Five Best Wes Anderson Films

Published: November 18, 2013

Wes Anderson has produced a number of stellar films during his career.  He has an established style and voice, and has developed a great rotating stable of actors that make his films very enjoyable.  I chose these five films for their impact and overall quality and how well they convey Anderson's style.

 

  1. Rushmore

    I consider this Wes Anderson's best film, and it is my personal favorite movie.  Bill Murray is especially great in this movie, and this is one of his top three performances.  It portrays Wes Anderson's precocious youth character type and his failed older man character type very well.

  2. Moonrise Kingdom

    Wes Anderson's latest work is also one of his best.  This film displays the origins of his characters, how they start out with so much promise.  It also shows the dysfunctional end of their lives through the complicated drama of the adults.

  3. The Royal Tenenbaums

    This film about the lives and changes of the Tenenbaum clan contains one of Gene Hackman's last and best acting performances.  He retired shortly after this film, but his work is amazing here.  The screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award.

  4. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    This is one of Anderson's more outlandish films.  Set on the seas with Bill Murray acting out a Moby Dick type obsession with a jaguar shark, this film displays Anderson's quirkiness and style quite well.  It also displays his usual ensemble casting.

  5. Fantastic Mr. Fox

    This is Anderson's attempt at an animated film.  It has a slightly unusual animation style and feels somewhat classic.  George Clooney voices the main character and does an excellent job (there's an almost O Brother Where Art Thou? vibe to his work here). 

I believe Rushmore and Moonrise Kingdom bookend Anderson's work quite well.  Rushmore features a stellar Bill Murray performance and is a cornerstone of a great actor's career.  I think Wes Anderson has done great work and look forward to his upcoming films.