10 Best Movies of Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is a popular American actor, musician and film producer, who is known for taking up some of the most challenging roles of Hollywood films. He started his career with a TV series called ’21 Jump Street’, back in the 1980s, after which he gradually took up interesting and more substantial roles in feature films.
Much of Depp’s career has been shaped because of his long association with director Tim Burton. Some of the most challenging and iconic characters of Depp’s career have been given to him by Burton, mainly because of the faith that the director has on this actor’s infinite pool of talent and unique ability to amaze and amuse audiences in a new way with each of his performances. Here are some of the best movies of Johnny Depp that are a must watch for all his fans, and for all cinema lovers for that matter.
1. Edward Scissorhands
This was the first among the many Tim Burton and Johnny Depp collaborations that were to follow. The movie received great critical and commercial response and made Depp an actor to look forward to. Depp had portrayed the character of the ill-constructed scissor and blade handed walking machine so well, that till date, it’s impossible to believe that someone else could have done justice to the role the way he did.
2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
A children’s film with so much heart and soul, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ was loved by all. Depp’s character as Willy Wonka was energetic, entertaining and quite amusing. While some of the critics said that Depp was capable of bringing in more to the character, most people thought he fit in perfectly well in the world that Tim Burton had created so beautifully. It’s definitely a great Sunday family watch for all.
3. Pirates of the Caribbean
Captain Jack Sparrow’s character was like a gift to Depp’s career. The whole ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ series can proudly boast of having this actor on board. The humor, the wit, and the sheer brilliance that Depp brings on screen with his performances in this series of films is just not worth missing. From his dialog deliveries to perfect facial expressions, Depp conquered just about all cinema viewers’ hearts in one go!
4. Corpse Bride
It is a stop-motion animation film with Johnny Depp’s voice as that of Victor Van Dort. This is the kind of movie that was needed to tell the world that Depp can indeed do magic by just his voice. Even though the film didn’t really see very good commercial success, it was given good reviews by the critics. Perhaps, one of the best films in the genre of stop-motion animation, it is a must-watch.
5. Finding Neverland
This semi-biographical on playwright J.M. Barrie’s life was touching in a very sweet manner. Depp (who played the character of Barrie) showed the platonic relationship and his deep friendship with Sylvia (Kate Winslet) and her young sons with such ease and effortlessness. Even though a lot of narrative liberties were taken, the film proved to be an overall good watch, also fetching it a few Academy Award nominations, including that of Depp for the ‘Best Actor’ category.
6. Ed Wood
This one is an American comedy-drama biopic on the famous film director, Ed Wood. The character is played by Johnny Depp, and once again, Tim Burton had directed this film. The hilarious yet painful struggle of Ed Wood in the film industry, as well as his relationship with actor Bela Lugosi (played by Martin Landau) is shown very well in the film. Though much of the facts were not covered well, the film received critical acclaim. Depp’s performance was praised too. The film however, did not do very well at the box-office.
7. Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
This film has been treated exceptionally well, and most critics were satisfied with what was now the sixth collaboration between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. Needless to say, Burton had found complete comfort in making Depp do whatever he visualized, and Depp did it with absolute perfection. This Victorian barber’s role could not have been pulled off by anybody else.
'Cry-Baby' had got Depp one of his major roles during the initial phase of his career, after he exited ‘21 Jump Street’. Playing a serial bomber’s tough yet sensitive son was a challenging role, and Depp managed to do quite a good job of it. Unfortunately, the movie did not have a very good theatrical run despite the good reviews. However, many years later, people revisited the film and realized how underrated it was at its time. Now, it is considered something of a cult classic, and has inspired many other filmmakers.
9. Dead Man
Playing Billy Blake’s character in this movie must have been quite an experience for Johnny Depp. In what is considered to be one of the best examples of post-modern Western films, Depp plays the role of an accountant, who travels to a remote town only to face a sudden rejection from his would-be employer. What next? He is accused of double murder, and has help only from a Red Indian who thinks of Billy Blake as the reincarnated version of his favorite poet, William Blake. In this amazing, unpredictable journey, Depp performs brilliantly well, making the movie really interesting.
10. Donnie Brasco
Adapted from Joseph Pistone’s novel, this movie has some mystical and edgy charm to it. Playing the role of Pistone (an FBI agent) and his alter ego, Donnie Brasco, Depp has done quite a splendid job. He spent quite a lot of time adopting the mannerisms of this character, and worked very hard to make sure that his acting seemed convincing. Despite a great star cast, Depp managed to steal the show and made the film worth the ticket price. It is considered to be one of the finest performances of his career.
Depp has never won an Academy Award till date, despite being nominated thrice for the same. However, he has won twelve out of fourteen People’s Choice Awards that he has been nominated for during his career. That just goes on to show how much the audiences love him, whether or not the critics recognize his work.
What is exciting is that Depp is now acting in a lot of films, and all of his characters or roles are very different from each other. The kind of versatility that Depp has shown in his career till now is only getting better and better with each passing year. His recent releases like ‘Transcendence’ and ‘The Lone Ranger’ have received mixed reviews, but fans are sure that his upcoming projects will balance out these minor lows for him.