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Directed by Bryan Singer
Produced by
  • Lauren Shuler Donner
  • Ralph Winter
Screenplay by David Hayter
Story by
  • Tom DeSanto
  • Bryan Singer
Music by Michael Kamen
Cinematography Newton Thomas Sigel
Editing by
  • Steven Rosenblum
  • Kevin Stitt
  • John Wright
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) July 12, 2000 (2000-07-12) (Ellis Island)
July 14, 2000 (2000-07-14) (United States)
Running time 104 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $75 million
Money made $296.3 million

X-Men is a 2000 American superhero film directed by Bryan Singer and written by David Hayter from a story by Singer and Tom DeSanto. The film is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name and features an ensemble cast consisting of Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Bruce Davison, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Ray Park, and Anna Paquin.

The film depicts a world where a small proportion of people are mutants, whose possession of superhuman powers makes them distrusted by normal humans. It focuses on mutants Wolverine and Rogue as they are brought into a conflict between two groups that have radically different approaches to bringing about the acceptance of mutant-kind: Professor Xavier's X-Men, and the Brotherhood of Mutants, led by Magneto.

X-Men premiered at Ellis Island on July 12, 2000, and was released in the United States on July 14, 2000. It was a box office success, grossing over $296.3 million worldwide, and received positive reviews from critics, citing its performances, story, and thematic depth. The film's success led to a series of sequels, prequels, and spin-offs, with the overall success of the series spawning a reemergence of superhero films, a genre that would remain highly popular for the next two decades.

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