Wes Anderson is a fantastic filmmaker who’s brought many brilliant films to screens all over the world. In this article, we list what we believe to be the best Wes Anderson movies.

Anderson has produced screen magic with Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Grand Budapest Hotel, among many others. His cinematic canon is wide and deep and we believe this list demonstrates that.

So whether you’re doing research on him, or ready to sit down and watch one of these movies tonight, this list of the top Wes Anderson movies will be just what you need!

It should be noted that we’ve included the films in rough ranking order. But with a filmmaker like Wes Anderson, the work is so good that it’s really hard to form an exact order.

So, without further ado, let’s jump right in and list the best Wes Anderson films!

The Best Wes Anderson Movies

Let’s start off with an absolute cinema classic, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Wes Anderson’s extravagant caper—a visually ravishing, quick-witted comedy of old-world manners.

Wes Anderson brings his dry wit and visual inventiveness to this exquisite caper set amid the old-world splendor of Europe between the World Wars.

At the opulent Grand Budapest Hotel, the concierge M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) and his young protégé Zero (Tony Revolori) forge a steadfast bond as they are swept up in a scheme involving the theft of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune—while around them, political upheaval consumes the continent.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a poignant paean to friendship and the grandeur of a vanished world, performed by an all-star ensemble that includes F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Jeff Goldblum, Mathieu Amalric, Tilda Swinton, and Bill Murray.

The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham (Actors)
  • Wes Anderson (Director)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Rushmore (1998)

The dazzling sophomore film from Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) is equal parts coming-of-age story, French New Wave homage, and screwball comedy.

Tenth grader Max Fischer (The Darjeeling Limited’s Jason Schwartzman) is Rushmore Academy’s most extracurricular student—and its least scholarly.

He faces expulsion and enters into unlikely friendships with both a lovely first-grade teacher (The Ghost Writer’s Olivia Williams) and a melancholy self-made millionaire (Groundhog Day’s Bill Murray, in an award-winning performance).

Set to a soundtrack of classic British Invasion tunes, Rushmore defies categorization; it captures the pain and exuberance of adolescence with wit, emotional depth, and cinematic panache.

Rushmore
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams (Actors)
  • Wes Anderson (Director) - Wes Anderson (Writer) - Barry Mendel (Producer)
  • English, Spanish (Playback Language)
  • English, Spanish (Subtitles)

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Royal Tenenbaum (Unforgiven’s Gene Hackman) and his wife, Etheline (Prizzi’s Honor’s Anjelica Huston) had three children—Chas, Margot, and Richie—and then they separated.

Chas (Meet the Parents’ Ben Stiller) started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have an almost preternatural understanding of international finance.

Margot (Shakespeare in Love’s Gwyneth Paltrow) was a playwright and received a Braverman Grant of $50,000 in the ninth grade.

Richie (Rushmore’s Luke Wilson) was a junior champion tennis player and won the U.S. Nationals three years in a row.

Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster.

The Royal Tenenbaums is a hilarious, touching, and brilliantly stylized study of melancholy and redemption from Wes Anderson (The Darjeeling Limited).

The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Danny Glover, Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston (Actors)
  • Wes Anderson (Director) - Barry Mendel (Producer)
  • English, Spanish (Playback Language)
  • English, Spanish (Subtitles)

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

An island off the New England coast, summer of 1965. Two twelve-year-olds, Sam and Suzy, fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the wilderness.

As local authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing offshore… Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom stars Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the young couple on the run, Bruce Willis as Island Police Captain Sharp, Edward Norton as Khaki Scout troop leader Scout Master Ward, and Bill Murray and Frances McDormand as Suzy’s attorney parents, Walt and Laura Bishop.

The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban. The magical soundtrack features the music of Benjamin Britten.

Moonrise Kingdom
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray (Actors)
  • Wes Anderson (Director) - Wes Anderson (Writer) - Wes Anderson (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

A comic, poignant voyage to India from the director Wes Anderson

Starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, and Anjelica Huston.

In director Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited, three estranged American brothers reunite for a meticulously planned, soul-searching train voyage across India one year after the death of their father.

Armed with eleven suitcases, a laminated itinerary, a can of pepper spray, a supply of over-the-counter painkillers, and a host of family conflicts ready to erupt, Francis, Peter, and Jack eventually find themselves stranded alone in the middle of the desert—at which point an unexpected new chapter in their journey begins.

Featuring a sensational cast, including Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, and Anjelica Huston, The Darjeeling Limited is a dazzling and hilarious film that takes Anderson’s work to deeper places than ever before.

The Darjeeling Limited
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Adrien Brody (Actors)
  • Wes Anderson (Director)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) and his crew — Team Zissou — set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive — possibly nonexistent — Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou’s partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure.

They are joined on their voyage by a young airline co-pilot who may or may not be Zissou’s son (Owen Wilson), a beautiful journalist (Cate Blanchett) assigned to write a profile of Zissou, and his estranged wife and co-producer, Eleanor (Anjelica Huston).

They face overwhelming complications including pirates, kidnapping, and bankruptcy.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett (Actors)
  • Wes Anderson (Director) - Wes Anderson (Writer) - Wes Anderson (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Bottle Rocket (1996)

Wes Anderson first illustrated his lovingly detailed, slightly surreal cinematic vision in this witty and warm portrait of three young middle-class misfits.

Fresh out of a mental hospital, gentle Anthony (Luke Wilson) finds himself once again embroiled in the machinations of his best friend, elaborate schemer Dignan (Owen Wilson).

With the aid of getaway driver Bob (Robert Musgrave), they develop a needlessly complex, mildly successful plan to rob a small bookstore then go on the lam.

Also featuring Lumi Cavazos as Inez, the South American housekeeper Anthony falls in love with, and James Caan as local thief extraordinaire Mr. Henry, Bottle Rocket is a charming, hilarious, affectionate look at the folly of dreamers.

Shot against radiant southwestern backdrops, it’s the film that put Anderson and the Wilson brothers on the map.

Bottle Rocket
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Andrew Wilson (Actors)
  • Wes Anderson (Director) - Polly Platt (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Isle of Dogs (2018)

Visionary director Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, a 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi.

When all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to vast Trash Island, Atari sets off in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots.

With the assistance of his newfound mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

Isle of Dogs (4K UHD)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton (Actors)
  • Wes Anderson (Director) - Wes Anderson (Writer) - Wes Anderson (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)

In the re-imagined classic family tale, Mr. and Mrs. Fox (Clooney and Streep) live a happy home life with their eccentric son Ash (Jason Schwartzman) and visiting nephew Kristopherson.

That is until Mr. Fox slips into his sneaky, old ways and plots the greatest heist the animal world has ever seen.

When mean old farmers Boggis, Bunce, and Bean join forces to surround Mr. Fox and his family, they don’t realize they are not dealing with any old fox – it’s Fantastic Mr. Fox and he has a fantastic master plan to save the day!

Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe (Actors)
  • Wes Anderson (Director) - Allison Abbate (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Best Wes Anderson Movies – Wrapping Up

So there you have it. The top Wes Anderson movies. As you can see, he’s been responsible for some classics of cinema history and it’s clear to see why he’s considered one of the all-time greats.

If you’re sitting down to watch one of these tonight, we envy you. You’re in for a real treat!

We hope this list of the best Wes Anderson movies has been helpful. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments section.