1. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
In his first pairing of many with creative mastermind Tim Burton, this movie still might be the pair’s best collaboration. Depp plays a strange and sensitive character dealing with struggles that include awkward social interactions and the unique problem of having scissors as hands.
2. Ed Wood (1994)
Johnny Depp’s portrayal of the legendary producer/director/writer/actor Ed Wood is one of his most underrated performances to date. Plus, you get to see Depp cross dress in this movie, just like Ed Wood did in real life.
3. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Depp showed his real acting chops with this film by moving in with Hunter S. Thompson for weeks to prep for this semi-biographical film about the late journalist.
4. Pirates of the Caribbean series
The role of Jack Sparrow became one Johnny Depp is most associated with and loved for, possibly because of the sheer number of films in the series but also because of his quirky and amusing portrayal of the pirate character. And you can bet Disney and Depp are far from over with this series.
5. Sweeney Todd (2007)
This film is a great horror gem about a man who sets up a barber shop only to kill his customers and sell them in meat pies. Amusingly, this dark tale is told in the form of a musical where Depp shows off his singing voice.
6. Dark Shadows (2012)
In this whimsical remake of the television show, Depp plays an imprisoned vampire who is set free to live with his dysfunctional descendants. It’s funny to watch him try to get used to the modern world and to deal with the powerful witch character played by Eva Green.
7. Blow (2001)
This movie tells the true story of George Jung, who loses everything setting up a cocaine empire. Powerful performances from Depp and Penelope Cruz make this film a tragic yet entertaining combination.
8. Donnie Brasco (1997)
Another true story, this film tells the tale of an FBI agent who infiltrates the mob only to identify more with them than with his old self. The incredible chemistry between Depp and Pacino, and the collaboration between established and new talent, add to the dramatic story.
9. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
This Depp classic has him playing caregiver to his mentally handicapped brother, played by a young Leonardo DiCaprio, and his obese mother in a nowhere town. But when love walks into his life, he’s forced to choose between his own life and his family responsibilities.
10. Don Juan DeMarco (1994)
A psychiatrist, played by Marlon Brando, tries to figure out if his new patient is delusional or telling the truth. Depp plays the patient, who is Don Juan, the greatest lover in the world. Most women have no trouble imagining him in this role.
11. Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Depp even stands out in this supporting role from the beginning of his career. The spotlight falls on him as he plays one of the teenagers in this first Freddy Kruger horror movie.