15 Best Tom Hanks Movies of all Time

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7. Sully (2016)

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Capt. Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger played by Tom Hanks is the captain of the US Airways Flight 1549 which on January 15, 2009 was struck by a flock of geese and Sully made an emergency landing in the New York Hudson River surviving all his 155 passengers and crew. Sully becomes a national hero and also goes through a nerve wrecking investigation by the NTSB which could end his career and also his reputation.

The film is based on the most successful water landing in history and won big at the box office apart from winning several awards.


6. Big (1988)

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Josh Baskin, a 12 year old boy makes a wish to be an adult and he is turned into a 30 years old man played by Tom Hanks. After this transformation he heads to New York City and gets a job at MacMillen Toy company. Soon a colleague Susan Lawrence played by Elizabeth Perkins has a crush on Josh. Josh feels a lot of pressure to be an adult and wishes to be a young boy again missing his family and wanting a simpler life.

Big is a challenging tale because Josh is a 30 year old outside and a 12 year old inside his mind.


5. The Green Mile (1999)

A veteran prison guard Paul Edgecomb played by Tom Hanks in the 1930’s guards prisoners on death row and over the years has seen many prisoners but has never seen a prisoner like John Coffey played by Michael Clarke Duncan who is a huge black man convicted of murdering two young sisters.

Paul is having trouble believing that John has done the crime and finds his personality to be very helpful, loving and to posses a supernatural gift of healing people. Paul’s life and believes are challenged by John as they start interacting more and more.


4. Captain Phillips (2013)

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Captain Richard Phillips is the container vessel captain of Maersk Alabama played by Tom Hanks. Phillips has to deal with his ship and crew in a hostage situation when they get overwhelmed by Somali pirates. Their leader Muse played by Barkhad Abdi demands millions of dollars for their release but Phillips uses his expertise and negotiation skills to deal with Muse to keep all of his crew and ship safe.

This is a nerve wrecking flick and keeps you in suspense as to what would happen next. This movie is based on a true story and got six Oscar nominations including the nomination for Best Motion Picture of the Year.


3. Apollo 13 (1995)

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Astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) are stuck in space on the lunar mission Apollo 13 when an oxygen tank explodes and their moon landing is called off. They all face certain death and try their best to patch together a plan with the help of NASA staff on Earth. The movie shows the ingenuity of the scientist and the astronauts who held it together and managed to come back all in one piece.

The film showcased one of the most strongest performance of Tom Hanks and won several awards including two Academy awards.


2. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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An FBI Agent Carl Hanratty played by Tom Hanks makes his top mission to chase Frank Abagnale Jr played by Leonardo DiCaprio who is a multi-talented fraud who has mastered faking his identities as a doctor, a lawyer and a co-pilot of Pan Am airlines and has stolen about $4,000,000 in check fraud.

Set in the 1960’s Hanratty has to go to many lengths to track and arrest Frank and even when he does, they both come to a working arrangement where Frank helps the FBI with check fraud. This movie is an excellent cat and mouse tale that is actually based on a true story of Frank Abagnale Jr.

The film is a classic and if you happen to be a fan of Tom Hanks and Leo then its a must watch for you. This film is listed amongst the top rated movies on IMDB and also got two Oscar nominations which speaks for its quality.


1. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

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Rated as the best performance by Tom Hanks, Saving Private Ryan takes place in 1944 where Captain John Miller played by Tom Hanks has to take his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan to bring him home to his mother as she has lost all her sons in the war.

Throughout the journey Captain Miller is faced with huge obstacles and losses to reach Private Ryan. This is a tale of bravery, sacrifice, honor and most importantly the promise to bring back the last remaining son of a mother who has lost all other sons for her country.

With an amazing performance from Tom Hanks in the lead role, the film features one of the most authentic war experiences that have ever been captured in cinema history (just to give you an idea about how authentic it was, many veterans walked out of the cinemas after watching the initial assault on the beach battle as it was too real for them to bear).

Not only did the movie rocked theaters worldwide, it also won five Oscars out of its eleven nominations. It still remains amongst the top rated movies on IMDB.


Honorable Mentions

We can’t resist mentioning these epic performances by Tom Hanks as well:

  • The Terminal (2004)
  • Ithaca (2015)
  • You’ve Got Mail (1998)

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