Johnny Depp Movies: History and the Top Ten

In the 1984 American supernatural sword film A Nightmare on Elm Street, directed by Wes Craven, Johnny Depp makes his film debut. The image was well received by critics and became a huge box-office success, earning over $57 million on a $1.1 million budget. He then appeared in films like Private Resort (1985), Platoon (1986), and Whining (1990) after his debut.

Edward Scissorhands Skyrockets Johnny Depp Fame

In 1990, he starred as Edward Scissorhands in Tim Burton’s American fantasy romance film Edward Scissorhands, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. The film was well received when it came out and became a financial success.

In 1994, he appeared in the American slasher film Freddy’s Dead: The Last Nightmare, directed by Rachel Talalay. Despite negative reviews from critics, the film was a financial success.

He played the role of ‘Gilbert Grape’ in the 1993 American adult drama film What to Eat Gilbert Grape directed by Lasse Hallström. The film received positive reviews upon its release.

Depp continues to star in films like Ed Wood (1994), Don Juan DeMarco (1995), The dead (1995), Cannes Man (1996), Donnie Brasco (1997), Fear and hatred in Las Vegas (1998), LA Without Map (1998), Ninth Gate (1999), sleepy hollow (1999), Before Night Comes (2000), and Blow (2001).

Johnny Depp Breaks-Out as Captain Jack Sparrow

In 2003, Johnny Depp was cast as Captain Jack Sparrow in the American fantasy film swashbuckler Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, directed by Gore Verbinski. The film received mostly positive reviews and was a huge success at the box office, grossing over $654 million on a $140 million budget.

He was nominated for an ‘Academy Award’ for his performance as ‘Sir James Matthew Barrie’ in the biographical drama film Discovering Neverland, directed by Marc Forster. The image received a favorable response and became a huge commercial success.

Depp is next seen in movies like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Pirates of the Caribbean: Chest of the Dead (2006), Pirates of the Caribbean: At the End of the World (2007), Public Enemy (2009), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Rango (2011), Pirates of the Caribbean: in foreign currents (2011), dark shadow (2012), Lonely Keeper (2013), Transcendence (2014), and black mass (2015).

Depp plays the character ‘Gellert Grindelwald’ in the 2016 fantasy film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, directed by David Yates. The film received good reviews from critics and became a box office hit. He returns as ‘Captain Jack Sparrow’ in the 2017 American swashbuckler fantasy sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: The Dead Tell No Tales.

In 2016, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald featuring Johnny Depp reprising his role as Gellert Grindelwald, the antagonist of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Depp was last seen in the drama film directed by Andrew Levitas Minamata, which was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film received favorable reviews from critics after its initial release at the Berlin International Film Festival.

What Are the Top Ten Johnny Depp Movies?

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

The crew of the tainted Black Pearl attacks Port Royal, Jamaica, and kidnaps Governor Elizabeth’s daughter, who holds a gold piece with which to break her spell. Will Turner, a dashing blacksmith, frees the rogue pirate Jack Sparrow from prison and persuades him to help in his quest to save Elizabeth from the bad guys.

2. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Edward, an artificial humanoid with a scissor blade for hands, was abandoned by his maker when he died prematurely. Peg, a kind saleswoman, finds her and takes her inside. He quickly gains popularity in the community and falls in love with teenage daughter Peg, but his fortunes change when he is accused of a crime.

3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Chest of the Dead (2006)

In the second Pirates of the Caribbean film, Captain Jack Sparrow learns that he owes Davey Jones blood and that he must restore his heart to survive. Meanwhile, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann must retrieve Jack’s magic compass for Lord Cutler Beckett or face death; thus, they join him on another crazy journey.

4. What Gilbert Grape Eats (1993)

Gilbert Grape’s life was typical, with only a few duties: he worked in a grocery store and looked after his family, which included two sisters who were severely overweight and mentally disabled. Then one day, he meets and falls in love with Becky, who prompts him to pursue his own pleasures. But how can he adjust everything?

5. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Sleepy Hollow is a horror film set in the gothic village of Sleepy Hollow, in which a detective tries to solve a beheading murder committed by a local legend, a headless horseman. Johnny Depp portrays a quirky New York detective who uncovers the killer’s love for killing his victims by beheading them.

6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

Jack Sparrow is tormented by bad luck when he releases his former opponent, the pirate hunter Salazar, from the Devil’s Triangle. When Salazar recruits his ghost crew to search for Sparrow, he teams up with astronomers and the young Henry Turner, who plan to find the Trident of Poseidon to free his father Will from the curse of the Dutch.

7. Pirates of the Caribbean: At the End of the World (2007)

The Pirate Kings combine Pieces of Eight in an attempt to free Goddess Calypso, Jack Sparrow’s betrayed lover, but Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann, and Captain Barbossa must first save her from Davy Jones’ Locker.

8. Punch (2001)

Blow is the story of George Jung, a cocaine smuggler from South America who, as a young boy, watched his family go through financial difficulties and decided that he would never suffer the same way. He traded marijuana before turning to cocaine and becoming very rich. However, he must ultimately face the consequences of his actions, which are not limited to legal consequences.

9. Finding Neverland (2004)

This is the story of writer JM Barrie and the events in his life that led to his most famous work, “Peter Pan.” Barrie forms a close platonic friendship with Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, who recently lost her husband, Peter. They became the source for “Peter Pan.”

10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Five gold tickets are hidden in random chocolate bars by eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka, who gives five kids a unique tour of his amazing chocolate factory instead. Charlie, a poor boy, wins his fifth ticket in the crowd and is accompanied by his grandfather on an unforgettable journey that will change his life forever when he finds him.

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