In honour of Legend, the crime biopic in which Tom Hardy plays both of the Kray twins, coming out in cinemas very shortly, I’ve decided to take a look at Tom Hardy’s best 5 films. Now this isn’t a list of his best performances, rather it is a look at the best films that he’s been in. Hardy has exploded into the mainstream with big film roles and his stock is on the up and up. Here’s the 5:
5 – Locke
Despite being a film which takes entirely within a car, Locke manages to be a tense drama about a man on the brink of a family breakdown. This is testament to Hardy’s talents, that he can maintain the heightened drama, basically on his own.
4 – Bronson
The film that brought Hardy to the forefront. In this crime drama Hardy plays the titular Charles Bronson, not the actor no, the violent criminal. Arguably Hardy’s best performance thus far, his portrayal of Bronson is terrifyingly intense. He walks around prison like a bull in a china shop; at any moment ready to explode. The film has moments of humour spliced around the abject horror and is well worth a watch; if you’ve got the stomach for it.
3 – Warrior
One of the lesser known of Hardy’s film, Warrior is a family drama set in the world of MMA, where two brothers find themselves competing the same tournament. The action in this film is great and largely accurate but the real quality comes in the performances of the two main actors, Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton.
2 – Mad Max: Fury Road
I didn’t have a massive amount of hope for this reboot when it was first announced. Nothing against Tom Hardy, but I felt it would be impossible to replace Mel Gibsons road warrior. Add onto the fact that director George Miller had, for the last decade or so, only directed 2 Happy Feet films and Babe: Pig in the City. But boy did they blow everyone away when they brought out this masterpiece of violence and flame. Hardy plays the strong and almost silent lead with perfection, and even with the limited dialogue manages to capture the spirit of Max.
1 – Inception
What can be said about this film that hasn’t already been said. A film about dreams that really captures the imagination. While Tom Hardy doesn’t have anything more than a minor role, he does have arguably the best line in the movie: ‘Don’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.’
- The Dark Knight Rises
- Tinker Tailor Solider Spy
What do you make of the list? What do you think Tom Hardy’s best film was?