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Every Tim Burton & Johnny Depp Movie, Ranked Worst To Best

Since the beginning of both their careers, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton have been prolific collaborators, but the quality of their pairings has varied, which calls for a ranking of their movies from worst to best. From Edward Scissorhands in 1990 to Dark Shadows in 2012, Depp has appeared in eight of Tim Burton’s movies, more than any other actor. However, the two haven’t worked together for the last decade, despite recent rumors that Depp was going to play Uncle Fester on Burton’s Netflix series Wednesday.

Johnny Depp was still in the early stages of his career when he began working with Tim Burton, having been predominantly known for his 1984 debut film A Nightmare on Elm Street and the 1987 TV series 21 Jump Street at the time. Their first collaboration came with Edward Scissorhands in 1990, which was Tim Burton’s fourth feature, following Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, and Batman. Their continuing collaborations over the next two decades would make Tim Burton and Johnny Depp synonymous with each other. Here are all eight of their movies together, ranked.
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8 Dark Shadows (2012)

Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows directed by Tim Burton

By the time of their most recent collaboration, Dark Shadows, based on the supernatural soap opera from the 1960s, the working relationship between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp had already worn thin. It was almost expected that any project Tim Burton directed would somehow have the involvement of Depp, and the actor wearing garish white make-up and playing unusual characters had become a cliché.
While the door is always open for them to reunite in the future, Dark Shadows can be seen as the endpoint in Tim Burton’s career where he relied on casting Johnny Depp in most of his films. Dark Shadows also marked the end of Tim Burton’s work with Helena Bonham Carter, from whom he separated romantically in 2014. However, one major positive from Dark Shadows was the start of Tim Burton’s collaborations with Eva Green, who played not only the best character in Dark Shadows but would return in his subsequent films Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Dumbo.

7 Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Johnny Depp in Alice in Wonderland directed by Tim Burton

The problem with Alice in Wonderland is not the movie itself but how it highlighted Tim Burton’s growing over-reliance on casting Johnny Depp. As the Mad Hatter, Depp is at a supporting character to Mia Wasikowska’s titular Alice. However, since he was a more recognizable name than Wasikowska, he got top billing, with the Mad Hatter’s clownish make-up spread across the film’s marketing.
Alice in Wonderland still ended up being one of Tim Burton’s last big box office hits, thanks in no small part to its coming out three months after Avatar and riding the 3D movie craze. While Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp returned six years later for the sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass, Tim Burton opted to return only in a producer capacity. Instead, the 2016 film was directed by James Bobin.

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6 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory directed by Tim Burton

Johnny Depp was cast as Willy Wonka in Tim Burton’s re-adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate factory after a six-year hiatus of the two working with each other. That was the longest gap between their collaborations until their current lapse. By this point, Depp had become a superstar after appearing in the first of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, giving him much more box office cache than he had with his previous collaborations with Burton. However, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory had the added baggage of inevitable comparisons to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and the still-beloved performance by Gene Wilder in the titular role.
The decision to make Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka an unusual manchild was a choice. While this was enough to separate Depp’s performance from Gene Wilder’s, this characterization received unflattering comparisons to Michael Jackson upon the remake’s release. While Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is far from the worst collaboration between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, it did mark the point where Depp’s characters began to be highlighted solely for their weirdness.

5 Corpse Bride (2005)

Johnny Depp in Corpse Bride directed by Tim Burton

The stop-motion film Corpse Bride was released only three months after Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Loosely based on a Jewish folktale, Corpse Bride ended up being the better of Johnny Depp’s two collaborations with Tim Burton in 2005. Part of this is because the animation allowed Depp to disappear into the character of Victor Van Dort.
Corpse Bride marked the first and only time Johnny Depp participated in one of Tim Burton’s stop-motion projects. Corpse Bride was also the first such film directed by Burton, who was previously wrongfully attributed to Henry Selick’s A Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, with both those films only having Burton’s involvement as a producer. By the time of Burton’s next stop-motion film, Frankenweenie, in late 2012, Burton and Depp had already gone their separate ways following the release of Dark Shadows. It remains to be seen whether there will be any future stop-motion Tim Burton movies or if Johnny Depp will be a part of them.

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4 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street directed Tim Burton

Of the later collaborations between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, 2007’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is the best. The movie is based on the 1979 Stephen Sondheim musical of the same name, and Depp goes all out in his performance as the vengeful barber turned serial killer of the title. The movie also allowed both Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter to show off their singing skills, to mixed results.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was the culmination of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s collaborations up until that point. The horror-musical aesthetic matched incredibly with Burton’s gothic visuals, and Depp was the best man to take on the lead role. Sweeney Todd is also notable for being the film debut for Jamie Campbell Bower, better known as Vecna on Stranger Things, as Sweeney Todd’s true protagonist, Anthony Hope.

3 Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Johnny Depp in Sleepy Hollow directed by Tim Burton

The argument from this point forward is that Johnny Depp’s collaborations with Tim Burton from the 1990s are their best. Part of the reasoning for this comes from how each of their collaborations this decade had a multi-year hiatus in between. Burton’s reimagining of Sleepy Hollow was the last of these 1990s collaborations, arriving five years after Ed Wood. However, the gap would’ve been shorter if Johnny Depp had been cast, as intended, as Jason Stone in 1996’s Mars Attacks!, a role that instead went to Michael J. Fox.
Johnny Depp was willing to have himself made up to appear as Ichabod Crane as described in Washington Irving’s original 1820 short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” However, Tim Burton’s film changes Crane from a schoolteacher to an unconventional police constable who travels to the town of Sleepy Hollow to investigate the supernatural beheadings by the Headless Horseman. As such, instead of being physically meek, Depp’s acting portrays Crane as a highly squeamish individual.

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2 Ed Wood (1994)

Johnny Depp in Ed Wood directed by Tim Burton

Johnny Depp’s second collaboration with Tim Burton was also his most straightforward. A biopic of the notorious B-movie filmmaker of the same name, Ed Wood sees Burton and Depp treat their subject with much reverence. Depp portrays Ed Wood with much wide-eyed wonder as someone proud to be considered the worst filmmaker of all time.
Ed Wood is a movie that can be viewed as interchangeable with the top pick on this list. Many consider Ed Wood to be Tim Burton’s best movie, mainly because it still stands out from the rest of his filmography. However, it is ultimately up to personal opinion whether this one ranks ahead of the next on the list of all of Tim Burton’s movies.

1 Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands directed by Tim Burton

To put things in context, when Johnny Depp was cast as the titular character in Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands, he was still in the middle of his breakthrough role on the television series 21 Jump Street. Playing the very unusual titular lead of Edward Scissorhands helped Depp escape the teen heartthrob status that 21 Jump Street had given him. Tim Burton also had a level of creative freedom afforded to him on Edward Scissorhands after the success of Batman the year prior.
While Edward Scissorhands had Johnny Depp go through the extensive make-up that would become a regular part of his collaborations with Tim Burton, the movie is notable for how the actor gives a primarily silent performance. Left unfinished in a mansion after the death of the inventor who made him (a great cameo by Vincent Price in his final film role), the childlike Edward Scissorhands speaks 150 words. As such, Johnny Depp’s performance is based heavily on his movements and facial expressions. This helps make the first collaboration between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton their best.
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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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