Toy Story where Tom Hanks voiced the Sheriff Woody must have been included in this list, however we thought we would list the films where he made his presence physically.
Thomas Jeffery Hanks has been nominated five times for the Academy awards and has won it two consecutive years in a row.Through the characters he has played over the years he has become one of the most immensely likeable actors of our times.
11) Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
This film based on a story by Jeff Arch, has Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin (Architect) and Meg Ryan as Annie Reed (Reporter), directed by Nora Ephron. This one is a romantic treat, though it may come across as a bit contrived and shallow film. It’s an entertaining feel good film to watch.
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10) The Terminal (2004)
The Terminal is inspired by the eighteen year stay of Mehran Karimi Naasseri in Terminal 1 at Paris airport. Stephen Spielberg and Tom Hanks give a film that would entertain any film viewer, with their extraordinary work.
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9) Cloud Atlas (2012)
Cloud Atlas by The Wachowski’s and Tom Tykwer is adapted from the novel of the same name by David Mitchell .The film continues to receive polarised responses from audiences and critics alike even now. It can be easily regarded as one of the most ambitious films in history of cinema. The film requires multiple watches to understand its philosophical and spiritual connect.
8) Catch me if you can (2002)
A story about FBI's youngest most wanted, is an action packed funny crime caper. Directed by Spielberg this film is a riot to watch Tom Hanks chase Leonardo Di Carpio. A thoroughly entertaining film.
7) Apollo 13 (1995)
Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell, commander of Apollo 13 gives us a terrific performance .The film shows science history is as exciting as a science thriller. Based on the book “Lost Moon: The perilous voyage of Apollo 13”, this film is a very powerful drama by Ron Howard.
6) Road to perdition (2002)
The film is about a father trying to save his son and make sure that his son never turns out to be like him. A gripping and touching tale. It has some crisp editing which was a talking point out then and the film was directed by Sam Mendes, with Hanks delivering a solid performance.
5) Cast Away (2000)
This one is a one man show by Tom Hanks, who plays Chuck Noland a FED EX employee who is washed away to shore when the plane he was travelling crashed. This survival drama, is an emotional poetry which makes us want more from Tom Hanks.
4) Philadelphia (1993)
This film about the medical, political, and social issues of AIDS, has Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington giving some powerful and impactful performance. Hanks won his first Academy award for his role in the film. The film has quite a deep impact on the viewers about the issue it deals.
3) The Green Mile (1999)
Some films have a lasting impression on your mind, this is one of those films. A powerful prison drama, based on Stephen King's serialised novel. This film by Director Frank Darabont who made the much acclaimed The Shawshank Redemption, has Tom Hanks giving a fantastic performance as the prison guard.
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2) Saving Private Ryan (1999)
This is the film which redefined the genre, acclaimed as one of the best war dramas, Saving Private Ryan has a commendable performance of Tom Hanks and a vision statement of Director Stephen Spielberg. The film's opening battle sequence is one of the most disturbing scenes in cinematic history. This one is the ultimate combat film.
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1) Forrest Gump (1994)
This is an epic feel good film you will ever get to watch. This is Tom Hanks at his best, he makes us laugh, cry and feel for him. A quite magical film which balances comedy and sadness quite well. We would enjoy watching Tom Hanks in each and every frame of this film, its Hanks all over it. The film justifies itself being the best film of Hanks until now. And for this film Tom Hanks had once again won the Academy award the consecutive year after the 1993 win for Philadelphia.
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