Johnny Depp returns to the big screen in another Tim Burton-infused crazy concoction of a role in "Alice in Wonderland." Depp is the orange-haired Mad Hatter. Of course he is.

Top 5 Thursday returns to count down some Depp. (Depp 5, you might say, if you appreciate hair products, that is.) We could easily count down the top 5 countdown lists for Johnny Depp's career, but that's too easy. Watch: Top 5 Depp-Burton collaborations, Top 5 Depp must-see movies, Top 5 characters portrayed by Depp, Top 5 Depp girlfriends, Top 5 Depp makeup jobs.

See, easy.

Depp is the finest character actor of our generation. At 46, he's already played a kid with scissors for hands, a teenager thrown into the Vietnam War, an undercover DEA agent who took down a New York City crime family, a chocolate factory operator, a drug kingpin, a looney but lovable and good-hearted pirate, a singing murderous barber, and . . . and . . . and . . . my hands ran out of breath.

So, in honor of Depp's admirable and varied career over the last 25 years in movies (and television's "21 Jump Street"), we count down the five movies we wished Depp could have starred in if the time-space continuum would have allowed. Who knows, in today's CGI world, maybe someone can work him into a few scenes.

5) "Casablanca"

Oh sure, pick one of the all-time classics, right? Humphrey Bogart was bad-ass as Rick Blaine, the salty American expatriate. We're just curious to see what Depp could do with that role. If some studio ever gets the guts to remake that 1942 gem, let's hope the producers call Johnny first.

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4) "Reservoir Dogs"

We really see Johnny Depp weilding a gun (aside from "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" and "Public Enemies" when he played bank robber John Dillinger), but couldn't you just picture him walking around in that black suit-white shirt-black tie combo? A little Tarantino never hurt anybody. I'm just saying.

3) "Taps"

In this 1981 film, military cadets take over their own campus to ensure the future of their academy from local condo developers. They -- Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn, Tom Cruise -- even confront the real military. Some of those final scenes are intense. Depp would elevate them.

2) "The Godfather Part III"

Despite seven Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture, the third Corleone film always gets a bum rap in pop culture circles. Maybe Depp could have fixed all that.

1) "The Outsiders"

This classic tale about youth run wild already boasts Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell and Diane Lane. That's a sick cast of budding stars. Depp would have made an awesome greaser.

 

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