Leonardo DiCaprio has long been considered one of the true greats in the film industry. In the past few years, there has unfortunately been too much attention put into his lack of Academy Award success rather than his lifetime of amazing accomplishments. DiCaprio, I believe, puts himself into the life of a film so conclusively that the role can be easily overlooked, as has happened a few times in the past. The true measure of the acting legend is in the success of his films. Leo has proven to be a lottery for filmmakers, producing amazing and marketable performance after amazing and marketable performance. His roles, and often by consequence his films, are more often than not, great.
So where does Leo measure up? Well, it’s difficult to say. He has shown to be one of the more versatile actors in the world, his career has been prolific—lasting now over 23 years—and he’s been a household name for nearly as long. One of the most talented actors in the game today, Leo is also one of the most beloved, both by film fans and his peers. But with such a monumental portfolio, how can we narrow down his best moments? Well, we’re going to at least try. Here are the best of Leo’s scenes over his glorious career.
14 Last Call - Blood Diamond
13 Chiseler - Gangs of New York
12 Jack’s Death – Titanic
11 Bar Scene – The Departed
10 Finally Caught - Catch Me if You Can
9 The Pep Talk - The Wolf of Wall Street
8 Mal’s Death – Inception
7 7. Domestic Dispute - Revolutionary Road
6 Dinner Scene - Django Unchained
5 Letting Go - Shutter Island
4 The Bear Attack – Revenant
3 Show Me All the Blueprints - The Aviator
2 At His Mother’s Door – The Basketball Diaries
1 Mama Wake Up - What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
In a role that got him his first ever Academy Award nomination, the then 19-year-old DiCaprio plays Arnie, a young boy with developmental disabilities. The scene in which his mother dies and Arnie is confronted with the lifeless body is one of the most difficult scenes of his to watch. His uncanny ability to capture and maintain little mannerisms while showing so many different emotions is unbelievable. Even today, over 20 years after the film’s release, this performance from Leo is one of his best, and this single scene might just be his best ever.
Sources: IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Wikipedia
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