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Tom Hardy has been making quite a buzz lately with the resurfacing of his old Myspace photos and owning a nosy reporter, both of which he handled like a boss. Hardy is also known for his ability to seamlessly transform from sweet to beast for his various roles. He has starred in every kind of film from chick flicks to manly films full of violence and explosions. There is no doubt that he is one of the most versatile stars in Hollywood. With so many films under his belt across so many different genres, it can be hard to keep up with his brilliant work. Here are Tom Hardy's top ten performance.

10. Bob Saginowski- The Drop (2014)

Hardy is at his best when he can combine both his soft and his tough sides. As Bob in 2014's The Drop, he plays a bar tender with a heart of gold, but also has a few gangster qualities about him.


Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.

9. Shinzon- Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

Hardy plays a villain like nobody else. In the role of Shinzon, he gets to be the bad guy, but also show his flare for the dramatics.


The Enterprise is diverted to the Romulan homeworld Romulus, supposedly because they want to negotiate a peace treaty.

8. Ricki Tarr- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Hardy makes an incredible spy. Am I the only one that thinks he looks a bit like Thomas Jane?


In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6.

7. Ivan Locke- Locke (2013)

Locke is not the usual fast paced action movie that Hardy is used to, but it is an emotional one for sure. This may be Hardy's most emotional role to date. Another reason this performance is on the list, Hardy is the only actor seen on the screen, that's right Hardy lovers, it is an hour and a half of the camera on the talented actor. Confined in a car and an emotional wreck, many actors would have lost character or would not have been able to capture the audience in a role like this. If character was broken for even a fraction of a second or if the face was not perfect for the moment, the entire film would fall, but Hardy, the immense talent that he is, powered through and nailed every frame.


Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his carefully cultivated existence.

6. Tommy Conlon/Tommy Riordan- Warrior (2011)

Hardy and his insane traps took viewers on an emotional roller coaster in Warrior. The next time you think you have a dysfunctional family, watch this film. Hardy had to be both tough and emotional, offering up a serious tearjerker ending that would make even the toughest a bit misty eyed.


The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.

5. Forrest Bondurant- Lawless (2012)

Many died and some flourished in the depression era. Lawless is a film based on a real family living in Virginia making moonshine during the time of the depression, the Bondurant boys, Forrest, Howard and Jack. There was a legend that the boys couldn't be killed, Forrest especially, he survived an illness that killed their parents, having his throat cut and being shot several times. Hardy nailed the role with his phenomenal acting abilities and his intimidating size. Yet another role that required a wide acting range.


Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits.

4. Eames- Inception (2010)

Hardy's role in Christopher Nolan's Inception could be considered his breakthrough role. Eames earned him a lot of attention from American film makers and put him on the radar for much bigger roles.


A thief who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.

3. Bane- The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

The role of Bane was perhaps Hardy's most demanding role both physically and mentally. As the most aggressive villain in Batman history, Hardy was required to not just build himself up a bit, but he had to become huge. King of the body transformation, he was up to the challenge. This role allowed Hardy to prove that he was more than a one dimensional actor, having the majority of his face covered by a mask with only his voice, eyes and body movement, he nailed the role.


Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight is forced to return from his imposed exile to save Gotham City from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman.

2. Max Rockatansky- Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Hardy had some big shoes to fill when he stepped into the roll of Mad Max, but he nailed it.


A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in post apocalyptic Australia in search for her homeland with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

1. Michael Peterson/Charles Bronson- Bronson (2008)

In 2008's Bronson, Hardy portrayed Britain's most violent criminal. This is the role that he was born to play. Bronson is known for his big stature and larger than life personality, and Hardy did such an incredible job in the role that the real-life criminal that he was playing raved about his performance. The intensity of this role would have been hard for even the most seasoned actor to perfect, but Hardy mastered the mannerisms and intimidating actions.


A young man who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter-ego, Charles Bronson.

Honorable Mention

Alfie Solomons- Peaky Blinders (Season 2) (2014)


A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.

Tuck- This Means War (2012)


Two top CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman.

Upcoming Films

Ronald Kray/Reginald Kray- Legend


The film tells the story of the identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious criminals in British history, and their organised crime empire in the East End of London during the 1960s.

John Fitzgerald- The Revenant


In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.


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