Tim Burton has been one of the world’s leading filmmakers for almost 40 years, starting with his first hit, 1985’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Since then, Burton has become known for his trademark style that’s so uniquely him it’s almost hard to describe. Filled with a mix of quirky curiosity and gothic gloom, Burton is a masterful filmmaker who continually and inventively turns melancholy into an exciting art form.
While all of Burton’s movies have his signature auteur touch, his filmography is remarkably varied, delving into everything from horror (Sleepy Hollow) to animated (Corpse Bride), and even superhero movies (Batman). With 19 films under his belt - soon to be 20 with the upcoming Beetlejuice 2 - there’s never been a better time to explore Burton’s vast filmography. Here are all of his movies and where to stream or rent them.
How did we determine Burton’s best movies?
This is a list of every movie Tim Burton has directed, so fans will quickly notice that movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas aren’t included (despite the movie often being associated with Burton, it was actually directed by Henry Selick, with Burton serving as creator and producer).
I have ranked the movies on this list based on a variety of factors, including critical response, awards won, and most importantly, how enjoyable they are - whether through the film’s gripping and enticing story, campy humor, or unique aesthetics.