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8 Leonardo DiCaprio movies you need to watch

Post Author Take1 / February 29th 2016

There is no denying the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio has outstanding skills in acting. He does every role that he takes on complete justice, with incredible intensity and emotion making them more-than-believable performances.

The Academy Awards took place on February 28th, and 2016 is the year that DiCaprio finally won an Oscar, so we took this as the perfect opportunity to run through some of the greatest films starring Leo.

Titanic (1997)

If you haven’t seen Titanic already, it’s fair to say that you are in the minority. One of the greatest love stories ever produced, this 1997 movie told a tale of a blossoming romance aboard the largest and grandest ship of its time; a ship that was destined for doom.

The on-screen chemistry between Leo and Kate Winslet was certainly believable – so much so that it has continued to this day with them remaining very close friends since the Titanic and going on to co-star in Revolutionary Road.


Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Directed by Steven Spielberg, Catch Me If You Can is based on the true story of Frank Abagnale. They could not have picked a better person to play the part of the incredibly charming, young man that manages to successfully con and cash over $4,000,000 in forged cheques.

We could honestly watch Leonardo DiCaprio conning people all day. He manages to impersonate an airline pilot and even a lawyer among other careers, and somehow he pulls it all off so well that we’re rooting for him throughout.

Blood Diamond (2006)

Another great performance from Leo was in 2006’s Blood Diamond. Full of gripping action scenes and squirm-inducing violence, this film can be described as a political war thriller – seemingly different from the upbeat and rather playful nature of Catch Me If You Can!

Set during the Sierra Leone Civil War between 1996 and 2001, the film depicts a country in major political unrest. Leo plays Danny Archer, a mercenary from South Africa who becomes swept up in the adrenaline to be found in the dangerous, diamond smuggling industry.

The Aviator (2004)

In another biographical film, Leonardo DiCaprio was asked to play the role of aviation pioneer and film director, Howard Hughes, alongside the wonders of Kate Beckinsale and Cate Blanchett.

The Aviator portrays Howard Hughes’ life between the late 1920s and late 1940s, during which time his success grew as a film producer, however, so did his instability with mental health. Leo perfectly portrays the rise and fall of Hughes, capturing every emotion and struggle as he suffers with severe OCD.

Shutter Island (2010)

Even though it wasn’t an Oscar, DiCaprio did actually win an award for this one – a Saturn Award to be precise (we hadn’t heard of it either).

This creepy thriller is a definite must-see, with Leo – the protagonist – being sent to a mental hospital located on an island in Boston, where one dangerous patient has escaped. After a number of strange events, it becomes obvious that something isn’t quite right.

A hurricane cuts the island off from the mainland, more inmates escape, the plot gets more and more complicated, and Leonardo continues to impress us with his adaptable acting skills.

The Departed (2006)

Before you read on and make any judgements, The Departed isn’t just your standard American cop film; Leo’s role as an undercover cop trying to infiltrate an Irish organised crime gang is far more complex, much like the rest of the plot.

The Departed is a well cast film to say the least, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon taking lead roles, and then backed by actors such as Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg and Ray Winstone.

Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Another biographical film, Wolf of Wall Street tells the story of corrupt stockbroker, Jordan Belfort, who is portrayed by DiCaprio himself.

This outrageous comedy finds a home for drugs, sex, drinking and corruption – the highs and the lows – all perfectly and hilariously executed by DiCaprio’s changeable character. From motivational speeches to drug-induced paralysis, we see it all in Wolf of Wall Street.


The Revenant (2015)

DiCaprio’s most recent film, The Revenant sees the actor playing the part of a fur trapper lost in the wilderness, and it got him the Oscar award! This film – based on true events – teams Leo with the fantastic Tom Hardy, and it certainly is one to watch.

Combining a historical story of adventure with a bit of action, thrill and violence, The Revenant will have you on the edge of your seat – and DiCaprio’s emotional and dedicated performance has a lot to do with that.

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