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Johnny Depp Movies List

Updated on January 16, 2012

Johnny Depp, Movie Star and Acclaimed Actor

Johnny Depp is a rarity in modern Hollywood - a superstar actor who is just as popular with the critics as he is with moviegoers. Whether they are small independent films or worldwide blockbusters, Johnny Depp movies are predicatbly great.

Born in Kentucky in 1963, Johnny Depp found early success on television's "21 Jump Street" and smaller parts in films like "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Platoon" before branching out as a leading man with roles in films like John Waters' "Cry Baby". In 1990, Johnny Depp entered into what would become a long and profitable collaboration with director Tim Burton. Their first effort together, "Edward Scissorhands", was an early glimpse of the actor's impressive skills, and from there Johnny Depp became a respected, and sometimes troubled, actor and movie star.

Johnny Depp Movies List
Johnny Depp Movies List

The critical acclaim for Johnny Depp movies continued with roles in such films as "What's Eating Gilbert Grape", "Ed Wood" and "Donnie Brasco". He continued working with Tim Burton on films like "Sleepy Hollow", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "Sweeney Todd" and "Alice in Wonderland".

Johnny Depp has received three Academy Award Nominations, and was nominated seven times for a Golden Globe before winning for his eighth-nominated role in "Sweeney Todd".

In 2003, Johnny Depp became a bonified blockbuster movie star with the release of the first film in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl". That film went on to earn $650,000,000 worldwide, and each of its sequels brought in a billion dollars each! For his performance in the billion-dollar-grossing "Alice in Wonderland", Depp was reportedly paid $50,000,000 - ten-times the salary he had received just 13 years earlier for "Donnie Brasco", and five-times more than for his first turn as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates franchise.

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

In 2010 Johnny Depp once more teamed with Tim Burton for this visually stunning retelling of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland". Johnny Depp plays the Mad Hatter in this fantasy film that tells the story of a grown Alice returning to Wonderland as a teenager.

"Alice in Wonderland" was an international blockbuster, and one of only a handful films ever to earn over a billion dollars at the box office.

"A Nightmare on Elm Street" on DVD

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Johnny Depp's first film role was as the ill-fated boyfriend of the main character, Nancy, played by Heather Langenkamp.

This 1984 horror classic also became director Wes Craven's first major success, and helped to define the 1980s "slasher" genre.

"The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus" on Blu-Ray and DVD

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

Following the tragic and unexpected death of Heath Ledger in 2008, director Terry Gilliam was faced with a difficult choice — scrap the film he had been working on with Ledger, or replace the actor and face the prospect of expensive re-shoots. Instead, the director took a creative turn and decided to keep Ledger's performance intact, bringing other actors onboard to finish the work that Ledger began. Among these "replacements" was Johnny Depp, who donated his salary from the film to Heath Ledger's surviving daughter, Matilda.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Who would have thought that a movie based on a theme park ride would become one of the most successful and well-loved movie blockbuster franchises in history?

That's just what happened with Johnny Depp's most successul film role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Inspired by his good friend, the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, the role of Captain Jack earned Johnny Depp his first Oscar nomination.

Public Enemies (2009)

In Michael Mann's 2009 film, "Public Enemies", Johnny Depp plays legendary gangster and bank robber John Dillinger. Despite it's talented cast, "Public Enemies" was not a success at the box office, and is one of only a few Johnny Depp movies that wasn't financially successful.

"Edward Scissorhands" on Blu-ray and DVD

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

1990 brought us "Edward Scissorhands", the first Johnny Depp movie from director Tim Burton, and it became a career-making turn for the actor. This modern-day fairytale is possibly Burton's most personal film, and Depp's performance is humorous and heart-breaking all at once.

"Donnie Brasco" on Blu-ray and DVD

Donnie Brasco (1997)

Johnny Depp co-stars with Al Pacino in this true story of an undercover FBI agent who infiltrates the mob in 1970s New York City.

As he works as mole for the feds, Donnie befriends the mobsters and gets far more involved in their world than he safely should.

Johnny Depp on Letterman

"Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Stree" (2007)

Johnny Depp once again works with Tim Burton, this time in a big-screen adaptation of Steven Sondheim's classic Broadway musical, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street". Sondheim is notoriously protective of his work, and he nsisted on cast approval for the film adaptation; Depp had to prove his singing talents for the role before the composer would give his blessing for the film to go forward.

Johnny Depp on "Inside the Actor's Studio"

Corpse Bride (2005)

In this stop-motion animated film, Johnny Depp voices the character of Victor, who inadvertenly becomes engaged to a corpse in 19th century Victorian England.

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" on Blu-ray and DVD

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton teamed up once again for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", which is more an adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel than it is a remake of the 1971 Gene Wilder classic, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory". Johnny Depp stars as the eccentirc chocolate maker in a performance that he claims was based in part on Michael Jackson and TV's Mister Rogers.

"Sleepy Hollow" on Blu-ray and DVD

Sleepy Hollow (2000)

In his third collaboration with Tim Burton, Johnny Depp portrays Ichabod Crane in a very Burtonesque re-telling of the classic American fable, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".

Rather than portraying Crane as a gawky, physically unattractive man, Depp decided instead to focus on the character's awkward fragility, instead.

"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" on Blu-ray and DVD

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Johnny Depp protrays a character based on his friend, author Hunter S. Thompson, who wrote the book of the same name.

Director Terry Gilliam delivers a psychadelic ride with Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro as a reporter and his attorney on a drug-fueled road trip in search of the "American Dream".

What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1998)

One of Johnny Depp's early film roles was his turn as Gilbert Grape, a young man in a small town who just doesn't fit in.

This film also helped launch Leonardo DeCaprio's career as a serious actor, and he was nominated for an Oscar for his performance as Gilbert's younger brother, Arnie.

"Blow" on Blu-ray and DVD

Blow (2001)

In yet another reality-based film role, Johnny Depp portrays the man who helped introduce cocaine to America in the 1970s.

Penelope Cruz co-stars in one of her early English-speaking roles in this film directed by the late Ted Demme.

Ed Wood (1994)

In this second team-up with director Tim Burton, Johnny Depp once again takes on a real-life role, this time in a portrayal "the worst director of all time", Ed Wood, Jr.

Martin Landau turns in an Oscar-winning performance as film legend Bela Lugosi, who experienced a dramatic fall from fame after "Dracula", and worked with Wood on a string of low-budget horror films, including "Plan 9 from Outer Space".

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    Ankush Kohli 6 years ago from India

    I love his roles in A Nightmare on Elm Street , Finding Neverland and especially one of the Gangster in Public Enemies. It is surprising to know that the Public Enemies was a flop. I thought johnny's performance in the movie was much better than any of Pirates of Caribbean movies.

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    Athlyn Green 6 years ago from West Kootenays

    Wow! Incredibly well done.

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    Bobbie 6 years ago

    i think johnny is a great actor...i think the only movie i haven't seen of his is fear and loathing in las vegas. but im sure its a good one. i love johnny depp :)

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    kristen 6 years ago



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    Issy 6 years ago

    Depp is the real deal. He is even more beautiful on the inside than he is on the outside. He is honest, witty, clever, charming and intelligent. I love you Johnny! Thank You Edweirdo.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Somehow I can't connect with Johnny Depp's acting. I don't doubt that he is a great actor and your paid a grea tribute to him.

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    QudsiaP1 7 years ago

    I love Johnny Depp. :)

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    agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

    I like this strong-character actor, all movies he stars are fascinating.

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    drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

    What a great tribute to Johnny Depp and his acting skills, Edweirdo. This should win you a free movie pass or at the very least a free box - the large size - of popcorn. :)