Top 10 Johnny Depp Movies

Who knew way back in 1987 that Johnny Depp, a man with brooding good looks, dark eyes and a head of luscious hair would, in 2010, still be all of those things - and much more! Playing the undercover police officer Tom Hanson in 21 Jump Street provided the springboard for setting hearts aflutter for years and years. Depp makes us laugh and then in the next instant can make us cry. Women love him and men sure the heck like the guy in role after surprising role. And no matter what he takes on, Depp delivers his A-game which is one of the reasons he’s considered to be one of the best actors of his generation.

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'Don Juan DeMarco' (1994)

Don Juan DeMarco
Don Juan DeMarco. © New Line Cinema

In this film Johnny Depp plays mental patient Don Juan under the care of psychiatrist Dr. Mickler (Marlon Brando). Session by session he tells the doctor of his lost love, his love lessons, and his history as Don Juan DeMarco, the world’s greatest lover. In the process of recounting his life, Depp’s character's enthusiasm for love and romance is contagious and he rekindles something inside the doc about life.

Depp is lovely, riveting and devastatingly handsome as the Don. His storytelling is filled with humor and a longing we all have for finding the love of our lives.

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'Blow' (2001)

Blow. © New Line Cinema

This is the story of George Jung. Who is George Jung you might ask? Jung is the creator of the cocaine market beginning in the 1970s. From selling to friends to major connections in foreign countries, Jung's illicit business endeavors get out of hand and everything turns dangerous.

Depp is hard to keep up with in this Ted Demme production. Jung's rise to fame and glory is just as fast as his fall, but Depp keeps the pace and plays it to the max.

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'Finding Neverland' (2004)

Finding Neverland
Finding Neverland. © Miramax Films
Finding Neverland

Depp is ever emotional in his role as Barrie. Scenes where he's either watching the children or interacting with them highlight just how much he was absorbed in the role. Brilliantly told and superbly acted by Depp, Winslet and all the young actors who play the Davies children.

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'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' (2005

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. © Warner Bros Pictures

Depp stars as the incomparably and indescribably childlike owner of a chocolate factory. He sends out golden tickets to allow five lucky children to come and visit his factory, which has been closed to visitors for years due to espionage. But what he has in store is more than some lucky winners are ready for.

Who would ever in their right mind picture Johnny Depp as the beloved Willy Wonka? It seemed so far-fetched, right? But there he was, on the screen, bigger than life making people laugh and compelling us to take the ride that's just a tad different than what we might be use to.

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'Edward Scissorhands' (1990)

Edward Scissorhands
Edward Scissorhands. © 20th Century Fox

In the title role Depp plays a shy and gentle young man with two problems: 1) he has scissors for hands and 2) he’s in love with a beautiful girl. Sure makes a case of acne seem boring! Quickly accepted by the community, Edward's just as quickly returned to outcast status when the town’s graciousness wears out.

Depp is absolutely beautiful as Edward, yes – beautiful. From his facial expressions to his eyes full of wonder, the character of Edward and the acting of Depp become one.

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'Pirates of the Caribbean' (2003)

Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates of the Caribbean. © Walt Disney Pictures

Johnny Depp plays Captain Jack Sparrow...oh heck, Depp is Captain Jack Sparrow in this rollicking tale of life on the high seas (based on a popular ride at Disneyland). Captain Jack's a pirate with too many secrets and adventures to list. If he isn’t dealing with the Curse of the Black Pearl, then he’s finding a . And if there’s time, he’s running toward . Don’t worry though; he has enough energy to hang out On Stranger Tides.

Who can resist a guy in a pirate suit who just happens to look like Johnny Depp wearing eye makeup better than any female? Need there be more said? Nope.

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'The Libertine' (2005)

The Libertine
The Libertine. © The Weinstein Company
The Libertine

There is so much going on in the film, but it doesn’t stop Depp’s performance from shining through. This is truly an underrated film that deserves attention.

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'What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?' (1993)

What's Eating Gilbert Grape
What's Eating Gilbert Grape. © Paramount Pictures

Johnny Depp takes on the title role of Gilbert, a young man who's taking care of everyone in his life. From his mother who suffers from weight issues, to his siblings, which include his mentally disabled brother, Arnie (Leonard DiCaprio), Gilbert is the reliable guy. So much so he barely has a life of his own.

Depp's performance as Gilbert is just amazing to watch. He brings so much compassion to this character who completely loves his family and is totally loyal to his upbringing.

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'Ed Wood' (1994)

Ed Wood
Ed Wood. © Touchstone/Disney

Touted as “mostly the true story” of legendary director Ed Wood, Depp really goes full out for his character in this one. Filled with hilarity and total weirdness, Depp plays off the likes of Bill Murray, Martin Landau and Vincent D’Onofrio with no limits.

Depp looks fantastic, the film is shot beautifully, and the story is amazing. Once again Depp makes it hard for anyone to find anything wrong about his performance. Here he’s playing a director hailed as the worst moviemaker ever, yet Depp makes it enjoyable.

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'Alice in Wonderland' (2010)

Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland. © Walt Disney Pictures

Alice (played by Mia Wasikowska) revisits Underland when she tries to get away from a marriage betrothal to a pale, personalty-less pushover. Remembering this place from her childhood, Alice is reintroduced to the Mad Hatter (Depp) and other bizarre characters. She also finds that she must fight the Jabberwocky if she is to save this wondrous place.

There is no one else who could have pulled off the look of the Mad Hatter other than Depp. Inside the wild makeup and crazy costumes beats the heart of a gentle hatter. Yes, he re-teams with director Tim Burton again, but these guys make magic together so why break up a winning team?