5 Leonardo DiCaprio Movies Where He Plays A Hero (& 5 Where He’s The Villain)

Throughout Hollywood history, a select group of performers transcend time, such as Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, and Meryl Streep. Of course, Leonardo DiCaprio is on his way to joining that prestigious group of actors. DiCaprio has starred in timeless classics, unforgettable blockbusters and set numerous records.

He often gives show-stealing performances that propelled him to the top of Hollywood. DiCaprio’s a versatile actor that can play any role, including a courageous hero, a sinister villain, or a tormented anti-hero. He has appeared in a long list of critically acclaimed movies that broke box office records. At times, DiCaprio has played the good guy who saves the day. He’s also portrayed some of the most ruthless and cruel characters. Other times, his characters tread dangerously between good and evil.

Few people were brave enough to cross the ruthless, sick, and sadistic Calvin J. Candie. Candie proudly owned Mississipi’s fourth-largest plantation, Candyland, in the late 1850s. Indeed, Candie owned a brothel and enjoyed forcing his slaves to compete in fights.

Of course, he made the mistake of crossing Django Freeman. Leonardo DiCaprio portrayed the evil Candie in Quentin Tarantino’s critically acclaimed 2012 movie Django Unchained. DiCaprio received universal praise for his bone-chilling performance as the monstrous Calvin Candie, including a Golden Globe nomination.

In 2006, Leonardo DiCaprio played undercover police officer Billy Costigan Jr. in Martin Scorsese’s classic The Departed. Fans and critics praised DiCaprio’s performance as the fearless but stressed-out Costigan. Costigan isn’t without his flaws and struggles emotionally with his undercover assignment in the Irish mob.

Costigan is the ultimate hero searching for an identity and is willing to sacrifice his life. He follows a strict moral code while furthering his mission.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s played a wide range of villains, from ruthless monsters to charming criminals. In 1998, he took on the role of spoiled movie star Brandon Darrow in Celebrity. The movie received mostly negative reviews, but critics praised DiCaprio’s standout performance.

Darrow’s a destructive Hollywood star that trashes his hotel rooms, loses control, and is abusive towards his girlfriend. He even drags the main character, journalist Lee Simon, into his world of debauchery, violence, and chaos.

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