The Libertine and Mrs Henderson Presents have received the greatest number of nominations at this year's British Independent Film Awards.
Depp played a debauched 17th Century poet in The Libertine
They have eight nominations each, with Johnny Depp competing for the best actor prize for his Libertine role.
Nominations for Mrs Henderson Presents, starring Dame Judi Dench, include best film and director for Stephen Frears.
The Constant Gardener, which stars Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes, is nominated in seven categories.
Winners will be announced on 30 November.
Coronation Street star
The Libertine stars Depp as 17th Century poet John Wilmot, who received posthumous acclaim after living a debauched life.
It earned Laurence Dunmore a best director nomination and best supporting cast nominations for Tom Hollander and Rosamund Pike.
Bob Hoskins, Dame Judi Dench and Kelly Reilly are shortlisted for their performances in Mrs Henderson Presents, set in a London performance hall which staged the first all-nude revues.
The film also earned a most promising newcomer nomination for ex-Coronation Street star Thelma Barlow, who plays Lady Conway.
Thelma Barlow (centre) appears in Mrs Henderson Presents
And it also stars singer and former Pop Idol winner Will Young.
Conspiracy movie The Constant Gardener is an adaptation of John Le Carre's best-selling novel, and Fiennes, Weisz and their co-star Bill Nighy are all shortlisted for acting prizes.
Pride and Prejudice star Keira Knightley will be named personality of the year, while Broken Flowers star Tilda Swinton will be given the Richard Harris award for outstanding contribution to film acting.
The awards, which recognise independent film-making in Britain, were established eight years ago.
Winners be chosen by a jury including actress Amanda Donohoe and Bullet Boy star Ashley Walters.
Founder Elliott Grove said; "It is, by anyone's standards, a very powerful year for British cinema."