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Top 15 Leonardo DiCaprio Movies

Updated on March 15, 2015

The Best Leonardo DiCaprio Movies

Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most respected actors of our time, appearing in more than 30 movies, the latest being The Wolf Of Wall Street and The Great Gatsby. He will also be starring in The Revenant, which is in pre-production and which is scheduled for release in the USA on Christmas Day 2015. He has also been nominated for an Oscar 5 times.

You may love Leonardo DiCaprio's movies, but which of them do you personally rate as his best?

Whether he is playing the lovesick artist Jack Dawson in Titanic, the great Howard Hughes in The Aviator or an elusive impersonator in Catch Me If You Can, Leonardo DiCaprio has played a number of different roles, and has definitely not fallen into the stereotype fold.

With some great performances by him in some of his earlier movies, like Titanic and What's Eating Gilbert Grape, and more violent roles in later movies like The Departed and Blood Diamond, pretty much everyone loves at least one Leonardo DiCaprio movie, if not most of them.

On this page you can see what I consider to be the finest movies that Leonardo DiCaprio has appeared in. You can also buy them on DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon.com, and also find Leonardo DiCaprio collectibles including signed photographs and other memorabilia.

The following movies are those that I feel are the Top 15 Leonardo DiCaprio Movies that he has appeared in to date.

(photo of Leonardo DiCaprio courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

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Leonardo DiCaprio Top 15 Movies

Titanic (1997)

Titanic is regarded by some as one of the greatest love stories ever produced for the silver screen and yet it is hated by others.

This 1997 movie was the brainchild of director James Cameron and tells the story of the sinking of the largest and grandest ship of it's time, the Titanic, on it's maiden voyage from Southampton to new York in April 1912.

The story is told through the eyes of one of the survivors, and is expertly cast, including Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kathy Bates, Bill Paxton and Billy Zane.

Titanic Movie Trailer

Blood Diamond (2006)

In Blood Diamond, Leonardo DiCaprio plays the role of a mercenary from South Africa, and it takes place in Sierre Leone in the 1990s during the bloody civil war that tore the country apart.

A local fisherman, played by Djimon Hounsou (best known for Amistad and Gladiator), finds and hides a rare and valuable diamond, and together these two men, with backgrounds as different as chalk and cheese, strive to recover the diamond from it's location deep in rebel held territory.

The movie was directed by Edward Zwick and definitely ranks as one of Leonardo DiCaprio's best roles.

Blood Diamond Movie Trailer

Inception (2010)

The story line of Inception is a clever concept, based on technology which allows people's dreams to be manipulated and for a team to infiltrate those dreams in order to steal information from the subject's subconscious mind.

Achieving this requires every member of the team, which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) and the late Pete Postlethwaite (The Lost World: Juarssic Park), to give 100% of their focus, because any slip could result in not only the failure of their mission but and exposure, but likely also death.

Inception is one of those movies where it's easy to lose the plot if you aren't paying attention, and it's also one where to fully appreciate it you need to watch it multiple times. When it reaches it's peak, it's sometimes hard to know whether you are watching a dream or whether it's real.

It's a great movie, with some terrific special effects, and includes a great performance by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Inception Official Trailer

Shutter Island (2010)

If you enjoy creepy thrillers that are set in the 1950s, Shutter Island starring Leonardo DiCaprio is one of those movies that you are certain to enjoy.

Playing the role of a U.S. Marshall, Leonardo is sent to a mental hospital located on an island in Boston, where a dangerous patient has escaped.

It doesn't take long before he realises that something is not right, but in the middle of his investigation to uncover a conspiracy, a hurricane cuts the island off from the mainland, more inmates escape, and the movie turns into a complicated thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Shutter Island Official Trailer

The Departed (2006)

This is a brilliant plot about a cop in Boston going undercover to infiltrate an Irish organized crime gang, while at the same time a member of the same gang has gone undercover and infiltrated the police department.

As the movie progresses, it's a matter of time as to which of the two identifies the other first, and both plotting and counter plotting as they race to save their own lives.

This movie is well cast, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon, backed by Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen and Ray Winstone.

The Departed Official Trailer

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Directed by Steven Spielberg, Catch Me If You Can is based on a true story, that of Frank Abagnale (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), who even before the age of 19 became so successful as a con man that he cashed over $4 million in forged checks.

He successfully impersonated an airline pilot, a pediatrician and even a lawyer, and the task of catching him was given to top FBI agent Carl Hanratty (played by Tom Hanks).

This is a rare movie that has you rooting for the villain (DiCaprio) rather than the good guy (Hanks) and there are several occasions where he narrowly escapes the FBI.

Catch Me If You Can is superbly directed by Steven Spielberg, and in my opinion it's one of Leonardo DiCaprio's best performances.

Catch Me If You Can Official Trailer

Gangs Of New York (2002)

In 1863 New York was awash with immigrants from all over Europe, and crime and poverty were rife as the rapidly booming population who had left their homes in the hopes of making their fortunes in the New World became bogged down in the city and struggled for survival.

Daniel Day-Lewis plays Bill "The Butcher" Cuttings, a notorious gang leader, who years before had savagely murdered Amsterdam Vallon's (Leonardo DiCaprio) father while his young son watched.

Having grown up, Vallon returns to the area, vowing to take revenge on his father's killer.

This movie takes you back in time to the era when America was fast growing up and the population on the East Coast was expanding rapidly. It echoes in many ways life in London in the same era, poverty, prostitution and crime being a way of life and a means of survival.

As well as Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis the cast features a host of other big names, including Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly, Liam Neeson and Brendan Gleeson.

While savage and (in my opinion) definitely not one for the kids to be watching, it is a great movie and one of Leonardo's best performances.

Gangs Of New York Official Trailer

Revolutionary Road (2008)

Revolutionary Road sees Leonardo DiCaprio starring again with Kate Winslet, only in a completely different role and a very different kind of movie to Titanic.

This movie is set in the mid 1950s and finds Leonardo and Kate as a couple who have been married for 7 years and who on the outside seem like the perfect couple, but on the inside lies unfulfilled dreams, frustration and it's tearing them apart.

Leonardo is stuck in a job that he hates, while Kate sees her dream of becoming an actress turned into the reality of just being an ordinary housewife.

Kate comes up with a plan to re-invent their lives, suggesting that they move from their home in Connecticut to Paris, where she could earn a living working for a large corporation and act as the breadwinner, while Leonardo could follow his dreams.

Initially Leonardo is enthusiastic about this move, but then things change, and I will leave you hanging so as to not give any more of the plot away.

Revolutionary Road sees great performances from both of them, and it's definitely one to include in your Leonardo DiCaprio collection.

Revolutionary Road Official Trailer

The Beach (2000)

While in Thailand a young traveller finds that his neighbor in the hotel has committed suicide and left a strange map which indicates that it leads to a place that is supposed to be paradise.

What happens there I will leave for you to discover when you watch the movie, but suffice it to say that superb direction by Randall Wallace and some stunning scenery make this a well worthwhile movie to watch.

The only downside in my opinion is the language, which goes a little overboard on unnecessary expletives, but other than that, a good movie.

The Beach Official Trailer

The Man In The Iron Mask (1998)

Based on the book by Alexander Dumas, the story of The Man In The Iron Mask has been made into a movie many times over the years, usually with a cast of big names, and this version is no exception.

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as King Loius XIV, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovitch, Gerard Depardieu and Gabriel Byrne as the Four Musketeers (Aramis, Athos, Porthos and D-Artagnan), and directed by Randall Wallace, the movie is not the best that Leonardo has appeared in, but it's a good adventure to watch for an evening.

The outline of the plot follows the book, with France in the early 1700's in chaos as the king is more interested in his love affairs than with running the country, and the cost of foreign wars are fast bankrupting the country, while the peasants are starving.

The Musketeers, who are now retired, find that the king has an identical twin brother, whose existence has been kept secret since birth. They plot to find and release him and to replace the king and as a result save France and it's people.

The Man In The Iron Mask is definitely worth a watch, especially if you enjoy these period romps with plenty of action and suspense. One day I might just rent a collection of movies about this topic so I can watch and compare them.

The man In The Iron Mask Official Trailer

The Aviator (2004)

Directed by Martin Scorsese, The Aviator dramatises the life of Howard Hughes, the legendary film director, inventor and entrepreneur, and the screenplay is based on the book "The Untold Story" by Peter Harry Brown and Pat Broeske.

Having visited his famous "Spruce Goose" seaplane when it was based at Long Beach in California, I was eager to learn more about this iconic figure of the 1930s and 1940s, but I actually came away fairly disappointed, the movie just didn't grab me personally, even though the critics liked it and there were some good acting performances.

Certainly if you enjoy anything to do with Hollywood in it's heyday, it's well worth seeing, and it has a star cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Ian Holm and Jude Law as Errol Flynn.

The Aviator Official Trailer

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Romeo + Juliet is one of those rare movies where the original dialogue from a play that was written centuries ago is retained, while the setting is in modern times, and in this case it has been done so well that it works, and it works well.

Set in a modern Verona, rather than the 16th century as in the original play, Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes play the ill fated lovers from opposing families, and they have been well cast too, with Leonardo fitting perfectly into the role of Romeo and Claire wholly looking the part of the fourteen year old Juliet.

The suporting cast is a list of well known names, including John Leguizamo, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Sorvino, Brian Dennehy and Miriam Margolyes.

If you are a fan of Shakespeare you will most likely enjoy this movie, and have probably seen it already. If you think Shakespeare is boring and stuffy, this movie might just sway your opinions and make you a fan too.

Romeo + Juliet is definitely a movie that is well worth adding to your "to watch" list.

Official Trailer Romeo + Juliet

What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

Perfectly directed by Lasse Hallström, What's Eating Gilbert Grape is a fine portrayal of a working class family, living on the breadline in a small town in the USA, and for one of his earlier roles it sees Leonardo DiCaprio in one of his finest roles of the 90's.

Leonardo DiCaprio plays a seventeen year old who has severe mental problems. His mother (played by Darlene Cates) is widowed and has become extremely obese, and the family is completed by an older brother played by Johnny Depp.

The movie plot is centered around Johnny Depp falling for a a new free spirited girl who comes into town, and he struggles with his role of taking care of the family while trying to find time for his new found private life.

What's Eating Gilbert Grape is one of those cult movies that you will either love of hate, but it's definitely one of young Leonardo DiCaprio's finest achievements.


What's Eating Gilbert Grape Official Trailer

Body Of Lies (2008)

Pull together Leonardo DiCaprio with Russel Crowe (Gladiator) and Mark Strong (Syriana), add the direction of Ridley Scott (Kindom Of Heaven) and you have a gripping adventure about a CIA agent on the trail of a terrorist in Jordan.

With the political problems in the Middle East escalating again right now, Body Of Lies is a movie that in many ways is still relevant, with operatives not knowing the extent to which they can trust their chain of command back home in the USA, or their intelligence contacts on the ground.

If you love this type of adventure, Body Of Lies will keep you on the edge of your seat for much of it's 2 hours.

Body Of Lies Officlal Trailer

Marvin's Room (1996)

Marvin's Room puts a young Leonardo DiCaprio together with Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton.

It's the story of two sisters (played by Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton) who ended up going their separate ways after their father suffered a stroke 17 years before.

Meryl's son (played by DiCaprio) sets fire to her house and is sent to a mental institution, and the family is truly disfunctional.

When she finds that her sister has been diagnosed with leukemia, Meryl visits the asylum hoping to take her sone for tests to see if he can be a bone marrow donor for his aunt.

In the meantime, the father is still alive after his stroke, but he too is slowly dying.

Sure sounds like a dreary "slit your wrists" kind of plot, but Marvin's Room is far from that, with plenty of touching and funny moments, and some great performances.

Official Trailer Marvin's Room

DiCaprio at the red carpet at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.
DiCaprio at the red carpet at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. | Source

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Leonardo DiCaprio Collectables

If you are a huge fan of Leonardo DiCaprio, do you have any special or rare memorabilia of his?

Celebrity collectables are very popular, and these are taking over in a lot of ways from the autograph books of the past.

How do you fancy owning a signed photograph of Leonardo DiCaprio, or a limited edition poster or a promotional item from one of his movies?

One place where you can find a lot of this type of item is eBay, the auction site that has just about anything you could ever want.

You never know what you might find there - not just for him but for other celebrities that you love as well. Ready to take a look? I was impressed at what I found.

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      Tony Payne 2 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I stand corrected, thanks for pointing that out. I haven't seen Titanic recently but I could swear she was in it. Just checked and it's my memory playing up.

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      machewhos 2 years ago

      Maggie Smith was NOT in Titanic. I think you're thinking of Gloria Stuart who played Rose in her older years.

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      Tony Payne 2 years ago from Southampton, UK

      One of these days he will get his Oscar I am sure.

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      Daniel Bassilios 2 years ago from Newcastle Upon Tyne

      Catch me if you Can really propelled DiCaprio's standing in the pecking order of Hollywood stars. In Titanic he didn't impress me much and gave off little more than a pretty boy image. But now I see him as one of the most mature and talented stars in cinema. He's very unlucky to have never won an Oscar.

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      qwertyuiop 2 years ago

      my favourite movie of Leonardo Dicaprio is TITANIC because in that movie I became a fan of him.I had a big crush on him and he is one of my idol.I will not ever forget about that movie because I am crying and crying at it even if I already watch it for the nth time...I LOVE YOU LEONARDO DI CAPRIIIOO!!!!!

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