Tim Burton walks among the dead at Guanajuato'...

Image via Wikipedia

Just because he is one of the best directors out there, we thought we should give a shout out to him on his birthday by looking back at some of his finer films.

Alice in Wonderland:  His most recent film from 2010.  And a good one at that.  If you never peaked down the rabbit hole, go with the master of strange on the journey. 

The Corpse Bride:  Tim Burton returns to claymation and brings another dark tale of romance. 

Edward Scissorhands:  The movie that put Johnny Depp on the map, and is strongly considered by many to be one of Tim Burton’s best films. 

Big Fish:  One of his more underrated films.  Journey through tall tales to find the truth, that no matter what our parents tell us, in the end we end up always loving them.

Sweeny Todd:  The Demon Barber of Fleet Street:  Easily one of the best movies of 2007, earning Johnny Depp both Golden Globe and Oscar nominations in the process.  Burton at his best.  Dark and very funny. 

Batman:  Where most of us fell in love with Tim Burton.  His directing on Keaton and Nicholson really brought the super hero movie genre back to life.  He proved it again in Batman Returns.  Setting the standard so high,the franchise wouldn’t see another good movie until Christopher Nolan’s’ “The Dark Knight”. 

Beetlejuice:  The movie that made the team up for Batman possible.  This all-star cast in this movie that takes a different look at life after death.

The Nightmare Before Christmas:  Is it a Halloween film or a Christmas film?  Who cares?  Watch it anytime between 10/31 and 12/31 to make your holidays complete. 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:  About the only whiff in Burton’s directing bag in our opinion.  It’s hard to redo an iconic movie like this when everyone remember Gene Wilder as Willie Wonka. 

Sleepy Hollow:  A perfect tale for Tim Burton to tell.  The classic Halloween story gets darker when told by Burton.