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3. "Edward Scissorhands" (1990)
Johnny Depp and Tim Burton have worked on eight films ("Dark Shadows" will be released next May), but their first collaboration is arguably one of their best. "Scissorhands" was a creative breakthrough for both men. The modern classic fairy tale allowed Burton to display his visionary talents to their full extent and for Depp to finally completely break free from his "21 Jump Street" teen heartthrob image. As the title character, Depp completely immersed himself in a young, er, man who is so pure he can't survive in the modern world. Burton's imagination was the canvas for "Scissorhands," but Depp's stunning performance made the painting come to life.
- Gregory Ellwood