The 10 Worst Johnny Depp Movies

Johnny Depp is often praised as one of the best actors working today. And he is. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t make a few stinkers here and there. In fact, as his popularity has risen the quality of his movies have decreased dramatically, primarily thanks to his unholy union with Tim Burton.

Sure, there was a point where a Tim Burton/Johnny Depp movie was to be anticipated. Edward Scissorhands. Ed Wood. Hell, even Sleepy Hollow. But as Burton’s movies have gone downhill, he’s taken Johnny Depp with him. Needless to say, I would die a happy man if the two never worked on a movie together again, but we both know that won’t happen.

But Tim Burton isn’t the only one at fault. Johnny Depp, for all his great roles and movies, has starred in some pretty terrible movies. With Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opening in theaters this week – and early reviews suggesting the movie is just as bad if not worse than the last two – we felt it was only appropriate to take a look at the stinkers Johnny Depp has produced throughout the years.

Here are the ten worst Johnny Depp movies of all time…

No. 10. Secret Window (2004)

This twisty thriller, based on a Stephen King story, was almost good. Oh so damn close. Johnny Depp, hot off his Oscar-nominated performance in the first Pirates of the Caribbean, is great, delivering one of his most normal performances to date (a refreshing change). But as the trailers marketed it, the only part that matters is the ending.

And the ending is terrible.

Some may disagree, but ultimately Secret Window ends in such a disappointing – and more importantly uterly predictable way it’s hard not to walk away with a bitter taste in the mouth.

No. 9. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Sequels (2006/2007)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl was a surprisingly entertaining and elaborate movie that somehow managed to faithfully adapt the Disneyland ride and still give audiences a great show. The movie also elevated Johnny Depp to a whole new level of stardom. Unfortunately, with success comes sequels, and both Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End are clunky, overly complicated and at times painfully lame sequels. Even Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow becomes tiresome by the third one – and sadly he’s back for more this week with a fourth film.

See photos from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

No. 8. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

Johnny Depp wasn’t even supposed to be in this Terry Gilliam snorefest. But when Heath Ledger died, Depp stepped in to play one of his alter egos in an alternate dreamlike universe. Depp was actually one of the highlights of this otherwise imaginative yet boring film (drama? thriller? comedy?), but he couldn’t save it from what it was: a clever concept halfbaked with low budget special effects and a screenplay that never should have been put to film.

At least his money went to a good cause.

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By Erik Samdahl
Related categories: Action Movies, Comedies, Top 10 Movie Lists


  • LadyDi

    I never saw Imaginarium…, but I liked the Astronaut’s Wife and Ninth Gate. I agree with the rest though – sorry snails.

  • casting couch

    I tried watching Once Upon a Time in Mexico, but couldn’t get passed the fact the editor seemingly hadn’t taken his Ritalin meds in about a month.

  • s

    Sweeney Todd and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? I disagree.

  • @LadyDi – thanks for the comment!
    @casting couch – yeah, Once Upon a Time in Mexico is terrible.
    @s – I figured those two would be the most controversial on the list.

  • Damntree

    Oh, you think his wife in The Astronaut’s wife looks a lot like Charlize Theron? That’s probably because it is Charlize Theron you fucking twit. 

  • eriksamdahl

    Sarcasm, troll.

  • Jdaab <3

    Wow, I really disagree with this list! You have put some amazing peformances in here in my opinion. For example; The Pirates of the Caribbean? Sweeney Todd? CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY?!? and The Tourist made sense to me…
    However, ‘ The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’ was a terrible movie but you can hardly call it Depps? and I didnt even try to watch ‘The Astronaut’s Wife’ the trailer looked painful.
    My favorite Johnny Depp Movies are…
    From Hell, Pirates of the Caribbean, The tourist and Public Enemies. I havent seen all of them yet, though most.

  • eriksamdahl

    Thanks for the comment. This is one of those lists that people will either strongly agree with or strongly disagree with. You may want to check out this list instead:

  • eleni

    all johnny depp movies are awesome !!!!

  • Alison

    The Pirates of the Caribbean movies are great! His performance in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was great and Sweeney Todd was awesome too. Alice and Wonderland was also pretty good as well.

    I can understand why The Tourist was there though.

  • The first Pirates was good. The others were a mess.

    A lot of people liked Sweeney Todd… I’m not a fan of the music at all.

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory… he did a good job impersonating a pedophilia-driven Michael Jackson. 😉