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The Best Tom Hanks Movies

Updated March 29, 2021 79.9k votes 10.4k voters 333.7k views52 items

List RulesVote for your favorite Tom Hanks movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

Here is a list of the top Tom Hanks movies ranked from best to worst. You'll soon see that this is far more than a top 10 Tom Hanks movie list. Tom Hanks made his feature film debut in Ron Howard's Splash in 1984, and these two continued to collaborate ever since. Tom Hanks's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Tom Hanks movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Tom Hanks movies will be at the top of the list. Tom Hanks has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Tom Hanks movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about it, use this list of the most entertaining Tom Hanks films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Tom Hanks role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest and most famous Tom Hanks performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

This list includes Forrest Gump, Toy Story, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, and more.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Tom Hanks movies?" and "What are the greatest Tom Hanks roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Tom Hanks' romantic side, you might also enjoy our list of best Meg Ryan movies and best Julia Roberts movies.

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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Character: Forrest Gump

    Awards: Academy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama

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    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

    Released1999

    Directed byFrank Darabont

    Character: Paul Edgecomb

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    #3 of 174 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made#25 of 375 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Character: Captain John H. Miller

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    #2 of 675 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars#26 of 92 The Most Rewatchable Action Movies

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    Toy Story

    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn Lasseter

    Character: Sheriff Woody

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    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byRon Howard

    Character: Jim Lovell

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    Big

    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    Character: Josh Baskin

    Awards: Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

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    Cast Away

    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Character: Chuck Noland

    Awards: Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama

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    A League of Their Own

    Madonna, Tom Hanks

    Released1992

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    Character: Jimmy Dugan

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    #3 of 12 Movies Where The Cast And Crew Disagreed About Its Meaning#1 of 205 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made

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    Catch Me If You Can

    Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Character: FBI Agent Carl Hanratty

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    Toy Story 2

    Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer

    Released1999

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon

    Character: Sheriff Woody

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    Toy Story 3

    Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg

    Released2010

    Directed byLee Unkrich

    Character: Sheriff Woody

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    Philadelphia

    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington

    Released1993

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    Character: Andrew Beckett

    Awards: Academy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama

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    Captain Phillips

    Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener

    Released2013

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

    Character: Captain Richard Phillips

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    Sully

    Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart

    Released2016

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Character: Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger

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    Sleepless in Seattle

    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

    Released1993

    Directed byNora Ephron

    Character: Sam Baldwin

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    #206 of 924 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#3 of 126 The Greatest Date Movies Of All Time

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    You've Got Mail

    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

    Released1998

    Directed byNora Ephron

    Character: Joe Fox

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    Bridge of Spies

    Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance

    Released2015

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Character: James B. Donovan

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    Road to Perdition

    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Mendes

    Character: Michael Sullivan, Sr. 

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    #18 of 123 The Best Mafia Films Of All Time#22 of 125 The Best Assassin Movies

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    Turner & Hooch

    Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson

    Released1989

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

    Character: Detective Scott Turner

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    The Terminal

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Hanks

    Released2004

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Character: Viktor Navorski

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    Splash

    Tom Hanks, John Candy

    Released1984

    Directed byRon Howard

    Character: Allen Bauer

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    Saving Mr. Banks

    Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell

    Released2013

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    Character: Walt Disney

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    #125 of 302 The Best Movies Based On True Stories#8 of 122 Great Movies That Place In The '60s

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    The Da Vinci Code

    Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen

    Released2006

    Directed byRon Howard

    Character: Professor Robert Langdon

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    The Polar Express

    Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler

    Released2004

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Character: The Conductor / Hero Boy / Father / Scrooge / Santa Claus / Hobo

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    #15 of 127 The Best Christmas Movies of All Time#1 of 246 The Best Movies For Kids

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    Released2019

    Directed byMarielle Heller

    Character: Fred Rogers

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