Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the biggest and loved stars in Hollywood as well as in the world. DiCaprio has always touched our hearts with his performances even if the movie itself wasn’t the greatest. We have seen him giving promising performances in many different roles ranging from the bad boy, romantic boyfriend to a mentally disabled child. It isn’t easy to choose the best DiCaprio movies, so here are some honorable mention before starting the list- The Aviator, The Great Gatsby, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Revolutionary Road, Gangs Of New York and Romeo + Juliet. Now, here is our list of the 10 Best Leonardo DiCaprio Movies in no particular order.
10 Best Leonardo DiCaprio Movies
The 2010 mind-boggling science fiction, Inception is one of a kind movie that challenged the viewer’s imagination. Directed by Christopher Nolan, Inception is DiCaprio’s highest-rated movie. A loving husband who was alleged to have a role in his wife’s death, a broken father who was desperate to get back to his children, DiCaprio brilliantly played the role of Dom Cobb. This is undoubtedly among the top movies of Leonardo DiCaprio.
2. The Wolf of Wall Street:
DiCaprio gave one of his most promising performance in the movie The Wolf of Wall Street. The Wolf of Wall Street is the fifth collaboration between director Martin Scorsese and DiCaprio. The black comedy crime movie was highly praised by critics particularly for Scorsese’s direction, the comedic performance of DiCaprio and its humor. Every time DiCaprio came on the screen playing infamous stock-broker Jordan Belfort, he won all of our hearts.
3. Blood Diamond:
Blood Diamond might not be the best movie of DiCaprio but he definitely gave us one of his memorable performance in this movie. The political war thriller film co-produced and directed by Edward Zwick was set during the Sierra Leone Civil War in 1991–2002. The movie earned him his third Academy nomination. DiCaprio plays the part of Danny Archer who was a gunrunner jailed for smuggling diamonds. When Djimon Hounsou’s Solomon Vandy discovers a valuable pink diamond, Danny promises to help him find his family in exchange for the diamond.
4. Shutter Island:
One of the most underrated movies of DiCaprio. Martin Scorsese’s psychological thriller was based on Dennis Lehane’s novel with the same name. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a U.S Marshal named Edward “Teddy” Daniels and Mark Ruffalo plays his partner. The two US marshals are sent to investigate the disappearance of a dangerous murderer on a remote island. The psychological thriller also had a brilliant soundtrack.
5. The Revenant:
The movie that finally won Leo his first Oscar. The Revenant is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu starring DiCaprio as Hugh Glass who was a frontier guide left to die by a group of trappers after he is hurt by a grizzly bear in 1823. DiCaprio did a great job expressing the state of his character emotionally as well as physically. How he survives and take revenge on the men who abandoned and betrayed him is simply powerful.
6. Catch Me If You Can:
Based on the life of notorious con artist Frank Abagnale, Catch Me If You Can is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars a young DiCaprio and the iconic Tom Hanks. With his charming character and his masterful art of deception, Leo left everyone gasping for more with this movie. Fans surely won’t mind a few more Spielberg and DiCaprio collaboration.
7. The Departed:
Martin Scorsese‘s Oscar-winning Best Picture had DiCaprio playing one of the best roles of his career as an undercover agent. The movie not only keeps you on the edge of your seat till the end but it also makes you worry and sympathize with the characters. The Departed is one of those movies that engages with the audience.
8. Django Unchained:
Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, the man who never disappoints and starring big names like Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained was expected to be a masterpiece which it was. Leo became a bad guy for this movie, a dirty, racist but sophisticated who forces his slaves to fight each other. But even after being so bad, Leo won everyone’s heart with his performance.
9. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape:
Directed by Lasse Hallström, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape had Leonardo DiCaprio starring as Johnny Depp’s mentally-challenged younger brother, Arnie. This was the first movie that earned DiCaprio his first Academy Award nomination. This emotional, heartwrenching movie showed that Leonardo DiCaprio was born to be an actor.
James Cameron gave us one of the best classics of all time with Titanic. The world’s third-highest-grossing, Titanic earned both Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet their international fame. The tragic romance between Jack Dawson and Rose combining with the heartwarming soundtrack still manages to make people cry. The record-breaking movie stunned and captivated its audience. Titanic will forever remain one of the best movies of all time.