5 Tom Hardy Movies To Stream After Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Tom Hardy is back on the big screen this weekend with "Venom: Let There Be Carnage," a sequel to "Venom" that gives Hardy another chance to act like a weirdo and argue with himself. Hardy is one of our most interesting actors; someone who never phones it in, and almost always brings something offbeat to the roles he plays. If "Let There Be Carnage" has you hankering for some more Tom Hardy, I've gone ahead and listed five of his must-watch movies you can stream right now. Why? Because I care about you. 

Mad Max: Fury Road

Now Streaming on HBO Max

While I think we can all agree that "Mad Max: Fury Road" really belongs to Charlize Theron's Furiosa, Tom Hardy's mumbly, moody, violent take on Max is worth celebrating, too. Hardy doesn't talk much in this movie – at least not incoherently. He has an opening narration, then spends a huge chunk of the movie grumbling to himself, then a few lines here or there. But his presence is always felt, and his Max truly seems haunted by the post-apocalyptic world he inhabits. And in the end, he finds some sort of redemption by helping others, despite his reservations. Witness me, blood bag!


Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

"Bronson" is really the movie that put Tom Hardy on the map. He had made movies before this, but his unhinged, fearless, scary performance in this Nicolas Winding Refn-directed pic is what finally caught people's attention and made them realize this guy was a star. Here, Hardy plays real-life figure Charles Arthur Salvador, who went by Charles Bronson, inspired by the actor of the same name. The pic follows Bronson, who is considered "Britain's most violent criminal," in prison. Hulking and strange, Hardy owns every frame of this thing, and it's easy to see why "Bronson" helped kick his career into overdrive. 


Now Streaming on Kanopy

"Locke" is a remarkable one-man show for Hardy. He plays a construction foreman who learns that a woman he had an affair with months ago is pregnant and suddenly going into premature labor. Hardy's character has a huge job coming up, but instead, he hops in his car and speeds off to the hospital, which isn't exactly close. As a result, we spend almost the entire movie in the car with Hardy as he heads to his destination and speaks with other people in his life on the phone. While we hear the voices of other characters, Hardy is the only actor we ever really see, and he commands the film from beginning to end by simply driving and speaking on a phone. 

The Dark Knight Rises

Now Streaming on HBO Max

I know a lot of people have problems with "The Dark Knight Rises," but I'm not one of them. I think Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy conclusion is big, epic, and ambitious as hell. And I love Tom Hardy's very strange performance as the massive, mask-wearing villain Bane. Using an incredibly odd voice – a voice Hardy says he based on Bartley Gorman, the undefeated bare-knuckle boxing champion of the United Kingdom. Hardy's Bane may not be as showy as Heath Ledger's now-iconic Joker, but it's still great work from an actor always trying to bring new, weird things to his roles.


Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

"Capone" received almost universally negative reviews last year – but I liked it. This is not a standard biopic. Instead, it's akin to a horror movie that follows gangster Al Capone (Hardy, buried under make-up) in his final days as he suffers from dementia and is haunted by the horrible things he did in his past. This is one of Hardy's quirkiest performances, full of strange tics, raspy dialogue, and scenes where he chomps on a carrot in place of a cigar like some sort of deranged Bugs Bunny.