Best Joker: Heath Ledger vs. Joaquin Phoenix

  • Published on Oct 6, 2019
  • 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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  •  16 days ago +765

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

    • Dope
      Dope 2 days ago

      @1966Zodiac ye ikr?

    • Mike Cool
      Mike Cool 3 days ago

      I think u dont have to compare this two

    • Doğukan Ayan
      Doğukan Ayan 4 days ago

      Come on phoenix joker better

    • Davon Griffin
      Davon Griffin 5 days ago my favorite joker who is the one from the movie

    • Kami Sama Loves Me
      Kami Sama Loves Me 7 days ago

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

  • Akib Rouf
    Akib Rouf 8 minutes ago

    How did DC go from ledger's Joker to leto's joker?
    It's absolutely insane to think how badly David ayer ruined the character
    Glad they did the joker 2019
    Will improve the character's image

  • Super Erdnuss
    Super Erdnuss 48 minutes ago

    For me Joaquin and Heath can't be compared.
    They are two completely different persons ,in two completely different movies.
    They two did a great job.
    I love them both

  • Chris Wilkinson
    Chris Wilkinson 55 minutes ago

    This blows

  • Patriono
    Patriono Hour ago

    Heath is the best at playing Joker when it comes to personality,
    Joaquin is the best at playing Joker when it comes to how he really is as a gangster.

  • Jay Cusick
    Jay Cusick Hour ago

    I like Phoenix’s more

  • Marvin Mendoza
    Marvin Mendoza Hour ago

    Heath won best supporting actor, Phoenix might win best actor... he might.. I think..

  • Aniket Pandey
    Aniket Pandey Hour ago

    The comparison is more between Philips and Nolan. The actors do not decide the behavior

  • Nimra Sajjad
    Nimra Sajjad Hour ago

    Phoenix was great but for me, ledger is the best of all

  • Michael Orlow
    Michael Orlow Hour ago

    Phoenix Joker wasn't just a great addition to DC but also a superb piece of cinema overall. Haven't watched anything of this quality and genre since "Clockwork Orange" and "Natural Born Killers"... In some sense it's even better because it doesn't even have to make murder and violence a central theme to make you really feel for an evil psychopath.

  • Nabila Sondhi
    Nabila Sondhi Hour ago

    I like ledger

  • Jeremy Wang
    Jeremy Wang Hour ago

    most biased comparisons I’ve ever seen, immediately unsubscribe this channel

  • D.O.A.
    D.O.A. 2 hours ago

    Very good!

  • Asad Ullah
    Asad Ullah 2 hours ago

    Ledger are the best Joker ever

  • Gelb Sucht
    Gelb Sucht 2 hours ago

    u cant fucking compare these both..

  • Zen Zen
    Zen Zen 2 hours ago

    Both of them are legends but Heath Legder baby💓

  • Abdullrahman Hakamei
    Abdullrahman Hakamei 2 hours ago

    There is Arthur, and then there is Joker.
    Joaquin did Arthur, but didn’t play Joker

  • Erexith
    Erexith 3 hours ago

    Heath ledger's diary of the Joker was passed to Phoenix in the film.

  • Işık Su Argun
    Işık Su Argun 3 hours ago

    Well, it goes without saying...

  • RenegadeAce
    RenegadeAce 3 hours ago

    what we can all agree on is Jared Leto's version is the worst :)

  • Zeki Zeybek
    Zeki Zeybek 3 hours ago

    This is dumb.

  • SHaDow HITMaN 878
    SHaDow HITMaN 878 3 hours ago

    Both are best

  • yash oe
    yash oe 3 hours ago

    For me Heath ledger is the best joker ever. But I don't like comparison with Phoenix whose joker story is completely different and he has potrayed it very well

  • Sungka Vongkhamchanh
    Sungka Vongkhamchanh 3 hours ago

    Joker isn’t a schemer - Dark Knight

  • Denver_DinkleBerry _
    Denver_DinkleBerry _ 4 hours ago +1

    To be fair Joaquin Phoenix was only the joker for like 15 minutes

  • Sniffy Ultimate
    Sniffy Ultimate 4 hours ago

    I think Ledger can now be rest in peace for winning this, putting his life on a single film.

  • Phillip Harris
    Phillip Harris 4 hours ago

    Not including Jared is insulting all interpretations of the character are unique and quite honestly this video is pointless none of them are comparable and hit what they were going for right on the head

  • Hurry Video
    Hurry Video 4 hours ago

    Cant compare them .because they actually same joker..Phoenix Joker before the Ledger joker.Phoenix joker the origin story but Ledger Joker after that.

  • rapskallion
    rapskallion 4 hours ago

    Winner: Cesar Romero!

    SLS NIRANJANAN 5 hours ago

    We don't need this comparison.

  • 77moessa
    77moessa 5 hours ago

    Honestly I think both were good. Its hard to decide, but h.ledger's laugh as the joker, wins it for me...
    "I'm a man of my word"
    Haha haha haha haha haha!!!!!

  • Samurai Gaming
    Samurai Gaming 5 hours ago

    Let me just say this go into this movie prepared to feel uncomfortable sympathetic mad confused cuz some deaths are like your seeing a real killer killing there so fast and loud with some and other are slow and painful and sometimes when you look into his eyes you feel the tension pls read this and then go

  • Nick Roman
    Nick Roman 5 hours ago

    They can’t be compared. JP Joker is a criminal in development and HL Joker has already embraced his criminal mastermind life. We never saw HL Joker before he became the Joker but rest assured that his voice was not what we see on screen before he became the Joker. Finally the categories chosen to pick up a winner are simply not enough and certainly unable to draw any conclusions. This is one of the weakest videos I ve seen on this channel.

  • rangerstationlegion
    rangerstationlegion 5 hours ago

    These two movies are completely different and should not be compared. That being said, "Joker" is 10 times better than batman the dark night. Phoenix>Ledger

  • George Mark
    George Mark 5 hours ago

    fan art

  • Sarah Arshi
    Sarah Arshi 6 hours ago

    Make ur comparision...
    But the magic heath ledger created in the presence of great actor like christian bale is incredible, and joaquin pheonix has full screen presence wid sharing no one, so heath ledger is legend..
    From india

  • D.e.e A
    D.e.e A 6 hours ago

    Seems everyone's taking the Politically Correct route because Heath has passed on (RIP).. Joaquin Phoenix definitely takes the tittle..

  • Joel Lee
    Joel Lee 6 hours ago

    Rip ledger

  • Rene Salinas
    Rene Salinas 7 hours ago

    A draw is what I would have called it

  • sorik1984
    sorik1984 7 hours ago

    Heath Ledger 100%

  • Arvance M
    Arvance M 7 hours ago

    Ledger is Joker Phoenix is still Arthur turning to Joker

  • Nero Blitz
    Nero Blitz 7 hours ago

    how to be a famous villain in dc universe
    1)live in gotham city
    2)get urself in arkham

  • Cheerio
    Cheerio 8 hours ago

    Phoenix needs to win an Award for this performance

  • Sak Adek
    Sak Adek 8 hours ago

    Psychology and Motivations should’ve went to Joaquin. I don’t think they went in-depth enough in that category.

  • Atomicbubble 1
    Atomicbubble 1 8 hours ago

    I think Warner Bros should do a Batman movie with Phoenix as joker. That would be a much better comparison.

  • Really Old Chunk of Coal

    You fools and your rules...

  • CamDBK
    CamDBK 9 hours ago

    *Leto wins*

  • Neelgriv Sinha
    Neelgriv Sinha 9 hours ago

    From "10 things I hate about you" to the Legend Ledger
    From "Gladiator" to Legend Phoenix
    Both made "JOKER" memorable characters!

  • Clad1o Exquisite
    Clad1o Exquisite 9 hours ago

    This is unnecessary.

  • Hillson Hill
    Hillson Hill 9 hours ago

    Well I prefer the new jocker

  • connor stewart
    connor stewart 9 hours ago

    Wilem defoe should have played the joker

  • connor stewart
    connor stewart 9 hours ago

    Jack nicelson

  • Pradeep R
    Pradeep R 9 hours ago


  • Angel Mats
    Angel Mats 9 hours ago

    Hay Ledger win

  • mr. Srs
    mr. Srs 10 hours ago +1

    Compairing both is like compairing messi and ronaldo.both are legend👍👍

  • spiderman fan
    spiderman fan 11 hours ago

    I personly like Joaquin Phoenix more than Heath Ledger

  • Cidric Camaya
    Cidric Camaya 11 hours ago

    No need for comparison.

  • Memelxrd.Infinity 0000
    Memelxrd.Infinity 0000 11 hours ago

    Joaquin Phoenix was a way better joker

  • GrimReaper X35
    GrimReaper X35 12 hours ago

    I didn’t think I’d like that more classic clown for joker but after watching it I honestly like it better

  • Give Me Memes
    Give Me Memes 12 hours ago

    Heath ledger had really good quotes