X-Files Mythology Episodes Ranked

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Top X-Files Mythology Episodes Ranked From Best To Worst

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1. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Anasazi (1995)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mulder receives an encrypted computer disk containing the defense department's top secret files on extraterrestrial life and becomes a target. Scully takes him to a Navajo family that unearthed a buried secret to decipher the disk.

Director: R.W. Goodwin | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Peter Donat, Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman

Votes: 3,592

2. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Paper Clip (1995)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

As a government hit squad closes in on the agents, Mulder searches for clues about his father's involvement in a top secret project.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Walter Gotell

Votes: 3,334

3. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man (1996)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Lone Gunmen reveal the (possibly fake) secret history of the Smoking Man to Mulder with focus on three episodes from his life - the assassination of JFK, his attempts at becoming a novelist and one of his UFO cover ups.

Director: James Wong | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, William B. Davis, Morgan Weisser

Votes: 3,716

4. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Redux II (1997)

TV-14 | 46 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Scully is hospitalized after collapsing, while Mulder receives help from a most unlikely source as he continues to search for a cure for Scully's illness.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 2,791

5. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: The Erlenmeyer Flask (1994)

TV-14 | 46 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Deep Throat tips Mulder to a critically important case involving a missing fugitive and the cloning of extraterrestrial viruses.

Director: R.W. Goodwin | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Lindsey Ginter, Anne De Salvo

Votes: 3,901

6. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: The End (1998)

TV-14 | 46 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A government assassin is caught trying to kill child chess prodigy Gibson Praise during an international chess tournament. Mulder's old flame Agent Diana Fowley arrives to help on the case but Scully is suspicious of her.

Director: R.W. Goodwin | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Nicholas Lea

Votes: 2,519

7. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: One Son (1999)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Everyone prepares in their own way for the alien rebels' bloody endgame after which nothing will ever be the same again. Mulder and Scully try their best to stop the bloodshed and save Spender's mother.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, William B. Davis, Chris Owens

Votes: 2,427

8. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Existence (2001)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Agents Mulder, Doggett and Skinner investigate (along with Alex Krycek) the Super Soldier conspiracy, while Scully goes into hiding to have her child.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Nicholas Lea

Votes: 2,146

9. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Ice (1993)

TV-14 | 46 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mulder and Scully are sent to investigate when a team of geophysicists stationed at a remote Alaskan outpost are killed by a parasitic alien life form.

Director: David Nutter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Xander Berkeley, Felicity Huffman

Votes: 5,181

10. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: 731 (1995)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mulder becomes trapped aboard a train rigged with an explosive device. Scully searches for the truth behind the government's secret experiments.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Stephen McHattie, William B. Davis

Votes: 2,917

11. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: End Game (1995)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mulder is forced to make an impossible choice, when the alien bounty hunter gives him an ultimatum - Scully's life for Samantha's.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Steven Williams, Peter Donat

Votes: 3,211

12. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Colony (1995)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When someone sends Mulder and Scully obituaries showing three separate but identical men apparently having died, the agents investigate, but things take an unexpected turn when Mulder receives a call from his father.

Director: Nick Marck | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Peter Donat, Brian Thompson

Votes: 3,281

13. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Paper Hearts (1996)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An incarcerated serial killer claims Mulder's sister was one of his many victims.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Tom Noonan

Votes: 3,041

14. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: The Blessing Way (1995)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A furious pursuit of Agent Mulder is underway, and more importantly, the government wants the data tape he carried. Agent Scully, against all odds, searches to uncover his whereabouts, persisting that he is alive when all others deny it.

Director: R.W. Goodwin | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Peter Donat

Votes: 3,111

15. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Redux (1997)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mulder accesses a facility that may hold a cure for Scully's illness. Scully performs an experiment in hopes of determining the origin of the disease.

Director: R.W. Goodwin | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 2,609

16. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Two Fathers (1999)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The alien rebels return to kill abductees including Scully and Cassandra Spender. With the Syndicate in shambles, the Cigarette Smoking Man reveals the truth to Agent Spender hoping that he will continue his work.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, William B. Davis, Chris Owens

Votes: 2,368

17. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Ascension (1994)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mulder and Agent Krycek are in a race against time to find and rescue abducted Scully before crazed Duane Barry can take her to what he believes to be his alien puppet masters.

Director: Michael Lange | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Steve Railsback, Mitch Pileggi

Votes: 3,364

18. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Duane Barry (1994)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A former FBI agent who claims he was abducted by aliens takes several people hostage. Mulder agree to be the negotiator.

Director: Chris Carter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Steve Railsback, Nicholas Lea

Votes: 3,592

19. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Apocrypha (1996)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mulder uncovers clues about a cover-up involving an alien entity and a sunken World War II aircraft. Scully pursues the man who murdered her sister.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, John Neville

Votes: 2,793

20. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Gethsemane (1997)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mulder fights to prove that a discovery frozen in the mountains of Canada is irrefutable evidence of alien life, but his quest for the truth only leads to more lies and an unthinkable conclusion.

Director: R.W. Goodwin | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, John Finn, Matthew Walker

Votes: 2,460

21. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Requiem (2000)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Seven years after their first case, Mulder and Scully return to Bellefleur, Oregon to see Billy Miles and investigate a new series of abductions in the local forest, risking their partnership and lives.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, William B. Davis, Nicholas Lea

Votes: 2,165

22. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Talitha Cumi (1996)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After his mother suffers a stroke under strange circumstances, Mulder searches for a strange, benevolent alien man that possesses miraculous healing powers.

Director: R.W. Goodwin | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 2,653

23. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Nisei (1995)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An "alien autopsy" videotape and a murder spark Mulder's search for a strange creature. Scully looks for information about her disappearance.

Director: David Nutter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Stephen McHattie

Votes: 2,864

24. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Tunguska (1996)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A tip from Krycek takes Mulder to a gulag in Tunguska, Russia where prisoners are being used for experiments with the black oil alien virus. Meanwhile, Scully's colleague is infected with the same virus which lay dormant in a meteorite.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 2,716

25. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: The Unnatural (1999)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Searching through an FBI reference book, Mulder finds a photograph of Arthur Dales with a baseball team and the alien bounty hunter. Mulder goes to Arthur Dales' house to ask him about the ... See full summary »

Director: David Duchovny | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Jesse L. Martin, Fredric Lehne

Votes: 2,876

26. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Memento Mori (1997)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Scully attempts to come to terms with her inoperable cancer. Meanwhile Mulder and the Lone Gunmen break into a high-security research lab to find the cure that could save her life.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 2,671

27. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Herrenvolk (1996)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

With his mother on deathbed and the alien bounty hunter in pursuit, Mulder decides to put the alien healer in mortal danger for a chance to finally uncover the whole truth behind the alien conspiracy. Meanwhile, Mr. X's cover is blown.

Director: R.W. Goodwin | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 2,700

28. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Piper Maru (1996)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The agents investigate the mystery surrounding a sunken World War II aircraft.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Robert Clothier

Votes: 2,801

29. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: The Red and the Black (1998)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Scully undergoes hypnosis to recall her experiences on the bridge where the group of abductees was burned alive. Krycek provides the consortium with a vaccine for the black oil and tells Mulder of the planned colonization and alien rebels.

Director: Chris Carter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Nicholas Lea

Votes: 2,320

30. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Max (1997)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mulder and Scully continue their investigation into what really caused the airliner to crash, as the military insidiously begins to cover up the truth and even tries to murder the agents. Someone close to Scully is killed in the process.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Joe Spano

Votes: 2,474

31. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Tempus Fugit (1997)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

While investigating the unexplained crash of a commercial airliner the agents' search for answers leads to the bottom of a desolate lake and a startling discovery involving Mulder's alien abductee friend Max Fenig.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Joe Spano, Tom O'Brien

Votes: 2,526

32. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: E.B.E. (1994)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mulder and Scully become the focus of a disinformation campaign when they attempt to trace the government's secret transport of an alien life form.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Jerry Hardin, Allan Lysell

Votes: 3,724

33. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Essence (2001)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The X-Files team must protect Agent Scully and her unborn child as groups of Super Soldiers try to stop her pregnancy.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Nicholas Lea

Votes: 1,858

34. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Unusual Suspects (1997)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In May 1989, the Lone Gunmen meet for the first time when they assist a woman who claims the government plans to use civilians in a secret experiment.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Richard Belzer, Signy Coleman

Votes: 2,692

35. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: One Breath (1994)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Scully's comatose body is discovered at a local hospital and her life is hanging in the balance. When Mr. X shows Mulder the high price he'd have to pay if he truly wants justice for Scully, Mulder must choose between hope and revenge.

Director: R.W. Goodwin | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Sheila Larken, Melinda McGraw

Votes: 3,270

36. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: This Is Not Happening (2001)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Jeremiah Smith appears out of nowhere and formerly dead abductees are coming back to life, giving Scully and Skinner the idea that Mulder may have a shot at still being alive.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish

Votes: 1,926

37. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Wetwired (1996)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mulder and Scully investigate a series of murders linked to a mysterious device that alters television signals causing paranoid hallucinations. One of them falls victim to it.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Sheila Larken

Votes: 2,752

38. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Without (2000)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Scully leads Skinner and an unhappy Doggett to Arizona to protect child prodigy Gibson Praise from an alien bounty hunter disguised as the missing Mulder.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Mitch Pileggi

Votes: 1,986

39. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: The Truth (2002)

TV-14 | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mulder's return leads to him being tried for murder before a military tribunal where he seeks to prove the very existence of an alien conspiracy and justify the maintenance of the X-Files.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish

Votes: 2,871

40. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Patient X (1998)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mulder and Scully search for answers when separate groups of alien abductees are burned alive. They meet a woman with an implant in her neck and symptoms similar to Scully.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Nicholas Lea, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 2,296

41. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Terma (1996)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mulder tries to stop a Russian supersoldier from destroying the site in North America where the black oil virus can be excavated. Scully is jailed after she refuses to reveal Mulder's whereabouts at a Senate subcommittee hearing.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 2,591

42. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Pilot (1993)

TV-14 | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Agent Dana Scully is instructed to debunk an FBI project dubbed "The X-Files," paranormal cases that have been reopened by Agent Fox Mulder.

Director: Robert Mandel | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Charles Cioffi, Cliff De Young

Votes: 9,227

43. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Zero Sum (1997)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A swarm of bees mysteriously kill a postal worker in an enclosed restroom. Assistant Director Skinner covers up the evidence. Mulder investigates Skinner's apparent involvement with the crime.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 2,416

44. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Closure (2000)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

With help from a police psychic, Mulder continues to search for clues about Samantha's abduction and ultimately finds the long sought after answers concerning her fate.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, William B. Davis, Mitch Pileggi

Votes: 2,435

45. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: The Beginning (1998)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After the events of The X Files (1998) movie, Mulder and Scully's new boss, Kersh, assigns agents Spender and Fowley to work on the X-Files instead of them. Ignoring this, Mulder takes Scully on a hunt for a rampaging alien.

Director: Kim Manners | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, William B. Davis, Chris Owens

Votes: 2,378

46. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: Within (2000)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4