Tom Hanks is one of the most beloved and iconic actors in history.
In the 1990s, he won two Academy Awards for Best Actor in consecutive years for his performances in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump respectively.
As well as being a hit with critics, Hanks is one of the most bankable stars ever as his movies have grossed $5 billion in box office earnings. His two most successful movies are Toy Story 4 and Toy Story 3 in which he voices the character of Woody.
In addition to his two Best Actor wins, he has been nominated for four other acting Academy Awards for Big, Saving Private Ryan, Cast Away and A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood.
Within our MovieMeter community, there are naturally various Hanks movies that have received hugely positive responses. By subscribing to become a member of the MovieMeter community HERE, you can rate all of your favourite movies - and some of your least favourite ones.
According to the votes cast by our community, The Green Mile is Hanks' best movie. The movie tells the story of a prison guard on death row and his relationship with a convict whom he believes could be innocent.
Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, his two Best Actor-winning movies, make our top 10.
Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story 3 and Captain Phillips round out the top five.
Best Tom Hanks movies
As Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) spends his days in a retirement home, he looks back on his life as a prison guard. For years he served in the 'Trench of Death' of Cold Mountain Prison. During the Great Depression, Edgecomb developed a special bond with one of the prisoners, giant John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan) who was charged with the rape and murder of two little girls. There was just something very special about him...
The film tells the story of the humble Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks). His low IQ doesn't stop him from playing a major role in several important events in American history. We see him fighting in Vietnam, meeting Elvis and JFK, and so on. In between these events, he runs into his great love Jenny (Robin Wright) once every few years.
During the Allied invasion of Normandy, two brothers die. A third brother dies simultaneously in New Guinea, fighting the Japanese. When it becomes known that a fourth brother (Matt Damon) has gone missing in the French countryside, a mission, led by Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) is launched to get him home safely.
When Andy grows up and goes to college, Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and the rest of their toy friends end up at Sunnyside Daycare. This seems like a cosy place at first, led by the friendly toy bear Lotso (Ned Beatty). But, all is not as it seems as the toys realise that Lotso may not be so friendly after all.
The film is based on the true story of Richard Phillips, captain of the freighter Maersk Alabama. In 2009, this ship was hijacked by Somali pirates and Phillips gave himself up as a hostage to save his crew.
Chuck Noland is a high-ranking official at FedEx who puts his work ahead of his personal life. While flying with a cargo plane, the plane is caught in a storm. When part of the payload explodes, the plane crashes into the Pacific Ocean. Chuck manages to escape from the plane as it sinks and washes up on an island. While his loved ones live under the assumption that he is dead, he devises ways to survive and escape.
He poses as a doctor, professor, lawyer and pilot, and no one ever doubts his abilities. Frank Abagnale Jr (Leonardo DiCaprio), barely twenty years old, lights everyone up with his charm and disappears again and again without leaving a trace until an international manhunt commences. Based on the true story of Frank Abagnale, a counterfeiter and master con artist who, before the age of 21, wrote millions of dollars worth of counterfeit checks and then spent the money just as easily.
Michael Sullivan works for crime boss John Rooney. Michael's eldest son is curious about his father's work, and when he goes out for Rooney again, he decides to follow him. He witnesses a reckoning and everyone wonders if the boy will be able to shut up. A hitman is ordered to err on the side of caution and kill Michael and his family. However, the main targets, Michael and his son, manage to escape and flee.
Lawyer Andrew Beckett is told shortly after his promotion that he has been fired. His employer gives the reason that he has messed up an assignment. Andy thinks otherwise: he thinks they found out he's gay and has AIDS, which was the reason for his firing. In a world full of misunderstanding and intolerance, he fights for justice.
Cowboy Woody (Tom Hanks) has been Andy's favourite toy for years. When the boy receives the glitzy astronaut doll Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) for his birthday, Woody is pushed into the background. The two toys vie for the boy's affection and their bickering throws the toy world upside down. When Buzz falls out of the window at the hands of Woody, Woody must save his eventual friend from the clutches of next-door neighbour, Sid.
Saving Private Ryan
War / Drama
1998 • 169 minutes
Animation / Family
1995 • 81 minutes
Toy Story 3
Animation / Comedy
2010 • 103 minutes
Road to Perdition
Drama / Crime
2002 • 117 minutes
Comedy / Drama
1994 • 142 minutes
Green Mile, The
Fantasy / Drama
1999 • 189 minutes
Biography / Thriller
2013 • 134 minutes
Catch Me If You Can
Biography / Crime
2002 • 141 minutes
2000 • 143 minutes
1993 • 125 minutes