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Tom Holland is best known for being the face behind Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Let’s take a look at the best Tom Holland movies before his breakout role.

Tom Holland’s movie career is looking pretty promising right now. He’s got the boyish good looks, he’s young and he’s the leading man in Spider-Man: Homecoming. It’s pretty fair to say that Tom Holland is the most exciting and accurate version of Peter Parker in marvel movie history. To check out why, click here. But other Tom Holland movies aren’t really discussed anymore since he secured his role as spider-man.

Actually though, Tom’s been acting in movies long before Spider-Man: Homecoming and even Captain American: Civil War. So I reckon it’s time we shed some light on a list of Tom Holland movies that don’t include web slinging super heroes.

1) Tom Holland stars in Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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Tom Holland in Captain America Civil War. Source: The Independent

This Tom Holland movie has to be number one on the list. After all, it is the movie that really kickstarted his career and cemented his role as spider-man. It’s kind of a cop out to mention this film when I said no Spider-man movies, but I couldn’t resist.

I think this was one of the most important Marvel movies so far because it introduced Black Panther and a new and improved Spider-man into the Marvel cinematic universe.

This movie is about the political pressure that mounts on the Avengers as they consider the collateral damage they have caused. A lot of really cool action scenes and compelling superhero grudges make this film a must watch for Tom Holland movie fans and Marvel fans alike.

Tom Holland really brings Peter Parker to life as a young, naive kid who is full of excitement and witty one liners.

2) Tom Holland stars in The Impossible (2012)

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Tom Holland in The Impossible. Source: Brave New Hollywood

As Tom Holland’s movie debut, I’ve got to put this high up on the list. Also because it features some pretty famous actors like Ewen McGregor and Naomi Watts.

This film is about a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. It’s tense and, at times, heart-breaking. A really compelling drama about family, survival and disaster.

Tom Holland plays the eldest child (Lucas) of Maria (Naomi Watts). He totally has a baby face in this movie as he portrays a twelve year old kid. The film really shows Tom Holland’s emotional maturity, and he’s got some sick acting chops.

There are some pretty heavy scenes in this film for a kid in his debut and he nails them. Watching Lucas (Tom Holland) fight to save his mother’s life is heart-breaking. He basically asks his mum to promise not to die on him. It’s heavy stuff indeed. I may have shed a tear or two and I’m sure you would too.

3) Tom Holland stars in The Lost City of Z (2016)

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Tom Holland in The Lost City of Z. Source: Legion of Leia

This Tom Holland film is a true-life drama, based on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s. The life of exploring torments his family as he must leave them often for months at a time.

I don’t know why, but Tom Holland seems to love starring in period adventure films with iconic characters. No complaints there. He does the whole sensitive young guy in the midst of an epic situation thing very well and he’s a great actor.

Tom Holland plays the son of Col. Percival Fawcett and does an awesome job in portraying a young ambitious kid who wants to follow in his dad’s footsteps. A classic film to watch, it won’t disappoint.

4) Tom Holland stars in Pilgrimage (2017)

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Tom Holland in Pilgrimage. Source: Den of Geek

This is actually one of the upcoming Tom Holland movies that i’m most excited about. It hasn’t gotten the attention that it deserves since it comes out soon after Spider-Man: Homecoming, on August 11 2017.

It’s an adventure In 13th century Ireland about a group of monks that have to escort a sacred relic across an Irish landscape. While the film hasn’t been released to the wider public yet, it did make an appearance in the Tribeca film festival and got pretty good reviews.

Tom Holland stars as The Novice, a young and altruistic monk. A pretty strange role for Tom Holland but he definitely pulls it off and his character seems to carry more emotional weight than any of the other characters. His tense relationship with ‘The Mute’ is a highlight of the film for me.

5) Tom Holland stars in In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

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Tom Holland, In the heart of the sea. Source: Collider

No Tom Holland movies list would be complete without this film. It’s definitely not my favourite Tom Holland movie, but it is pretty epic and well known. It also stars Chris Hemsworth.

This movie is based on the novel about a New England whaling ship that sinks due to a giant whale in 1820. This experience later inspired the classic tale of Moby-Dick.

In the Heart of the Sea seriously flunked at the box office and received some pretty harsh reviews. The film didn’t quite pull off the epic-ness of the original story and besides the special effects, failed to connect emotionally. A pretty empty film in my opinion.

Despite the disappointment of the movie, Tom Holland still manages to shine as a talented young actor. He plays a young cabin boy (Thomas Nickerson) and does a bloody good job of delivering an innocent performance as the youngest one on board.

So there you have it, my recommendation of 5 Tom Holland movies that you need to watch (other than Spider-Man: Homecoming). What is your favourite Tom Holland movie?


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