4 Iconic Hollywood Hits That Starred Legendary Actor, Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks is one of the greatest actors to ever appear on the big screens. His incredible career path trails from comic roles to attaining elite status in Hollywood.

Hanks has won two Oscars for Best Actor and has five nominations in total. He was also nominated for the Golden Globes Awards nine times and the Emmys 12 times, sweeping home four wins for the former and eight for the latter.

Currently, he is the fifth highest-grossing actor in North America with over $4.9 billion domestically and $9.9 billion worldwide. His career spans several decades and has transcended from just acting, to writing, producing, and directing.

Below is a look at four of the greatest movies that he has been featured in during his illustrious career.

Forrest Gump

Topping the list is one of several movies directed by Robert Zemeckis, titled “Forrest Gump.” The movie gave Hanks the opportunity to climb the Oscars stage once more, clinching him another Best Actor award after his first win from the movie “Philadelphia.”

“Forrest Gump” was nowhere close to perfection, but with Hanks as the star of the movie, his performance completely covered the deficiency of the script.

In the movie, he portrayed a slow-witted but kind-hearted man from Alabama with the story revolving around several decades in his life.

It was an emotional yet tough scene to watch, alongside the excellent musical soundtrack that brought both smiles and tears to the faces of viewers who watched the movie when it premiered. Truly some of Hank’s best work, this movie remains a big screen classic to date.

Saving Private Ryan

Arguably, the greatest war movie ever made  “Saving Private Ryan” received enormous acclaim from critics and audiences for its amazing performances.

The film starred several actors who are now part of the top echelon of Hollywood, such as Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi, and Matt Damon with Steven Spielberg directing the masterpiece.


However, the glory of the film came from Hanks’ impeccable performance in it. He portrayed an Army captain sent to bring home a paratrooper, Private first-class Ryan, whose brothers were all killed in action.

Hank’s character completed the mission and ensured that at least one member of the Ryan family lived on.
The film won five Oscars and grossed $481 million worldwide.

Toy Story Franchise

Pixar’s first animated movie, “Toy Story” was also Hank’s first foray into the world of animated films.

He lent his voice to one of the lead characters, Woody, alongside Tim Allen’s Buzz Lightyear. Their adventures with the gang of other toys brought so much joy and fun to kids and adults alike.

Pixar would later turn the movie into a franchise releasing three more sequels in 1999, 2010, and 2019, milking its success to launch them into the top animated movie studio in Hollywood.

Produced on a total budget of 520 million dollars, the “Toy Story” films have garnered more than three billion dollars worldwide, becoming the 20th-highest-grossing franchise worldwide and the fourth highest-grossing animated franchise.

More money is still being made from all the merchandise sold worldwide, and it was estimated that Toy Story 3 brought in over two $2 billion on its own.

Would the franchise have been a success without Hank’s voice? Fans will never know.

Captain Phillips

“Captain Phillips” is another classic that showed Hank at his stellar best. The story followed Captain Richard Phillips when a group of Somali pirates captured his ship and took its members hostage.

The biographical action thriller was brought to life by director Paul Greengrass and screenwriter Billy Ray and inspired by the 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking.

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In the movie, Hanks raced against time to protect the lives of his crew, while he battled the natural fear and anxiety that came with being in danger. Many have called it a classic tale of man’s bravery in the face of sheer adversity. It excellently intertwined high-intensity action with deep emotional scenes that were enough to keep viewers on the edge until Captain Phillips made it home.

The film went on to receive six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Surprisingly, sadly, it did not win in any of the categories.

Hanks has so many good movies that this list could go on for a while. Truly, anything he touches is almost certain to turn into gold.

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4 Iconic Hollywood Hits That Starred Legendary Actor, Tom Hanks