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

1 week ago my favorite joker who is the one from the movie

3 hours ago

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

1 day ago

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

2 days ago

Jared Leto is the worst jocker

2 days ago

Leto:”When I was a little boy no one thought I could play the joker “
Murray: “you can say that again pal!”

2 days ago

Legder da best

3 seconds ago

I think that Mark Hammil takes the win on the laugh category.

7 minutes ago

Both were incredible.

10 minutes ago

This comparison is like comparing WatchMojo to Half in the Bag, based on how much red there is in their videos. Winner: Half in the bag.

10 minutes ago


16 minutes ago

Idk why but for me Leto was the best Joker 😶

21 minutes ago

Heath was The Joker.

Joaquin isn't The Joker, but an inspiration to The Joker.

29 minutes ago

No one can top Ledger

32 minutes ago

Imagine not knowing the difference between triangles and fucking diamonds 1:13

38 minutes ago

Easily Joaquin Phoenix. He was meant to play joker

48 minutes ago

You can't compare same character two completely different roles

56 minutes ago

Cliche as it is to say, you can't really compare the two. One is avoid the Joker as a villain the other other is about Joker as a person. Not to mention they're entirely differently written characters

1 hour ago

Comparing the two is like comparing Rick and Morty with SpongeBob SquarePants. The comparison makes no sense as they are both completely different universes.

1 hour ago

We would only know who's better if they were plugged in the same role. If Joaquin was put in a Batman movie, and Ledger in his own film, we would know for sure. Unfortunately, that will never happen.

1 hour ago

for me phoenix was much more better it was a legendary performance and so deep psychological . its easy for good actor to be the ledger joker , but phoenix did the hard part so perfect.

1 hour ago

LOL a very poor choice of laughs... Listen to the Ledgers laugh when hes falling off the bulding at the end of the movie... That was beyond incredible.

1 hour ago

Yeeeah no Joaquin Phoenix won it for me

1 hour ago

I think Ledger was the better joker, but Phoenix was the more compelling character

1 hour ago

Ledger is the joker i knew and grew up for long time,, pyschopath,smart,robber, and he's persona is just, just different from the other versions, it's unique, the voice the accent is just perfect.

Don't get me wrong Joaquin Joker was also amazing for sure, but we need to see more of it,, for now it just tells us he's origins. Although both are great Jokers but i Still like lil bit Ledger's Joker. We can all agree that Jared Leto's joker was trash.

1 hour ago

We can all agree that Jared leto is the worst joker tho...

2 hours ago

Phoenix acted in his own way and it was amazing.In a tragic comedy movie, the movie depends on hero and phoenix did great job.
On the other hand,ledger acted as a crime hero that was also a good job at all.But joker touched the heart.

2 hours ago

It would be absurd to compare Ledger's 'Joker' with Phoenix's.The Dark Knight is a masterpiece, full of epic acting performance. 2019's Joker is a sociopath neither smart nor funny he is just a loser who gone nuts.

2 hours ago

When you compare a supporting role to an main role that mean you doing fantastic.

2 hours ago

When it comes to the whole story both ledger and phoenix can replace each other but no man can replace Christian bale as bruce wayne ! In my opinion

2 hours ago

So this video compares a person becoming the joker vs someone been the joker with no origin.

2 hours ago

Both were amazing 🙌

2 hours ago

Don't Do This WatchMojo....

3 hours ago

They both were amazing!!!

3 hours ago

This is in bad taste

3 hours ago