Wes Anderson celebrates his 51st birthday on May 1, 2020. The singularly talented filmmaker has quickly gone from indie darling to Oscar favorite in just a little over two decades, creating a number of quirky, visually splendid classics. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all nine of Anderson’s films, ranked worst to best.
Anderson made his directorial debut with “Bottle Rocket” (1996), released when he was just 27-years-old. He received his first Oscar nomination five years later: Best Original Screenplay for “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001). He followed that eight years later with a Best Animated Feature bid for the stop-motion film “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009). Another Best Original Screenplay nomination followed for “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012). Then he hit the Oscar jackpot with Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay nominations for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014) — well, almost hit the jackpot, since he went home empty-handed from those awards, losing all three to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for “Birdman.” He returned to the animated feature race four years later with another stop-motion feature, “Isle of Dogs” (2018).
Perhaps he could cash in that Oscar I.O.U. with “The French Dispatch,” which is due to hit theaters (we hope) on October 16. As per usual, it features and all-star cast including frequent collaborators Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Frances McDormand, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Anjelica Huston, Willem Dafoe, Bob Balaban, Jason Schwartzman, Saoirse Ronan, Liev Schreiber, Mathieu Amalric and Toni Revolori, plus Timothee Chalamet, Jeffrey Wright, Benicio Del Toro, Lea Seydoux, Stephen Park, Lyna Khoudri, Elisabeth Moss, Lois Smith, Christoph Waltz, Cecile de France, Guillaume Gallienne, Rupert Friend, Henry Winkler and Hippolyte Girardot. So if nothing else, it’ll probably be a serious SAG Ensemble contender of 2020.
Take a look through our gallery of Anderson’s nine films, and see if your favorite tops the list.