From least favorite to favorite
15. Planet of the Apes – Why was this made? Why?
14. Dark Shadows – The review says it all.
13. Alice In Wonderland – A few cool moments in here but this was mostly made to accommodate the 3-D gimmick.
12. Batman Returns – Follows up a nice, dark movie with a cartoonish turd.
11. Corpse Bride – Certainly not bad, but stop motion films should be left in Henry Selick's hands.
10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – An update of a classic story and movie. There are some improvements on the Gene Wilder movie but it really misses some of the nostalgic feeling this examiner had for it.
9. Mars Attacks! - A pastiche of old alien invasion movies/comic-inspired tales that was better than I expected.
8. Big Fish – A decidedly straightforward, non-creepy story for Burton has a lot of heart. It might be a tiny bit self-aware, but this is a good flick.
7. Batman - Buoyed by Jack Nicholson's enthusiastic turn as the Joker, this is a great interpretation of the Dark Knight.
6. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - This is a divisive pick among people: love or hate the singing/musical aspect of it, this was a deliciously gory story.
5. Sleepy Hollow – An extremely grim update of an old favorite story.
4. Beetlejuice – A showcase for Michael Keaton, this really set the tone for Burton's career. Dark and strange but also funny and wildly visual.
3. Pee Wee's Big Adventure – In hindsight, this is a strange film for Burton to be involved in, but it is a big one from my younger years so here it is.
2. Edward Scissorhands – Here is where Burton first collaborated with Johnny Depp. With all of their work together, this is probably the character that is the most distinct.
1. Ed Wood – Another directing choice that seems, on the surface, to be strange but it is a loving tale of a dream that never came true. Great performances from a talented cast and attention to period detail makes this an all-time favorite.
So there you have it! Agree or disagree, this list is in no way definitive, just my perspective.
As a side note, this only features films that Burton directed. He was involved in writing and producing a number of other films, some I have seen, some I have not.