Leonardo DiCaprio belongs to a list of those actors who begin acting very early as children, then have a hard time shaking off the baby image that is stapled to them. But when they do shake off the stereotype image, they turn out to be one of the finest actors that the world has seen. As with any actor who has done small roles as a child, Leonardo DiCaprio also faced some serious challenges before making it big on the silver screen. But when he smashed through the barricade of non-acceptance of audience, he sealed a place for himself in their hearts and soon become a heartthrob. What’s special about DiCaprio is that he didn’t stick to a safe, acceptable lover-boy image by playing it safe. Instead he took some serious risks and changed people’s and critics’ opinion about him as an actor.
Here Are A Few Dicaprio Movies Which Show That He Is One Of The Best Actors That The World Has Ever Seen.
Catch Me If You Can
DiCaprio raised eyebrows with this Steven Spielberg movie. The movie was an adaptation of a novel of the same name in which DiCaprio plays the protagonist Frank Abagnale Junior. Frank was a teenager when his parents parted ways which left him emotionally torn. He soon runs away from his house and becomes a con-artist and dupes banks of millions of dollars mainly by forging cheques and encashing them at random banks. DiCaprio looked every bit fresh as the young boy as the role demanded of him and successfully portrayed a man who assumed so many identities in order to avoid arrest for his wrongdoings. Tom Hanks also starred in this movie as a cop to make the movie even more engaging to the audience.
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Martin Scorsese directed movie garnered appreciation from all parts of the world. DiCaprio portrayed the protagonist as a stock broker who pulled-off a number of scandalous and dubious transactions with phony clients and made huge amounts of money doing it. The movie consists of everything that the audience expects to see in a typical Hollywood flick; money, sex, drugs and crime. But at the top of all this was the out of the world performance of Leonardo DiCaprio as the main stock broker who started off from a humble background, then climbed the ladders of success to make it big and then came down crashing to the ground when he was arrested as his life is torn apart.
This movie doesn’t need any introduction. One of the best movies ever made, Titanic transformed the way cinema was perceived prior to its release. Set on the incidents pertaining to the tragedy of sinking of the majestic cruise, RMS Titanic, in the year 1912 in the Atlantic Ocean, this movie features Dicaprio as Jack and Kate Winslet as Rose. DiCaprio essayed the role of a young man who, with a terrific stroke of luck in a game of poker, gets a chance to board the fantastic ship on its maiden journey to New York, America. He displayed the virility and vigor that was needed of him for playing the role of Jack. The whole world wept when, during the climax, the ship sinks and Jack lets Rose climb atop a wooden plank floating in the water, and then dies himself.
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
This is one of the lesser known movies of the Hollywood star; nonetheless, his performance in the movie is nothing short of commendable. The movie is based on a novel of Peter Hedge which has been directed by Lasse Hallström. In the movie, DiCaprio embodies Arnie, the younger brother of the protagonist Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp) who is developmentally disabled who is unable to think for himself. His performance in this movie is so powerful that leaves the audience spellbound even to this day. The portrayal of Arnie earned him a nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in the Academy Awards.
This movie is one of my personal favorites of all time. Directed by the genius filmmaker Martin Scorsese, DiCaprio plays the role of William Costigan Junior in this movie, which also features some of the other big names of Hollywood like Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Alec Baldwin. Costigan is an undercover cop who works for the Massachusetts Police Department and successfully infiltrates the gang of a mafia (Frank Costello, played by Jack Nicholson) as Billy. He gains importance in the gang but yearns for affection has his personal life had been wrecked by his dual personalities. His performance in the movie is nothing short of extraordinary.
The pair of DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese came together again to create magic on the big screen. In this movie, DiCaprio plays the titular role of the aviator Howard Hughes who was a well-known engineer, industrialist and philanthropist in his times. DiCaprio’s embodiment of the obsessive compulsive disorder stricken is very powerful as it grabs the attention of the public right from the outset. The perfect blend of emotion and craft was displayed by DiCaprio in this superhit flick.