Tom Hardy’s top 20 cinematic performances are rated!
The actor’s newest film, Capone, emphasises his burly and frightening screen presence, but there is another side to Hardy that comes through in some of his best parts.Rocknrolla 20. (2008)Tom Hardy’s career doesn’t include as many mockney-geezery characters as you would assume, but he does appear in this as well as Matthew Vaughn’s Layer Cake, in which he portrays one of the slacker members of a team managed by Daniel Craig’s icily professional cocaine dealer. He portrays Handsome Bob, a lairy bastard with a hidden emotional life who works with Idris Elba in Guy Ritchie’s infamous gangster thriller. The picture made my teeth clench, yet Hardy provides his customary truculent charm.This Suggests War (2012)For Hardy fans, this is a dubious one, but he gets marks for venturing beyond his comfort zone into the realm of larksome antics. Hardy portrays a super-tough federal agent, a cockney superlad with a V-necked sweater and a simian gait, in this frenzied, strained comedy. Chris Pine, a suave hottie, is his companion. Both males fall in love with Reese Witherspoon and use their spyware equipment to spy on each other while bringing Reese out on dates. Perhaps Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson would have been better choices.18. Venom (2018)Hardy deserves a prominent part in a Marvel film, and he is one of the few actors who could play both a superhero and a villain. But this isn’t the one. In this role, he portrays Eddie Brock, a strong investigative reporter who takes on corporate villains in his weekly internet programme. But then he horrifyingly “fuses” with a symbiote creature smuggled from outer space by the same kind of unscrupulous corporate juggernaut he exposes on his show, becoming the hideous Venom. Hardy isn’t really fond of broad humour.17. Marie Antoinette (2006) (2006)Hardy plays Raumont, a disgruntled aristocrat in Marie Antoinette’s court, a young intriguer who is a keen enough player in the power dynamics of the day, but without the rank to which he believes he is due, in Sofia Coppola’s film. Hardy’s modest prominence here is likely due to the fact that he is not totally convincing as a pretty-boy figure and has yet to mature into his bulkier, more manly appearance.16. Child 44 (2015) In this weighty version of the historical bestseller, set in the postwar Soviet Union and based on a true story, Hardy is well into his broodingly impassive hunk phase. Hardy portrays Leo Demidov, a soldier who raised the Red Flag atop the Reichstag in Berlin in 1945 and afterwards became a security officer. He’s on the hunt for a serial murderer, but the dictatorship despises him for his firm reluctance to betray his wife on a fabricated allegation. It’s a weighty picture, but Hardy gives an actorly muscle-mass to it.The Final Chapter (2002)In this strange picture set in the 14th century, Hardy took a walk on the wild side and was sufficiently secure in his own booming masculinity to portray a highly gender-challenging figure. It depicts a travelling group of performers commanded by Willem Dafoe, one of them is Straw, portrayed by Hardy, who specialises in cross-dressing and daintily applying lipstick before walking out on stage.14 Unlawful (2012)Hardy isn’t renowned for his patterned knitwear, but given his woolly outfit in this gonzo-violent Prohibition-era gangster movie, he should be. He portrays Forrest Bondurant, a hooch runner from Virginia whose jumper desperately needs a handwash. Howard, portrayed by Jason Clarke, is his older brother, and Jack, played by Shia LaBeouf, is his younger brother. Hardy’s slow-moving, calm presence adds weight to the picture.Warrior 13 (2011)This was highly regarded as a picture that provided the smackdown and action wowsers in its day. Tommy, portrayed by Hardy, is an Iraq war veteran who returns home to Philadelphia to settle a score with his alcoholic, bullying father, Paddy, played by Nick Nolte. The father reluctantly agrees to train Tommy in his MMA career, but Tommy’s opponent turns out to be his equally tense brother Brendan, portrayed by Joel Edgerton. It’s formulaic fare, but Hardy is endearingly personable.Dunkirk (12th) (2017)This is merely a cameo, but what a cameo and what a picture, from a director who has given Hardy some of his greatest parts. The setting is the Dunkirk victory-from-defeat miracle, in which thousands of trapped British troops were rescued from the beaches of northern France by a valiant flotilla of small boats. Hardy portrays Farrier, the lone RAF pilot who attacks the Germans above at nearly suicidal risk: it’s a job that has extra weight given how heavily the RAF was chastised for failing to provide enough air protection during the evacuation.11th. Al Capone (2020) Hardy gives a weird but compelling portrayal as the prematurely ageing Al Capone, who is under house arrest in Florida in the last year of his life, suffering from dementia and syphilis, beginning to hallucinate, and developing a terrible habit of soiling himself in stressful situations. In both Italian and English, Hardy growls and rasps his obscenities. 10. Bronson (2008) (2008) Many Hardy fans feel that it was this picture, directed by Danish provocateur Nicolas Winding Refn, that catapulted the actor into the spotlight. Crucially, he added 100 pounds to portray the renowned British prisoner Charles Bronson (a self-given moniker, having been born Michael Peterson), a lifer whose odd beliefs and proclivity for violence in jail has kept him locked up for the last three decades. Bronson speaks straight to the audience, like a droll and dandy music hall act. It’s an odd picture with a terrific performance by Hardy.