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The Best Tom Hanks Movies 

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List of the best Tom Hanks movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. 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 this then 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 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.

Tom Hanks is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian De Palma. Is Tom Hanks your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Tim Allen and Morgan Freeman films lists too.

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That Thing You Do! is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler

Released: 1996

Directed by: Tom Hanks

That Thing You Do! is a 1996 American musical comedy drama film written, directed by, and co-starring Tom Hanks. Set in the summer of 1964, the movie tells the story of the quick rise and fall ...more
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The 'Burbs is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman

Released: 1989

Directed by: Joe Dante

The 'Burbs is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Joe Dante starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Rick Ducommun, Corey Feldman, Wendy Schaal, and Henry Gibson. The film was written ...more
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Charlie Wilson's War is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Tom Hanks

Released: 2007

Directed by: Mike Nichols

Charlie Wilson's War is a 2007 American biographical comedy-drama film, recounting the true story of U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson who partnered with CIA operative Gust Avrakotos to launch ...more
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Angels & Demons is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Stellan SkarsgÄrd

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ron Howard

Angels & Demons is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Ron Howard and based on Dan Brown's novel of the same name. It is the sequel to the 2006 film, The Da Vinci Code, also directed ...more
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Cars is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

Released: 2006

Directed by: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft

Cars is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy-adventure sports film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed and co-written by John Lasseter, it is ...more
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Bachelor Party is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Tawny Kitaen, Michael Dudikoff

Released: 1984

Directed by: Neal Israel

Bachelor Party is a 1984 comedy film directed by Neal Israel. The film chronicles a bachelor party being thrown by a group of friends for their friend Rick Gassko on the eve of his wedding and ...more
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Joe Versus the Volcano ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Carol Kane

Released: 1990

Directed by: John Patrick Shanley

Joe Versus the Volcano is a 1990 American romantic comedy film written and directed by John Patrick Shanley and starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Hanks plays a man who, after being told he has a ...more
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Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Dan Aykroyd, Christopher Plummer

Released: 1987

Directed by: Tom Mankiewicz

Dragnet is a 1987 American buddy cop comedy film written and directed by Tom Mankiewicz in his directorial debut, and starring Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks. The film is based on the television ...more
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The Man with One Red Sho... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Jim Belushi

Released: 1985

Directed by: Stan Dragoti

The Man With One Red Shoe is a 1985 comedy film directed by Stan Dragoti, and starring Tom Hanks and Dabney Coleman. It is a remake of a 1972 French film Le Grand Blond avec une chaussure noire ...more
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Larry Crowne is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Bryan Cranston

Released: 2011

Directed by: Tom Hanks

Larry Crowne is a 2011 American romantic comedy film starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. The film was produced and directed by Hanks, who co-wrote its screenplay with Nia Vardalos. The story ...more
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The Post is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

The Post is a 2017 American historical period drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. The country's first female newspaper publisher, Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) of The Washington Post, and its ...more
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Extremely Loud and Incre... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, John Goodman

Released: 2011

Directed by: Stephen Daldry

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a 2011 American drama film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer, directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Eric Roth. It stars ...more
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Volunteers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, John Candy, Rita Wilson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Nicholas Meyer

Volunteers is a 1985 American comedy film directed by Nicholas Meyer and starring Tom Hanks and John Candy in their second film together after Splash.
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Inferno is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster

Directed by: Ron Howard

Inferno is a 2016 American mystery thriller film directed by Ron Howard and written by David Koepp, based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Dan Brown. The film is the sequel to The Da Vinci ...more
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Toy Story 4 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Kristen Schaal

Released: 2019

Directed by: Josh Cooley

Toy Story 4 is a 2019 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Josh Cooley. Woody (Tom Hanks) and the gang go on a search when Bo Peep (Annie Potts) goes missing.
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The Ladykillers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, J.K. Simmons, Bruce Campbell

Released: 2004

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

The Ladykillers is a 2004 American black comedy thriller film directed, written, produced and edited by the Coen brothers and starring Tom Hanks, with a supporting cast that includes J. K. ...more
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Nothing in Common is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Sela Ward, Jackie Gleason

Released: 1986

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Nothing in Common is a 1986 comedy-drama film, directed by Garry Marshall. It stars Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason in what would prove to be Gleason's final film role - he was suffering from colon ...more
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Punchline is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Sally Field, John Goodman

Released: 1988

Directed by: David Seltzer

Punchline is a 1988 American comedy film written and directed by David Seltzer and stars Tom Hanks as a talented young comic who helps a housewife, played by Sally Field who wants to break into ...more
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A Beautiful Day in the N... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper

Released: 2019

Directed by: Marielle Heller

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a 2019 American drama film directed by Marielle Heller. An award-winning journalist's (Matthew Rhys) perspective on life is transformed after he ...more
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Cloud Atlas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon

Released: 2012

Directed by: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

Cloud Atlas is a 2012 science fiction film written and directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski. Adapted from the 2004 novel of the same name by David Mitchell, the film has ...more
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Radio Flyer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Elijah Wood, Adam Baldwin

Released: 1992

Directed by: Richard Donner, David M. Evans

Radio Flyer is a 1992 drama-fantasy film from Columbia Pictures. It is a Stonebridge Entertainment Production in association with Donner/Shuler-Donner Productions. The film, directed by Richard ...more
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The Circle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega

Directed by: James Ponsoldt

The Circle is a 2017 science-fiction thriller film directed and written by James Ponsoldt, based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Dave Eggers. The film stars Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John ...more
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The Bonfire of the Vanit... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Kirsten Dunst, Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis

Released: 1990

Directed by: Brian De Palma

The Bonfire of the Vanities is a 1990 American comedy-drama film adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by Tom Wolfe, originally serialized in Rolling Stone. A critical and ...more
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The Great Buck Howard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Emily Blunt, Jon Stewart

Released: 2008

Directed by: Sean McGinly

The Great Buck Howard is a 2008 American comedy-drama film directed by Sean McGinly that stars Colin Hanks and John Malkovich. Tom Hanks also appears as the father of his real-life son's ...more
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A Hologram for the King ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Alexander Black, Sarita Choudhury

Released: 2016

Directed by: Tom Tykwer

A Hologram for the King is a 2016 comedy-drama film directed by Tom Tykwer, based on the 2012 novel by Dave Eggers. A washed-up, desperate American salesman (Tom Hanks) travels to Saudi Arabia ...more