5. X-Men: Days of Future Past
Out of his three turns as Charles Xavier, there’s little doubt that X-Men: Days of Future Past gave him the greatest amount of emotional moments to languish in. His Xavier is damaged and broken following the fall out after First Class, a far cry from the character we’d come to know in the past. Every line he’s given he’s wrings out every possible emotion and throughout the course of the film we get to see as he learns to rely on his good nature once again, finding the hope that he’d so clearly lost sight of at the start. Sometimes selfish, bristling with anger and resentment but still able to play the hero, McAvoy’s performance showcases just why this big budgeted genre films will always succeed greater if they have a great talent behind their pivotal roles.