Top 5 Wes Anderson Movies

Top 5 Wes Anderson Movies

Top 5 Wes Anderson Movies

As the writer and director turns 51 we celebrate by rounding up the best movies from his career.

As the writer and director turns 51 we celebrate by rounding up the best movies from his career.

Text: Paul Madley

With dreamy sets, indie heroes, eccentric characters, and whimsical plots, Wes Anderson has produced some of the most captivating movies of the past 3 decades. Anderson is a director who has created his own language through costumes, sets, and color. His movies have a distinctive DNA which makes them instantly recognizable.

Since his 1998 breakout film Rushmore, Anderson has created major cinematic moments that have earned him an army of devoted fans. With a unique creative vision and movies soaked with a heavy dose of vintage-nostalgia, Anderson is a millennial favorite. He’s created a whole new aesthetic and visual language that is truly unique to him.

To celebrate his birthday we’ve rounded up some of the best movies Wes Anderson has to offer. Check out our top 5 below.

Isle of Dogs (2018)

The stop-motion animated film sees a band of misfit mongrels escape Trash Island to stop the bad guys. With beautiful hand build sets and a cameo from Yoko Ono this is one of Anderson’s best movies. It’s incredibly detailed and pays tribute to Japanese cinema.

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

The Royal Tenenbaums is almost 20 years old. It’s the story of three gifted siblings who reunite when their estranged father announces he’s dying. It stars Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Paltrow plays Margot Tenenbaum and, the chances are you’ve definitely seen some girl dressed as her at some Halloween party.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Set in the 1960s Moonrise Kingdom is the tale of Sam, a 12-year-old orphan, who falls in love with the troubled Suzy. The pair run away to a secluded cove on an island, prompting the entire town to search for them.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

This is Anderson’s highest-grossing film to-date and it won a string of awards. Set at a glamorous hotel in Europe it’s a tale of tragedy, war, fascism, nostalgia, friendship, and loyalty. It features an ensemble cast led by Ralph Fiennes who plays Monsieur Gustave H., a famed concierge of the mountainside resort.

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

This was Anderson’s first stop-animation feature and is based on Roald Dahl’s 1970s children’s book of the same name. The characters are voiced by George Clooney, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, and Meryl Streep.

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