Total Recall: Tom Hanks' Best Movies

Summary

Co-starring in a short-lived sitcom about cross-dressing friends generally isn't the most direct path to superstardom, but there's an exception to prove every rule -- only one, though; sorry, Peter Scolari -- and after racking up over $3 billion in domestic ticket receipts, winning a mantel full of awards (including back-to-back Best Actor Oscars), and starring in some of the best-reviewed films of the last 25 years, Tom Hanks has demonstrated that he's pretty darned exceptional. With his latest project, the Wachowski-engineered spectacle Cloud Atlas, arriving in theaters this weekend, we decided now was the perfect time to take another look at an impressive body of work by twirling the dials on the Tomatometer, making a list of Hanks' best-reviewed films, and playing Total Recall! Back to Article

Comments

Sean Y.

Sean Y.

Will people ever pay attention to the fact that these lists are ranked by tomatometer? They didn't "forget" or leave out anything. "Where's _____?", you ask? Below the top 10 because its meter score isn't high enough, that's where.

Sorry, I had to vent about this at least once.

Oct 24 - 07:39 PM

Kriftonucci

Jim Ylonen

Not bad for a guy whose best films he's ever worked in were animated.

Oct 24 - 07:50 PM

Josh Janney

Josh Janney

Forrest Gump isnt on the list cause the critics are idiots. (I don't blame RT, I blame the critics who gave it an awful review because it was sentimental instead of cynical)

Oct 24 - 08:19 PM

Jonny Havey

Jonny Havey

Oct 24 - 08:53 PM

Andrew I.

Andrew Imrie

It's not a great movie is the deal. It certainly fit into middle-America's view of God and country, but it was shamefully dismissive and even hostile towards any counter-culture elements that occurred during the 60s and 70s.

Oct 24 - 08:56 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Maybe many of the counter culture movements were total busts. Drugs ruined a lot of the message and soured the cause(s).

Oct 24 - 11:49 PM

Will Bigelow

Will Bigelow

@Andrew Imrie: You are completely correct. It is a pretty good movie, but in no way a great one.

Oct 30 - 11:14 AM

Quike Luna

Quike Luna

Where's forrest Gump? r.r

Oct 24 - 09:05 PM

Ed O'leary

Ed O'leary

I thought it was funny too

Oct 24 - 09:09 PM

Bertram Krogh

Bertram Krogh

Iā??m with you. Forrest Gump is a masterpiece. With one of the best male performances I have ever seen. Fantastic film.

Oct 24 - 10:43 PM

Derek Williams

Derek Williams

Definitely my favorite movie of all time.

Oct 25 - 01:11 AM

Adam Binyon

Adam Binyon

Forrest DUMP more like, A nasty piece of rightwing rubbish

Oct 25 - 03:21 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Put a shirt on, hippie!

Oct 25 - 06:37 PM

CyborgUnicorn

Cyborg Unicorn

lol he shook hands with JFK and exposed Watergate.. and look at you two! "right wing rubbish?" "Put a shirt on, hippie?" it's friggin' forrest gump!

Oct 25 - 10:42 PM

Daniel Frohm

Daniel Frohm

For real, Unicorn. Right wing brainwashing? He's a mentally challenged man stumbling through the shaky moral grounds of the Vietnam War, to which social battlegrounds he's oblivious to. It's just a wonderful story, and it's told wonderfully as well.

Maybe perhaps, the brainwashed one is you, Adam.

Oct 29 - 03:39 PM

Marcus Jahn

Marcus Jahn

If anything it's one of the only non-biased films based on the era. Forrest Gump thought of life too simply and beautifully to examine life without the distraction of left and right wing politics. It invites the audience to do the same.

Nov 23 - 11:30 AM

Mohammed Sadah

Mohammed Sadah

RT should sort these lists by Average Critic Rating. In which case, Forrest Gump would be there instead of Splash, and Saving Private Ryan will definitely be higher in the list.

Oct 24 - 11:18 PM

Gage Kent

Gage Kent

I feel like they overlooked Philadelphia. I mean, he did win an Oscar for it...

Oct 24 - 11:48 PM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

And for its time, it was pretty groundbreaking. A shame it is not here, while his voicework for a wooden cowboy takes 3 slots.

Oct 25 - 07:59 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Maybe many of the counter culture movements were total busts. Drugs ruined a lot of the message and soured the cause(s).

Oct 24 - 11:49 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Road to Perdition is my favorite Hanks role. He kicks ass in that movie. Gump, Philly, and of course Captain Miller are very close runners up. And I've always been a fan of The Burbs. The scene where he eats the sardines and pretzels is awesome.

Oct 24 - 11:55 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Joe Dante!

Oct 25 - 06:38 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Bra, you just blew my mind.

Oct 25 - 11:04 PM

scifimark

scifi mark

oh man the burbs. Havent heard that movie mentioned in a long time. Good stuff

Oct 29 - 11:53 AM

Derek Williams

Derek Williams

Definitely my favorite movie of all time.

Oct 25 - 01:11 AM

Derek Williams

Derek Williams

Tom Hanks is a fantastic actor but it is sad when his top 3 movies are all in a trilogy and their voice acting. Plus, critics are stupid anyways. Forrest Gump and Philadelphia are much better movies then their ratings, hence they won awards.

Oct 25 - 01:18 AM

JuanYamanda Rangel

JuanYamanda Rangel

really? Toy Story??

Oct 25 - 04:56 AM

Alec Kirazian

Alec Kirazian

Forget Forest Gump- where is my Green Mile?

Oct 25 - 04:59 AM

Saetre

Saetre Saetre

The Green Mile is overrated as hell.

Oct 25 - 11:47 PM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

Agree. The 3 Toy Story movies eliminate both his Oscar-winning performances. Most actors can't claim one, let alone TWO, and neither appear here because of those cartoons. Even if they'd included them as 1 entry (the "Toy Story" trilogy) they would've had room for Forrest Gump and Philadelphia. But 3 separate entries? STUPID.

Oct 25 - 07:58 AM

Olivia Bennett Holmes

Olivia Bennett Holmes

I agree Mr Hadfield.

Oct 26 - 04:27 PM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

And for its time, it was pretty groundbreaking. A shame it is not here, while his voicework for a wooden cowboy takes 3 slots.

Oct 25 - 07:59 AM

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