15 Best Origin Story Movies of All Time

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7. X-Men: First Class (2011)

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With four movies already under the banner, the X-Men franchise never really focused on the friendship and eventual rift between the two principal mutants – Professor X and Magneto. Apart from subtle hints that the two once worked together as a team and still had respect for one another, X-Men: First Class displayed the ultimate reveal.

Set in 1944, the movie centralizes on the early lives of mutants Eric Lensherr and Charles Xavier. Essential details such as Lensherr getting his helmet and Xavier becoming wheel-chair bound are explored along with how the two began to develop their contrasting perspectives about humans.


6. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

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Steve Rogers was just a kid from Brooklyn until he was enlisted in the Strategic Scientific Reserve to be experimented upon by Dr. Abraham Erskine. After being injected with the super-soldier serum, the United States of America gained a new protector to look up to.

The movie chronicles his courage, valour and willingness to sacrifice himself during the dire times of World War II. Upon his arrival in the present time, Captain America meets S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury and the rest is history.


5. Casino Royale (2006)

It is hard to believe that despite several installments over the course of four decades, not even once James Bond was given an origin story. The 2006 British spy movie Casino Royale was not only a reboot of the acclaimed franchise but also attempted to show how the MI6 agent really became the character the fans have grown to love and care for.

All the key trademarks of Bond such as his passion for alcoholic drinks, luxurious cars and gorgeous women are embedded in the movie along with the pivotal moments of the spy gaining his license to kill and his 00 agent status.


4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

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One could not have imagined the success of the rebooted franchise of Planet of the Apes once it was announced. Revolving around a chimpanzee named Caesar, the animal is unlike the rest of his species due to his advanced intelligence as a result of scientific experimentation.

After questioning his identity and realizing that he is part of a much bigger picture, Caesar becomes the leader of an enormous ape uprising that sets the stage for two successful and acclaimed sequels.


3. Iron Man (2008)

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It was the movie that laid the groundwork for the theatrical revolution known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It all began when the CEO of Stark Industries had a messy encounter against a terrorist group in war-torn Afghanistan.

After being attacked by his company’s own rocket-propelled grenades, Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) is captured and commanded to manufacture a Jericho missile. Instead of caving into their outrageous demands, he constructs a powered armour suit in order to escape. Now going by the name of Iron Man and upgrading his suit, Stark becomes the much-adored superhero of a new generation.


2. Batman Begins (2005)

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Following the disastrous 1997 superhero movie Batman & Robin, the crime-fighting superhero had fallen from his pedestal and the franchise had received a lethal blow. With Christopher Nolan on the director’s chair, Batman made his long-awaited return to the silver screen and proved that the Dark Knight was here to stay.

Going back to the very foundations of the revered superhero, Batman Begins reveals how Bruce Wayne witnessed his beloved parents being shot to death and employed the tragedy to fight against the tyranny of criminals of Gotham City. After extensive training under the League of Shadows and donning a bat suit, Batman is born.


1. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

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As one of the most iconic characters in the film industry, Don Vito Corleone is the head of the most influential and dominating crime family in New York but the story behind his rise to power remained shrouded in mystery. With numerous questions waiting to be answered, The Godfather: Part II did not leave them on the shelf and gave a chilling account of how a nine-year-old boy named Vito Andolini had to flee from Corleone, Sicily, due to his family’s scuffle with Don Ciccio.

Upon his arrival in America and now going by the name of Vito Corleone, he would gradually discover the very familiar elements he had tried to evade from in his hometown. Refusing to fear the intimidations of mafia figures, Corleone joins the underworld and slowly climbs to the high ranks.

The Godfather: Part II transcends the concept of an origin or crime movie due to being much more profound than mere genres. Widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, it would go on to be nominated for eleven Academy Awards and winning six including Best Picture.


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