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The 30 Best Tom Hanks Movies, Ranked

With two Oscars to his name, plus a slew of other awards and box office hits, there is no question that Tom Hanks has made some great movies — and we’ve ranked them all! From the Toy Story series to Forrest Gump, Big to A League of Their Own, we consulted IMDb’s thousands-of-votes-strong user ratings to rank each and every Tom Hanks film from best to worst. Keep scrolling for the top 30.

1. Forrest Gump

1994

Director: Robert Zemeckis
With nearly 1.7 million reviews, Forrest Gump is not only rated by IMDb users as Tom Hanks’s best movie, but it is also rated as the 12th best movie overall (The Shawshank Redemption is #1, by the way). The film is arguably Hanks’s most quotable movie, and follows the life of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, from the Kennedy and Johnson presidencies, to Vietnam and Watergate, to a slew of other historical events. Forrest Gump won six Oscars, including Best Actor for Hanks, Best Director for Zemeckis, and Best Picture.

2. Saving Private Ryan

1998

Director: Steven Spielberg
The large scale war film that is Saving Private Ryan is about a group of U.S. soldiers who go behind enemy lines in order to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. Hanks plays the group’s Captain Miller. Also starring Tom Sizemore, Matt Damon, Paul Giamatti, and a number of other big names, Saving Private Ryan lost the Oscar for Best Picture (Shakespeare in Love won), but did take home the awards for Best Director and Best Cinematography, among others.

3. From the Earth to the Moon

1998

Directors: Various
From the Earth to the Moon is a 12-part docudrama and miniseries which dramatizes the story of the Apollo manned space program. For the first 11 episodes, Hanks appears as the show’s host. In the 12th episode, however, the actor portrays Jean-Luc Despont, assistant to French filmmaker Georges Mélies. The docudrama aired on HBO, and was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.

4. The Green Mile

1999

Director: Frank Darabont
Based on the novel by Stephen King, The Green Mile follows two Death Row prison guards who find themselves heavily affected by a gifted inmate accused of raping and murdering a child. The powerful film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay.

5. Toy Story

1995

Director: John Lasseter
It seems appropriate that the very first Toy Story film is the highest ranked on our list of the best Tom Hanks films. (Don’t worry, the others are on the list, too). The delightful animated family film follows a beloved cowboy doll named Woody, who finds himself profoundly jealous when a new spaceman figure is added to a boy’s toy collection.

6. The Pacific

2010

Directors: Various
Tom Hanks narrates (and executive produces) this 10-episode television miniseries which follows several young Marines fighting in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. The film was awarded the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries. It also stars Rami Malek, James Badge Dale, and Joseph Mazzello.

7. Toy Story 3

2010

Director: Lee Unkrich
The third installment of the Toy Story series is Hanks’s 7th best film, according to IMDb ratings. This time, Woody, Buzz and the gang are accidentally delivered to a daycare center instead of the attic. It’s up to Woody to convince the other toys they weren’t abandoned. Toy Story 3 won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year, a category that did not exist when Toy Story was released in 1995.

8. Catch Me If You Can

2002

Director: Steven Spielberg
In Catch Me If You Can, Hanks plays a seasoned FBI agent in pursuit of Frank Abagnale, Jr., the real-life con artist who successfully forged millions of dollars’ worth of checks while posing as a doctor, a lawyer, and a Pan Am pilot — all before his 19th birthday.

9. Toy Story 4

2019

Director: Josh Cooley
The most recent film in the Toy Story franchise is Toy Story 4. When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody, Buzz, and the gang, the group sets off on a road trip and begins to realize just how big the world is.

10. Toy Story 2

1999

Directors: John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich
The highly anticipated sequel to 1995’s Toy Story was released four years later. This time, Woody (voiced by Hanks) is stolen by a toy collector. Buzz and the rest of their friends then set off on a rescue mission to save Woody and three new friends. Toy Story 2 was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy.

11. Cast Away

2000

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Not many actors are strong enough to carry a whole film on their own, which is exactly what Hanks had to do for his role as a FedEx executive who crash lands on a deserted island in Cast Away. The film is directed by Robert Zemeckis, who worked with Hanks on other films like Forrest Gump and The Polar Express. Hanks was nominated for the Best Actor award at both the Golden Globes and the Oscars, though he won only the former.

12. Captain Phillips

2013

Director: Paul Greengrass
In Captain Phillips, Hanks portrays Captain Richard Phillips, the real-life ship captain of the MV Maersk Alabama, the first U.S. cargo ship to be hijacked by pirates in 200 years. The film recreates Phillips’ terrifying experience as a hostage when his ship is boarded by Somali pirates.

13. Philadelphia

1993

Director: Jonathan Demme
Philadelphia was released in 1993 to great critical success and a world that was ready to be changed. The film stars Hanks as Andy, a man with HIV who is fired from his law firm because of his condition. Andy bravely decides to fight back, but the only lawyer who will take his wrongful dismissal case is a small-time guy who is homophobic. This powerful film won Hanks an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

14. Road to Perdition

2002

Director: Sam Mendes
Based on the graphic novel, Road to Perdition is an edge-of-your-seat crime drama about a mob enforcer who is forced to go on the run with his son when the young boy witnesses a murder.

15. Apollo 13

1995

Director: Ron Howard
Apollo 13 brings to life the true story of the Apollo 13 space mission. The spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage, putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in danger. NASA must think outside the box and devise a plan to bring the crew home. Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon also star.

16. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

2019

Director: Marielle Heller
In A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Hanks transforms himself into none other than Mister Rogers, the beloved children’s show host. The film, a drama, tells the story of the long-time friendship between Rogers and the journalist Tom Junod.

17. Bridge of Spies

2015

Director: Steven Spielberg
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have teamed up for many films, including 2015’s Bridge of Spies. The drama takes place during the Cold War, when an American lawyer (Hanks) is tasked with defending an arrested Soviet spy in court. Though the film won only one Oscar (a Best Supporting Actor statue for Mark Rylance), it was nominated for a slew of them, including Best Motion Picture of the Year and Best Original Screenplay.

18. Saving Mr. Banks

2013

Director: John Lee Hancock
One of Disney’s most famous films, Mary Poppins almost didn’t happen. The whole story is told in Savings Mr. Banks, in which Hanks plays none other than Walt himself. As Walt tries desperately to convince author P.L. Travers to let him turn her Mary Poppins books into a film, Travers reflects upon the often-dark childhood that inspired her stories. Emma Thompson also stars.

19. Sully

2016

Director: Clint Eastwood
Hanks is a pro at becoming real-life figures. In the case of Sully, Hanks portrays Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the airline pilot who became a hero after he landed a damaged plan on the Hudson River and saved the lives of all on board. Sully also stars Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney.

20. Cloud Atlas

2012

Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
Based on the novel by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas stars Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugh Grant. According to its IMDb page, the film is “an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present, and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.”

21. Big

1988

 

Director: Penny Marshall
1988’s Big is one of Hanks’s most beloved films. In the comedy, Hanks plays Josh, a teenage boy who wishes to be made “big,” only to wake up the next morning in the body of an adult. Big, which also stars Elizabeth Perkins and and Jon Lovitz, earned Hanks a Golden Globe win for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, as well as a Best Actor Oscar nomination.

22. The Terminal

2004

Director: Steven Spielberg
Yet another collaboration between Hanks and director Steven Spielberg is The Terminal. In this dramedy, Hanks plays Viktor Navorski, an Eastern European tourist who unexpectedly finds himself taking up residence in JFK airport because his home country had ceased to be during his flight.

23. A League of Their Own

1992

Director: Penny Marshall
Four years after the success of Big, Hanks re-teamed with director Penny Marshall for a A League of Their Own. The film is about two sisters who join the first female professional baseball league, and Hanks stars as Jimmy Dugan, a bitter ex-pro tasked with coaching the women. A League of Their Own has the ultimate all-star lineup, including Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Ann Cusack, and Lori Petty, to namea few.

24. The Post

2017

Director: Steven Spielberg
Yet another Hanks/Spielberg collaboration is The Post. Co-starring Meryl Streep, the film is about the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor (Hanks), who join together to expose a cover-up that spanned four U.S. presidents and effectively silenced journalists from informing the American people about the truth.

25. Charlie Wilson’s War

2007

Director: Mike Nichols
In Charlie Wilson’s War, Hanks portrays the titular character, a real-life Texas Congressman. The film is based on Wilson’s covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his attempts to assist a rebel group in their war against the Soviets have some long-reaching and unforeseen consequences. Julia Roberts also stars.

26. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

2011

Director: Stephen Daldry
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close brings to life the bestselling novel of the same name by author Jonathan Safran Foer. The film garnered two Oscar nominations, and follows nine-year old Oskar Schell as he searches New York City for the lock that matches a key left behind by his father, who died in the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Hanks plays Oskar’s late father, while Sandra Bullock stars as the boy’s grieving mother.

27. That Thing You Do

1996

Director: Tom Hanks
Not only does Tom Hanks star in That Thing You Do, he directed it! Ranked as the 27th best Tom Hanks movie according to IMDb, this delightful comedy follows a local Pennsylvania band and their ride to the top with a one-hit wonder. Tom Everett Scott, Liv Tyler, and Charlize Theron also star.

28. The ‘Burbs

1989

Director: Joe Dante
Part comedy, part mystery thriller, The ‘Burbs follows an overstressed suburbanite (Hanks) and his neighbors as they become convinced that the block’s newest residents are part of a murderous Satanic cult. The movie is packed with stars, including Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, and Corey Feldman.

29. Sleepless in Seattle

1993

Director: Nora Ephron
Sleepless in Seattle is arguably one of the most famous and best loved romantic comedies of all time. Starring Hanks and Meg Ryan, the film is about a recently widowed man whose son calls into a radio talk show in an attempt to find his dad a new partner. Though it didn’t win many awards that season, Sleepless in Seattle was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, and an Oscar for Best Screenplay.

30. Angels & Demons

2009

Director: Ron Howard
Angels & Demons is the only movie of The Da Vinci Code franchise to make our list of the best Tom Hanks movies. In this second installment, Hanks returns as professor Robert Langdon, a world-famous Harvard symbologist. When the Vatican is threatened with a terrorist attack during one of the Church’s most significant events, Langdon works alongside a nuclear physicist to solve a murder and stop the attack.

With more than 50 credits to his name, it’s no surprise that some of Hanks’s most beloved films were left off our list of the very best. These include The Da Vinci Code, You’ve Got Mail, and The Polar Express, to name but a few. Did your favorites make the list?