If you are among the billions of fans of this franchise, then I'm almost 100% certain you have your own ranking in mind for the world's most famous franchise. Well, good news, so do I! But my ordering is a little (a lot) different from what you had in mind. I had more of a meticulous process to go through the judgment toward each of the seven films in the series, which you can learn about in detail at this link. I too have loved the Star Wars franchise over many years, and watching one of these legendary films is an experience yet to be matched by any other generation. I would love for the legacy established by George Lucas to live on for generations to come, which is what my intent in my ranking of the films is for. So this is what I believe, from four years of education towards a film degree (Cum Laude, 2015), is an objective ranking of the films that came to define the heart of America's pop culture:
I lately had the privilege of visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida just a few weeks ago, where I witnessed lifelike recreations of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Never before have I felt so immersed into the uniquely rich world created by J.K. Rowling, which has gone on to inspire millions of people all over the world, myself included. It reminded me of what I loved about the Harry Potter series to start with: its rich characters, its believable world, its fantastic designs, its influence from folklore, and the authentic feel of how it flows together. Likewise, as I was growing up, Harry and his friends grew up with me, living out exactly what I was feeling throughout each of my awkward years.
Therefore, in celebration to this wonderful series that J.K. Rowling shared with the world, and in appropriate timing for the spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to hit theaters, here is what I believe is a definite ranking of the cinematic adaptations. Bear in mind that this is judged purely by the movies, not by the books.
Whether you love him or hate him, Tim Burton has maintained the reputation of defining an entire reputation with his dark imagination. His films may not be the best ever made, but they are certainly iconic. If you just pulled out a single freeze-frame from one of his movies, you'd immediately know whether it was from Beetlejuice or Mars Attacks or Edward Scissorhands. Yet the thing with Burton is, with all his movies that pick up media attention, he has made several others that miss the public radar, which in particular I would bring attention to in this ranking.
So now, in commemoration of his newest feature film Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, here is what I believe is the definite ranking of all his motion pictures.
But first, click here to see the format I used to make my criteria for judging each film!
He has been one of the most influential and most famous filmmakers in all of history. Multiple generations of viewers have been inspired by his imagination with the screen, and his legacy still stands today with the standing popularity of films such as Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, and Saving Private Ryan. Amazingly, he's still at work to this day in creating inspiring feature after inspiring feature. I also love how varied his style is: he's been over the ocean, far into the future, well into the dark periods of the past, introduced us to other worlds, and even brought dinosaurs back to life. They are all seemingly different types of films yet they share one characteristic in common: captivation of what's on the screen. I say this is an artist who deserves to have all his work, both good and bad, memorialized.
So now, to celebrate the premiere of The BFG, Spielberg's 29th feature film, here is my picks for each of his other works ranked from worst to best:
As a long-lasting fan of the revolutionary Pixar, I have composed of my own list of each of the studio's full-length motion pictures, ranked from worst to best. You are free to agree with me or disagree with me on anything I say, just remember that this is only my personal opinion
Last June, my sister showed me an article on Buzzfeed about their picks for the definite ranking of Disney's animated features, from worst to best. I respectfully disagreed with the list, and from that point dedicated myself to forming what I believe is a more accurate list. So over the course of eight months, I took the time to watch all fifty-four of the animated pictures Disney created over their near eight-decade run. In that time, I judged each film based on ten criteria: story, characters, family appeal, representation of Walt's theme "dreams come true," representation of magic that helped see those dreams come true, technological achievement (or as Walt calls it, "imagineering"), animation, art direction, music, and historical representation. Now, here is what I believe is the definite objective ranking of the Disney films, setting aside nostalgia: