The Definitive Ranking of Johnny Depp’s Movies From Worst to Best

The Definitive Ranking of Johnny Depp’s Movies From Worst to Best

Johnny Depp, Cry-Baby
CRY-BABY, Johnny Depp, 1990. ? Universal Pictures/ Courtesy: Everett Collection


If it was anyone but Johnny Depp, we could not forgive them for this movie.

We wanted this to be the next best science fiction film. It was really just a huge waste our money.
The Rum Diary
The only good thing that came out of this movie was his relationship with Amber Heard.
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The Tourist
Angelina Jolie + Johnny Depp = something awesome, right? No. Not at all.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
This is so low on the list because 1) it's not strictly a Depp movie and 2) he dies. What the hell.
The Lone Ranger
Usually when Depp is "playing a character," it's amazing and makes us love him even more. Not here.
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The Astronaut's Wife
After an accident in space, an astronaut's pregnant wife suspects he is no longer the same man. Yup, no surprise it was a box office bomb.

He played a chameleon. Sounded fun. But it really wasn't.

Dark Shadows
We thought Depp could make this quirky vampire movie work, but we're left wondering what happened. At least it had a few laughs.
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The Brave

Johnny Depp in a snuff film. It's his directorial debut and we wanted it to be good sooo bad, but it just was not.

The Ninth Gate

This movie lacked the suspense we were promised.

The Libertine
Roger Ebert said it all: "Johnny Depp finds sadness in the earl's descent, and a desire to be loved even as he makes himself unlovable. What a brave actor Depp is, to take on a role like this.
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Great movie, but this more of a Charlie Sheen film than a Johnny Depp one.

Before Night Falls
Story of Reinaldo Arenas, a poet who fled Cuba to the United States and committed suicide in New York while suffering from AIDS.
Nick of Time

This plot is absolutely ridiculous. It could have maybe worked for an action film star (barely) but not Depp.

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From Hell
Ahead of the game, Johnny Depp starred in this pretty good graphic novel adaptation.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
At World's End? More like when is this movie going to end.
Public Enemies

Only thing this movie really had going for it was that Johnny looked really hot as John Dillinger (much better than the real one).

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Donnie Brasco
These mob movies don't always pan out well for Johnny.
The Secret Window
Interesting plot, terrible ending for a movie. But Johnny played semi-crazy well, obviously.
Don Juan Demarco
In this, Johnny Depp believes he is the legendary lover Don Juan. We did too.
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Arizona Dream
This movie is pretty off the walls - even for Depp - but that's what makes it work.
Benny & Joon
A strange, sheltered young woman and a dyslexic boy prove that love has no boundaries and that Johnny Depp is a sweetheart.
Ed Wood

One of the first ventures we saw Johnny Depp take when it comes to his character-driven roles.

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The Man Who Cried
Not terrible, but also not very memorable.
Lost in La Mancha
This movie has been described as one of the "best depictions of movie making".
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
Robert Rodriguez, Antonio Banderas, AND Johnny Depp all make one good film.
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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
This movie was heartwrenching and heartwarming at the same time, because everyone signed on after Heath Ledger's untimely passing.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Captain Jack Sparrow vs. Blackbeard: who is the greater, most feared pirate of them all? We're IN.
Sleepy Hollow
Johnny Depp investigating the case of the "The Headless Horseman" - count us in!
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Finding Neverland
This was Depp's first time working with Freddie Highmore and we really enjoyed the raw emotions paired with silliness.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Jack Sparrow is back on his game in this movie, being utterly ridiculous but proving this is Depp's best "character".
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Until this movie was released, we hadn't realized Johnny Depp could sing well enough to hold his own. Bravo!
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Into the Woods
His time as The Wolf might be brief, but it's bone-chillingly creepy - which is exactly the point.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
It's hard to beat Gene Wilder's version of Willy Wonka, but we think Depp really held his own on Tim Burton's take on this film.
We would love this movie simply because of the chocolate, but it's charm is what makes it so endearing.
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Alice in Wonderland
There can only be one Mad Hatter and no one is better for than role than Depp.
Cry Baby
If 21 Jump Street hadn't already, Cry Baby made Johnny a total heartthrob.
Johnny Depp brought cocaine to Hollywood in this one. Fun fact: his prison sentence should be ending sometime in 2015, if he didn't already get paroled.
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
A box office disaster turned to cult classic - this move is excellent for Depp fans.
Edward Scissorhands
A comically silly Tim Burton film that really showed Depp's softer side, while giving everyone Halloween inspiration for life.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
No offense to Juliette Lewis, but his chemistry with on-screen brother Leonardo DiCaprio is what makes this film perfect.
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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
No character will ever get better than Captain Jack Sparrow. And the original is easily the best in the series. "But why is the rum gone?"