'Beetlejuice' (1988): The ultimate crystallization of Burton's signature style. The comic-horror tone he sets here provides the basis for comparison to everything else that followed. This movie is such a trip and such a blast. Michael Keaton (who would go on to be Burton's Batman) does some of the best work of his career here as the crass, wisecracking spirit who helps the newly deceased Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin haunt their own home. The effects look a little cheesy in retrospect but the subversive sense of humor remains firmly intact. "Beetlejuice" makes the macabre seem downright adorable.
5 Favorite Tim Burton Movies
AP film critic Chrissy Lemire lays out her 5 favorite Tim Burton movies.