1. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
A movie that asks, "What can't Leonardo DiCaprio do?" then answers, with wit, composure, panache: "absolutely nothing." Before he was 19 years old, Frank Abagnale conned his way into millions by impersonating a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer. Steven Spielberg and DiCaprio, internalizing a full-scoped character study, tap dance through Abagnale's history, reflecting America's many faces in the process. DiCaprio kicked off his rolling relationship with Martin Scorsese at the same time he teamed for his Spielberg one-off. The latter lucked out. Catch Me If You Can is the snowballed DiCaprio. He is a caper ringleader, a romantic (heartbreaking against Amy Adams), a clown -- his faces in the "Do you concur?" sequence alone deserved an Oscar -- and a regular Joe, growing up under the watch of a stern Tom Hanks. There's no better DiCaprio movie because, in the end, Catch Me If You Can is a movie about guys like DiCaprio. -- MP
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