Forget Titanic: 8 Underrated Leonardo DiCaprio Movies to Watch on His Birthday

With Leonardo DiCaprio turning 49, let's look back at some of his most under-appreciated gems

Forget Titanic: 8 Underrated Leonardo DiCaprio Movies to Watch on His Birthday

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  • Leonardo DiCaprio has delivered numerous gems that went on to shape the industry
  • But despite being one of the biggest names in cinema. a lot of DiCaprio's underrated gems have lost into obscurity
  • And with the actor turning 49, let's reflect on some of his most underrated of films.
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Leonardo DiCaprio has done it all throughout his illustrious career that spans over three decades. From becoming a teen heartthrob after starring in Romeo + Juliet to playing deplorable characters like Calvin Candie, the actor has cemented himself as one of the greatest ever to grace the art form.

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But while many of the Oscar winner’s films are cherished to this day, there is a sizeable amount of quality cinema starring DiCaprio, which has unfortunately lost into obscurity over the years. And with the Killers of the Flower Moon Star turning 49, let’s take a look back to some of his forgotten gems.

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8 Leonardo DiCaprio Movies That Often Get Overlooked

Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio

This Boy’s Life

While Leonardo DiCaprio was still starting out as an actor in the early ’90s, it was 1993’s This Boy’s Life that put his acting chops to the forefront, in which he starred alongside Robert De Niro. The coming-of-age drama, based on Tobias Wolff’s memoir, is a compelling portrait of a family on the verge of falling apart, which witnesses great performances from everyone onboard.

This Boy's Life
This Boy’s Life

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Although a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Johhny Depp won’t exactly fill the definition of an underrated film in the present landscape, unfortunately, this was the case for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. While the film has lost in the shuffle over the years, it did earn DiCaprio his first of the many Oscar Nods he would go on to earn, and despite being a little dated, it’s still a great watch.

What's Eating Gilbert Grape
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

The Quick and the Dead

The Quick and the Dead put DiCaprio’s impeccable range to the forefront. And while he takes a backseat in the Western led by Sharon Tate and Gene Hackman, he makes the most of the material he is given, and despite its shortcomings, the movie never gets boring. Unfortunately, upon its release, the Western drama failed to make it big at the box office but has aged gracefully over time.

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The Quick and the Dead
The Quick and the Dead

Marvin’s Room

Starring DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Diana Keaton and Robert De Niro, Marvin’s Room was a critical hit upon its release, earning three SAG nominations and even an Oscar nod for Keaton. Unfortunately, over the years, the romance drama, which revolves around some complex family issues, has lost into obscurity despite commendable performances from everyone onboard.

Marvin's Room
Marvin’s Room

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The Basketball Diaries

While far from being a perfect movie, The Basketball Diaries deserves recognition for Dicaprio’s impeccable performance in the role of Jim Carroll. Playing the role of a high school basketball player, who is gradually succumbing to drugs, is a disturbing but worthwhile ride for the viewers. Arguably, it was the Oscar winner’s one, if not the most dramatic role he tackled up until that point.
The Basketball Diaries
The Basketball Diaries

Celebrity

Although not as well regarded as some of his other acclaimed hits at the time, 1998’s Celebrity remains an important addition to Leonardo DiCaprio’s filmography. The hit-or-miss comedy that revolves around celebrities in Los Angeles, witnesses him playing an obnoxious star, which despite its low scores on its release, helped Dicaprio transition into an adult actor.

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Celebrity
Celebrity

Gangs of New York

While not the best Scorsese has to offer throughout his working relationship with DiCaprio, Gangs of New York has its charms, witnessing some impeccable performances from Daniel Day-Lewis and DiCaprio. With lots of epic turns and twists in the 167-minute crime drama, the often-forgotten period drama from Martin Scorsese has a lot to keep the audiences hooked and entertained.

Gangs of New York
Gangs of New York

J. Edgar

For his work in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, Leonardo DiCaprio scored a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of the infamous FBI director Edgar Hoover. However, the movie and his performance are often overlooked, which is a shame as he plays the historical figure to perfection. And it may not be Eastwood’s best work as a director, DiCaprio’s performance alone makes it worth watching.

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J. Edgar
J. Edgar

While it’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to The Wolf of Wall Street Star’s indomitable run in Hollywood, these highly overlooked films stand as a testament to DiCaprio’s skills as an actor.

 

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Written by Santanu Roy

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Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with The Everly Brothers, Billy Joel, and The Platters. Having expertise in everything related to Batman, Santanu spends most of his time watching and learning films, with Martin Scorsese and Park Chan-wook being his personal favorites. Apart from pursuing a degree in animation, he also possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a writer at Fandomwire with over 1000 articles.