Who Is the Best Joker?

The iconic villain has been portrayed on the big screen by several actors for over half a century, but who played him best?

by | October 4, 2019 | Comments

Joaquin Phoenix is making all the headlines with his magnetic performance in Todd Phillips’ Joker, but before he came along to give us all the creeps, who played the character best? We decided to look back at the history of the singularly iconic villain as portrayed on screen and take on the impossible task of figuring out the answer to that question. So how did we do it? Watch as Mark Ellis takes every big-screen version of the Joker and pits them against each other in four categories: Box Office/Tomatometer, Most Memorable, Most Dastardly Plan, and, of course, the Wild Card round. Check out the video to see who gets crowned the ultimate Clown Prince of Crime, and let us know in the comments who your favorite is!

Joker opens everywhere on October 4.

Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Tag Cloud

space rotten movies we love Set visit The Witch Disney streaming service films unscripted batman festival psychological thriller documentary serial killer sports concert Netflix Christmas movies aliens nfl binge crime TV One canceled hispanic razzies A24 green book 21st Century Fox cancelled stoner deadpool Sci-Fi social media 2017 golden globes Britbox Amazon Prime Video Election Interview GLAAD APB historical drama Starz teaser Dark Horse Comics Rocketman Apple TV Plus FX Avengers obituary Fall TV dragons Photos ghosts Awards die hard composers VOD Holiday Crackle Horror biography a nightmare on elm street El Rey movies ESPN Legendary french football sequels black zombie Baby Yoda video rt archives Grammys name the review king kong women FXX TV renewals Drama Creative Arts Emmys Peacock book blaxploitation screen actors guild transformers Showtime Musicals 20th Century Fox ID political drama Nat Geo ABC Family RT21 TCA Awards 99% theme song asian-american kids Food Network Mary Poppins Returns spy thriller BBC America Cosplay HBO SXSW nature based on movie 4/20 Christmas talk show Star Wars Freeform Spike golden globe awards cars Spectrum Originals streaming video on demand YouTube Red WarnerMedia laika independent Nominations docudrama technology Lionsgate DC streaming service Apple psycho President crime thriller documentaries cancelled TV series blockbuster TCA Winter 2020 police drama superman Marvel Toys politics Hear Us Out mission: impossible television Paramount Network Turner TV Paramount miniseries sitcom mockumentary Polls and Games emmy awards MTV Spring TV Musical Universal Heroines Schedule joker hidden camera romantic comedy Funimation Watching Series Star Trek Logo ratings Esquire comedies RT History VICE breaking bad finale E3 Superheroes Amazon Prime Tumblr latino Acorn TV Shondaland DC Comics Countdown Family discovery sequel 24 frames richard e. Grant travel popular Mary poppins NYCC Action NBC First Reviews robots classics Brie Larson game show CBS All Access remakes nbcuniversal 007 IFC Crunchyroll PaleyFest cops Endgame satire cancelled television Box Office all-time Adult Swim christmas movies YouTube Marvel Studios GIFs renewed TV shows Sundance strong female leads Marathons justice league San Diego Comic-Con Apple TV+ Emmy Nominations Trivia halloween tv Kids & Family Chernobyl Masterpiece comic books jurassic park period drama USA Mystery Amazon National Geographic Lifetime Christmas movies Lifetime natural history 72 Emmy Awards telelvision blockbusters foreign Ghostbusters facebook Sundance TV worst slashers Calendar Trophy Talk prank Discovery Channel Warner Bros. hist TV Land Country OWN Broadway Tarantino Reality MSNBC SundanceTV Winter TV festivals Superheroe anime Fantasy revenge Winners Epix ABC versus pirates of the caribbean children's TV Pop TV worst movies Year in Review toy story supernatural The Purge See It Skip It Western singing competition LGBT Writers Guild of America spanish language Comic Book indiana jones casting Summer PBS HBO Max Certified Fresh Ovation adventure 45 Television Academy criterion TBS james bond Travel Channel Exclusive Video child's play rom-coms Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Best and Worst spain MCU spider-man werewolf zombies DGA Black Mirror 71st Emmy Awards Anna Paquin PlayStation hollywood sag awards game of thrones animated OneApp Tomatazos Hallmark CMT best BBC Character Guide Emmys Columbia Pictures The CW quibi YA Mindy Kaling TCA 2017 Ellie Kemper zero dark thirty Women's History Month 2019 New York Comic Con screenings boxoffice harry potter toronto Pirates Pop rotten dogs trailers USA Network canceled TV shows stand-up comedy franchise Sony Pictures Comedy Central Song of Ice and Fire BET vampires south america reviews ViacomCBS E! Black History Month elevated horror comiccon Valentine's Day Marvel Television true crime tv talk Premiere Dates Tubi CNN japanese dc archives LGBTQ 2016 Elton John Holidays Super Bowl Vudu Trailer Disney+ Disney Plus Fox Searchlight kong cartoon Martial Arts Netflix universal monsters Mudbound venice kaiju free movies The Walt Disney Company Rock The Walking Dead Film disaster X-Men mutant thriller comic Television Critics Association Quiz Comedy Syfy crossover series Fox News DC Universe Teen adaptation Rocky directors Pride Month romance ABC Signature jamie lee curtis Disney godzilla Disney Channel witnail 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards dceu Hulu Stephen King HBO Go anthology TCA BAFTA Biopics FX on Hulu science fiction CW Seed spinoff chucky TIFF Pet Sematary CBS stop motion Binge Guide cooking australia monster movies Cannes 2021 WGN DirecTV docuseries diversity Turner Classic Movies Music TCM Walt Disney Pictures Infographic news movie cats superhero doctor who Animation Hallmark Christmas movies twilight BET Awards Shudder italian Bravo Academy Awards fast and furious Podcast Amazon Studios ITV halloween Sneak Peek indie Video Games First Look American Society of Cinematographers 2015 VH1 cancelled TV shows fresh 2018 comics reboot YouTube Premium Disney Plus Sundance Now Pixar Paramount Plus Oscars The Academy Comics on TV History AMC Classic Film Alien what to watch 2020 FOX dark BBC One parents Red Carpet Film Festival Arrowverse Captain marvel Cartoon Network cinemax medical drama IFC Films war Thanksgiving A&E Rom-Com Opinion Awards Tour critics award winner The Arrangement cults TLC Lucasfilm Chilling Adventures of Sabrina GoT scorecard scary movies Mary Tyler Moore TruTV TNT dramedy boxing SDCC spanish Nickelodeon crime drama Extras Reality Competition