Top 5 Leonardo DiCaprio Films
Today marks the birthday of one of our favourite actors in Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio! Turning 41 can’t be easy for any Joe, even if it is one who’s as successful and brilliant as Leo. So we’re here to pick him up by celebrating his five best films!
The list wasn’t easy to compile given DiCaprio’s extensive body of work – so by all means pull us up on any glaring faux pas you can’t get on board with – but without further ado here’s our list of the top 5 Leonardo DiCaprio films!
5) Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Where else could we start than the one that really started it all, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet. Yes, it may be a little wishy-washy at times but it still stands out as one of the most original adaptations that’s ever been made in Hollywood. He may not look it but DiCaprio’s baby face came in handy playing the young teenager as he was actually 21 when it was filmed. The punk-inspired Shakespeare update divided opinion at the time, and probably still does in GCSE classrooms up and down the country, but the impact on his career cannot be understated and that’s why it makes our top 5.
4) Shutter Island (2010)
The 2010 psychological thriller may have been overshadowed by another one of DiCaprio’s films at the time in Inception, but we still make Shutter Island one of Leonardo’s best performances to date. Leo stars as U.S. Marshal Edward ‘Teddy’ Daniels who is investigating a psychiatric facility on Shutter Island. It’s not the most complex of films but Shutter Island is dark, ominous and like all good thrillers has a cracking twist!
3) Inception (2010)
Speaking of Inception, the Christopher Nolan sci-fi heist film/thriller worms its way into our Top 3! While it might not be the most demanding of DiCaprio’s performances, although he is great, the film itself is one of the most original things we’ve seen in the last 5 years in an industry that rarely does originality. If you haven’t seen it, Leonardo and his team of all stars, including Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, place themselves into a dream of wealthy businessman Cillian Murphy. They then put themselves inside another dream in that dream and then another dream inside the dream inside the dream. Get it?! The most complicated plot on our list most definitely but it’s a mind-blowing achievement.
2) The Departed (2006)
Number two on our list comes from the great man himself, Martin Scorsese, and in our opinion, his best work since Goodfellas. The Departed follows DiCaprio as Billy Costigan, a police officer who’s convinced to go undercover and live the gangster life as part of Jack Nicholson’s notorious Boston crew. The film’s cast is stacked with the two joined by Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, Martin Sheen and Ray Winstone. It’s violent, at time hilariously funny, and packs the almightiest of brutal punches at the end.
1) Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
It had to be really didn’t it? For our money, the best DiCaprio has ever been was in Scorsese’s hedonistic train wreck, Wolf of Wall Street. The black comedy never lets up and if Jordan Belfort wasn’t played by someone so believable and likeable, WOWS could easily lose its way. Luckily Marty had the best in the business on board and DiCaprio delivers something engaging, funny and brilliantly dynamic. We just wish the Academy would give our man the recognition he deserves. Stay strong, Leo, and many happy returns!