We have assembled top 15 movies of Leonardo DiCaprio that were overlooked by the Academy.
Leo has finally managed to bag an Oscar for his enthralling gut-wrenching role in The Revenant as Hugh Glass. We were so euphoric for him to have finally won the elusive award that we ended up partying for 3 days straight. Goes without saying that he is still the most revered, respected and loved actor all across the globe. To be brutally honest, we really don’t care about what Academy thinks about him, how it has failed to honour him for all his dramatic roles so far. You will forever be a winner in our eyes, Leo! You go boy!
TOP 15 MOVIES OF LEONARDO DICAPRIO THAT WERE OSCAR BAIT
We take a look at top 15 movies of Leonardo DiCaprio that were undoubtedly Oscar bait materials, and were overlooked big time. If it were up to us, we would have given him an Academy for every single one of them. This list doesn’t have The Revenant, for the mere reason he received the accolade for it.
PS: We have placed it in chronological order. You get the idea, we are psyched too.
1. THIS BOY’S LIFE
Leo wasn’t nowhere around fruition, and yet this movie’s role was the best a child actor could have possibly nailed. His eyes carried the innocence of a Chihuahua, and the fretful insecurity that anyone could be a victim to if they had a psychopathic De Niro for stepdad. This movie had the world find his talent, hence we allow it cut the ribbon of our top 15 movies of Leonardo DiCaprio list.
2. WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE
If Leo could have gone any crazier, he would have ended up in an asylum. Academy failed to recognize his talent in this beauty. Well to that I say Academy’s rigged. You wouldn’t find a more convincing actor to play this kind of twisted. Some people thought he was messed up in the head for real!
3. THE BASKETBALL DIARIES
Who would have done better justice to Jim Carroll? Okay, so we understand River Phoenix was the first choice and this topic is debatable, as a true Leoholic I wouldn’t have preferred any other actor in Jim’s shoes. The way he has depicted the drug aftermath is outstanding and bloody brilliant. Smitten by his acts!
4. ROMEO + JULIET
For a second let’s imagine you haven’t ever come across Shakespeare, and you watch this beauty of a flick woven in a contemporary world. Wouldn’t you just, I don’t know die too? Leo’s eyes carried mad love right from the moment he set eyes on Claire. The turmoil he depicts in order to get her and the aftermath of love he manifested simply calls for a standing ovation.
The biggest blockbuster ever to rock the Hollywood niche. Still stands second in terms of gross. Leo walks tall as the guy to have won a bazillion hearts in the process of sinking the unsinkable. That image was hard to escape from! Yet he set a benchmark for lovers in one of the finest love stories ever made. His Jack Dawson deserved an Oscar right there as well!
6. THE BEACH
One of the most underrated works of Leo. This movie deserves watching and re-watching in order to truly appreciate Leo’s acting prowess. Outstanding job by Leo as he tries to hit adventure.
7. GANGS OF NEW YORK
This movie saw him evolve as he tried to take some Daddy revenge. It was his entry into the world of bizarre as he tried to get rid of a boy’s image. Well it was one helluva thing to take vengeance, when you have Daniel Day-Lewis to slay.
8. THE AVIATOR
He had almost made it with the nomination there, but unfortunately didn’t make the cut. What was the Academy thinking? Didn’t they watch him not touch the knob for hours? Didn’t they watch him play a convincing losing-it Howard Hughes? This was one of the finest works of Leo, but Academy had to be a bi***.
9. THE DEPARTED
Whilst Leo was busting his a** by going undercover, and crossing every line to do the unthinkable, the Academy was busy not looking at his Billy wits. The Departed was superbly made and brilliantly executed by some classic Leo acting.
10. REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
One of the most highly underrated dramas, Leo touched the extremities alongside Kate in this beauty of a flick. It was a delight to watch him lose it so bad when they fight. So convincing his acts are!
11. SHUTTER ISLAND
So twisted it gave us the chills! We all felt for poor Leo as he tried to solve a crime his head committed. He was helpless yet convinced that he was close to solving the mystery. Exceptional direction by Scorsese made Leo resuscitate once again.
Sadly no one had any clue what was going on till they were knee deep in Inception waters. The good thing Nolan had chosen Leo to do justice to Cobb. And so he did. So brilliant a flick which was executed quite perfectly by some fine Leo acting.
13. DJANGO UNCHAINED
His first supporting act and that too so mind-numbing. Not only did he sport a badass look in the flick but he managed to give us the chills. He was, like he said, a ‘businessman’. But his acting was so engaging he didn’t even care to stop when he accidentally injured himself in the process. This was downright Oscar bait!
14. THE GREAT GATSBY
If anybody ever came closer to nailing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby, it was Leo. His expressions always hit the jackpot and his eyes carried the perfect grief. The music complemented him gorgeously as he waited patiently for that b**** to call.
15. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
By far the boldest things he has ever rid on. It took out every bit of acting he had in that prolonged speech. He needed the Oscar pretty bad. His eyes could tell. Exceptional stuff by Leo as he squirmed and crawled to make his way to his car.
INSANE LOVE FOR LEO
We have mad love for him. As we impatiently wait for his next colossal project to be announced, we can only pray now that he hits a consecutive high. To remember him, so we never forget, we often keep visiting those nostalgic enclaves wherein he showcased some of the best works of his life. A true hero!
We adore Leo’s resolve the most, and salute him with our top 15 movies of Leonardo Dicaprio list, not to mention his diligence, the thoughtful mien his brows carry whenever he acts. He literally gets under the skin of the character and you are compelled to wonder if he has always been in that portrayal. Levels he tries to hit are simply majestic. We hope him the very best for his future, and hope to see many Oscars lined up under his belt.
Also, coming back to the top 15 movies of Leonardo DiCaprio list, if you haven’t seen the aforementioned movies yet and still his fan, dude! Why are you still alive?
Just watch ’em already!