Tim Burton made his directorial debut in the 1985 American adventure comedy film ‘Pee-wee's Big Adventure.’ The film was lauded by critics and was a financial success, grossing over $40.9 million on a $7 million budget. In 1988, he directed the American fantasy comedy film ‘Beetlejuice.’ The film was warmly received by critics and was a major box office hit that grossed over $74.2 million on a budget of $15 million. The year 1989 saw the release of the American superhero film ‘Batman’ directed by Burton. The film received mostly positive reviews from critics and was a massive box office success, grossing over $411.6 million on a budget of $48 million. He next directed the 1990 American fantasy romance film ‘Edward Scissorhands.’ The film was a critical and commercial success. In 1992, he produced and directed the American superhero film ‘Batman Returns.’ The film received a positive response from critics and was a decent commercial success. He continued to direct films like ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ (1993), ‘Ed Wood’ (1994), ‘Mars Attacks!’ (1996), ‘Sleepy Hollow’ (1999), ‘Planet of the Apes’ (2001), and ‘Big Fish’ (2003).
In 2005, Burton directed the musical fantasy film ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’ The film earned praise from critics and was a box office success, grossing over $475 million on a budget of $150 million. That same year, he also co-directed the stop-motion animated musical dark fantasy film ‘Corpse Bride.’ The film saw critical acclaim upon release and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature. Burton next directed films like ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ (2007), ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (2010), ‘Dark Shadows’ (2012), ‘Frankenweenie’ (2012), ‘Big Eyes’ (2014), and ‘Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children’ (2016). Burton last directed the 2019 American fantasy period adventure film, ‘Dumbo.’ The film received a mixed response from critics and was a box office disappointment.