Top Ten Best Tim Burton Movies


The Top Ten

1 Edward Scissorhands

Oh my God, I'm glad this is at the top of the list. This is the greatest Tim Burton film of all time, and should have been the greatest Johnny Depp film of all time. The story is iconic, creative, colourful, brilliantly-paced and with terrific set pieces that, even in the twenty-first century, are beautiful. The script is also marvellous, every single line seems to be ingeniously chosen as if the writers sat down for hours and used pure ingenuity to come up with quotes that did the characters justice. Johnny Depp has been in so many films and, no thanks to Pirates of the Caribbean, believe that the 2000s were his best era, but that's just insulting. Johnny Depp KILLED IT as Edward Scissorhands - he didn't even have that many lines, but he was amazing: his speech, his mannerisms, the way he moved (Way better than Pirates of the Caribbean), and the fact that he just made the character seem so real. This film is also really funny at times, especially with Johnny Depp using his ...more

First of all, Nightmare Before Christmas was not even directed or written by Tim Burton. He just produced it and came up with the concept while he worked on Batman. But to the point! This movie has to be Tim Burton's deepest and personal film of his. It is a fantastic concept. Tim Burton is letting the world know that it's okay for people to be lonely, just like he needs to be alone in order to create his art. Man, he's such a genius! The movie was beautifully directed and written! Excellent work, Mr. Burton!

Nightmare may be the pure definition of a Burton movie, but Edward Scissorhands has a certain charm about it. This movie is magical, mesmerizing, heartbreaking, all while maintaining that bizarre Tim Burton feeling. Elfman's score is perfection, and the cast is gold. This is where Johnny Depp's Career kickstarted, and where Vincent Price went out with a stellar performance. This is not only my favorite Burton film, but it's one of the best films ever made.

This movie is so romantic and it makes me think Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder should get back together like how they did in the past

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2 The Nightmare Before Christmas

Nightmare Before Christmas is my favorite film. I'm also a big fan of Disney. Other good films on the list are James and the giant peach, Dumbo (2019), Alice In Wonderland and Coraline (made in collaboration with Tim Burton). Batman is also a good movie. Nightmare must still be 1st.

I love the nightmare before Christmas. I think it's a creative and magical film. I love all the characters especially lock shock and barrel and the songs are good too. It's definitely one of my favorite Tim Burton films. Corpse brides a close second.

This movie(The Nightmare Before Christmas) is a tie with Snow White for here as the best animation feature film have ever seen on the screen. Hoping there is more similar to this in the future. Guessing there are a possible more than 10 Holiday Nightmares as well. Christmas is always first then the others seem to be: Halloween, Thanks Giving, Easter, Independence Day, New Year's Day, Valentine's Day, April Fools, Earth Day and Labor Day. Well built, a rare treat too. - iliescu

This movie may have not been directed my Tim Burton, but it has his artistic genius written all over it. Up until today, this stop-motion picture is often regarded as a masterpiece only proving that it might just be Burton's best film in his career.

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3 Batman

I love Batman because it's shot in London and there are some scary scenes that I find fascinating. Plus despite the fact that Tim Burton is not a comic book fan and is more interested in dark fantasies this gave him the opportunity to direct a big blockbuster like this. - Yorkshire2001

Batman is one of the best films ever. Best superhero movie. Great Characters, Plot, Setting, and one of Jack Nicholson's best performances of all time

In my opinion this is the best Batman movie Dark Knight is good but extremely overrated - christangrant

Tim Burton's Batman is way better than Christopher Nolan's Batman. - Yorkshire2001

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4 Beetlejuice

My favorite because it's really funny and all the actors and actresses were great and it can be scary and a little weird.

Beetlejuice is an extremely hilarious but creepy film and it's my 2nd favourite Tim Burton film next to Edward scissorhands

Probably not the best but it should at least be in the top ten. its got a great cast as well. Burton is a great director. Michael Keaton is an excellent actor as is Winona Ryder

This movie is about ghosts trying to scare obnoxious new yuppie owners of this house! I love it!

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5 Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Amazing movie with a dark tone and great songs! I always sing along on the top of my lungs! And Alan Rickman's voice... just beautiful!

Dark comedy, revenge and bloody violence... All in a musical! So weird you have to love it

I hate "Edward Scissor Hands". I'm sad that it's at the top of the list. My second pick would be Big Fish.

After Edward scissors hand this is the best movie really a unique movie musical movie that inspires me a lot

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6 Batman Returns

Scared the crap out of me. Better than the first.

Why so underrated?

7 Corpse Bride

I love Nightmare Before Christmas, yes it's amazing! But I preferred the story in Corpse Bride. I can't remember if Charlie and the Chocolate factory or Corpse Bride was the first Tim Burton movie I've watched. - Oldia

Best movie ever. Very mature story and the unique perspective. I saw this on Netflix. It was recommended to me after I watched the nightmare before Christmas. This is way more mature. It is slightly scary. Never mind. The Halloweenesque style was Frightening in the best most romantic way. I suggest this for 10+ or maybe more if you are sensitive. The music is amazing and the characters are so real and depressing. One character contemplates suicide, one smokes, and one is drunk. And the corpse bride, the saddest most depressed character, was murdered by her fiance. amazing movie. so complex

I loved the movie very much. I loved Victor and Emily.

Yes! I like all his movies. He’s crazy and that’s what makes him great. And I love his dark movies. Corpse Bride is great. I wish it was longer, though.

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8 Ed Wood

Why is this at #10? This is easily Tim Burton's best movie!

Best movie ever from Tim Burton - Yorkshire2001

9 Big Fish

Best. Movie. Ever.

You expect a movie but with this one hoy get a masterpiece

A little complex but a great story - MatrixGuy

Such great story telling with a touching ending.

10 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

This movie was awful. Johnny deposit performance as willy wonka was irritating. And the Charlie in it was bland and under developed.

This is the worst remake I have ever seen for a good movie ever, in my many years of living. This is an embarrassing movie for both Tim Burton and Johnny Depp to partake in. Johnny Depp's character is annoying, cruel, insulting, mean, and boring, while Charlie is undeveloped, has very low character development, is a complete kick in the nuts for true Roald Dahl fans and is overall annoying too. - Awesomedoodlebug244

Probably it is the first movie of Johnny Depp that I watched when I was 5 it was really amazing and Johnny Depp was looking so cute in it

There should at least be another actor besides Johnny Depp who should of played Willy Wonka - Yorkshire2001

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The Contenders

11 Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow is a perfect horror film!

Sleepy Hollow is a perfect movie to watch on a dark cold moon night and even on Halloween. 🎃

Really great movie and a great acting from Johnny Depp

let me cut your head off please - brandonburton7

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12 Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

By far Tim's best and one of my favourite films of all time: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is an experience I'll never forget.

I love this film it brings back the memories for the adults back in the 80's. - Yorkshire2001

This movie is hilarious - Jonerman

13 Alice in Wonderland

Love this movie

Same as charlie: It sucks anal grease

14 Mars Attacks!

Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J Fox, Danny DeVito and Sir Tom Jones in a movie directed by one of the most creative directors in ever, I’m sold - Weirdest-thing

Jack Nicholson, pierce brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael j Fox, Danny deVito and sit tom Jones in a movie directed by Tim Burton?
I’m sold - Weirdest-thing

One of the most underrated Tim Burton movies and yet, one of his very best!

Mars Attack at 18, this list is a disgrace. It's a hilarious parody. - Agent_Cooper

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15 Frankenweenie

I love Frankenweenie especially Winona Ryder's character. - Yorkshire2001

Awesome movie. It should have been number 3!

OH MY GOD. TNBC and CB I love yes. But this movie is just perfect. I love this movie. It's amazing. I LOVE IT! PLEASE TO TOP 10!

16 Alice Through the Looking Glass

Tim Burton never directed this, but it's still awesome.

17 Batman Forever

Burton didn't even direct this...

Tim Burton had nothing to do with it

I know Burton didn't even direct this, but even so, why this film isn't any higher on the list is beyond me. Iti is a pretty colourful, heartful film and is, without any miniscule speck of a doubt, A LOT better than Batman and Robin. I liked Val Kilmer as Batman, I loved Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face and Jim Carrey as the Riddler was one of the biggest revelations since Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Where did you go wrong, Schumacher? Where on Earth did you go wrong?


18 Big Eyes
19 Coraline


It was Henry Selick not Tim Burton. - egnomac

Is Kubo a Time Burton Film?
Is Paranorman?
What about Coraline then?

A lot of people got confused because they advertised this film with "from the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas." However, Tim Burton did not direct TNBC. Henry Selick was the director. It is only called a Tim Burton film because he was the producer and wrote the original poem for it. Coraline is still a great film, but not a Tim Burton one. - Elric-san

@Elric-san sorry, but I wasn't talking to you, I accidentally clicked reply, anyway, totally agree with what you said because it's true. - Kefka

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20 Dark Shadows

I absolutely live this movie! Fantasy/Horror movie + Christopher lee AND Johnny Depp AND Alice Cooper = perfection

This was a great movie, not only was it by tim burton, but it has johnny depp in it.

Johnny Depp was looking lovely in it

21 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Amazing adaption from the book. Definitely one of the better Tim Burton movies.
Also, the little kid advertising in the comments is no older than 3. - GodFlowey

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22 Dumbo

Much better than the original, this one had a good ending.

23 Planet Of the Apes

A pretty underrated movie. It's entertaining and quite well made.

It's not that bad

Easily Tim Burton's worst movie

24 Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters

This is the wrong movie! Admin seriously has issues.

25 James and the Giant Peach
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