actors Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?  

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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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Sam Claflin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Sam Claflin Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

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139 95
Ansel Elgort is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Ansel Elgort The Fault in Our Stars^! Divergent^! Insurgent^! Carrie

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Eddie Redmayne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Eddie Redmayne The Theory of Everything, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl

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141 100
Chris Pratt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Chris Pratt Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World, Her

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163 125
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, (500) Days of Summer

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131 95
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Jake Gyllenhaal Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler, Zodiac

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110 81
Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Ryan Gosling La La Land, Drive, The Notebook

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106 80
Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Ryan Reynolds Deadpool, Green Lantern, The Proposal

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97 76
Andrew Garfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Andrew Garfield The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Social Network

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76 70
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Michael Fassbender Inglourious Basterds, Prometheus, X-Men: Days of Future Past

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81 87
James Franco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
James Franco 127 Hours, Spider-Man, This Is the End

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Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Daniel Radcliffe 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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62 70
Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Donald Glover Community, The Martian, Mystery Team

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69 81
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Bradley Cooper Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover, American Hustle

The Best Tom Hanks Romcom Roles

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Zac Efron is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Zac Efron 17 Again, High School Musical, The Lucky One

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49 64
Nicholas Hoult is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Nicholas Hoult Mad Max: Fury Road, Warm Bodies, X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Dave Franco is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Dave Franco 21 Jump Street, Now You See Me, Superbad

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30 48
Logan Lerman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Logan Lerman The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Fury, 3:10 to Yuma

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42 68
Jesse Eisenberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Jesse Eisenberg The Social Network, Zombieland, Now You See Me

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29 50
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Aaron Taylor-Johnson Kick-Ass, Godzilla, Kick-Ass 2

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39 68
Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Josh Hutcherson The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Bridge to Terabithia

The Most Beautiful Women of All Time

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Rami Malek is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Rami Malek The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Night at the Museum

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30 56
Evan Peters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Evan Peters Kick-Ass, American Horror Story, X-Men: Days of Future Past

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31 58
John Boyega is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
John Boyega Attack the Block, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Episode VII

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35 65
Michael B. Jordan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Michael B. Jordan Creed, Fruitvale Station, Chronicle

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Domhnall Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Domhnall Gleeson Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, True Grit

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33 66
Miles Teller is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Miles Teller Whiplash, The Spectacular Now, Divergent

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33 68
Channing Tatum is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Channing Tatum 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, White House Down

10 Costars And Film Professionals Talk About Why Tom Hanks Is Awesome

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Jamie Bell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Jamie Bell The Adventures of Tintin, Billy Elliot, Jumper

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Dev Patel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Dev Patel Slumdog Millionaire, The Newsroom, The Last Airbender

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Ezra Miller is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Ezra Miller The Perks of Being a Wallflower, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Beware the Gonzo

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Emile Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Emile Hirsch Into the Wild, The Girl Next Door, Milk

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Dane DeHaan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Dane DeHaan Chronicle, The Amazing Spider Man 2, Lawless

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25 70
Shia LaBeouf is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Shia LaBeouf Transformers, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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10 43
Alden Ehrenreich is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Alden Ehrenreich Beautiful Creatures, Blue Jasmine, Somewhere

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Robert Pattinson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Robert Pattinson Twilight, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Remember Me

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11 49
Paul Dano is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Paul Dano Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood, Looper

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11 49
Shameik Moore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Shameik Moore

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9 50
Will Poulter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Will Poulter We're the Millers, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Maze Runner

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6 49
Trevante Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Trevante Rhodes Open Windows