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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Most Memorable Roles

February 28, 2016

As one of the few actors who have captivated audiences all over the world, it’s still so surprising that Leonardo DiCaprio has yet to win an Oscar. In anticipation for this year’s 88th Academy Awards ceremony on the 28th and his recent nomination for his part in The Revenant…(is it FINALLY leo’s year?) we go back and take a look at some of his most memorable roles so far.

 

 What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. (1993)

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This film shows a lesser-known DiCaprio. At just 19, DiCaprio got nominated Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing Johnny Depp’s mentally impaired younger brother, Arnie. An adaption from Peter Hedge’s book, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape tells the story of Gilbert (Depp) and his heavy responsibilities looking after his family. A heart-warming film that introduced the world to DiCaprio’s already apparent talent.

 

Titanic. (1997)

titanic-movie-screencapsOne of the most expensive films ever made in Hollywood, Titanic is a triumphant epic romance which re-creates the tragic sea disaster that occurred April 15, 1912. James Cameron portrays the historic day through the lives of two young lovers, performed by Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. Both actors are so compelling and convincing that you can’t help but get swept up in their tender tale.

Romeo And Juliet. (1996)

07-romeo-and-juliet.w750.h560.2xDirector Baz Luhrmann adapts the classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy for the screen, and transports the beautiful love story to the setting of a post-modern city, while still retaining the play’s original dialogue. It’s hugely imaginative, and Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio depict the lovers roles with passion and seamless grace.

 

The Aviator (2004)

the-aviatorDirected by Howard Hughes, The Aviator was nominated for 11 Oscars, including Best Actor. This is an epic biopic depicting billionaire Howard Huges’ (played by DiCaprio) life, and his successes in the movie business and aviation. In what seems to be a glossy surface, we soon learn the dark side to Huges’ life as he becomes tormented with madness. Martin Scorsese directs a seamless all-star cast including Cate Blanchett, Jude Law and Alec Baldwin. Thumbs up.

Shutter Island (2010)

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A gothic psychological film where DiCaprio stars as a US Marshal from 1954 who investigates the mysterious disappearance of a mental patient from an asylum offshore. An adaptation from the book by Dennis Lehane, this film is a brilliantly crafted thriller that is utterly unforgettable.

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