Fictional Characters The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked  

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This list contains information on the best characters played by Tom Hanks ranked from best to worst by user votes. The top Tom Hanks characters come in many forms. Some compelling Hanks roles personify honor while other iconic Hanks characters are romantic heroes. A few great Tom Hanks characters are even downright hilarious.

Which Tom Hanks roles are the best? Forrest Gump has to be near the top of the list. Life may be like a box of chocolates, but you always know you are going to get a great performance when Tom Hanks takes the role. Hanks won the Oscar for Best Actor in 1995 for portraying the title character in Forrest Gump just as he did the previous year for playing Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia. Tom Hanks was full of childlike wonder as Josh Baskin in the 1988 film, Big.

Tom Hanks's most animated role has to be that of everyone's favorite cowboy Woody in the Toy Story series. Other great characters played by Tom Hanks include Jimmy Dugan in A League of Their Own and Captain Miller in Saving Private Ryan.

How will we ever determine which Tom Hanks character is the best? Help us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and please add any great roles we may have missed.

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48 16
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Forrest Gump

2
28 11
Jimmy Dugan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
A League of Their Own

3
26 10
Woody is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Toy Story

4
25 10
Josh Baskin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked

5
26 11
Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Apollo 13

6
27 12
Chuck Noland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Cast Away

7
21 8
Paul Edgecombe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
The Green Mile

8
20 9
Captain Richard Phillips is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Captain Phillips

9
17 7
Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Saving Mr. Banks

10
17 7
Carl Hanratty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Catch Me If You Can, Catch Me If You Can

11
22 12
Captain John H. Miller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Saving Private Ryan

12
22 17
Andrew Beckett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Philadelphia

13
15 10
Viktor Navorski is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
The Terminal

14
12 7
Robert Langdon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, Angels and Demons

15
16 12
Det. Scott Turner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Turner and Hooch

16
13 9
Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger Sully

17
12 8
Joe Fox is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
You've Got Mail

18
10 6
Joe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Joe Joe Vs the Volcano

19
17 14
Ray Peterson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
The 'Burbs

20
14 11
Allen Bauer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Splash

21
10 7
James B. Donovan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
James B. Donovan Bridge of Spies

22
11 9
Sam Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Sleepless in Seattle

23
8 6
Michael Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Road to Perdition

24
6 5
Ben Bradlee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
carlybobarly added Ben Bradlee The Post

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6 10
Dr. Henry Goose is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Cloud Atlas