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

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Woody is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Woody Toy Story

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Josh Baskin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked

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Chuck Noland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Chuck Noland Cast Away

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Jimmy Dugan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Jimmy Dugan A League of Their Own

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Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Jim Lovell Apollo 13

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Captain Richard Phillips is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Captain Richard Phillips Captain Phillips

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

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

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

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

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Viktor Navorski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Viktor Navorski The Terminal

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Andrew Beckett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Andrew Beckett Philadelphia

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Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger Sully

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Ray Peterson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Ray Peterson The 'Burbs

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Allen Bauer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Allen Bauer Splash

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

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Robert Langdon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Robert Langdon The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, Angels and Demons

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Joe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Joe Joe Vs the Volcano

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Det. Scott Turner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Scott Turner Turner and Hooch

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Sam Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Sam Baldwin Sleepless in Seattle

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James B. Donovan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
James B. Donovan Bridge of Spies

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

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