15 of the best Leonardo DiCaprio films

As of this writing, DiCaprio is 49 years old and one of the most acclaimed American actors and producers of his time. Beginning his career in 1989, the actor achieved commercial success and received acclaim for his works from critics and producers, including the legendary Martin Scorsese.

Here are 15 of his best films for anyone in need of a Leonardo DiCaprio fix.

Titanic (1997)

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DiCaprio starred alongside Kate Winslet in James Cameron's epic about the doomed ship of the same name. He played the character of Jack Dawson, and we have Leo to thank for thousands of ‘I'm the king of the world!' selfies.

He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance, although he missed the Oscar nomination that year.

Creation (2010)

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As protagonist Dom Cobb, DiCaprio plays a consultant who infiltrates other people's dreams to gain information. This Christopher Nolan film wowed with its cinematic prowess, but also earned Leo a huge payday when he took a pay cut in favor of a share of ticket sales.

The Revenant (2015)

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It was this role that earned DiCaprio his Oscar, reprising the role of Hugh Glass opposite Tom Hardy. Despite his illustrious business, his ability to learn two Native American languages ​​demonstrates his commitment to his craft.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

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Another must-see film from Leo DiCaprio, in which he plays the enigmatic Jordan Belfort. Although the provenance of this film is questionable, thanks to funding received from the 1MDB fund, it is one of many Scorsese films where DiCaprio's artistic genius and comedic value collided with production mastery to deliver a memorable performance.

Django Unleashed (2012)

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It's a testament to his acting talent that Leo stood out in the film as a charming but deeply troubled plantation owner alongside the all-star cast (and Quentin Tarantino's directorial efforts).

Shutter Island (2010)

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This is another Scorsese film for DiCaprio that put his artistic abilities to good use. Starring U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels opposite Ben Kingsley, this psychological thriller is set in a high-security psychiatric facility, where dark secrets are uncovered during the search for a missing patient.

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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This Steven Spielberg film saw Leo portray the life and times of Frank Abagnale Jr, a con artist turned government fraud advisor. Despite being a young man in the film, DiCaprio holds up against the acting prowess of actors Tom Hanks and Christopher Walken to deliver a memorable performance.

The Departed (2006)

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This is one of our favorites from the DiCaprio stable. Playing an undercover cop in Martin Scorsese's mafia thriller set in Boston, DiCaprio plays Billy Costigan and holds his own in the company of great actors like Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg.

The Great Gatsby (2013)

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DiCaprio has been cast as the enigmatic and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby in the adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel of the same name. A visually appealing and well-cast film, the team won several accolades for the production, notably thanks to DiCaprio's performance.

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019)

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Another Tarantino comedy film in which DiCaprio, alongside a “mature” Brad Pitt, plays a former Hollywood actor who becomes embroiled in the events surrounding the Charles Manson murders. This film earned him nominations for an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a SAGA for best actor.

Revolutionary Road (2008)

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Leo earned his seventh Golden Globe nomination for his role in Revolutionary Road alongside his Titanic co-star Kate Winslet. Although not a major commercial success, DiCaprio was applauded for his mature performance in this 1950s suburban drama.

The Aviator (2004)

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DiCaprio played Howard Hughes in this epic production in which he won his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Hughes, known to be obsessive-compulsive, proved to be a complex character. However, Leo managed to navigate it masterfully.

Blood Diamond (2006)

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Set in Sierra Leone during the civil war, DiCaprio plays a South African mercenary and was applauded for his ability to handle the South African accent. He also received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his role in this poignant thriller.

What Gilbert Grape Eats (1993)

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In one of Leo's first big screen roles, played alongside Johnny Depp, DiCaprio played Arnie, a developmentally disabled man. Although a young man at the time, Leo showed incredible maturity to deliver a memorable performance for which he received a nomination for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

J. Edgar (2011)

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DiCaprio played J Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood's biopic about the former FBI director. Although he wasn't widely acclaimed, Leo was still praised for his role in the film – the fact that he was able to achieve personal success despite a less-than-perfect product says a lot about his talent.

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