From teenage heartthrob to respected mature actor, Leonardo DiCaprio has run Hollywood’s gamut. His recent work has catapulted him to the forefront of the profession, and you would be remiss if you haven’t seen the flicks on this list. Indeed, it’s very unlikely that that’s the case; these movies are all over the place. Look below for Leo’s top movies-once you’ve spotted the films that interest you, grab the remote control, because most of them play on satellite TV nonstop.
Titanic: This one is certainly a can’t miss, if only for the fact that it’s a James Cameron movie. That should tell you everything you need to know. Leo plays a tramp who lands a spot on the epic ship after winning a card game. Once on board, he meets Rose, a gorgeous redhead engaged to be married. The story twists through their last days on the ship before ending in the icy depths of the Atlantic. It goes without saying that you’ll want to watch Titanic on a decent-sized HD television.
The Basketball Diaries: Don’t watch the Basketball Diaries with your kids. Diving deep into the seedier side of New York City, the Basketball Diaries tells the tale of a young sports star who gets into trouble with drugs as he navigates his way through the turmoil of adolescence. This was Leo’s breakout performance, where he showed that he could actually carry a movie by himself. The range of emotions he displayed in this movie proved to the world that he was a real actor.
Blood Diamond: Set deep in the Dark Continent, Blood Diamond is a stark look into Africa’s many problems. In this movie, Leonardo plays an intrepid mercenary opposite Jennifer Connelly. Amazingly, Leo put on a Rhodesian accent for this movie that experts say was completely spot-on. That’s another skill that you can tack onto his long resume of talents.
The Beach: The message behind the Beach: don’t get into stick situations in far-off countries. Leo stumbles onto an island off the coast of Thailand. At first everything seems tranquil-the gorgeous setting is matched only by the friendly ex-pats who have secluded themselves away in this little spot of paradise. Of course, looks can be deceiving. There are secrets hidden beneath the surface, and the story delves deep into questions of morality and ethics.
Gangs of New York: Leo seems to have a knack for finding great directors. First James Cameron put him in Terminator, and then a certain Martin Scorcese gave him a call to star in The Gangs of New York, an epic story set during the harrowing days of the Civil War. As always, Leo shines, in this case as a criminal seeking revenge for the death of his father.
Leo is as versatile an actor as they come, and you’d be foolish to miss out on any of his blockbusters. Keep an eye out on satellite TV, and you’re sure to spot them soon.