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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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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright

Released: 1994

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more
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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat, the film is notable for ...more
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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

Released: 1999

Directed by: Frank Darabont

The Green Mile is a 1999 American fantasy drama film directed by Frank Darabont and adapted from the 1996 Stephen King novel of the same name. The film is told in a flashback format and stars ...more
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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

Released: 1995

Directed by: John Lasseter

Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the ...more
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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

Released: 1995

Directed by: Ron Howard

Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, ...more
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Big is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

Released: 1988

Directed by: Penny Marshall

Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood ...more
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Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

Released: 2000

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Cast Away is a 2000 American adventure drama film directed and produced by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks as a FedEx employee stranded on an uninhabited island after his plane accident ...more
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A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell

Released: 1992

Directed by: Penny Marshall

A League of Their Own is a 1992 American comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Directed by Penny Marshall, the ...more
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Catch Me If You Can is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical crime drama film based on the life of Frank Abagnale, who, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by ...more
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Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

Released: 1999

Directed by: John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon

Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by Lee ...more
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Toy Story 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton

Released: 2010

Directed by: Lee Unkrich

Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, and the third film in the Toy Story series. It was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ...more
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Sleepless in Seattle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell

Released: 1993

Directed by: Nora Ephron

Sleepless in Seattle is a 1993 American romantic comedy-drama film directed and co-written by Nora Ephron. Based on a story by Jeff Arch, it stars Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin and Meg Ryan as Annie
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Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia. It was written by Ron Nyswaner, directed by ...more
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Captain Phillips is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini

Released: 2013

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

Captain Phillips is a 2013 American biographical thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi. The film is inspired by the true story of the 2009 Maersk ...more
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You've Got Mail is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Sara Ramirez

Released: 1998

Directed by: Nora Ephron

You've Got Mail is a 1998 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Nora Ephron, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. It was written by Nora and Delia Ephron based on the 1937 play Parfumerie ...more
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Splash is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, John Candy, Daryl Hannah

Released: 1984

Directed by: Ron Howard

Splash is a 1984 American fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Ron Howard, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Dody ...more
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Turner & Hooch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Craig T. Nelson, Mare Winningham

Released: 1989

Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode

Turner & Hooch is a 1989 American comedy-thriller film starring Tom Hanks and Beasley the Dog as the eponymous characters, Turner and Hooch respectively. The film also co-stars Mare ...more
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The Terminal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Hanks, Zoe Saldana

Released: 2004

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

The Terminal is a 2004 American romantic comedy film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones. It is about a man who becomes trapped in New York City's JFK ...more
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The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm

Released: 2004

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

The Polar Express is a 2004 American motion capture computer-animated musical Christmas fantasy film based on the children's book of the same title by Chris Van Allsburg. Written, produced, and ...more
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The Da Vinci Code is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen, Audrey Tautou

Released: 2006

Directed by: Ron Howard

The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 American mystery-thriller film produced by John Calley and Brian Grazer and directed by Ron Howard. The screenplay was written by Akiva Goldsman and adapted from Dan ...more
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Road to Perdition is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Paul Newman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Road to Perdition is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Sam Mendes. The screenplay was adapted by David Self, from the graphic novel of the same name by Max Allan Collins. The film stars ...more
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Bridge of Spies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan

Released: 2015

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Bridge of Spies is a 2015 historical drama legal thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg. Lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is entrusted with negotiating the release of U.S. Air Force pilot ...more
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Sully is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Sully (also known as Sully: Miracle on the Hudson) is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Todd Komarnicki, based on the autobiography Highest Duty ...more
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Saving Mr. Banks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson

Released: 2013

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

Saving Mr. Banks is a 2013 period drama film directed by John Lee Hancock from a screenplay written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Centered on the development of the 1964 Walt Disney Studios ...more
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The Money Pit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tom Hanks Movies
Tom Hanks, Shelley Long, Joe Mantegna

Released: 1986

Directed by: Richard Benjamin

The Money Pit is a 1986 American comedy film directed by Richard Benjamin starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as a couple who attempt to renovate a recently purchased house. It was filmed in New ...more