow theory," which views coupling from a detached, animalistic point of view. Much like the title, "Someone Like You" lost touch of the hook that made it stand out.

Ashley Judd, a considerable star-on-the-rise herself at the time, headlined the film as a production assistant on a talk show desperate to discover the reasoning behind her bad luck in the romance department. The producer of the show (Hugh Jackman), who appears to be an insufferable womanizer, is looking for a roommate and invites her to live with him. 

As with any romantic comedy, the duo hate themselves at first, but after she suffers another catastrophic relationship, she moves in with him out of spite and a  relationship between the two begins to evolve.

Remembered today (if at all) as just another generic rom-com from the genre's gasping final days, "Someone" is shallow and predictably written with clichés throughout. The film may have appealed to insatiable romantics, but never managed to bring anything new with the film's over-saturated genre, and Judd and Jackman didn't have enough chemistry to reach any new heights. 

Calling it "a romantic comedy as lamely generic as its title," Variety critic Todd McCarthy wrote: "This adaptation of Laura Zigman's popular novel 'Animal Husbandry' leaves no stone unturned in its attempt to be as conventional and predictable as possible."

17. The Fountain (2006)

One of the more fascinating projects of the early 2000s, this Darren Aronofsky mind-bender was intended as the follow-up to his 2000 breakthrough "Requiem for a Dream." Brad Pitt loved that film, signed on to do this movie with a substantial budget (even growing a scraggy beard for the character that he wore to various events for months), then left the project abruptly for "Troy," just a few weeks before shooting. Some in the film's crew then voiced a public anger towards the star. After many delays and desperate attempts to land another star, the project eventually resurfaced with Hugh Jackman and a much smaller budget.

Blending romance, drama, and fantasy themes, it's quite likely that the budget simply wasn't enough for the talented Aronofsky to effectively translate his imagination onto film. Jackman and Rachel Weisz play lovers presented across three different time periods: as a Spanish conquistador fending off Mayans as he seeks to enter one of the native pyramids; a space pioneer in a futuristic setting; and in present day, a surgeon coping with his wife's terminal brain tumor. 

The film grapples with weighty themes of destiny and mortality, as these three separate stories from different time periods interconnect. Critics sighted the film's rich storytelling and visual display, but noted that it often felt overwhelmed in trying to achieve too much in one film. "The Fountain" ultimately garnered a mixed reception from critics and is a classic example of the story behind the film becoming more compelling than the film itself.

16. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

Seen by many at the time as a potential franchise killer, this threequel had Brett Ratner taking over for Bryan Singer, who had largely been viewed as the architect behind the virtues of the first two "X-Men" films. Ratner did his usual thing, delivering an audience-minded flick heavy on action and light on anything of substance — even stooping to some early fan service with the manifestation of a Juggernaut meme — but while the film made money, it certainly isn't the "X-Men" film most fans want to watch when craving a mutant moviegoing experience.

Following Wolverine and the rest of the gang as they grapple with Jean Grey's (Famke Janssen) new identity as Dark Phoenix,it turns out she is being manipulated by Magneto (Ian McKellen) to wage war against humankind. "X-Men: The Last Stand" unceremoniously killed off multiple beloved characters including James Marsden's beloved take on Scott Summers, as well as Patrick Stewart's Professor Xavier (even if he would rise again in other films). Jackman's Wolverine was too love-drunk to make competent decisions for much of the film, and many of the characters ceased resembling the emboldened mutant heroes that the first two films had established them to be. In many ways, "The Last Stand" feels like the Joel Schumacher "Batman" films, made by a filmmaker choosing frivolity over authenticity and pursuing mainstream success at the expense of the source material.

Ultimately disappointed by a weak portrayal of their most beloved characters, fans wouldn't have to be angry for long —  many of the film's events would later be undone by time alterations made in the far superior "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

15. Kate & Leopold (2001)

Arriving at the tail end of Meg Ryan's dominance as the leading lady of romantic comedies, this goofy James Mangold effort cast Jackman as the Duke of Albany from 1876, who finds himself traveling to modern day Manhattan. Here, he falls in love with the ex-girlfriend (Ryan) of the physicist (Liev Schreiber) who inadvertently facilitated his time travel.

Captivated by modern-day advancements, this fish-out-of-water story has the wide-eyed Duke strolling around the city in period uniform, marveling at indoor plumbing and demands that he scoop a dog's poop. 

Nevertheless, Jackman is as charming as ever in the role of Leopold, and the resulting narrative is a satisfying mix of fairy tale dreams and modern-day cynicism. It's a fun little film for what its is, likely to leave a smile on your face.

14. Australia (2008)

Australians Nicole Kidman, Jackman and Baz Luhrmann (coming off "Moulin Rouge!") paying epic tribute to their motherland? This movie has to be amazing, right?

Wrong. Rife with adventure and ambitious in scope, "Australia" was a notorious dud, casting Kidman and Jackman against a World War II backdrop. With Kidman's character attempting to sell the cattle station of her husband (murdered prior to her arrival from England), Jackman's hunky character is hired to herd the cattle across the Australian terrain to facilitate the sale. Nothing goes as planned, a romance is sparked, period costumes are in abundance — yet somehow, not a single shrimp is thrown on a barbie, nor baby eaten by a dingo.

The film received mixed reviews from critics. Some reviewers enjoyed the visualization of the Australian countryside, while others felt Luhrmann's efforts weren't as authentic and sincere as the film's marketing touted them to be, instead embracing unwelcomed elements of camp and Australian clichés. 

13. The Greatest Showman (2017)

Another fascinating film in Jackman's back catalog, "The Greatest Showman" opened to middling reviews and mediocre box office. Then, after it was largely pronounced DOA, the film bucked conventional wisdom to become a cultural juggernaut, playing to week after week of strong receipts and becoming arguably Jackman's most successful non-Wolverine project. When the smoke cleared, the film had earned nearly $200 million in domestic box office — some 20 times its opening weekend.

This musical tale is an endearing, sanitized story of P.T. Barnum and his journey to create Barnum's American Museum. Jackman took on the lead role as P.T. Barnum who was ultimately a family man set on fulfilling his dreams. He eventually inspired others with unique talents and appearances such as the bearded lady or a pair of trapeze artists to proudly promote themselves within his show. Barnum eventually becomes obsessed with his success and must reflect and take a step back to remember the reasons he began the business. It's a heartwarming story with plenty of musical numbers that'll make most forget that P.T. Barnum wasn't exactly the noblest of individuals in actual history.

"The Greatest Showman" soundtrack gained traction and popularity with songs appearing on the radio and performed live at awards shows that year and on reality competition series as well. While the music may have wooed critics to some degree, some reviewers took the film to task for not delving deeper into the realities of Barnum.

12. The Front Runner (2018)

A fascinating story made into a film a few decades too late, this Jackman drama came and went at the box office faster than Gary Hart's presidential aspirations.

Depicting the ruthless politics that defined the 1988 POTUS election, "The Front Runner" casts Jackman as Hart, the infamous Senator and Democratic candidate whose sexual exploits took him from the top of the polls to the bottom of the tabloids. Directed ably by Jason Reitman, the film follows Hart's fall from grace as he gets wrapped up in the sort of sex scandal that once threatened the livelihoods of politicians at a time when the American public didn't seem so willing to forgive their candidate's extra-marital activities.

If you're looking for a slightly-sensationalized recreation of events that once dominated national headlines, "The Front Runner" does a capable job of telling the Hart story, and Jackman handles his role with aplomb. While some critics the final product, "The Front Runner" never truly finds any great truth in the material it addresses. As a result, it received a mixed reception critically.

11. Real Steel (2011)

If "The Greatest Showman" is Jackman's most successful non-Wolverine effort, perhaps "Real Steel" is number two. Over the years, this family-friendly crowd-pleaser has maintained a substantial following, to the point where plans were recently announced for a Disney+ series.

"Real Steel" mashes a bit of the sci-fi genre with a dash of "Rocky." In an alternate 2020, robots have worked their way onto the boxing scene. Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) is a former professional boxer himself but now participates in the new futuristic realization of the sport where he pits his own bots against others. Suddenly, Charlie learns that his former girlfriend has passed away and his son is thrown back into his life. The two begin to bond over their love for robot boxing and the thrill of the competition as they seek out new hardware for the sport. Of course, Charlie is a bit trepidatious about his role as a father, and his own insecurities begin to cause rifts in his relationship with his son.

The film offered a unique take on the story of a father and child reuniting and rebuilding their relationship. While critics felt the setting of the robot-fighting competitions was a bit off-putting at times, the film ultimately told a fun and thoughtful story with great talent behind it. "Real Steel" was given mixed to positive reviews upon its release.

10. Les Misérables (2012)

Jackman starred in this re-telling of the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo and, ultimately, the French musical based on the novel. In this classic tale, Jackman stars as Jean Valjean, pursued for years by an unrelenting lawman known as Javert (Russell Crowe) because Valjean had once broken parole. After receiving the kindness of a Bishop, Valjean sets out to live a good life of integrity and help others along the way. The film adapts many of the classic tunes from the French stage production and the actors receive a chance to put their pipes to the test on the silver screen. Jackman doesn't disappoint, putting his musical gifts on display.

The film garnered positive praise from many film reviewers, and was a decent financial success at the box office. "Les Misérables" is a timeless classic that most around the globe are well-acquainted with, and although some cringed at Crowe's singing voice, most viewers seemed to feel that this cinematic adaptation did its source material justice.

9. The Wolverine (2013)

Wolverine's second solo adventure on screen was a much greater success, this time with James Mangold at the helm. 

In this film, Logan is still reeling with grief over the loss of Jean Grey in "The Last Stand." He has endured a long life of pain and torment and simply wants to rest, but his abilities will not allow him the comforts of death. He is invited to Japan by an old associate whose life he saved during the bombing of Nagasaki at the height of WWII. After the man passes, Wolverine finds himself at odds with the Yakuza, ninjas and eventually, the Silver Samurai.

This film acted as an interlude between "The Last Stand" and "Days of Future Past," was a decent enough sidetrip — and it's undeniable that when it came to his fitness regimen, Hugh Jackman has possibly never been more of a huge, jacked man. Though the story held up on its own as a solo Wolverine adventure, it still shared ties with both aforementioned films, bridging the way to a new start within the "X-Men" universe. "The Wolverine" was well-received and paved the way for the final solo Wolverine film, "Logan."

8. The Prestige (2006)

It might not be highest-grossing or even best-remembered Jackman non-Wolverine film, but in the eyes of many, "The Prestige" is the best film Jackman has ever been connected with. This stellar, mind-bending Christopher Nolan flick details the early days of magic through the tale of two magicians: Robert "The Great Danton" Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred "The Professor" Borden. 

Set in London in the 1890s, the two magicians rise to prominence and become petty rivals — starting their shows simultaneously, constantly one-upping each other, even sabotaging the acts of their adversary. As the rivalry grows more intense and desperate, and scientific twists and turns are added into the mix via Nikola Tesla (an excellent David Bowie), the film leave viewers guessing throughout a third act that pulls the rug right out from under its audience.

"The Prestige" is more than a simple film about stage performers. It's about the pursuit of glory, and how far some men will go to obtain it. Nolan masterfully directed a highly influential, expertly-designed film that ranks near the top of his impressive body of work — and that of Jackman as well.

7. Prisoners (2013)

Directed with impressive confidence and attention to detail by Denis Villeneuve, "Prisoners" focuses on the kidnapping of two girls. Their families are at odds with Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal), the detective assigned the case. The patriarchs, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) and Franklin Birch (Terrance Howard) imprison a man they believe is the culprit and who has been cryptically taunting Keller. They keep him locked up for days, torturing and interrogating him, trying to get information on the girls' whereabouts.

Meanwhile, Detective Loki follows a different trail that leads in a wholly different direction. The film takes several harrowing twists and turns, offering a thrilling mystery for fans of the genre that keeps you guessing — quite literally — to the final line of the entire film. "Prisoners" received critical acclaim and today is one of those movies not many people have seen, but if you come across one who has, get ready for the sort of intense, detail-oriented conversation you wish every drama could provoke.

6. Eddie The Eagle (2015)

This biographical drama stars Taron Egerton as Michael Edwards, a British skier who competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics. 

After being rejected by British Olympic officials and taunted by fellow skiers from other teams, he decides to train himself to become a ski jumper. After injuring himself, however, he catches the eye of Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman) a former ski jumper himself. After Edwards convinces Peary that he is persistent in achieving his dream, Peary decides to take him under his wing and train Eddie.

"Eddie The Eagle" was widely met with positive reviews from critics, and although it often falls back on the formulaic nature of these kinds of inspirational sports films,  the talent in front of the camera elevates the experience considerably.

5. X-Men (2000)

Hugh Jackman broke out in this Bryan Singer blockbuster, the first ever life-action adaptation of Marvel's beloved mutant superheroes. Joining Professor Charles Xavier's (Patrick Stewart) team of misfits, Wolverine reluctantly stole the show in this now-classic film that had to introduce and make sense of dozens of characters from Logan to Magneto (Ian Mckellen) to Cyborg (Marsden), Jean Grey (Janssen), Storm (Halle Berry), Mystique (Rebecca Romijn) and so many others.  

"X-Men" pre-dated the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and along with the early Tobey Maguire "Spider-Man" films helped lay the foundation for the eventual boom in superhero flicks. While it wasn't the first live-action film about superheroes, it helped define the genre in many ways, from muting the colors of the comic book character's uniforms to depicting Logan as the conflicted, tortured hero we've come to know and love. When a film launches a series that spans two decades and 13 movies — and the career of a leading man who is still an A-lister 20 years later — you know it did something right.

4. X2 (2003)

For many years, "X2" was considered one of the best superhero movies ever made; two decades later, there have certainly been enough impressive competitors (even from its own franchise) to knock it from its perch. But nevertheless, its opening sequence with Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming) infiltrating the White House is among the greatest sequences the genre has ever produced.

The sequel to "X-Men" managed to heighten the superhero fantasy of a cadre of mutants seeking to defend the innocent. The film added additional fan favorite characters including not only Kurt Wagner but also the villainous William Stryker (Brian Cox), who experimented on Wolverine during the Weapon X program. This is the film where Wolverine advances his romantic attachment to Jean Grey (despite her relationship with Scott Summers), and the cerebro-fueled effort to kill all mutants across the globe in an instantaneous genocidal act certainly keeps the stakes high.

The film was praised for its cast and their solid performances alongside more explosive drama both in the narrative and in the visceral action sequences on screen. "X2" is one sequel that outshined its predecessor in almost every way.

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

Singer returned to the director's chair triumphantly with "Future Past," a loose adaptation of the comic book storyline of the same name. The film follows Wolverine as Professor Xavier transports Logan's consciousness back in time to his younger body in order to thwart the creation of the mutant-killing Sentinels. These machines have turned the reality we know into an apocalyptic state, leaving dead mutants in their wake and the rest in hiding. In their final act of desperation, all hope hinges on Wolverine.

The film marked the first time that the original cast of mutants shared the screen with the younger cast that began via "X-Men: First Class." In retrospect, it was a brilliant way to inject fresh blood into the franchise without a full reboot, and it would power the series for several more films. 

While this movie's release was preceded by controversy over accusations directed toward Singer of his sexual assault on a minor, the news cycle didn't seem to have an impact on the film's financial performance. The film also managed to exceed "X2" in the realm of critical reviews, receiving high praise for the bold new directions the film took the franchise.

2. Bad Education (2019)

Chronicling the true, unfortunate tale of the largest public-school embezzlement of the 21st Century, this HBO movie cast Jackman as the superintendent of the disgraced Roslyn Union Free School District on Long Island. As a student reporter begins writing about a construction project at the school (at the encouragement of Jackman's character), she begins uncovering financial oddities including fraudulent expense cards tied to staff. Trying to put out the fire as it keeps increasing in volatility, he can't stop the revelations from making headlines — including his own efforts to embezzle some $2.2 million.

"Bad Education" earned rave reviews, with many pointing to Jackman's performance as a standout. If there's one Hugh Jackman movie on this list you likely haven't seen, and want to correct that, this is the flick you need to track down.

1. Logan (2017)

Perhaps the highlight of Jackman's career, "Logan" was the swan song for the role that broke him into the industry. 

In the James Mangold-directed "Logan," the titular character finds himself in a future where many of his mutant comrades are dead. He is finally aging because of the poisoning effects of the adamantium in his body. He cares for Professor Xavier who is old and frail. At one point, he finds himself agreeing to assist a nurse and a young girl named Laura escape across the Mexican border. The nurse is killed, however, by a mysterious and sinister cyborg, and Logan is then saddled with the care of the young girl. Bitter and depressed, Logan can hardly bring himself to care. But when he sees that Laura is actually just like him, that nudges Logan into action. He eventually forms a bond with Laura that will carry them through muck and mire to find her freedom from an evil cadre of scientists.

"Logan" is a harrowing tale that will remain with you long after the end credits. It's an extraordinary coda for a man who has lived two centuries and experienced the worst humanity has to offer. Of course, Jackman saying goodbye to the iconic role that launched and sustained his career for two decades only adds to the viewer experience; for both Logan and this phase of Hugh Jackman's career, it is a worthy send-off.