Top 7 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movies

Today is the 30th anniversary of the original, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, the first time that the lean, green ninja fighting machine would make their debut on the big-screen, over the next 3 decades, the Turtles have revisited the screen in live-action, in animation, as puppets and CG creatures. We’re here now to countdown… more like order since there’s only 7… of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies.

7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – How is it a movie could give you everything you ever wanted as a child and just fail to deliver on any of it? On paper, Out of the Shadows is the ultimate Ninja Turtles movie for fans. It features the greatest hits from the 80s series Shredder, Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady, a cover of the theme song in the credits, Vanilla Ice, Casey Jones. Everything you can want and more, the problem is it just feels a bit too crammed and many of the stories aren’t given time to breath or develop.

6.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Turtles in Time – Honestly, the film’s greatest sin is it does not leave much of an impression on you. Yes, from a technical standpoint the suits are a downgrade from the first two movies, the plot isn’t that bad, but removed from traditional elements of the Turtles and the action is fine. But like try to remember this movie and see what sticks out to you.

5.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) – The Ninja Turtles return to the big-screen for the first time in nearly a decade and they sport an entirely new look. The bulking monstrosity of the Turtles aside, the movie is mostly fine. It suffers a bit from a disjointed third act as you can tell bits of the movie were retrofitted to more incorporate a more accurate representation of the Shredder and the main baddie being pushed aside.

Left to right: Michelangelo, Leonardo, Megan Fox as April O'Neil, Raphael, and Donatello in TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies.

Left to right: Michelangelo, Leonardo, Megan Fox as April O’Neil, Raphael, and Donatello in TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES.

4.TMNT – Over a decade since the last movie, the Ninja Turtles returned in one of those weird not-quite, but really kind of a sequel to the original trilogy with an animated adventure that is… pretty damn enjoyable. The movie has a stellar voice cast, some really nice CG, great action and a bopping score. It’s worth checking out if you haven’t seen it already.

3.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Forever – We’re here celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Ninja Turtles movie, but back in 2009, we were celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise with a love letter to the history of the comics and its animated adventures to date. Turtles Forever is mostly the love-letter you would want that goes over the ways that the franchise has evolved and adapted over the years while still giving each respective series a chance to shine.


2.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The original, to some the best, but there’s no denying that without the original 90s movie we wouldn’t be here today. The movie has everything you can ask for, amazing costumes, a bad-ass Shredder, a kick-ass score and song, a comic booky New York City, great action, a fast-paced story. It’s a classic.

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze – Take everything that made the original movie so great but injection it with more of that trademark Ninja Turtles humor, add in an oddly placed but delightfully memorable Vanilla Ice dance number, giant mutants and an even more super Shredder and you got a sequel that lives up to the original and more. The Secret of the Ooze is that it remains great to this day.

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