After a request, this week I’ll be doing the top 10 performances of one of the best to ever do it, Leonardo DiCaprio. Would also like to remind you that I’m ranking the performances not the movies.
10. Gangs of New York (2002)
At number 10 is his performance as Amsterdam Vallon. DiCaprio plays Vallon as a very determined young man, who is out to avenge a death. His Irish accent is a little shaky going in and out at points, but it doesn’t take away the power in his performance. This is also one of many collaborations between, DiCaprio & director Martin Scorsese, many more of their films will be seen.
9. Inception (2010)
At number 9 is his performance as Cobb in this fantastic Christopher Nolan film. DiCaprio plays this mentally hurt man so amazingly. Every minute he’s on screen you feel every past traumatic event he’s ever faced and you see how he just can’t let go.
8. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
At number 8 is his performance as real life, Frank Abagnale. Once again DiCaprio plays a character dealing with a problem in his life that resorts the character to become a imposter of multiple job fields and a check forger. Once again DiCaprio, makes you feel every punch thrown at him.
7. Shutter Island (2010)
At number 7 is his performance as Teddy Daniels, a U.S. Marshall looking for a missing patient at an insane asylum. This is one of the most underrated performances by DiCaprio, he plays vulnerable truly flawless, where you start to feel bad for the guy with every twist and turn his story takes.
6. The Departed (2006)
At number 6 is his performance as Billy Costigan, a Boston police officer who’s gone undercover in the mob. This performance showed that DiCaprio can play a gritty character and furthered his range forever.
5. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
The number 5 is the breakout performance of DiCaprio, as Arnie Grape. DiCaprio gives one of his most real performances as this mentally handicapped character. Many were shocked after the end of the movie to find out that DiCaprio wasn’t actually mentally handicapped at all. At just 17 years old this performance earned DiCaprio his first Oscar nomination.
4. The Aviator (2004)
At number 4 is his performance as Howard Hughes. While “The Departed” showed DiCaprio could play gritty, this performance, along with “Catch Me If You Can”, showed DiCaprio could truly be a great actor and wasn’t a one-hit wonder with “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”. It showed that he could be something else then the winy teen.
3. The Revenant (2015)
At number 3 is the performance that finally gave DiCaprio his first Oscar. DiCaprio plays fur trapper Hugh Glass. This performance is extremely physical, with very little dialogue. DiCaprio is very immersive with his performance, going from eating a raw cow liver, to having his beard frozen. It once again pushes DiCaprio’s range.
2. Django Unchained (2012)
The most underrated performance of DiCaprio’s career comes in at number 2, as slave master, Calvin Candie. DiCaprio once again shows his unlimited range, with this villainous performance. He truly makes you hate him with every word that comes out of his mouth. He was so under looked for a best supporting actor Oscar that year.
1. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
At number 1 is the most comedic DiCaprio performance to date as the stock broker, Jordan Belfort. DiCaprio is the definition of an anti-hero in this film, you are cheering for him and then realize “Wait why am I cheering for this guy?”, that is all props to DiCaprio’s performance, Martin Scorsese’s direction & the great writing. This performance was Oscar nominated, but was in a very stacked year, yet I still feel it was a toss up between him & McConaughey (McConaughey would go on to win).