Top 10 Tom Hanks Movies, Ranked

Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks), wearing a green military uniform and hat, holds up a piece sign with his fingers in Washington, D.C. with buses, people, and the Jefferson Memorial in the background in Forrest Gump (1994)

With 80-plus movies under his belt including the new release of Toy Story 4 (2019), Tom Hanks is one of the more seasoned and illustrious movie veterans of our time. He has been a part of most of our childhoods as Woody in Toy Story (1995), he brought us to tears (both in laughter and grief) in Big (1988), and gave us a whole new perspective on the human experience in Forrest Gump (1994). In honor of his most recent role as Fred Rogers in the long-awaited biopic A Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood (2019), we have put together a ranked list of Tom Hanks’ top 10 movies (so far). 

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10. THE TERMINAL (2004)

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Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) in The Terminal (2004)

Though the reality of this story doesn’t hold up today, this whimsically charming movie follows Viktor Navorski, an Eastern European tourist, who ends up having to live at the JFK airport due to a war breaking out in his home country. There’s no place like Gate 67. 

 

9. BRIDGE OF SPIES (2015)

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Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) and James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) in Bridge of Spies (2015)

In this Cold War-era standoff between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, Hanks delivers a commanding role as New York Lawyer James Donovan, who is appointed to negotiate the release of a U.S. prisoner. Sharing the screen with the captivating Mark Rylance, it’s no wonder this movie was nominated for several Oscars®. 

 

8. PHILADELPHIA (1993)

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Andrew 'Andy' Beckett (Tom Hanks) and Joe Miller (Denzel Washington) in Philadelphia (1993)

A powerful movie with historical significance, Philadelphia employed Hollywood titans Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington to tell the story of AIDS patient Andrew Beckett as he faces discrimination. This movie marked a big step for Hanks as a dramatic actor.

 

7. TOY STORY (1995)

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Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) in Toy Story (1995)

Most of us can’t think about Tom Hanks without thinking of Woody! It’s difficult to compare an animated movie to the triumphs of Hanks’ acting career, but his contribution to the Toy Story franchise as one of Disney’s most beloved characters has impacted most of our lives in one way or another. 

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6. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2002)

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Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) in Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Even with DiCaprio as the high-flying, con man protagonist, Hanks manages to capture our attention as FBI Agent Carl Hanratty. Their chemistry on screen as a lawful odd couple makes Catch Me If You Can a modern classic.

 

5. BIG (1988)

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MacMillan (Robert Loggia) and Josh (Tom Hanks) in Big (1988)

It’s not easy being a child actor or being a 35-year-old man with the mindset of a child. Big was one of Hanks’ first major successes in showing off his incredible acting—not to mention his giant piano duet-playing skills.  

 

4. CAST AWAY (2000)

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Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) in Cast Away (2000)

Forget about supporting roles; Hanks was able to carry this movie entirely on his own (if you don’t count the imaginary friend/volleyball) with his remarkable performance in Castaway

 

3. APOLLO 13 (1995)

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(left to right) Fred Haise (Bill Paxton), Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon), and Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks) in Apollo 13 (1995)

Under the direction of movie master Ron Howard and side by side with Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton, Hanks delivered an authoritative role in this claustrophobic journey through space, securing its position in our top 3 of the best Hanks’ movies! 

 

2. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998)

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Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) in Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Any time Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are in the same room, you can expect something spectacular to come from it. From this critically acclaimed war movie, we receive a tour de force from Hanks as Captain Miller as he leads a platoon of men through Nazi-occupied France. 

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1. FORREST GUMP (1994)

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Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) in Forrest Gump (1994)

There shouldn’t be any surprise that this masterpiece sits at the top of our list of Tom Hanks’ movies. Bringing him a well-deserved Oscar® for best actor (along with 5 others, including 13 overall Oscar® nominations for the movie), Hanks’ character not only ties the whole movie together, but emits a spirit of humanity that united the entire world. 

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If you’re like us and can’t get enough Tom Hanks in your life, make sure to snag your tickets for A Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood, coming to Regal this Friday, November 22nd! 

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