'Pee-Wee's Big Adventure' (1985): Burton's first full-length feature easily remains one of his best. It's colorful and playful, constantly surprising and endlessly quotable, with Elfman's lively score perfectly complementing the film's non-stop escapades. Speaking of originality, there's the character of Pee-wee Herman himself, Paul Reubens' oddball man-child with the nasal voice and the too-tight gray suit who goes on a cross-country quest to find his beloved, stolen bike. He's so innocent and guileless, you're more likely to want to protect him than think he's creepy. And admit it: This is how you learned that there's no basement at the Alamo.
5 Favorite Tim Burton Movies
AP film critic Chrissy Lemire lays out her 5 favorite Tim Burton movies.