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Tim Burton Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

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Tim Burton has had plenty of hit films over the years, many of which have gone on to become classics…but as with any filmmaker, he's also had some misses, too. From vampire flicks and lackluster remakes to biopics and modern-day fairy tales, here are Tim Burton's films ranked from worst to best.

Adapting a beloved television show into film is usually a pretty big risk, and unfortunately for Burton, taking on this particular 1960s series didn't work out very well. In 2012, Burton took on Dark Shadows, which was based on a Gothic soap opera that originally aired from 1966 to 1971. Dark Shadows tells the story of Johnny Depps's Barnabus Collins, an ancient and immortal vampire who attempts to assimilate into 20th century society.

Burton has worked with Depp many, many times, but Dark Shadows is easily one of their least successful collaborations. The film garnered terrible reviews, and despite benefiting from Burton's signature cinematic flourishes, Depp's silly performance and the insanely outlandish plot really drag the movie down. Dark Shadows probably seemed like the perfect adaptation for Burton, but in the end, it proved one of his weakest efforts to date.

The final shot of the original Planet of the Apes is one of the most iconic scenes in film history, and in 2001, Burton made the daring choice to helm a remake of this classic movie. With Mark Wahlberg taking on Heston's role, Burton crafted a relatively loose adaptation of the original, where an astronaut named Leo Davidson lands on an entirely new planet inhabited by apes and tries to overthrow their tyrannical rule.

Despite the film's otherwise sterling cast, it performed poorly with critics and won multiple Golden Raspberry Awards thanks to a terrible lead performance by Wahlberg and a weird, bizarrely confusing ending. Even though it performed well at the box office, Burton said he would rather "jump out a window" than direct a sequel, due in large part to the overbearing studio interference he endured on the project. Fox, the parent studio of the film, didn't pursue the option either, simply rebooting the entire franchise ten years later with 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

As far as classic Disney films go, Dumbo is still a firm fan favorite, and in 2019 Burton helmed a live-action remake of the original 1941 film. The movie tells the story of Dumbo from a human perspective, focusing on a World War I amputee who takes on a job as an animal caretaker for a traveling circus, where his main responsibility is caring for a pregnant elephant who eventually gives birth to a baby with extraordinarily large ears. Keep watching the video to see all the Tim Burton movies ranked from worst to best.

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Dark Shadows | 0:18
Planet of the Apes | 1:10
Dumbo | 2:07
Alice in Wonderland | 2:49
Mars Attacks! | 3:53
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children | 4:33
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory | 5:24
Frankenweenie | 6:22
Big Eyes | 7:11
Big Fish | 8:03
Sleepy Hollow | 8:56
Corpse Bride | 9:41
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street | 10:34
Batman Returns | 11:17
Pee-wee's Big Adventure | 12:12
Batman | 13:10
Ed Wood | 14:25
Beetlejuice | 15:13
Edward Scissorhands | 16:11

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