Johnny Depp is a producer, musician, and well-known actor who can adapt to any role. Today he is most famous for his acting skills also, Johnny Depp movies on Netflix got tremendous appreciation. But initially, Depp’s interest was in music, to the extent that he dropped out of school to follow his dream of becoming a rock band musician. However, his visit to Los Angele changed everything when he met Nicholas Cage through his ex-wife. Upon Cage’s advice, Depp tried his foot in acting. He first appeared in the film A Nightmare on Elm Street. Consequently, it spawned many other roles, including the famous 21 Jump Street TV series – the one through which he shot to stardom.
However, Depp’s last movie was Minamata in 2020 since he spent most of 2022 fighting a legal battle with ex-wife Amber Heard. Now he is all set for his comeback in the Netflix movie La Favorite, releasing in 2023. So, as a tribute to his extensive filmography and return, here is a list of the best Johnny Depps movies on Netflix.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Deadman’s Chest (2006)
Director: Gore Verbinski
Writer: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Runtime: 2hrs. 31mins
It is an American film and the second part in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The film was met with mixed reactions, with admiration for its special effects, direction, action scenes, musical score, humor, and performances, especially of Depp and Nighy. It is the fastest movie to earn over $1 billion at the global box office (63 days), becoming the highest-earning film of its time. At the 79th Academy Awards, the movie got four nominations, winning Best Visual Effects.
Jack Sparrow(Depp) rushes to restore Davy Jones’ heart to prevent subjugating his soul to Jones’ facility. In contrast, other friends and opponents try to obtain the heart for their own reasons.
Donnie Brasco (1997)
Director: Mike Newell
Writer: Joseph D. Pistone, Richard Woodley, Paul Attanasio
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.7
Runtime: 2hrs. 7mins
It is an American film modeled on Joseph D. Pistone and Richard Woodley’s 1988 book Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia. The film was a smash hit, grossing $124.9 million against $35 million, and earned favorable evaluations from critics. It also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
An FBI covert agent(Depp) infests the mafia and begins to specify more about mobster life than his usual one.
The Tourist (2010)
Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Writer: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Christopher McQuarrie, Julian Fellowes
Genre: Action, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 6.0
Runtime: 1hr. 43mins
It is an American reboot of the 2005 French film Anthony Zimmer. The $100 million film grossed $278 million at the global box office. The movie got mixed reviews, with critics praising the cast but criticizing the plot.
The plot centers around Frank, an American tourist who travels to Italy to reconcile a broken heart. He crosses paths with Elise, who is a remarkable and kind woman.
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Director: Lasse Hallström
Writer: Peter Hedges
IMDB Rating: 7.7
Runtime: 1hr. 58mins
It’s a coming-of-age drama premised on Peter Hedges’ 1991 novel with the same title. The movie got positive reviews, with Depp and DiCaprio’s performances receiving widespread praise.
It’s a story about a young man, Gilbert Grape(Depp), in a small Midwestern town who strives to care for his family – which consists of a mentally challenged younger brother and a disturbingly obese mother.
Secret Window (2004)
Director: David Koepp
Writer: Stephen King, David Koepp
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Runtime: 1hr. 36mins
It’s an American psychological thriller premised on Stephen King’s short novel Secret Window, Secret Garden. The movie was a slight commercial success, with critics applauding the cast and direction but giving it mediocre reactions.
A popular writer in the middle of an unpleasant divorce is haunted by a would-be scribe who slams him for copying.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Director: Tim Burton
Writer: Roald Dahl, John August
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
IMDB Rating: 6.7
Runtime: 1hr. 55mins
It’s a 2005 musical fantasy movie premised on Roald Dahl’s 1964 British novel with the same title. The film was received favorably by critics, who praised the visuals, set design, music score, child actors, and direction. However, Depp’s portrayal of Willy Wonka elicited a polarised reaction.
The plot follows Charlie as he manages to win a competition organized by Wonka(Depp) with four other kids. After winning, he is taken on a trip to Wonka’s chocolate factory.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Director: Wes Craven
Writer: Wes Craven
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Runtime: 1hr. 31mins
It is the first part of A Nightmare on Elm Street film series and was released in 1984. According to critics and film archivists, the film’s concept struggles to specify the line between imagination and reality. Subsequently, critics laud the film’s tendency to blur “the limits between the fictitious and the real,” manipulating audience insight. Johnny Depp received a nomination for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Musical, Comedy, Adventure, or Drama.
It’s a story of a youngster, Nancy, and her boyfriend(Depp), who must unravel the truth hidden by her parents – when she and her friends become the target of a serial killer’s evil spirit.
Black Mass (2015)
Director: Scott Cooper
Writer: Mark Mallouk, Jez Butterworth, Dick Lehr
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
IMDB Rating: 6.9
Runtime: 2hrs. 3mins
It is a biographical drama premised on the 2001 book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. The film was generally well-received, with critics praising Depp’s performance. It wigged $99 million on a budget of $53 million.
The real story of Whitey Bulger(Depp), the most notorious criminal in South Boston history. He becomes an FBI undercover operative to bring down a Mobster trying to invade his territory.
Once Upon A Time In Mexico (2003)
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Writer: Robert Rodriguez
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 6.3
Runtime: 1hr. 42mins
It is the final installment in Rodriguez’s Mexico Trilogy and an American neo-western action movie. Critics gave the movie mixed reactions, praising Depp’s performance but criticizing the plot’s confusion and lowering the hero to a nearly minor character.
El Mariachi is hired by CIA agent Sands (Depp) to assassinate a crooked general accountable for his wife, Carolina’s death.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Director: Terry Gilliam
Writer: Hunter S. Thompson, Terry Gilliam, Tony Grisoni
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Runtime: 1hr. 58mins
It’s a black comedy movie based on Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 novel with the same title. The film was a commercial failure and received mixed feedback from critics, but it has become a cult classic among movie buffs.
It’s a story of a quirky journalist(Depp) and his maniacal lawyer visiting Las Vegas for a sequence of psychedelic adventures.