Ranking All Of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Biopics

Leonardo Dicaprio, The AviatorMiramax via Everett Collection

An FBI president, a stock market hooligan, a teenage con artist extraordinaire, and a troubled heroin addict, Leonardo DiCaprio has used his talents to step into a number of real life figures throughout his career, and the actor  may soon take on his most controversial role yet. DiCaprio is in talks to portray Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic based on a script penned by Aaron Sorkin. Danny Boyle is also in talks to direct. The late Steve Jobs is heralded by many as a tech geek visionary, introducing products like the Apple II, the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad to the masses. But for every Apple obsessive that sings his praises, Jobs has the same number of fervent detractors. The former CEO and co-founder of Apple Inc. has been accused of being selfish, stingy, and having terrible business practices. Jobs presents a interesting and multi-faceted subject that’s just ripe for a truly thoughtful biographical film (sorry, Ashton) Luckily, Leo seems to be the right man for the job. We’ve decided to rank all of Leonardo Dicaprio’s biographic films from best to worst. 

Catch Me If You Can
Catch Me If You Can is unquestionably one of Spielberg’s greatest films. It’s a jaunty cat and mouse caper with a deep heart thanks to great performances from DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.
Tomatometer: 96%
Box Office: $352,114,312
Golden Globe Nominations:1
Golden Globe Wins: 0
Oscar Nominations:2
Oscar Wins: 0

The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street is a raucous and rowdy three hours that has pure debauchery streaming from every orifice. It’s bawdy and gleefully offensive, but it never forgets to ask the bigger questions surrounding it’s study of greed, capitalism, and the American way.
Tomatometer: 77%
Box Office: $389,600,694
Golden Globe Nominations:2
Golden Globe Wins: 1
Oscar Nominations:5
Oscar Wins: 0

The Aviator
The Aviator is a glitzy and richly crafted study of a madness. It’s a little messy and probably won’t be remembered as one of Scorsese’s best films, but it’s an ambitious effort from both the director and DiCaprio.
Tomatometer: 87%
Box Office: $213,741,459
Golden Globe Nominations: 6
Golden Globe Wins: 3
Oscar Nominations: 11
Oscar Wins: 5

The Basketball Diaries
The Basketball Diaries is like a good yet forgotten older brother to Reqiuiem for a Dream. It focuses on the pitfalls of drug addiction, and includes an impressive turn from Leonardo DiCaprio. Here, the actor is still working out some kinks in his craft, but is well on his way to becoming one of Hollywood’s greats.
Tomatometer: 46%
Box Office: $2,424,439
Golden Globe Nominations: 0
Golden Globe Wins: 0
Oscar Nominations: 0
Oscar Wins: 0

This Boy’s Life
While it’s not exactly memorable, This Boy’s Life is one of the early indicators of Leonardo DiCaprio’s star power. A young DiCaprio gives a great performance, especially when cast opposite Robert DeNiro. 
Tomatometer: 75%
Box Office: $4,104,962
Golden Globe Nominations: 0
Golden Globe Wins: 0
Oscar Nominations: 0
Oscar Wins: 0

J. Edgar
Long-winded, dull, and too self important for its own good, J.Edgar marks a low point in DiCaprio’s career. The actor gives his best to prop up the film, but everything around him sinks it into a messy misfire. 
Tomatometer: 43%
Box Office: $84,606,030
Golden Globe Nominations: 1
Golden Globe Wins: 0
Oscar Nominations: 0
Oscar Wins: 0