Tim Burton has become the poster boy for all things gothic and weird in modern cinema. If one really looks into his body of work, there is a sort of formula within the majority of his films that he abides by, and it goes something like this: an oddball, misfit character is somehow thrown into new territory. This oddball, misfit character doesn’t quite fit in at first, but is later is accepted by his family and peers.
Essentially, most of his films are about unusual people finding their way and stepping into their own. And almost always, they are set to phenomenal scores written by the brilliant and talented composer and former frontman for Oingo Boingo, Danny Elfman. Let’s explore some of those films, and some that fall far away from the Burton formula, with a list of Tim Burton films that should be essential viewing by Burton newbies and fans alike.