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Leonardo DiCaprio / Five best moments

Leonardo DiCaprio: five best moments

Adam Boult
Friday 17 May 2013 12.48 BST

Whether you think of him as the modern day Robert De Niro or an overpraised Norman Lamont-lookalike (as people used to say), you can't deny that Leonardo DiCaprio has been in some excellent films in the course of his 20 year career – and was the obvious choice to take the title role in Baz Lurhmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
We asked readers to nominate his greatest performances – and here's an attempt to narrow it down to five of the very best, with suggestions from@TomorrowsEnd@esmehaycox@bobbyblowdart@BafflerMeal and@amyjkhan.
Sadly there's no room here for his film debut in Critters 3 – let us know what else you think should have made the list in the comment thread below. Warning: spoilers and adult content feature heavily in these clips.

1. The Basketball Diaries

Here's a notably chuckle-free scene from the 1995 adaptation of Jim Carroll's memoirs, charting his descent into heroin addiction. It's always nice to start these top 5 lists off with something particularly harrowing.


2. William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet

Leo's first pairing with Baz Luhrmann, and the point at which he went from promising young actor to teen heartthrob.


3. The Aviator

Leonardo as serious grown-up actor in a serious grown-up film; his sympathetic portrayal of Howard Hughes in Martin Scorsese's biopic makes the protagonist's inevitable slide into debilitating mental illness all the more gut-wrenching.


4. The Departed

Another Scorsese film, this one a remake of terrific Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs. DiCaprio is a cop working deep undercover in an organised crime ring, Matt Damon is the criminal who infiltrates the police as a mole – here, the two of them face off.



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