'Thanks, But No, T. Hanks:' Tom Hanks Movies You Have To Admit Are Pretty Bad

List Rules
Vote up the Tom Hanks movies that don't work and end up among Hanks's worst despite his charm, charisma, and Hanksiness.

We love Tom Hanks. There's something about his guileless smile and friendly voice that immediately calms and comforts us. In good movies, he makes larger-than-life characters seem relatable and human. In bad movies, he gives us hope that there's something worthwhile in a story that's otherwise drab or boring. But the man is not a miracle worker. In fact, you could make the argument that he hasn't always shown the best judgment when it comes to which movies he should be starring in. 

Though Hanks fans are excited to catch his latest film Finch as it hits theaters, we here at Ranker are keeping them humble by reminding them of the actor's past sins. We've collected some of Tom's biggest duds not just from his early acting days, but from as little as four or five years ago. Take a look and vote up the movies that even Tom couldn't redeem.


  • Ithaca
    Photo: user uploaded image
    1
    387 VOTES

    The Movie:

    A teenager works as a bicycle messenger during the summer of 1942 while struggling to look after his widowed mother.

    What's Wrong With It:

    In one of the most shocking developments in film history, Meg Ryan’s directorial debut is less than stellar. This plodding melodrama is so predictable and free from unexpected bumps that you can’t be blamed for falling asleep before reaching its destination.

    Review That Sums It Up:

    "Somewhere, Norman Rockwell is thinking, “Sheesh, even I was edgier than this.”

    - Kyle Smith

    387 votes
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities
    Photo: The Bonfire of the Vanities

    The Movie:

    In this black comedy based on the novel by Tom Wolfe, a Wall Street hotshot and his mistress accidentally run over and kill a young black boy, then fail to report the death to the police. An alcoholic tabloid reporter finds out about the story and runs with it, leading to a sensational trial.

    What's Wrong With It:

    This is a comedy that's pretty hard to laugh at. The dark satire that worked so well in Tom Wolfe's novel feels crass and disrespectful in the hands of director Brian De Palma. 

    Review That Sums It Up:

    "The author wisely had nothing to do with this bonfire of inanities. Neither should audiences."

    - Peter Travers

    484 votes
  • The Circle
    Photo: The Circle
    3
    475 VOTES

    The Movie:

    A young woman seizes the opportunity of a lifetime when she gets a job at Silicon Valley's biggest and most powerful social media company. The company's founder encourages her to participate in a bizarre, borderline unethical experiments that have unseen consequences for not just her friends and family, but the world at large.

    What's Wrong With It:

    This slog of a movie spends most of its limited energy begging us to pat it on the head for making a really boring point about the dangers of social media. 

    Review That Sums It Up:

    "The sort of movie that's convinced of its own urgency and importance, even as viewers only see something that's obvious and overbearing."

    - Matt Brunson

    475 votes
  • 4
    684 VOTES

    The Movie:

    Based on the 2004 novel of the same name, Cloud Atlas is a sci-fi epic that spans across generations, placing its cast in different characters living in different centuries to tell multiple stories.

    Why It's Bad:

    Those who manage to squint long enough at this three-hour snorefest to see some kind of meaningful message in the film will wonder if that message was worth seeing Tom Hanks' insane goatee.

     

    Review That Sums It Up:

    "[There's'] far too many actors in this town to have to bother paying Tom Hanks $100,000,000 and putting him in nine hundred scenes as different ethnicities and races."

    - Brandy Howard

    684 votes
  • Larry Crowne
    Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Fair use
    5
    567 VOTES

    The Movie:

    A faltering economy sends Larry Crowne tumbling from his perch in the C-suite of his company down into the unemployment line. Faced with a sudden mid-life crisis, Larry enrolls in a local community college and finds a group of fellow students who inspire him to find his direction in life.

    What's Wrong With It:

    This movie's premise has deep potential: it's about class, second chances in America, love, and marriage. But Hanks, who directed and co-wrote the movie, decided to avoid any potentially difficult discussions by diving headfirst into a shallow pool of schmaltz. "

    Review That Sums It Up:

    "This film is the cinematic equivalent of a marshmallow. It’s soft and fluffy, but it leaves you unsatisfied and hungering for more after you consume it."

    Micheal Compton

    567 votes
  • 6
    728 VOTES

    The Movie:

    An eclectic group of criminals must silence a churchgoing old lady who learns about their plans to rob a casino.

    Why It's Bad:

    The Ladykillers is a rare misstep from the Coen brothers. Tom Hanks' Southern gentleman character is basically Foghorn Leghorn if he went to grad school, and while there are a few laughs to be had here and there, a lot of the movie's humor ends up feeling dated. 

    Review That Sums It Up:

    "The Coens’ latest wants to be a colorful carnival ride brimming with characters who are lovable precisely because of their unrepentant despicableness. Instead, it’s a lukewarm live-action Loony Tunes cartoon."

    - Nick Schager

    728 votes