The man who famously told us ‘there’s no crying in baseball’ (he didn’t say anything about rounders), Hanks’s exasperated sports coach, Jimmy Dugan, is a hardass, a sexist and, truth be told, a bit of a bully. Needless to say, he’s still likeable, because the actor just isn’t capable of playing a truly hissable character (okay, maybe in ‘The Ladykillers’). This one reunites him with his ‘Big’ director Penny Marshall. The movie belongs to its female stars (Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell, Lori Petty and, yes, Madonna), though, and Hanks never lets his own star power distract from that.
There’s a reason why Tom Hanks has an asteroid named after him. The A-list actor’s movies have grossed over $8.5 billion, making him one of the highest earning box-office stars of all time. More than just a bankable star, Hanks is a supreme acting talent. The winner of two Oscars, four Golden Globes and seven Emmys, he’s the star of cinematic staples like ‘Big’, ‘Cast Away’ and ‘Sleepless in Seattle’; he’s even starred in a Carly Rae Jepsen video. He’s also been repeatedly named one of the nicest stars in Hollywood.
From romantic comedies such as ‘You’ve Got Mail’ to animated classics like ‘Toy Story’, Hanks has starred in getting on for 90 films. But which is his best? We’ve put together a list of the 17 best Tom Hanks movies.
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