Top Ten Tim Burton Films
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Tim Burton is an American born film director, producer, writer, and artist.  He tends to take movie goers on an emotional journey by creating characters and themes that are dark and tortured, while also funny and endearing.  He is a stunning visual creator and his movies are riddled in spectacular effects and animation and often paired with gripping and beautiful musical scores.  It's easy to see why Burton has created some of the most captivating films of our time.  Here is a small selection of his finest masterpieces!

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Ed Wood (1994)
posted by topazorchid - 12/21/2011
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The often overlooked B-movie, about B-movie director easily goes down in history as one of Burton's most peculiar films.  It is the semi-true story of Ed Wood, who many have named the worst film director of all time.  Or was he?  Leave it to Tim Burton to tell the story about a misfit, surrounded by misfits, who is trying to make a sense of a world that doesn't understand him at all. Burton's love for movie-making is reflected on Ed Wood's love for movie-making.  And it results in an extremely uplifting movie, which makes anyone reconsider their previous stance on the late eccentric film director. 

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Mars Attacks!
posted by Cephei - 6/27/2013
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Mars Attacks! is Tim Burtons homage to the 50's and 60's science fiction movies he grew up watching. It's based on a trading cards set released by the Topps in the 60's. Mars Attacks! ranks as the biggest financial failure in Burtons career, and it has got pretty mixed reviews all around. However with its top notch cast, over the top performances and quirky humour, it has gained a well earned cult status among fans.

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Beetlejuice (1998)
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Tim Burton is quite the creative visionary.  His films often create some sort of deeper emotion in the viewer by combining elements of dark humor, sadness, and stunning visual effects.   But Beetlejuice is pure dark comedy genius!  The movie is about an endearing, all-American small-town couple whose lives are cut short unexpectedly. Their ghosts remain in there house, where they must live out their eternity. The problem arises when an obnoxious family transplants from the big city and with plans of turning their small town way of living (or rather un-living) upside down!  That's when the one and only "bio-exorcist", Beetleguese is called in to help rid the recently deceased couple of their unwanted house guests. Wacky and grotesque situations occur from here, taking us on a bizarre and hilarious ride through the imagination of Tim Burton!

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Big Fish (2003)
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Big Fish is undoubtedly a Tim Burton masterpiece and a gem in storytelling in itself!  Tim Burton once again mesmerizes us with a heartfelt love story with incredible imagination and visually stunning effects!  It's the story of a lost man reliving his father's fascinating tall-tales in hopes of learning more about his childhood and purpose in life.   Tales told of mermaids and werewolves, of Siamese twins, and a traveling circus, only Burton can create such a storyline that is incredibly heartwarming and whimsical, while the emotional tone takes moviegoers on a personal and touching journey. 

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Batman (1989)
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Tim Burton's darker twist on the classic 60's campy comedy is pure movie genius!  The stunning visual effects,  riveting plot line set in present day, and an all-star cast pave the way for a movie series spanning over 3 decades!  But Tim Burton's rendition sets the bar high...Everything about this movie makes it a hit!  Who else, other than Jack Nicholson could better portray the equally charismatic and homicidal Joker?  And Burton's choice to cast Michael Keaton in the duel role as Bruce Wayne / Batman turned out to be one of the movies greatest attributes!  And did we mention the film's music composition credits go to none other than the amazing Prince?  What's not to love about this film?



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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005)
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A young boy wins the once in a lifetime opportunity to tour the most magical and spectacular candy factory in the world, led by the most peculiar and eccentric candy makers, Willie Wonka!  What you have is the classic story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  When Tim Burton and Johnny Depp team up for the remake of the 1971 classic, what you have are colorful and unforgettable characters!  The visuals are clearly what Burton has the most fun with.   Wonka's factory is a cross between Disneyworld and Halloween horror ride, with elements of Mario Bava and Dr. Seuss.   And the unexpectedly hilarious Oompa Loompa songs could easily be compared to freakiest of Bollywood musicals! 

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
posted by Cephei - 6/27/2013
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The grisly tale of a barber seeking revenge comes to life in all its bloody glory, care of Tim Burton and his frequent collaborator Johnny Depp, in the feature film version of the Stephen Sondheim musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Ghoulish and full of gore, this Sweeney Todd adaptation isn’t for the weak stomached, but it is for anyone ready to be immersed in the gothic world Burton and company so beautifully create on the big screen in this deliciously entertaining musical romp. It features Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd, doing a good job both with his acting and singing, and Helana Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett, the amorous accomplice in their sinister plot.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
posted by topazorchid - 12/21/2011
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Perhaps the greatest animated Tim Burton masterpiece, The Nightmare Before Christmas amazes and inspires young and old alike.  Jack Skellington is feeling uninspired in his role organizing the scares for Halloween. Then he discovers "Christmastown" and is mystified by the magic of it all.  Jack decides to kidnap Santa and hijack Christmas. The beauty of the film is the seamless blending of the excellent stop-motion animation and the great Danny Elfman musical score.  As you would expect from Tim Burton, this film is quite dark at the emotional core. of the storyline.  But light comic touches throughout, like the accidental kidnapping of the Easter bunny, give the him a slightly "off kilter" sense of humor and make it a film worth watching again and again.

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Edward Scissorhands (1990)
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Undeniably, Edward Scissorhands is one of Burton's best film masterpieces to date!  He mixes a fairytale tone with an original plot line, and unforgettable characters to create one of the greatest love story's of all time.  The outwardly odd, yet unexpectedly gentle Edward is introduced the satires of suburban life in this magical and haunting tale of fame, love, and ultimately rejection and heartbreak.

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Corpse Bride (2005)
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A twisted fairytale love story from the creative mind of the one and only film maker known for invoking a tone that is equally warm as it s haunting, Tim Burton's  "The Corpse Bride" is yet another masterpiece!  It is the animated story about a shy, endearing man named Victor, who while practicing his wedding vows, unknowingly weds a ghost spirit who then arises from the dead to take Victor as her husband.  But Victor is supposed to marry Victoria and now has a serious problem on his hands as Victor now is committed to two women!

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