Leonardo DiCaprio’s ten best movies

In honor of Leonardo DiCaprio taking a long, long break from acting, we compiled a list of his ten best movies in his career.  It should be noted that these aren’t necessarily his ten best performances, but his ten best movies.  While going back through his resume, I think audiences take Leonardo DiCaprio for granted.  He gives such amazing performances in every movie and we’ve come to expect greatness from him.  That may be why he hasn’t picked up an Oscar yet; we just assume he’s always going to give an Oscar-worthy performance that it’s hard for him to stand out from his previous roles.  Given how many great movies Leo has starred in, this was actually tough to narrow it down to ten.

10. WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE – This is arguably his best acting performance, but it’s never been one of my favorite films.  Still, I think everyone that saw this knew that a young Leonardo DiCaprio was going to be a huge star at some point.  Either that, or they were surprised that the kid from ‘Growing Pains’ was in the movies.

Revolutionary Road 1

9. REVOLUTIONARY ROAD – A magnificent performance from Leonardo DiCaprio, reteaming him with his TITANIC costar, Kate Winslet.  The film unfolds like a stage play, putting a lot of pressure on the two leads, which they handle marvelously.  It’s a little difficult to watch given the subject matter, but it’s still a great film.

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator

8. THE AVIATOR – His second teaming with Martin Scorsese really showed his range as an actor and was, in my opinion, his best shot at winning the Best Actor Oscar (eventually losing to Jamie Foxx).  The film tends to drag on at times, but it’s worth it for showcasing Leo’s great acting and wide range.

7. THE BASKETBALL DIARIES –  This is another good film that’s hard to watch due to its subject matter, but a young Leonardo DiCaprio really shines through in this tale about a drug addicted teenager.  Look closely and you can also see a young Mark Wahlberg show up.

Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained

6. DJANGO UNCHAINED – Django is a good movie, but of all the movies on this list, DiCaprio’s had the least to do with it.  He did well with what he had, but the role lacked the crazy pizazz that some of us were hoping for.  Still, starring in a Quentin Tarantino movie was a milestone for DiCaprio and it was nice to see him stretch himself as an actor.

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