Like many gifted directors, Tim Burton is a series of contradictions: a neurotic outsider who makes enormously popular tentpole movies; a death-obsessed horror fanatic capable of gooey sentimentality; and a brilliant animator who left cartoons behind for live action that, over the years, has only become less and less lifelike.
With Burton's latest imaginative concoction, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, now out in theaters, the debates that often circle Burton's career will start up again. Did he peak a long time ago? Or does he still have that magical gothic touch? And, seriously, why does he always cast Johnny Depp?
To make sense of Burton's long, twisted career, we've gone ahead and ranked all 17 of the films he's directed. (Note: This means that the wonderful The Nightmare Before Christmas, which he produced but didn't direct, does not appear on this list.) So don your darkest outfit, pour yourself a drink in your favorite skull goblet, and join us, please.