Every Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Ranked


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) is a franchise that has stood the test of time. The Heroes in a Half Shell began its journey to stardom in an 80s comic book series created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The series follows four anthropomorphic crime-fighting turtles named Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo. Despite the somewhat bizarre concept, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles became a huge hit, resulting in toys, TV shows, movies, and video games based on the property. The franchise is still popular to this day and has several movie adaptations slated for release, including a draft Seth Rogen. But before these come out, let’s count down the best of Tortoisecinematic adventures so far!


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8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III marked the end of the original TMNT movie series, and it’s not hard to see why. The film was very poorly rated and remains the lowest rated turtles movie on IMDB. The film follows our titular turtles and their friend April O’Neil (Paige Turco) as they embark on an adventure back in time to ancient Japan after purchasing a magic scepter. Despite the overall madness of the franchise, the way the time travel plot is executed is a little too ridiculous. TMNT stories generally focus on weird science more than pure magic, so just changing the means of time travel would be an improvement.

Overall, the story was weak and the visuals were a step back from previous films. Jim Henson’s Creature Shop was responsible for the effects of the first two films but not the third, resulting in a disappointing drop in quality.

7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

The 2014 reboot film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesfaced a backlash early on. Michael Bay was tapped to produce the project, leaving many fans discouraged after seeing his take on the Transformers franchise. The drawings of the turtles were also disappointing. Their faces were too human, and their physique was more like that of World’s Strongest Man contestants than that of teenage crime-fighters. It wasn’t the worst movie, but TMNT fans have far better options to watch.

6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: From the Shadows (2016)

Out of the shadows was better received than its 2014 predecessor but far less successful at the box office. The reboot series was supposed to have a third film, but after the sequel was disappointing, the project was scrapped. Out of the shadows brings a ton of fan-favorite characters like Baxter Stockman, the Krang, and Bebop and Rocksteady. The movie is a mixed bag overall. The action is flashier and the tone is nicer, but the story is overdone and the turtles are still ugly.

5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of Slime (1991)

The secret of slime was the second TMNT film produced and a direct 1990s sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The film follows the Turtles as they battle Shredder and the mutated creatures, Rahzar and Tokka. Ooze takes a step back from the grittiness of its predecessor and adopts a much more childish tone. The story and jokes are heavily aimed at children, so if you’re an adult who didn’t grow up with the movie, you might not get as much out of it. But, if you can appreciate the corniness of the 90s, and Vanilla ice cream music, you will have fun with the movie.

4. TMNT (2007)

In 2007, it was 14 years since the last turtles the movie was released, so it’s understandable that there was some hype after the announcement of TMNT. It was to be the first CGI animated turtles film, and remains the only film made entirely in this style. TMNTThe story breaks the norm by showing the turtles living independently. After the team defeats Shredder, Donatello starts working in IT, Mikey becomes a birthday party host, Leonardo goes to Central America for training, and Raphael fights crime as a solo vigilante. But when evil threatens the world again, the brothers must put aside their differences and save the day. The movie is very entertaining and unique turtles adventure with a darker tone appreciated. All turtles fan should watch this movie.

3. Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2019)

Even Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans might have missed this one. Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a direct-to-video crossover film released in 2019. The film features the Bat Family and Ninja Turtles as they team up to battle Ra’s al Ghul, the League of Assassins, and the Foot Clan. The film merges the two franchises perfectly and the story will keep you engaged. The fight scenes are well executed and don’t hold back the violence, earning the film a PG-13 rating. Batman vs. TMNT was well received by critics and fans alike, boasting an incredibly impressive 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If you’re a fan of the Turtles or Batman, do yourself a favor and watch this movie.

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

The Turtles’ first appearance on the big screen was in the 1990 film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. To bring Leo, Raph, Donny and Mikey to life, director Steve Baron engaged the legendary Jim Henson and his company, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Henson said the turtles were the most advanced creatures he had ever worked on, but despite the difficult project, he achieved incredible results. Heroes in a Half-Shell came to life better than most fans could have ever hoped, but sadly it would be one of the last projects Henson worked on before his death.

Along with the excellent costumes, the film features a charming story filled with goofy jokes, entertaining action, and a gritty aesthetic that inspired many future TMNT projects. The film received mixed reviews from critics, but was a huge box office success. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles grossed $202 million against a budget of $13.5 million, making it the highest-grossing independent film to date. The Blair Witch Project beat him in 1999.

1. Turtles Forever (2009)

Finally we have 2009 turtles forever. This animated film is a celebration of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a love letter to fans of the series. The film brings together the 1987, 2003, and Mirage versions of the ninjas in one stellar crossover. The interactions between the turtles are excellent, the story is fun, the fights are captivating and the aesthetics are on point. It’s a must-see movie that should satisfy fans of everything turtles generation.

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