Run Forrest Run! The Greatest Films Starring Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks isn’t just an actor, but an icon. He’s received a Presidential Medal of Freedom, two Academy Awards, a Kennedy Center Honors Medallion, and a French Legion of Honor, among other accolades. Tom Hanks embarked on his film career in the late ’70s and rose to prominence in the ’80s with films like Splash and Big. His moving roles in films like Philadelphia, Apollo 13, A League of Their Own, and The Post have shed light on American history in a profound way. Read on for some of the most impressive films in Tom Hanks’ repertoire
Forrest Gump won a whopping six Academy Awards, including Best Actor. Based on a novel of the same name, the dramedy follows a man with a below-average IQ as he crosses the country and inadvertently influences historical events.
Tom Hanks does an incredible job evoking the innocent yet driven Forrest. His endearing character won the hearts of viewers, and the movie went on to become the second highest-grossing film of 1994, achieving $677 million at the box office.
The king of survival films, Cast Away won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama and a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition. Tom Hanks stars as a FedEx representative who becomes stranded on an island when his plane crashes.
Tom gained weight to emphasize his character’s physical transformation, and filming was paused for a year so he could lose 50 pounds and grow out his hair. Tom’s performance was so emotionally compelling that he convinced viewers the loss of his only companion, a volleyball named Wilson, was a tragedy.
Time selected A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood as one of their top ten films of 2019. The heartwarming movie follows an Esquire reporter as he profiles television personality, Mr. Rogers. Tom’s role earned him a nomination for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and more.
Critics favorably reviewed the film, and Rotten Tomatoes boasts a whopping 96% approval rating of the movie. Though Tom Hanks was a supporting actor, he stole the show as the legendary Fred Rogers, on which the film’s profound message relies.
The soul-stirring film Philadelphia earned Tom Hanks an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and a Berlin International Film Festival Award for Best Actor. He stars as a lawyer suing his former law firm for wrongful termination related to his AIDS diagnoses.
Critics and viewers praised Tom Hanks for his heart-wrenching performance. Denzel Washington co-starred in the film, which is one of the more mainstream hits to shed light on the issues presented. The movie so closely resembles the real-life story of Geoffrey Bowers, that the family sued the filmmakers.
Next, Tom starred as an astronaut in this acclaimed docudrama.
Apollo 13 was nominated for a plethora of accolades, including nine Academy Awards. Though most of the wins went to the crew for their incredible sound and visual effects, the all-star cast did win a Screen Actors Guild Award for their Outstanding Performance.
Tom Hanks starred as astronaut Jim Lovell during his command of Apollo 13. The real-life space mission quickly went south after a mysterious on-board explosion hemorrhaged the shuttle’s oxygen supply. The suspenseful docudrama raked in $355 million at the box office and has a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Sleepless In Seattle is a heartwarming rom-com that earned Tom Hanks a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. Critics positively reviewed the film, which stars Tom as a lovable widow who admits to a radio talk show how much he misses his late wife.
Listening in on the conversation is Meg Ryan’s character, a newspaper reporter who can’t shake the feeling that her fiance isn’t the one. Tom and Meg are so infectious in this serendipitous love story that they starred together again five years later in You’ve Got Mail.
A League of Their Own earned Tom Hanks an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. The comedy-drama centers on the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. It was so compelling and culturally profound that the Library of Congress preserved it in the US National Film Registry.
Tom Hanks portrays a hilariously hard-headed baseball coach who guides the female team to fame during WWII. Co-starring Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell, and Madonna, the exemplary film sheds light on early feminism in sports.
Toy Story is the first of four films, all of which feature Tom Hanks as a cowboy doll named Woody. Each movie has earned a plethora of awards and a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of 97-100%! The franchise centers on toys that come to life when humans aren’t present.
The award-winning animation and music, combined with the compelling performances of the all-star cast, has made each sequel as successful as the last. Tom Hanks’ character is one of the most beloved toys of both his owner, Andy, and viewers alike.
Catch Me If You Can is a crime drama based on real-life Frank Abagnale, a con-man-turned-security-consultant. The film raked in $352 million at the box office and has a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Tom Hanks starred as Carl Hanratty– based on real-life FBI agent Joseph Shea– who begrudgingly tracks down young Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) at the height of his impostor lifestyle. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the cat-and-mouse chase reveals the unique relationship between the cop and the criminal, both of whom tug on your heartstrings.