Happy Birthday Leo! DiCaprio’s 17 Best And Most Iconic Performances

  • Of course this was going to be the number 1 on our list! “Titanic” was the movie that made DiCaprio an international star—and the king of the ocean (and our hearts). (Photo: WENN)

  • Leo finally became an Oscar winner thanks to his all-in-including-eating-a-bison-liver performance in the critically acclaimed Gonzalez Iñarritu film “The Revenant”. (Photo: WENN)

  • “Inception”, Christopher Nolan’s trippy mind-heist movie, showcases DiCaprio’s talents at an all-time high. It’s a performance that doesn’t get enough credit! (Photo: WENN)

  • DiCaprio’s grubby role as a desperate man who almost loses his identity in Scorsese’s Boston crime thriller “The Departed” is one of his all-time greatest performances. (Photo: WENN)

  • “Catch Me If You Can” is another milestone for DiCaprio. The mix of Steven Spielberg’s direction and Leo’s outstanding portrayal of Frank Abagnale is a real treat! (Photo: WENN)

  • “Gangs of New York” was DiCaprio’s first collab with Scorsese. He went from pretty-boy heartthrob to perfect fit for the role of a gang-leader in a period picture. (Photo: WENN)

  • His performance as legendary tycoon Howard Hughes in “The Aviator” gained Leo a well-deserved Oscar nomination—but not a win. (Photo: WENN)

  • Playing the sinister plantation owner Calvin Candie, DiCaprio is perfectly cast by Quentin Tarantino as the coconut-drink-slurping psycho in “Django: Unchained”.

  • In “Revolutionary Road” Leo is excellent as a man caught in a downward spiral of disillusionment. And he’s also reunited with Kate Winslet. So, there’s that. (Photo: WENN)

  • In “The Wolf of Wal Street” Scorsese gets DiCaprio to combine comedy and madness to deliver a performance that will go down as one of his all-time best. (Photo: WENN)

  • DiCaprio’s work in “Shutter Island” shows the mark of a truly great actor. He not only carries the narrative of the nourish mystery, but he also tears down his character as the film proceeds. (Photo: WENN)

  • After “Titanic”, Leo showed in “The Beach” that he was still was interested in taking chances, and delivered one of his most interesting performances. (Photo: WENN)

  • “Romeo + Juliet” is a little corny, but the chemistry between the leads is undeniable. Leo sounds great and looks even better! (Photo: WENN)

  • It was nice to have Leo the Romantic back in our mist as “The Great Gatsby”. He’s such a charmer, and somehow accessible despite his obsessiveness that it almost doesn’t matter! (Photo: WENN)

  • DiCaprio’s likeable sleazebag contrasted nicely with Hounsou’s desperate, stone-faced family man in the critically acclaimed but turgid political action-drama “Blood Diamond.” (Photo: WENN)

  • In “J. Edgar”, Leo had to age decades, make a monster likeable, and depict forbidden and barely repressed passions. Quite compelling. (Photo: WENN)

  • Leo seems out of his element in “The Man in the Iron Mask”, but it was his first film after the success of “Titanic”, and it became a hit for that very reason. (Photo: WENN)

Of course this was going to be the number 1 on our list! “Titanic” was the movie that made DiCaprio an international star—and the king of the ocean (and our hearts). (Photo: WENN)

With over 30 films under his belt, each one better than the last, as well as endless prizes and honors throughout his acting career—one of which we can finally say is an Oscar! —Leonardo DiCaprio has consolidated himself as one of the most recognized names in the history of cinema.

An actor who time after time has been able to exceed the high expectations of critically acclaimed directors such as Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio’s career has been filled with exceptionally strong performances (even if the movies haven’t always been that good).

After decades of delighting audiences with blockbuster films and compelling characters, from Jack Dawson in “Titanic” to Hugh Galss in “The Revenant”, Leo is now 43 years old and ready to continue giving his all, and we celebrate him with a recount of his best performances to date.

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