Johnny Depp's 55th Birthday: His Best 10 Movies Ranked

Today is Johnny Depp's birthday, one of the most iconic Hollywood stars. However, his life hasn't always been plain sailing.

At the age of 16, Depp dropped out of high school to become a musician. His band, the Kids, relocated from Florida to Los Angeles. He made his film debut as a teenager eaten by his own bed in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), followed by TV series 21 Jump Street (1987) and films Cry-Baby and Edward Scissorhands.

The latter film started a long relationship between the actor and director Tim Burton which led to appearances in Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).

In celebration of Depp's birthday, Newsweek has analyzed data from Rotten Tomatoes to rank his best movies to date.

10. Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)

Score: 84 / 100

Plot: A commitment-phobic suitor runs away from his bride to be, only to pick himself up another one... who's dead.

Also starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson and Tracey Ullman

What critics said: "All too often, Tim Burton's movies feel like they're covered in flop sweat, as if he's trying too hard and worrying too much. By contrast, Corpse Bride is a cool breeze across the brow." AV Club

9. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Score: 85 / 100

Plot: A man handy with a pair of scissors enlists the help of a baker to rid himself of his enemies. Oh, and everyone sings.

Also starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman and Sacha Baron Cohen

What critics said: "This is grand-scale studio-work at its most beguiling." Time Out

8. Arizona Dream (1994)

Score 87 / 100

Plot: A man obsessed with fish travels from New York to Arizona to take over his uncle's business.

Also starring: Jerry Lewis, Faye Dunaway and Lili Taylor

What the critics say: "The first 'American' film by the director of Time of the Gypsies is every bit as bizarre and imaginative as his earlier work, although it's also maddeningly indulgent and erratic." Time Out

7. Donnie Brasco (1997)

Score: 88 / 100

Plot: True story of an FBI agent who infiltrates the mob as Donnie Brasco.

Also starring: Al Pacino, Michael Madsen and Bruno Kirby

What the critics say: "This is Depp's coming-of-age role, and he's terrific. Pacino, who's shown more flash than substance recently, reminds us how great he can be when he loses himself inside a character." Newsweek

6. Platoon (1986)

Score: 88 / 100

Plot: A story of good and evil set in Vietnam.

Also starring: Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe and Tom Berenger

What critics said: "Although Platoon is not the easiest film to watch, it is one of the best at reminding us that the cinema is not always interested in evading or distorting history. Sometimes it tells the truth." Boston Globe

5. Rango (2011)

Score: 88 / 100

Plot: A chameleon living as a family pet has a major identity crisis.

Also starring: Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin and Ned Beatty

What critics said: "Just when you thought you'd seen everything, here comes Chinatown, the animated version." Newsday

4. What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993)

Score: 89 / 100

Plot: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother which could stop him being with the love of his life.

Also starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis and Mary Steenburgen

What critics said: "Depp is subtly winning as a man-child oblivious to his own pent-up rage. But the performance that will take your breath away is DiCaprio's." Newsweek

3. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Score: 90 / 100

Plot: A boy is born with scissors for hands and falls in love.

Also starring: Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest and Anthony Michael Hall

What critics said: "Burton's richly entertaining update of the Frankenstein story is the year's most comic, romantic and haunting film fantasy." Rolling Stone

2. Ed Wood (1994)

Score: 92 / 100

Plot: A fictional tale based on filmmaker Ed Wood.

Also starring: Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker and Patricia Arquette

What critics said: "A delightful and delicate comic fable." Variety

1. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Score: 94 / 100

Plot: A group of teens are terrorised by Freddy Krueger.

Also starring: Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon

What critics said: "The script is consistently witty, the camera work (by cinematographer Jacques Haitkin) crisp and expressive." Washington Post

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Johnny Depp emerged in the mid-80s and quickly became a household name as a perfect star for the grunge era—brooding and sensitive, with cheekbones for days. Newsweek
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