He played an American backpacking tourist looking for the perfect way of life in a secret island commune in the Gulf of Thailand.
Budgeted at $US50 million, the film became a financial success, grossing $US144 million worldwide, Todd Mc Carthy of Variety noted that "Richard [Di Caprio's role] is too much the American Everyman and not enough of a well-defined individual to entirely capture one's interest and imagination, and Di Caprio, while perfectly watchable, does not endow him with the quirks or distinguishing marks to make this man from nowhere a dimensional character." Di Caprio's first film of 2002 was the biographical crime drama film Catch Me If You Can, based on the life of Frank Abagnale Jr., who, before his 19th birthday, used his charm, confidence, and several different personas, to make millions in the 1960s writing bad checks.
Based on Scott Mc Pherson's screenplay adaptation of his own 1991 stage play of the same name, the film revolves around two sisters, played by Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton, who are reunited through tragedy after 17 years of estrangement.
In 1997, Di Caprio starred in James Cameron's Titanic (1997) as twenty-year-old Jack Dawson, a penniless Wisconsin man who wins two tickets for the third-class on the ill-fated RMS Titanic.
He began his film career by starring as Josh in Critters 3 (1991).After being removed from the set of children's television series Romper Room for being disruptive at the age of five, In 1990, he got his break on television when he was cast in the short-lived series based on the movie Parenthood.After Parenthood, Di Caprio had bit parts on several shows, including The New Lassie and Roseanne, as well as a brief stint on the soap opera Santa Barbara, playing the young Mason Capwell.The performance has a sharp, desperate intensity from beginning to end." Di Caprio's first effort of 1995 was Sam Raimi's The Quick and the Dead, a western film.Sony Pictures was dubious over Di Caprio's casting, and as a result, co-star Sharon Stone decided to pay the actor's salary herself.