17 The Reckoning
In the 2003 historical drama film 'The Reckoning,' Tom Hardy played the character Straw. The film, directed by Paul McGuigan, is set in medieval England and follows the story of a troupe of actors who become embroiled in a murder investigation in a small town. Tom Hardy's character, Straw, is a member of the troupe and plays a crucial role in the film.
In the 2018 film 'Venom,' Tom Hardy portrayed the character Eddie Brock, who later becomes the antihero Venom. Eddie Brock is a journalist who becomes host to an alien symbiote, which transforms him into the powerful and conflicted character known as Venom. The film explores Eddie Brock's struggles with the symbiote and his transformation into Venom, as well as his attempts to control the symbiote's violent tendencies. Tom Hardy's performance in the film received attention for his portrayal of both Eddie Brock and the voice of Venom
In the 2015 crime thriller film 'Legend,' Tom Hardy portrayed both Ronald "Ronnie" Kray and Reginald "Reggie" Kray. The film is a biographical crime drama that follows the lives of the Kray twins, who were notorious gangsters in London during the 1950s and 1960s. Tom Hardy's performance in the film is particularly noteworthy because he played both brothers, capturing their distinct personalities and the complex dynamics between them.
In the 2008 film 'Bronson,' Tom Hardy portrayed the character Michael Gordon Peterson, who later adopted the name Charles Bronson. The film is a biographical crime drama based on the life of Charles Bronson, a notorious British criminal who gained notoriety for his violent behavior both inside and outside of prison. Tom Hardy's performance in the film was widely acclaimed for his intense portrayal of Bronson's volatile and unpredictable personality. It's considered one of Tom Hardy's breakthrough roles and showcased his remarkable acting range.
13 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Tom Hardy starred as Ricki Tarr in the 2011 film adaptation of John le Carré's 1974 novel 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.' In the film, Hardy appears as Ricki Tarr, a British intelligence officer who is tasked with uncovering a mole in the upper echelons of the British Secret Intelligence Service. Hardy's performance was praised by critics, who noted his charisma and presence in the role.
12 The Drop
Tom Hardy stars as Bob Saginowski in the crime drama 'The Drop.' As a lonely bartender, Bob finds himself in the middle of a heist gone wrong. He is forced to confront the danger of his past and protect the ones he loves. Hardy's performance is intense and powerful, conveying the complexities of Bob's character perfectly.
Tom Hardy gives an emotionally powerful performance as Ivan Locke in the 2013 film 'Locke.' He plays a man who has to make a difficult decision that will impact the lives of those he loves and is forced to confront the consequences of his actions. Hardy conveys a range of emotions with his subtle yet powerful acting, from the desperation of Ivan's work-related predicament to the sorrow of his personal life. His performance is both heartbreaking and inspiring, and it showcases Hardy's immense talent for capturing the complexity of his character's inner turmoil.
Tom Hardy starred as Forrest Bondurant in the 2012 crime drama 'Lawless.' He played the eldest of three brothers who ran a bootlegging business during the Prohibition era in Franklin County, Virginia. Hardy's performance was praised by critics, who described him as "mesmerizing" and "compelling".
Tom Hardy plays the character of Handsome Bob in 'RocknRolla.' Handsome Bob is a criminal enforcer who works for Lenny Cole, a London mob boss played by Tom Wilkinson. Handsome Bob must carry out the criminal activities demanded by his boss, including intimidating and roughing up those who owe him money. Handsome Bob is a loyal and dedicated employee of Lenny Cole, and his loyalty is rewarded when Lenny offers him the chance to become a partner in their criminal enterprise. Handsome Bob eventually does become a partner, but his loyalty is tested when he finds himself caught in the middle of a double-cross between Lenny and another criminal. Tom Hardy's performance as Handsome Bob is praised by critics, who describe him as "tough, resourceful and loyal".
8 Layer Cake
In the 2004 crime thriller film 'Layer Cake,' Tom Hardy portrayed the character Clarkie. Directed by Matthew Vaughn and based on a novel by J.J. Connolly, the film follows the story of a British drug dealer navigating the criminal underworld of London. Tom Hardy's role as Clarkie was one of his early notable film appearances. While the character is not one of the central figures in the story, Tom Hardy's performance showcased his talent and charisma as an actor.
7 Stuart: A Life Backwards
Tom Hardy played the role of Stuart Shorter in the 2007 British biographical drama film 'Stuart: A Life Backwards.' The film is based on the true story of Stuart Shorter, a homeless man in London who had a difficult and turbulent life. Hardy's performance was praised by critics and he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film.
Tom Hardy starred as Farrier, an RAF fighter pilot in Christopher Nolan's 2017 war epic 'Dunkirk.' In the film, Hardy's character is responsible for defending the British troops who are trying to evacuate the beaches of Dunkirk during the Battle of France in World War II. Hardy's performance was praised by critics and audiences alike.
5 The Revenant
Tom Hardy plays the role of John Fitzgerald in The Revenant, a 2015 American survival drama film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, a frontiersman who sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling. Hardy's character is a mercenary hired by the men who abandon Glass in the wilderness. He is a complex character with a fierce temper, and he engages in a brutal fight with Glass in the climax of the film. Hardy's performance was widely praised, and he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
4 Mad Max: Fury Road
Tom Hardy plays Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road. Max is a former cop-turned-fugitive who has been living alone in the post-apocalyptic desert. He is recruited by the mysterious Imperator Furiosa to help her on a mission to save the inhabitants of a post-apocalyptic citadel from a tyrannical warlord. Hardy's portrayal of Max is intense and gritty, bringing to life the character's struggle and determination as he fights against impossible odds.
Tom Hardy starred as a former Marine in the 2011 sports drama Warrior. He played the role of Tommy Conlon, an ex-Marine with a troubled past who returns home to train for a high-stakes mixed martial arts tournament. Hardy’s performance received critical acclaim and earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
2 The Dark Knight Rises
Tom Hardy played the role of Bane, a terrorist leader and one of Batman's most dangerous enemies. He is determined to destroy Gotham City and is willing to do anything to achieve his goal. Hardy's performance was praised by many critics, with some considering it one of the best villain portrayals in the Batman franchise.
Tom Hardy played the character Eames in Inception. He was the forger and con artist who could impersonate anyone, and was tasked with helping Cobb and the team break into the mind of Robert Fischer.