This is the top 10 Tom Hanks movies list ranked from better to best. Hanks is one of the powerful, talented and versatile actor of modern cinema. His journey to the stardom was not an easy one. First he started his career on TV with some comedic performance. As it really doesn’t take that long to recognize the future talent, he soon started acting in movies. His first movies were focused on the comedy aspect of his talent and slowly people started showing his versatility and he started getting role of different kinds. He certainly combined both the dramatic and comedic aspects of his talents in his films which resulted in taking him on the highest position of the stardom on which he is now.
Making the top ten list of Tom Hanks movies was not an easy job since there are so many movies that could be categorized as Hanks’ best. I have done my best to create Tom Hanks movies list that features his top 10 movies. I hope you will agree with my selection of these best Tom Hanks movies.
10. Apollo 13 (1995)
Apollo 13, directed by Ron Howards is based on true story that depicts the story of astronauts Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise aboard Apollo 13 for America’s third Moon landing mission. En route, an on-board explosion deprives their spacecraft of most of its oxygen supply and electric power, forcing NASA’s flight controllers to abort the Moon landing, and turning the mission into a struggle to get the three men home safely.
Apollo 13 is a riveting film that has the watcher on the edge of their seat. Tom Hanks delivers a phenomenal performance as Jim Lovell whose experience is the catalyst for leading the men back from an almost certain death. Apollo 13 may be sentimental but it is well-constructed story of real life drama and human courage and determination.
9. You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan shine in this romantic comedy. This is the second time this duo have performed together (Sleepless in Seattle). Perhaps that helps create the smooth natural tone of the interactions between the two. Ryan plays a bookstore shop owner.. a tiny little store first run by her mother. Hanks company is building a huge bookstore chain in the same neighborhood. The two cannot stand each other. Besides their business lives, the two are both chatting with an interesting person through the internet and believe they are falling in love with the person. Little do they know, it is really each other! The most gripping story, quite humorous at times. Tom Hanks in You’ve Got Mail is at his best.
8. Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)
This Tom Hanks movies tells you the story of U.S. Senator Charles Wilson, who (during the Soviet-Afghanistan conflict) was so inspired by the courage of the Afgan troops in fending off the Russians that he launched a covert “campaign” of sorts to get the Afghans the funding/weapons they needed to defeat the spread of Communism from the Soviets. As history bears out, Wilson succeeds in this task and is regarded as a hero .. at least for the time being.
Tom Hanks’ spectacular performance as Charlie Wilson makes this complicated story of American foreign policy accessible for all.
7. The Green Mile (1999)
In this Tom Hanks Movies List – Top 10, seventh position is secured for this epic prison movie adapted from Stephen King’s The Green Mile. Starring Tom Hanks as a death-row prison guard in 1935, this is an example of story-telling at its finest. Despite some gruesome scenes depicting the details of electric chair execution, the film is a testament to the humanity of people. The audience gets to experience the stress of the responsibility of prison guards seeking to bring a bit of dignity to the last days of the convinced men, and we share their moral dilemma when they are faced with hard choices.
Tom Hanks in The Green Mile is excellent, as always, giving us the kind of fine performance we have come to expect of him. The rest of the cast, Michael Clarke Duncan, Michael Jeter and David Morse were perfect in their respective roles.
6. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Catch Me If You Can is a true story film based on the life of Frank Abagnale, who, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by passing as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a Georgia doctor, and a Louisiana parish prosecutor. His primary crime was check fraud; he became so skillful that the FBI eventually turned to him for help in catching other check forgers.
The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale and Tom Hanks as Carl Hanratty, an FBI agent who pursues Frank for most of the film. Hanratty is often mocked by other agents who do not take check fraud seriously. Hanratty is divorced, and his daughter and wife live in Chicago. The combination of DiCaprio and Hanks was so great that the movie becomes one of the must watch films in the history of cinema.
5. Big (1998)
This Tom Hanks movie can be considered as one of the greatest comedy movies of Tom Hanks. In this film, Hanks portrays the role of Josh Baskin, a young, 13 year old boy who makes a wish to Zoltar Speaks at a carnival to become “big”. True to its word, the machine transforms Josh into an adult overnight and the older Josh (Hanks) discovers that he is now a 30 year old man. The humor and dialogue in this film is really sharp, the acting is believable and there’s never a dull moment.
Tom Hanks loses himself in this role, as he does with his most famous characters. He is the perfect fit for Josh Baskin.
4. Philadelphia (1993)
Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington together in one film displaying their acting talents in top form. Philadelphia is a great heart wrenching film everyone should embrace.
Hollywood looked at AIDS and homosexuality with a seroiusness unseen before. It was daring project for Tom Hanks who had never played such a tragic character before. However, his performance is extraordinary which results him the Academy Award and Golden Globes award for Best actor for his portrayal as Andrew Beckett, a lawyer who sues his former employees for unfair dismissal after they learn he is siffering from AIDS. Hanks is superd, undoubtedly this is one of his finest dramatic performances.
3. Cast Away (2000)
You just cannot afford to miss this amazing Tom Hanks movie. The film follows the story of a man, Chuck Nolan, who ends up on a deserted island after a horrific plane crash and the hardships he face on that island. The human will to survive is the key element to the film, as well as the desire to get back to the life one once had. There are lot of memorable sequences in Cast Away, but in my opinion,the best and most heart-breaking scenes of the movie occur when once Chuck returns home. The realization that all he had ever known and loved was now gone is his greatest heartache of all.
2. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
This Tom Hanks movie “Saving Private Ryan” is, by all accounts, an American masterpiece and one of the premier World War II films. Saving Private Ryan is destined to be classic for decades to come. It is alternately compelling and disturbing with realistic portrayals of flawed, yet realistic characters.
The film follows a truly heart-wrenching story, a story of Capthain John H. Miller (Hanks) as he and his men search for Private James Francis Ryan (Matt Daon), who is the last of his platoon left alive. Tom Hanks is the centerpiece of the flick and once again, as in most of his roles, he is ‘the leader’. His commanding screen presence is no more evident that it is when he graces the screen in this amazing motion picture.
1. Forrest Gump (1994)
Finally, In this Tom Hanks movies List – Top Ten, the first position is undoubtedly held by Forrest Gump. This is one of the greatest movies ever made. Tom Hanks is certainly out of the world in this film that I doubt he would ever be able to top his performance in this film .
The film is based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom and the story depicts the several decades in the life of Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), a naive and slow-witted yet athletically prodigious native of Alabama who witnesses, and in some cases influences, some of the defining events of the latter half of the 20th century in the United States. The flow and pace of the movie was perfect as we ride through various historical events like the Vietnam War, assassination of JFK and the Watergate Scandal. Tom Hanks gave an undeniably wonderful performace and trule deserves the Oscar that he earned.
Forrest Gump simply tells us that we can achieve anything in life as long as we put our best effort and believe in everything that we do. Forrest Gump is no doubt one the best films I have ever seen. It changes my perception of life and makes me realised that we all havea purpose in this world. We probably won’t be seeing anything like this forever. A true masterpiece.
A League of Their Own
Sleepless in Seattle
The Da Vinci Code