How many Tom Holland movies have you seen? Okay, now: How many Tom Holland movies have you seen where he doesn’t play Spider-Man? Uh Huh. We have it there, don’t we? But that’s okay. Most people probably don’t even know that good old Tommy H. has a career outside of playing the youngest Peter Parker in Marvel movie history.
It turns out Tom Holland turns twenty-five today. What better way to celebrate his birthday than by watching one of his non-MCU endeavors? Maybe even two if you’re feeling particularly adventurous. You might find yourself into Tom Holland movies, even if he isn’t dressed in spandex on most of them.
We are going to make it easy for you to expand your Tom Holland knowledge. Here’s a list of Tom Holland movies that have nothing to do with crawling or web-slinging. To enjoy!
Also known as: that movie about the real-life tsunami that split a family.
Tom Holland was a real-life teenager in this film, playing the eldest son of Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. When natural disaster strikes, Holland & Watts are separated from McGregor and the two younger siblings. The rest of the film follows their grueling journey back to each other. And even then you could tell Holland was the real deal, the way he stood up to the veteran actors who played his parents.
You can currently stream The impossible on Netflix.
In the heart of the sea
Also Known As: That True Story Movie That Inspired Moby Dick. Also the first unofficial Spider-Man & Thor team.
Okay, so we’re really planning to stay away from the MCU, but . . . how can we not mention that Chris Hemsworth & Tom Holland are sharing the screen here? Did they interact at all in the MCU? Anyway, this is about the doomed American whaling ship Essex, with Hemsworth as first mate and Holland as cabin boy. And around them? A who’s who of British actors.
You can currently stream In the heart of the sea on Cinemax.
The Lost City Z
Also Known As: No Sequel To World War Z, and not even a movie about zombies at all.
Charlie Hunnam is only sixteen years older than Tom Holland, but that’s nothing Hollywood magic can’t solve when a filmmaker like James Gray wants them to play father and son. The Lost City Z tells the true story (a lot of these in Dutch filmography, huh?) of explorer Percy Fawcett – played by Hunnam – and his obsession to find an ancient lost city in the Amazon.
You can currently stream The Lost City Z on Paramount+.
Spies in disguise & Forward
Also known as: Those animated films where filmmakers discovered Tom Holland’s youthful voice and MCU persona were excellent marketing tools.
You’ve seen the commercials. One film turns Will Smith into a dove and brings him together with Tom Holland, sending both stars on a silly spy adventure. The other is a classic Pixar offering where brothers Tom Holland and Chris Pratt go on a magical quest to reunite with their late father. Both movies will make you laugh, but we’re sure you can guess which one will make you cry by the end.
You can currently stream Spies in disguise on HBO Max, and Forward on Disney+.
The devil all the time
Also known as: that depressing Netflix movie where Robert Pattinson plays a depraved preacher.
We should start by pointing out that R-Pat & Tom Holland had already played in The Lost City Z (where Pattinson played Hunnam’s fellow explorer Henry Costin). However, they have a much more intense relationship in this film, with Holland playing a tough young man who loses the only person he cares about to Pattinson’s sinister influence. And that’s only part of the misery caused by this star-studded ensemble piece.
You can currently stream The devil all the time on Netflix.
Also known as: The Guys Who Directed the Best MCU Movies, in which Tom Holland plays an army veteran suffering from PTSD.
Yeah, we can’t avoid Marvel references, it seems. But wasn’t that more suggestive than if we had called? Cherry a crime drama by the Russo brothers? Tom Holland plays the titular Cherry, a fictional character based on Nico Walker, who wrote the book that inspired the film. The story follows Cherry’s descent into a life of crime to support his opioid addiction. Heavy stuff.
You can currently stream Cherry on Apple TV+.
Do you have any favorite Tom Holland movies we haven’t mentioned yet? (Aside from his MCU appearances, of course.) Let us know in the comments!