The 7 best Tom Hanks movies

Tom Hanks has for several decades now been one of the biggest and best actors in Hollywood. With an incredible filmography behind him crossing a wide-variety of genres, Hanks has a huge army of fans who flock to see whatever his next project is to hit the cinema screens.

Born on 9th July 1956 in California in the United States of America, Hanks is probably best known to most film fans for his performances in comedies and dramas, as well as a fair share of comedy dramas. One of the highest grossing film actors in America, it is believed that Tom Hanks films have since his career began in 1977 grossed almost 10 billion dollars worldwide.

But it’s not just been money that Hanks has brought to the party through the enormous box office receipts of the films in which stars – he has also been decorated with almost every award there is to win along the way. Among the highlights of his brilliant career so far are two Best Actor awards at the Oscars (in fact won in consecutive years for Philadelphia in 1993 and then Forrest Gump in 1994) and seven Emmy’s for work on television series including Band of Brothers and the Pacific.

Yes, it’s fair to say that in a career that has seen him excel both on and off the camera in the entertainment industry, Tom Hanks has produced plenty of excellent candidates for films you might like to watch and stream tonight. But what is the best movie of Tom Hanks? Is it possible to pick a number one when the actor has made so many excellent films? Well, that’s what we’re going to do right here, and right now.

The ranked list counts down seven of the best Tom Hanks films, and you can see the whole countdown, watch clips and find out more about the films by watching our specially created video experience, which you can find at the end of the article.

However, if you don’t have time to watch – or you just want an at-a-glance look at the list, we’ve taken the liberty of reproducing the top seven films for you below… what’s more we even have details of where you can watch each of the films if you live in the UK.

Now, don’t say we never give you anything.

OK are you ready to begin a journey into the best Tom Hanks films you can watch right now?

What are the best Tom Hanks movies?

7. Philadelphia – watch on Sky Cinema / NOW

The story of a lawyer’s battle for justice after he believes he is unlawfully dismissed from his job for having HIV.

6. The Post – watch on Netflix

Hanks plays the editor of the Washington Post as his character fearlessly exposes the Pentagon Papers.

5. Big – watch on Disney+

A boy wishes he was a grown up, and after the intervention of a magical fairground machine, his dream comes true.

4. Cast Away – watch on Netflix / Sky Cinema / NOW

A Fed-Ex employee is stranded alone on a desert island and must survive physically and mentally while trying to get home.

3. Toy Story franchise – watch on Disney+

Toys that come alive whenever their owners turn their backs, Tom Hanks plays cowboy Woody in the beloved Pixar series.

2. Forrest Gump – watch on Amazon Prime Video.

An incredible award-winning epic about a man who has an extraordinary life and meets a huge number of important people along the way.

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1.Apollo 13 – watch on Netflix / Sky Cinema/ NOW

Ron Howard’s true dramatisation of the Moon mission that never was, and almost lost everyone who was on board.

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Tim Glanfield

Tim Glanfield is a journalist, editor and broadcaster with more than 15 years experience writing about television, film and the entertainment business. He has been editor of, a writer for The Times (of London) and the Guardian as well as a freelance contributor to newspapers, magazines and websites across the world. He is author of the book Digital Economy or Bust: The Story of a New Media Startup and makes regular appearances on TV and radio in the UK.

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