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8 Forgotten (But Good) Leonardo DiCaprio Movies | ScreenRant

Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most successful and lauded actors not only of his generation, but of all time. Given his nearly spotless acting resume, it comes as no surprise that almost every movie he's ever been in has been a smash hit. However, even a performer as noticeable as he is has had some work that has flown under the radar.

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After three decades as a working actor, it's inevitable that some of his films would stand out more than others. But which forgotten Leo movies actually deserve a lot more attention?

8 The 11th Hour (2007)

Although Leonardo DiCaprio is obviously best known as one of the most famous actors in the history of cinema, what he is likely most recognized for aside from that is his intense commitment to environmental causes.

He is one of the most outspoken public advocates for action on the climate crisis, so it comes as no surprise that he would create, co-write, produce, and narrate a documentary about the state of the world. Although The 11th Hour is now over a decade old, the messages behind the documentary feel more pressing than ever, and the voice driving the film's narrative feels downright prescient.

7 The Beach (2000)

After the literally unfathomable success of Titanic, the world was watching to see what the newly minted superstar was going to do next. And while it's easy to understand that Leo's preferred niche has always been artier, more serious fare, choices like The Beach were not what most people expected the actor to choose.

But this unfairly forgotten Danny Boyle film is definitely worth the watch. DiCaprio plays a young traveler looking for adventure who finds a spectacular beach community with a very dark underbelly.

6 The Quick And The Dead (1995)

Leonardo DiCaprio is such a successful performer that it feels like his name is synonymous with blockbuster, but from the very early years of his career, he has done considerably more unique work than anyone would expect out of someone at his level of stardom.

Obviously in many of the movies that he made prior to Titanic, he was a supporting player rather than the star. This is certainly the case with The Quick and the Dead, a Western starring Gene Hackman and Sharon Stone where Leo plays one of his most often forgotten roles, Fee "The Kid" Harrod.

5 Body Of Lies (2008)

Ridley Scott is best known for directing some of the most iconic movies ever made, including hits like Alien, Blade Runner, and Gladiator. And although his collaboration with DiCaprio isn't quite as well-known or well-regarded as some of his other work, it is still a fantastic film in its own right.

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In Body of Lies, Leo plays a CIA agent named Roger Ferris who's investigating terrorism in the Middle East. He comes into conflict with his boss Ed Hoffman (played by Russell Crowe), and the complexity of the situation as well as their differing views drives the story forward.

4 Before The Flood (2016)

In case anyone ever doubted DiCaprio's commitment to his most beloved philanthropic cause, he participated in yet another documentary about the environmental crisis that is affecting the world. Before The Flood is directed by fellow actor and activist Fisher Stevens, and was produced by longtime Leo collaborator and friend Martin Scorsese.

The film presents climate change as the global issue it is, and DiCaprio brings that to life by literally visiting different parts of the world to examine how exactly it's being affected by the issue. The documentary also presents potential political and financial options to solve the problem worldwide.

3 Total Eclipse (1995)

Total Eclipse is undoubtedly one of the most unique projects on Leonardo DiCaprio's resume. In it he plays the French poet Arthur Rimbaud, a French poet whose work was radically different from the acceptable styles of his 1800s contemporaries.

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Rimbaud meets the older poet Paul Verlaine (played by David Thewlis) and they develop a relationship that is at first bursting with creativity and romantic passion. But their love quickly turns toxic and the relationship devolves into an abusive nightmare which ends tragically for them both, albeit in different ways.

2 This Boy's Life (1993)

After scoring a few bit parts in films as well as a starring role in the sitcom Growing Pains, DiCaprio's true talent as an actor started to reveal itself when he played the leading part in This Boy's Life opposite Robert DeNiro and Ellen Barkin. Even though it was one of his earliest films, it still stands out as one of his best.

Leo plays Toby, the son of a single mother who is looking to settle down and unsurprisingly finds the worst possible option for a husband. Toby has an adversarial relationship with his stepfather which turns abusive, but eventually, Toby and his mother manage to escape his stifling grasp.

1 Marvin's Room (1996)

The year before Titanic was released and rocketed Leonardo to permanent fame, he starred in a supporting role in Marvin's Room alongside the incomparable Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton (and once again reunited with DeNiro who played a minor role in the film).

The story is of estranged sisters Lee and Bessie, who reunite after decades apart when Bessie is diagnosed with leukemia. Leo plays Meryl's angry, arsonist son, and despite his issues with his mother, he actually begins to develop a bond with the aunt that he never knew.

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