Top 5 Tim Burton Films !

Updated on July 17, 2016

Tim Burton is an insanely creative director. His unique style is loved around the world and sure made a lasting impact on me. Ever since I saw the first Batman film in the early 90's, I knew this man had something special. Here are my 5 personal favorites from him !

5. Mars Attacks ! (1996)

I believe that Burton, after Ed Wood in 1994, decided to make his own Ed Woodesque film and this was the result. The movie was not the box office success it deserved to be, only grossing back its 100 million dollar budget. However, just a quick glance at the film's poster is enough to make you realise you are in for something special. Tim Burton was at the top of his game back then and he was able to get the best of Hollywood for this ridiculously crazy movie. Jack Nicholson especially is hilarious, playing two completely different characters. The film is campy and it was meant to be like that. The special effects are still holding up pretty well today, considering that this was a parody of 1950's sci-fi monster disaster movies. It is often overlooked in Burton's filmography. It shouldn't.

4. Beetlejuice (1988)

I think Beetlejuice is the movie in which Tim Burton first developed his trademark style, a mix of horror and comedy with gothic elements thrown in the mix. It is a supernatural comedy and one of the best at that. It is undoubtedly Burton's funniest film. Michael Keaton is a showstopper and the long awaited sequel is suposedly in the works. The old-fashioned special effects give the film a lot of charm (it won an Academy Award), just like the musical numbers. Truly a unique film that will remain a classic for the ages. Beetlejuice also marked the beginning of the Burton-Keaton working collaboration, which leads us to...

3. Batman (1989)

Batman is probably the most important film of my childhood. The movie was unlike anything else at the time. Moviegoers were surprised by how dark it was and yet it remained a crowd pleasing blockbuster. Burton finally proved that Batman was more than the parody the 60's TV show made of him and the film had a huge influence on how the character was perceived, even in the comics. It also gave birth to the amazing animated TV show in the early 90's. To me, Michael Keaton remains the definitive Batman and Jack Nicholson is perfect as the Joker. While it doesn't have a lot of Burton's trademark elements, the movie remains one of his most financially successful and allowed the director to basically do anything he wanted after.

2. Ed Wood (1994)

This movie is probably the most overlooked one in Burton's filmography, as it received a limited theatrical release back in 1994 and was shot in black and white, perhaps limiting its commercial appeal. That's a shame. Ed Wood is a deeply touching and funny film that is sure to please anyone interested in the art of making movies. Johnny Depp delivers one of his finest performances here as Ed Wood (the worst movie director ever) and Martin Landau rightfully received an Oscar for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi. With almost no special effects, the attention is centered around the relationship between Depp and Landau's characters, which is fascinating and truly heartwarming. The movie is the only biographical film Burton ever made and it is worth a watch. Or many !

1. Batman Returns (1992)

Batman Returns is what happens when you give free rein to one of the most creative directors out there. This movie feels much more like a Burton film than the first one, as it features very tortured characters and an almost nightmarish fairytale-like style. It is arguably one of the most unique superhero films ever and was not what audiences were expecting back in 1992. However, I believe it is infinitely superior to its predecessor. Danny Elfman's score is Oscar-worthy and the performances are electric, especially Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, delivering what I think is the definitive portrayal of the character on the big screen. The backlash due to the film's violence led to the rebooting of the Batman movie franchise in 1995 with Batman Forever. Batman Returns is still my favorite Batman film of all time. Don't miss this one !

Which of those Burton masterpieces is your favorite ?

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      • Alex Dino profile imageAUTHOR

        Alex Dino 

        2 years ago from Canada

        He should definitely make amother one! I wonder what it could be about !

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        Pat Mills 

        2 years ago from East Chicago, Indiana

        Burton's fine, but I like his quirky biopics the best. Ed Wood and Big Eyes are my favorites from this director.

      • Alex Dino profile imageAUTHOR

        Alex Dino 

        2 years ago from Canada

        Thanks for your kind words, it is much appreciated !

        A.

      • Dianelle profile image

        Dianelle 

        2 years ago

        Yes, I love your style! It is very easy to read and interesting. Looks like you're an expert in what you're doing =)

      • Alex Dino profile imageAUTHOR

        Alex Dino 

        2 years ago from Canada

        I might do that ! I'm glad you enjoy my reviews. Keep on reading !

        A.

      • Dianelle profile image

        Dianelle 

        2 years ago

        Thanks for the compliment xx

        I would love to read your opinion about 9½ Weeks! And Vanilla Sky! And especially Eyes Wide Shut, since it's one of my fav Kubrick's movies! I saw that you mentioned 2 last ones here: https://hubpages.com/entertainment/My-Top-10-Tom-C... but a longer review would be just awesome, if you have time!

      • Alex Dino profile imageAUTHOR

        Alex Dino 

        2 years ago from Canada

        Seems like you have great taste ! I don't have any favorite genres, I like all kinds of films !

        A.

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        Dianelle 

        2 years ago

        Oh, I love movies by Stanley Kubrick, Adrian Lyne, Martin Scorsese - and yes, I LOVE David Fincher too! =)

        What genres do you prefer?

      • Alex Dino profile imageAUTHOR

        Alex Dino 

        2 years ago from Canada

        One of ! Other favorites include David Fincher, Steven Spielberg and Joel Schumacher ! What about yours ?

        A.

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        Dianelle 

        2 years ago

        Thanks, Alex!

        And why did you write about Tim Burton? Is he your favorite movie director?

      • Alex Dino profile imageAUTHOR

        Alex Dino 

        2 years ago from Canada

        Batman & Robin is definitely a guilty-pleasure kind of film more than anything else, still very enjoyable when not taken seriously. The Burton Batman films are both superior ! Thanks for your comment !

        A.

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        Dianelle 

        2 years ago

        Thanks for mentioning the overlooked movies, Alex! I was going quite mainstream before but I will definitely watch Ed Wood and Mars Attacks!!

        Still, which movie is better, the one you wrote about here: https://reelrundown.com/movies/Why-I-love-Batman-R... or the ones you mentioned in this article? And why? Thanks in advance for your response, Alex!

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