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Leonardo DiCaprio's Most Riveting Performances

"J.Edgar" star Leonardo DiCaprio's acting skills and powerful performance made him an international superstar.

His most recent portrayal of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in the self-titled Clint Eastwood film shows DiCaprio's extraordinary range and intelligence.

Take a look back at Leo's best performances!

The Best Leonardo DiCaprio Performances

'What's Eating Gilbert Grape?'

When: 1993
Co-stars: Johnny Depp
What: Leo's breakthrough performance as mentally challenged 17-year-old Arnie Grape earned him his first Oscar nomination.


When: 1997
Co-stars: Kate Wislet
What: In James Cameron's blockbuster love story "Titanic," DiCaprio played Jack Dawson opposite Kate Winslet. Their characters meet and fell in love on the ill-fated maiden voyage of RMS Titanic.

'Gangs of New York'

When: 2002
Co-stars: Cameron Diaz and Daniel Day-Lewis
What: Collaborating with Martin Scorsese for the first time in "Gangs of New York," Leo starred as Amsterdam Vallon, who returns to the Five Points seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher (Daniel Day-Lewis), his father's killer.

'The Aviator'

When: 2004
Co-stars: Cate Blanchette and Kate Beckinsale
What: His portrayal of obsessive-compulsive businessman Howard Hughes in Martin Scorses's "The Aviator," earned DiCaprio a Golden Globe for Best Actor.

'The Departed'

When: 2006
Co-stars: Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson
What: Teaming up with director Martin Scorsese for the third time ("Gangs of New York" and "The Aviator"), DiCaprio was praised for his performance as Billy, a Massachusetts State Police officer who goes undercover to take down a crime boss.
The film won several Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing.

'Blood Diamond'

When: 2006
Co-stars: Djimon Hounsou and Jennifer Connelly
What: Leonardo was nominated for Best Actor in his role as Danny Archer -- who gets involved the dangerous blood diamond crisis in Sierra Leone.
Archer offers to help Solomon (Djimon Hounsou) find his lost family, as long as Solomon agrees to lead him to an enormous diamond he discovered.
In addition to his riveting performance, Leo's South African accent was quite impressive!

'Revolutionary Road'

When: 2008
Co-stars: Kate Winslet
What: In their second film together, Kate Winslet and Leo played Frank and April Wheeler, a married couple who struggle to come to terms with their problems, while trying to raise two kids.
Although he was nominated for a Golden Globe, DiCaprio did not win. Kate, however, took home a Globe for Best Actress in a leading role.


When: 2010
Co-stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page
What: Hailed as one of 2010's most visually stunning films with an equally intense storyline, Leo plays master "dream thief" Dom Cobb-who assembles his crew and goes in for his final job. But was it all just a dream?