Best Joker: Heath Ledger vs. Joaquin Phoenix

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The Joker... versus the Joker. Heath Ledger... versus Joaquin Phoenix. Two incredible actors … one role. Join WatchMojo as we pit the late, great Heath Ledger against living legend Joaquin Phoenix to see who gave us the superior big screen incarnation of iconic Batman villain, the Joker, from their portrayals in "The Dark Knight" (2008) and "Joker" (2019), respectively. Come along as we evaluate a wide-range of categories to determine which interpretation of the Clown Prince of Crime reigns supreme. Which Joker performance is your favorite? Let us know why in the comments below!
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    WatchMojo.com12 ditë më parë

    Learn how Joaquin Phoenix transformed himself into the Joker, right here!:

  2. Doğukan Ayan

    Doğukan Ayan14 orë më parë

    Come on phoenix joker better

  3. Davon Griffin

    Davon GriffinDitë më parë my favorite joker who is the one from the movie

  4. Kami Sama Loves Me

    Kami Sama Loves Me2 ditë më parë

    I recommend you all go watch Film Theory latest video on The Dark Knight Rises

  5. Ayşe Ertekin

    Ayşe Ertekin3 ditë më parë

    @Gerson Aaron Martinez López is it to much to ask for both

  6. Thunder Lake

    Thunder Lake4 ditë më parë

    Jared Leto is the worst jocker

  7. A Ron

    A Ron6 orë më parë

    Heath all day

  8. Rene

    Rene6 orë më parë

    Heath Ledger!

  9. sports mania

    sports mania6 orë më parë

    Good evening ladies and gentlemen.........

  10. BornLegend

    BornLegend7 orë më parë

    Ledgers joker plays to the comic book nerd audience. Joaquins Joker is for more serious, and darker people, who see things deeper.

  11. Abhi K

    Abhi K7 orë më parë

    Apples are sweet and red. Oranges are orange and orangiee. Orange one apple zero. Apple is also a tech giant. Apple one orange one. Yup. Makes a lot of sense

  12. The NeedForSpeeder

    The NeedForSpeeder7 orë më parë

    I'll save you 11min it's Heath ledger

  13. Tiger Mask

    Tiger Mask7 orë më parë

    i feel that phoenix’s Joker turns INTO ledger’s Joker. i hope there’s a part 2 where he’s more crazy and acts more like ledgers version.

  14. Bruno B

    Bruno B7 orë më parë

    Joaquin gave us a deeper, darker and way more realistic Joker. Not only that, he is a better actor than Ledger was and he is, today, the best actor in the entire industry.

  15. wiensie

    wiensie7 orë më parë


  16. aBigButterStick

    aBigButterStick7 orë më parë

    Heath Ledger isn't a schemer, he's a dog chasing cars.

  17. Zelda 00Agent

    Zelda 00Agent7 orë më parë

    Heath Ledger is way better! I love the way Heath Ledger did the Joker laugh! The best laugh ever!

  18. G Irving Jr go

    G Irving Jr go7 orë më parë

    Mask my pain

  19. FRANK 1100

    FRANK 11007 orë më parë

    Joaquin is better

  20. Dickhead Records

    Dickhead Records7 orë më parë

    not gonna lie i expected the dislike bar to be through the roof

  21. thecrazylooser7

    thecrazylooser78 orë më parë

    Phoenix is just starting ;)

  22. Jose Tobon

    Jose Tobon8 orë më parë

    Will Phoenix win an award for such perfomance?

  23. Viejo Tronco

    Viejo Tronco8 orë më parë

    No mention of The Joker in between this two?

  24. da pred

    da pred8 orë më parë

    Stupid to vote for actors depending on schemes, make up or Joker's psychology as actors do not have their word to say. Actors play a role, they do not pick costumes / make up, write their own lines or the whole movie scenario! Would claim the best actor in the world makes the worst Joker ever because they did not like the movie scenario?

  25. RL

    RL8 orë më parë


  26. Emma O123

    Emma O1238 orë më parë

    You don't have to compare two legends and try to figure out which is "better"...they are both amazing.

  27. ARCtrooperblueleader

    ARCtrooperblueleader8 orë më parë

    Great list.

  28. Chandler M

    Chandler M8 orë më parë

    Both are great one you see as the perfect villain the other you see how the perfect villain is created

  29. Stuart Little

    Stuart Little8 orë më parë

    Everyone says Health Ledger because he passed away and the dark knight was a good movie. But you must admit that Joaquin Phoenix took it to another level and made me and millions realize that he is the Real Joker !

  30. AwfulConcept

    AwfulConcept9 orë më parë

    We shouldn’t put them in a competition, since both of them are the first of their kind. Plus they play two separate periods of the Joker’s life so it’s pointless.

  31. akram shelmani

    akram shelmani9 orë më parë

    Dead people always be appreciated the most

  32. Ali gHD

    Ali gHD9 orë më parë

    Ledger made him seem more like a criminal, whilst also reminding us he was crazy. Joaquin just got the crazy part which Is why I’d choose ledger

  33. Paul Charpentier

    Paul Charpentier10 orë më parë

    Joaquin Phoenix Joker was way too real for me.

  34. Nayden

    Nayden10 orë më parë

    PHEONIX is a better actor and has the better laugh but overall I still PREFER LEDGER. He is SMART and more Comic Book like.

  35. sandi kk

    sandi kk10 orë më parë

    Love both actors! Personally, Joaquin made joker felt real to me and naturally came thru him. He improvised nearly 80% of the movie by his own head and I think thats what makes a good actor.

  36. Luis Ramos

    Luis Ramos10 orë më parë

    Classic Mojo in love with the dark knight

  37. lawrence cansino

    lawrence cansino10 orë më parë

    Lol why compare?

  38. Daniel Price

    Daniel Price11 orë më parë

    Trust watchmojo to compare two completely different films. Joke of a channel.

  39. Bruce Anderson

    Bruce Anderson11 orë më parë

    2019 phoenix joker doesnt seem like he could become the criminal mastermind that joker is as this is supposed to be an origin story. I dont see phoenix joker smart enough to organise elaborate bank heists or even evade the bat man. In my opinion 😁

  40. Jay Lake

    Jay Lake11 orë më parë

    “Do you agree with our picks?” FUCK NO! Joaquin Phoenix IS THE BEST JOKER!

  41. yash anand

    yash anand11 orë më parë

    Stupid comparison 🤦🏻‍♂️

  42. Gus Martinez

    Gus Martinez11 orë më parë

    I just got watching the joker nd I think Phoenix did a better joker

  43. Riley

    Riley11 orë më parë

    they both were amazing. stop comparing joaquin and heath.. it’s just wrong. especially because heath was joaquins friend.

  44. 치킨웅

    치킨웅11 orë më parë

    Joaquin phoenix = old fox. Heath ledger no.1 joker.

  45. Ultra Gamezz

    Ultra Gamezz11 orë më parë

    Who else is with me when I say these mojo people don't know anything about the joker. Because if they did they would stop bringing up the cartoon joker as there are actually different joker's, the old school tv joker that is more comedic, Heath ledger is more like the jack nickelsons dark and a killer. There are more joker's and they don't know that.

  46. Frederick Thomas

    Frederick Thomas11 orë më parë

    No Joaquin Phoenix has the better voice for Joker 3 2 Phoenix

  47. Demenos Demenos

    Demenos Demenos12 orë më parë

    Winner: Mark Hamill

  48. Blazeden

    Blazeden12 orë më parë

    Haven’t even seen the new joker yet but I already know Heath ledger is better

  49. André Porto

    André Porto12 orë më parë

    Heath Leadger is the best period.

  50. James Ruiz

    James Ruiz12 orë më parë

    Joker is a shitty version of taxi driver Change my mind

  51. Jamie B

    Jamie B12 orë më parë

    Arkham Asylum joker is the best

  52. •kathryn thompson•

    •kathryn thompson•12 orë më parë

    Both are too perfect to compare-

  53. Psycho laughter

    Psycho laughter12 orë më parë

    I love the old joker!

  54. Adriano Marchi

    Adriano Marchi12 orë më parë

    In dark knight joker is not always wearing make up. In the scene where he shots to gordon he's not wearing it

  55. John Venzint Cadiente

    John Venzint Cadiente12 orë më parë

    Okay this is not even fair first of all Heath played AS THE JOKER while Phoenix played as the MAKING OF THE JOKER it's very different but both played great!

  56. Daniel Prudant

    Daniel Prudant12 orë më parë

    This is so wrong

  57. ma. s

    ma. s12 orë më parë

    would you rather fight ledger's joker or Phoenix's joker ?

  58. ShovelheadTed 1340

    ShovelheadTed 134012 orë më parë

    Why compare them? Totally different. There are four jokers that are great and one of them isn't Leto

  59. Leshé Arema

    Leshé Arema13 orë më parë

    One is a origin one isn't stop comparing. When the second Joker movie comes out then you can compare them.

  60. Mirajane 666

    Mirajane 66613 orë më parë

    Before I watched joker I thought it was gonna be boring , after watching it i was wondering who the fuck came up with this shit because it was absolutely amazing 🙌🏼

  61. cristiano ronaldo

    cristiano ronaldo13 orë më parë

    Bad guy vs psychology not sense

  62. AJ Fitzmaurice

    AJ Fitzmaurice13 orë më parë

    phoenix’s suit was red not purple

  63. rikejmi filip

    rikejmi filip13 orë më parë

    Heath Ledger: “won” Joaquin Phoenix: “get what you fucking deserve!!!! 😵🔫 🃏”

  64. vishnu mishra

    vishnu mishra13 orë më parë

    phoenix and realism melt within character

  65. vishnu mishra

    vishnu mishra13 orë më parë

    joker role played by joaquin is not believable and much more real than any other joker. 10/10