Growing Up With DiCaprio: His Life In 10 Films

Leonardo DiCaprio has turned 40! The actor, who made his debut screen performance in 1991’s Critters 3, has become one of Hollywood’s biggest ever stars. Top 10 Films takes a look at the actor growing up in film…

1991 – Critters 3

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Critters 3DiCaprio makes his screen debut as the kid who won’t take crap from a bunch of aliens!

1993 – This Boy’s Life

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in This Boy's LifeDiCaprio delivers an exceptionally strong performance opposite the incomparable Robert De Niro in this brilliant familial drama

1995 – The Basketball Diaries

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in The Basketball DiariesProving This Boy’s Life was no one-off, DiCaprio is again incredible in this tough drama about a drug-addled teenager.

1996 – Romeo + Juliet

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Romeo + JulietDiCaprio’s fame rises to new heights in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous play.

1997 – Titanic

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in The BeachIn James Cameron’s epic retelling of the Titanic disaster, lead star DiCaprio becomes Hollywood’s most bankable asset.

2000 – The Beach

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in The BeachThe fact DiCaprio was by now Hollywood’s most desirable male star – in many women’s eyes – it was fitting that in Danny Boyle’s The Beach he’d spend much of his time with his top off.

2002 – Catch Me If You Can

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Catch Me If You CanDiCaprio plays Frank Abagnale Jr., a real-life con artist who became a jet-setting millionaire thanks, primarily, to cheque fraud. Tom Hanks is the FBI agent hot on his heels.

2006 – The Departed

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in The DepartedIn Scorsese’s best film in years, DiCaprio plays undercover cop Billy Costigan who is tasked with infiltrating an organised crime gang led by Irish-American mobster Jack Nicholson’s Frank Costello.

2010 – Inception

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in InceptionChristopher Nolan again showed why he is one of Hollywood’s most dynamic and intelligent blockbuster storytellers with this thrilling action-adventure about thieves who use an ability to enter a subject’s subconscious to enact their crimes.

2013 – The Wolf of Wall Street

The-Wolf-of-Wall-Street-leo-dicaprio_2In perhaps a sly parody of himself, DiCaprio’s 2013 collaboration with Martin Scorsese saw him play womanising, egotistical and money obsessed rich former real life Wall Street banker Jordan Belfort.

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    ArchE Reply

    A gorgeous specimen of the male kind – if I do say so myself. He showed the goods as a kid, went off the rails when celebrity took over him in his twenties, then found his feet again thanks to the calming influence of industry vets Spielberg and Scorsese in his thirties.

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    ruth Reply

    I’ve pretty much seen them all except Critters and The Basketball Diaries. I’m still curious to see the latter. In 1995 he also played French poet Arthur Rimbaud, sans French accent but he’s quite good in it and it’s a brave role for the young actor.

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    Ted S. Reply

    This man doesn’t seem to ever age, it’s great to be Leo I guess. He’s worth millions, dates young hot supermodels and can choose any movie he wants to star in. I wonder if he’s going to be making a film with Darren Aronofsky since both of them have been hanging out together lately.

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    Michael Scoates Reply

    I think Shutter Island is one of my favourites more for its twist than DiCaprio who will probably still look like a teenager in his 70s. Hopefully he’ll still be acting then too as he’s one of the greats, huge talent.

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    Lights Camera Reaction Reply

    Nice list! I’d also include Gilbert Grape too 🙂

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    Chris Reply

    I’ve grown up with him as well, although he was always 7-8 years older than I am. He should have won the oscar for Wolf of Wallstreet

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