Leonardo DiCaprio. The name itself is enough to make hearts flutter and cinephiles nod in respect. Having been in the industry for decades, DiCaprio has given us numerous iconic performances. But if you have missed out on some of his best roles, fret not.
Here is a handy list of 8 movies featuring Leo that you absolutely must watch.
8. “Don't Look Up” (2021)
A satirical take on modern society's response (or lack thereof) to impending disasters, "Don't Look Up" is as timely as it is hilarious. With an ensemble cast, this film sees DiCaprio play an astronomer trying to warn the world about an approaching comet.
Through its biting humor and DiCaprio's passionate performance, this movie critiques our age of misinformation and political indifference.
7. “Revolutionary Road” (2013)
Diving deep into the intricacies of a tumultuous relationship, "Revolutionary Road" pairs DiCaprio with Kate Winslet (yes, the iconic Titanic duo!).
Exploring dreams lost in the mundane routines of life and the silent desperation many face, Leo delivers a heartbreaking performance that will stick with you.
6. “Gangs Of New York” (2002)
Directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese, this epic period drama offers a raw portrayal of New York's history. DiCaprio stars as Amsterdam Vallon, a young man seeking vengeance against Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis.)
With gripping storytelling and a raw exploration of loyalty and revenge, this is DiCaprio like you have never seen him before.
5. “Blood Diamond” (2006)
Set against the backdrop of the Sierra Leone civil war, this film delves into the dark world of conflict diamonds. DiCaprio plays Danny Archer, a diamond smuggler with a tainted past.
Thus, it leads us on a riveting journey of redemption, ethics, and the harrowing price of wealth.
4. “The Aviator” (2004)
No list of Leo's best would be complete without "The Aviator." Playing the role of Howard Hughes, the eccentric billionaire and aviation pioneer, DiCaprio showcases the highs and lows of Hughes' life with impeccable precision.
His portrayal of Hughes' descent into mental illness is both heart-wrenching and compelling.
3. “Shutter Island” (2010)
Teaming up again with Scorsese, this psychological thriller will have you at the edge of your seat. DiCaprio plays Teddy Daniels, a U.S. Marshal investigating a mysterious disappearance in a high-security asylum.
With a plot that twists and turns, this movie is a mind-bending experience, complemented perfectly by Leo's intense performance.
2. “The Revenant” (2015)
Possibly one of the most physically demanding roles of his career, DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass, a frontiersman left for dead in the harsh winter wilderness. This tale of survival, revenge, and sheer human will earned DiCaprio his long-deserved Oscar for Best Actor.
Every scene, every grunt, and every shiver is a testament to Leo's commitment to his craft.
1. “The Aviator” (2004) (Yes, once more for emphasis!)
It is just so darn good that it is worth mentioning twice. The grandeur, the drama, and the complexity of Hughes's character: All are captured brilliantly by DiCaprio.
If you have not seen it yet, what are you waiting for? Give it a try and you will not regret your decision.