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List of Tim Burton Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. 1997 (1974)
12
5
1997
12
5

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

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Short
2. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
22
2
Edward Scissorhands
TV-14
22
2

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.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Romance, Fantasy, Drama
3. Tim's Dreams (1972)
11
2
Tim's Dreams
11
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Short
4. Big Fish (2003)
13
3
Big Fish
PG-13
13
3

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. 

As:
Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Romance, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
5. 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.

As:
Cast
Director:
James Frawley
Genres:
Musical, Family, Comedy, Adventure
6. Beetlejuice (1988)
19
2
Beetlejuice
PG
19
2

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.

As:
Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy
Star Cast:
Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis, Annie McEnroe
7. Ed Wood (1994)
11
3
Ed Wood
R
11
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.  

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Biography, Comedy, Drama
8. Batman (1989)
15
3
Batman
TV-14
15
3

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.

As:
Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Action, Adventure
Star Cast:
9. Frankenweenie (1984)
11
3
Frankenweenie
PG
11
3
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Drama, Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Sofia Coppola, Shelley Duvall, Barret Oliver, Daniel Stern, Joseph Maher, Paul Bartel
10. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
15
3
Sleepy Hollow
R
15
3

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.

As:
Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
11. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
13
2
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
R
13
2

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.

As:
Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Horror, Musical
12. Batman Returns (1992)
16
2
Batman Returns
PG-13
16
2

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.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Adventure, Action
13. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
17
2
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
PG
17
2

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.

As:
Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Comedy, Family, Adventure, Fantasy
14. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
18
3
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
PG-13
18
3

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.

As:
Cast, Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Family, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
15. Men in Black 3 (2012)
13
2
Men in Black 3
PG-13
13
2

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.

As:
Cast
Director:
Barry Sonnenfeld
Genres:
Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Family
16. Big Eyes (2014)
10
3
Big Eyes
PG-13
10
3

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.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Crime, Biography
Star Cast:
17. Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
10
4
Pee-wee's Big Adventure
PG
10
4

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. 

As:
Cast, Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure, Family
Star Cast:
Phil Hartman, Cassandra Peterson, James Brolin, Milton Berle, Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton
18. Alice in Wonderland (2010)
14
3
Alice in Wonderland
PG
14
3

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. 

As:
Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Fantasy, Family, Adventure
19. Singles (1992)
9
3
Singles
PG-13
9
3

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. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Cameron Crowe
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
20. Dumbo (2019)
10
3
Dumbo
PG
10
3

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.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Adventure, Family, Fantasy
22. Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
13
3
Alice Through the Looking Glass
PG
13
3

After three years of traveling across the seas, Alice slips through the mirror to return to the Wonderland, where she meets all her old friends except Mad Hatter and learns that he is in a state of great shock because of his missing family. To save her loved ones, she must now travel into the past and to do that she must steal Chronosphere, an object that controls all of time in Wonderland.

As:
Producer
Director:
James Bobin
Genres:
Fantasy, Adventure, Family
23. Dark Shadows (2012)
12
3
Dark Shadows
PG-13
12
3

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.  

As:
Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
24. Mars Attacks! (1996)
9
3
Mars Attacks!
PG-13
9
3

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. 

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Comedy
25. Houdini: The Untold Story (1971)
8
3
Houdini: The Untold Story
8
3
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Short
26. Luau (1982)
8
3
Luau
8
3

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

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Role:
The Supreme Being / Mortie
Director:
Tim Burton, Jerry Rees
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Mike Gabriel, Terrey Hamada, Susan Frankenberger, Ben Burgess
27. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
11
2
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
R
11
2

To avenge his mother’s death, Abraham Lincoln agrees to become a vampire hunter under Henry Sturgess. He kills many vampireS including the one who killed his mother, and learns that all vampires in America descend from Adam whose ultimate plan is to take over the country. As the President of the US, Lincoln resolves to eliminate Adam and other vampires and stop their evil plan.

As:
Producer
Director:
Timur Bekmambetov
Genres:
Horror, Fantasy, Action
Star Cast:
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie, Marton Csokas, Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell
28. Planet of the Apes (2001)
10
1
Planet of the Apes
PG-13
10
1

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.

As:
Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Action
29. Batman Forever (1995)
10
1
Batman Forever
PG-13
10
1

A superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman, the movie focuses on Batman trying to stop the villainous Two-Face and the Riddler from implementing their malicious scheme of stealing confidential information that could threaten Gotham city’s freedom. 

As:
Producer
Director:
Genres:
Fantasy, Romance, Action, Adventure
31. Vampires Kiss/Blood Inside (2012)
8
1
Vampires Kiss/Blood Inside
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Van Helsing
Director:
Derek Frey
Genres:
Short, Horror
Star Cast:
Malcolm Davis, Oliver Driscoll, Leah Gallo, Aiko Horiuchi

TV Movie(s)

1. Hansel and Gretel (1983)
9
3
Hansel and Gretel
9
3
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Fantasy
Star Cast:
Vincent Price, Michael Yama, Andy Lee, Alison Hong, Jim Ishida
2. Lost in Oz (2000)
8
4
Lost in Oz
8
4
As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
Michael Katleman
Genres:
Drama, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Christine Lakin, Terrence 'T.C.' Carson, Erika Flores, Anna Galvin, Michael Horse

Animation(s)

Tim Burton's Stainboy (2009)
Tim Burton's Stainboy
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Short, Animation
Star Cast:
Glenn Shadix
Vincent (1982)
Vincent
G
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Short
Star Cast:
The Island of Doctor Agor (1971)
The Island of Doctor Agor
Plot:

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.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Doctor Agor
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Short, Animation, Horror
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Nightmare Before Christmas
PG
Plot:

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.

As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
Henry Selick
Genres:
Animation, Fantasy, Family, Musical
Star Cast:
William Hickey, Paul Reubens, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, Glenn Shadix
Prehistoric Caveman (1971)
Prehistoric Caveman
Plot:

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.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Short, Animation
Corpse Bride (2005)
Corpse Bride
TV-PG
Plot:

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.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Tim Burton, Mike Johnson
Genres:
Fantasy, Family, Romance, Drama, Musical, Animation
Beetlejuice (1989)
Beetlejuice
TV-Y
As:
Producer
Director:
John Halfpenny, Larry Jacobs, John van Bruggen, Alan Bunce, Rick Marshall
Genres:
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror
Star Cast:
Tara Strong, Stephen Ouimette, Alyson Court
The World of Stainboy (2000)
The World of Stainboy
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Short, Animation
Star Cast:
Michael R. Viner, Glenn Shadix, Lisa Marie, Will Amato
9 (2009)
9
TV-PG
Plot:

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.

As:
Producer
Director:
Shane Acker
Genres:
Mystery, Action, Thriller, Adventure, Drama, Animation, Sci-Fi
Frankenweenie (2012)
Frankenweenie
PG
Plot:

Victor, a school boy, is heartbroken after losing his pet dog Sparky in a car accident, but succeeds in reviving him using 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.’ 

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Animation, Family
Star Cast:
Tom Kenny, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Charlie Tahan
Family Dog (1993)
Family Dog
TV-Y
As:
Producer
Director:
Chris Buck, Clive A. Smith
Genres:
Comedy, Family, Animation
Star Cast:
Molly Cheek, Martin Mull, Danny Mann, Zak Huxtable Epstein, Cassie Cole
Stalk of the Celery Monster (1979)
Stalk of the Celery Monster
Plot:

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. 

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Animation, Short
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
James and the Giant Peach
PG
Plot:

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. 

As:
Producer
Director:
Henry Selick
Genres:
Adventure, Fantasy, Family, Musical, Animation
Star Cast:
Captain Sparky vs. The Flying Saucers (2013)
Captain Sparky vs. The Flying Saucers
As:
Producer
Director:
Mark Waring
Genres:
Animation, Family, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Short, Adventure
Star Cast:
Charlie Tahan
Doctor of Doom (1979)
Doctor of Doom
Plot:

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.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Don Carlo
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Animation, Short
Star Cast:
Brad Bird, Chris Buck, Randy Cartwright, Michael Giaimo
King and Octopus Animation (1979)
King and Octopus Animation
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Animation, Short

TV Shows and Videos

Conversations with Vincent (1994)
Conversations with Vincent
As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Role:
Himself
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Roger Corman, Vincent Price, Samuel Z. Arkoff
The Killers: Here with Me (2012)
The Killers: Here with Me
As:
Director
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Short, Horror, Fantasy, Music
Star Cast:
Winona Ryder, Craig Roberts, Aiko Horiuchi, The Killers, Sabrina Lecordier
The Killers: Bones (2006)
The Killers: Bones
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Short, Music
Star Cast:
The Killers, Brandon Flowers