Aspiring writer (particularly in film & music). Pop culture enthusiast.
Published October 23rd 2011
Johnny Depp is one of the most well known actors of the world. His name is constantly getting thrown around, whether it's in friendly conversation, magazine articles, or TV shows. We all know he's incredibly versatile and talented, and that he's been in several films but what are his best roles?
I've been a fan of Johnny Depp since I first saw Edward Scissorhands. Then of course as I got older I realised he was not only a babe, but a talented one at that. I went on to watch 21 Jump Street, Benny & Joon, Cry Baby, and every other film you can think of. I still get excited when I hear he'll be in an upcoming film; that being said I haven't found myself loving his films lately. Here are my top 10 picks for Johnny Depp's Best Film. I was going for 5 but I just couldn't cut it down.
1. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
The first of many Tim Burton and Johnny Depp collaborations. The story follows a kind hearted man who was unfortunately never finished by his creator, who is now left with scissors for hands. He lives alone in a beautiful castle, until an Avon representative finds him and invites him into her home with her family. Edward has to learn how to adapt to his new living situations, meet new people and get a chance to experience the real world. It's unfortunate that recent Burton/Depp collaborations aren't as magical as this film.
2. Benny & Joon (1993)
Ever since their parents died Benny has been devoted to looking after his sister Joon who happens to be mentally ill. During a poker game Joon loses and Benny ends up having to invite his friend's relative, Sam, to stay at their home. Johnny Depp plays Sam's character perfectly. He is a very eccentric man whose actions are influenced by the silent movie comedian Buster Keaton. Sam notices something is slightly off with Joon but that doesn't make him any less interested in her. A story about two slightly strange people finding love.
3. Finding Neverland (2004)
This may seem like an odd choice for a top 10 list, but it's such a beautiful story. Who didn't love Peter Pan growing up? Finding Neverland is the story that came before Peter Pan. Johnny Depp plays the author J.M. Barrie who becomes attached to a family who later becomes the inspiration for Peter Pan. Stellar performances by both Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet.
4. Blow (2001)
In my opinion Blow tends to get overlooked and I'm not sure why that is. It's a great film and such a sad story. Blow is a true story film which follows the life of George Jung who established the cocaine market in America in the 1970s. You'll not experience the good times George had but also the heartbreaking ones.
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Captain Jack Sparrow has got to be one of Johnny's best characters, and of course nothing beats the first movie of this series. Captain Barbossa and his crew have kidnapped Elizabeth Swan, the daughter of the governor to retrieve the last piece of Aztec gold which is needed to help with an ancient curse that they're under. A savvy pirate and a blacksmith work together in order to save Elizabeth but both for different reasons.
6. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
This movie is an adaption of the novel written by Hunter St. Thompson. Raoul Duke is a wacky journalist who brings his psychotic lawyer with him to travel to Las Vegas searching for the 'American Dream'. A film filled with alcohol, drugs, and hilarious adventures.
7. Ed Wood (1994)
The second film with the collaboration of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton. This film resembles the crazy yet engaging world of Tim Burton that was captured in Edward Scissorhands. Ed Wood is a surprisingly great film about the worst film director of all time.
8. What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993)
Johnny Depp plays Gilbert Grape who is ultimately in charge of caring for his brother who has a mental condition and his mother who is obese. Gilbert wants to get away from everything happening in his life as he is realising it's prohibiting him from starting a life and finding love. What's Eating Gilbert Grape? is a heartwarming family film.
9. Donnie Brasco (1997)
Donnie Brasco is a true story about Joe Pistone, a FBI Agent who works undercover as he invades the mafia of New York City. He uses the name Donnie Brasco to befriend a well known mafia man 'Lefty' Ruggiero. Joe soon finds himself getting attached to his new friends and isn't reporting back to the FBI as he should. It stars Al Pacino and Johnny Depp, what's not to love?
10. Rango (2011)
One of Johnny Depp's most recent films, and a great one at that. To be honest I didn't really have much interest in seeing this film, but I started hearing great things that I had to see it for myself. It is brilliant. Such great animation and funny.
I know there's more films that I'm forgetting but this list is long enough already. If I've left out a brilliant Depp film then please leave it in the comments.