10 Best Johnny Depp Movies

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Johnny Depp is considered one of the most unique and versatile actors in Hollywood. Over the years he has demonstrated an interest in tackling some of the toughest and most controversial characters in cinema. He has also demonstrated an ability to do this successfully, displaying different sides of himself and attracting the attention of a wide fan base. You probably know his most famous movies but have you seen all of the best ones?

Here is a closer look at ten of the best Johnny Depp movies which you might want to put on your Netflix list if you haven’t seem them already:

1. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? Many people think of this as a Leonardo DiCaprio movie since it’s the first time that he really made his mark as a young actor. However, Johnny Depp plays the other main character in this film and he does it well. The story is about a troubled boy growing up in a complex family that can’t handle his mental development issues. Depp plays the boy’s older brother who looks out for him and takes care of the house because his mother won’t. We really see a caring and compassionate side of the actor in this movie but underneath it is also clearly an inner struggle with his situation.

2. Edward Scissorhands. Everyone that I know has this movie on their list of favorite movies because it’s such a unique and interesting twist on the traditional love story. Johnny Depp plays the monstrous character in love and what we see throughout the movie is his struggle to fit into society despite his differences from the people there. This seems to sum up a major theme in Depp’s work and his success in displaying it in this movie foreshadowed the success he came to have in the years that followed its release.

3. From Hell. This is a stunning movie that tells the story of Jack the Ripper. It has excellent cinematography and a really great storyline. What really stands out, however, are the characters in the film. One of those characters is the lead investigator played by Depp. He brings to life an intense character who has psychic abilities that aren’t quite able to save him from the problems that come along with this serial killer case.

4. Donnie Brasco. Depp plays a lead investigator in this movie as well and this one is also based on a true crime story. In this case, it’s a mafia story in which Depp has to go undercover within the mafia to close the case. He struggles with personal issues and the usual drama within these types of crime movies but somehow he pulls it off without making it seem cliché.

5. Sleepy Hollow. This wasn’t one of the more popular movies that Depp made but it’s one of the most interesting ones. (And it did win an Oscar so it definitely got some attention at the time that it was releaed.) Depp is really great at paying unusual characters who have something of a dark side to them which makes him a really great Ichabod Crane in this classic story. Interestingly, this is another Depp film in which he plays a crime investigator.

6. Blow. This is one of the greatest movies that Depp was ever a part of and this time he plays a role on the other side of crime. He’s almost single-handedly responsible for enlarging the cocaine market in the United States. What’s interesting is that we get to see the entire background of what made him who he is and how he struggles with that in spite of his motivation to continue on in this line of business. Depp portrays this well and the movie succeeds as a result.

7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It is really difficult to conceive of a remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that could do the original movie justice. The characters in that film were just too unique. However, if anyone could pull off playing a new Willy Wonka it was Johnny Depp. He is the kind of strong actor who is able to really bring his own voice and persona to any part even one that is so well-known as being played by another character. The film didn’t quite stand up to the quality of the original but Depp did a good job with his role in it.

8. Cry Baby. This is a classic movie by John Waters from the early 1990’s and Depp is the main star. It’s a spoof and it’s silly and the characters aren’t designed to really wrench at your heart but Depp managed to really infuse his part with emotion. At the same time, his character is slightly unique which is definitely a trend throughout all of his movies.

9. The Libertine. A lesser-known movie of Depp’s, this is one in which he plays a drunk and debaucherous character who is thrillingly interesting to watch. We see that story again of the inner struggle working itself out in the character’s actions. It all works out really well for the viewer.

10. The Pirates of the Caribbean Movies. Johnny Depp plays Jack Sparrow in these films and there is no doubt that these popular movies would not have been the same if someone else had played this role. This is the peak of his career in the sense that he’s able to bring all of the experience he gained in the past to the character and to create someone who is entertaining and interesting and unique for viewers to watch across an entire series of movies.

Depp is great at playing these really wild characters in different films. That’s what his forte is. For that reason I’m really looking forward to the 2010 release of Tim Burton’s take on Alice in Wonderland in which Depp plays The Mad Hatter. That is certainly going to be an interesting one to watch!


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Sumara 3 years ago

Dark Shadows on the big screen is long ovduere and having Johnny Depp play Barnabas Collins is a huge complement to the role. If the movie is done right we could see many sequels after to add to the Depp franchise. So it is very important that you also have a great supporting cast like Siqourney Weaver as Dr. Hoffman and Raquel Welch as Elizabeth would be great in those roles.Angelina Jolie in a blond wig playing Angelique would be awesome.Anne Hathaway as Victoria Winters. What a dream Cast that would be . Hopfully Tim Burton and Johnny Depp will see this list and consider them. Raquel Welch as Elizabeth and that's what dreams are made out of.

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adecourv 3 years ago

All excellent choices - I also would have included Ed Wood.

Amy 3 years ago

he is a art of. move and atcr. careing father. intelint. with. music. : )

Richard Folden 4 years ago

Maybe not in top 10 but close IMO: Fear and loathing in Las Vegas... Weird movie, but Jonny was fantastic.

Saurav Leochekp 4 years ago

I hv never seen such an actor like johnny depp....... 'Surely he is my one of the favourite actor'-

There is no such movies like "Pirates Of The Caribbean"I think Its the most unique movie dat i have ever seen..............

Panda 4 years ago

Where is SWEENEY TODD ???

Laura 4 years ago

I am Johnny's huge fan. I love him sooooooo muuuuuuch!!!!!!!!!!! He is sooooo chaaaaarming, soooo beautiful and soooooooooo talanted!!!!!!

Johnny is the best!!!!

mandar 4 years ago

in pirates of the carebian ur verry very nice

this type of acting i never seen before

ur always my bst actor

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htodd 4 years ago from United States

Johnny depp is really a great actor..Thanks for the nice list

Alakesh Boro 5 years ago

great act in blow

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jady george 5 years ago

i lve my fovrite star jhony deep. he very good looking and charming, choclaty face.

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ishwaryaa22 5 years ago from Chennai, India

Johnny Depp is, no doubt, a maverick actor. He frequently worked with renowned director Tim Burton in films such as Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Corpse Bride, Sweeny Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Alice in Wonderland; this powerhouse combo resulted into establishing Depp as one of most successful Hollywood stars, both critically and commercially!

suresh shukla 5 years ago

super hit & great actor

saiyed asfak 5 years ago

No one can role like depp in pirates movies.

hajji 5 years ago

vous etes le meilleur et tu le reste

yoshita varma 5 years ago

he's simply the among the vry best.... Bt 4r me, he's the best.... I luv him!!!!

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gabby0506 5 years ago from Bangalore

He's the best actor!! I don't believe that the Oscar winning movie or actor is always the best. Since 2 years Oscar has been very unfair!! Johnny is still the best

jazzmeworks 5 years ago

i love johnny depp so much and all of his movie, im a big fan of him.. i love all the movies he had.. also the sleepy hallow.. and edward's scissor hands.. >.< dont u know that at my young age i really searched all about him LOL, it would be a great pleasure if i could just meet him in real. ahhhhhhhh.... (sounds weirdo but i like him a lot ):P really for another fascinated movies of depp :)

nica 5 years ago

i love him so much!!!!!! he's certainly my idol and i have even his own cd's at home!

p v s 5 years ago

me and my friends are best fan of yours and we are expecting a master piece of you as a pirate

xuba 5 years ago

i know depp will never know

but i like him very much

pallavi 6 years ago

I love u.... U r really gr8

JF 6 years ago

He was perfect in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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Trish_M 6 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi :)

Johnny Depp is a brilliant actor ~ and I agree with you about the 'Gilbert Grape' film. I also loved Benny & Joon.

johnnie 6 years ago

fear and loathing in los vegas

prete pandey 6 years ago

i really luv u johny. i made a painting of johny's picture. johny depp is really awesome in from hell, sleepy hollow. love u

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Sarah Masson 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

I love Johnny depp!!

Diane 6 years ago

Johnny Depp is a unique actor. One of today's best. I think "Finding Neverland" was one of his best and Chocolat was fine even though he had a small part. Don't forget the "Pirate" movies. His range is awesome. And he looks fine also.

Maria Rogerson 6 years ago

I loved Johnny Depp in Chocolat.

jt 6 years ago

you guys r forgeting his best movie fear and loathing in las vegas

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Video Rewind 6 years ago from A Video Store Near You

Not just a pretty face. I probably would have a slightly different list, just because I'm not really into mob movies. That said, Public enemy was good, but I definitely would have had "secret window" on my list. Great hub, about a great actor.

Re 6 years ago

I love johnny he is my favorite acter

Rj 6 years ago

I have asked myself why do most of his parts have a great emotional impact on me. I think it is due to his portrayal of a man who struggles as the underdog, who is independent, humble, and yet decisive in his actions. I know other mid-life men are big fans of the characters he plays. I would also put Kevin Spacey and Kurt Russell in this group.

jz 6 years ago

where in the world is sweeney todd man depp is really awesome in that

monu dagar 6 years ago

he is the best

monique23 6 years ago

I must add alice in wonderland!!! It's such a great movie One of his best in my opinion

Ashutosh 6 years ago

i hav seen all of them and they all are brilliant !!!

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Suzi-Q 6 years ago from The Wild West, New Hampshire

He was also great in Benny and Joon and Dead Man.

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HoopBot 6 years ago from Internet

So you have a video interview of Sweeetney Todd, and he's not in the list? Wow.

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ranjeetrox 6 years ago

Its a good hub.

Great work!

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yellowstar2000 6 years ago from WestCoast Florida

omg! what woman doesn't love Johnny? he's my all-time fav (and the main subject of most of my fantasies!)

anyway...pant, pant, gulp-

back to reality,

I haven't seen a movie with Johnny in it I didn't like...even the cheesiest one Private Resort was good because of him!

But my faves are: Pirates, Don Juan, Blow and Chocolat...mmmm

thanks for the eye candy and great hub!

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Houa Lor 6 years ago from Minnesota

Huge fan of Depp! I loved him in The Astronaut's Wife too.

khatera 6 years ago

From hell is ma fav. i love it

nightstalker 6 years ago

I believe that many people didn’t watch Dead Man and that is a shame because it is one of is best… But just a quick warning; it is a strange movie

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TreasuresByBrenda 6 years ago from Canada

We may have to add Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland to this list! I didn't realize The Astronauts Wife was a Depp film. Great hub.

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SweeneyLambert 7 years ago

Great list, and I LOVE your writing style, you have a lot of talent. I agree with King though, I think Sweeney Todd should have made the list, due to the fact that Depp portrays the distraught, phsycho barber rather well AND we get vocals! LOL, great job though, it was nice to see you use some of his lesser-known roles aside from the more obvious, popular roles.

King 7 years ago

Heyyy wherz sweeny todd?????

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fierycj 7 years ago from The Fiery Heart of Africa

Oh my! I must fan you now. If you didn't add Blow and Donnie Brasco , I would have shot myself. Lol. Depp rules - you dont even have to say it. :)

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gr8archer45 7 years ago from Pakistan

oooh I just love Johnny Depp!! Thanx for the hub, m dfntly gna check out all these flicks!

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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

Yes, Depp is a remarkable and versatile actor and I'm glad that he is done with Jack Sparrow, enough is enough. He needs to go back to choosing a variety of vehicles and am looking forward to seeing him portray John Dillinger. I could see him play Ernest Hemmingway...I think he would be good. He's got that square face and the look that he gives, you know a lot's going on inside.

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ratcliffe07 7 years ago

I agree finding Neverland! and i had to come back here and post another one that i thought was very good and had a great twist to it...The Secret Window

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lafenty 7 years ago from California

Some other great Depp movies - Nick of Time, The Astronauts Wife, Don Juan D'Marco(spelling?), Tne Nineth Gate, and Finding Neverland. I'm a big fan. Thanks for the hub.

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ratcliffe07 7 years ago

Depp is an amazing actor!!!! Can we get this man an oscar already?? I enjoy all of his films because i know his acting will do justice to the movie and character he is trying to portray

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