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Ranking All Of Director Tim Burton’s Movies

Tim Burton Filmography Movie Ranking

“What are Tim Burton’s Best Movies?” We looked at all of Burton’s directed filmography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the movies directed by Tim Burton and looked at their Rotten Tomato Critic, Rotten Tomato User, Metacritic, Metacritic User, IMDB, and Letterboxd scores, ranking them against one another to see which movies came out on top. The movies are ranked in our list below based on which movies have the highest overall score between all 6 review sites in comparison with all of the other movies by the same director. The process is all very scientific with no flaws at all.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page. We will update the article if/when a new movie by Tim Burton is released. Although it probably won’t be immediate so the scores on each site have time to settle and aren’t overly influenced by the early, usually much more opinionated, users.

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The Top Film’s Of Tim Burton



18 ) Planet of the Apes (2001)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 17
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 17
  • Metacritic User Score: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 18
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race. Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the invincible gorilla army led by Ruthless General Thade.

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17 ) Dark Shadows (2012)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 18
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 17
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 14
  • Metacritic User Score: 16
  • IMDB User Review Score: 17
  • Letterboxd User Score: 17

Vampire Barnabas Collins is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate and family have fallen into ruin.

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16 ) Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 15
  • Metacritic User Score: 16
  • IMDB User Review Score: 15
  • Letterboxd User Score: 16

Alice, an unpretentious and individual 19-year-old, is betrothed to a dunce of an English nobleman. At her engagement party, she escapes the crowd to consider whether to go through with the marriage and falls down a hole in the garden after spotting an unusual rabbit. Arriving in a strange and surreal place called ‘Underland,’ she finds herself in a world that resembles the nightmares she had as a child, filled with talking animals, villainous queens and knights, and frumious bandersnatches. Alice realizes that she is there for a reason – to conquer the horrific Jabberwocky and restore the rightful queen to her throne.

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15 ) Mars Attacks! (1996)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 15
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 16
  • Metacritic User Score: 13
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 13

We come in peace’ is not what those green men from Mars mean when they invade our planet, armed with irresistible weapons and a cruel sense of humor. This star studded cast must play victim to the alien’s fun and games in this comedy homage to science fiction films of the ’50s and ’60s.

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14 ) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 13
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 13
  • Metacritic User Score: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

A teenager finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures intent on destroying them.

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13 ) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 5
  • Metacritic User Score: 13
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world’s most unusual candy maker.

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12 ) Big Eyes (2014)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 11
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

The story of the awakening of the painter, Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

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11 ) Batman Returns (1992)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 9
  • Metacritic User Score: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

Having defeated the Joker, Batman now faces the Penguin – a warped and deformed individual who is intent on being accepted into Gotham society. Crooked businessman Max Schreck is coerced into helping him become Mayor of Gotham and they both attempt to expose Batman in a different light. Selina Kyle, Max’s secretary, is thrown from the top of a building and is transformed into Catwoman – a mysterious figure who has the same personality disorder as Batman. Batman must attempt to clear his name, all the time deciding just what must be done with the Catwoman.

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10 ) Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 18
  • Metacritic User Score: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

The eccentric and childish Pee-wee Herman embarks on a big adventure when his beloved bicycle is stolen. Armed with information from a fortune-teller and a relentless obsession with his prized possession, Pee-wee encounters a host of odd characters and bizarre situations as he treks across the country to recover his bike.

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9 ) Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 10
  • Metacritic User Score: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

New York detective Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of mysterious deaths in which the victims are found beheaded. But the locals believe the culprit to be none other than the ghost of the legendary Headless Horseman.

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8 ) Frankenweenie (2012)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 3
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

When a car hits young Victor’s pet dog Sparky, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked “monster” wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor’s neighbors, he has to convince them that Sparky’s still the good, loyal friend he was.

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7 ) Batman (1989)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 4
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 8
  • Metacritic User Score: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker, who has seized control of Gotham’s underworld.

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6 ) Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (2005)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 1
  • Metacritic User Score: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

Set in a 19th-century european village, this stop-motion animation feature follows the story of Victor, a young man whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious corpse bride, while his real bride Victoria waits bereft in the land of the living.

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5 ) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 1
  • Metacritic User Score: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.

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3 ) Beetlejuice (1988)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 5
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

Thanks to an untimely demise via drowning, a young couple end up as poltergeists in their New England farmhouse, where they fail to meet the challenge of scaring away the insufferable new owners, who want to make drastic changes. In desperation, the undead newlyweds turn to an expert frightmeister, but he’s got a diabolical agenda of his own.

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3 ) Big Fish (2003)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 2
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 12
  • Metacritic User Score: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

Throughout his life Edward Bloom has always been a man of big appetites, enormous passions and tall tales. In his later years, he remains a huge mystery to his son, William. Now, to get to know the real man, Will begins piecing together a true picture of his father from flashbacks of his amazing adventures.

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2 ) Ed Wood (1994)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

The mostly true story of the legendary “worst director of all time”, who, with the help of his strange friends, filmed countless B-movies without ever becoming famous or successful.

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1 ) Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 2
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 3
  • Metacritic User Score: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

A small suburban town receives a visit from a castaway unfinished science experiment named Edward.

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Tim Burton’s Best Movies



Tim Burton Review Website Filmography Rankings

Film RT Critic RT User MC Critic MC User IMDB Letterboxd Overal Rank
Edward Scissorhands 2 1 3 1 2 2 1
Ed Wood 1 3 6 15 2 1 2
Beetlejuice 7 5 6 3 5 4 3
Big Fish 10 2 12 3 1 2 3
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 5 6 1 7 6 7 5
Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride 6 9 1 6 6 7 6
Batman 11 4 8 5 4 5 7
Frankenweenie 3 11 3 10 9 7 8
Sleepy Hollow 13 7 10 1 6 7 9
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure 3 8 18 7 9 5 10
Batman Returns 9 10 9 7 9 7 11
Big Eyes 11 12 11 10 9 12 12
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 7 16 5 13 13 15 13
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 14 13 13 12 13 14 14
Mars Attacks! 15 15 16 13 16 13 15
Alice in Wonderland 15 14 15 16 15 16 16
Dark Shadows 18 17 14 16 17 17 17
Planet of the Apes 17 18 17 18 18 18 18

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