In anticipation of the release of the Inception DVD on December 7th, I think that it would be a good time to discuss some favorite Leonardo DiCaprio movies. The young boy who starred on Growing Pains (a show that I watched religiously when it repeated on Disney), has definitely grown into a fine actor with many projects to be proud of.
1. Catch Me If You Can
This movie has always been a personal favorite. DiCaprio portrays Frank Abignale Jr., a young man who cons people through many different venues. Frank pretends to be an airplane pilot, a doctor, a teacher, and a lawyer among other things. All of these cons are done exceedingly well, and Leo does an excellent job of playing these roles. The film is upbeat, funny, and also has a few great chase scenes that keep the viewers’ eyes glued to the screen.
2. Shutter Island
If you are looking to watch a thriller, then this movie is the perfect pick! The movie starts off with two detectives, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo, investigating the disappearance of a woman who is being housed in a mental institution on the island. The film flashes scenes from DiCaprio’s character’s home life and his detective work on the island. The film may seem straightforward at first, but movie watchers can be guaranteed that nothing is as it seems on Shutter Island.
3. The Departed
In this film, DiCaprio plays an undercover cop. He is sent undercover to infiltrate the Irish mafia. Meanwhile, a person from the Irish mafia is being used as an informant to help the cops. Once the plan starts to unravel they both must uncover one another before it is too late. If you are looking to watch a great mafia/gangster movie, then this is the film for you. A lot of cursing is said, and a lot of blood is shed.
These movie descriptions may not be perfect, and they may not do the movies justice, but there is no question the Leonardo DiCaprio does a fine job acting in each one of them. It is a difficult task to pick only a few movies from his acting library. Some other great movies such as Titanic, Blood Diamond, Gangs of New York, and more should not be overlooked. If you have not seen any of these movies or one of these movies, definitely take the time to rent them. They are a worthwhile watch!