Tim Burton’s Top 5 Films – Our picks as the prime examples of his quirky best

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Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985) // Burton’s first feature is still a giddy, goofball gem; a brilliant collaboration between Burton, Paul “Pee-Wee” Reubens and co-writer Phil Hartman. Even though it wasn’t quite his aesthetic, Burton effortlessly got inside Pee-Wee’s infantile head.


tim burtons top 5 films pee wees big adventure 150x150 Tim Burtons Top 5 Films  Our picks as the prime examples of his quirky best Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
(1985)
// Burton’s first feature is still a giddy, goofball gem; a brilliant collaboration between Burton, Paul “Pee-Wee” Reubens and co-writer Phil Hartman. Even though it wasn’t quite his aesthetic, Burton effortlessly got inside Pee-Wee’s infantile head.


tim burtons top 5 films beetlejuice 150x150 Tim Burtons Top 5 Films  Our picks as the prime examples of his quirky best Beetlejuice
(1988)
// The first truly “Burton-esque” film by the director, Beetlejuice is a triumph of art direction and casting, with Michael Keaton deliriously chewing the scenery as the titular demon (although Burton originally wanted Sammy Davis Jr. for the part).


tim burtons top 5 films edward scissorhands 150x150 Tim Burtons Top 5 Films  Our picks as the prime examples of his quirky best Edward Scissorhands
(1990)
// Burton began his longstanding collaboration with Johnny Depp with this fairy tale torn right out of Burton’s scarred memories of growing up in suburban Burbank, California.


tim burtons top 5 films the nightmare before christmas 150x150 Tim Burtons Top 5 Films  Our picks as the prime examples of his quirky best The Nightmare Before Christmas
(1993)
// This is probably the film that started the phenomenon that is Tim Burton fandom: Goths and self-identified outsiders came out of the woodwork to embrace this vivid stop-motion mashup of Burton’s two favorite holidays, and the merchandise is still going strong 20 years later. (Yes, we know it was directed by Henry Selick.)


Ed Wood
(1994)
// This is one of the few Burton films to lose out at the box office, but it’s still his best film in a walk — a peerlessly authentic peek into the musty corners of Hollywood’s rejects with an Oscar-winning performance by Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi and a charming, funny turn by Depp as the talentless filmmaker Edward D. Wood Jr.

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