Opinion Battles Round 14 – Favourite Leonardo DiCaprio Role


Opinion Battles Round 14

Favourite Leonardo DiCaprio Role

In the year we finally got to see Leonardo DiCaprio take home the Oscar on his 5th attempt it could easily be argued just how iconic he has become to the modern era of cinema. Having only 37 credits to his name we have seen DiCaprio work with some of the best directors in the business today. We will be picking our favourites of his career to so.

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Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Cobb – Inception

Cobb is the leader of a group that break into people’s minds to steal information but this time he must risk everything to planet an idea so he can go back to live with his family. I will flat out say this isn’t his BEST performance but it is one where we get to see him relax on a set within a film that constantly questions you. We see chemistry with the whole cast be it his loyal friend Arthur or his enemy forcing him into the crime. Of all of his work this is the one I have watched the most too.

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Romeo – Romeo + Juliet


In the 90s, Leonardo DiCaprio captured my heart because of his boyish looks.  His more recent movies are also quite worth a mention because they really are quality films showing a deeper side of his mature self, except I can’t quite get over seeing Leonardo DiCaprio reciting the verses of Romeo and Juliet and matching that character so perfectly. 


Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

Jordan Belfort – The Wolf of Wall Street


You may think that 3 hours or so of watching Leo taking loads of drugs, having loads of sex and generally spending all his screen time shouting and going wild might get boring after a while: but it clearly doesn’t!
Always appearing as though Martin Scorcese has just pumped him full of caffeine and sugar and then told him to “just have fun with it”, DiCaprio’s Belfort is so much fun to watch, always hypnotically engaging, funny and outrageous. 
It is plain to see that Leo was having the time of his life in this film; his boundless energy is incredible and his is one of the greatest powerhouse performances that I’ve been lucky enough to experience at the cinema – I was smiling throughout!


Daniel – Dellens 456

Arnie Grape- What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?

I can’t say that I’ve seen that many Leonardo DiCaprio films, only this one in fact. Shocker! But he’s great in this one and it’s his first Oscar nom. He plays Arnie Grape, a disabled kid who causes a lot of stress and grief for his family especially his brother, Gilbert Grape played by Johnny Depp. This character could be really annoying but DiCaprio adds the right amount of heart and emotion into his performance. It’s such a good performance on so many levels and I’m surprised he didn’t win the Oscar. His first of many Oscar snubs!


Cinema Parrot Disco

Jordan Belfort – The Wolf of Wall Street


Who is my favorite Leonardo DiCaprio character? That’s actually quite difficult as I’ve liked him in all his movies! Leo rules. I especially liked him in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Catch Me If You Can, Django Unchained, and The Wolf Of Wall Street. Hmm. Time to pick one…. Oh, I don’t know!!! This is too hard! Okay. Here we go. I’m gonna go with his portrayal of Jordan Belfort in The Wolf Of Wall Street. He was so insanely good in that movie & I really wanted him to win an Oscar that year. Oh well – at least he finally has one now. 🙂


Richard – The Humpo Show

Danny Archer – Blood Diamond


I actually did a Tribute post to him last year, and some of the films which were top of my personal list were Catch Me If You Can, Blood Diamond, Shutter Island, Inception and The Wolf of Wall Street. And the role which I believed is his BEST role acting-wise was Blood Diamond, though TWoWS was a close second. Blood Diamond is an absolutely brilliant film and one which just makes the audience sit back and be absorbed in this incredible tale. A must watch film, and DiCaprio is sensational in it! 


Damien Riley – Riley Central

Frank Abignale – Catch Me If you Can

Leonardo DiCaprio (Leo) played Frank Abagnale, the real-life young man who faked the identity of many professions including a pilot and even a physician. Despite his incredible acts, the role shows a lot of humility. Leo plays Abignale with the utmost believability. For my money, he might as well be the real Abagnale.


Leo pulls off dozens of cons in the film and absorbs the character as he does so. Steven Spielberg was so impressed with the cons of Abagnale, he made Catch Me If You Canand cast DiCaprio in the lead role. I like him in the role especially because the character is self-effacing. At some points, he has no place to sleep and is set in unglamorous positions.


I’m sure humble roles are a challenge for any blockbuster star. Still, in Catch Me if You Can, the character fails often and shows vulnerability.  As a result, the viewer wants to see him prevail despite his arrogance and grandiosity. For these reasons, I think Frank Abagnale in Catch Me If You Can is the best DiCaprio performance.


Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews

Cobb – Inception


My favorite Leonardo DiCaprio role is as Domm in Inception. I love movies that are puzzles and this is the ultimate puzzle. DiCaprio is our lead through the maze and his relationship with Mal is the emotional core of the film. It is he that meets his father and yearns for his children. It is he that grieves for his wife and creates the uncertainty that makes the ending work. 


Emma – Emma Explains It All

Billy Costigan – The Departed


One of my favourite bits in The Departed (apart from ANY scene with Mark Wahlberg being all shouty) is when Billy takes out Madolyn’s childhood photo from the packing box and puts it on the wall – a shy smile on his face. This small gesture really sums up his character and his kindness, especially when compared to Madolyn’s actual boyfriend Colin (Matt Damon) who didn’t want the picture on display. It’s a very clever scene.


I adored DiCaprio’s performance in The Departed, I truly think it was the best of his career (yep, even more than that bear movie). He perfectly portrayed Billy as a broken, sinking man. Someone who is tough and streetwise, but also shows childlike insecurity and really just needs someone to care for him.


The Departed is one of my favourite movies and I know DiCaprio’s performance and the character of Billy had a lot to do that. I love three dimensional characters – people who show their good and bad sides, their strengths and weaknesses, the complexity of being human. But mainly I love Billy because he had a good heart and a rough ride. And because he put Madolyn’s picture on display. 


S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

Jack Dawson – Titanic


Although I love Inception, which was the first film that got me to see DiCaprio as anything other than Jack, his breakthrough role in Titanic has always been my favorite, even if it only defined his early career. Using his boyish good looks to full effect, DiCaprio was the perfect love interest for Kate Winslet’s Rose, and their chemistry was the centerpiece of a movie that needed its tragedy to hit home. I’ve picked Jack because his final scenes turned me into a blubbering idiot the first time I saw Titanic, and I doubt I’m the only one.

Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews

Cobb – Inception

Cobb may not have gotten Leonardo DiCaprio any award nominations but he might be one of his most interesting characters.  Although Cobb is a thief, he is a thief out of necessity.  He doesn’t want to be one but it is his only way to see his children again.  As soon as that is accomplished, he plans on leaving that life behind.  There is much more to him than he initially lets on and as his layers peel back, you realize he is so much more than your common information burglar.

J – Film & Nuance

Frank Abagnale – Catch me if you can

Wow this is a tough one. I’ve generally liked most of Leo’s performances. I thought Leo was mystifying in Shutter Island. Wolf Of Wall Street is Leo at his most comfortable…he owned the character so much that he became the character entirely. There is a certain lavish decadence and self-assurance that shone through. And I thought Leo gave a hell of a performance in Inception. There are a few other films like The Revenant and The Departed which set this man apart from most. But my favourite role of his has to be Catch Me If You Can.

There’s an understated quality to Leo’s performance in the much-loved Spielberg classic. Granted Leo was really young at that time, but he was definitely pushed to the limits. Frank Abagnale’s character is enfleshed in Leo’s acting; He portrays even more the insecurities that seem to trouble and yet inspire the man’s motivations. The wanderlust and insatiable desire to travel, con and impersonate is all well conveyed by Leo. He makes his character accessible and engages our sympathy when we see that all Frank is doing is actually running away from his own demons. Among his many fantastic roles and talents, this particular one connects the most. It is relatable, real, heart-wrenching and heart-warming. 

Rob – Movie Rob

Jack Dawson – Titanic

When most people nowafays think of Leonardo Dicaprio’s best roles, they tend to gravitate toward his more recent breakthrough roles like in The Revenant or The Wolf of Wall Street. He is quite good in both of those roles but when looking at his resume, its easy to see that his stardom began with his role as Jack Dawson in Titanic. Its one of keo’s most genuine performances and it shot him high up the list of most sought after actors by both studios and fans alike. When people think back on his career in 10, 20 or even 50 years, Jack Dawson will be the most remembered role of Leonardo Dicaprio



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17 thoughts on “Opinion Battles Round 14 – Favourite Leonardo DiCaprio Role”

  1. Reblogged this on Rhyme and Reason and commented:
    Don’t forget to vote for your favorite Leonardo DiCaprio character in Round 14 of Opinion Battles. I picked his breakout role as poor Jack Dawson in Titanic, but there’s quite a diverse selection this round.

  2. stephen1001 – The (somewhat modest given the timeframe) challenge: 1001 albums in 10 years. Attempting to go through the original edition of the book by November 30, 2021.
    stephen1001 says:

    Nice call on the Departed Emma!

  3. Reblogged this on Film & Nuance and commented:
    LEO!!! Have a look and see how we chose our favourite Leonardo DiCaprio role for Opinion Battle Round 14.

  4. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Check out the latest round of Opinion Battles where we all chose our favorite Leonardo DiCaprio role. Thanks again to Darren!

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    Kim @ Tranquil Dreams says:

    Reblogged this on Tranquil Dreams and commented:
    Its time for Round 14 of Opinion Battles! This time we’re talking our favorite Leonardo DiCaprio role! Talk about a hard choice, right? He’s done so many and almost all of them are really great. While I can’t say that Romeo and Juliet is my favorite movie of his, I did think that his Romeo was done really well. I always have a soft spot for that movie because of his role in it.
    Everyone put out some solid choices! Go check it out and drop your vote on our selections! 🙂

  6. wow, it’s cool how diverse these answers ended up being – and I don’t think any of you are wrong (strange that no one went with the revenant, the one he actually won for).

    1. While it is a great performance I don’t see much re watch value in the film

  7. This has been the most difficult round so far, mainly due to how many outstanding roles he has done. I was so torn on my choice. Great choices by everyone though!!! 🙂

  8. What a fantastic selection of answers, it’s great how we all went for quite different characters, showing his range and variety for acting. I genuinely think EVERY choice in this round is great and deserving. I agree with them all!! And Darren I like how it’s ‘favourite’ now as apposed to ‘best’ it does change the dynamics 🙂

    1. Yeah I only don’t like one of the films but can’t say anything about his performance in that film

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