Hugh Jackman is an Australian actor who is best known for his work in the X-Men franchise. Jackman began his career in theater and small-time television roles before making his breakthrough role as Logan / Wolverine in X-Men, which is celebrating its 22nd anniversary this year. Over the course of his career, Jackman has earned many prestigious awards, including two Tony Awards, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe. He has become a household name thanks to his stints in Marvel movies, being the only actor to ever portray the Wolverine on-screen. This, of course, is likely to change as the MCU gears up to introduce a new actor to play Wolverine in the mega-franchise.
Since his superhero days, Jackman has expanded his career. starring in movies like X-Men while also managing to star in musicals like Les Miserables and The Greatest Showman, the actor earned himself even more attention for his versatility. That said, thanks to X-Men‘s high level of content output, Jackman has also starred in his fair share of action films outside the franchise. These are his best action movies, ranked.
7 X-Men Origins: Wolverine
while many X-Men fans believe X-Men Origins: Wolverine to be the worst installation in the franchise, Jackman’s performance in the film is its main saving grace. X-Men Origins tells the story of Logan whose peaceful life becomes disturbed when his brother Victor murders his girlfriend Kayla. Determined to hunt Victor down to get his revenge, Logan enters the Weapon X program where his bones become bonded with adamantium, making him indestructible. While the film was criticized for its disorganized storytelling, fans enjoyed seeing how Logan became the Wolverine. That being said, per LAD Bible, the film’s depiction of Logan’s transformation led to a couple of cases of adolescents injecting themselves with mercury in the hopes that it would have a similar effect as seen in the movie.
The movie that kick-started the X-Men franchise and brought Jackman into the spotlight is the original X-Men. The 2000 movie serves as an introduction to the world of mutants and the humans that fear them. The first introduction to the live-action cast included Halle Berry, James Marsden, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellan in iconic X-Men role. Though Jackman wasn’t the first choice for the role, it’s clear that he has lived up to the expectations set by comic-book fans everywhere.
5 X2: X-Men United
The second installation in the original X-Men trilogy is considered even better than the original film. X2: X-Men United revolves around Colonel Stryker, who launches an attack on Professor Xavier’s School and mansion, the X-Men’s headquarters. Under threat, Professor X seeks the help of Magneto to take out their new common enemy to save the mutant race from complete genocide. Jackman returns again as Wolverine, fighting in his usual way alongside his mutant allies. X2 was subject to a great deal of success, both critically and at the box-office, winning the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film and receiving a nomination for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form). more significant, X2 is credited, per Den of Geek, as being the ensemble superhero film success that pave the way for franchises like the MCU and the DCEU to follow.
chappie is a one-of-a-kind film about an AI law enforcement robot who is uploaded with a consciousness, making him sentient and extremely human-like. The robot is kidnapped and raised by gangsters who nickname the bot Chappie. Jackman stars as the film’s main antagonist, Vincent, who was a former soldier and is an engineer at Tetravall, the company that manufactured Chappie. Although his role in the film is not massive, Jackman shows off his years of starring in the X-Men franchise as he brings out the true grit of his character whose want for power overlooks any morals he may have. chappie was originally written to be the first in a trilogy of films, but director Neill Blomkamp has since stated that any sequels have been scrapped.
3 X-Men: Days of Future Past
yet another X-Men movie to make the list, X-Men: Days of Future Past is considered one of the best films in the franchise thanks to the outstanding performances from Jackman, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. The film revolves around a doctor who develops Sentinels that can detect a mutant gene. Years later, those Sentinels are able to hunt down and kill any mutants in their vicinity. Faced with the threat of total annihilation, Logan goes back in time and gathers the X-Men from the past to change the past and save the future of mutants. X-Men: Days of Future Past was nominated for dozens of awards, including the People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Action Movie and Favorite Movie.
2 Real Steel
Based on the short story Steeloriginally published in 1956, Real Steel tells the story of Charlie Kenton, a former boxer whose profession has been taken over by robots. Charlie builds a boxing robot with his son and begins participating in official matches. While the film received mixed reviews, over the years, many have admitted that Real Steel is a hidden gem that has gotten lost in the shuffle. Jackman was praised for his performance in the film, earning the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Action Movie Star. Real Steel was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
Arguably the best movie in the X-Men franchise, Logan brought a whole new perspective to X-Men while remaining true to the characters within. Logan revolves around an aged Wolverine as he cares for Professor X in a remote location. While Logan tries to hide from the world, meeting young mutant Laura who shares the same powers (and DNA) as him, throws his plans for a loop as Logan promises the Professor that he will protect Laura. The movie was both a critical and commercial success, earning itself universal acclaim with special praise for Jackman’s final performance as Logan. Jackman won the Empire Award for Best Actor for his performance.