Ranking the Films of Tim Burton

Tim Burton was one of my favorite directors in the ’80s and into the ’90s. Things went downhill once we got to the ’00s but there were still some gems after the turn of the new millennium.

He was the first director to really tackle Batman and he gave us beloved characters like Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice. His style is unique and all its own, even if it has become a caricature of itself and a hindrance in recent years.

Here are all the films he directed, ranked. The Nightmare Before Christmas isn’t here because although he created it, he didn’t direct it.

1. Ed Wood
2. Edward Scissorhands
3. Batman
4. Sleepy Hollow
5. Mars Attacks!
6. Beetlejuice
7. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
8. Batman Returns
9. Big Eyes
10. Corpse Bride
11. Big Fish
12. Frankenweenie (animated)
13. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
14. Planet of the Apes
15. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
16. Dark Shadows
17. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
18. Alice In Wonderland

Ranking the Films of Francis Ford Coppola

*Written in 2014.

It has been a while since I’ve ranked a director’s films. In this edition, I tackle Francis Ford Coppola.

Coppola is a man that has made some of the best films of all-time, given birth to another accomplished filmmaker and created some fine tasting wines. He was also good friends with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg and all three helped launch each other’s careers.

Here I rank the films that Francis Ford Coppola directed:

1. Apocalypse Now
2. The Godfather, Part II
3. The Godfather
4. The Outsiders
5. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
6. Rumble Fish
7. The Rain People
8. The Conversation
9. Gardens of Stone
10. The Cotton Club
11. The Rainmaker
12. Dementia 13
13. Tetro
14. Jack
15. Tucker: The Man and His Dream
16. The Godfather, Part III
17. Youth Without Youth
18. New York Stories
19. Peggy Sue Got Married
20. Twixt
21. You’re A Big Boy Now
22. Finian’s Rainbow
23. One From the Heart
24. The Bellboy and the Playgirls
25. Tonight for Sure

Ranking the Films of David Cronenberg

*Written in 2014.

David Cronenberg is an insanely visual director who has a penchant for body horror. Since the first time I saw The Fly remake in the ’80s, I was hooked on Cronenberg’s style, as disturbing as it seemed to my little kid mind at the time. Here I have ranked his full-length feature films:

1. Videodrome
2. The Fly
3. Naked Lunch
4. Eastern Promises
5. Scanners
6. A History of Violence
7. The Brood
8. A Dangerous Method
9. Crash
10. The Dead Zone
11. Maps to the Stars
12. Dead Ringers
13. Spider
14. M. Butterfly
15. They Came From Within (also known as Shivers)
16. Rabid
17. Fast Company
18. Cosmopolis
19. eXistenZ
20. Crimes of the Future
21. Stereo

Ranking the Films of Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch is one of those directors I think that you either love, hate or are unsure about but appreciate the uniqueness of his work.

I really first discovered him with one of his Coffee & Cigarettes shorts that I saw when I was a teen. Then I saw Dead Man and shortly after that, Ghost Dog. That’s when I discovered that these interesting things were all created by the same guy. Since that point, I’ve been a fan.

I don’t always like all of his films but they all are effective, as far as provoking thoughts and ideas and showing life in a way that it might not have been shown before. That is what makes a director successful, in my book. It isn’t about how much shit you can blow up and how many Disney films you can get on your resume, it is whether or not you left some sort of long-lasting impact on the viewer. Jarmusch more than delivers in that regard.

Also, he was a part of the New York punk scene in the late ’70s and early ’80s and got to spend time around people like Warhol, Basquiat, the New York Dolls, Richard Hell, Iggy Pop, Blondie, Fab 5 Freddy and a bunch of others.

Plus he directed Wu-Tang Clan and Bill Murray in the same scene. I mean, dude… what’s cooler than that?

1. Dead Man
2. Down by Law
3. Night On Earth
4. Stranger Than Paradise
5. Mystery Train
6. Coffee and Cigarettes
7. Broken Flowers
8. Only Lovers Left Alive
9. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
10. Permanent Vacation
11. The Limits of Control
12. Year of the Horse (documentary)

Ranking the Films of John Carpenter

John Carpenter is a legend. Out of all the big name horror directors that existed when I was a kid, he was the one that legitimately made things that terrified me. He also made films that were mesmerizing and totally expanded my mind and what I thought about filmmaking.

1.  The Thing
2. Escape From New York
3. They Live
4. Starman
5. Big Trouble In Little China
6. Prince of Darkness
7. In the Mouth of Madness
8. Halloween
9. Assault on Precinct 13
10. The Fog
11. Dark Star
12. Christine
13. Village of the Damned
14. The Ward
15. Escape From L.A.
16. Vampires
17. Memoirs of An Invisible Man
18. Ghosts of Mars

Ranking the Films of Nicolas Winding Refn

Nicolas Winding Refn is one of my favorite directors, right now. He still has many years ahead of him but he’s made some pretty amazing films. In fact, I think Bronson is my favorite film in the last decade. Although, he will have many more films for many years to come, this is a ranking of what he’s done so far.

1. Bronson
2. Drive
3. Only God Forgives
4. Pusher
5. I’m The Angel of Death: Pusher III
6. With Blood On My Hands: Pusher II
7. Valhalla Rising
8. Neon Demon
9. Bleeder
10. Fear X

Ranking the Edgar Allan Poe Films by Roger Corman and Vincent Price

Roger Corman directed Vincent Price in a ton of films. They were regular collaborators, especially during the 1960s. And one thing they loved collaborating on was films based off of the works of Edgar Allan Poe. In fact, they made eight Poe films together.

Here they are, ranked:

1. The Haunted Palace
2. The Masque of the Red Death
3. The Raven
4. The Pit and the Pendulum
5. House of Usher
6. Tales of Terror
7. An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe (TV Special)
8. The Tomb of Ligeia

Ranking the Films of Sergio Leone

Sergio Leone is my second favorite director of all-time (following Stanley Kubrick). Like Kubrick , I don’t think that he was capable of a bad film. When watching a Leone film, at least for me, I am not just watching a movie, I am living an experience. Here, I have ranked the motion pictures he directed.

1. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (Dollars Trilogy, Part III)
2. Once Upon A Time In the West
3. Duck, You Sucker! (a.k.a. A Fistful of Dynamite)
4. For A Few Dollars More (Dollars Trilogy, Part II)
5. A Fistful of Dollars (Dollars Trilogy, Part I)
6. My Name Is Nobody
7. Once Upon A Time In America
8. A Genius, Two Partners & A Dupe
9. The Colussus of Rhodes
10. The Last Days of Pompeii

Ranking the Films of Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick is my favorite director of all-time. I don’t think that he was capable of a bad film. In fact, he didn’t make one. Here, I have ranked his films.

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
2. A Clockwork Orange
3. The Shining
4. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
5. Eyes Wide Shut
6. Spartacus
7. Lolita
8. Paths of Glory
9. Full Metal Jacket
10. Barry Lyndon
11. The Killing
12. Killer’s Kiss
13. Fear and Desire

Ranking the Films of Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott is giving us another Alien film this week. So why not look at all his films and try to quantify them in someway by ranking them? Granted, I do these for other directors and actors as well and my opinion could change at any moment but these can often times lead to good discussions.

Ridley Scott makes damn good films. Between Alien and Blade Runner he both mesmerized and frightened me as a child. Throughout the years, he branched out and covered just about every genre. He’s gone on to win several awards and has carved out a pretty unique legacy. Here, I rank his films:

1. Alien
2. Blade Runner
3. Black Rain
4. The Duelists
5. Gladiator
6. Prometheus
7. Matchstick Men
8. Legend
9. Black Hawk Down
10. Thelma & Louise
11. The Martian
12. Body of Lies
13. American Gangster
14. G.I. Jane
15. Hannibal
16. Robin Hood
17. Kingdom of Heaven
18. A Good Year
19. Exodus: Gods and Kings
20. The Vatican
21. White Squall
22. 1492: Conquest of Paradise
23. Someone to Watch Over Me
24. The Counselor