Johnny Depp Movies Ranked From Worst to Best

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Johnny Depp Movies Ranked From Worst to Best Newsweek

For years, Johnny Depp was one of Hollywood's most beloved leading men. He emerged in the mid-80s with a role in A Nightmare on Elm Street and quickly became a household name as a perfect star for the grunge era—brooding and sensitive, with cheekbones for days.

His early roles capitalised on this star persona. In John Waters's 1990 movie Cry-Baby, he played a bad boy who drives women wild with his ability to shed a single tear down his chiselled face. In the fantasy film Edward Scissorhands from the same year, he again played a sensitive outcast, the titular misunderstood gothic weirdo with a tender heart.

Depp's personal life from that time radiated the same rock 'n' roll glamor as his on-screen roles. He was often photographed with a succession of waifish girlfriends such as Kate Moss, Winona Ryder and Sherilyn Fenn at cool L.A. clubs like The Viper Room, which Depp partly owned.

After playing in number of indie movies, such as Tim Burton's Ed Wood, Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man and Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Depp found blockbuster success as Captain Jack Sparrow in 2003's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The rum-soaked, unscrupulous pirate remains his best-known role, and won him a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor.

By that time, Depp had settled down with French pop star Vanessa Paradis and had two children. In 2006, he told Associated Press that becoming a parent had "given me real foundation, a real strong place to stand in life, in work, in everything." However, the marriage ended in 2012, and Depp went on to marry actress Amber Heard—a union that ended in 2016 amid Heard's accusations of physical and emotional abuse.

By this time, Depp's image had shifted away from brooding to bizarre. His recent roles, such as his part in the 2013 mega-flop The Lone Ranger seemed to be parodies of his earlier work, not helped by increasingly unsettling reports about the star's personal life. An unflattering 2018 profile in Rolling Stone described an actor whose "boyish insouciance has slowly morphed into an aging man-child, still charismatic but only in glimpses."

Depp's status as a leading man looks to be in peril—writer J.K. Rowling had to publicly defend his casting in an adaptation of one of her books, and in October it was revealed that he would no longer be appearing in any future Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

We look back on Depp's career so far, to try and parse the mixed legacy of the actor. Using data from review aggregation sites Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes, as well as fan reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, we've ranked all of his movies, from worst to best.

01 Mortdecai
50. Mortdecai (2015). Total score: 42.0. IMDb users: 5.5. Metacritic: 27. Rotten Tomatoes: 3.4. Rotten Tomatoes users: 2.6. Directed by: David Koepp. Starring: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor. Plot summary: Juggling angry Russians, the British Mi5, and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part-time rogue Charlie Mortdecai races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain a code that leads to lost gold. What the critics said: "Depp's strenuously unfunny performance turns a frivolous caper comedy into a grim death march to the closing credits." Rafer Guzman, Newsday. Lionsgate
02 Private Resort
49. Private Resort (1985). Total score: 45.8. IMDb users: 5.2. Metacritic: 34. Rotten Tomatoes: 3.5. Rotten Tomatoes users: 3.1. Directed by: George Bowers. Starring: Rob Morrow, Johnny Depp, Emily Longstreth. Plot summary: The story of two adolescent boys who are guests at a Florida resort for the week-end. Their only interest is, of course, chasing girls, but fate has much more in store for them. What the critics said: "An aggressively obnoxious and laugh-free stupid-fest that Mr. Depp will probably cringe at the next time he's walking through his favorite DVD shop." Scott Weinberg, DVDTalk.com. TriStar Pictures
03 Sherlock Gnomes
48. Sherlock Gnomes (2018). Total score: 46.3. IMDb users: 5. Metacritic: 36. Rotten Tomatoes: 4.5. Rotten Tomatoes users: 2.7. Directed by: John Stevenson. Starring: Johnny Depp, James McAvoy, Emily Blunt. Plot summary: Garden gnomes, Gnomeo & Juliet, recruit renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments. What the critics said: "Simply put, Sherlock Gnomes is a dreadful bore." Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter. Paramount Pictures
04 The Astronaut's Wife
47. The Astronaut's Wife (1999). Total score: 47.3. IMDb users: 5.3. Metacritic: 37. Rotten Tomatoes: 4.3. Rotten Tomatoes users: 2.8. Directed by: Rand Ravich. Starring: Charlize Theron, Johnny Depp, Joe Morton. Plot summary: After an explosion in space and subsequent two-minute radio-out period, two astronauts return home to their wives. Gradually it's revealed that they're not the same as they were. What the critics said: "Houston, we have a problem. It's called The Astronaut's Wife." Andy Seiler, USA Today. New Line Cinema
05 The Tourist
46. The Tourist (2010). Total score: 50.0. IMDb users: 6. Metacritic: 37. Rotten Tomatoes: 4.3. Rotten Tomatoes users: 3. Directed by: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Starring: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany. Plot summary: Revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. What the critics said: "There is a moment in The Tourist when Johnny Depp turns to Angelina Jolie and asks "Why is all this happening?" It's a question moviegoers will be asking themselves as well." Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times. Columbia Pictures
06 Alice Through the Looking Glass
45. Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016). Total score: 51.5. IMDb users: 6.2. Metacritic: 34. Rotten Tomatoes: 4.6. Rotten Tomatoes users: 3.2. Directed by: James Bobin. Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter. Plot summary: Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to help the Mad Hatter. What the critics said: "A movie for anyone who ever skimmed a passage of Lewis Carroll and thought, 'This is great, but it could use a bit more Terminator.'" Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times. Walt Disney Pictures
07 Transcendence
44. Transcendence (2014). Total score: 52.3. IMDb users: 6.3. Metacritic: 42. Rotten Tomatoes: 4.6. Rotten Tomatoes users: 2.9. Directed by: Wally Pfister. Starring: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman. Plot summary: A scientist's drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program. What the critics said: "How can you tell a movie is the directorial debut of a renowned cinematographer? When everything's interesting to look at except the performances." Ty Burr, Boston Globe. Warner Bros.
08 The Lone Ranger
43. The Lone Ranger (2013). Total score: 54.0. IMDb users: 6.4. Metacritic: 37. Rotten Tomatoes: 4.9. Rotten Tomatoes users: 3.3. Directed by: Gore Verbinski. Starring: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner. Plot summary: Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice. What the critics said: "I mean, no wonder Depp's in disguise. No wonder Hammer wears a mask. Wouldn't you?" Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger. Walt Disney Pictures