Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a massive cultural phenomenon. Starting in 1984 with a small independent black and white comic book published by Mirage Studios, it only took a few short years to explode into a franchise that has spanned multiple generations of fans. It was originally intended as a one-shot comic that acted as loving satire of the medium, but TMNT has gone further than anyone ever anticipated.
Since the original 40 page comic book hit shelves, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has branched out into toys, role playing games, video games, multiple TV shows, merchandise, and of course, numerous movies. From live action, to animated and CGI, the Ninja Turtles franchise has tried about every avenue available to show audiences what anthropomorphic Turtles might look like on both TV and the silver screen.
As with all long running franchises, there have been some fairly extreme highs and lows. With seven different Ninja Turtles movies to choose from in this age of comic book movies, it might not be clear which ones are worth watching and which should simply be skipped.
For the sake of everyone's sanity, direct to video movies without a real narrative plot like the Coming Out of Their Shells Tour or We Wish You a Turtles Christmas don't count here. Just assume they'd be joint bottom...