Leonardo DiCaprio was always one of those actors I had problems with. Any young, male, actor who makes all the teen girls oooh and ahhh, has always been hard for me to take seriously. Plus, when you look at films that got him a lot of recognition, like Titanic, it just supported my dislike. Titanic was an epic film in some ways, but a melodramatic, effects bonanza, in others. Needless to say, not my favorite film. I was fortunately exposed to some of DiCaprios earlier and also less well known work before I passed final judgment. Now, as much as it pains me to say it, especially since he’s got the looks, the money, the women, etc. – he is also a quite brilliant actor. The following 5 films are the ones that I think best reflect his work. The roles of each are diverse, and he pulls them off stunningly. There are some films that did not make the list, The Aviator, Titanic, This Boy’s Life, Blood Diamond, Shutter Island, just to mention a few. They are all very good, but these are the best. Don’t take my word, though, check them out yourself.
#5 – The Departed (2006)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writers: William Monahan
This film is on my mafia-movie list also. It is a remake of the Asian film Internal Affairs. The plot follows a disgraced State Police cadet who is brought back to active duty to be placed undercover in an organized mafia-like crime ring. At the same time the head of that ring has put his own man into the State Police organization as a cadet who rises through the ranks to be well-placed to cause trouble with the undercover man. The movie has become a quick mob classic. DiCaprio plays the undercover and does a believable job.