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15. RAY PETERSON - THE 'BURBS (1989)

From Wikipedia: The 'Burbs is a black comedy film that "pokes fun at suburban environments and their sometimes eccentric dwellers. Ray Peterson is home on a week-long vacation. Late one night, he hears strange noises emanating from the basement of his new and rather odd neighbors, the Klopeks. Eventually, Ray, and his neighbors Art Weingartner and Vietnam veteran Mark Rumsfield gradually suspect the Klopeks may be ritualistic murderers." Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 53% approval rating and says, "The 'Burbs has an engaging premise, likable cast, and Joe Dante at the helm – so the mixed-up genre exercise they produce can't help but feel like a disappointment."

 

13.5

ELLIOTT: 7

QK: 13
VICTORIA: 13
ALEX: 15 - What the heck is that that advanced over either of his iconic romcoms smh.
ANDY: 15
DEE: 15

REI: 15

ZOEY: 15

 

 

14. DETECTIVE SCOTT TURNER - TURNER & HOOCH (1989)

Plot Summary: "Det. Scott Turner (Tom Hanks) is an uptight, by-the-book police officer who hopes to leave his sleepy California town and work in the big city. When his friend Amos Reed (John McIntire), the proprietor of a junkyard, is killed, Turner reluctantly inherits the man's dog. Realizing that the canine may be able to help him solve the murder case, Turner attempts to adjust to life with the big dog, resulting in much household destruction and unwelcome chaos." Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 52% approval rating and says, "Tom Hanks makes Turner and Hooch more entertaining than it might look on paper, but ultimately, this is still a deeply silly comedy about a cop and a canine."

 

10.75

ELLIOTT: 3

QK: 6

ZOEY: 10
ANDY: 11

ALEX: 13 - A respectable C+ movie and performance. I know this is a huge movie for a lot of people, but I never connected with it.
DEE: 14

REI: 14

VICTORIA: 15

 

 

13. MR. WHITE - THAT THING YOU DO! (1996)

From Wikipedia: "That Thing You Do! is a 1996 American comedy film starring, written and directed by Tom Hanks, in his directorial debut. It tells the story of the rise and fall of a fictional 1960s one-hit wonder pop band. The film also resulted in a musical hit with the titular song of the same name, which was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song." Tom Hanks plays Mr. White, an A&R representative who offers the band a contract and takes over as their manager. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 93% approval rating and says, "A light, sweet, and thoroughly entertaining debut for director Tom Hanks, That Thing You Do! makes up in charm what it lacks in complexity."

 

10.375

ANDY: 2

ELLIOTT: 9

VICTORIA: 9
REI: 11

ALEX: 12 - Love this movie a lot! I wouldn't puts Hanks performance at the top of the reasons why I love it though. While it's certainly good, it's nothing groundbreaking.
DEE: 13

ZOEY: 13

QK: 14

 

 

12. PAUL EDGECOMB - THE GREEN MILE (1999)

Plot Summary: The Green Mile "stars Tom Hanks as a death row corrections officer during the Great Depression who witnesses supernatural events that occur after an enigmatic inmate (Michael Clarke Duncan) is brought to his facility." Michael Clarke Duncan's character John Coffey is a gentle giant, and Hanks's Edgecomb wonders if Coffey is truly an innocent man. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 78% approval rating and says, "Though The Green Mile is long, critics say it's an absorbing, emotionally powerful experience."

 

10.125

ELLIOTT: 4

ZOEY: 5
DEE: 9

REI: 10

VICTORIA: 11

ANDY: 13

ALEX: 14 - If I'm gonna be honest I'm bitter this beat Sleepless in Seattle whoops.

QK: 15

 

 

11. JOSH BASKIN - BIG (1988)

From Wikipedia: "Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Adult Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish to be "big" and is then aged to adulthood overnight. Upon release, Big was met with wide critical acclaim, particularly for Hanks' performance. It was a huge commercial success as well, grossing $151 million worldwide against a production budget of $18 million. The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor (Hanks) and Best Original Screenplay." Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 97% approval rating and says, "Refreshingly sweet and undeniably funny, Big is a showcase for Tom Hanks, who dives into his role and infuses it with charm and surprising poignancy."

 

9.625

VICTORIA: 6

QK: 7
ALEX: 9 - It's a c00t movie. I always have a good time watching it (it's like always on tv randomly lol). He plays a little kid really well lol.

REI: 9

ZOEY: 9
DEE: 10

ELLIOTT: 13

ANDY: 14

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10. JIMMY DUGAN - A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (1992)

From Wikipedia: "A League of Their Own is a 1992 American sports comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL)." Tom Hanks plays manager Jimmy Dugan, a cynical alcoholic and former marquee Cubs slugger. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 78% approval rating and says, "Sentimental and light, but still thoroughly charming, A League of Their Own is buoyed by solid performances from a wonderful cast." Jimmy's line "There's no crying in baseball!" was recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the most memorable movie quotes. In 2012, A League of Their Own was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

 

9.375

VICTORIA: 1
DEE: 6

QK: 9

ALEX: 10 - THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL! I enjoy two hours of Tom Hanks on the verge of a psychotic break.

ANDY: 10

ELLIOTT: 12

REI: 13

ZOEY: 14

 

 

9. JIM LOVELL - APOLLO 13 (1995)

From Wikipedia: "The film depicts astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise aboard Apollo 13 for America's fifth manned mission to the Moon, which was intended to be the third to land. En route, an on-board explosion deprives their spacecraft of much of its oxygen supply and electrical power, which forces NASA's flight controllers to abort the Moon landing and turns the mission into a struggle to get the three men home safely. Apollo 13 received critical acclaim and was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture (winning for Best Film Editing and Best Sound)." Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 96% approval rating and says, "In recreating the troubled space mission, Apollo 13 pulls no punches: it's a masterfully told drama from director Ron Howard, bolstered by an ensemble of solid performances."

 

8.125

QK: 1
ALEX: 7 - I've seen this movie countless times, never get tired of it. One of Hanks' most underrated roles!

REI: 7

VICTORIA: 8
ANDY: 9

ELLIOTT: 10

ZOEY: 11
DEE: 12

 

 

8. ANDREW BECKETT - PHILADELPHIA (1993)

Plot Summary: "Fearing it would compromise his career, lawyer Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) hides his homosexuality and HIV status at a powerful Philadelphia law firm. But his secret is exposed when a colleague spots the illness's telltale lesions. Fired shortly afterwards, Beckett resolves to sue for discrimination, teaming up with Joe Miller (Denzel Washington), the only lawyer willing to help. In court, they face one of his ex-employer's top litigators, Belinda Conine (Mary Steenburgen)." Philadelphia was one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia. Rotten Tomatoes gives it an 80% approval rating and says, "Philadelphia indulges in some unfortunate clichés in its quest to impart a meaningful message, but its stellar cast and sensitive direction are more than enough to compensate." Tom Hanks won his first Academy Award for Best Actor for this role.

 

8

ZOEY: 2
ANDY: 6

ALEX: 8 - I've never seen it 🙈. I'm ranking it high out of respect though.

DEE: 8

ELLIOTT: 8

QK: 10

VICTORIA: 10

REI: 12

 

 

7. CAPTAIN RICHARD PHILLIPS - CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (2013)

From Wikipedia: "Captain Phillips is a 2013 American biographical drama-thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi. The film is inspired by the true story of the 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking, an incident during which merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips was taken hostage by Somali pirates in the Guardafui Channel led by Abduwali Muse. The film emerged as a box office success grossing over $218 million against a budget of $55 million. In 2014, Captain Phillips received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Abdi." Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 93% approval rating and says, "Smart, powerfully acted, and incredibly intense, Captain Phillips offers filmgoers a Hollywood biopic done right — and offers Tom Hanks a showcase for yet another brilliant performance."

 

7.375

ALEX: 2 - After a bit of a drought in great performances from Hanks, he proved he still got it in an absolutely spectacular way. I still think about that medical exam scene it's so good.
ZOEY: 3
ANDY: 4
DEE: 5

QK: 8

REI: 8

VICTORIA: 14

ELLIOTT: 15

 

 

6. FBI AGENT CARL HANRATTY - CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2002)

Plot Summary: "Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) worked as a doctor, a lawyer, and as a co-pilot for a major airline -- all before his 18th birthday. A master of deception, he was also a brilliant forger, whose skill gave him his first real claim to fame: At the age of 17, Frank Abagnale, Jr. became the most successful bank robber in the history of the U.S. FBI Agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) makes it his prime mission to capture Frank and bring him to justice, but Frank is always one step ahead of him." Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 96% approval rating and says, "With help from a strong performance by Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life wunderkind con artist Frank Abagnale, Steven Spielberg crafts a film that's stylish, breezily entertaining, and surprisingly sweet."

 

7.25

ZOEY: 1
QK: 3
REI: 3
VICTORIA: 7
ANDY: 8

ALEX: 11 - It's a fun movie and a good performance! I just can't justify ranking it any higher with his competition.
DEE: 11

ELLIOTT: 14

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5. CHUCK NOLAND - CAST AWAY (2000)

From Wikipedia: "Hanks plays a FedEx employee stranded on an uninhabited island after his plane crashes in the South Pacific, and the film depicts his desperate attempts to survive and return home. It grossed $429 million worldwide, with Hanks nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 73rd Academy Awards." Rotten Tomatoes gives it an 88% approval rating and says, "Flawed but fascinating, Cast Away offers an intelligent script, some of Robert Zemeckis' most mature directing, and a showcase performance from Tom Hanks." Tom Hanks won the Golden Globe for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for this role.

 

6.375

QK: 4
ALEX: 5 - WILSOOOOOOOOOOOOON. A brave and heartbreaking performance. Hanks is such a legend.

ELLIOTT: 5

VICTORIA: 5

REI: 6
DEE: 7

ZOEY: 7

ANDY: 12

 

 

4. CAPTAIN JOHN H. MILLER - SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998)

From Wikipedia: "Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic war film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat. Set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II, the film is known for its graphic portrayal of war and for the intensity of its second scene of 23 minutes, a depiction of the Omaha Beach assault during the Normandy landings. The film follows United States Army Rangers Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) and his squad (Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Adam Goldberg, and Jeremy Davies) as they search for a paratrooper, Private First Class James Francis Ryan (Matt Damon), the last surviving brother of a family of four, with his three other brothers having been killed in action. Saving Private Ryan received acclaim from critics and audiences for its performances (particularly from Hanks), realism, cinematography, score, screenplay, and Spielberg's direction, and was placed on many film critics' 1998 top ten lists. It was also a box office success, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1998 in the United States with $216.8 million domestically and the second-highest-grossing film of 1998 worldwide with $481.8 million worldwide. The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards at the 71st Academy Awards, where it won five awards including Spielberg's second win for Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, and Best Sound Effects Editing, though it lost the Academy Award for Best Picture to Shakespeare in Love in a controversial Oscars upset. Since its release, Saving Private Ryan has been considered one of the greatest films ever made and has been lauded as influential on the war film genre." Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 93% approval rating and says, "Anchored by another winning performance from Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg's unflinchingly realistic war film virtually redefines the genre." In 2014, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant"

 

5.625

DEE: 1

QK: 2

ALEX: 3 - Obviously one of the greatest movies ever created. Hanks has a lot to carry on his shoulders being the lead of such an iconic piece of cinema. And he does it so well.

VICTORIA: 4

REI: 5

ANDY: 7

ELLIOTT: 11

ZOEY: 12

 

 

3. WOODY - TOY STORY (1995)

From Wikipedia: "The feature film directorial debut of John Lasseter, it was the first entirely computer-animated feature film, as well as the first feature film from Pixar. Taking place in a world where anthropomorphic toys come to life when humans are not present, the plot focuses on the relationship between an old-fashioned pull-string cowboy doll named Woody and an astronaut action figure, Buzz Lightyear, as they evolve from rivals competing for the affections of their owner Andy Davis, to friends who work together to be reunited with him after being separated from him. It was acclaimed by critics and audiences, who praised the technical innovation of the 3D animation, the wit and thematic sophistication of the screenplay, the musical score, and the voice performances of Hanks and Allen; it is considered by many to be one of the best animated films ever made. The film received three Academy Award nominations (Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Song for "You've Got a Friend in Me", and Best Original Score) as well as winning a Special Achievement Academy Award." Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 100% approval rating and says, "Entertaining as it is innovative, Toy Story reinvigorated animation while heralding the arrival of Pixar as a family-friendly force to be reckoned with." In 2005, its first year of eligibility, it was inducted into the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

 

5.25

REI: 1

ELLIOTT: 2
ANDY: 3
DEE: 3

ZOEY: 4
ALEX: 6 - One of the best animated movie performances in cinema history.

QK: 11

VICTORIA: 12

 

 

2. WOODY - TOY STORY 3 (2010)

From Wikipedia: "Toy Story 3 is a 2010 American computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. It is the third installment in Pixar's Toy Story series and the sequel to 1999's Toy Story 2. The plot focuses on Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and Andy's other remaining toys accidentally being donated to a day care center, while Andy, now 17 years old, is preparing to leave for college, and their ensuing race to get home before Andy leaves. Like its predecessors, Toy Story 3 received critical acclaim upon release, with critics praising the vocal performances, screenplay, emotional depth, animation, and Randy Newman's musical score. It became the second Pixar film (after Up) and third animated film overall (after Beauty and the Beast and Up) to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. The film received four more Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, winning the latter two. Toy Story 3 was the first animated film to gross over $1 billion worldwide in ticket sales, becoming the highest-grossing film of 2010—both in North America and worldwide—and the fourth-highest-grossing film at the time of its release, as well as the highest-grossing animated film of all time." Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 98% approval rating and says, "Deftly blending comedy, adventure, and honest emotion, Toy Story 3 is a rare second sequel that really works."

 

4.875

ELLIOTT: 1
VICTORIA: 3
ALEX: 4 - My favorite Toy Story movie and Hanks at his best. He created such an iconic character in Woody.
DEE: 4

REI: 4

ANDY: 5

ZOEY: 6

QK: 12

 

 

1. FORREST GUMP - FORREST GUMP (1994)

From Wikipedia: "Forrest Gump is a 1994 American comedy-drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Eric Roth. It is based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom and stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson and Sally Field. The story depicts several decades in the life of Forrest Gump (Hanks), a slow-witted but kind-hearted man from Alabama who witnesses and unwittingly influences several defining historical events in the 20th century United States. The film differs substantially from the novel. Forrest Gump was released in the United States on July 6, 1994 and received favorable reviews for Zemeckis' directing, Sinise and Hanks' performances, the visual effects, the music and the screenplay. The film was an enormous success at the box office; it became the top-grossing film in America released that year and earned over US$677 million worldwide during its theatrical run, making it the second highest-grossing film of 1994, behind The Lion King. Forrest Gump won the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Hanks, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, and Best Film Editing. It received many award nominations, including Golden Globes, British Academy Film Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Varying interpretations have been made of the protagonist and the film's political symbolism." Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 71% approval rating and says, "Forrest Gump may be an overly sentimental film with a somewhat problematic message, but its sweetness and charm are usually enough to approximate true depth and grace." In 2011, the Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The Registry said that the film was "honored for its technological innovations (the digital insertion of Gump seamlessly into vintage archival footage), its resonance within the culture that has elevated Gump (and what he represents in terms of American innocence) to the status of folk hero, and its attempt to engage both playfully and seriously with contentious aspects of the era's traumatic history." In addition to the film's multiple awards and nominations, "it has also been recognized by the American Film Institute on several of its lists. The film ranks 37th on 100 Years...100 Cheers, 71st on 100 Years...100 Movies, and 76th on 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition). In addition, the quote "Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get," was ranked 40th on 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes. The film also ranked at number 61 on Empire's list of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time."

 

3.375

ALEX: 1 - This used to be my favorite film of all time. I got a bit older and a bit more liberal so I don't necessarily still hold that opinion, but I still LOVE the movie and Hanks in undeniable. I'm not a big movie cryer, but the scene of him at Jenny's grave gets me every time.
ANDY: 1
DEE: 2

REI: 2

VICTORIA: 2

QK: 5

ELLIOTT: 6

ZOEY: 8

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3 minutes ago, Deeee said:

Almost had my whole Top 5 as the actual Top 5. The first three movies out were my bottom three. Why do I succeed so much when I do not care that much about the actor?! :lmao:

It's just the way it is. :dead: A League of Their Own isn't my favorite Tom Hanks movie but I wanted to help it out hence the #1 placement.

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Just now, Deeee said:

IDK why. I love the movie so so so much. But I felt like Saving Private Ryan deserved my first place. 

I love the movie so much as well. Whenever it's on TV I always watch it. ❤️ Geena, Tom, Roseanne, Madonna, etc... "Thus Used To Be My Playground" is the icing on the cake for me. :wub:

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