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List of Tim Burton Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Big Fish (2003)
24
6
Big Fish
PG-13
24
6

In typical Tim Burton style, Big Fish is the story of Edward Bloom, a retired salesman, and his son, Will, in a fantasy setting. On his deathbed, Bloom, who has the gift of storytelling, narrates fictional tales of his youth to Will, as he attempts to mend their relationship. Though initially sceptical, Will ultimately realizes his father’s zest for life. 

Directed By:
Tim Burton
2. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
28
5
Edward Scissorhands
TV-14
28
5

After the premature death of his creator, Edward, an artificial humanoid, is left with scissor blades for hands. He is discovered by kind-hearted saleswoman Peg, who welcomes him into her home. He quickly wins affection in the neighborhood and falls in love with Peg's teenage daughter, but his luck turns when he is framed for a robbery.

Directed By:
Tim Burton
3. Ed Wood (1994)
13
3
Ed Wood
R
13
3

This is Tim Burton’s comic biographical representation of Hollywood’s eccentric filmmaker, Ed Wood, where we find Johnny Depp, playing the titular role to perfection. Although Ed did not receive much commercial success, the film shows how he worked with a devoted crew to create his best-known, small-budget films. It also sheds light on his relationship with Bela Lugosi.  

Directed By:
Tim Burton
4. Batman (1989)
19
5
Batman
TV-14
19
5

Starring Michael Keaton in the eponymous role of DC Comics superhero, Batman, and Jack Nicholson as his nemesis, Joker, this film is the first in the Batman series. After falling into a vat of chemicals, Jack Napier a.k.a. Joker terrorizes Gotham City until Batman manages to save the day along with his love interest, reporter Vicki Vale, played by Kim Basinger.

Starring:
Directed By:
Tim Burton
5. Beetlejuice (1988)
22
5
Beetlejuice
PG
22
5

Barbara and Adam Maitland find themselves haunting their beloved house after they die in a car crash and are stuck in a limbo. They attempt to scare away the new owners, the Deetzes, but fail miserably, following which they hire the miscreant bio-exorcist Betelgeuse, who secretly plans to unleash chaos in the mortal world.

Starring:
Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis, Annie McEnroe
Directed By:
Tim Burton
6. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
18
6
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
R
18
6

Benjamin Barker, a barber, is falsely accused of a crime and sent to prison. He returns to find his wife dead and his daughter in the hands of corrupt judge Turnpin. Angered by the injustice he assumes a new name Sweeney Todd, reopens his barber shop and kills his customers with a straight razor with the help of Mrs. Lovett.

Directed By:
Tim Burton
7. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
21
5
Sleepy Hollow
R
21
5

Sleepy Hollow is a thriller directed by Tim Burton set in the gothic town of the same name, where a detective tries to solve the murders committed by a local legend, the headless horseman. Johnny Depp stars as an eccentric New York detective who uncovers the secret of the murderer's penchant for killing his victims by decapitation of their heads.

Directed By:
Tim Burton
8. Frankenweenie (1984)
9
4
Frankenweenie
PG
9
4

Victor Frankenstein is a young boy who likes to create movies starring his dog Sparky. Unfortunately, Sparky gets hit by a car and is killed. Therefore, Victor decides to learn about electrical impulses in muscles, and he tries to use this to bring his beloved pet to life.  

Starring:
Sofia Coppola, Shelley Duvall, Barret Oliver, Daniel Stern, Joseph Maher, Paul Bartel
Directed By:
Tim Burton
9. Batman Returns (1992)
17
6
Batman Returns
PG-13
17
6

In this movie, batman faces two enemies. The evil Penguin forces the devious businessman Max Schreck to back him in his attempt to get accepted in the society and later become mayor. Then there is the Catwoman who joins the two in their mission to destroy Batman. Batman now has to defeat his enemies and prevent Gotham city from becoming a centre of crime.

Directed By:
Tim Burton
10. 1997 (1974)
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3
1997
7
3

1997 is short film by director Tim Burton. It is one of his career’s very early short which he directed in 1974. 

Directed By:
Tim Burton
11. Big Eyes (2014)
10
4
Big Eyes
PG-13
10
4

A biopic based on artist Margaret Keane’s life. In 1950s, painter Margaret meets and marries fellow-artist, Walter Keane, who markets Margaret’s unique paintings of enchanted children with saucer-like eyes; but he claims the credit for them, earning fame and success. Though meek initially, soon Margaret finds courage to expose his fraud and files a law-suit to claim her art as her own.

Starring:
Christoph Waltz, Jason Schwartzman, Krysten Ritter, Amy Adams, Danny Huston, Terence Stamp
Directed By:
Tim Burton
12. Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
12
3
Pee-wee's Big Adventure
PG
12
3

Pee-wee Herman, an eccentric man-child gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight. Therefore, he sets out across the US, on an adventure in order to find it back. 

Starring:
Cassandra Peterson, Phil Hartman, James Brolin, Milton Berle, Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton
Directed By:
Tim Burton
13. Tim's Dreams (1972)
7
3
Tim's Dreams
7
3
Directed By:
Tim Burton
14. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
12
6
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
PG-13
12
6

After learning from his grandfather about a magical place for specially gifted children, Jacob sets out to search for Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children. When he discovers the enchanted place, Jacob realizes that he too has a special ‘ability’ that can help the inhabitants of that mysterious place to fight an imminent danger from macabre nemeses called Hollowgasts.

Starring:
Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Allison Janney, Judi Dench, Kim Dickens
Directed By:
Tim Burton
15. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
19
8
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
PG
19
8

Eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka hides five golden tickets in random chocolate bars that will grant five children a special tour of his amazing chocolate factory. Amidst massive rush, a poor boy named Charlie manages to win the fifth ticket and is accompanied by his grandfather in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will change his life forever.

Starring:
AnnaSophia Robb, Missi Pyle, Noah Taylor, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee, Freddie Highmore
Directed By:
Tim Burton
16. Alice in Wonderland (2010)
17
7
Alice in Wonderland
PG
17
7

Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Alice in Wonderland is loosely based on Lewis Carroll's fantasy novels and tells the story of a girl who has the power to slay the Jabberwocky, a dragon-like creature who is terrorizing the world. The film was praised for its visual style and special effects. 

Starring:
Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Michael Sheen, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry, Johnny Depp
Directed By:
Tim Burton
17. Mars Attacks! (1996)
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5
Mars Attacks!
PG-13
12
5

Earth is surrounded by a fleet of Martians spaceships who initially claim to have come in peace. But they soon kill the entire U.S. Congress and later assassinate President James Dale. Earth survives when it is accidentally discovered that Martians die on hearing Slim Whitman’s song “Indian Love Call” which is then played all over the world. 

Starring:
Michael J. Fox, Jack Black, Martin Short, Glenn Close, Christina Applegate, Annette Bening, Jim Brown
Directed By:
Tim Burton
18. Dumbo (2019)
8
4
Dumbo
PG
8
4

Holt is a circus performer who is tasked with caring for a young elephant named Dumbo, having oversized ears. However, it is soon discovered that Dumbo’s ears can help him to fly, and a few cunning men try to take advantage of the situation.

Starring:
Colin Farrell, Lucy DeVito, Michael Keaton, Eva Green, Danny DeVito, Alan Arkin
Directed By:
Tim Burton
19. Dark Shadows (2012)
15
6
Dark Shadows
PG-13
15
6

In the eighteenth century, Collinsport, Barnabas Collins spurns the romantic advances of Angelique, a witch and becomes cursed. Everything he loves dies, including his fiancée Josette and he is buried as a vampire. When he escapes two centuries later, he must stop Angelique and other evil forces while trying to save Victoria Winters, a doppelganger of Josette.  

Starring:
Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee, Jackie Earle Haley
Directed By:
Tim Burton
20. Hansel and Gretel (1983)
7
3
Hansel and Gretel
7
3
Starring:
Vincent Price, Michael Yama, Andy Lee, Alison Hong, Jim Ishida
Directed By:
Tim Burton
21. Planet of the Apes (2001)
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6
Planet of the Apes
PG-13
9
6

While searching for his co-worker chimpanzee, astronaut Leo Davidson accidentally travels through vast space and time to reach a planet ruled by talking apes that treat primitive humans as slaves. Supported by the sympathetic chimpanzee Ari, he rallies a small group of human rebels against the ape army of human-hating General Thade and his associate Colonel Attar.

Starring:
Mark Wahlberg, Charlton Heston, Tim Roth, Michael Clarke Duncan, Kris Kristofferson, Paul Giamatti, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Directed By:
Tim Burton
22. Houdini: The Untold Story (1971)
3
3
Houdini: The Untold Story
3
3
Directed By:
Tim Burton
23. Luau (1982)
3
3
Luau
3
3

This 1982 short film tells the horrifying and touching story of a beggar who wants to be famous one day.

Starring:
Mike Gabriel, Terrey Hamada, Susan Frankenberger, Ben Burgess
Directed By:
Tim Burton, Jerry Rees

Movies (Actor)

1. Singles (1992)
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9
Singles
PG-13
19
9

A romantic comedy set in the Seattle of the grunge music era, the film follows interrelated stories of a group of young adults in their 20s, living in the same apartment building. The singles, who are in search of love and success, are at an interesting phase of their lives where each individual's relationship takes an intriguing turn. 

Starring:
Matt Dillon, Tom Skerritt, Kyra Sedgwick, Jeremy Piven, Eric Stoltz, Victor Garber, Bill Pullman
Directed By:
Cameron Crowe
2. Luau (1982)
4
4
Luau
4
4

This 1982 short film tells the horrifying and touching story of a beggar who wants to be famous one day.

Role:
The Supreme Being / Mortie
Starring:
Mike Gabriel, Terrey Hamada, Susan Frankenberger, Ben Burgess
Directed By:
Tim Burton, Jerry Rees
3. Vampires Kiss/Blood Inside (2012)
5
4
Vampires Kiss/Blood Inside
5
4
Role:
Van Helsing
Starring:
Malcolm Davis, Oliver Driscoll, Leah Gallo, Aiko Horiuchi
Directed By:
Derek Frey

Animation Movies

Vincent (1982)
12
2
Vincent
G
12
2

The animation short is about young Vincent Malloy who wishes to be like his idol, Vincent Price. He is always lost in his wild imagination, dreaming about his idol’s movies, imagining himself to be the tortured narrator of ‘The Raven.’ He also conducts experiments like those in Edgar Allan Poe’s stories and tries to create zombie dog out of his pet Abercrombie.

Starring:
Vincent Price
Directed By:
Tim Burton
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
37
10
The Nightmare Before Christmas
PG
37
10

Bored with the idea of scaring real people every year, Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, wanders off into the woods and stumbles upon the joyous Christmas Town. Fascinated, he is determined to share Christmas with his citizens, but his attempt to abduct Santa Claus puts the holiday in danger for children around the world.

Starring:
William Hickey, Paul Reubens, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, Glenn Shadix
Directed By:
Henry Selick
Corpse Bride (2005)
29
11
Corpse Bride
TV-PG
29
11

Victor and Victoria are about to be married when, during wedding rehearsals, Victor makes a mistake and flustered, runs off into woods. He practices his wedding vows in front of a tree and unknowingly ends up marrying a Corpse Bride, Emily. While Emily takes him to the Land of dead, Victoria now has a new suitor.

Starring:
Emily Watson, Joanna Lumley, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, Albert Finney, Christopher Lee, Tracey Ullman
Directed By:
Tim Burton, Mike Johnson
Beetlejuice
8
3
Beetlejuice
TV-Y
8
3
Starring:
Tara Strong, Stephen Ouimette, Alyson Court
Directed By:
John Halfpenny, Larry Jacobs, John van Bruggen, Alan Bunce, Rick Marshall
The Island of Doctor Agor (1971)
7
3
The Island of Doctor Agor
7
3

The Island of Doctor Agor is a short horror animated film which is based on a novel by the well-known English author HG Wells, about a mad scientist who creates hybrid beings resembling humans, from animal parts.

Role:
Doctor Agor
Directed By:
Tim Burton
9 (2009)
18
8
9
TV-PG
18
8

In future a war between humans and machines has wiped out humanity and machine have assumed control. However, a rag doll, 9, created by a scientist in the last days of humanity, awakens; finds eight others like him and inspires them to face the machines that wants to annihilate them. They are perhaps the last hope of life on earth.

Starring:
Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Connelly, Elijah Wood, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau, John C. Reilly
Directed By:
Shane Acker
The World of Stainboy
7
3
The World of Stainboy
7
3
Starring:
Michael R. Viner, Glenn Shadix, Lisa Marie, Will Amato
Directed By:
Tim Burton
Frankenweenie (2012)
15
7
Frankenweenie
PG
15
7

Victor is heartbroken after losing his pet dog, Sparky, in a car accident, but succeeds in reviving him using a science experiment. Getting a wind of this, his school-friends blackmail him into sharing the secret and then resuscitate their own dead pets. The ‘monster’ Sparky creates fright in the neighborhood, and soon the town is swarming with more such ‘monsters.’ 

Starring:
Tom Kenny, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Charlie Tahan
Directed By:
Tim Burton
Family Dog
7
3
Family Dog
TV-Y
7
3
Starring:
Molly Cheek, Martin Mull, Danny Mann, Zak Huxtable Epstein, Cassie Cole
Directed By:
Chris Buck, Clive A. Smith
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
11
6
James and the Giant Peach
PG
11
6

Based on Ronald Dahl’s much loved eponymous children’s book, this musical fantasy film is centered on James, an orphaned British boy forced to live with his cruel aunts. One day he is given a bag full of magical crocodile tongues for saving a spider from his aunt and accidentally drops it near a peach tree to find an enormous peach growing on it. 

Starring:
Miriam Margolyes, Jane Leeves, Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon, Joanna Lumley, Simon Callow, Pete Postlethwaite
Directed By:
Henry Selick
Captain Sparky vs. The Flying Saucers (2013)
6
3
Captain Sparky vs. The Flying Saucers
6
3
Starring:
Charlie Tahan
Directed By:
Mark Waring
Stalk of the Celery Monster (1979)
5
4
Stalk of the Celery Monster
5
4

The Stalk of the Celery Monster is an animated short film, which was directed, written and animated in pencil. The film is about a mad doctor trying bloody experiments with his patients. 

Directed By:
Tim Burton
King and Octopus Animation (1979)
4
4
King and Octopus Animation
4
4
Directed By:
Tim Burton
Doctor of Doom (1979)
3
4
Doctor of Doom
3
4

This animated sci-fi short film tells the story of the Doctor of Doom, who unleashes a monster upon humanity, that is supposed to destroy anything that is beautiful.

Role:
Don Carlo
Starring:
Brad Bird, Chris Buck, Randy Cartwright, Michael Giaimo
Directed By:
Tim Burton
Prehistoric Caveman (1971)
2
3
Prehistoric Caveman
2
3

American filmmaker, animator and artist, Timothy Walter Burton, filmed this 4 minute amateur short stop-motion animation film when he was young. It was about the simple adventure of the Prehistoric Caveman.

Directed By:
Tim Burton
Tim Burton's Stainboy
0
0
Tim Burton's Stainboy
0
0
Starring:
Glenn Shadix
Directed By:
Tim Burton

Special Appearance/Cameo

The Muppet Movie (1979)
10
3
The Muppet Movie
G
10
3

The Muppet Movie is a musical road comedy film, which tells the story of Kermit the Frog, who is told by a talent agent, to try his luck in Hollywood. He soon sets out on a journey to Los Angeles, California, but on the way, he is pursued by an entrepreneur who wants him to be a new spokesperson for his restaurant.

Role:
Muppet Performer (uncredited)
Starring:
Mel Brooks, Bob Hope, James Coburn, Richard Pryor, Cloris Leachman, Milton Berle, Frank Oz
Directed By:
James Frawley
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
9
3
Pee-wee's Big Adventure
PG
9
3

Pee-wee Herman, an eccentric man-child gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight. Therefore, he sets out across the US, on an adventure in order to find it back. 

Role:
Thug in alley (uncredited)
Starring:
Cassandra Peterson, Phil Hartman, James Brolin, Milton Berle, Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton
Directed By:
Tim Burton
Men in Black 3 (2012)
19
8
Men in Black 3
PG-13
19
8

Boris the Animal, the last of his species who was captured by Agent K, flees from the maximum-security prison on the Moon. He travel backs in time to kill a younger K which will enable his fellow Boglodites to conquer Earth. Agent J must now travel back in time and team up with the younger K to prevent Boris from destroying humanity.

Role:
Alien on TV Monitors (uncredited)
Starring:
Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Arnett, Jemaine Clement, Michael Stuhlbarg
Directed By:
Barry Sonnenfeld
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
12
5
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
PG-13
12
5

After learning from his grandfather about a magical place for specially gifted children, Jacob sets out to search for Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children. When he discovers the enchanted place, Jacob realizes that he too has a special ‘ability’ that can help the inhabitants of that mysterious place to fight an imminent danger from macabre nemeses called Hollowgasts.

Role:
Passenger on an Attraction (uncredited)
Starring:
Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Allison Janney, Judi Dench, Kim Dickens
Directed By:
Tim Burton
Hoffa (1992)
7
3
Hoffa
R
7
3

A fictionalized version of the infamous Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa’s life. He starts as a Teamster union organizer and rises to become the president of the 'International Brotherhood of Teamsters.' Forming an alliance between the union and mafia, he illegally uses Teamster funds for mob. Following frequent battles with industry management and the Attorney General, he serves prison sentence, but after his release, disappears mysteriously in 1975.

Role:
Corpse (uncredited)
Starring:
Armand Assante, James Thomas Patrick Walsh, Jon Favreau, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John C. Reilly
Directed By:

TV Shows

Faerie Tale Theatre
17
3
Faerie Tale Theatre
17
3
Starring:
Jennifer Beals, Bernadette Peters, Robin Williams, James Earl Jones, Leonard Nimoy, Melissa Gilbert, Liza Minnelli
Conversations with Vincent (1994)
9
2
Conversations with Vincent
9
2
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Roger Corman, Vincent Price, Samuel Z. Arkoff
Directed By:
Tim Burton
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
18
5
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
18
5
Starring:
Patrick Wayne, Season Hubley, Eli Wallach, Mia Sara, George Lazenby, Marilu Henner, Anthony Newley
Directed By:
The Killers: Here with Me (2012)
8
3
The Killers: Here with Me
8
3
Starring:
Winona Ryder, Craig Roberts, Aiko Horiuchi, The Killers, Sabrina Lecordier
Directed By:
Tim Burton
The Killers: Bones (2006)
7
3
The Killers: Bones
7
3
Starring:
The Killers, Brandon Flowers
Directed By:
Tim Burton