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The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked 

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Updated June 18, 2020 1.8k votes 272 voters 7k views 26 items

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. And if you love these characters, check out our Tom Hanks movies list to vote on his best films, or find out which Tom Hanks character are you, based on your zodiac!

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
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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Captain John H. Miller ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Saving Private Ryan
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Chuck Noland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Cast Away
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Paul Edgecombe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
The Green Mile
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Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Apollo 13
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Josh Baskin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
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Jimmy Dugan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
A League of Their Own
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Carl Hanratty is listed (or ranked) 9 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 Richard Phillips... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Captain Phillips
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Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Saving Mr. Banks
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Chesley 'Sully' Sullenbe... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger Sully
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Andrew Beckett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Philadelphia
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Mr. Rogers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
starwarssuperfan added A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
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Sam Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Sleepless in Seattle
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Joe Fox is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
You've Got Mail
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Viktor Navorski is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
The Terminal
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Robert Langdon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, Angels and Demons
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Det. Scott Turner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Turner and Hooch
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Allen Bauer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Splash
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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
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Ray Peterson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
The 'Burbs
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Michael Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Road to Perdition
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Joe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
Joe Joe Vs the Volcano
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Ben Bradlee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Tom Hanks, Ranked
carlybobarly added Ben Bradlee The Post