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 is honestly my favorite film of all time. Yeah, it's not revolutionary or anything, but it's story is brilliant, the character of Edward is impossible not to like because he's just so naïve and innocent, and the atmosphere is just wonderful. The design of the inventor's castle is breathtaking. I also like how everything is basically the same in the suburbs, because it just ties in to the whole "different" thing. Tim Burton has had many ups and downs, but when he gets a movie right, it's genius.

2 The Nightmare Before Christmas

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.

There is also a Playstation 2 game made for this feature film. Oogie's Revenge is the name and despite the odd title it is Jack fighting monsters with good graphics and does well to promote the finest in The Nightmare Before Christmas even at the beginning. Now can see why these are so amazing. Good!

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

4 Beetlejuice

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

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

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

Beetlejuice is funny as hell!

5 Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Art! My favourite film of all time with pride! Tim really outdid himself here.
Johnny Depp
Helena Bonham Carter
Sacha Baron Coten
Jamie Campbell Bower
Timothy Spall
Alan Rickman

The cast did really well as they had to sing themselves and someone who I think outshines them all was Helena. She played Mrs Lovett and her part was all fast, fast, fast non stop well done Mrs Lovett.
I loved the plot and Tim made it so well. The dull features within the movie tie it together and basically label it Burton.
The music is very well done and the effects are magnificent. This should definitely be first.

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!

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

Love this film.. Make a sequel, make sweeny Todd a zombie hunting down for Toby.

6 Batman Returns

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

Why so underrated?

7 Corpse Bride

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 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.

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.

OMG the best yet! I hope there's a part 2, this movie is extraordinary!

8 Ed Wood

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

This Person that said this is Number 10 No it is Not this said Number 8 Please Pay attention

9 Big Fish

So many to choose from but this one is superior on every level!

Such great story telling with a touching ending.

10 Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow is a perfect horror film!

What an ending this movie had!

The Contenders
11 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

THIS is one of Tim Burton's BEST films?! Just because it's faithful to the source material DOESN'T MEAN IT'S GOOD!

Look, the original book wasn't very good, to be honest. Roald Dahl is an extreme perfectionist. People say that the original film was just a commercial that angered its creator. Well, that "commercial" was more charming than Roald Dahl ever thought!

And yet his family was okay with this?! How is this NOT a remake of a classic gem?! It's just your generic Tim Burton remake! How did this become a critical and commercial success? And how come people prefer THIS over the 1971 film?! It's like if E. B. White hated the Hanna-Barbera film adaptation of Charlotte's Web, yet his family was okay with the Nickelodeon live-action remake-- OH WAIT!

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.

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

It's better than Twilight, at least.

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.

This movie is hilarious

13 Mars Attacks!

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

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.

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

14 Frankenweenie

I love Frankenweenie especially Winona Ryder's character.

Awesome movie. It should have been number 3!

15 Alice in Wonderland

Love this movie

16 Alice Through the Looking Glass

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

17 Big Eyes
18 Batman Forever

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?

19 Dark Shadows

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

20 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.

21 Dumbo

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

22 James and the Giant Peach
23 Planet Of the Apes

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

It's not that bad

24 9 (2009)
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