From least favorite to favorite
15. Planet of the Apes – Why was this made? Why?
14. Dark Shadows – The review says it all.
13. Alice In Wonderland – A few cool moments in here but this was mostly made to accommodate the 3-D gimmick.
12. Batman Returns – Follows up a nice, dark movie with a cartoonish turd.
11. Corpse Bride – Certainly not bad, but stop motion films should be left in Henry Selick’s hands.
10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – An update of a classic story and movie. There are some improvements on the Gene Wilder movie but it really misses some of the nostalgic feeling this examiner had for it.
9. Mars Attacks! – A pastiche of old alien invasion movies/comic-inspired tales that was better than I expected.
8. Big Fish – A decidedly straightforward, non-creepy story for Burton has a lot of heart. It might be a tiny bit self-aware, but this is a good flick.
7. Batman – Buoyed by Jack Nicholson’s enthusiastic turn as the Joker, this is a great interpretation of the Dark Knight.
6. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – This is a divisive pick among people: love or hate the singing/musical aspect of it, this was a deliciously gory story.
5. Sleepy Hollow – An extremely grim update of an old favorite story.
4. Beetlejuice – A showcase for Michael Keaton, this really set the tone for Burton’s career. Dark and strange but also funny and wildly visual.
3. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure – In hindsight, this is a strange film for Burton to be involved in, but it is a big one from my younger years so here it is.
2. Edward Scissorhands – Here is where Burton first collaborated with Johnny Depp. With all of their work together, this is probably the character that is the most distinct.
1. Ed Wood – Another directing choice that seems, on the surface, to be strange but it is a loving tale of a dream that never came true. Great performances from a talented cast and attention to period detail makes this an all-time favorite.
So there you have it! Agree or disagree, this list is in no way definitive, just my perspective.
As a side note, this only features films that Burton directed. He was involved in writing and producing a number of other films, some I have seen, some I have not.
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride is his stop-motion animation follow-up to the A Nightmare Before Christmas. It features Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.
Johnny Depp stars as the visually-striking titular character. This also features the final film appearance of screen legend Vincent Price. An early but impressive entry from the director.
Michael Keaton steals the show as the titular character. Say his name three times and he appears, ready to wreck-havoc on your surroundings! Also features Gina Davis and Alec Baldwin.
‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ is a film adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical. Gore and razors abound as the local barber, who is out for revenge, adds a special ingredient to the local meat pies…
Sleepy Hollow is an update on the old tale. This version is certainly more violent and adult-themed. Not to watch with the little ones!