Popular for his acting, tom hanks has shown his talents in other fields of cinematic industry as well. He is a producer, director, writer, voice over artist and a speaker. His movies like ‘the green mile,’ ‘saving private ryan,’ ‘Forrest Gump,’ ‘cast away,’ etc have earned him a lot of respect and have portrayed him as a figure of ‘philosophical thought.’ Tom won the academy award for best actor, consecutively, in the years 1993 and 1994 for the movies Philadelphia and Forrest Gump respectively. In 2002, he was honored with AFI life achievement award for his efforts in the film industry. i thought it would be worth mentioning that tom hanks is a distant relative of America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, Let’s look at the top 10 best movies emanated from the legacy of this fabulous and charming actor.
Year released: 1984
Genre: Comedy, fantasy, romance
Cast also includes: Daryl Hannah
Awards: nominated for Oscar
Plot: Allen Bauer (tom hanks), a nine years old kid, does not know how to swim but when he sees something in the sea at Cape Cod, he dives in the ocean not realizing that he could even die. That beautiful thing turns out to be a mermaid. The mermaid figures that the boy has no swimming skills and hence rescues him and takes him to the shore. The kid has fallen in love with the mermaid and so has the mermaid. But they have to part.
9- A league of their own:
Year released: 1992
Genre: comedy, drama, sport
Cast also includes: geena Davis and Madonna
Awards: 5 wins, nominated for 2 golden globe awards
Plot: Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and Kit Keller (Lori Petty) are sisters in a small town in Oregon. Dottie is prettier and a better player of softball than Keller, while Keller is more interested in softball but is overshadowed by her sister, Dottie. A candy maker, Walter Harvey, decides to make a women’s baseball league since he senses the trouble that the baseball industry might shut down due to the war and to make a little money out of it as well.
Year released: 1993
Cast also includes: Denzel Washington and Antonio Banderas
Awards: won 2 Oscars and another 9 wins
Plot: Movie is about homosexuality and HIV/AIDS. A guy named Andrew becket (Tom Hanks) who is a homosexual, works for the biggest corporate law firm in Philadelphia. He has a male partner Miguel alvarez (Antonio Banderas). Andrew is candid about his homosexuality and HIV positive though. Once, he is handed over the most important case by his firm but there is a controversy traveling against him. He feels it is because they’ve found out about his HIV positive.
Year released: 1988
Genre: comedy, drama, family
Cast also includes: Elizabeth Perkins and Robert loggia
Awards: nominated for 2 Oscars and another 9 wins
Plot: josh baskin, a 13 year old kid trying to impress a girl at a carnival ride gets humiliated when he is told that he is too short for the ride. He finds ‘zoltar speaks,’ a fortune telling machine and there he wishes that he was a grown up, tall and a big man. To his surprise he becomes big the other morning he wakes up and flees from his house. The story helps draw a line between being an adult than being a child.
6- The green mile:
Year released: 1999
Genre: drama, crime, fantasy
Cast also includes: Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, James Cromwell and graham Greene
Awards: ranked 74 on imdb with 8.4 user rating, nominated for 4 Oscars and 4 academy awards
and 13 other award winners
Plot: it is based on a novel by Stephen king of the same name. Paul Edgecombe (Tom Hanks) is a death row corrections officer during the great depression and the jail block in which he works is known as green mile. john Coffey comes in as an inmate being charged of raping and killing two white girls. Ironically, Coffey is soft, kind and has a bleeding heart and possess super natural powers as well. Paul finds out about his powers when Paul is healed by him for his urine infection.
5- Cast away:
Year released: 2000
Genre: Adventure, drama
Awards: nominated for 2 Oscars
Plot: chuck Noland (Tom Hanks), an executive for fed ex, crash lands in the Pacific Ocean because of flying in a dreadful storm. Luckily, he is able to escape the sinking plane when he gets hold of a life raft. But in the frantic situation he loses the electronic locater that could have helped in locating his position. He floats all night while being unconscious and is led to an island. The story depicts his survival in the inhibited island and how he manages to go back to the states.
4- The terminal:
Year released: 2004
Genre: Comedy, drama, romance
Cast also includes: Stanley tucci and Catherine zeta Jones
Awards: 2 win only
Plot: Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) arrives at NY john. F. Kennedy international airport and is stuck there because a civil war has broken out in his home country, the fictitious Krokozhia. According to the US law, he is not permitted to step into the States. His real purpose for coming to the states is a mystery.
The movie is inspired by a true novel “the terminal” which talks about mehran karimi Nasser, an Iranian refugee who lived in the Charles de Gaulle airport from 1988 till 2006. The movie is directed by Steven Spielberg whose works include saving private Ryan and schindler’s list.
3- Road to perdition:
Year released: 2002
Genre: Crime, drama, thriller
Cast also includes: Paul Newman, Jude law and Daniel Craig
Awards: won Oscar and 18 other wins, nominated for 6 academy awards
Plot: delineating the time line of the great depression, the film circle’s around Michael Sullivan who is a hit man for a mob boss john Rooney. Sullivan’s son, once, finds out how his dad is making money. Connor, who is Rooney’s crazy and unstable son, kills Sullivan’s younger son and his wife so as not to leave any witnesses of their illegalities. Fortunately Sullivan’s elder son survives. Sullivan has to take his revenge now. The story describes a strong father to son relationship as well.
It is filmed mostly in Chicago. It was placed 2nd in box office in its first week after men in black which was in its second week.
2- Saving Private Ryan:
Year released: 1998
Genre: action, history, drama
Cast also includes: vin diesel and matt Damon
Awards: won 5 Oscars with another 52 wins, ranks 42 on imdb with 8.5 user rating
Plot: john miller (tom hanks) is a US army captain and leads a team of 7 soldiers in the 1944 world war. The movie starts at Omaha beach attack incident. The captain leads the 7 soldiers through German defense. The movie interval occurs when the army general founds out that 3 of 4 brothers of Ryan family have died recently in a military action and their mother would receive notice of all three of them together. Orders are received by the captain that the 4th brother be found and sent home due to sole survivor policy.
The director of this movie is Steven Spielberg, the producer of schindler’s list. The movies grossed a worldwide total of 481.8 million dollars and became the highest grossing movie of the year.
1- Forest Gump:
Year released: 1994
Genre: comedy, drama, romance
Awards: won 6 Oscars, another 32 wins, 8.7 user rating on imdb and ranking 28 overall
Plot: Movie starts by showing Gump sitting on a public bench and telling his life story to strangers. He describes how he showed Elvis Presley a dance move which Elvis later played on TV, how he falls in love with a girl named jenny on the first day of school, despite having a low IQ how he manages to attend university of Alabama on football scholarship because he runs very fast(later becoming all American and meets john f Kennedy) and why he opts for army after graduation.
For the first ten weeks of its release, the movie held 1st place on box office. It is filmed mostly in Georgia and north and South Carolina.