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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186 136
Sam Claflin is listed (or ranked) 1 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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161 113
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler, Zodiac

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168 120
Chris Pratt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World, Her

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185 141
Eddie Redmayne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
The Theory of Everything, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl

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187 144
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, (500) Days of Summer

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135 94
Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
La La Land, Drive, The Notebook

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131 92
Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Deadpool, Green Lantern, The Proposal

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152 117
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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108 91
Andrew Garfield is listed (or ranked) 9 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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89 81
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Inglourious Basterds, Prometheus, X-Men: Days of Future Past

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96 103
James Franco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
127 Hours, Spider-Man, This Is the End

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84 96
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 12 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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79 90
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover, American Hustle

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86 102
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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71 82
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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52 70
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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48 80
Jesse Eisenberg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
The Social Network, Zombieland, Now You See Me

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43 73
Michael B. Jordan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Creed, Fruitvale Station, Chronicle

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34 58
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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42 72
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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37 65
Evan Peters is listed (or ranked) 21 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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43 79
Josh Hutcherson is listed (or ranked) 22 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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35 70
John Boyega is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Attack the Block, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Episode VII

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39 78
Channing Tatum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, White House Down

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26 55
Rami Malek is listed (or ranked) 25 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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29 61
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Kick-Ass, Godzilla, Kick-Ass 2

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37 76
Miles Teller is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Whiplash, The Spectacular Now, Divergent

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35 75
Dev Patel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Slumdog Millionaire, The Newsroom, The Last Airbender

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30 67
Domhnall Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, True Grit

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29 72
Ezra Miller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Beware the Gonzo

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22 59
Jamie Bell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
The Adventures of Tintin, Billy Elliot, Jumper

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18 54
Emile Hirsch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Into the Wild, The Girl Next Door, Milk

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28 83
Shia LaBeouf is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Transformers, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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26 83
Robert Pattinson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Twilight, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Remember Me

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13 54
Dane DeHaan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Chronicle, The Amazing Spider Man 2, Lawless

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10 51
Alden Ehrenreich is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Beautiful Creatures, Blue Jasmine, Somewhere

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12 58
Paul Dano is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood, Looper

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11 57
Shameik Moore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
Shameik Moore

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11 59
Will Poulter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
We're the Millers, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Maze Runner

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6 57
Trevante Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Which Young Actor Is The Next Tom Hanks?
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