Rarely is an actor as universally loved as Tom Hanks. From a castaway on a desert island to a young boy aged to adulthood overnight, his roles as a stage thief have taken him to win the hearts of generations. They have also seen him win countless awards along the way – a Golden Globe and an Oscar for his role in 1993. Philadelphia cream, as well as a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a People’s Choice Award for his performance in 1994 Forrest Gump – who could forget that infamous running scene?
Two-time Oscar winner, virtually everything Hanks touches is gold (literally: worldwide his films have grossed over $ 9.96 billion).
Its performances are always top notch, so if you see that Hanks is on the cast list, odds are it’s going to be a good movie.
Here, we take a look at the actor’s best roles of all time …
The post office
Alongside his great actor Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks stars in this political drama about the Washington Post’s true investigation into government secrets of the Vietnam War.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, it’s a brilliant film in which Tom Hanks is at his best.
You have an email
Reunion with Nora Ephron and Meg Ryan, in You have an email The character of Tom Hanks falls in love with an online bookstore owner.
The trap? They don’t realize that they know each other IRL, and in fact, they are business competitors who despise each other …
From that famous quote: “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get” to Hanks’ unforgettable accent for this racing scene, it was the film that became a cultural phenomenon – and an Oscar winner. Representing several decades in the life of a naive but kindhearted Alabama man during some of the defining events of the second half of the 20e century in the United States, it’s now one of the most-cited films of all time – and Hanks is simply brilliant at it.
Catch Me If You Can
Tom Hanks plays FBI agent Carl Hanratty who pursues infamous con man Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio) in this excellent crime drama that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
Often regarded as one of the best movies ever made, this one is rated 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The green Line
A Louisiana Death Row Guard may not sound like your typical good boy role, but it’s not your regular movie. It’s 1935 and Paul Edgecomb is the Chief Guardian of the Green Mile – and he’s a decent, humane man (who is fantastically played by Hanks, of course). When a new inmate charged with the murder of two little girls is placed in his custody, it quickly becomes clear that all is not what it seems and Edgecomb embarks on a life affirming journey. It’s a Hanks movie well worth every tear you shed.
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This age-changing classic spawned another of the most memorable scenes in movie history – one that made every child, teenager, adult who watched it want a giant piano, immediately. Playing the adult embodiment of a 12 year old boy whose wish to be ‘big’ came true is brilliantly funny and over 30 years later is still the movie that many of us love Hanks for the best.
Who could forget Hanks’ impressive performance as FedEx employee Chuck Noland who finds himself stranded on a desolate island? He’s the only actor on screen for the most part – with the exception of his character’s friend, Wilson the volleyball player – but does it get boring? Not at all. By the end of the movie, Hanks looks like a different person and it’s no wonder – to make his physical transformation more authentic, the movie took a year off production, during which time he lost weight and wasted. let his hair and beard grow. Now that’s dedication to you!
“Truly petrifying” are the words Hanks used to describe the experience of making this movie. Based on the true story of the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009, in which Captain Richard Phillips was taken hostage by ruthless pirates, it’s equally terrifying to watch. But despite Hanks’ confession of fear, his performance is superb.
Insomnia in Seattle
Romantic comedy written by Nora Ephron, this film is heartfelt, tender and funny. Hanks plays young, recently widowed Sam, whose eight-year-old son phones a radio show in an attempt to get his father up.
Enter Annie (Meg Ryan), and you have a true romcom classic.
Save Private Ryan
When director Steven Spielberg chose Hanks as the leader of what is arguably one of the greatest war films ever made, he began his transition to the ultimate war hero. The film follows a group of soldiers, led by Captain Miller (Hanks) against the backdrop of D-Day during WWII, and is an incredibly powerful portrayal of combat. He gained international recognition, not only because of Spielberg’s realistic filmmaking, but also because of the greatness of his main man.
It might not strictly appear in this one, but it would be a crime not to mention one of the most iconic animated characters of all time. It’s almost 25 years since Tom first lent his voice to loyal cowboy Woody and earlier this year he was forced to say goodbye as the fourth and final film hit screens. Remembering leaving the check-in booth for the last time, he said, “My lip started to tremble. You never do that, when you’re so uncomfortable all you can say is, ‘Well, oh! Oh my my my my my my Too bad. ‘ And the only thing to do was get in my car and drive away. It’s safe to say we were as sad to say goodbye as he was.
This box office success earned Hanks his first Oscar for the role of Andrew Beckett, a gay lawyer whose firm fires him when they find out he has AIDS. It was one of the first high-profile Hollywood films to tackle the AIDS crisis head-on and Hanks threw himself into the role, shedding nearly 40 pounds to play Beckett and delivering a wonderfully responsive performance throughout. long.
Hanks expertly delivers another line that has gone down in history – “Houston, we have a problem” – in the big-screen account of the ill-fated 1970 Apollo 13 mission. The Incredible Tale of Courage and Faith sees Hanks, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon step into the shoes of the three Apollo 13 astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert who found themselves in an unexpected struggle between life and death. The result is pure genius.
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