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Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?  

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List Rules Vote up the actors who you'd trust to save Private Ryan. Actors must be under 40.

With two Best Actor Oscars and films that have grossed more than $9 billion worldwide, Tom Hanks stands as one of the best actors of his generation and one of the greatest actors of all time. In addition to nailing every role he plays, Tom Hanks is also famous for being down-to-earth and maintaining a positive public image. Hanks, like Mery Streep, does so much so well it's hard to imagine that anyone could fill his sheos. Since Hanks occupies such a large space within pop culture, it begs the question: who is the next Tom Hanks? 

Several young actors on their way to becoming the next Tom Hanks include Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne and Oscar nominees Jake Gyllenhaal, Dev Patel, and Ryan Gosling. Non-American actors, like John Boyega, Andrew Garfield, and Daniel Radcliffe quickly became Hollywood A-listers for their critically acclaimed performances. Which of these talented leading men fit the bill as the future Tom Hanks? In order to measure up to such a titan of talent, an actor must have superb PR skills, a versatile acting range, and the ability to make audiences weep over a volleyball.

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Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Deadpool, Green Lantern, The Proposal
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Eddie Redmayne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
The Theory of Everything, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl
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Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler, Zodiac
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Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
La La Land, Drive, The Notebook
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Chris Pratt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World, Her
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, (500) Days of Summer
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Sam Claflin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
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Ansel Elgort is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, Insurgent
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Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Inglourious Basterds, Prometheus, X-Men: Days of Future Past
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Andrew Garfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Social Network
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Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover, American Hustle
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James Franco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
127 Hours, Spider-Man, This Is the End
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Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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Zac Efron is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
17 Again, High School Musical, The Lucky One
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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Community, The Martian, Mystery Team
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Nicholas Hoult is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Mad Max: Fury Road, Warm Bodies, X-Men: Days of Future Past
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Michael B. Jordan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Creed, Fruitvale Station, Chronicle
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Rami Malek is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Night at the Museum
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Logan Lerman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Fury, 3:10 to Yuma
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Dave Franco is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
21 Jump Street, Now You See Me, Superbad
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Miles Teller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Whiplash, The Spectacular Now, Divergent
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Jesse Eisenberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
The Social Network, Zombieland, Now You See Me
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Evan Peters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Kick-Ass, American Horror Story, X-Men: Days of Future Past
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Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Bridge to Terabithia
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Channing Tatum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, White House Down