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The Best Tom Hanks Movies

Updated March 29, 2021 80.2k votes 10.3k voters 332.6k 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.



  • 1

    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Character: Forrest Gump

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

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  • 2

    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

    Character: Paul Edgecomb

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  • 3

    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Character: Captain John H. Miller

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  • 4

    Toy Story

    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

    Character: Sheriff Woody

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  • 5

    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Character: Jim Lovell

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  • 6


    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

    Character: Josh Baskin

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

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  • 7

    Cast Away

    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt

    Character: Chuck Noland

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

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  • 8

    A League of Their Own

    Madonna, Tom Hanks

    Character: Jimmy Dugan

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  • 9

    Catch Me If You Can

    Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Character: FBI Agent Carl Hanratty

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  • 10

    Toy Story 2

    Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer

    Character: Sheriff Woody

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  • 11

    Toy Story 3

    Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg

    Character: Sheriff Woody

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  • 12


    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington

    Character: Andrew Beckett

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

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  • 13

    Captain Phillips

    Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener

    Character: Captain Richard Phillips

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  • 14


    Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart

    Character: Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger

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  • 15

    Sleepless in Seattle

    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

    Character: Sam Baldwin

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  • 16

    You've Got Mail

    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

    Character: Joe Fox

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  • 17

    Bridge of Spies

    Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance

    Character: James B. Donovan

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  • 18

    The Terminal

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Hanks

    Character: Viktor Navorski

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  • 19

    Road to Perdition

    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig

    Character: Michael Sullivan, Sr. 

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  • 20


    Tom Hanks, John Candy

    Character: Allen Bauer

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  • 21

    Turner & Hooch

    Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson

    Character: Detective Scott Turner

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  • 22

    The Da Vinci Code

    Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen

    Character: Professor Robert Langdon

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  • 23

    Saving Mr. Banks

    Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell

    Character: Walt Disney

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  • 24

    The Polar Express

    Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler

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

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  • 25

    Character: Fred Rogers

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