Tom Hanks was born in California in 1956. He traveled much as a child. He had what you would call a troubled childhood. He was in and out of foster homes. He was not into drugs. There was no violence just no roots. He went to college but didn't start acting until he was out. He first hit the small screen and did some good work. It wasn't until he hit the big screen that people realized what talent this man has in acting. Here is a compilation list of some of his movies. It's not a best of list but man does the guy have some great movies.
10. Splash (1984) - After you find a mermaid what do you do with her. Do you show her off as an oddity or do you fall in love with her and set her free. This is just that story and you know what, it is one of the funniest. The movie also stars Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, and John Candy.
9. Big (1988) - A young boy goes to a carnival and finds a wishing machine and makes a wish that he wants to be big. The next morning he is a grown man, not bad for a kid of ten. With his friends help he gets a room in the city and finds a job. Then he must find that machine to reverse the spell. The cast includes Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard, and Jared Rushton.
8. A League Of Their Own (1992) - During WWII all the men were either fighting in the Pacific or the European theaters. Baseball didn't want to lose their stronghold on being America's favorite sport so they had women take over playing ball. Now it wasn't traditional baseball but it was baseball just the same. This is their story This movie also stars Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty, Jon Lovitz, and Bill Pullman.
7. Philadelphia (1993) -When a Lawyer is infected with the AIDS virus everyone in his law firm freaks out. He gets fired and takes the firm to court to fight for his benefits and dignity. When in court everyone realizes that they all jumped to conclusions and realize he is no different from anybody else.The all-star cast also includes Denzel Washington, Roberta Maxwell, Jason Robards, and Antonio Banderas.
6. Apollo 13 (1995) - It's 1970 and we landed on the moon about a year ago. TV has stopped running continuous coverage of the landings. America has already moved on and lost interest in the moon. Then tragedy strikes the Apollo 13. Right after lift-off something hits the craft and the men have to do everything they know to save themselves. Based on a true story, it stars Bill Paxton, Kevin bacon, Gary Sinese, Ed Harris, and Kathleen Quinlan.
5.Saving Private Ryan (1998) - A mother loses three sons in WWII and rather than lose a fourth son General George Marshall sends eight soldiers to find the Private and bring him back home to his mother. The loss of all four sons is just too much of a price to pay for anyone. Based on a true story this movie stars Tom Sizemore, Matt Damon, Ted Danson, Edward Burns, and Dennis Farina.
4. The Green Mile (1999) - The inmates and prison guards are changed forever by the arrival of a larger than life death row criminal. His special nature will forever change reality for them all. David Morse, Michael Clarke Duncan, Bonnie Hunt, and James Cromwell round out this wonderful cast
3. The Polar Express (2004) - A child doubting that there is a Santa Claus is asked to join a train of children headed to the North Pole. They learn that you must always believe, for to believe places the spirit of Christmas in your soul for all eternity. This movie stars Peter Scolari, Nona Gaye, Eddie Deeza and Leslie Zemeckis.
2. The Da Vinci Code (2006) - The investigation of the murder of the Louvre Curator opens the door to a search for the truth about the lost child of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene, as well as a hunt for the Holy Grail. This cast includes Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellan, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina, and Jurgen Prochnow.
1. Cloud Atlas (2012) - With the reincarnations of several souls that travel through time they challenge the wrongs or corruptness of the time. Thus changing history. But through acts of kindness do they bring about change? This movie also stars Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent and Hugo Weaving.
Tom Hanks has a resume that any and all stars wish they could have. Almost anything that he is attached to brings in the mega bucks. He also brings something else to the screen...Honesty. You know when you go see a Tom Hanks movie you will get your moneys worth and you will be entertained. You can't ask anything else from someone especially when you live in times these economically times. We know we can count of many more years of entertainment to come.