15 Best Origin Story Movies of All Time

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15 Best Origin Story Movies of All Time

Origin stories always have an element of fascination. While several popular movies have iconic characters who are rich in character development, it is interesting to observe their backstories to discover their motivations and impetuses. Here are the 15 best origin story movies of all time.


15. Hannibal Rising (2007)

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Hannibal Lecter is one of the most memorably gruesome characters in the horror-thriller movie genre and despite Anthony Hopkins reprising his role for a prequel, his origin story remained enigmatic.

Based on the novel of the same name, Hannibal Rising shed light on several unanswered questions such as his first murder, his admission in a French medical school and even his first taste at cannibalism.


14. Prometheus (2012)

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Who could ever forget the violent torment caused by the extraterrestrial species in the Alien franchise? Despite the final script not being intended to serve as a prequel, the true status of Prometheus being an origin story is too palpable to ignore.

The 2012 science-fiction movie was directed by Ridley Scott and though the film-maker has disclosed that Prometheus is not directly connected to the Alien franchise, it does take place in the same universe.


13. Maleficent (2014)

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The 1959 Disney animated movie Sleeping Beauty hardly did any favors to the reputation of evil fairy Maleficient. However, the 2014 live-action movie of the same name presents her as a sympathetic character.

The re-introduction of her character was far cry from her original portrayal as a wicked individual. After being shown that her evil intentions stemmed from her wings being cut with an iron by her former lover, Maleficent simply could not be hated anymore.


12. The Crow (1994)

There are dozens of great superheroes beyond the realm of DC and Marvel Comics and Eric Draven aka The Crow is one of them. Making his feature-film debut in 1994, Eric was a rock ‘n’ roll musician who was killed along with his fiancé Shelly Webster.

With revenge on his mind, Eric returns from the grave and transforms into a supernatural being and embarks on a journey to hunt down everyone responsible for the horrific murders.


11. Monsters University (2013)

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Monsters Sulley and Mike are surely a pair of oddballs but it was never truly explained how the two met for the first time and bonded in friendship. As shown in Monsters University, the two did not always get along at first.

Engaged in an academic rivalry, Sulley and Mike were bent of being scarier while they were enrolled in the titular institution. Apart from eventually being friends, the duo would become employed by Monsters, Inc.


10. Superman (1978)

Handling the unique origin story of the Last Son of Krypton is not an easy task as observed from the Man of Steel which got mixed reviews. Released 35 years earlier, the 1978 superhero movie Superman still stands out as the best origin tale of the titular superhero in live-action portrayal.

Sent to Earth from the planet Krypton, Kal-El begins a new life and the movie beautifully showcases his defining features such as being faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and ability to leap tall buildings at a single bound.


9. Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)

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The Star Wars prequel series certainly had its fair share of criticism and left the fans divided. While they admittedly did not come close to the dramatic bar raised by the original trilogy, it cannot be denied that Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith is clearly the superior movie of the prequel trilogy due to magnificently demonstrating how Anakin Skywalker transformed into the menacing Darth Vader.

After being burnt alive and visibly showing disdain to Obi-Wan Kenobi following an epic lightsaber duel, his former protégé finally enters the dark side by joining forces with Darth Sidious. Thus, beginning the reign of the cruel Sith Lord known as Darth Vader.


8. Spider-Man (2002)

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Often hailed as being much ahead of its time, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man was truly a stunning movie at a time when the superhero genre was far from being a dominant brand.

From being bitten by a radioactive spider to being motivated to fight crime following his uncle’s death, the movie did justice to the iconic story of Peter Parker’s life-altering decision to dedicating his life to save the innocent people of New York.