There are tough guys and there are real hard badasses who are borderline psychos. We’ve compiled a list of lesser-known movies with such a character. A one-man army out for revenge against a gang, fighting the mob or just insanely fearless. Here are the top 10 movies with fearless toughs guy in it.
The Bondurant brothers are a tight-knit family whose reputation for being a tough bunch precedes them. They are engaged in the moonshine business and have an arrangement with the local police. A day comes when their whole family operation is threatened by a sadistic Chicago cop intent on shutting them down. His motivations are rather backed by some dubious groups from the city who have competing products of their own. Forest and Howard Bondurant are the family’s enforcers who go head-to-head with these recent threats, meanwhile, their younger and less-abled brother Jack is seen as the weakest link. It’s a solid movie with Tom Hardy as one tough SOB, that alone makes it worth watching.
Legendary thug Carlton Leach starts off as a feared and infamous football hooligan of the ICF (Inner City Firm) back in the 80’s. He soon parlays his notorious reputation into a job as a bouncer at a famous nightclub and that’s where he starts to craft his criminal career in the proper direction. This is based on a true-to-life story of a man who’s lived through London and Essex’s criminal history. It’s one of the best of Brit gangster flicks out there, and it helps that these were based on true events. The sequels left a lot to be desired, but the original will always be a gangster classic of a gem.
Danny Greene is one tough mofo. He’s previously worked for the Italian Mafia until he got tired of being told around. He almost singlehandedly stood up against the Italians and gained nationwide notoriety doing so. The guy fears nothing and no one and the movie has a couple of scenes that portray him as such. Ray Stevenson is perfect for the role and he does look a bit like Danny Greene.
4. Bronson (2009)
Another Tom Hardy movie, but this time is a biopic of Britain’s most insane and infamous prison inmate, who calls himself by his alter ego: “Charles Bronson”. He was just supposed to serve 7 years initially but ended up a record 30 years in solitary confinement – the worst and most feared punishment in prison. He’s somewhat of a celebrity convict for surviving such a sentence since when he came out, he said he even enjoyed his stay at the clink.
Australia’s answer to the U.K.’s Bronson, Mark “Chopper” Read is quite the similar, but the more emphatic version. Although he didn’t find his time in prison as enjoyable as much as Bronson did, he did commit some pretty gnarly crimes against some of his fellow inmates. Chopper simply does not give a fuck, and inmates fear him for this exact reason. A man with nothing to lose and no tomorrow is a dangerous individual, and Chopper personifies that.
Medellin, the man is feared by some of the most dangerous drug cartel bosses for a reason. They had his wife and deaf child murdered when he was still a state prosecutor against the cartels. The way he fearlessly handles his assignments going into unfriendly territory, and how calm but cautious he is at the same time is a sight to behold. Denis Villeneuve’s sound and Roger Deakins masterful cinematography make this an instant classic that will hold up for years to come.
Pete Dunham takes up the cudgels of leadership from his older brother’s hooligan firm, the GSE (Green Street Elite). He teaches Matt about standing your ground and fighting, even when vastly outnumbered. The run-ins vs other football firms, and the epic final showdown vs Tommy Hatcher. This is one classic that has catapulted Charlie Hunnam(Pete) to Hollywood’s radar.
This film adaptation of the infamous gangsters the Kray twins of London, stars Tom Hardy, his third entry in this “fearless bad guy” list. He still does impressively well here, especially during the scenes where he portrays the crazier one of the Kray Twins. The film is about their rise to power from being simple teenage thugs, and how some relationships, no matter how strongly forged, can break apart. A decent biopic if you’re into the whole brit gangster trope.
Nick Hume transforms from being the docile, perfect father and husband, who’s a successful executive. Into a ruthless and bloodthirsty animal who’s out for revenge no matter what the consequences may be. It is, to this day, one of the most beautifully-made movies about revenge. Both Nick and Billy(gang leader) even have some kindred connection by the end of the movie. How Nick singlehandedly takes on Billy’s entire crew, just by using his wits while fueled by the thirst for revenge is surprisingly believable. One thing to note here is that in one scene they try to show the audience that Nick is somewhat of a genius. It was just casually and subtly thrown in there.
It’s hard to give out why this movie is included in the list without giving anything away. A great movie about a screenwriter who gets caught in the middle of a mobster manhunt when his weird buddies kidnap the crime boss’ dog. It’s a weird and funny tale that’s uniquely fresh which is why it’s garnered a lot of approval from critics.