The latest Tom Hanks offering, “Captain Phillips,” just hit theaters. It’s based on the true story of the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of an American cargo ship, the first such attack on an American ship in 200 years. We asked readers for their favorite Hanks roles. They responded enthusiastically.
Every Time We Say Goodbye!
Cast Away, Forrest Gump and Da Vinci Code
Forrest Gump is hard to top
Green Mile, Cast Away, Big, the Burbs, Tom Hanks doesn’t make bad movies ever…I can’t wait to see him play Walt Disney this Christmas.
Jimmy Dugan in A League of Their Own.
Nothing in Common. Awesome, funny movie and Jackie Gleason’s last movie.
And PS, there’s no crying in baseball.
Big! Forrest Gump! Bosom Buddies was great too!
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Bosom Buddies! Bachelor Party! Turner & Hooch!
C’mon Dan Webster, what’s your real top pick?
Forrest Gump and Woody (from Toy Story)
The man is amazing! I can’t pick just one. Maybe Green Mile – I just watched that again recently.
All of them
I love everything … but because we had some very weird neighbors who drove the same weird car … we never miss watching The Burbs.
Road to Perdition. The closest he came to playing a villain.
Too many to count but easier to say which ones weren’t so great. He’s awesome. Even in iffy Joe vs. Volcano, his speech when he quit was inspiring.
Sleepless in Seattle
Carl Hanratty (from Catch Me If You Can), Mr. White (from That Thing You Do).
You think I’m kidding? OK, Punchline, A League of Their Own, You’ve Got Mail.
Punchline! Good choice.
Thanks, Steve. Punchline was the first real indication (following Nothing in Common) that Hanks could actually do a dramatic performance. His mime scene for Sally Field following their breakup is simply brilliant.