It’s hard to believe that Leonardo DiCaprio’s first Oscar win came in 2016. DiCaprio is one of the most famed and sought after film stars in the world today. In this article, we’re going to rank the top Leonardo DiCaprio movies.
The ranking of these movies is in regards to their quality and impact, not DiCaprio’s performance. That being said, every film included has to feature DiCaprio in a substantial role.
Christopher Nolan’s dream caper movie, Inception, is the greatest movie Leonardo DiCaprio has ever been in, bar none. It’s twisty, it’s creative, it’s wonderful, and it’s the kind of action picture that is both incredibly intelligent, but also lands with audiences in all the right ways. Anytime somebody says that they had a dream within a dream, they’ll probably think about Inception.
THE REVENANT (2015)
Watching The Revenant is a truly visceral experience. It’s incredible just how beautiful cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki makes grotesque images look. Barren landscapes are transformed with intricate details.
Close-ups are so well formatted that it really heightens our view of the actor’s performances. Perhaps that’s one reason why Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar for his performance as Hugh Glass.
The Aviator (2004)
“Way of the future. Way of the future. Way of the future.” Leonardo DiCaprio’s role as Howard Hughes might just be his best performance yet, as the rise to success and fall into OCD madness that Leo portrays in this film is the stuff of legend. But this is not a list of Leonardo DiCaprio’s best performances. It’s a list of his best movies. That being said, The Aviator is one damn good movie.
In a career that includes finely attuned character work, DiCaprio had the chance to let it all hang out in this Quentin Tarantino Western that allowed him to let the famed Tarantino dialogue just ooze out of his mouth. As evil plantation owner Monsieur Calvin J. Candie, DiCaprio just personifies Southern decadence, from his brocade vest to his elaborate cigarette holder and is having a blast playing a villain.
A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars’ worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.
DiCaprio went from respected actor to worldwide movie star in James Cameron‘s phenomenal hit, the second highest-grossing film of all time. DiCaprio manages the tricky feat of being convincing as Jack Dawson, a penniless stowaway to passing as a first-class passenger complete with formal wear. And his romantic chemistry with Kate Winslet is one for the record books.
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.
In Jerry Zaks‘ film version of Scott McPherson‘s play (adapted by John Guare), DiCaprio plays Hank, a young man who had been committed to a mental institution after setting fire to the family home. After his grandfather (Hume Cronyn) suffers a debilitating stroke, and responsibility for his care falls upon his mother Lee (Meryl Streep), Hank finds himself being pulled in to share the caretaking duties.
A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond.
Shakespeare’s famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.