Tom Hanks happens to be my most favourite actor. He is one of the most versatile actors we have, who can play any role given to him with ease. I have watched every movie of his multiple times and love them a lot :) I thought it was time for me to mention some of those movies of his that I love the most. I am sure many people would have watched these movies and those who haven’t, please go ahead and grab the DVDs. I feel these movies must not be missed at all. Each is a classic in its own way.

Forrest Gump (1994)

I am sure no human exists on this planet who has not watched or heard about this movie. One of the best movies ever made in Hollywood. This was the movie which made me fall in love with Tom Hanks’ acting. I am sure no other actor could have done justice to the role. “Stupid is as stupid does” is something that was one of the most amazing dialogues in the movie. I love this quote from the movie: “My momma always said, Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” :) The movie has humor, romance, drama, tragedy everything and is very entertaining. One wish I had was to see Bubba Gump shrimp Co. restaurant and I saw one, though could not take its picture.

The Terminal (2004)

This is another great movie which must not be missed. Tom Hanks gets stuck at an airport in US since his passport becomes invalid. The way he learns how to speak English, the way he goes to that girl every single day with the hope that she might put a stamp, the way he pushes carts to get cents is really touching. Catherine Zeta-Jones looks amazing. She is seriously very pretty in this movie.

Favourite quote:

Frank Dixon: Sometimes you land a small fish. You unhook him very carefully. You place him back in the water. You set him free so that somebody else can have the pleasure of catching him.

Green Mile (1999)

Very few movies touch your heart and this is one such movie. I literally cried at the end, since I had hoped for a happy ending.  But nevertheless, it makes an entry into my all-time favourite movies. Based on the novel by Stephen King, it is little violent at some parts. This is one dialogue by Tom Hanks that I liked the most in the movie : “I’ve done some things in my life I’m not proud of, but this is the first time I’ve ever felt in real danger of hell.” and this dialogue too : “On the day of my judgment, when I stand before God, and He asks me why did I kill one of his true miracles, what am I gonna say? That it was my job? My job?” And the way Tom Hanks delivers these dialogues makes the scene so touching. Whenever I watch a movie, the most powerful dialogue makes an impression on my mind and it stays in my mind for a long time :)

Cast Away (2000)

This is another movie which will bring tears to your eyes. I hoped for a happy ending in this one too, but it was not so. We can relate to his character so much. What would we do if we accidentally ended up at a marooned island, all by ourselves? Watch Tom Hanks struggle in one such island. The scene where he loses his pal Wilson is the most touching scene in the entire movie.

Chuck Noland: We live and we die by the clock, that’s all we have.

Chuck Noland: Don’t worry Wilson, I’ll do all the paddling. You just hang on.

Chuck Noland: I couldn’t even kill myself the way I wanted to. I had power over nothing.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Matt Damon and Tom Hanks in a single movie. This is a war movie where Tom Hanks is assigned with the mission to rescue Matt Damon, since all his brothers are dead. I just loved the movie. It was such a different role that Tom Hanks played in this movie compared to all his other movies which were more on the emotional front, but still he did complete justice to his role.

Favourite quotes

Captain Miller: It’s like finding a needle in a stack of needles.

Captain Miller: He better be worth it. He better go home and cure a disease, or invent a longer-lasting light bulb.

Captain Miller: I just know that every man I kill, the farther away from home I feel.

Apollo 13 (1995)

I am so crazy about science that I had to watch this movie. With my favourite actor in it, it couldn’t have gotten better in any way. I love the way Tom Hanks keeps his calm throughout the movie, even though they are in such a dangerous situation. When I attended a training sometime back on conflict management, they actually showed us a scene from the movie where Tom Hanks tries to resolve a conflict that arises between the other two astronauts. Apollo 13 was indeed a very unlucky mission for NASA, just like the unlucky number 13 but thankfully they managed to save the astronauts. The most famous words from this movie are “Houston, we have a problem” :)

Some more favourites:

Jim Lovell: Gentlemen, it’s been a privilege flying with you.

Gene Kranz: I don’t care about what anything was DESIGNED to do, I care about what it CAN do.

Gene Kranz: We’ve never lost an American in space, we’re sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch! Failure is not an option.

I read a book by the same person about it titled “Failure is not an option”. Amazing book!

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

One of my most favourite romantic movies of all times. This movie is such a cute movie that you will fall in love with the characters. Meg Ryan looks amazing in this movie and I really started liking her after watching this movie. Even the story is so sweet. A kid talks to an RJ about his concern that his father might never marry again. I love the kid and I so badly wanted to visit Empire State building after watching this movie and it really is very romantic up there  :) One of the favourite quotes: “Destiny is something we’ve invented because we can’t stand the fact that everything that happens is accidental.”

Another quote:

Sam Baldwin: [looking at a photograph] She looks like my third grade teacher, and I hated my third grade teacher… wait a minute, she IS my third grade teacher!

Catch me if you can (2002)

This movie has two of my most favourite actors. I love Leonardo Di Caprio too :) He plays the role of a crook  whose ways of cheating are amazing and Tom Hanks is the cop. Their relationship is beautifully depicted in the movie. When I received the book on which this movie is based on from a security company, I was really excited to read it. I loved the movie and love the fact that it is based on a true story. It is funny in some parts.

I like this dialogue :

Frank Abagnale, Jr.: Stop chasing me!
Carl Hanratty: I can’t stop, it’s my job.

You’ve got mail (1998)

Another cute romantic comedy movie of the same couple. My liking for Meg Ryan increased after watching this movie. It is a movie about how two people who have never met, start chatting on the Internet and then end up liking each other. I love this dialogue the most:  “Well, let me ask you something. How can you forgive this guy for standing you up and not forgive me for this tiny little thing of…putting you out of business?” Aww I felt so bad when he says that.

Road to perdition (2002)

This is a completely different kind of role that Tom Hanks has portrayed. He is a hitman in this. I love the relationship that he shares with his son. Even though I usually don’t like such movies, I really loved this one and its ending too.

Michael Sullivan: So what does the clutch do?
Michael Sullivan, Jr.: It clutches

These are not the only Tom Hanks movies I love; there are many more. Probably I will make another list of his other good movies. Do you like Tom Hanks’ movies? If so, which one was your favourite? Is your favourite amongst the ones I have mentioned or something that I have missed out here?

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  1. scorpria says:

    I’ve seen Sleepless in Seattle…and You’ve got mail. Love Meg ryan, that’s why. but in the process, became a tom Hanks fan too. I’m not a movie person, really! :D In spite of that! :D

  2. PNA says:

    I’ve most of the movies except for Road to Perdiction. I love this guy tooo.. agree with everything you’ve said. I like Green Mile, You’ve got mail and sleepless in seattle, catch me if you can…. all except the one I haven’t seen :D

  3. Shobhit says:

    :)

    Nice list that. And I’ve seen more people going nuts about Tom Hanks’ acting too… :P

    This one was good too… :)

    “I can see that I bring out the worst in you… but let me just help you to not say something you’re just going to torture yourself about for years to come…”

  4. Ava says:

    Saving Private Ryan is on my wishlist.

    I love Catch me if you can and You Got Mail. Even though YGM is just a Romcom, somehow the atmosphere of the movie, the dialogues, the chem between Tom n Meg, makes it one of my favorite movies ever. I even love Tom’s relationships with the two kids in the movie, his brother and his aunt. You can see how he wants a real relationship when he sees his father jumping from one bad relationship to another, it really makes him go after meg. Awesome flick.

    I love Turner and Hooch, and Splash as well. Needless to say, I love him.

    • Avada Kedavra says:

      You’ve got mail is a very cute movie, hehe.. I love the way the kid keeps repeating FOX.. I loved everything about that movie :) the chemistry between them is just amazing.. wonder why they dint do more movies together.. Turner and Hooch and Splash are good ones too :)

  5. Sandhya says:

    Except ‘Terminal’, I have watched all the movies you have mentioned here, Ashwini.

    I too am a fan of Tom Hanks.

    I have seen ‘catch me if you can’ many many times. I loved the movie and ‘Cast away’…he acted so naturally in that movie.

    Thanks for reminding about these beautiful movies here, Ashwini!

  6. soin says:

    oh meg ryan..why was she not born in my time. and more importantly why was she not studying in my school or something. oh what all could have been.damn.free

  7. Harini says:

    Somehow with every post I realize you and I are pretty similar :P. I love Tom Hanks and Leonardo Dicaprio. I love every movie you listed. The only thing is I would have added Turner and Hooch and The Polar Express :).

    • Avada Kedavra says:

      Oh even you love both Hanks and Leonardo :) We really are alike, both of us are movie freaks looks like :) I loooove Polar Express too.. loved the way he played so many different roles in a single movie.. Turner and Hooch is a sweet one too :)

  8. Rohit says:

    Loved Catch me if you can (good chemistry between the 2), Green Mile(complimented with a touching story) , Castaway (amazing how a single actor on an empty island could hold you to your seats!), Road to Perdition(surprising to see him in such a role but he was fantastic again !)…but Forest Gump is my fav among them all :-)
    For me, Tom Hanks is the best actor of the present generation….reminds me of his brilliant predecessors during the golden age of hollywood.

    • Avada Kedavra says:

      Yeah in the present generation, I feel he is one actor who excels in acting :) agree with everything you mentioned about the movies.. and I like his voice too, it is very different.. you can identify his voice so easily when he gave it to Polar Express and Toy Story..:)

  9. arvind says:

    I need to watch 3 more out of those 10 .. I think no one can beat tom hanks ..although caprio is coming little..
    I had already read the book so could not enjoy catch me if u can as much as others …

  10. Bikram says:

    He is my favourite tooo.. indeed a very very good actor not sure about the road to predition movie , did not like it that much BUT loved all others especially Green mile and forest gump and saving private ryan

    Aweome collection

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  11. gils says:

    me too a die hard tom hanks fan…i’ve got his entire collection but for green mile and road to perdition…my fav are U’ve got mail (goto the mattresses :) the two cute kids and the way they spell F O X…avvvvvvvvvv….i love meg ryan in tht movie..used to knew it byheart even from the name scrolls :)) …aprum…terminal…WOW…another amazing movie..the way his facial exp changes when tht cute dark gal at the visa counter stamps rejected on his sheet…too gud and CZJ looks stunnin too…then…sleepless in seattle..meg ryan rocks in this one too along with tom…they share the best on screen chemistry :) aprum…lady killers :) its not there in ur list..tom hanks is the villain in tht movie..but its a comedy…u shd see it :) then saving private ryan..the scene where he shoots at an approaching tank with jus a pistol in hand..with all hope lost of stopping impending attack…and for FUBAR :D :D aprum…hmm..catch me if u can…cast away…and man in one red shoe…u shd see tht movie :D its amazing how much similarity amir khan and tom hanks share in looks :) almost identical i wud say :)

    • Avada Kedavra says:

      You’ve got mail is one the cutest, sweetest movies ever made :) FOX scene made me laugh so much.. can you spell cat? FOX.. hehehe.. Meg Ryan is just amazing :) Terminal is a great movie too.. Sleepless in Seattle is another sweet movie.. their chemistry was indeed very nice… I havent seen Lady Killers.. Hmm but dont compare him with Aamir Khan :P.. looks wise not sure if they look like, little maybe but not much similarity.. acting wise, Tom Hanks will beat Aamir anyday :D

  12. Destination Infinity says:

    I do not see much movies, but have seen around 6 movies in that list – I did it because it was Tom Hanks who acted in those! I think he selects his characters very well and does a decent job like our Aamir Khan and Kamal Hassan. These three are ‘intellectual’ actors! There was one more movie where the British kill his son and he leads the American fight for the independence – I guess it was done by Hanks and if yes, that is my favorite movie of all time! Otherwise, among the ones that I have watched, Green Mile was the best.

    Destination Infinity

    • Avada Kedavra says:

      yeah agree with the selection of roles part.. he selects his movies for sure.. I havent seen a single crappy movie of his..he has acted in very less number of movies but given his best performance in each of them :) Oh I havent seen that movie which you mentioned.. Let me search for it.. it might be Charlie Wilson’s war..

  13. dilontherocks says:

    The Terminal, sleepless in seattle and all meg ryan movies are my favorites too. :) He is pretty good actor. Havent wacted Green Mile yet. I dont remember the dailogues much, but the one you mentioned from sleepless is really funny..:)

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  15. Prasad says:

    You missed out “Big”, “Charlie Wilson’s War”!! Have to watch those..
    And “Philadelphia” deserves a place in his top 5!!!

    • Avada Kedavra says:

      I havent seen Charlie Wilson’s War yet.. Same with Philadelphia.. actually dint watch it on purpose after knowing the plot.. he is a gay in it right.. heard it’s really good.. should watch it sometime!

  16. Prasad says:

    Other masterpieces include “Joe Versus the Volcano” (Meg Ryan’s best!) and “The Ladykillers”..
    How did you forget Sheriff Woody’s voice?

  17. Deeps says:

    Avada, Tom Hanks is my all time favourite too. I’ve seen all the films that you’ve listed here. Classic choices.
    The hard-core romantic me gets all mushy watching Sleepless in Seattle even today :D

    Have you seen Philadelphia?? I was kind of hoping to find a mention of it here. Its one of my favorite Tom Hanks movies..he is simply brilliant in it. And Denzel Washington…ooh la la!!

    • Avada Kedavra says:

      Oh no.. I dint watch Philadelphia thinking I might not like him in the role of a gay person.. But it is on my must-watch list from a while now.. need to watch it soon.. have heard lot of good reviews about the movie :)

  18. kanagu says:

    Seen only Cast away and Forrest Gump in the list and I loved both of them and Tom Hanks Performances… others I have to watch soon..

    Didn’t read what you have written for other movies as it may make the guess of how the movie will be.. let me watch them and come back and comment AK :)

  19. ajay says:

    Tom Hanks is one of my favorite actors too. I’ve seen Forrest Gump and The Terminal and Cast Away. Each of his movie is a classic- total entertainment with a great story and memorable performances. Good a made a list. Now I’ve got to see other movies :)

  20. lostworld says:

    Nice list.. I like Cast Away the most :) Also Philadelphia. I may be the only one but I actually don’t like him in romantic movies. He doesn’t fit into my mental image of a romantic hero I guess ;-)

  21. hemal says:

    hey avada, i am no tom hanks fan, infact the first of his movie i watched was da vinci code.. btw, i will now look at this list of movies :)

    and congo for the new theme.. really nice, but i preferred the earlier one for my likeness towards the font Georgia… :)

      • hemal says:

        Hey, you can always change that… i dont know if themes in wordpress.com are editable.. if so, then go to theme editor, opent the CSS file and look for font. you can learn how to change the font from net. :)

        • Avada Kedavra says:

          Naah.. wordpress.com doesnt let us edit the CSS file :( For that we need to pay extra money. I had taken the edit CSS option for an yr but now dint buy again.. waste of money.. instead I think it is better to host on .org domain.. will soon change this to that..

  22. Psych Babbler says:

    Seen all except Green Mile and Apollo 13. Absolutely love You’ve got mail (my favourite rom-com) and Sleepless in Seattle. Watched both for Meg Ryan though I must admit. Also liked most of the others you’ve mentioned

  23. Paul S says:

    Great post.
    I’m a massive fan of Meg Ryan and I love all 3 of the films she’s done with Tom Hanks,Sleepless In Seattle, You’ve got Mail and Joe Versus The Volcano are all classics

    • Avada Kedavra says:

      you have seen all? wow.. I also liked him in Angels and Demons and Da Vinci code. The movies werent that good, but still worth watching.. He has given voice to characters in Toy story and Polar express. They both were good.
      I should have mentioned Philadelphia, which was a very good movie of his. I just loooooved it.

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