Leonardo DiCaprio, needs no introduction. He has starred in some big films ever made and has worked with highest profile directors and actors in Hollywood today. To come up with a Top 10 Leonardo DiCaprio Movies list was not an easy task and obviously not an accurate task either. But still, lets look back at his most memorable roles and movies throughout his prolific career. Compiling this list was not easy, but with much great effort and quite a lot research I’ve come up with this list of top 10 best movies of DiCaprio. Tell me what you think in the comments section below.
10. Gangs of Newyork (2002)
This is a historical fiction film, set in 1863 during the early days of civil war, about the Five Points Neighborhood in New York City. The story follows fictitious character, Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio),who comes back to five points to take revenge of his father death by killing Bill the Butcher (Daniel Day-Lewis). This film is DiCaprio’s first of the many films under the direction of Martin Scorsese, director who is known for pushing actors to do their best work. DiCaprio gave great performance in this film and keeps up with Danies Day-Lewis, which is saying a lot.
9. The Basketball diaries (1995):
The film directed by Scott Kalvert, is an adaptation of Jim Caroll’s life. Leonardo DiCaprio is starred, in this visual journal, as a Catholic school boy, who go from being high school basketball star to teenage junkie on the street of New York City. This was a very demanding role, showing the lows a person can reach through the drug addiction. DiCaprio doesn’t miss a beat to potray the role of Jimmy Carrol as a teenage drug addict.
8.Revolutionary Road (2008)
DiCaprio stars opposite Kate Winslet for the second time in Sam Mendes’ Revolotionary Road adapted from the classic 1961 novel by Rechard Yates. The film presents the story of Frank Wheeler who realizes that he hasn’t lived up to the potential he once believed he possessed. This role might be DiCaprio’s most sincere portrayal he’s yet delivered. DiCaprio and Kate Winslet turned this character-driven film to an emotional rollercoaster. But This film went largely unnoticed.
7. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Long before Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio played Artie, the younger mentally challanged brother to Johnny Depp. He portrays the mentally handicapped child with sharp an desparate intensity and in no way loses ground even in presence of a seasoned Depp. He also received an Academy Award nomination for his career defining performance.
Blood diamond, directed by Edward Zwick, is an intense and eye opening film about the diamond trade out of Sierra Leone (Africa). DiCaprio is starred as a South African, an ex-mercenary in a quest to recover a pink diamond which can transform life. Despite an unconvincing accent, he earned him his second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Once Again, in this film, DiCaprio establishes him as an actor who can successfully
pull of “gritty” and “strong” characters with an effortless ease.
5. The Aviator (2004)
DiCaprio’s performance was highly praised in this movie, earning him yet another Oscar nomination and providing audiences with even more evidence that he is the real deal as an actor. In this movie, he portrays the role of Howard Hughes, a real life aviator, as he built the Hughes Aviation company and became the richest man in the world. It is a must see film for many reasons, but just watching Leo bring the oddity that was Howard Hughes to life is alone worth the price of admission.
4. Titanic (1997)
In thie epic masterpiece of James Cameron, Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jack Dawson a characters that most moviegoers are familiar with. Not only is this film visually stunning but what made audiences come back again and again was the relationship portrayed by the two lead actors. The chemistry between Jack (DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) is undeniable and the picture is carried by that. Another Oscar nomination was earned by DiCaprio from this one of the best heartbreaking movies.
3. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Under the direction of the great Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Frank Abagnale Jr in this movie. Frank was a real life con artist who imitates his way through a number of careers including, airflight pilot, doctor, legal prosecutor and history professor and successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks. DiCaprio captured the innocence within the guiltiness of the young con artist that he makes you feel bad for Frank. It was box office hit and highly acclaimed by critics and also the co-stars Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken and Martin Sheen gives a solid performance.
2. Inception (2010)
Inception is a story of dreams where Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled “extractor,” able to enter people’s dreams to find information. It’s one of these rare films that you have to pay attention to nearly every single frame to keep up with what’s going on. The sheer brilliance of the plot obscured most of the performances. But Leonardy shines as Cobb amid all the spcial effects, especially in those heart thumping moments where he emotes the the grief of his lost wife.
1. The Departed (2006)
Winning four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, The Departed receives a lot of attention. In this third collaboration of Leo with Scorsese, he has rarely been this vital, energized or passionate. It is one of the roles of DiCaprio where the audience get to see a harder and edgier side of him, nailing the troubled cop role to perfection. For all the movie lovers and DiCaprio’s fan, if you haven’t watched this movie, then you’ve been missing out a lot.
Obviously there are lots of other great movie of Leonardo DiCaprio which are not in this list like Marvin’s Room, The Beach, Shutter Island, Romeo and juliet and so on. It was a great challenge to make this list. So, this is what I think, with so many movie performances, awards and nominations behind him I am sure that you will probably have different opinions, so please let me have your comments.
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