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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Worst: 'The Lone Ranger' (2013)

Gore Verbinski's widely mocked super-flop is a much better film than people are willing to give it credit for, but Depp's Razzie-nominated performance as the Native American Tonto feels like the brainchild of a Disney executive who watched the star do Captain Jack Sparrow and thought: "That was great, but why not make it 412% more offensive?" If the star's work in Benny and Joon partially borrowed from Buster Keaton, his performance here steals from the Great Stoneface wholesale, creating an acrobatic klutz with the power to turn a speeding train into his own personal jungle gym. But at this point in his career, Depp was mostly stealing from himself. Grafting Jack Sparrow's wobbly walk onto a voice that's part William Blake and part Hunter S. Thompson, Depp's wide-eyed Tonto bumbles around the periphery of this bloated epic like a zombified pastiche of Depp's most successful choices. The crow on his head isn't a prop; it's a metaphor.

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