Tom Hanks is one of the best actors of all time. He has won two Academy Awards, and been nominated for an additional six. His movies are loved by people around the world – but which ones are his best? In this article we list the top ten Tom Hanks movies ever.
10. A League Of Their Own
This 1992 comedy-drama is about a group of women who played baseball during World War II when men were off fighting. Hanks plays Jimmy Dugan, the drunken manager of an all-women’s team. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards and won two: Best Supporting Actress (Rosie O’Donnell) and Best Screenplay for co-writer Patricia Resnick. It also received nominations in editing, costume design and sound mixing categories.
09. Cast Away
This is a 2000 American drama film starring Hanks as Chuck Noland, an executive who becomes stranded on an uninhabited island and must learn to survive with the help of Wilson, his only companion–a volleyball named “Wilson.” The screenplay was written by William Broyles Jr. and W.W. Walker based in part on the 1996 novel of the same name by Robert Zemeckis (co-written with Bruce Aidells).The movie has been nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Tom Hanks), Best Director, Best Film Editing, and Best Picture at both the 73rd Golden Globe Awards ceremony and 2001 BAFTA awards.
8. You've Got Mail
This is a 1998 American romantic comedy film starring Hanks as Joe Fox, an online bookseller who competes with Meg Ryan’s Kathleen Kelly to buy and revitalize the local bookstore near their homes in New York City. The screenplay by Nora Ephron was based on both the 1937 novel of the same title by Katharine Brush and its 1956 film adaptation written for television (that starred her father James Stewart).The movie won two Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Meg Ryan) and Best Original Song (“So What?”), at 71st Golden Globe Awards ceremony, 1999 BAFTA awards and 42nd Annual Grammy Awards.
7. Captain Phillips
This is a 2013 American biographical thriller film directed and produced by Paul Greengrass. It tells the true story of Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) who was taken hostage in 2009 by Somali pirates, and then freed after being shot with his own gun while freeing crew members on board. The screenplay is based on the 2010 book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea written by Richad Phillips himself in collaboration with Stephan Talty. As well as producing and directing the film respectively, it also won three Academy Awards for- Best Sound Editing; Best Sound Mixing;and Best Motion Picture – Drama.[
6. Catch Me If You Can
This 2001 American biographical film is based on the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr., who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as well as impersonated an airline pilot, a doctor and law enforcement officer. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role alongside Tom Hanks as Carl Hanratty, Martin Sheen as Jerome “Jerry” Wills (Abagnale’s FBI supervisor), Christopher Walken as Dr. Charles Cogan (a psychiatrist) and Amy Adams as Brenda Strong (Abagnale’s girlfriend). The movie was directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay written by Jeff Nathanson.
5. Forrest Gump
This 1994 American epic drama tells the story of a young man with low IQ who becomes famous as an athlete and politician, then teaches social studies in college. The title character Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks) is portrayed as having no innate special abilities or qualities except for his great love of physical activity—jogging, ping pong, etc.—and despite many challenges through life he has customary success we are all told to expect from hard work. In 1986 it won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director at the 67th Academy Awards. It also had nominations that year for seven other categories: Best Actor (Tom Hanks), Best Actress (Sally Field), Supporting Actor (Mykelti Williamson),
4. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic war film. Directed by Steven Spielberg, cinematography by Janusz Kamiński, and produced by Robert Rodat.The story follows Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) who leads his men on a mission to find the titular soldier in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. The film was released on July 24th, 1998 and grossed $216 million domestically as well as an additional $76 million internationally for a total of nearly $300 million worldwide making it the eighth highest-grossing movie of that year but has since gone down to number 40 when adjusted for inflation.[[
3. Big (1988)
Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall. The story follows 12-year-old Josh Baskin (David Moscow), who makes a wish at a carnival machine to be big and wakes up the next morning in an adult body played by Tom Hanks. It was released in theaters on May 18th, 1988, distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.
2. Philadelphia (1993)
Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first major mainstream Hollywood films to address AIDS/HIV disease, homosexuality, and homophobia. It was written by Ron Nyswaner (who won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published), directed by Jonathan Demme, and stars Tom Hanks as Andrew Beckett, a gay lawyer with AIDS who sues his firm for discrimination. The movie depicts law partners in the Philadelphia-based firm taking different sides on whether they should fire him because he has AIDS; eventually it becomes clear that all three are hiding something about themselves from each other.
1. Apollo 13 (1995)
This movie deserves to be number one on the list. For those who don’t know, NASA made a spacecraft that was supposed to land on the moon and take pictures but they had an explosion so it ended up back here earth for two days before finally landing safely in some water near Australia. Tom Hanks played astronaut Jim Lovell (it’s his voice too) and I think he did such a good job portraying him as well as all of the other astronauts. It is also really interesting because you get every perspective from inside the space craft or watching them from home with their families. This film shows why we spend billions of dollars each year on our little space programs! And if you haven’t seen this one yet- check it out!