Tom Hanks started his career as a funnyman on the TV series “Bosom Buddies” and then taking his nice-guy style to the big screen in romantic comedies like “Splash” and “The Money Pit. And after that, he never looks back, and for over three decades, Tom Hanks has been almost every type of character as to more dramatic work in 1993 with his Oscar-winning role as an AIDS patient in “Philadelphia.” Hanks followed Philadelphia with the blockbuster Forrest Gump (1994) which grossed a worldwide total of over $600 million at the box office. He is one of the only two actors who won the Academy Award for Best Actor in consecutive years, with Spencer Tracy being the other. Hanks is also known for starring in the Robert Langdon film series, as well as for his voice work as Sheriff Woody in the Toy Story film series. So here is the list of Top 10 Best Movies Starring Tom Hanks.
1. Forrest Gump (1994)
Forrest Gump is an American comedy-drama film based on the novel by Winston Groom of the same name. The film is starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, and Sally Field where Tom played the role of center of the story. A sweet and simple man whose life turns around China, fights in Vietnam, inadvertently causes Watergate, meets three presidents and coins the phrase “shit happens.” It about story about the period between Forrest’s birth in 1944 and 1982. And Hanks wins second consecutive Best Actor award for his performance.
2. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Saving Private Ryan is an epic American drama film which is considered as one of the most harrowing opening scenes ever, truly depicting the terrors of war while also including some great performance of Tom Hanks and many more. It follows United States Army Rangers Captain John H. Miller played by Tom Hanks who is seeking out a missing soldier whose three brothers were all killed in battle. It begins with a Normandy Invasion scene that lasts a full 27 minutes.
3. Cast Away (2000)
Cast Away is an American Epic drama about a FedEx employee that spends years on a deserted island after his plane crashes. Hanks is that man who stranded on an uninhabited island after his plane crashes in the South Pacific and his attempts to survive on the island using remnants of his plane’s cargo. And the film became block blaster with his nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 73rd Academy Awards.
4. Philadelphia (1993)
Philadelphia is an American drama, one of the first and differ movie that story turns around HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia. Hanks played the role of Andrew Beckett, a promising young lawyer that loses his job when his law firm discovers that he’s been diagnosed with the disease. In the film, Hanks was given best performance in the song “Streets of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springsteen as well as he also won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role.
5. Big (1988)
Big is an American Comedy Drama film starring Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish “to be big” and is then aged to adulthood overnight. The film is about a Boy who wishes to be big and suddenly on the next day morning he finds himself in mysteriously in the body of an adult. He is completely convincing as a 12-year-old that ages 18 years overnight, living out the common boyhood fantasy of working for a cool toy company, dancing on a giant novelty piano and sleeping with a babe from the office.
6. Apollo 13 (1995)
Apollo 13 is an American space adventure docudrama film Starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The film is about Apollo 13, NASA’s Apollo Space Program, which ran from 1961 until 1972. It ran into trouble after an oxygen tank exploded, leaving crucial systems damaged putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy. Apollo 13 was nominated for nine Academy Awards as well as critically appreciated world wild.
7. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Catch me if you can is based on the true story of Frank Abagnale, a con artist who scams millions of dollars by posing as a pilot, doctor, and lawyer—all before turning 19. The film starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Tom Hanks, with Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, and Nathalie Baye in supporting roles. Tom Hanks played the role of Carl Hanratty, an FBI agent who pursues Frank for most of the film. Hanratty is often teased by other agents who take check fraud as a joke. Hanratty is divorced, and his daughter and ex-wife live in Chicago. In the end, Carl and Frank become great friends.
8. The Green Mile (1999)
The Green Mile is an American fantasy crime drama starring Tom Hanks as Paul Edge comb and Michael Clarke Duncan as John Coffey, with supporting roles by David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, and James Cromwell. Tom Hanks as a prison guard in 1935 overseeing the death sentence of a gentle, enormous man played by Michael Clarke Duncan. The film is about the lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.
9. Road to Perdition (2002)
Road to Perdition is an American crime drama which is considered as an adaption of the graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins. In the film we find Tom Hanks in the role of Michael Sullivan, Sr. as an enforcer for Irish mob boss John Rooney in Rock Island, Illinois. The plot takes place in 1931, during the Great Depression, following a mob enforcer and his son as they seek vengeance against a mobster who murdered the rest of their family.
10. A League of Their Own (1992)
A League of Their Own is an American sports comedy-drama, starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna, and Lori Petty. The story turns around two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry. Tom Hanks was in the role of Jimmy Dugan as Manager. The film was one of the best film of Tom Hacks as it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.