Johnny Depp is a well-known character actor in Hollywood. He has never won an Academy Award, but he has been nominated three times and has received other awards, including a Golden Globe.
Depp is known for immersing himself in the characters he plays, such as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Edward Scissorhands, and Willy Wonka. He's had a long career in TV and film, and as a result, his resume is lengthy.
Depp is currently involved in a defamation trial with his ex-wife Amber Heard, who accused him of abuse before the couple divorced in 2016. After an op-ed Heard wrote was published, which did not name Depp but alluded to him, Depp claimed it harmed his career, which is part of the defamation suit. This also led to Depp's decision not to return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
What were Depp's best films throughout his career? We can get a good idea from GameSpot's sister site Metacritic. Metacritic, an aggregate of critical reviews, assigns a score to movies, TV shows, and video games based on write-ups from said reviews. We've compiled a list of Depp's top ten reviewed films and present them to you, beginning with number 10.
10. Public Enemies (2009)
During the Great Depression, Depp plays infamous bank robber John Dillinger. The film is set during the 1930s mobster crime wave.
9. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Depp plays eccentric candy-maker Willy Wonka in this remake of the classic children's film.
8. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1994)
Depp, who plays the titular Gilbert Grape in this coming-of-age story about a young man caring for his obese mother and mentally-disabled brother, is one of the film's stars.
7. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Depp played the titular character, a modern-day Frankenstein's monster with scissors for hands, in collaboration with Tim Burton. He leaves his solitary life and relocates to the suburbs.
6. Rango (2011)
Rango, a chameleon who ends up in a lawless town in the Wild West in need of a new sheriff, is voiced by Depp in this animated film.
5. Donnie Brasco (1997)
Depp reprises his role as the title character. Brasco is an undercover FBI agent who has infiltrated the Bonanno crime family.
4. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Depp plays Glen Lantz, a teen who sleeps with a CRT TV on his stomach, in the first Freddy Kruger film. Freddy drags Lantz into his bed, causing a volcano of blood to erupt.
3. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
In another Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration, Depp plays a barber in 1840s London who was wrongfully imprisoned for his wife's death. He exacts his vengeance by murdering people who were involved in his imprisonment during shaves and haircuts. The woman beneath his barbershop then turns them into pies. It's most likely the wildest musical feature film ever made.
2. Corpse Bride (2005)
Depp collaborates with Burton on this animated film about a man practicing his wedding vows in the woods, only to find himself married to an undead bride.
1. Platoon (1987)
In comparison to the others on the list, Depp has a smaller role in this Oliver Stone Vietnam war film. In Platoon, he plays Lerner, a Vietnamese-speaking soldier.