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What are Johnny Depp's best and worst movies?

Updated on May 12, 2012

The best first

Johnny Depp is a living legend on the big screen, to say the least. Getting his first "star alert" on T.V., he soon became and remained the most talked about star in Hollywood. He surpassed many as America's favorite leading man. I can't wait to see him as Tonto in the Lone Ranger, and Barnabas in Dark Shadows.

Some movies were carried by him, in others he played a memorable role though not the lead. Johnny will be remembered for his unique portrayls of unusual characters.

His 10 best-

10. Public Enemies- This was the story of John Dillinger. Well written and was a great story.

9. Fear and Loathing...- A cult classic that was loved by Generation X.

8. Edward Scissorhands- An oldie but a goody. He played several odd characters and this was probably the oddest.

7. Neverland- A heart warming drama from a land not so far away

6. Platoon- He didn't have a giant role in this one, but rather a memorable one. As private Learner, a soldier who spoke Viet Namese, he stood by Charlie Sheen and Wiliam Defoe.

5. Sweeney Todd- What can be said about this modern day classic? It was intense and he was convincing as the lead role.

4. Arizona Dreams- This was an "Inde" that got overlooked. With Vince Gallo, Lillie Taylor, Jerry Lewis and Faye Dunaway, I have no idea how this got over looked! It was a funny and unbelievable drama, that everyone should see.

3. Donnie Brosco- A great cast and a well written story. He was much better with Pacino than I expected. If you think this is too high...Forgetaboutit!

2. Ed Wood- This was a masterpiece because of the acting, character depiction, and the whole story developement. Ed Wood's life could not have been this interesting and compelling. This movie was put together perfectly!

1. Pirates of the Carribian- It was tough to name any single film as number 1. Again, this was a masterpiece with a great story that came from a Disney Ride. He was awesome as Jack Sparrow, and played so well off of Olando Bloom and the rest of the cast.

Johnny's Worst-

Let's face it, all actors and actresses do bad films. He was no different.

5. Blow- Not terrible, but Ray Liota and Penelope Cruz were unlikeable and the story was layed out in a boring manner.

4. Alice in Wonderland- A great cast and some good parts, but this was a remake! It should have been better.

3. Cry Baby- This one was a mistake!

2. The Brave- I liked the premise but it never got off the ground.

The worst one is ...

1. Chocalat- This was a joke that could have been decent. Like Priest, it had a good enough premise but then decided to bash religion and abondon the idea of producing a good movie. This tastes like garbage! Worth missing.


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    • Efficient Admin profile image

      Michelle Dee 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      He really pulled off Edward Scissorhands - loved the movie and him as well. He was really good in Tourist as well. His worst was that movie where he played an isolated writer who lived/rented a cabin in the woods and it turned out he was the killer in the end. Didn't like him in that movie and didn't like the movie. For someone who really loves Johnny Depp like myself I have to admit I have not watched many of his movies.

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Thanks! Gilbert was hard to leave out. I guess I was disturbed be the real life story to the point that I didn't enjoy it as much. Good points though.

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      8 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Mike - Good for you, stick to what you wrote and be proud of it! I love a good backbone.

      Now about the hub -

      I've seen many of his works but the performance I thought was butt kicking was "Whats Eating Gilbert Grape". Must give a nod to Leonardo's acting it it also.

      Great hub Mike.

      Voting up

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Thanks Iviskei.

      Alex, i do feel that it is enough, and that is why I wrote it this way. You can write a blog and expand and write more though. In fact, you can see it as me giving you an opportunity.

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      Kyou Capps 

      8 years ago from In your computer, stealing your internet.

      I'm not much of a movie person, but of the movies I have seen with Depp I can't say that I dislike any of his roles. Dark Shadows was a fun movie and there were a lot of really interesting scenes. But It's not a movie I would take too seriously.

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      8 years ago

      While I agree with a majority of the list, I feel you can go in to a little more detail on the bad ones. 'This was a mistake!' just isn't enough of a reason!

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Thanks Rob!

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      9 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      My favorite Depp film is "Ed Wood". My least favorite is "Cry Baby". He's a talented guy. I'm not sure what to make of the trailers for the comedic reintepretation of "Dark Shadows" yet.


    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Thank you for the great input!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      9 years ago from West Virginia

      Awesome article Mike. I forgot he played in Platoon. His Jack Sparrow role is a classic. I am looking forward to his new movie coming out. He is a great actor, one of the best.

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      Sinea Pies 

      9 years ago from Northeastern United States

      I absolutely LOVE him as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Carribean. Not everyone liked the Tourist but I think he was really good in that one, too. Tonto? Yes! He'll be great!

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Ummm, no I did not forget! I have seen that movie many times and it didn't make the list. About 5,000 people will read this and I can not put every one's favorite on here. However, you can do your own list and put Nightmare at number 1 and public enemy at number 2!

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      9 years ago from New Brunswick Canada

      ok in as much as i agree with the list i honestly have to say that public enemy deserved better position in that list. More over you forgot to include the 1984 Nightmare in Elm Street he was in- it was a classic


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