The best Tom Hanks romcom roles all have something in common: they're a true delight. While the actor’s filmography includes key dramatic performances that gained him the recognition he deserves, his romcom appearances showed us his sweet side. Whether he’s playing a damaged widower, an immigrant stranded at JFK, or the owner of a bookstore, Hanks knows how to warm up to the audience and make us release a collective "aww" whenever he’s on screen.
Philadelphia, The Green Mile, and Forrest Gump may have made Hanks one of Hollywood’s top actors, but his appearances in romantic comedies earned him the praise of women everywhere. The best Tom Hanks romcom characters are quirky, cuddly, warm, flawed, and interesting. You can’t be blamed for wishing they were real and possibly on Tinder.
From his ’90s blockbusters to his more recent endeavors, we’ve gathered all of Tom Hanks's romantic comedy roles below. Vote up the roles you wish were real, the best Tom Hanks romcom characters ever.
Movie: Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
There are several pros to dating Sam: he is an architect; he cares deeply about his son; he isn’t afraid to talk about his feelings. If you’re looking for magic, he’s the guy you want. He'll steal your heart and never let it go.
Movie: Big (1988)
He’s a child who winds up in the body of an adult, so he will remind you what the world looked like when you were younger. Hint: things were much simpler back then. Plus, Josh is funny, spontaneous, charming, and knows how to entertain. You’ll never get bored with this one!
Movie: You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Joe’s email game is A+, so you know he’ll be excellent at texting. A successful business man looking for love, he’ll probably never judge you by your Tinder pic, preferring some deep conversation. Moreover, he always puts face-to-face relationships first, so he won’t abandon you for a random Snapchat crush. Ah, to be in love in the digital age.
Movie: Splash (1984)
Allen Bauer would make a great boyfriend. He has a successful business. He believes in love at first sight. He understands relationships aren't always perfect and doesn’t mind his better half being… different. These are qualities every woman can appreciate.