98. Tim Burton
BATMAN, BEETLEJUICE, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, ED WOOD, SLEEPY HOLLOW
In the late 1980s, no new filmmaker captured moviegoers’ imaginations quite like celebrity goth-kid-done-good Tim Burton. In film after film, the ersatz Disney animator used his highly distinctive creepy/cute visual aesthetic to explore his favorite subject: the loneliness of outsiderdom. And even though his uninspired late-career output has pushed his overall batting average well below .500, Burton’s best films—Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood—more than justify his place on the list. At his best, this quirky nerd from Burbank fascinated by old Universal monster movies and German silent film does what most filmmakers only dream of: re-create the entire world as per their own specific fetishes and obsessions.
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