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What is your favorite Tom Hanks movie and why?

  1. Phyllis Doyle profile image97
    Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years ago

    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.

  2. HappyTom LM profile image70
    HappyTom LMposted 3 years ago

    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.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image97
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Forest Gump will be a classic movie for a long time to come. Thanks, HappyTom.

  3. Cathy I profile image75
    Cathy Iposted 3 years ago

    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.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image97
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      You are right, Cathy - Forest was not stupid, just simple, and SO lovable. I have watched that movie many times and I love the range of emotions with it. I cannot imagine anyone else in that role.

  4. ahorseback profile image77
    ahorsebackposted 3 years ago

    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 !

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image97
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Ah haha!  Bring your own drinks - I will supply popcorn.  Saving Private Ryan is, Castaway - both very good. Every movie Hanks plays in is his, no one else could do it the same. Thanks, Ed. Bring a pizza, okay?

  5. lisavollrath profile image96
    lisavollrathposted 3 years ago

    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.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image97
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Lisa. That movie gave Tom Hanks his start in films. It is a good movie. All his films are good.

  6. jlpark profile image84
    jlparkposted 3 years ago

    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... smile

    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.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image97
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Philadelphia was a groundbreaking movie. Hanks did that so well and it was a brave thing to take on that role. I think it sky-rocketed him to fame. Thanks jlpark.

  7. Diana Lee profile image82
    Diana Leeposted 3 years ago

    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.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image97
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Any choice would be excellent, Diana. Castaway is so good for just as you mention - most of it is just Hanks. Well... and Wilson.

  8. fpherj48 profile image75
    fpherj48posted 3 years ago

    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.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image97
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Paula. I love "Turner & Hooch". That dog and Tom Hanks worked so well together. You are right: Tom Hanks "makes" the movie.

  9. mtkomori profile image86
    mtkomoriposted 3 years ago

    Probably "Philadelphia" and "Big".His portrayal of a lawyer dying of AIDS and the big kid was so realistic and full of life.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image97
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Both are realistic, yes.  Tom Hanks can bring so many emotions out of us. I do feel he is the best actor to come along in a long time. He is so versatile.

  10. Patty Inglish, MS profile image92
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 3 years ago

    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!

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image97
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      All great movies. You are so right on "Forrest Gump" being a masterpiece character sketch. Sally Fields played her role so well.. All the characters did, really - and each character so unique. Thanks, Patty.

  11. FatFreddysCat profile image99
    FatFreddysCatposted 3 years ago

    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.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image97
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    2. FatFreddysCat profile image99
      FatFreddysCatposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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

    3. Phyllis Doyle profile image97
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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

  12. ruchihealth profile image59
    ruchihealthposted 3 years ago

    My vote goes for Terminal....light movie with subconscious message.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image97
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I had to look that one up, ruchihealth. The title was not familiar to me.When I read the plot, then I remembered seeing parts of the movie. The plight of Viktor was unusual, but sure created a great story. Thanks for participating.

  13. kenneth avery profile image84
    kenneth averyposted 3 years ago

    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.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image97
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      That is really good insight on the movie, Kenneth. For one actor to spend that much  time alone and bring so much emotion and interest in is phenomenal.  Thanks for participating.

  14. Greensleeves Hubs profile image97
    Greensleeves Hubsposted 3 years ago

    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.

  15. littlecat2013 profile image90
    littlecat2013posted 3 years ago

    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.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image97
      Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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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