From least favorite to favorite.
7. ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ – Perhaps this demands another revisitation, but in my mind, this never lived up to the critical and viewer praise. It is good and was more enjoyable the second time, but I always found it to be the most difficult of Anderson's to enjoy.
6. ‘Bottle Rocket’ – Anderson's debut is a little rough around the edges, but it gives a good glimpse into what the director, as well as the Wilson brothers (Owen and Luke) are capable of.
5. ‘The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou’ – A second viewing gave a renewed enjoyment and appreciation for this film. While it's an ensemble piece, it really feels like a vehicle for Bill Murray. Sure, things get a little odd in the last third of the story, but it's mostly a rousing tale of adventure and long-lost family on the high seas.
4. ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ – This story probably shouldn't work as well as it does because it stars two children and is focused on a town that is desperately searching for them. They hold up their end of the bargain, though, and a talented cast makes up a story that is funnier than one could hope for.
3. ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ – A stop motion animated film that I was prepared to dislike, but couldn't help but love. Suitable for the whole family, it proves that Henry Selick isn't the only master of the medium.
2. ‘The Darjeeling Limited’ – Few people hold this film in as high regard as I do. Something intangible just really connects with me. Perhaps it's the fact that I'm a sucker for films that take the characters and viewer on a journey (literally and figuratively). There is also the exotic locale, the emotionally heavy scenes, the Kinks soundtrack, enough humor to punctuate things, and Adrien Brody working his way into Anderson's roster of trusted actors.
1. ‘Rushmore’ – This has everything you would want, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, a precocious youth, an unconventional romance, rivalry, and comedy. This is the film where Anderson hit his stride and found his voice.