Top 10 Tom Hanks Movies

Born on the 9th July 1956 in Concord, California Thomas Jeffrey “Tom” Hanks first started acting whilst attending Skyline High School in Oakland, California where he appeared in various school plays. It wasn’t until in 1980 that Tom Hanks made his movie debut in the slasher flick “He Knows You’re Alone” and although he appeared in various TV shows, including one episode of “Happy Days”, it would be four years before his next movie. And it would be Ron Howard from “Happy Days” who would offer Hanks his first major movie role in “Splash” although originally Hanks auditioned for the part of the brother rather than the central character of Allen Bauer.

In the same year Hanks also starred in “Bachelor Party” one of many less than memorable movies which he made during the 80s. And it would be fair to say that for every “Big” (1988) there was a “Volunteers” (1985). Although whilst such movies as “The ‘Burbs” (1989) and “Joe Versus the Volcano” (1990) were box-office flops they have got a little better with age.

It wouldn’t be until 1992 that Tom Hanks’ up and down movie career finally came into it’s own firstly with his performance as a washed up baseball star in “A League of Their Own” which was then followed in 1993 with “Sleepless in Seattle” the second of three movies which he made with Meg Ryan. But it was his portrayal of Andrew Beckett in “Philadelphia” (1993) which would show everyone what a great actor Tom Hanks was and he won his first of two Oscars for the breath taking performance. Interesting during his acceptance speech he acknowledged his high school drama teacher who was gay. It was this speech which was the inspiration for the 1997 movie “In & Out” featuring Kevin Kline.

Having just won his first Oscar Hanks would follow it up with his second for his performance in the hugely entertaining and memorable “Forrest Gump” a favourite of many people’s top movie lists. Hanks was now on a roll and in 1995 he appeared in two hugely successful movies, firstly reuniting with Ron Howard for “Apollo 13” and then voicing Woody in the first of 3 “Toy Story” movies

With his next movie “That Thing You Do!” (1996) Hanks would not only act but he also directed and his behind the camera work continued as he produced, co-wrote, and co-directed the HBO drama “From the Earth to the Moon”. But he was back in front of the camera once more in 1998 firstly with what is widely tutflix praised as one of the best war movies ever made “Saving Private Ryan” and then teaming up with Meg Ryan once more for “You’ve Got Mail” a remake of “The Shop Around the Corner” which starred James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan.

And so it continues with Tom Hanks having starred in some of the biggest and best movies over the last decade with the likes of Stephen King’s “The Green Mile” (1999), his outstanding solo performance in “Cast Away” (2000), gritty anti hero in “Road to Perdition” (2002), stranded foreigner Viktor Navorski in “The Terminal” (2004), Robert Langdon in “The Da Vinci Code” (2006) and more recently reprising his role as Woody in “Toy Story 3” (2010).

With more movies in production, and his continual work behind the camera as writer, producer and director it looks like Tom Hanks will be continuing to entertain us for many more years to come. And I wouldn’t be surprised if he got a third Oscar before long.

#10 Big (1988)
Tired of being small, Josh Baskin (Tom Hanks) wishes he could be big and when he spots a fortune telling machine at the travelling fair he wishes exactly for that. Well the next morning when Josh wakes his dream has come true, except instead of being a little bit bigger he now looks thirty something. With the help of his best friend Billy, they head off to the city in search of the machine in the hope he can reverse his wish but whilst there finds himself landing a job for a toy company. Forced to act as an adult yet with a childs mind, life is fun for Josh as he experiences freedom, except he still longs to be a child again.

#9 The Terminal (2004)
Having arrived in New York Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) has got a problem, whilst in the air his country Krakozhia has been over thrown and America now doesn’t recognize it as a country. That means Viktor is in a state of limbo as he can’t enter America and he can’t be exported back so is forced to remain in the airport till things are sorted out. Forced to live in the airport Viktor makes the most of things and makes friends whilst there but becomes a pain in the butt of Frank Dixon whose job it is to keep things running smoothly.