7. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
“I never want to regret. ‘Regret’ is the ugliest word.”
Johnny Depp has had plenty of movies that could be considered better than this one. None were able to capture our hearts in quite the same innocent way, however. Neither Depp nor any of his characters seem completely adequate all of the time, but this may be is as close as any of them have ever been to finding peace.
6. Nightmare on Elm Street
“Do you believe in the Boogieman?”
Wes Craven terrified us through a young, still innocent, Johnny Depp’s eyes. He made us believe that we are never safe, not even in slumberland.This is the movie that breathed life back into horror films and gave us our first real peek at the actor who become the “man of many faces.” At the time, Depp was in Hollywood trying to become a rockstar. This was the movie that gave him a new birth and changed cinema as we know it.
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude to the problem.”
We love him because of his versatility and ability to make almost every character come alive and become almost cartoonlike but it seems that Johnny Depp was just born to be a drunken swashbuckling pirate. Disney gave him the opportunity to do just that as they started to change their image and become a bit more mature. Depp was chosen as the face of that evolution and has had much success in the process.
4. Sweeney Todd
“And though I’ll think of you, I guess, until the day I die, I think I miss you less and less as every day goes by.”
At first you don’t want to watch this movie. Nobody does. Once your caught up in it though, you can’t escape. It’s not even the character so much as it is the actors flawless adaptation. Depp has a way of feeling out a character, evil or pure, it doesn’t matter, and making us fall in love with its deepest demons.
3. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
“Buy the ticket, take the ride.”
We’ve always known Depp was a bit strange. His psychedelic trip through the desert took him to a whole new level for us. He showed us that their is more than one way to pursue the “American Dream” and that neither way is necessarily anymore effective than the other. However, one way can be extremely more eye-opening and fun.
2 Edward Scissorhands
“I am not complete.”
I believe this character is more of an authentic depiction of Depp than the actual guy we get in real life. Silly, lighthearted and always a little bit awkward, Edward is able to steal the hearts of a neatly starched town by embracing his role as a “friendly monster.” As a matter of fact, that is probably true of all of us in one way or another and quite possibly why we find this character so fascinating.
1. Donnie Brasco
“Forget about it” is, like, if you agree with someone, you know, like “Raquel Welch is one great piece of ass. Forget about it!” But then, if you disagree, like “A Lincoln is better than a Cadillac? Forget about it!”
Not only the best movie that features Johnny Depp but one of the most interesting biopics of all time. Even though it’s one of his more serious characters, Depp has many different stories to tell in this one, as he takes us down into a dark world and tries to balance between being a cop, a mobster and a family man. It was both interesting and bitter sweet to watch, as our favorite actor grow up before our very eyes.