With the Inferno preview trailer making waves throughout the world, fans are desperate to see Tom Hanks take the screen again. The actor has delivered three decades of blockbusters other than the Dan brown franchise of Robert Langdon. We bring you 15 films which make Hanks the top rated actor and critically acclaimed gem that he is!
Big (1988): Capturing the wide-eyed innocence of youth, Hanks is brilliant as a man-child, a twelve-year boy suddenly transformed into an adult trying to get back to his childhood. The look on his face exiting the elevator after his first night of sex is priceless.
Turner and Hooch(1989): Tom Hanks as Scott Turner is an obsessively neat police investigator who is bored with his minor police work in the fictional town of Cypress Beach in Northern California and is set to transfer to a better job in Sacramento and Turner and Hooch a large and slobbery Dogue de Bordeaux slowly bond, and they work together to solve the murder. It is one of the cult classics of all times.
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A league of their own (1992): There s no crying in baseball roars Jimmy Duggan to one of his player after he berates them, but this is the same man who will hold one of his players when she informed her husband is dead overseas. Both funny and deeply moving, this was the first time he really displayed his range.
Philadelphia (1993): Philadelphia is the story of one Andrew Beckett, who works in a corporate law firm and is fired for being incompetent, following a conspicuous event. Whereas the actual reason is because he is suffering from AIDS. He faces a lot of resentment from the almost everyone he knows, except for his family and few close friends. This was the first major movie tackling the issue of AIDS and Tom Hanks did a laudable contribution, for which he was awarded his first Academy award, in 1993.
Forrest Gump (1994): Listen to his delivery, that gentle sing-song cadence, and watch the body language, ever watchful, trying to do what is right, or what he perceives to be right. You cannot imagine another actor in the role, Hanks is breathtaking as Forrest, and after the film you realize the staggering impact of his work when you can think of little else. Just a lovely performance, so original and perfect.
The Terminal (1994): Victor Navorski is a delight to watch. The Terminal, directed by Steven Spielberg, is inspired from the autobiography – The Terminal Man. This movie tells the story of a person confined in JFK International airport, when he is denied entry into the States and is also not allowed to return to his native country. During his nine month stay at the terminal, he influences the people around him with his contagious goodness.
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Saving Private Ryan (1998): Word has it Hanks asked Spielberg to take away dialogue and allow him to feel what he was supposed to say. Watch him after the death of the little medic, when he goes off to weep…that is the face of war. Captain John H Miller and his squad is assigned the almost impossible task of finding Private Ryan, only surviving brother of four soldiers. And Captain JHM is none other than Tom Hanks. He delivers in the purest of performances. This form of brilliance can’t be expressed in words; you have to enjoy it ! Directed by Steven Spielberg, this war drama film has been appreciated by the Oscars in various categories.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You've Got Mail (1998): Tom hanks played a chocolate yet mature lover boy in these solid love stories and proved that he is bound by genre or roles. His chemistry with Meg Ryan makes one of the most romantically scintillating pairs of all times.
Cast Away (2000): Cast Away offered Hanks a chance to dominate the screen, in a story that was a modern-day Robinson Crusoe. As a Federal Express hot-shot, a man to whom time means everything, his plane goes down in the Pacific stranding him on a small island for four years. Learning to survive, beating the elements, becoming increasingly resourceful and finally escaping, he returns to society a changed man, his fiancé having married another thinking him dead, everything he knew has changed. It is a stunning performance and Hanks became the front-runner for the Oscar which have been his third, something no other actor had ever accomplished. He won the prestigious New York Film Critics Award for Best Actor, and the Golden Globe. The performance remains a knockout, easily the finest of his career.
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Road to Perdition (2002): Cast against type as a killer. A hit man for the Irtish mob during the Depression this might be his most under appreciated performance. Steely eyed, relentless and ice-cold, he is terrific. A superb under appreciated masterpiece with Hanks giving one of his finest performances.
Catch Me If You Can (2002): When Frank is about 16, his parents split up after his father gets into deep financial trouble. Young Frank sets out on his own, eventually cashing forged checks for millions of dollars. Before reaching his 19th birthday, he successfully passes himself off as an airline pilot, a physician, and an attorney. But young Frank must keep on the move to avoid being apprehended by FBI agent Carl Hanratty played perfect to the hilt by Tom Hanks.
Captain Phillips (2013): Intense throughout, Hanks is brilliant, but his final scenes in the medical unit as astounding as the overwhelming shock of what he has endured tears through his body and mind, and he manages to convey that horror to us. How was he not nominated for this ?
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Apollo 13 (1995): As brave, stoic yet utterly human astronaut Jim Lovell, Hanks anchors Ron Howard’s best film with a subtle yet powerful performance as a man who wants to set foot on the moon, comes so close, only to fight for his life to get home. Again a nomination should have come.
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Saving Mr. Banks (2013): As Walt Disney he was outstanding in a supporting role, conveying the genius of the man who created Mickey Mouse and Disneyland while trying to convince a writer to trust him with her project and let him make Mary Poppins (1964).
Where the spy exchange took place. And like always Tom Hanks was Berlin with Potsdam, which connects Glienicke Bridge spy held under the custody of the United States, whom he represented at trial. The name of the film refers to the KGB, a captive and convicted Soviet Rudolf Abel—in exchange for Soviet Union was shot down over the spy plane U-2—a pilot whose Francis Gary Powers, who is entrusted with negotiating the release of James B. Donovan, the film tells the story of lawyer Cold War during the 1960 U-2 incident.
Bridge of Spies (2015): Based on a true story.
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