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Top 25 Tom Hanks Movies

Updated on January 30, 2015

The Best Movies Starring Tom Hanks

It's not easy to create a list of the best movies starring Tom Hanks, since there are so many movies that could be categorized as Tom Hanks finest, both from his own performance in them as well as for being great movies.

I have done my best to create a Top 25 Tom Hanks Movies List that features "in my opinion" his top 25 movies, out of the more than 65 movies and other productions that he has been involved with. I hope you agree with my selection of the best Tom Hanks movies, but whether you do or not, your feedback is always welcome.

He is also a highly talented producer of movies and television shows, which include The Pacific, John Adams, Mama Mia, Evan Almighty, The Polar Express, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Band Of Brothers and From The Earth To The Moon.

In addition, Tom Hanks has directed the following classic productions: Band Of Brothers, From The Earth To The Moon, That Thing You Do, Vault Of Horror I, Fallen Angels, A League Of Their Own and Tales From The Cript.

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#1: Forrest Gump

"Run Forrest Run"

Forrest Gump is one of those movies that I could watch over and over again. Tom Hanks always emerses himself into a role really well, but none quite as complete as he does in this terrific movie.

This is story of a mentally challenged man who finds that he is gifted in a number of ways and who has some amazing adventures as a result.

If you haven't seen the movie yet, you have probably seen parts of the trailer, with Forrest Gump telling the woman sitting next to him at the bus stop "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get", or of him receiving a medal at the White House and embarrassing the President.

The only disappointment I had when I first saw the movie was that I had just read the book, and the movie barely covers half of Forrest's exploits. It does however cover the story brilliantly, and in my opinion this is Tom Hanks's finest movie role.

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#2: Apollo 13

"Houston, We Have A Problem"

Apollo 13 was expertly directed by Ron Howard and is a dramatised documentary that covers the ill fated 3rd mission by NASA to land a man on the moon.

Tom Hanks plays mission commander Jim Lovell, with supporting actors Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon and Gary Sinise.

When things go horribly wrong, crippling Apollo 13 on the way to the moon, the team at Mission Control in Houston have to find a way to bring the crew back safely.

Even though we all know what happened, and I have watched this movie many times, I still get edgy during the tenser moments, feeling everything with the crew during the mission.

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Click here for a review of Sleepless In Seattle starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and to buy the DVD from Amazon
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#5: Sleepless In Seattle

"Well I'm not looking for a mail-order bride! I just want somebody I can have a decent conversation with over dinner."

Sleepless In Seattle is one of those great family movies where a kid steals the show. In this case it's Tom Hanks's son Jonah (played by Ross Malinger) who charms the pants off an audience listening to a radio talk show, where he talks about how he misses his recently deceased Mother, and how he would like to find another wife for his Dad.

Reporter Annie Reed from Baltimore (Meg Ryan) decides to investigate further, and the rest of the plot is a cute long-distance love story that is just adorable.

The cast also includes Tom's wife in real life Rita Wilson, Bill Pullman, David Hyde Pierce and Rosie O'Donnell. Click on the picture for a more detailed review and to purchase the DVD.

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I don't know a single person that doesn't love Tom Hanks in at least one movie, in fact many people that I know love just about any movie that Tom Hanks has acted in, as well as anything that he has had a hand in producing.

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What Is Tom Hanks Greatest Acting Role? - I Think Tom Hanks Best Role Is As Forrest Gump

I think we can all agree that Tom Hanks is a great actor, but what would you say is his greatest acting role out of all his classic movies?

This is not necessarily his best movie, but the movie in which you think his performance is the best. Is it Forrest Gump, or maybe the AIDS related movie Philadelphia? Maybe you like his role in Saving Private Ryan, or Cast Away. Maybe like me you loved his role as Josh Baskin in the movie "Big", or maybe another role.

Go ahead and have your say...

What is Tom Hanks greatest acting role?

Forrest Gump by far

Forrest Gump by far

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    • Tom Christen 3 years ago from Switzerland/Ecuador

      I would say they are all just great :) I love to see Tom Hanks in movies...

    • lawyer-marketing 3 years ago

      Wow !!!

    • asmond5 4 years ago

      Saving private ryan was really good too.

    • adammuller003 lm 4 years ago

      It's become cliche', but I still think Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump is one of the most magical performances of our times.

    • Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @anonymous: So many movies to choose from, that's the problem.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      How did " Bachelor Party" not make this list?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I like Tom Hanks so much, he is a good actor with good acting.

    • IamShea 4 years ago

      Forrest Gump, hands down.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I think all movies are great! I like Green Mile too.. and of course other too.

    • Carolan Ross 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Ya just cannot beat Forrest Gump! That's one film I've watched over and over.

    • darciefrench lm 4 years ago

      For sure - I love Hanks in Forrest Gump, can watch that movie over and over

    • malualhati 4 years ago

      for me it's forrest gump :)

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      ''Life is like a box of chocolates.....'' that is one EPIC film ever made.

    • moralblogger lm 4 years ago

      So many to chose from, but it has to be Forrest Gump.

    • eightieschild 4 years ago

      Cos I'm a gazillionaire and I like doing it so much, I took this quiz for free! ;)

    • Susan R. Davis 4 years ago from Vancouver

      Hard choice, as I loved so many of his roles to date. But still Forrest Gump.

    • D_L_Harbin 4 years ago

      Forrest Gump for me.

    • julieannbrady 4 years ago

      Well, I sure do appreciate the various roles of Tom Hanks, but will sit and watch Forrest Gump over and over again.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Saving Private Ryan

    • msseiboi 4 years ago

      is the greatest....

    No way, something else...

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      • anonymous 3 years ago

        captain phillips and saving private ryan . i like cast away too

      • Doc_Holliday 3 years ago

        He does well in most movies. Too hard to pick out just one.

      • steven-breeden-7 3 years ago

        Bachelor Party!!! Actually Saving Private Ryan was his best I think along with Philadelphia

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        robert langdon

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I say... saving private ryan! Hands down my fab movie

      • absolutelycreat 4 years ago

        He have many of great rolls but, I watches " I got mail" and " Sleepless " many time never get tired of it.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I think he is great in many movies. I saw Cast Away and The Terminal recently (The Terminal was first time), and he is absolutely magnificent in them. Then you have Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump, Road to Pertition (which was Paul Newmans last role by the way, and he was great there) etc etc. Just give him a script that fits him and he will blow you away!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Haven't seen them all, but Saving Private Ryan is the best one I've seen so far. Forrest Gump and Castaway are close though. Toy Story didn't even make it in the top 25?

      • mrknowitall54321 4 years ago

        I love the green mile, it's my favorite film of all time.

      • Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

        @victoriahaneveer: I haven't seen Splash in years but loved it. Big has always been a favorite of mine though.

      • victoriahaneveer 4 years ago

        Love him in all movies but Splash and Big especially.

      • Helen Phillips Cockrell 4 years ago from Virginia

        Forrest Gump or the Green Mile

      • dunlopweb 4 years ago

        Big. No contest ... oh, there's Green Mile too! Damn. Big!

      • Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

        @shamblesman lm: I loved The Green Mile, it was an excellent creepy movie. I love the way that Tom Hanks is able to get right into any role that he takes on.

      • shamblesman lm 4 years ago

        The Green Mile is a fantastic film and Tom shines in a great cast. Way better than The DaVinci Code which was awful.

      • Nona Weeks 4 years ago from Florissant, CO

        I cannot pick just one of his movies, he is always a great actor. My favorite is Turner and Hooch though

      • coolaunt 4 years ago

        Oh gosh I could not pick just one.

      • Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

        I can't choose one particular movie, because he was great in so many and they all impressed me. I've seen Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, Saving Private Ryan, You've got mail and others many, many times and I loved them all each time, even knowing the whole story already..

      • Projectlazy 4 years ago

        I forgot how many great movies he did. I'm glad to se ladykilers in there. Most people forget about it

      • AstroGremlin 4 years ago

        Tom Hanks makes every one of his movies believable, and what a range, from intense drama to hilarious comedy, sometimes mixed together. I have to say Saving Private Ryan because it shows Hanks' ability to bring out the best in so many other characters.

      Tom Hanks Awards

      Tom Hanks has won 2 Oscars for "Best Actor In A Leading Role" for Forrest Gump and Philadelphia and has been nominated a further 3 times for Academy Awards.

      Other awards that Tom Hanks has won include:

      • 1988 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor - Big and Punchline

      • 1989 American Comedy Award - Funniest Actor In A Motion Picture (Leading Role) - Big
      • 1990 Saturn Award - Best Actor - Big

      • 1989 Golden Globe - Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture Drama - Big

      • 1993 American Comedy Award - Funniest Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture - A League Of Their Own

      • 1994 Silver Berlin Bear - Best Actor - Philadelphia

      • 1994 Golden Globe - Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture Drama - Philadelphia

      • 1994 MYV Movie Award - Best Male Performance - Philadelphia

      • 1994 National Board Of Review - Best Actor - Forrest Gump

      • 1995 American Comedy Award - Funniest Actor In A Motion Picture (Leading Role) - Forrest Gump

      • 1995 Chicago Film Critics Association Award - Best Actor - Forrest Gump

      • 1995 Golden Globe - Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture Drama - Forrest Gump

      • 1995 Hasty Pudding Theatricals - Man Of The Year

      • 1995 Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actor - Forrest Gump

      • 1995 People's Choice Awards - Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture Actor

      • 1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role - Forrest Gump

      • 1995 ShoWest Convention - Male Star Of The Year

      • 1995 Southeast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor - Forrest Gump

      • 1996 People's Choice Awards - Favorite Motion Picture Actor

      • 1996 People's Choice Awards - Favorite Actor In A Dramatic Motion Picture

      • 1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance By A Cast - Apollo 13

      • 1998 Columbus International Film Festival - President's Award - From The Earth To The Moon

      • 1998 Emmy Awards - Outstanding Miniseries - From The Earth To The Moon

      • 1998 Golden Apple Awards - Male Star Of The Year

      • 1999 Empire Award - Best Actor - Saving Private Ryan

      • 1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award - Favorite Actor Drama - Saving Private Ryan

      • 1999 Online Film Critics Society Awards - Best Ensemble Cast Performance - Saving Private Ryan

      • 1999 PGA Awards - Television Producer Of The Year - From The Earth To The Moon

      • 1999 People's Choice Awards - Favorite Motion Picture Actor

      • 1999 ShoWest Convention - Box Office Star Of The Decade

      • 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Award - Favorite Actor Drama - The Green Mile

      • 2000 New York City Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actor - Cast Away

      • 2001 Chicago Film Critics Association Award - Best Actor - Cast Away

      • 2001 Golden Globe - Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture Drama - Cast Away

      • 2001 Online Film Critics Society Awards - Best Actor - Cast Away

      • 2001 Teen Choice Awards - Film Choice Chemistry - Cast Away

      • 2002 Christopher Award - Band Of Brothers

      • 2002 American Film Institute - Life Achievement Award

      • 2002 Emmy Awards - Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries - Band Of Brothers

      • 2002 Emmy Awards - Outstanding Miniseries - Band Of Brothers

      • 2002 Hollywood Film Festival - Actor Of the Year

      • 2002 PGA Awards - Television Producer Of The Year - Band Of Brothers

      • 2002 People's Choice Awards - Favorite Motion Picture Actor

      • 2002 People's Choice Awards - Favorite Motion Picture Star In A Drama

      • 2004 BAFTA Awards - Britannia Award - Excellence In Film

      • 2004 Bambi Awards - Film International

      • 2004 People's Choice Awards - Favorite All Time Entertainer

      • 2007 TV Land - Little Screen/Big Screen Star (Men)

      • 2008 Emmy Awards - Outstanding Miniseries - John Adams

      • 2009 Film Society Of Lincoln Center - Gala Tribute

      • 2009 PGA Awards - Television Producer Of The Year - John Adams

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          mrinfo10 lm 2 years ago

          I loved him in The Terminal! That was his most outstanding performance! His Russian accent was so convincing. Thanks for putting together this lense!

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          Milco 3 years ago

          Cast Away is probably the one in which he lost himself the most in the role. I like to think he even forgot about the cameras around him. I'm somewhat an introvert person so this movie was most enjoyable for me to watch. I drift away completely every time i watch Cast Away.

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          I enjoyed this lens, I enjoy some of TH's movies

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          dellgirl 3 years ago

          This is a great list of Tom Hanks movies, I like all of them and would not be able to pick just one favorite. Thanks for sharing this.

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          clouda9 lm 3 years ago

          BIG is my favorite Tom Hanks movie. He sure has had a long and rich movie history.

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