Best Joker: Heath Ledger vs. Joaquin Phoenix

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    Playing the Joker can take everything out of you, learn how Joaquin Phoenix transformed himself into the iconic character, right here!:
    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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      1. Riftzy_YT

        @1966Zodiac ye ikr?

      2. Mike Cool

        I think u dont have to compare this two

      3. Doğukan Ayan

        Come on phoenix joker better

      4. Davon Griffin my favorite joker who is the one from the movie

      5. Kami Sama Loves Me

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

    2. 5k subs with no vids challange

      Jared Leto is the best joker

    3. bagel boi

      In my opinion they both are equally great.

    4. Tom

      Ledger wont ever be replaced

    5. Owais ALI

      2008=why so serious? 2019=wanna hear a joke?

    6. Robert Roye

      Sorry, but Ledger wins the laugh. Much more Joker-like. Ledger also takes the final win in all aspects. Heath Ledger was, without a doubt, the best version of (a realistic) Joker done yet. For the comic style Joker, it's a tie between Jack Nicholson and of course the estimable Caesar Romero.

    7. LetsHackification

      Before I watched the new joker I was a big fan of heath ledgers joker. Now Phoenix is my no. 1 joker but still both of them are legends.

    8. djparaense

      Heath Ledger: Police thriller Joaquin Phoenix: Psychological drama None is better, just different proposals.

    9. Zombiebro09

      Dark knight dark is he best joker like he played the joker the whole time, and the new movie just took so dam long just to see authur just to become the joker it just made me so bored and the dark knight movie joker doesn’t laugh so much, and the new one just laugh every time

    10. Austin Farrell

      Two completely different movies you can’t compare the two at all

    11. NASIR KHAN

      So this mean no hate for leto

    12. kunal sharma


    13. Rogério Pereira

      Vergonhosa essa pergunta... Heath Ledger REDEFINIU o Coringa.... Heath Ledger e ponto final

    14. theABK1

      sorry cesar romero is was and will ever be the greatest joker ever!!!! lol

    15. Tiago Nogueira

      This is impossible to compare, one was movie about batman, the other about joker

    16. Kelly Coleman Jr.

      Ted talk: Jared Leto is the best Joker!

    17. Kelly Lovell

      heath is better.

    18. Zx1

      Phoenix was mainly Arthur and and ledger was mainly joker it’s like comparing Tom Holland to Toby maguire Toby was the better Spider-Man but Tom was the better peter Parker

    19. WillDaBeast 850

      Ten years from now people still won’t be able to tell which Joker is better...WHY DIDNT THEY TIE?

    20. dnalpu ca

      Joaqin phoenix is the winner.. he did a good job right from the start til the end of the movie!

    21. Samin Islam

      Heath Ledgers' Joker Created Chaos while Chaos created Joaquin Phoenixs' Joker!

    22. Toasty Cosplay

      I love phenoixs voice

    23. NJTDover

      11 years since Heath Ledger departed to Joker's heaven or hell and here we are still making stupid comparisons between two different types of Jokers. Nevertheless, Ledger made sure to raise the bar to the stratosphere so no one could ever upstage him ... you heard me Jared Letto boy. LOOK AT ME!!! still reverberates inside my head after one decade plus.


      phoenix is obviously the better joker. i’m sorry but why does everyone always say ledgers better. don’t get me wrong i love ledger. but just because the role killed him doesn’t mean he’s the best

    25. Sylvia Young

      This is really an incomparable study of one character portrayal. No one and I mean no one can or ever will top Heath's portrayal of the Joker we are familiar with. On the other hand no one can or ever will beat Joaquin's portrayal of of the madness and complete disintegration into the dark tunnel of mental illness. So different yet somehow the same. Both are pure genius in their portrayal. I learned to read with Marvel and DC in the early sixties and absolutely love Batman and his his most powerful Nemesis to have ever existed. I have studied and read a ton of perceptions and studies of each of them. Think about this and let me know what you think. Heath is DEFIANTLY the genuine Joker. Joaquin's portrayal is so very mysterious on so many levels. This is one concept I have...he's not really Joker. He is a severally mentally ill character who's muse is Joker. Nothing in his world is real simply illusion. He is way age inappropriate to fit categorically into the proper place and intent. I truly believe his role is that he loves Joker and has become him in his dive into being "someone" as he is personally pained by being no one and very alone. He needs to be someone powerful and unforgettable such as his personal hero. After all he is in the Asylum and all his people's around him are illusion's. Not at all saying I'm right but I find it to be a very incredible portrayal as such. So tell me...what do you think about my concept!? Either way they both are true genius and irreplaceable in their portrayals.

    26. Patrick Falk

      Of course heath ledgers joker won because he’s dead and they like to pander. Joaquin played the better joker hands down.

    27. Raziur Rahman

      Phonixs Lough Is Haunting Man

    28. Deranged Smithy

      In my mind Heath Ledger won in every category!

    29. Leotique

      you can't tell its the same's like saying Bruce Banner and Tony Stark are the same person cause they are both smart and avengers

    30. Mynamefaish yeet

      Heath ledger pioneered the joker amazingly Jaoquin phoenix played the origins of Joker spectacularly But deep down we all know *jared leto was the worst*

    31. Bhupesh Pradhan

      *Joaquin Phoenix is the best living JOKER*

    32. Shah Habibi

      They both did a great acting, there's no doubt about it. But what I love about Phoenix is how he had to show a transformation from an innocent sad person to someone like Joker. In the theater, all the audiences experienced sadness, laughs, anger, hate, ... all because of his great acting.

    33. utku hacısalihoğlu

      Heath ledger

    34. holemmo ramieres

      Man this video shouldn’t exist. Both of them are perfect.

    35. Cornelia Lala

      I remember when I first saw the Joker from The dark knight at cinema... I didn't see Heath Ledger... I just saw the Joker playing the Joker... So, yeah.. Heath's Joker is irreplaceable. His laugh, his costume, his figure.. In dark knight, Joker was a rational psychopathic... And I loved how we didn't know about his past... This film ruined everything now... :/

      1. John Sean

        "Heath,s joker is irreplaceable" nah the game is change phoenix change the game phoenix take it as the best joker

    36. Jaarthurnax

      Well watchmojo don’t have clue what Joker is actually about just from watching the first round.

    37. Ghost 1899

      They just saying ledger won because he passed away. They both did a amazing job💯💯💯

    38. Divyam Shah

      dude. this how you gonna draw comparisons? missing the whole point.

    39. caster castaneda

      Heath Ledger: Joker Joaquin Phoenix: Joker Jared Leto: Joke...😁😁😁

    40. Shankar Chakraborty

      Phoenix played a good role but ledger is forever legend for joker

    41. chivas gonzalez

      Ledger was the best joker

    42. Gamerlevel Noob

      Phoenix's joker might be actually origins for ledger's joker

    43. Lucjana Leśna

      However - in my opinion, the depth of the character Phoenix created wins, even if Ledger played adequately to the narrative and did it perfectly. Character study by Phoenix was more demanding. So in my opinion - wins.

    44. J J

      Ledger reminded me too much of Two face from Batman and Robin or Batman Forever. They are both shit so hard to remember.

    45. TheNewHouse

      Sometimes i feel like i should unsub from mojo. ANYONE ELSE

    46. Lucas Hammar

      For me, it's a tie.

    47. Ju lia

      After Heaths "Joker" i never thought someone could be on the same level but than came Joaquin Phoenix !! He is the only one who can be as good as Heath !! Such a good method Actor

    48. Damn son where'd you find this.

      Only thing i didn't agree with is appearence since i like Joaquin's joker appearence more.

    49. J Bains

      Heath ledger without a doubt. His walk in joker, his tongue movement, his “psychotic behavior” all of those factors. I liked JP’s joker but he was missing that “crazy psychotic” aspect of joker.

      1. John Sean

        Peoples says ledger bcuz they respect him buy my opinion phoenix is better

    50. Here Is Truth

      Phoneix is better.... Sure two different style movies, BUT I can see the overall impact of this joker... I'm even going to visit the stairs in the bronx to take pictures from that scene like people from all over are doing.

    51. Emily MSP

      Just gonna say the joker 2019 movie is a brilliant movie. If you’re into that kind of villain stuff I highly recommend watching it. I loved it!

    52. Felix Matveev

      I really liked extremely intelligent yet sociopath Dark Knight version personally, yet I've to admit that Joker movie is way more deep and interesting. It's useless to compare them as they are similar only with general design and name, the rest is different. Same generally applies to the old Burton Batman movie. You cannot compare them with lower that sh!t joker version from Suicide Squad either, just different league.

    53. Hi Daßer

      Phoenix played Arthur perfectly , he only played Joker for 5 minutes which is not fair to compare to someone who played joker for 2 straight hours

    54. Patricia Olivia

      There is no comparing the two Joker one is becoming Joker an the other is already joker

    55. about : blank

      After reading most of the comments, now i understand what the **DAMAGED** tattoo on Jared Leto's Joker means...


      Probably one of the world's hardest questions

    57. IC Jenkins

      The ultimate joker in my eyes is the appearance and style of Ledger, the voice of Hamill and the story of Phoenix (except for the scars story Ledger brings) The worst. Leto

    58. your mom

      Ledger is cartoonish joker approach(the allure is that the actor was actually suicidal), Phoenix approach is conceptually actual human becoming a bad person joker 😈

    59. unspeakable_cupquake party booyah

      Atleast theirs an AMAZING joker that is joaquin pheonix cuse hes perfect for jokers characters

    60. Rhiannon Stegner

      Ledger wins 2 for 2! First up again Jack Nicholson, now Phoenix. All astounding actors, but Heath's portrayal of the Joker stuck with me because he had me shaking in my seat as a kid when the movie came out. Ledger's Joker had me thinking that if it came down to it, people I would consider friends, would turn on me to save their own skin.

    61. Arun P Raj

      ആരൊക്കെ jocker ആയാലും Ledger ന്റെ തട്ട് താന്ന് തന്നെയിരിക്കും....

    62. Terry van scorpio

      Ledger's Joker is the GOAT

    63. Neelmani Yadav

      Clearly Heath Ledger wins all rounds... But Ledger and Phoenix both worked on different storylines and they both nailed it 2 of the best jokers in history of comic movies

    64. Ricardo Milos

      Heath wins I don't care what you say

    65. Jaleel white

      I can relate to Joaquins joker better. Without the psychological woes. Joaquins Joker was innocent and because the movie was so intense I believe the writer had to give us something to root for by giving him a legitimate reason for allowing his crazy physiological mind to take over.

    66. NUTCool

      Imo Phoenix and Ledger are the same Joker for me, one is at his prime and one as an origin younger version.

    67. Illest Motion

      We can all agree Jared leto sucked as the joker

    68. Prashob V Nair

      Heath ledger was being the joker all the way.. There was no alternate emotions to him.. He is the JOKER... Phoenix played more of a guy behind the mask character seeking the limelight.. Never compare.. I loved the chaotic joker more...

    69. ConsoleRebels

      Heath Ledger was my favorite joker. This joker movie just became probably my favorite movie ever. I don't think anyone will ever be a better Joker than Joaquin Phoenix. I wish I have enough money to go watch that movie everyday.

    70. Danish Kaloo