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Happy Birthday Tom Hanks! Here Are His 5 Best Movies

Today Tom Hanks turns 58.   Most consider him to be one of the best actors of all time.  Hanks’ films have grossed over $4 billion at the US box office alone, and over $8.5 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest-grossing actors ever.

Below I rank the Top 5 Tom Hanks Movies.  Let me know what you think.  Did I miss a classic?  Is the order all out of whack?  Comment at the bottom of the page with your TOP 5.


Captain Phillips



I loved this movie but I thought it was about 15 minutes too long.   The film has grossed close to $220,000,000 worldwide.  Random Fact: The famous line “Look at me.  I’m the Captain now!” wasn’t part of the original script; it was an ad-lib by Barkhad Abdi.






Big was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor (Tom Hanks) and Best Writing-Original Screenplay.   Random Fact:  It was the first feature film directed by a woman to gross over $100 million.



Apollo 13



Released in 1995, Apollo 13 garnered critical acclaim and was nominated for many awards, including nine Academy Awards. Random Fact:  The dialogue between ground control and the astronauts was taken nearly verbatim from transcripts and recordings, with the exception of, “Houston, we have a problem.” According to the mission transcript, the actual words said by Jack Swigert were “I believe we’ve had a problem here”  Ground control responded by saying “This is Houston, say again please.” Jim Lovell then repeated, “Houston, we’ve had a problem.”



Saving Private Ryan



Saving Private Ryan received universal critical acclaim, winning several awards for film, cast, and crew as well as earning significant returns at the box office.  Random Fact:  All the principal actors underwent several days of grueling army training – except for Matt Damon, who was spared so that the other actors would resent him, and would convey that resentment in their performances.



Forrest Gump



For the first ten weeks of its release, the film held the number one position at the box office. It remained in theaters for 42 weeks, earning $329.7 million in the United States and Canada.   Random Fact:  John Travolta, Chevy Chase, and Bill Murray all turned down the role of Forrest Gump.


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