Believe it or not, Tom Hardy celebrates his 39th birthday today. But rather than wallow in self-pity about we haven’t aged as well as the Hollywood star, we thought we’d put a list together of some of his best ever films and performances to date. Enjoy!

Top 5 Tom Hardy Films

5) Legend (2015)

We start with 2015’s biopic about the notorious London gangsters, Reggine and Ronnie Kray. When it was announced Hardy would play both Kray twins in Brian Helgeland’s Legend, it got fans and critics alike excited to see how he would fare the with two contrasting roles. Naturally, he and the film didn’t disappoint.

Following the exploits of the Krays in London during the swinging 60s, Hardy gives a genuinely incredible turns as both smooth talking Reggie and psychotic Ronnie, with a nuanced performance that could easily have fallen by the wayside. Legend did so well that it raked in the all-time biggest box office opening for a British 18 certificate.

Tom Hardy Best Films Legend

4) Locke (2013)

One of the more low key releases on our list, Hardy’s performance in Locke is all the more amazing given that the film takes place entirely in a car and the camera rarely even leaves his face. The 2014 drama sees Hardy plays a husband and father as he leaves an important job to do right by a mistress he’s got pregnant.

While it’s undoubtedly a straight drama, Locke is as gripping as any action thriller you’re likely to see. Hardy is mesmerising in the title role delivering a whole range of emotions. If anyone can keep your attention for 90 minutes without bells and whistles, it’s him. Hardy at his charismatic best.

Tom Hardy Best Films Locke

3) The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

While we’d argue Locke is one of Hardy’s best performances to date, you’d be hard pressed to think of a more iconic role for him than Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. The final installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy had a lot to live up to given the success of The Dark Knight, with a fair share of the burden falling on Hardy and the villainous terrorist.

But despite the weight of such expectation (and budget), as well as being the first villain since Heath Ledger’s defining turn as the Joker, Hardy plays Bane with conviction and a fair amount of gravitas. He may have been hard to hear, but you won’t be forgetting him any time soon. He also does break the Bat’s back…

Tom Hardy Best Films Dark Knight Rises

2) Mad Max: Fury Road

Over the past few years, Hollywood’s incessant need to remake anything that’s been remotely successful has been met with a fair amount of cynicism from many of us. But we reckon sitting through a Ghostbusters would be worth it if you knew you were eventually going to get a Mad Max: Fury Road.

The remake to the much loved Mel Gibson late-70s classic could have easily gone the way of other pointless remakes but instead delivered a full throttle road epic which, in our humble opinion, smashes the originals out of the park! While Hardy actually barely says a word in George Miller’s reboot, he still has a massive impact in this perfectly bonkers and surprisingly thoughtful modern classic.

Tom Hardy Best Films Mad Max

1) Bronson (2008)

It might not have been a blockbuster, but we make Bronson the most important film in Tom Hardy’s back catalogue. The 2008 Nicolas Winding Refn art-house biopic about the life of infamous British convict Michael ‘Mickey’ Peterson, a.k.a. Charles Bronson is Hardy at his absolute very best.

Set almost wholly in a prison, the film is tense, thoughtful, often violent and even beautiful at times, and it’s all thanks to Hardy’s stunning work which will leave you at the edge of your seat. He might not have received any awards for it, but Bronson quite rightfully put Hardy on the map.

Tom Hardy Best Films Bronson

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