When we think of Hollywood, we always think of the glitz and the glamour of actors and actresses. Individuals that ooze out talent from their acting skills no matter what role they are assigned in. But think, when you think about unique characters that an actor plays in specific movies, let’s say an actor that can pass off a strange, yet gentle man with scissors as hands or a loopy, yet suave pirate… who do we all think of?
That’s right… The one and only Johnny Depp!
John Christopher (Johnny) Depp II is one of the most unique and skilled American actors of our day. He has won awards for being Best Actor and is always up for a challenging role. From his early teenage years of playing in garage bands and dropping out of high school to be a rock musician, Johnny Depp has long pleased the audience with his creativity and exceptional acting skills. He has the ability to play diversity in roles that definitely stick out the audience.
Here is a list of the Top 5 Johnny Depp Movies of all time. A list of films that surely should be watched by everyone interested in one amazing actor.
1. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
This movie is surely an eye-catcher and a favorite when it comes to Johnny Depp’s films. This is the first movie that Johnny Depp took which was a Tim Burton film (in which now, he is a favorite of this astonishing director). This began the long association of the pair until now. Edward Scissorhands is about a different yet gentleman that falls in love with a beautiful teenage woman (Winona Ryder). This is a modern-day Frankenstein tale with a strange twist of a love story. Although the character doesn’t talk too much compared to his other roles, you can really feel the struggle that Edward is going through throughout the movie.
The theme of the movie is about isolation and self-discovery in which Depp does phenomenally. It focuses on the dilemma of Edward falling in love with a young girl and that way that he looks (having scissors as hands). A 1990 representation of Beauty and the Beast.
2. Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)
How can we forget about Capitan Jack Sparrow in one of the many roles that Johnny Depp has portrayed? This is the start of the Disney franchise and a favorite Halloween costume of many. This movie was made popular by the famous ride at Disneyland theme parks and made a big hit with producer Jerry Bruckheimer. As the name gives most of what the series is about… Pirates! But besides that, the story has a much deeper storyline that should be watched by everyone, no matter what age. This American fantasy adventure film stars The Curse of the Black Pearl. The second film of this franchise is Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End for the third movie. The last film to come out from this franchise is On Stranger Tides. A fifth film is said to be released in 2015 and in the works as we speak. This movie franchise has grossed $3.72 billion worldwide and is said to be the sixth highest-grossing series of all time.
Jack Sparrow is an iconic character in the Pirates of the Caribbean series because of Depp’s innovative portrayal of the character. He then earned his first-ever Academy Award nomination for this role and is one of the must-watch Johnny Depp movies.
3. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Johnny Depp’s next venture on behalf of Tim Burton is the American-German horror film, Sleepy Hollow. This is the film adaptation of the short story written in 1820 called “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Depp plays the role of Ichabod Crane (a police officer) who is sent to the infamous New York City to investigate a sequence of murders in the quiet yet mysterious town of Sleepy Hollow by a said to be unidentified Headless Horseman (played by Christopher Walken. He plays the opposite of Christina Ricci who stars as Katrina Van Tassel.
Depp plays Ichabod Crane’s character exceptional well even though the film didn’t make the highest of ratings. Sleepy Hollow is certainly a must-watch when it comes to Johnny Depp’s many outstanding films.
4. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
This is a movie that features one of the dramatic and serious acting roles of Johnny Depp. Alongside Leonardo Dicaprio, this movie gushes out drama from both astonishing characters. You can see the dramatic side of Depp and he knows exactly how to make the audience “feel” for his character. Depp plays a responsible but frustrated older brother to Arnie, a mentally challenged little brother (Leonardo Dicaprio), and his obese mother. With his frustrations with his responsibilities to his family, it eventually gets in the way of his love life. It is said that in this film many can see the best emotional range of Depp compared to his other unique movie.
The audience can see the challenging look of the ups and downs of family. He plays out a heartfelt performance alongside other talented actors. A Johnny Depp movie that will have its audience’s hearts longing for more dramatic roles for this sensational actor.
5. Finding Neverland (2004)
Johnny Depp was nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for his performance in this movie. He plays a Scottish author named J.M. Barrie along with Kate Winslet as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Finding Neverland is a semi-biographical movie inspired by a playwright (J.M. Barrie) and his bond with a certain family who encouraged him to create a fictional character in the name of Peter Pan. As Depp’s character develops a deep relationship with Sylvia and her kids, he assumes to be a father figure and a great playmate. Being a creative mind, his imagination gives him ideas to write a play about a boy who never wanted to grow up.
This magical and enchanting film that was nominated for several Oscars (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay) and grossed an astonishing $118,676,606 in both US and foreign markets combined. Besides the success of the movie, Johnny Depp’s portrayal of his character is a phenomenal success on its own and deserves to be included in Johnny Depp’s movies that should be watched.