Transformers movies ranked from worst to best

That Transform movies have an interesting place in pop culture. Although they have earned over a billion dollars, they are not exactly the most beloved movies. The action is exciting with a lot of Michael Bay‘s explosions and robots that strike each other, but the characters and stories are missing in certain areas. However, Paramount does not let this franchise go, with another film on the way called Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. This will most likely be in a separate direction than the Bay movies, after more of the tone set up in 2018’s Bumblebee. Still the bay Transform movies continue to be popular as Paramount begins to move in a new direction. Here is a ranking of the six Transform movie.

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6. Transformers: Age of Extinction


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It’s hard to believe to switch from Shia LaBeouf to Mark Wahlberg was a bad idea, but that’s exactly what happened here. It’s not only Wahlberg’s fault, necessarily, for the manuscript does him no good. The age of extinction is a painfully long experience filled with unnecessary and confusing moments. The new head girl, Nicola Peltz, is again oversexualized. But for some strange (and creepy) reason, Bay decided to include a scene where we find out she’s a minor and is dating an older guy, but their relationship is legal because he’s only three years older, according to “Romeo and Juliet’s laws”. Was it necessary? No. But then again, none of them made the film in the first place.

In addition to the strange, there is a fun obvious product placement for both American and Chinese products. The marketing promises dinosaur robots, and they only come two hours inside the film, which at that time is completely checked out. Is the action funny? Of course, but it’s the same hard to follow robot battles as before. Yet there are a host of questionable moments, bad jokes, and a miserable story that make this a completely unpleasant experience.

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5. Transformers: The Last Knight


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While this is not the worst, The Last Knight feels like the one where Bay and the studio gave up. It has a lazy script, horrible jokes as usual, and it ignores a lot of the stories previously set up in previous films. Still, there are better characters in this film, and Wahlberg gets more to do besides just being an inventor. Anthony Hopkins also appears as a whimsical, wealthy character and is entertaining enough.

The Last Knight introduces the idea that Transformers has existed since the Arthurian era and has helped humanity in various moments, including World War II. These all sound like much more entertaining movies, but that’s what we got. There is also the plot line of Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) to be brainwashed and become evil. However, this ends very briefly and leads to another big explosive battle with nonsense. Megatron (Frank Welker) is also back because it might as well happen. It makes sense that Bay does not return to the franchise because The Last Knight really feels like the last gasp.

4. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen


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The revenge of the fallen was rushed due to the author strike at the time and it can be seen. The story leaves no time to take a break, which turns out to be fatal with its two and a half hours of playing time. The editing is poor and there are even more instances of recycled images. Once again, like all of Bay Transform movies, the humor is awkward and immature and pushed in at random times. The resident and LaBeouf’s parents do nothing but tell lame jokes and get in the way. There are also the shockingly racist robots that did not even age well in 2009.

But if there is one thing that worked in these films, it is the relationship between Megan Fox and LaBeouf. While not exactly believable, their relationship gives you something to mess with as both of these characters are likeable. The action is quite strong here, especially in the forest scene with Optimus Prime. Now the decision to leave Optimus Prime dead in most of the film is a strange decision and removes one of the best aspects of these films. Megatron does almost nothing here as we are supposed to focus more on this fallen villain who gets killed pretty quickly. The Devastator Decepticon is a big, hulking villain, but does not take up much space except for a strange testicle joke from John Turturo. The revenge of the fallen is awful, but at least LaBeouf’s story is more exciting.

3. Transformers: Dark of the Moon


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The darkness of the moon is the first on this list that is somewhat decent. While it suffers from many common Transform problems, is the last match with Autobots vs. Decepticons in the streets of Chicago very exciting. Shockwave and the Driller Decepticons are cool villains who bring a unique ability to the film, creating an amazing sequence in which LaBeouf and others try to survive inside a falling building.

However, the plot here is still pure nonsense. The Decepticons want to recreate the Earth like Cybertron, but the way they do this creates some confusion. Megatron once again gets very little to do, and Sentinel Prime (Leonard Nimoy) becomes the center of attention, however, he also does not do much besides betraying Optimus Prime. There are also several new disgusting cartoon characters, including John Malkovich and Ken Jeong. Megan Fox has also been replaced by Rosie Huntington-Whitely which essentially serves the same role, but perhaps actually has a more interesting arc. Patrick Dempsey is also another human villain who is only there to create relationship drama with Labeouf and Huntington-Whitely. Although it is certainly flawed, The darkness of the moon still has some of the most entertaining sequences in the Bay movies. It’s too long, too, but it’s certainly less of a drag to sit through than the others.

2. Transform


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Here we are at the one who started it all. Transform have the same problems but it is at the absolute minimum. There are moments like Bumblebee peeing on Turturo that bring the movie down, though Transform remains the best of the Bay films because it is the simplest. The Autobots arrive on Earth to defeat Megatron and the Decepticons before getting their fingers in Allspark. The film does not bother to dive into the story and create confusing lore that creates a host of plot holes.

LaBeouf and Fox are having the best time here, and their relationship has its moments. They work well together, and it’s just a shame Bay could not give Fox more to do. The introduction to Transformers is well handled, and LaBeouf and Bumblebee develop a charming bond. The battles themselves are not as explosive and meaningless as they become later in the series. It takes a while for Transformers to show up, but their arrival is worth the wait. Bay’s direction is more contained here, which allows Transform in order not to feel like such a mess. This is still the best of the Bay movies, though it does not say much.

1. Humlebi


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From the opening scene on Cybertron, it was already clear Bumblebee trying to be completely unique from the Bay movies. It looks like a scene right out of the cartoons with a new redesign of Transformers that makes them feel more precise about their origins. But what really stands out in Bumblebee are the human characters. Hailee Steinfeld is really a strong character with a charismatic personality and an interesting background.

The relationship she develops for Bumblebee is heartwarming and reminiscent ONE. The action is minimal compared to the other films, but the director, Travis Knight, does a good job of making sure everything is clear and that the main characters are at the center of the action. It’s a more family – friendly adventure, and it also feels closer to the cartoons the series is based on. It’s not a perfect movie as the villains are not so threatening and the movie itself feels too tied to its 80s nostalgia. Still, with better human characters, a decent script, and more focused action, Bumblebee is the best of the Transformers movies so far. Whose Rise of the Beasts is more like this, then the Transformers franchise can go in a promising direction. Let’s just hope that direction never meets Michael Bay again.


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