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What are the best Leonardo DiCaprio movies on Netflix?

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Now 47, Leonardo DiCaprio started his journey as a supporting actor in sitcoms and low-budget horror. But in the 90s, he became a major heartthrob of the time. DiCaprio shot to stardom with roles in movies like Romeo + Juliet and Titanic – subsequently taking the lead in Hollywood blockbusters directed by world-famous filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan. With his boyish charm and flawless mastery of his skill, DiCaprio has captivated audiences for decades.

Consequently, the streaming giant Netflix has ensured stock of some of the best Leonardo DiCaprio movies for the fans. But which movie starring Leo should you go to today? We are here to help. To assist you in making a decision, we looked at the Leo DiCaprio hits that are available to stream on Netflix. Here’s the list:

Django Unchained (2012)

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Django Unchained (2012)

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Writer: Quentin Tarantino

Genre: Drama, Western

IMDB rating: 8.4

Runtime: 2 hrs. 45 mins

It’s a 2012 American Western picture that was theatrically premiered on December 25 across the U.S. In contrast to its $100 million budget, the movie made nearly $425 million globally, making it Tarantino’s most successful film till today. Critics praised the cast’s performance and Tarantino’s direction and screenplay for the movie.

It’s a story of a liberated slave who goes out to save his wife from a cruel plantation landlord(DiCaprio) in Mississippi – with the aid of a German hitman.

Shutter Island

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Shutter Island (2010)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Writer: Laeta Kalogridis, Dennis Lehane

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

IMDB rating: 8.2

Runtime: 2 hrs.18 mins

It is a 2010 American neo-noir psychological suspense film adapted from Dennis Lehane’s 2003 book with the same title. The movie earned $299 million globally and garnered largely favorable reviews from reviewers. It was titled one of the top ten movies of 2010 by the National Board of Review. 

A U.S. Marshal(DiCaprio) looks into the missing murderer who escaped a mental institution.

Catch Me If You Can

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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Jeff Nathanson, Frank Abagnale Jr., Stan Redding

Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama

IMDB rating: 8.1

Runtime: 2 hrs.21 mins

It is an American biographical drama from 2002, with a script by Jeff Nathanson premised on Frank Abagnale’s “autobiography.” The movie had a successful box office debut on December 25, 2002, with praise for its cast. 

Frank(Ferrell) is a brilliant forger who has impersonated a doctor, lawyer, and pilot. However, he is only 20 years old. F.B.I. agent Carl gets obsessed with finding the con artist, who enjoys the hunt.

The Revenant

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The Revenant (2015)

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Writer: Mark L. Smith, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Michael Punke

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

IMDB rating: 8.0

Runtime: 2 hrs.36 mins

It’s an American drama from 2015 partially inspired by Michael Punke’s 2002 book The Revenant. The film was a success, earning $533 million globally. It was well received by critics, who praised the direction of Iárritu, performances by DiCaprio and Hardy, and the cinematography by Lubezki. The film received 3 Oscars for Best Achievement in Cinematography and Best Achievement in Directing – while DiCaprio won Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. 

Its story revolves around a frontiersman mauled by a bear whose hunting crew abandons him to die. So he goes on a fur-trading mission in the 1820s but battles for life. 

Blood Diamond

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Blood Diamond (2006)

Director: Edward Zwick

Writer: Charles Leavitt, C. Gaby Mitchell

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller

IMDB rating: 8.0

Runtime: 2 hrs.23 mins

It is an American political thriller launched on December 8. The majority of the reviews for the movie were favorable, and DiCaprio and Hounsou’s performances garnered particular attention. With five Academy Awards nominations – Best Actor for DiCaprio and Best Supporting Actor for Hounsou, the movie made $171 million globally.

Its story follows a business group, a smuggler(DiCaprio) and a fisherman(Solomon), who compete to control a precious gem.

The Aviator (2004)

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The Aviator (2004)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Writer: John Logan

Genre: Biography, Drama

IMDB rating: 7.5

Runtime: 2 hrs.50 mins

It is a 2004 American biographical drama that premiered on December 25 in the U.S. Critics gave the movie rave reviews, complimenting DiCaprio and Blanchett’s acting as well as Scorsese’s direction. On a $110 million budget, it made $214 million in revenue and garnered high praise.

It’s a biopic focusing on Howard Hughes'(DiCaprio) formative years as a filmmaker and aviator.

Body of Lies (2008)

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Body of Lies (2008)

Director: Ridley Scott

Writer: William Monahan, David Ignatius

Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller

IMDB rating: 7.0

Runtime: 2 hrs.8 mins

It’s a 2008 American spy thriller movie based on David Ignatius’ 2007 book with the same title. Critics panned Scott’s handling of the tale for being too predictable, but they commended his direction and visual aesthetic, as well as the performances of the film’s two leads.

While stuck between the ambiguous intents of his American superiors and Jordan Intel – a C.I.A. agent(DiCaprio) in Jordan chases a potent terrorist commander.


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Inception (2010)

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writer: Christopher Nolan

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

IMDB rating:

Runtime: 2 hrs.28 mins

It is an American movie that premiered on July 16, 2010, and earned over $828 million worldwide. It was one of the top movies of the 2010s and ended up being the fourth-highest-earning movie of the year. The film goes on to receive four Oscars: Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, Best Achievement in Sound Editing, and Best Achievement in Visual Effects.

The duty of instilling a concept into the C.E.O.’s head is assigned to a burglar(DiCaprio) – who acquires corporate secrets via dream-sharing innovation. But his dark past may doom the endeavor and his team to failure.

Don't Look Up

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Don’t Look Up (2021)

Director: Adam McKay

Writer: Adam McKay, David Sirota

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-fi

IMDB rating: 7.2

Runtime: 2 hrs.18 mins

It’s an American political satire that premiered in the U.S. prior to streaming on Netflix on December 24. The cast’s performances and the soundtrack were lauded, although critics disagreed on whether McKay’s satire was effective. Nevertheless, the film won four Oscars – Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score), and Best Original Screenplay. 

Two minor astronomers(DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence) must embark on a publicity tour to warn people about an incoming meteor that would ruin planet Earth.

The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby (2013)

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Writer: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Genre: Drama, Romance

IMDB rating:  7.2

Runtime: 2 hrs.23 mins

It’s a 2013 historical drama based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 book of the same name. The visual aesthetic, directing, script, performances, music, and adaptation of the source all drew acclaim and criticism for The Great Gatsby. Moreover, positive responses came from the audience. In addition, the film successfully garnered 2 Oscars for Best Achievement in Production Design and Costume Design.

Nick, an author and Wall Street trader, discovers that he is lured to the old days – and the way of life of Jay Gatsby(DiCaprio), his neighbor. 



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