With nearly $3 billion dollars of global box office collection to his name, Leonardo DiCaprio is an actor known for his edgy, unconventional roles.
A low budget movie about a sinking ship and an iceberg that nobody remembers – turned him into an international heartthrob, and is still the highpoint of DiCaprio’s career. Oh yes, you guessed it right! – “Titanic” arguably the greatest old-school movies to come out of Hollywood in the last 25 years.
Although he had garnered an Oscar nomination as early as 1993, for playing a mentally disabled teenager in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, the Academy award came for his performance in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s sprawling survival-revenge Western “The Revenant“.
In a span of over 30 years, DiCaprio is one of the few movie stars working today who always delivers something worth seeing.
Top 10 Leonardo DiCaprio Movies you shouldn’t miss!
10. Romeo and Juliet
This for those who find the reading of Shakespearean text difficult but have a desire to explore his masterful works.
The modern-day setting and the brilliant dramatic interpretations rendered by the actors (all wonderfully cast, incidentally) transform Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece into a modern-day cinematic tour de force. DiCaprio and Danes are believably cast together.
The story of aviation pioneer Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio), the eccentric billionaire industrialist and Hollywood film mogul, famous for romancing some of the world’s most beautiful women.
The drama recounts the years of his life from the late 1920s through the 1940s, an epoch when Hughes was directing and producing Hollywood movies and test flying innovative aircraft he designed and created.
8. Django Unchained
A must watch for Leo fans, Django Unchained is superb from start to finish, it’s a 2 hour and 45-minute movie yet you’re on the edge of your seat, eyes glued to the screen for the whole ride. It’s the closest thing to a flawless movie I have ever seen.
This is possibly one of the only perfect films I have ever seen. It is considered as Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece. The thrilling music in the film is provided by none other than Hans Zimmer, who was also set the mood for Nolan’s previous film, The Dark Knight.
Di Caprio is the stand out here. Yes, this is probably due to the fact he is the star and given all of the emotional weight, but he handles it perfectly.
A must watch movie of all time
6. The Departed
The Departed, based on Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs (2002), is Scorsese’s first gangster film not to feature Italian-American criminals. In fact, this film is set in Boston, where the Irish rule 😛
The Departed is one of the rare cases when the remake is better than the original.
Leo really snagged onto a deep and tragic character and created something that will hopefully be recognized come awards season. One of my favorite aspects was the friendly hostility the characters had for each other.
5. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a melancholy, slow-burning, comedic love letter to an age of Hollywood that we find ourselves disconnected from nowadays.
Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a faded action star struggling to hold onto his career and fame. Every scene he was in was enjoyable, as he internally argues with himself to be better than he is. He can’t find work except for as a typecast villain and turns down an offer to go overseas initially because he thinks it’s too far a step down from his past career.
Mind it: Not everyone will like this movie
4. The Revenant
With beautiful cinematography and adroit camera movement this film is a visual magnum opus.
he story is as simple as it gets. In the 1800s, a group of settlers escapes an ambush by an indigenous tribe, and during their travels, one man gets separated from the group and gets brutally attacked by a wild bear and subsequently left for dead by his team. It’s a revenge story more than anything.
Di Caprio’s stunning performance finally won him an Oscar.
3. Shutter Island
Shutter Island is film that will make you question your own sanity. A film that has re-ignited the thriller genre. A film that will leave you, and the main character, searching for answers.
It is perhaps the best movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The spooky music in the background will keep you on the edge.
Watch it once and you’ll want to watch it twice 🙂
2. The Wolf of Wall Street
This is the role of his career and I wished that Academy Award should have considered his role for an Oscar. This movie is Leo’s crowning achievement.
Based on the memoirs of Jordan Belfort – the real-life stockbroker who made millions by selling shoddy stocks to average joes – the film showcases one seriously messed-up slimeball of a man.
Everyone knows about the Titanic, right?