Tim Burton has created masterpieces upon masterpieces in the film industry. You may know him from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or even Batman, maybe Corpse Bride? Well, if you recognize any of those you know exactly who I am talking about.
His quirkiness and fantasy-like imagination are what make his films such an adventure to watch. Tim Burton has created great films to this day, but of course, a list is for the best of the best. I love these seven films being mentioned — but, I am sure others could hate Batman Returns.
This list is by no means meant to be official, but if you disagree — let me know what films you like the most by Tim Burton. There are so many to choose from. Without further ado, let’s get into the seven films of Tim Burton’s that I love from the 90s and 00s.
Tim Burton’s Batman Returns (1992)
Most don’t like this movie because it was a weird version of Batman, but I appreciated the film for what it was. Plus, it introduced my favorite Catwoman ever in the history of film — Michelle Pfeiffer.
The goddess of all things cats, she was marvelous in this movie. This is one of the only Batman films that have aged incredibly well, and to this day I can watch it a million times over. We have Danny DeVito as Penguin which was hands down the most fantastic performance too.
This film might have been weird to some, but it did amazing things for characters in the DCEU. I could rage about how great this film is for ages, but if you have not seen it — please see it. It is cinematically pleasing.
Tim Burton’s James and the Giant Peach (1996)
This movie is underrated (from what I know). A lot forget Tim Burton made this film and honestly, this was one of his sanest films in the history of his filmography.
James and the Giant Peach was great for me as a child and to have it remade into something was the highlight of my nostalgia. I was incredibly pleased with the outcome of this movie.
Cinematically it was gorgeous; the characters were just like the old school ones from the book. This movie brought quirkiness and life to an old school tale that I once adored.
Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Coming from an incredible original — it was going to be hard to top Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. However, Tim Burton did it — he got Johnny Depp and did it. It was a great redo of a classic film we know and love.
This version I can watch just as much as the original and it’s spot on; minus the millennial version of Tim Burton’s its spot on. There was not much different in this version that I could complain about, which is why I enjoyed it so much.
The cinematography was outstanding as well as all the other films he has made; this is nothing new at all. Overall, if you have not seen this film — please do, it’s one of the greatest.
Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands (1990)
We have made it to the cult classic, Edward Scissorhands. The best of the best comes from this movie. Johnny Depp was incredible in this film and one of the reasons why this film did so great.
Then you have Winona Ryder in the film alongside Depp, and this movie was meant to be one of the greats. I didn’t see this film until well into the 00s because I was born in ’93; but, it was great even then and now.
This film ages very well and one thing about Tim Burton is the way his films age. When you watch them momentarily — they appear to be as if they were made here and now. But, in reality, a lot of them are 80s and 90s films. It’s outstanding how well Tim Burton can make a film that lasts decades upon decades.
Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice (1988)
Beetlejuice is one of the classics, Keaton — the man, the myth, the legend was Beetlejuice. This film ranks as horror for some, but it is initially comedy-fantasy.
This is a cult classic film, and it happened after it was out for about a decade. The film took off in the 00s by millennial culture. Since I was not born at this time, the time period I saw this was in the 00s when I was old enough to watch films. This is one of those instances. Beetlejuice for most was like that — especially friends from my era that I graduated with from high school.
If you have not seen Beetlejuice, please watch it. It is an absolute classic of a film, and you won’t regret it. I love this movie for many reasons, but the acting is one of them. The cinematography was solid, directing was even better, and Burton was behind the film so, of course, it was going to be good.
Tim Burton’s Greatness Can Never Be Ranked!
There are far more great films that Tim Burton has done, Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas are some of the ones that are honorably mentioned.
A lot of cult classic fans appreciate those two films — personally, they are not my favorites, which is why I offer up in the comments a list of everyone else’s favorites of Tim Burton!