15 Best Tom Hanks Movies of all Time

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15 Best Tom Hanks Movies of all Time

Tom Hanks was born on 9th of July 1956 in Concord California. He is an American actor who began performing with the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in 1977. Later in his life he moved to New York City and starred in many of the biggest Hollywood movies such as Forrest Gump, Splash and Saving Private Ryan. He is one of the most respected actors in Hollywood and not to much surprise you can often see him in some of the most famous advertisement campaigns in the world. Lets have a look at 15 best Tom Hanks movies of all time:


15. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

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After Sam’s wife passes away played by Tom Hanks, he and his son Jonah relocate to Seattle to be distant from the place where his mother passed away. Jonah misses his mother and wants his father to remarry so that he can have a new mother. But his father is not open to dating again.

Jonah is smart and pushes his father into pouring his heart out on a national talk show about his perfect marriage to his wife. One Baltimore based newspaper writer Annie falls in love with Sam by listening to the story over the radio. Annie writes to Sam proposing to meet on top of the Empire State Building. Jonah likes Annie’s letter and he tries whatever he can to make both of them meet to make love happen.


14. Cloud Atlas (2012)

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In this movie by the Wachowskis they show how everything is connected through all the ages. The Individual lives of everyone in the movie are connected to one another and are affected by them. The past present and future are connected, A murderer becomes a hero and a small help later inspires a revolution that changes the events of past present and future.

The movie carries a total of six interlinking narratives. This movie was based on the best-selling novel Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Like other actors in the film, Tom Hanks also plays six roles many of which are quite hard to recognize all thanks to excellent make up.


13. A League of Their Own (1992)

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This comedy movie is set during the World War II era and the men are at the battlefield. An all-female baseball league is created in the Midwest and coach Jimmy Dugan (played by Tom Hanks who is a drunkard) takes them to their fame and success, the movie shows the drama and troubles they face along the way.

The main characters are played by Geena Davis (Dottie) and Lori Petty (Kit). The film also stars Madonna playing the character of Mae Mordibeto, a wild girl trying to get Jimmy’s attention.


12. Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

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Walt Disney played by Tom Hanks wants to make the famous American book Marry Poppins come to life in his movies. P.L Travers played by Emma Thompson is very rigid and doesn’t want her work to become into a fantasy Hollywood style movie, she is strict and wants all control so that the right story can be told in the movie.

She rejects Walt’s offer many times before finally accepting it after 20 years when she is low on finances, but still wants to control all aspects of the movie making. The movie is based on an untold true story and the actors really put their best effort to do it justice. The film impressed both the audiences and the critics worldwide and bagged one Oscar nomination as well.


11. Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)

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Charlie Wilson played by Tom Hanks is fixed in the early 1980’s at the peak of the Cold War between Soviet Union and the United States. Charlie is member of major foreign policy and covert-ops committees but knows nothing about the plight of the Afghan people under the Soviet occupation.

Through the help of a Texas socialite Joanne Herring played by Julia Roberts and CIA Agent Gustav played by Philip Seymour Hoffman (which earned him an Oscar nomination for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role). Charlie is able to see the plight of the Afghan people and was able to provide weapons and support, to arm the Afghan Mujahedeen to take down the Soviet Union. This movie is based on a true story.


10. Philadelphia (1993)

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The lawyer Andrew Beckett played by Tom Hanks is diagnosed with HIV and is a homosexual. Andrew was working with a powerful Philadelphia law firm and hid his illness and sexual orientation from the company due to fear that it might compromise his career. Later his secret is exposed and he loses his job.

He is upset and wants compensation thus he hires Lawyer Joe Miller played by Denzel Washington, who is the only lawyer willing to help with his case. Joe has to set aside his own homophobia and has to settle the case before Andrew dies with AIDS.


9. Splash (1984)

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Alan Bauer played by Tom Hanks wants to find a girl, fall in love and get married, but sadly he is unable to find anyone. He has memories of being saved by a mermaid in his youth but he manages his family’s wholesale fruit business and is unable to meet anyone.

Later he goes to the sea and losses his wallet in the surf, later the mermaid Madison played by Daryl Hannah chases him to return the wallet. They fall in love and Madison is scared that if Alan comes to know that she is not human how he would react.

The film bagged one Oscar nomination as well as Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical nomination at Golden Globes awards.


8. Forrest Gump (1994)

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Forrest Gump played by Tom Hanks is a simple minded and kind hearted boy growing up in Alabama with his childhood friend called Jenny played by Robin Wright. He is a very optimistic person and others are drawn to him for this quality.

The movie is like a journey in his timeline, he becomes a college football star then he fights in Vietnam and afterwards captains a shrimp boat. He is very optimistic and wants to save his childhood love Jenny from a troubled life and wants to be with her.