Thomas Jeffrey Hanks, also known as Tom Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker born on July 9, 1956. Hanks is one of the most famous film stars and is generally considered as an American cultural icon. Tom Hanks is widely known for his dramatic and comedic roles.
Hanks’ movies have earned more than $4.9 billion only in North America and over $9.96 billion worldwide, which makes him the fifth-highest-grossing actor in North America.
Tom Hanks made his breakthrough in the film industry by playing lead roles in Splash (1984) and Big (1988). He also went on to win back-to-back Academy Awards for Best Actor for acting as a gay lawyer who has AIDS in Philadelphia (1993) and a young man with below-average IQ in Forrest Gump (1944).
Here, we have compiled the list of the top ten movies of Tom Hanks on Netflix.
10. Forrest Gump
Forest Gump was able to establish itself as a collection of particular moments or dialogues, which is easy to forget how good Hanks had done it.
The movie revolves around Forrest Gum (Tom Hanks), who has never thought of himself as disadvantaged, credit to his supportive mother (Sally Field), he loves to live with freedom. Whether it’s about dominating the gridiron as a college football star, captaining a shrimp boat, or fighting in Vietnam, Forrest encourages others with his childish optimism. However, one person who Forrest most cares about his childhood love (Robin Wright) might be the hardest to save.
9. You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Out of all Hank’s romantic comedy plays, this movie is the one that shows his best capabilities. It is the third collab between him and Meg Ryan.
In this movie, struggling bookseller Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) dislikes Joe Fox (Tom Hanks), who is the co-owner of Foxbooks chain store that just shifted across the street. However, they meet online, and things start to get romantic without identifying each other. Suddenly, Joe knows that the woman with whom he’s in anonymous internet romance is his business rival. Now, he must fight to settle his real-life hate for her with the cyber love he feels.
8. Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)
The film both produced and starred by Tom Hanks is a biographical comedy-drama movie directed by Mike Nichols.
The film is set in the 1980s U.S, where Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks), Texas socialite Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts), and CIA agent Gust Avrakotos (Philip Seymour Hoffman)ally to increase the funds for Afghan freedom fighter in their war against invading Soviets. Their efforts become successful to finance secret operations contributing to the downfall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.
7. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Catch Me If You Can is an American-biographical crime movie both produced and directed by Steven Spielberg. The film stars Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, and Nathalie Baye.
Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) operated as a lawyer, doctor, co-pilot of a major airline all before he turned 18. He a master of deception and also an excellent criminal, whose skill makes him the most successful bank thief in the history of the U.S. FBI Agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) at the age of 17. Agent Carl is determined to capture Frank and bring him to justice, but Frank is always a step ahead of him.
Philadelphia is an American legal drama film released in 1993. The movie is written by Ron Nyswaner and directed by Jonathan Demme, starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. Philadelphia is one of the first mainstream Hollywood movies to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia.
Lawyer Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) hides his homosexuality and HIV status, fearing that it would endanger his career. However, his secret gets revealed when a co-worker recognizes the illness’s telltale lesions. After that, he gets fired, and Andrew resolves to sue for discrimination with the assist of Joe Miller (Denzel Washington), who is the only lawyer willing to help.
5. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Saving Private Ryan is an epic war movie written by Robert Rodat and directed by Steven Speilberg. The film famous for its graphic portrays of war and for the intensity during its opening 27 minutes, including a depiction of Omaha Beach assault during the Normandy landings.
The movie follows U.S. Army Rangers Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) and his squad (Vin Diesel, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, and others). They go on for the search of a paratrooper, Private First Class James Francis Ryan (Matt Damon), who is the last alive brother of three servicemen who got killed during the action.
4. A League of Their Own (1992)
The movie tells the fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). Tom Hanks stars as a supporting role in the sports comedy movie, as a drunken, careless, and exasperated as has-been coaching an all-female baseball team. By this film, Hanks reminds everyone that is an amusing character actor.
3. Cast Away (2000)
Tom Hanks has blown away everybody with his performance in this movie. As always, he has risen to whatever challenge the director throws at him. The film showcases the magnetism and charisma of Tom Hanks. In this movie, he plays a modern-day Robinson Crusoe who gets stuck on a desert after a plane crash and inspires him with courage, joy, and miserable horror.
2. Big (1988)
The performance of Tom Hanks in this movie made everyone recognize that the star of Bosom Buddies was excellent. In this movie, he plays like a 12-year-old boy who magically metamorphoses into around a thirty-year adult, and brings devastation in the big city.
1. Captain Phillips (2013)
The filmmakers of the movie have fully utilized Tom Hanks’ attributes as a film star. He plays as a taciturn merchant mariner who is short of personality or warmth. But as his terrifying mess starts to escalate, his ship gets taken by pirates. The movie’s ending scene is one of the cinema’s most nerve-racking and accurate depictions of trauma and again proves why Tom Hanks is sensational.