It’s now been almost two years since Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar. There are people out there who will tell you that he’s not that good of an actor or that he’s overrated. Those people don’t know what they’re talking about. While DiCaprio hasn’t been in a ridiculous amount of movies, they’ve all been great. And some of the best Leonardo DiCaprio movies have become instant classics. It’s hard to think of a role he played that flopped because he didn’t do well enough in it.
Come to think of it, it’s also hard to think of a film DiCaprio was in that wasn’t successful. Whether it’s because he’s in it or because he only works with talented producers and directors, it seems like all of his films are amazing. That’s why, after watching Inception today, I figured it’d be interesting to talk about some of the best Leonardo DiCaprio movies of all time.
After watching it today, this one is fresh on my mind. There are few films out there as thought-provoking as Inception. And with its dream analysis and the way it explores dreams within dreams, Sigmund Freud would’ve been fascinated. One of the most interesting parts about Inception is the ending. It’s difficult to say if DiCaprio’s character stayed within the dream or came out, because it never shows him actually leaving limbo. Inception is an incredibly entertaining film that is also quite philosophical.
Another great DiCaprio film, he stars in this one as a South African diamond hunter, who finds redemption through a man he meets named Solomon Vandy, played by Djimon Hounsou. This isn’t necessarily the best DiCaprio film, but it’s near the top for sure.
Catch Me If You Can
In this film, DiCaprio plays Frank Abagnale Jr., who’s famous for forging checks. He’s on the run from the FBI throughout the film. Because he’s an excellent con artist, he was able to stay on the run for a while. The main FBI agent trying to catch Abagnale is played by Tom Hanks, and the film is directed and produced by Steven Spielberg.
Billionaire Howard Hughes is a moviemaker, aviation tycoon, among other things. This film, directed by Martin Scorsese, like so many other DiCaprio films, was wildly successful. Hughes was clinically OCD, so DiCaprio did some incredible acting.
Like so many of DiCaprio’s other films, The Departed one was wildly successful. It also starred Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, and Jack Nicholson. DiCaprio plays an undercover cop who is working to bring down a major crime organization in Boston.
Gangs of New York
This may be my favorite DiCaprio film. It’s also, for some reason, one of the few that many people haven’t seen. But it received amazing reviews and was well-received by critics. It co-stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the nemesis of DiCaprio’s character. It also has Cameron Diaz as everyone’s favorite lady-friend.
Out of all the best Leonardo DiCaprio movies, this is the one that most people know. Titanic, which will be rereleased in theaters, is also the one that brought DiCaprio onto the scene in an incredible way. If this movie needs explaining, you’ve been living under a rock.
This is the one that finally own him an Oscar. It’s an incredible story of survival in the frozen, Native American-filled West. DiCaprio pretends to be attacked by a bear, and doesn’t have much dialogue for most of the film. The movie is incredibly realistic, and worth seeing if you haven’t seen it yet.