What is your favorite Tom Hanks movie and why?
I love all Tom Hanks movies. It is hard for me to pick a favorite, but I did settle on one which shows the wide range of emotions he can portray in his acting. Road to Perdition is my favorite movie with Tom Hanks.
Tom Hanks has so many great movies, he really is a great actor. I think my favorite one is Forest Gump if I really had to decide just on one.
I too love Forest Gumps. It was really great acting....it had humor, love, compassion,...it was about believing in one's self. It was also a lesson on how we often times underestimate people. Forest was very simple minded but he was not stupid.
Hi Phyllis , Saving Private Ryan , but you're right , Road to Perdition is an awesome one too ! I Love them all of course , what about Castaway ? Movie night at Phyllis' house everyone !
He's been in so many good films, but the one I'll watch whenever it's on is Big. I love how he just throws himself full-on into being a big kid.
If you also include the ones he does voice overs for - my favourite is the Toy Story series - I have an infant, I like animated movies...
Otherwise Castaway, or Philadephia - I've not watched the whole thing, but to do a movie about AIDS in the 80s....brave thing to do.
I love all Tom Hank's movies, but Castaway is one of my favorites because for the most of the movie it is all Hanks. What a talent he has.
Hi Phyllis.....I adore Tom Hanks no matter what movie. He MAKES the movie, no doubt...and he cannot fail
However.....I really love "Turner & Hooch".....I can't lose when I watch that. Not only is it a Tom Hanks movie...but I fell in love with the dog.
For the most part, it's a "feel good" movie and very funny.
Probably "Philadelphia" and "Big".His portrayal of a lawyer dying of AIDS and the big kid was so realistic and full of life.
After working in film reviewing, I find "Forrest Gump" a masterpiece character sketch, as I do the Karl Childers character in "Sling Blade", made two years later - perhaps a darker version of Forrest. I would marry Forrest, but maybe not Karl; however, both films won deserved accolades. I could watch both of these movies almost every day. They show us how human and valuable people are at any age and any IQ.
Close runners up for me are Road to Perdition, Saving Private Ryan, Philadelphia, and Apollo 13, all equal.
Thanks for the question!
Tom Hanks is a great actor and I like a lot of his movies, but I'm gonna go waaaaaaay back and say "Bachelor Party." Yeah, I know, it's just a cheap 80s sex comedy and I'm sure Tom is probably ashamed of it when he looks back on it now, but I have fond memories attached to seeing that movie for the first time back in the day.
Now that is one I have not seen. Having fond memories attached to a movie does influence a favorite movie vote. Interesting. Thanks for participating, FatFreddysCat.
It's a very raunchy (but funny) "R" rated film, and I was only about 13 years old at the time. Mom & Dad went out to dinner and it came on HBO. The feeling that I was "getting away" with something I shouldn't be doing made the movie way cooler, h
Ahhh! that explains the fond memories. How fun to feel so "cool" by getting away with that. It reminds me of things I got away with at that age. LOL
My vote goes for Terminal....light movie with subconscious message.
Castaway, for the mere reason it shows in accurate detail, the inner-powers and will of (a) man when pushed beyond his limit and forced to embrace his new surroundings and survive.
From the point of view of Tom Hanks' acting abilities, I would say 'Saving Private Ryan', is his best performance, particularly in the closing scenes - brilliant acting.
But my favourite film in which he appears is 'Apollo 13'. Great direction, great dialogue, great acting by everyone, and a very authentic atmosphere both in the Apollo space capsule and in Mission Control - even though one knows the outcome of the movie, the ending remains full of tension.
I always enjoyed him in A League of Their Own. He started off not caring about coaching a Women's baseball team but over time he learned to care about the women. He was pretty funny in how he would spit and act like a slob type man and would yell at the one players kid who was always in trouble. He played his part well. Castaway would be my next pick because I loved the internal struggles he went through in isolation during his time on the island. I can never look at a Wilson volleyball without thinking of him.
Ah! I feel the same, littlecat - when I see a Wilson ball I think of Tom Hanks. I never saw "A League of Their Own". You have some good insights on Hank's character. I am always astounded at his ability to make a character so real and interesting.
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