I watched Tom Hanks' second appearance on Inside the Actor's Studio this week, inspiring me to compile my top 10 Tom Hanks movies.
1. Saving Private Ryan (1998). Easy choice. Should have won Best Picture. Hanks got his fourth Oscar nomination for this one.
2. Toy Story (1995). Tough call for number 2, but this Pixar classic redefined animation, more so than A Bug's Life, which came before.
3. Philadelphia (1993). Extremely depressing movie that netted Hanks his first Oscar, leading to a memorable acceptance speech. Director Jonathan Demme's followup to Silence of the Lambs.
4. Big (1988). There were some inferior copycat movies that came out the same year (18 Again!, Vice Versa), but Big managed to stand out to such a degree that Robert Loggia, with over 200 roles to his credit, is known as the boss from Big. Hanks received his first nomination for the role.
5. Toy Story 2 (1999). The only Pixar sequel, they manage to integrate new characters and make a movie that might even improve on the original.
6. Catch Me If You Can (2002). Spielberg and Hanks' second collaboration, it's an enjoyable period piece with a great cast featuring DiCaprio, Walken, Martin, Martin Sheen, Jennifer Garner, James Brolin, Ellen Pompeo, and Amy Adams.
7. Apollo 13 (1995). An underrated space exploration movie, it was nominated for best picture.
8. Forrest Gump (1994). The only Hanks movie to win best picture, the role also won Hanks his second consecutive best actor win. I'm not a huge fan, but it's lunacy to leave it off this list.
9. Road to Perdition (2002). An underrated gangster movie, it's Sam Mendes' followup to American Beauty.
10. Cast Away (2000). Zemeckis' second collaboration with Hanks (Gump), Hanks received his fifth and most recent nomination (he should have got one for Ladykillers) which he deserved, because he obviously carries this movie. I mean, the second lead is a volleyball. I agonized a little between this and The Terminal for the 10 spot.