7 Best Tom Hanks Movies

Born on July 9, 1956 in California, Tom Hanks had a very confused childhood with his parents parting ways and having to live with extended step families. Hanks’ career began when he auditioned for a play at the community theater. Young Hanks went on to create several landmark films in multidimensional roles such as an actor, director, producer, speaker and writer. It is very difficult to encapsulate Hanks’ best movies in a short list. However, mentioned below is a list of the 7 best Tom Hanks movies.

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump

1. Forrest Gump

This critically acclaimed 1994 box office hit propelled Tom Hanks and his acting abilities to the zenith of success. The character he played in the movie is one amongst the most remembered in Hollywood. Hanks received the Academy Award for Best Actor for the movie.

The Terminal

The Terminal

2. The Terminal

In this romantic comedy from Spielberg, Hanks flawlessly portrays the character of an individual who is trapped in a terminal and is denied entry to the US and to his hometown due to a passport issue.

Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan

3. Saving Private Ryan

World War II movies have been doing their share of rounds from 1940. For a 1998 war movie to be acknowledged, it needed to exhibit something truly exclusive and special. The Spielberg and Hanks duo weaved magic in this movie, displaying shocking realism. It got the best reviews and earned several Academy Award nominations.

The Green Mile

The Green Mile

4. The Green Mile

Hanks’ performance in The Green Mile was strikingly brilliant and his onscreen chemistry with Michael Clarke Duncan impresses every viewer. The movie churns a variety of emotions making you feel closer to the actor.

Cast Away

Cast Away

5. Cast Away

This movie released in 2000 brought Hanks’ acting prowess to the limelight once again. It could have easily been an endurance test for viewers. On the contrary, Hanks’ acting in this movie that showcases the actor occupying more than 75% of screen time became a worldwide hit. The script had many challenges which Hanks successfully handled.

Philadelphia

Philadelphia

6. Philadelphia

The movie stirred a lot of controversy revolving around the subject of HIV/AIDS but went on to etch Hanks’ name in the list of great legends. He received the Academy Award for Best Actor for this movie.

Apollo 13

Apollo 13

7. Apollo 13

This 1995 movie revolved around a dramatization of the aborted lunar mission of NASA in 1970. With a passion for space travel, Hanks showcased his best with this movie that captured a powerful story and remarkable clarity devoid of histrionics.

  • Forrest Gump
  • The Terminal
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • The Green Mile
  • Cast Away
  • Philadelphia
  • Apollo 13

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