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Happy Birthday Tom Hanks: 16 Of His Best Roles Remembered On His 60th Birthday

"My mama always said, 'Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'" -Forrest Gump, 1994

The beloved actor turns 60 on July 9, 2016. From Forest Gump to Cloud Atlas, Hanks has been successfully acclaimed as the fourth highest-grossing actor in North America. He has also won a Golden Globe and an Academy for the Best Actor for his films, Philadelphia & Forrest Gump. On his 60th, have a look at his best roles, and celebrate his birthday by raising a glass, accompanied by a bucket of popcorn, and enjoy while the movies last. Happy Birthday, Tom Hanks!Tom Hanks best roles. 

Happy Birthday Tom Hanks: 16 Of His Best Roles Remembered On His 60th Birthday

Happy Birthday Tom Hanks: 16 Of His Best Roles Remembered On His 60th Birthday

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1. Forrest Gump (1994)

1. Forrest Gump (1994)

"I'm not a smart man... but I know what love is." 

IMDb Rating: 8.8/10

Forrest Gump is a man of low intelligence, but he actually knows what love is. He falls in love with his childhood friend, Jenny Curran. Also, he has been presented accidentally in many historic moments. Gump's innocent charm will make you believe in honesty and trust. The movie depicts approximate true depth and grace. Tom Hanks won an Academy and a Golden Globe for the Best Actor.

2. Philadelphia (1993)

2. Philadelphia (1993)

"Now, explain it to me like I'm a four-year-old."

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

Tom Hanks plays a role of a homophobic lawyer, to help out a man, who has been diagnosed with AIDS. He has been fired from work because of his condition, he hires Andrew Beckett (Hanks) to defend him in the court. Tom Hanks won an Academy and a Golden Globe for the Best Actor.

3. Cast Away (2000)

3. Cast Away (2000)

"I know what I have to do now. I got to keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun would rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?"

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

A man is marooned on an island after his plane crashes into the ocean. Far away from home, his girlfriend, and any human contact, he engages in a battle of wits with himself as he is tested mentally, physically, and emotionally in order to survive. Tom Hanks was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for the Best Actor.

4. The Terminal (2004)

4. The Terminal (2004)

"Amelia: I have to go.

Viktor Navorski: I have to stay.

Amelia: Story of my life.

Viktor Navorski: Me too."

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

Victor Novarski (Tom Hanks) reaches JFK airport from a politically unstable country. Due to the collapse of his government, his papers are no longer valid in the airport, and hence he is forced to stay in the airport till the war cools down. He makes the airport his home and develops a friendship with the people who work there until he finally has to leave.

5. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

5. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

 "I just know that every man I kill, the farther away from home I feel."

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

Opening with the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, members of the 2nd Ranger Battalion under Cpt. Miller (Tom Hanks) fights ashore to secure a beachhead. Amidst the fighting, two brothers are killed in action. Earlier in New Guinea, a third brother is KIA. Their mother, Mrs. Ryan, is to receive all three of the grave telegrams on the same day. The United States Army Chief of Staff, George C. Marshall, is given an opportunity to alleviate some of her grief when he learns of a fourth brother, Private James Ryan, and decides to send out 8 men (Cpt. Miller and select members from 2nd Rangers) to find him and bring him back home to his mother.

Tom Hanks was nominated for an Academy and a Golden Globe for the Best Actor.

6. Captain Phillips (2013)

6. Captain Phillips (2013)

"Stick together, we'll be alright."

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

Captain Phillips(Tom Hanks) is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is - through director Paul Greengrass's distinctive lens - simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips, and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips' unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

Tom Hanks was nominated for Golden Globe for the Best Actor.

7. Bridge Of Spies (2015)

7. Bridge Of Spies (2015)

"The coward must abandon his dignity before he abandons the field of battle."

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

In the cold war, a lawyer, James B. Donovan is recruited by the CIA and involved in an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis G. Powers. The pilot was arrested alive after his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union during a mission and stays in the company of a KGB intelligence officer, Rudolf Abel (Hanks), who was arrested for espionage in the US.

8. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

8. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

"I can't stop, it's my job."

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty (Hanks). What starts as cat and mouse become something akin to father and son.

9. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

9. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

"It was a tiny million things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together.... and I knew it."

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

When Sam Baldwin's (Tom Hanks) wife dies, he decides to move to Seattle with his son, Jonah. When Jonah sees how sad his father is, he calls a radio psychiatrist, who dubs him Sleepless in Seattle cause Jonah says he can't sleep. He starts to talk about his wife and women over the country hear his tale and one woman Annie who lives in Baltimore can't help but fascinated by his tale. Annie despite being engaged can't stop thinking of Sam and soon tries to find all she can about she even goes to Seattle to see him. And once she gets off the plane, Sam who was in the airport to see someone off, sees her and can't keep his eyes off her and tries to follow her but couldn't catch her. Jonah who has been going through the mail that his father has gotten ever since he was on the radio, sees the letter Annie wrote on a whim but didn't send it but her friend did. He tells his father this could be it. But Sam doesn't think he could have a relationship with someone who lives so far away.

10. You've Got Mail (1998)

10. You've Got Mail (1998)

"Do you ever feel, you've become the worst version of yourself?"

IMDb Rating: 6.5/10

The owner of a large bookstore chain starts putting the owner of a small local bookstore out of business. Meanwhile, they have been corresponding over the Internet without knowing who either of them is. They can't stand each other in person but over the Internet, they are very attracted. He finds out who she is but she doesn't know. He starts to like her more but she still hates him. He has to fix it.

11. Apollo 13 (1995)

11. Apollo 13 (1995)

"Houston, we have a problem.".

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Based on the true story of the ill-fated 13th Apollo mission bound for the moon. Astronauts Lovell (Hanks), Haise, and Swigert were scheduled to fly Apollo 14 but are moved up to 13. It's 1970, and America have already achieved their lunar landing goal, so there's little interest in this "routine" flight.. until that is, things go very wrong, and prospects of a safe return fade.

12. The Green Mile (1999)

12. The Green Mile (1999)

"Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not.Time takes it all, bears it away, and in the end, there is only darkness. Sometimes, we find others in the darkness, and sometimes, we lose them there again."

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

It's just another normal day on the Green Mile for prison guard Paul Edgecomb (Hanks). That is until huge John Coffey is sent there. Unlike the hulking brute that Coffey looks like, he is in fact kind at heart. Whilst watching over Coffey, Edgecomb learns that there is more to Coffey than can be seen.

13. Toy Story (1995)

13. Toy Story (1995)

"Reach for the sky."

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

A little boy named Andy loves to be in his room, playing with his toys, especially his doll named "Woody". But, what do the toys do when Andy is not with them, they come to life. Woody (voice dubbed by Tom Hanks) believes that he has life (as a toy) good. However, he must worry about Andy's family moving, and what Woody does not know is about Andy's birthday party. Woody does not realize that Andy's mother gave him an action figure known as Buzz Lightyear, who does not believe that he is a toy, and quickly becomes Andy's new favorite toy. Woody, who is now consumed with jealousy, tries to get rid of Buzz. Then, both Woody and Buzz are now lost. They must find a way to get back to Andy before he moves without them, but they will have to pass through a ruthless toy killer, Sid Phillips. 

14. Toy Story 2 (1999)

14. Toy Story 2 (1999)

"To infinity and beyond..."

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

While Andy is away at summer camp Woody (voice dubbed by Tom Hanks) has been toy napped by Al McWiggin, a greedy collector, and proprietor of "Al's Toy Barn"! In this all-out rescue mission, Buzz and his friends Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Rex and Hamm spring into action to rescue Woody from winding up as a museum piece. They must find a way to save him before he gets sold in Japan forever and they'll never see him again!

15. Toy Story 3 (2010)

15. Toy Story 3 (2010)

"The word I'm searching for I can't say because there's preschool toys present."

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Woody (voice dubbed by Tom Hanks), Buzz and the whole gang are back. As their owner Andy prepares to depart for college, his loyal toys find themselves in daycare where untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice. So, it's all for one and one for all as they join Barbie's counterpart Ken, a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear to plan their great escape.

16. Cloud Atlas (2012)

16. Cloud Atlas (2012)

"Fear, belief, love. Phenomena that determine the course of our lives. These forces begin long before we are born and continue after we perish."

IMDb Rating: 7.5/10

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future.

Hope, I summed it up well for you. Let's celebrate and respect Hanks's existence today. 

Happy Birthday, Tom Hanks! :)

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