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23. 'Body of Lies' (2008)

DiCaprio brings the required amount of breathless desperation to his role as a CIA operative who gets in too deep in Ridley Scott's Middle East-set terrorism-and-espionage thriller. As his portly, affable, but duplicitous boss, Russell Crowe is also quite good. But the generic storyline and the by-the-numbers filmmaking get the better of this adaptation of David Ignatius's novel. Lacking political nuance, narrative invention, or any real suspense, it's a mostly forgettable movie – despite the staggering amount of talent booth behind and in front of the camera.