The X-Men films have had their ups and downs. The one things that myself and many others have been able to find enjoyable are the actors. Even in the bad ones, I still find myself able to enjoy the performances by most or at least some of the actors. So, here is my list of my top 5 favorite film adaptations of the X-Men. For this list I am ruling out Wolverine because you guys already know he's what's up.
5. Beast (Kelsey Grammer)
X-Men 3 was bad. It was. But, it did give us Beast, and a pretty good one, too. I prefer this Beast much more than the younger one portrayed by Nicholas Hoult. Kelsey's performance was so close to the comics, that as an X-Men fan, I was glad to see Beast given some well deserved screen time and that that screen time was done right.
4. Professor X (Patrick Stewart)
Who do you see when you hear the name Professor X? Patrick freaking Stewart, that's who. He is the perfect representation of Charles Xavier and I can't imagine anyone better. I always enjoy seeing his kind demeanor and his caring for his students is so strong that you just have to love him. Anytime he is on screen, people just sit quite and listen because you know he's about to drop some knowledge on you.
3. Quicksilver (Evan Peters)
This performance was so unexpected that it just blew us away. Evan Peters was the star of X-Men: Days of Futures Past and he was only in it for, like, fifteen minutes. He brought so much character and excitement to the role that it really is putting a lot on Aaron-Taylor Johnson's shoulders. But, for having only a small part, Quicksilver was the star of the greatest scene of 2014 and he was the one character that everyone was asking for more of.
2. Magneto (Ian McKellan/Micheal Fassbender)
I'm kind of cheating here but, honestly, this is the only way it could be done. While James McAvoy is a good young Charles, Micheal Fassbender is Ian McKellan when he was young emodied. Both of these actors play the role so well and accurately that even when he's the villain, you still feel bad for him. Magneto is one of the greatest villains in the Marvel universe and these movies have given him the justice that he is due and creates a sad and tragic villain that you can become attached to.
1. Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is the worst X-Men movie. Period. But, I love that version of Sabretooth. While many characters were butchered, Sabretooth was done so well that if it's on TV, I'll get the DVD so that I can fast forward. But honestly, Liev was the superior Sabretooth to the one in X-Men 1. He was so dramatic and theatrical that you just can't get enough of him. Leiv and Hugh Jackman were able to create such a dynamic that you felt bad when they fought each other because they were brothers and because they were friends once too, but now they're bitter enemies. Such a great character and I really hope they bring him back for Apocalypse.