I don’t think it would be possible for anybody to have a favourite actors list without ever mentioning the lovable Tom Hanks. Whether it be the voice of Woody in Pixar’s Toy Story, or as the non-stop champion that is Forrest Grump, he’s had a role that everybody will have a favourite of.
Released in cinemas today, Hanks leads Bridge of Spies, a historical thriller based on the 1960 U-2 incident during the Cold War, which is directed by Steven Spielberg.
To celebrate the film’s release, here are my top five Tom Hanks performances.
5. Forrest Grump (1994)
This film has a bit of everything – drama, romance, war, comedy, action – and without Hanks it just wouldn’t be the same. It’s hard to imagine how somebody came up with a story like this, in particular with the character of Forrest Gump himself, but it’s a film that many of us love, mostly because of how phenomenal Hanks is in this completely peculiar lead.
4. Road to Perdition (2002)
With brilliant cinematography from the ever-impressive Sam Mendes, this is a powerful gangster thriller with the kind of performance that we don’t often get to see from Hanks. But he never fails to impress, and this is undoubtedly one of his most powerful performances to date.
3. The Termimal (2004)
I loved so much about this film and was laughing constantly because of how fantastic Hanks’ character is. It’s such a great story, and I could watch a whole other film about what happens to Hanks’ character next because he was just that likable.
2. Apollo 13 (1995)
Ron Howard always likes to stay on top of film-making, and in its day Apollo 13 was experimenting with some of the newest visual effects. At its heart, it’s an excellent space travel story and an epic in its own right, one that has certainly influenced many films since. It’s definitely one of Howard’s best, and a sci-fi that will be hard to top, with much of this down the fantastic performances throughout.
1. Big (1988)
They really don’t make them like this anymore. Not only is this one of my favorite 80s films, but it’s also my favourite Hanks role, and I don’t think it will ever be topped.
More about Bridge of Spies:
The story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.