best Tom Hardy movies

In the lead up to Marvel’s Venom, here are the five best Tom Hardy movies fans need to watch.

I am pumped to see Tom Hardy portray Eddie Brock in the upcoming Marvel Venom movie. But let’s not forget that there are plenty other memorable Tom Hardy movies out there.

Let’s check out five of his standout films.

5 – Tom Hardy stars opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant (2015).

This is an odd thing to say in an article praising Hardy’s best films, but Leonardo DiCaprio definitely overshadows Tom Hardy’s performance in The Revenant. That, however, is more a comment on Leo’s greatness as an actor than a criticism of Tom Hardy.

There are few things more engaging than a good old fashioned revenge thriller. But without a compelling villain, The Revenant would have been a bust. And that’s where Tom Hardy shines. He’s just so damn good at it. He and Leo DiCaprio are the perfect match in this movie.   

Based on true events from the 1820s, this must-watch Tom Hardy movie tells a tale of survival of a Frontiersman, Hugh Glass, after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by his own team.

It’s a gritty, uncomfortable watch, and that’s also what makes it amazing.

4 – Tom Hardy gives nuance to Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

The plot goes as follows: Years after the collapse of civilisation, the tyrannical Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside the desert fortress The Citadel.

Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) forms an alliance with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a loner and former captive. Fortified in the massive, armoured truck The War Rig, they try to outrun the ruthless warlord and his henchmen in a deadly high-speed chase through the Wasteland.

On the surface, this might only sound like a mindless blockbuster action flick – and it definitely has all those elements. Anyone wanting an epic action thriller won’t be disappointed. But Mad Max: Fury Road has more to offer.

It’s actually quite a thoughtful movie, which gives the epic action sequences extra weight. Tom Hardy’s minimalistic yet powerful performance gives the film the nuance it requires to compliment the action.

His character doesn’t say much; he wears a mask over his mouth for much of the movie. But what Tom does give to Mad Max: Fury Road is genuine emotion, which sets it above the typical blockbuster emptiness. 

Mad Max: Fury Road features in our list of the 16 best Australian movies ever.

3 – Locke (2013) is a Tom Hardy movie that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

This one is intense, to say the least. It’s about a dedicated family man and successful construction manager who receives a life-changing phone call. This sets in motion a series of events that threaten his carefully cultivated existence. He must race against the clock to save his family and everything he has worked for.

The entirety of Locke takes place entirely inside of a car. I know this doesn’t sound very exciting, but it totally adds to the pressure. The movie feels very claustrophobic. It’s as if there is no escape and you are trapped inside this high pressure situation along with Tom Hardy’s character.

Locke is one of those Tom Hardy movies where you get to see his complete emotional range. It’s high stakes and that brings out a lot of emotion. Despite the minimalism of this films, Tom Hardy makes this an on the edge of your seat thriller.

2 – Legend (2015) is one of the most underrated Tom Hardy movies.

This is one of my favourite Tom Hardy movies, along with number one on this list (suspense).

Tom Hardy actually plays two characters in Legend: a set of twins with very different attitude. One’s a leading, alpha mobster, and the other is his mentally unstable, hot tempered, screw up brother (there’s one in every family). 

Legend is sort of a biopic (although not accurate) and is based on the lives of the notorious Kray twins. They were an unstoppable duo in the 1960s criminal underworld of London.

This is another one of those performances that demonstrate Hardy’s impressive range. On one hand he plays the suave and charming Reggie, and on the other hand he goes nuts as Ronnie.

Tom Hardy also does an awesome cockney accent.

1 – Tom Hardy portrays Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

This one’s a no brainer, which is why it’s number one on my list of the best Tom Hardy movies. Tom Hardy is the perfect Bane. This is even more impressive considering what came before. While he doesn’t compare to Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker, he is the only one that gets anywhere close.

Bane is the guy that’s known for breaking the Bat’s back. Yes, there’s an epic scene where he folds Batman’s back like origami. So epic! Why is Tom Hardy so damn good at playing villains ermahgerd!

I think you know you succeeded when you can’t imagine anyone else playing the character. Tom Hardy was big and imposing, but more importantly he gave the big guy some brains, charisma and mystery.

What I particularly liked about this version of Bane was that you knew he could f**k shit up at any moment, but he often held back. This gave the feeling of complete power and control. After all, a true badass doesn’t have to flex his muscles constantly to prove he’s a badass. You can just feel it as soon as he enters the frame. And that was mastered by Tom Hardy.

He walked the line expertly between big bully and mysterious master mind.

That’s not easy folks! Give the guy credit! 

Well there you have it. My list of the top 5 Tom Hardy movies that will keep you amped until the release of Venom. After all these great performances, I can’t wait to see what Tom Hardy brings to Eddie Brock’s character. 

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