All Tim Burton Movies Ranked

Born in the morbid, decaying wonderland known as Burbank, California, visionary director Tim Burton showed a propensity for the dark arts from a young age, guiding him into a CalArts education, and then the prestigious honor of getting fired from Disney in the mid-’80s. The reasoning: Wasting company money animating things too scary to show kids. This only gave Burton the opportunity to let his imagination run unfettered on the big screen and, with the help of some choice partners-in-crime, produced one deranged hit after another: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, two Michael Keaton Batman movies, Edward Scissorhands. (And if you’re later wondering why Nightmare Before Christmas isn’t on this list, though he’s often associated with the role, Burton is not credited as director on the film.)

After perhaps his finest hour — turning the cultural tide on the worst director ever with Ed Wood — Burton has oscillated between pet project curios (Frankenweenie, Dark Shadows) and bombastic blockbusters, such as Alice in Wonderland, which made a lot of money for, appropriately enough, Disney. And with Edward Scissorhands celebrating its 30th anniversary, we’re ranking all Tim Burton movies by Tomatometer!

#19

Dark Shadows (2012)
35%

#19
Adjusted Score: 47020%
Critics Consensus: The visuals are top notch but Tim Burton never finds a consistent rhythm, mixing campy jokes and gothic spookiness with less success than other Johnny Depp collaborations.
Synopsis: Turned into a vampire by a vengeful witch, Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) escapes from his tomb after 200 years and... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 50200%
Critics Consensus: This remake of Planet of the Apes can't compare to the original in some critics' mind, but the striking visuals and B-movie charms may win you over.
Synopsis: In 2029 an astronaut (Mark Wahlberg) leads a human uprising against a military leader (Tim Roth) and his army of... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#17

Dumbo (2019)
46%

#17
Adjusted Score: 65066%
Critics Consensus: Dumbo is held partly aloft by Tim Burton's visual flair, but a crowded canvas and overstretched story leave this live-action remake more workmanlike than wondrous.
Synopsis: A struggling circus owner enlists a man and his two children to care for Dumbo, a baby elephant born with... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 61137%
Critics Consensus: Tim Burton's Alice sacrifices the book's minimal narrative coherence -- and much of its heart -- but it's an undeniable visual treat.
Synopsis: Now a teenager, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to Underland, where she must find her destiny and put an end to... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#15

Mars Attacks! (1996)
55%

#15
Adjusted Score: 59669%
Critics Consensus: Tim Burton's alien invasion spoof faithfully recreates the wooden characters and schlocky story of cheesy '50s sci-fi and Ed Wood movies -- perhaps a little too faithfully for audiences.
Synopsis: Martians take delight in incinerating humans in director Tim Burton's sendup of 1950s sci-fi classics.... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#14
Adjusted Score: 76164%
Critics Consensus: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children proves a suitable match for Tim Burton's distinctive style, even if it's on stronger footing as a visual experience than a narrative one.
Synopsis: A teen (Asa Butterfield) discovers a secret refuge on an island where children have special powers and hidden enemies.... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#13

Sleepy Hollow (1999)
69%

#13
Adjusted Score: 74019%
Critics Consensus: It isn't Tim Burton's best work, but Sleepy Hollow entertains with its stunning visuals and creepy atmosphere.
Synopsis: A Colonial-era constable (Johnny Depp) probes a series of grisly decapitations in an upstate New York hamlet.... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#12

Batman (1989)
71%

#12
Adjusted Score: 78267%
Critics Consensus: An eerie, haunting spectacle, Batman succeeds as dark entertainment, even if Jack Nicholson's Joker too often overshadows the title character.
Synopsis: The Caped Crusader (Michael Keaton) saves dismal Gotham City and gorgeous Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) from the freaky Joker (Jack... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#11

Big Eyes (2014)
72%

#11
Adjusted Score: 80282%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted, thought-provoking, and a refreshing change of pace for Tim Burton, Big Eyes works both as a biopic and as a timelessly relevant piece of social commentary.
Synopsis: Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) achieves worldwide fame for pop-art portraits of saucer-eyed waifs, but no one knows that it's his... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#10

Big Fish (2003)
76%

#10
Adjusted Score: 82513%
Critics Consensus: A charming father-and-son tale filled with typical Tim Burton flourishes, Big Fish is an impressive catch.
Synopsis: A young journalist (Billy Crudup) searches for the truth behind the tall tales told by his ailing father (Albert Finney).... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#9

Batman Returns (1992)
80%

#9
Adjusted Score: 87080%
Critics Consensus: Director Tim Burton's dark, brooding atmosphere, Michael Keaton's work as the tormented hero, and the flawless casting of Danny DeVito as The Penguin and Christopher Walken as, well, Christopher Walken make the sequel better than the first.
Synopsis: The Caped Crusader (Michael Keaton) clashes with Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) and saves gloomy Gotham City from the foul Penguin's (Danny... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#8
Adjusted Score: 90691%
Critics Consensus: Closer to the source material than 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is for people who like their Chocolate visually appealing and dark.
Synopsis: A poor boy (Freddie Highmore) and four spoiled children win a tour through the incredible factory of an odd confectioner... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#7
Adjusted Score: 91299%
Critics Consensus: As can be expected from a Tim Burton movie, Corpse Bride is whimsically macabre, visually imaginative, and emotionally bittersweet.
Synopsis: In 19th-century Europe, a gifted pianist (Johnny Depp) mistakenly weds a dead woman (Helena Bonham Carter) who takes him to... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson

#6

Beetlejuice (1988)
85%

#6
Adjusted Score: 89171%
Critics Consensus: Brilliantly bizarre and overflowing with ideas, Beetlejuice offers some of Michael Keaton's most deliciously manic work - and creepy, funny fun for the whole family.
Synopsis: A ghoul (Michael Keaton) helps a newly dead couple (Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis) haunt the tasteless new owners of their... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#5
Adjusted Score: 93929%
Critics Consensus: Full of pith and Grand Guignol grossness, this macabre musical is perfectly helmed and highly entertaining. Tim Burton masterfully stages the musical in a way that will make you think he has done this many times before.
Synopsis: After serving time for a crime he did not commit, a vengeful barber (Johnny Depp) and his accomplice (Helena Bonham... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 90071%
Critics Consensus: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure brings Paul Reubens' famous character to the big screen intact, along with enough inspired silliness to dazzle children of all ages.
Synopsis: Childlike Pee-wee (Paul Reubens) loses his vintage bicycle and embarks on a cross-country adventure to get it back.... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#3

Frankenweenie (2012)
87%

#3
Adjusted Score: 97120%
Critics Consensus: Frankenweenie is an energetic stop-motion horror movie spoof with lovingly crafted visuals and a heartfelt, oddball story.
Synopsis: A boy faces unintended and sometimes monstrous consequences when he conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog, Sparky,... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 94888%
Critics Consensus: The first collaboration between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, Edward Scissorhands is a magical modern fairy tale with gothic overtones and a sweet center.
Synopsis: A deceased inventor's unfinished creation (Johnny Depp) becomes an instant celebrity when a cheery suburbanite (Dianne Wiest) brings him home.... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#1

Ed Wood (1994)
92%

#1
Adjusted Score: 96826%
Critics Consensus: Tim Burton and Johnny Depp team up to fete the life and work of cult hero Ed Wood, with typically strange and wonderful results.
Synopsis: Edward D. Wood Jr. (Johnny Depp) directs awful '50s cult films like "Glen or Glenda" and "Plan 9 From Outer... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

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