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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.


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.

 
4

Big

 
 

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.

 
3

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."

 
2

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.

 
1

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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