Top 10 Johnny Depp Movie Roles

May 11, 2012 § 1 Comment

As today is the UK movie release of Dark Shadows, it is the perfect opportunity to look back at the movie career of Johnny Depp and see where it all went so right. No doubt I’ll open up a bit of debate about the list, but with such a broad catalogue of films I went for the movies that really caught my imagination and made Depp stand out from all the other Hollywood actors.

10. Finding Neverland


Portraying the playwright J. M. Barrie, Depp depicted the writer’s relationship with the family that inspired Peter Pan. This uplifting movie brought both a smile and a tear, and was a great representation of Barrie’s life. Johnny Depp really brought the character to life and demonstrated that his acting skills aren’t dependant upon sensational characters.

9. Alice in Wonderland


Undoubtedly one of Depp’s most fantastical roles, he shined as the Mad Hatter in a somewhat average movie. While the film itself lacked pace at times, Johnny Depp’s performance confirmed yet again why he is one of entertainment’s most loveable actors.

8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


The remake of this wonderful children’s film had to be great, and there was only one way to make sure it was: Johnny Depp. If you ask me about the movie then I’d struggle to remember much other than Depp himself. However, there are times when he scared the life out of me – but that’s what you expect from a Tim Burton film.

7. Cry Baby


I honestly didn’t think this film would be good, but I was so wrong. It’s so different to anything I’ve ever seen and it parodied famous musicals such as Grease. Johnny Depp plays the role of Wade ‘Cry Baby’ Walker who was a gang leader of the ‘Drapes’. Wade is most definitely the cool guy in a ground of delinquents, and it was one of the first unusual roles of many for the A-lister. If you haven’t seen it then you haven’t lived.

6. Ed Wood


Some of you might be thinking “what’s Ed Wood? I’ve never heard of it” – well shame on you! Ever wondered what it would be like to witness Johnny as a cross dressing alcoholic? Then you need to see this film. Ed Wood was the actor’s second collaboration with director Tim Burton, and its mixture of darkness and funny anecdotes make this film a must-see for all Depp fans.

5. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?


If you have not seen this film then you need to head to your local DVD store and buy it now. While Leonardo DiCaprio is a massive scene stealer, Johnny Depp held his own and their acting complements each other. He silently portrays a brother struggling to be his brother’s carer and man of the house, whilst also trying to stay young and be in love.

4. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


Unlike many Depp films, this movie is not for children. This black comedy shows the hilarious situations that his character Duke and friend Gonzo (Del Toro) find themselves in. While this movie isn’t for everyone, it has a massive cult following and this is most likely due to the performance of both leading men.

3. Sweeney Todd


Everything about this film screams genius to me. Johnny Depp plays the role of the serial killer wonderfully, and his relationship with Mrs Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) is a delight. While his singing voice is something to be desired, the motivations of his character and his presence make this one of the best musicals to hit the cinema screens in recent years.

2. Pirates of the Caribbean


One of the most defining roles Johnny Depp has ever played is Captain Jack Sparrow. His drunken pirate humour, enviable charisma and comic timing is a talent that his fellow onscreen partners often struggle to achieve. Let’s face it, without him there would never have been a trilogy of this middle of the road story.

1. Edward Scissorhands
I’m sure it comes as no surprise to most of you that Edward Scissorhands is number one. This was the first collaboration with Tim Burton and ultimately led to a beautiful personal and professional relationship. Twenty-two years on from this fantastic movie, Depp and Burton are still collaborating on several projects. However, I think it is pretty fair to say that none have ever, and most likely will ever, compare to the vulnerable and sweet Edward Scissorhands.


This romantic fantasy film captured hearts across the globe when it was released in 1990, and follows the story of an artificial man who ends up living with a suburban family but falling in love with their teenage daughter.

So, do you agree with the list above? Or do you hate every word I’ve said? If so, I want to hear from you in the comment section below, and you can even leave your own list.

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