Top 5: Tom Hanks Best Acting Performances

In no particular order, here are the five times the actor held us spellbound with his screen presence.

Tom Hanks

Everyone loves Tom Hanks! With about five decades in the movie industry, Hanks has played almost everything you can think of. At 65 years old, Tom Hanks has been nominated for an Oscar 6 times and has won twice. He’s an accomplished actor who also has Emmys, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, SAG, and Tony nominations and awards attached to his name. 

Disney recently released the trailer for its upcoming live-action adaptation of Pinocchio, where Tom Hanks will star as Geppeto, coupled with the Elvis movie where Tom Hanks will be portraying Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager, and we thought now is a fitting time to take on the Herculean task of wrapping Tom Hanks’ rich resume into a Top 5. Tell us in the comments if you like our picks or not.

Tom Hanks Top 5

Big (1988)

A 13-year-old boy wishes to get bigger in size with the help of a fortune-telling machine. When he wakes up the next morning, he discovers that his wish has been fulfilled.

Philadelphia (1993)

A young Philadelphia lawyer who is infected with AIDS keeps his homosexuality hidden from his employers. When he is suddenly dismissed, he hires a homophobic lawyer for a wrongful dismissal suit.

Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest, a man with a low IQ, recounts the early years of his life when he found himself in the middle of key historical events. All he wants now is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart, Jenny.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

During the Normandy invasion of World War II, Captain John Miller is assigned the task of searching for Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have already been killed in the war.

Toy Story (1995 – 2019)

Woody (Tom Hanks), a good-hearted cowboy doll who belongs to a young boy named Andy (John Morris), sees his position as Andy’s favorite toy jeopardized when his parents buy him a Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) action figure. Even worse, the arrogant Buzz thinks he’s a real spaceman on a mission to return to his home planet. When Andy’s family moves to a new house, Woody and Buzz must escape the clutches of maladjusted neighbor Sid Phillips (Erik von Detten) and reunite with their boy.


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