Top 22 Films Featuring Johnny Depp

Born as Johnny Christopher Depp II on June 9, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky Johnny Depp would go on to have an extremely successful career in film and early on in his career he found success in television as well, starring in the TV series 21 Jump Street. Since he is trending on social media today for his production of a new musical all about Michael Jackson’s glove titled For The Love of a Glove I thought it a great time to go over his long and illustrious career in movies. As usual sequels will be included in with the original so the list doesn’t repeat too much.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Released in 1984 and directed by Wes Craven the horror movie A Nightmare on Elm Street was both the beginning of a great career for Johnny Depp and the first film in one of the most famous horror franchises of all time. The film had Johnny Depp in the role of one of many teenagers battling the dream demon Freddy Krueger. The film only grossed $25 million worldwide but considering it was made on a $1.8 million budget I’d call that a huge success. The movie spawned many sequels and even had a remake released in 2010.

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Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street

Platoon

Released in 1986 and directed by Oliver Stone the war film Platoon would put Johnny Depp in the role of a soldier in the Vietnam War as he fights to survive alongside his fellow soldiers. The film also stars Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen and grossed $138 million at the box office as well as being nominated for 8 Academy Awards and winning 4 of them.

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Willem Dafoe and Tom Berenger in Platoon

Cry-Baby

Released in 1990 and directed by John Waters the teen musical romantic comedy Cry-Baby would have Johnny Depp portraying a 1950’s teen rebel who falls for a girl his total opposite…Sort of like Grease I suppose. The movie also stars Iggy Pop and Traci Lords and although it wasn’t a success when released it has since garnered a cult following and is adored by many.

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Cry-Baby starring Johnny Depp

Edward Scissorhands

Released in 1990 and directed by Tim Burton the romantic dark fantasy film Edward Scissorhands Would cast Johnny Depp in the titular role and would be the first of many collaborations between Depp and Burton. The movie also stars Winona Ryder, Anthony Michael Hall and Vincent Price and was a huge success, grossing $86 million at the box office as well as being nominated for multiple Academy Awards.

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Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands

Benny & Joon

Released in 1993 and directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik the romantic comedy film Benny & Joon stars Johnny Depp as one of two very eccentric individuals who find each other and discover although they are both far from perfect that they are perfect for each other. The film also stars Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn, Julianne Moore and Oliver Platt and grossed $30 million worldwide as well as being nominated for an Academy Award and 3 MTV Movie Awards.

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Johnny Depp in Benny & Joon

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Released in 1993 and directed by Lasse Hallstrom the drama film What’s Eating Gilbert Grape stars Johnny Depp as a 24 year old young man who is stuck in a small town taking care of his obese mother and his mentally impaired little brother. The film also stars Juliette Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mary Steenburgen and John C. Reilly and was adapted from the novel of the same name.

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Johnny Depp and Juliette Lewis in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Ed Wood

Released in 1994 and directed by Tim Burton the biographical comedy drama film Ed Wood stars Johnny Depp as the titular character as the film explores the life and career of cult filmmaker Ed Wood. The film also stars Bill Murray, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker and Patricia Arquette and grossed only $5.9 million but did win two Academy Awards.

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Johnny Depp as Ed Wood

Donnie Brasco

Released in 1997 and directed by Mike Newell the crime drama film Donnie Brasco is loosely based on the life of Joseph D. Pistone, an undercover FBI agent played by Johnny Depp, who infiltrated the New York Mafia in the 1970’s. The film also stars Al Pacino, Michael Madsen and Anne Heche and grossed $124 million at the box office as well as being nominated for an Oscar.

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Johnny Depp and Al Pacino in Donnie Brasco

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Released in 1998 and directed by Terry Gilliam the psychedelic satirical black comedy film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is adapted from the novel of the same name by Hunter S. Thompson and has Johnny Depp in the role of a journalist who gets distracted by psychedelic drugs while on a journalism assignment. The film also stars Benicio Del Toro and although it was a commercial failure at the time of release it has since become a cult classic in the minds of many.

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Benicio del Toro and Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

The Ninth Gate

Released in 1999 and directed by Roman Polanski the mystery thriller film The Ninth Gate is loosely based on the 1993 novel The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez Reverte and stars Johnny Depp as a book expert on the hunt for a very rare book said to be able to summon the devil. The movie grossed $58 million at the box office worldwide.

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Johnny Depp in The Ninth Gate

Sleepy Hollow

Released in 1999 and directed by Tim Burton the supernatural horror film Sleepy Hollow is loosely based on the 1820 short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving and stars Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane, a New York City constable sent to investigate murders in a small village called Sleepy Hollow. The movie also stars Christina Ricci and Casper Van Dien and grossed over $200 million worldwide as well as winning an Academy Award for Best Art Direction.

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Johnny Depp in Sleepy Hollow

Chocolat

Released in 2000 and directed by Lasse Hallstrom the romantic comedy-drama film Chocolat is based on the novel of the same name by Joanne Harris. The movie stars Johnny Depp alongside Carrie-Anne Moss, Alfred Molina and Judi Dench and grossed $152 million at the box office as well as being nominated for 5 Academy Awards.

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Johnny Depp in Chocolat

Blow

Released in 2001 and directed by Ted Demme the biographical crime drama film Blow was adapted from the 1993 novel Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All by Bruce Porter. The movie stars Johnny Depp as George Jung who was a major player in the cocaine trafficking of the 80’s and was heavily involved with the mexican cartels. The film also stars Penelope Cruz, Ray Liotta and Emma Roberts and grossed $83 million worldwide.

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Johnny Depp as George Jung in Blow

From Hell

Released in 2001 and directed by the Hughes brothers the slasher film From Hell is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore about Jack the Ripper. Johnny Depp portrays a police officer investigating the murders and is joined by Robbie Coltrane and Heather Graham. The movie grossed $74 million worldwide at the box office.

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Johnny Depp in From Hell

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Released in 2003 and directed by Robert Rodriguez the western action film Once Upon a Time in Mexico is the direct sequel to Desperado and the third film on Rodriguez’s Mexico Trilogy. Johnny Depp stars as a corrupt CIA agent who tries to play all sides of a drug war and he is joined by Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe and Danny Trejo. The movie grossed $98 million worldwide at the box office.

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Johnny Depp in Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Released in 2003 and directed by Gore Verbinski the fantasy pirate movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl would be the first of many films where Johnny Depp would take on the role of Jack Sparrow, an eccentric pirate and captain of the ship The Black Pearl. The movie also stars Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley and was tremendously successful grossing $654 million worldwide and spawning multiple sequels.

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Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Released in 2005 and directed by Tim Burton the musical fantasy film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is adapted from the 1964 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl and a remake of the classic film based on the same material. The movie also stars Helena Bonham Carter and Christopher Lee and was a huge success commercially grossing $475 million worldwide.

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Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka

Corpse Bride

Released in 2005 and directed by Mike Johnson and Tim Burton the stop motion dark comedy Corpse Bride would once again see Tim Burton and Johnny Depp working together with Depp lending his voice this time around. The movie grossed $117 million worldwide and is considered to be somewhat of a cult classic these days.

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Corpse Bride

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Released in 2007 and directed by Tim Burton the musical period slasher film is adapted from the 1979 musical of the same name and would have Johnny Depp portraying the titular character alongside another of Tim Burton’s favorites to work with Helena Bonham Carter as well as Alan Rickman. The movie grossed $152 million worldwide and won several awards including 2 Golden Globes.

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Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd

Public Enemies

Released in 2009 and directed by Michael Mann the biographical crime drama film Public Enemies is an adaptation of the book Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34 by Bryan Burrough. Johnny Depp stars as famous bank robber John Dillinger and is joined by Christian Bale and Stephen Dorff and the movie grossed $214 million worldwide and received mostly positive reviews.

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Johnny Depp as John Dillinger

Alice in Wonderland

Released in 2010 and directed by Tim Burton the fantasy film Alice in Wonderland was inspired by Lewis Carroll’s fantasy novels and stars Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter in a unique and sometimes creepy new take on the classic children’s story. The movie also stars Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman and Crispin Glover and grossed $1 billion at the box office worldwide as well as being nominated for numerous awards and winning 2 Academy Awards. There was also a sequel released in 2016 titled Alice Through the Looking Glass.

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Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Released in 2016 and directed by David Yates the fantasy film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first in a series of spin off sequels based on the Harry Potter universe. Johnny Depp stars as Gellert Grindelwald and is joined by a great cast including Colin Farrell, Eddie Redmayne and Jon Voight and the movie grossed $814 million worldwide as well as spawning a sequel in 2018 and one set to be released sometime in 2021.

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Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald

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