Tom Hanks Movies List
Tom Hanks - From TV Star To America's Favorite Movie Star
Born in California in 1956, Tom Hanks began his acting career in
community theater during college. At 24 he landed a role co-starring in
the TV sitcom "Bosom Buddies". After two successful seasons on the show,
he picked up a few guest roles on other television shows, including
"Happy Days", where he met Ron Howard. Based upon that meeting, Howard
asked Hanks to read for a supporting role in his upcoming directorial
effort, "Splash" - Howard was so impressed that he cast Hanks in the
lead, instead, and so a movie star's career was launched.
The success of that film saw the beginning of a string of comedies for Tom Hanks - some good, some terrible - as well as a dramatic turn here and there. His role in "Big", as a 12 year-old boy trapped in a 30 year-old man's body, fetched him his first Oscar nomination. By 1993 he had his first Academy Award win with "Philadelphia", followed by another win the following year for "Forrest Gump", making him only the second actor to ever score back-to-back Best Actor Oscars (Spencer Tracy was the first).
Between 1994 and 2004, he was nominated for and won more Oscars than any other actor during that time. In 2002, Tom Hanks became the youngest actor to ever receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from The American Film Institute.
An extremely dedicated actor,Tom Hanks gained 30 pounds for his role in "A League Of Their Own", lost 30 pounds for "Philadelphia", and gained and then lost 50 pounds for his part in "Cast Away".
Tom Hanks movies once shared the record for most consecutive $100 million-grossing films with Will Smith and Tom Cruise, but in 2008 Will Smith leaped ahead to become the leader with 8 consecutive blockbusters.
Entertainment Weekly magazine dubbed Hanks the only actor in Hollywood worthy of a $20 million salary, and yet he has been quoted as saying, "I've made over 20 movies, and 5 of them are good."
A Tom Hanks Movie List
"Toy Story" & "Toy Story 2" on Blu-ray & DVD
Toy Story (1995) & Toy Story 2 (1999) & Toy Story 3 (2010)
In the first full length computer animated feature film, Tom Hanks lent
his voice to Woody, the cowboy leader and favorite toy of a boy named
Andy. Every time Andy leaves his room, his toys come to life. All is
well with the toys until Andy gets a new favorite - Buzz Lightyear, voiced by
Tim Allen - who competes with Woody for the status of Favorite Toy.
During their battle for supremacy, both toys get lost and must fight
their way back home. In the sequel, Woody is stolen by a greedy
collector and the other toys must band together to save him before he's
shipped off to Japan, never to be seen again! Toy Story 3 follows the toys on an adventure to a day-care center as Andy grows up and leaves his beloved toys in the past...
"Apollo 13" on Blu-ray & DVD
Apollo 13 (1995)
In his second collaboration with director Ron Howard, Tom Hanks portray astronaut Jim Lovell in this true story about a mission to the moon that almost went tragically wrong. Most of the movie takes place in the tight confines of a space capsule in zero gravity, and to achieve the effect of weightlessness the cast and crew actually used a special airplane that allowed them to film in a zero-G for just 23 seconds at a time. This was the first movie ever made with the cooperation of NASA, and the visual effects were so well done that Buzz Aldrin requested permission for NASA to use some of the CG footage.
"Apollo 13" Movie Trailer
"Forrest Gump" on Blu-ray & DVD
Forrest Gump (1994)
In his second Academy Award winning performance, Tom Hanks plays Forrest
a mentally challenged man who manages - through no fault of his own -
to become involved in many of the major cultural and historical events
of the second half of the Twentieth Century, including the Vietnam War,
the civil rights fight and the hippie movement. He meets Elvis, multiple
U.S. Presidents, invents the smiley, becomes a super wealthy investor
and finally reunites with his childhood sweetheart, Jenny, but too late
to save her from her tragic life. One of the most beloved and successful of Tom Hanks movies.
"Angels & Demons" on Blu-ray & DVD
Angels & Demons (2009)
In his third effort with director Ron Howard, Tom Hanks reprises the role of Robert Langdon in this follow-up to "The Da Vinci Code". He is charged with solving a murder and preventing a terrorist attack on the Vatican, all against the backdrop of the election of a new Pope. Due to the controversy of "The Da Vinci Code" novel, the Vatican refused to participate in the film's making, and Ron Howard was forced to reproduce many of the famous Roman sites that were key to the plot of the novel.
"Saving Private Ryan" on Blu-ray & DVD
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
In his first film with director Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks plays Army Captain John Miller, whose unit is charged with searching and safely returning the last survivor of four brothers serving in World War II. The opening battle scene depicting the Allied landing at Normandy beach set the new standard for all war films to follow with its frank and brutal depiction of the horrors of war. The mission to save Private Ryan is a grueling and emotional one, resulting in possibly the best World War II movie ever made.
"Sleepless In Seattle" on Blu-ray & DVD
Sleepless In Seattle (1993)
In his second of three teamings with Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks plays a newly-widowed father who calls in to a radio talk show to share his feelings about the loss of his wife. Thousands of women respond with fan mail, and Hanks' son plans an elaborate ruse to unite Hanks and Ryan at the Empire State Building. Inspired by "An Affair To Remember", "Sleepless in Seattle" was ranked #10 in American Film Institutes's best romantic comedies list, even though the two main characters share about two minutes together on screen.
"Cast Away" on Blu-ray & DVD
Cast Away (2000)
In his third collaboration with director Robert Zemeckis, Tom Hanks plays a FedEx manager whose plane goes down in the Pacific, leaving him stranded and alone on a deserted island. His only companion is a soccer ball he finds and names Wilson. Over the many months of isolation, he manages to build a raft and leave the island. When he returns home he finds that the world has moved on without him, and he must struggle to create a life at home that was a satisfying as the one he struggled to escape while stranded on the island.
"The Da Vinci Code" on Blu-Ray &DVD
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Working for the second time with director Ron Howard, Tom Hanks
plays professor Robert Langdon in this adaptation
of Dan Brown's famous (and infamous) novel of the same name. Langdon is hired to
decipher a coded message found at a murder scene in Paris, and soon he's
wrapped up in an ages long mystery that only he can unravel.
The Green Mile (1999)
In this film adaptation of a serialized novel by Stephen King, Tom
Hanks plays a prison guard working on Death Row. A new inmate is brought
in, and as the guards begin the build up to the man's execution, they
all begin to question whether killing him is the right thing to do. Part
mystery, part spiritual exploration, "The Green Mile" launched the
career of Michael Clarke Duncan, who was nominated for an Academy Award
for his portrayal of the Death Row inmate.
"Philadelphia" on DVD
Sharon Stone Discusses Tom Hanks' Role In "Philadelphia"
In his first Academy Award winning role, Tom Hanks plays a closeted
gay lawyer who develops AIDS and is resultingly
fired from his high profile job. He hires Denzel
Washington's homophobic small time attorney as his only hope in bringing
a lawsuit against the firm that fired him. For director Jonathan Demme,
the casting of Tom Hanks was critical to the film - he felt that Hanks
was one of only a few actors who could draw an audience to a movie about
a man dying from AIDS. For similar reasons he asked Bruce Springsteen
to write a song for the film, and the end result went on to win an
Academy Award for Best Song. One of the first movies to deal frankly
with HIV/AIDS, "Philadelphia" went a long way towards helping people
understand and sympathize with those suffering from the condition.
"Big" on Blu-ray & DVD
In Tom Hanks' first Academy Award nominated role, he plays a boy trapped in the body of a grown man. While at the carnival one summer night, 12 year-old Josh makes a wish "To be big" to an enchanted machine, only to awake the next day to see that his wish came true. When no one but his best friend believes his story, Andy heads off to New York City to track down the machine and reverse the wish. Along the way he ends up being hired to work at a toy company and falls for a fellow executive, played by Elizabeth Perkins. The film was a huge success, and marked the first time a film directed by a woman (Penny Marshall) broke the $100 million box office mark.
More Tom Hanks Movies
"That Thing You Do!" on DVD
"Splash" on DVD
"You've Got Mail" on DVD
"A League Of Their Own" on DVD
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Tom Hanks Accepting The AFI Lifetime Achievement Award
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