15 Best and Worst Johnny Depp Roles: From Scissorhands to Sparrow

'Black Mass' star's career highlights — and lowest of the lows

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Best: 'Sleepy Hollow' (1999)

By the time of Depp's third collaboration with Tim Burton, the two simpatico souls understood exactly what they wanted from one another. Depp's turn as well-intentioned but overeager constable Ichabod Crane is in perfect harmony with the rest of the movie, feeling less like a performance than it does an extension of the story's brooding design. He's in one mode for the vast majority of the film (in over his head, fumbling but bright), and his face constantly makes it seem as though he's just smelled something awful. Of course, it helps that the character often has. There's something very Gilbert and Sullivan about the whole thing, as if the director had told his lead that every facial expression needed to be seen by someone in the last row of a big theatre — but the actor's undying enthusiasm makes it work.

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