Tom Hardy, born Edward Thomas Hardy on 15th September 1977 is a British actor and producer. He started his career in the limelight as a model and a television actor before moving onto bigger prospects. Despite being in the film industry for about two decades as of now, Hardy didn’t get his due recognition until laterwhen he took dramatic roles where he proved himself capable of carrying a film based on his talents alone.
But he soon proved his mettle as a capable actor and soon enough made his name as one of the A-list celebrity actors and thus for our audience we have gathered below a list of the best Tom Hardy movies:
9. The Revenant (2015)
Working alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Hardy co-stars in this gruesome semi-biographical movie about a man left for dead in the Western country struggling for survival. Despite DiCaprio being the focus of this film, Hardy amassed highly positive reviews for his raw performance in this macabre odyssey. Hardy serves as the nemesis to a vengeful and resilient DiCaprio and matches his acting prowess every step of the way.
IMDb 8.0 / Release Date: 2015
Trailer / Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
8. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
After appearing in some more crime/drama- oriented movies such as The Drop (2014) and Child 44 (2015), Hardy dabbled in the action genre portraying Max Rockatansky, a man fleeing from a cult leader. Despite his taciturn manners, Hardy manages to insert soul into his character while being simultaneously deranged and eccentric. Hardy received much critical acclaim for his acting and the movie became one of the highest ranked action movies of all time as well as winning many Academy Awards.
IMDb 8.1 / Release Date: 2015
Trailer / Director: George Miller
7. Locke (2013)
A riveting film centered around the protagonist Ivan Locke as he drives his car, focused entirely on him with just supporting voice-over roles as Locke communicates via cellphone to various people. A riveting drama film, the movie succeeds with Hardy’s raw talent propagating it. Despite the 80-minute run time, the movie escapes being unbearably boring and instead Hardy plays his role beautifully, channeling through a multitude of human emotions powerfully. He received much critical acclaim for the compelling depiction of the full range of human emotions and it is considered as one of his best performances yet.
IMDb 7.1 / Release Date: 2013
Trailer / Director: Steven Knight
6. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Collaborating once more with the king of direction, Christopher Nolan, Hardy brought to life the antagonist Bane in the final installment of the Batman franchise. Preceded by the maniacal Joker portrayed by Heath Ledger, Bane is comparatively more somber but nonetheless terrifying. Loosely refereed to as the ‘shape-shifter’ for the ease with which he molds his physique for each role, Hardy bulked up to build his terrifying aura. Praised for his portrayal, the movie went on to be a block buster at the box office and becoming Nolan’s highest grossing movie to date as well as an epic end to the Batman series.
IMDb 8.4 / Release Date: 2012
Trailer / Director: Christopher Nolan
5. Warrior (2011)
Shining in dramatic roles, Hardy yet again plays a conflicted man who must fight his brother in unnerving circumstances. Hardy plays the role of an ex-Marine boxer and channels his sorrow poignantly in this heartbreaking tale of family and redemption. The movie garnered positive reviews and Hardy’s acting was lauded for his intensely emotional portrayal of a strong yet grief-stricken damaged man.
IMDb 8.2 / Release Date: 2011
Trailer / Director: Gavin O’Connor
4. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Replacing Michael Fassbender, Hardy played the role of a defected British agent, a sullen yet roguish personality. As is the case with earlier Tom Hardy movies, this too went on to receive much critical acclaim and Hardy was praised for his albeit small but chilling role in the grim Soviet era drama film.
IMDb 7.1 / Release Date: 2011
Trailer / Director: Tomas Alfredson
3. Inception (2010)
In 2009, Hardy held up the brunt of a science fiction film directed by none other than Christopher Nolan, one of the most renowned and critically acclaimed directors of the era. His role was of a man involved in a heist team that steals ideas from dreams, a conceptualization that baffled viewers for months after the film’s release once coupled with the intensive cinematic effects. Being both mysterious while gripping, the movie went on to massive commercial as well as critical success and nabbed four Academy Awards for the filmmaking in the process. For this movie, Tom Hardy received much critical praise for holding his own amongst an ensemble cast of well-established actors to the point of almost stealing the show with his fresh enthusiasm and with this one movie, he carved his name amongst the greats in one of the best movies ever made.
IMDb 8.8 / Release Date: 2010
Trailer / Director: Christopher Nolan
2. Bronson (2008)
For the better half of the decade, Hardy kept his focus on theatre and drama, expanding his prolific television experience. Never giving up on his film career, he played roles in multiple forgettable movies before finally catchinga break with his first major film role in the movie Bronson. Tom Hardy’s movie career took off with his portrayal of a notorious convict by the name of Charles Bronson who in unable to stop his own violent antics. His manic yet not over-the-top performance earned him soaring reviews from the critics who raved about his electrifying performance as the balding, brutish criminal. This movie succeeded in putting Hardy in the limelight as an accomplished actor.
IMDb 7.1 / Release Date: 2008
Trailer / Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
1. Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
After commencing his film career with the war thriller Black Hawk Down (2001) alongside a star-studded cast, Hardy played his first major movie role as the main antagonist in this movie, Schizon. A multi-story franchise, this was the third film in the series and had a lot of pressure on it to succeed amongst behemoths such as the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings franchise that competed for its success. However, this undue pressure by the studio resulted in an opposite effect: the movie, cut down from its original run time by 50 plus minutes ended up choppy and discontinuous. Furthermore, to appeal to wider audiences, many key elements did disservice to the heart of this franchise resulting in much criticism from die-hard fans.
Despite pouring his best efforts into the role, Hardy could not predict, nor prevent its ultimate commercial as well as critical failure. After a flood of hate mail from enraged fans, he was forced to contemplate about his now rocky future as a movie star to the point that he later confessed to considering suicide. Already battling addiction, Hardy ended up falling prey to his vices once more and fell off the deep end for a long time before resurfacing.
IMDb 6.4 / Release Date: 2002
Trailer / Director: Stuart Baird
With his acting chops on full display, Tom Hardy’s movies are a thing to behold. With his latest superhero movie Venom slated for a 2018 release, we can’t wait to see how he blends himself into the nuances of his character and brings it to life in his own enigmatic way.