The best Wes Anderson movies , and also the less-best ones, always manage to immerse us in a new world. A world of perfectly symmetrical images, pastel colors, eccentric characters, surreal adventures, and great songs.

All of this has defined the style of the filmmaker, a true favorite among the public thanks to his unique and totally recognizable aesthetic, which serves as the setting for original stories full of stars (in a single film he is able to bring together Benicio del Toro, Frances McDormand , Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Timothée Chalamet, Léa Seydoux, Owen Wilson, Mathieu Amalric, Lyna Khoudri, Steve Park, Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Kate Winslet, Elisabeth Moss, Christoph Waltz …) and full of iconic moments.

‘Bottle Rocket (Thief Who Steals Thief)’ (1996)


IMDB RATING: 7.0

A couple of years after shooting a short single with brothers Luke and Owen Wilson and their colleague Robert Musgrave , Wes Anderson made his debut in the world of feature films with this expansion of the story. We don’t know if it was one of the best films of the 90s, but it was certainly one of the most promising for an author who would become an essential figure for moviegoers of the 21st century.

‘Trip to Darjeeling’ (2007)

IMDB GRADE: 7.2

The three leading brothers in this film ( Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman ) take us on an exotic journey (one of the best films for adventurers) and, above all, very cathartic. Here, Wes Anderson demonstrated several things: that he wasn’t afraid to innovate within his own style (which he would refine later), and also that he perfectly balances the comedic with the unbelievably tragic.

‘The French Chronicle’ (2021)


IMDB GRADE: 7.4

The most recent of Wes Anderson’s films is also one of the best films of 2021: a love letter to journalism, to The New Yorker, and to France from an incredibly unique auteur. Is this the most ‘Andersonian’ of all? Of course, it takes us back to the most radical version of his aesthetics and stories that envelop us in a world of their own. The cast is impressive again: Benicio del Toro, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Timothée Chalamet, Bill Murray, Léa Seydoux, Owen Wilson, Mathieu Amalric

‘The Tenenbaums: A Family of Geniuses’ (2001)

IMDB GRADE: 7.6

Although not the best (according to this list, at least), this can be considered Wes Anderson’s most iconic film, either because of the legendary and diverse wardrobe of all its characters or because of one of its most memorable scenes. Failure, depression, fear and suicide seem like the foundations of this impossible but somehow realistic group of characters.

‘Academia Rushmore’ (1998)


IMDB GRADE: 7.7

How could Wes Anderson imagine in that 1998 that Bill Murray was going to become a fundamental figure in his films, from ‘Life Aquatic’ to ‘The French Chronicle’. Here he does what he does best (splash charisma and unleash mayhem) and even jumps off a diving board. It could be one of the best teen movies in cinema, but it is so unique that we would not dare to classify it.

‘Moonrise Kingdom’ (2012)

IMDB GRADE: 7.8

As light as a Françoise Hardy song , as crystal clear as a Henry Purcell piece , Moonrise Kingdom is the closest Anderson has come to the best Truffaut ,” wrote Sergi Sánchez in his review of ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ for Fotogramas, and not there is a better way to define it. It was the third nomination thanks to the screenplay, written with Roman Coppola .

‘Isle of Dogs’ (2018)


IMDB GRADE: 7.9

We may think that Wes Anderson isolates himself from the world with his fantasy aesthetics and his stories, in this case, starring dogs. But in ‘Isla de Perros’ there is a portrait in the key of comedy and adventure about the refugee crisis, the corruption of power and the abuses of capitalism. Submission, so associated with the dog breed, is here exchanged for rebellion, and the result is a wonderful film that continues to confirm the filmmaker’s fascinating visual style.

‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ (2009)

IMDB GRADE: 7.9

There could be no doubt that this marvel, one of the best animated films in cinematic history, had to be at the top of the list. This is not a conventional adaptation of Roald Dahl’s story, but rather what would happen if an Anderson-style family (with its isolation, couple negotiations, and parent-child tensions) had passed through the author’s mind. And, of course, his ‘stop motion’ technique is another element that makes it so special.

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ (2014)


IMDB GRADE: 8.1

The three Oscars to which he opted (best film, screenplay and direction), helped the director become, once and for all, a name recognized by the general public. And perhaps for this reason, according to the votes of IMDb users, it is his best film. Or perhaps for being one of the most visually incredible movies in cinema. The important thing is that both this and the rest of his filmography is a treasure that we have to continue celebrating.