FORREST GUMP (1994)
Starring opposite Sally Field, as the world’s adorkable misfit, Hanks won over audiences with likeability and a heart of gold, creating a stirring portrait of what it means to be different in the face of incredible odds.
CAST AWAY (2000)
As a shipwrecked sailor fighting rough seas and the threat of mental illness – with only a beach ball (Wilson!) for companionship, this actor’s actor’s bravura turn gave new meaning to the idea of the solo adventure.
THE DA VINCI CODE (2006)
The Oscar winner’s convincing work as cryptologist and Harvard Professor Robert Langdon helped make a memorable hit out of this divisive film adaptation of the Dan Brown bestseller.
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (2013)
Hanks turned in robust work as the titular captain whose heavy-laden cargo ship gets hijacked by vicious Somali pirates. What plays out is an explosive tug-o-war between life and death. Gripping.
Working alongside Denzel Washington, Hanks gave what became his first Academy Award-winning performance, playing a gay man whose moving story touches on the scourge of AIDS, human rights, dignity and common decency. It’s a must-see.
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