All Tom Hanks Movies Ranked by Tomatometer

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After making a literal Splash for his leading movie-star debut, nice guy Tom Hanks would become the king of yuppie ’80s slapstick, starring in classics like Big and fan favorites such as Joe Versus the Volcano, The ‘Burbs, and The Money Pit. Tuned-in audiences up to that point knew him primarily from the two-season ABC sitcom Bosom Buddies, and just as Hanks’ obvious talent couldn’t be contained to television, it was likewise apparent he wouldn’t always be stuck doing “just” comedies.

1992’s A League of Their Own established Hanks as an ally for women and sports, and set up a grand slam in 1993. Sleepless in Seattle fashioned Hanks and Meg Ryan as a rom-com dream team, while Philadelphia represented his first foray into drama, leading straight into a Best Actor Oscar win. More importantly, it gave a harrowing, human face to the AIDS epidemic that American society at large had struggled – or refused – to fully comprehend at that point; during his Oscar acceptance speech, he referenced mentors and peers who were gay and who had influenced his life.

The following year, Hanks picked up a consecutive Best Actor Oscar for boomer nostalgia blockbuster Forrest Gump, which would also take Best Picture. With his career in official sky’s-the-limit mode, Hanks went exactly there, blasting off into space for Apollo 13 in 1995. That same year, he voiced Woody in the groundbreaking Toy Story, a role he has returned to over the decades and into the present.

Saving Private Ryan in 1998 marked the first time Hanks would work with Steven Spielberg, a fruitful creative partnership that has produced an abundance of critically acclaimed films, including Catch Me If You Can, Bridge of Spies, and The Post. Also, The Terminal.

In recent years, much of Hanks’ acclaim and accolades has been directed at his biopics. Think Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks, Sully, and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. His latest film were Greyhound, a WWII naval thriller that he co-wrote, and News of the World. See where they place on all Tom Hanks movies ranked by Tomatometer!

#51

Adjusted Score: 20.583%

Critics Consensus: The Circle assembles an impressive cast, but this digitally driven thriller spins aimlessly in its half-hearted exploration of timely themes.

Synopsis: The Circle is a gripping modern thriller starring Emma Watson (“Harry Potter”), Tom Hanks (“Sully”) and John Boyega (“Star Wars:… [More]

#50

Adjusted Score: 19.241%

Critics Consensus: The Bonfire of the Vanities is a vapid adaptation of a thoughtful book, fatally miscast and shorn of the source material’s crucial sense of irony. Add it to the pyre of Hollywood’s ambitious failures.

Synopsis: Brian De Palma’s Hollywood sanitization of Tom Wolfe’s scabrous satire stars Tom Hanks as Sherman McCoy, the “master of the… [More]

#49

Adjusted Score: 16.925%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: When his older brother leaves to fight in the Second World War, fourteen-year-old Homer Macauley takes on a job as… [More]

#48

Adjusted Score: 32.771%

Critics Consensus: Senselessly frantic and altogether shallow, Inferno sends the Robert Langdon trilogy spiraling to a convoluted new low.

Synopsis: Tom Hanks reprises his role as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon in director Ron Howard and screenwriter David Koepp’s adaptation of… [More]

#47

Adjusted Score: 34.109%

Critics Consensus: What makes Dan Brown’s novel a best seller is evidently not present in this dull and bloated movie adaptation of The Da Vinci Code.

Synopsis: The murder of a curator at the Louvre reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected… [More]

#46

Adjusted Score: 43.239%

Critics Consensus: Despite the relaxed, easy chemistry of stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, Larry Crowne is surprisingly bland and conventional.

Synopsis: Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where… [More]

#45

Adjusted Score: 45.587%

Critics Consensus: Angels and Demons is a fast-paced thrill ride, and an improvement on the last Dan Brown adaptation, but the storyline too often wavers between implausible and ridiculous, and does not translate effectively to the big screen.

Synopsis: Angels and Demons re-teams director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks for the sequel to their international blockbuster adaptation of… [More]

#44

Adjusted Score: 51.941%

Critics Consensus: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close has a story worth telling, but it deserves better than the treacly and pretentious treatment director Stephen Daldry gives it.

Synopsis: Oskar (Thomas Horn) is convinced that his father (Tom Hanks), who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade… [More]

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#43

Adjusted Score: 47.305%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: In this rather routine adaptation of the French hit, The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe, Richard (Tom Hanks)… [More]

#42

Adjusted Score: 51.321%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Attorney Walter Fielding (Tom Hanks) and his musician lover Anna Crowley (Shelley Long) are forced out of their home of… [More]

#41

Adjusted Score: 53.289%

Critics Consensus: While it’s sporadically funny and certainly well-cast, Dragnet is too clumsy and inconsistent to honor its classic source material.

Synopsis: Based on the television series of the same name, this film follows the exploits of Sgt. Joe Friday (Dan Aykroyd),… [More]

#40

Adjusted Score: 53.636%

Critics Consensus: 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.

Synopsis: One by-product of two consecutive Oscar wins is that Tom Hanks no longer has to appear in such potboilers as… [More]

#39

Adjusted Score: 55.454%

Critics Consensus: 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.

Synopsis: Ward and June Cleaver have nothing on suburban couple Ray and Carol Peterson (Tom Hanks and Carrie Fisher). Together with… [More]

#38

Adjusted Score: 55.532%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: In this touching comedy-drama, a young advertising executive (Tom Hanks) is forced to reconsider his irresponsible lifestyle when his depressed… [More]

#37

Adjusted Score: 55.405%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Tom Hanks stars in this raunchy teen comedy from veteran screenwriters Pat Proft and Neil Israel, who had previously collaborated… [More]

#36

Adjusted Score: 59.387%

Critics Consensus: Hanks’ performance in the lead role is inspired, but this is a relatively minor offering from the Coen brothers.

Synopsis: Goldthwait Higginson Dorr III is a charlatan professor who has assembled a gang of experts for the heist of the… [More]

#35

Adjusted Score: 56.573%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Sally Field goes the Roseanne route in Punchline. Field plays a housewife and mother who suddenly develops the urge to… [More]

#34

Adjusted Score: 61.883%

Critics Consensus: Though the movie is visually stunning overall, the animation for the human characters isn’t lifelike enough, and the story is padded.

Synopsis: Directed by Robert Zemeckis and based on children’s author Chris Van Allsburg’s modern holiday classic of the same name, The… [More]

#33

Adjusted Score: 58.044%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: Tom Hanks and John Candy were reunited for the first time since Splash in this period comedy about Peace Corps… [More]

#32

Adjusted Score: 66.85%

Critics Consensus: The Terminal transcends its flaws through the sheer virtue of its crowd-pleasing message and a typically solid star turn from Tom Hanks.

Synopsis: Viktor Navorski is a visitor to New York from Eastern Europe. His homeland erupts in a fiery coup, while he… [More]

#31

Adjusted Score: 64.495%

Critics Consensus: Joe Versus the Volcano erupts with plenty of screwball energy and thoughtful observations about living to the fullest, but its existential ambition may prove too goofy for some audiences.

Synopsis: Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Patrick Shanley’s first foray into the director’s chair is a quirky romantic fantasy, featuring Bo Welch’s… [More]

#30

Adjusted Score: 76.869%

Critics Consensus: Its sprawling, ambitious blend of thought-provoking narrative and eye-catching visuals will prove too unwieldy for some, but the sheer size and scope of Cloud Atlas are all but impossible to ignore.

Synopsis: Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and… [More]

#29

Adjusted Score: 74.722%

Critics Consensus: Great chemistry between the leads made this a warm and charming delight.

Synopsis: The film tells of Kathleen Kelly, who owns a children’s bookstore in New York. It is a small but profitable… [More]

#28

Adjusted Score: 75.411%

Critics Consensus: A Hologram for the King amiably ambles through a narrative desert, saved by an oasis of a performance from the ever-dependable Tom Hanks.

Synopsis: Cultures collide when an American businessman (Tom Hanks) is sent to Saudi Arabia to close what he hopes will be… [More]

#27

Adjusted Score: 73.466%

Critics Consensus: By turns fluffy and biting, this show biz comedy is given girth by comic heavyweight John Malkovich and made all the more charming by Emily Blunt.

Synopsis: Once upon a time, Buck Howard spent his days in the limelight. His mind-boggling feats as a mentalist extraordinaire–not to… [More]

#26

Adjusted Score: 77.859%

Critics Consensus: 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.

Synopsis: “Stupid is as stupid does,” says Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks in an Oscar-winning performance) as he discusses his… [More]

#25

Adjusted Score: 79.358%

Critics Consensus: Sleepless in Seattle is a cute classic with a very light touch and real chemistry between the two leads — even when spending an entire movie apart.

Synopsis: It’s Christmas Eve and radio talk show psychologist Marcia Fieldstone has asked her listening audience what they are wishing and… [More]

#24

Adjusted Score: 82.934%

Critics Consensus: Sentimental and light, but still thoroughly charming, A League of Their Own is buoyed by solid performances from a wonderful cast.

Synopsis: The All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League was founded in 1943, when most of the men of baseball-playing age were far… [More]

#23

Adjusted Score: 83.864%

Critics Consensus: Though The Green Mile is long, critics say it’s an absorbing, emotionally powerful experience.

Synopsis: Director Frank Darabont, who made an acclaimed feature film debut with The Shawshank Redemption (1994), based on a Stephen King… [More]

#22

Adjusted Score: 87.578%

Critics Consensus: Greyhound’s characters aren’t as robust as its action sequences, but this fast-paced World War II thriller benefits from its efficiently economical approach.

Synopsis: In the early days of WWII, an international convoy of 37 Allied ships, led by captain Ernest Krause (Hanks) in… [More]

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#21

Adjusted Score: 89.434%

Critics Consensus: Aggressively likable and sentimental to a fault, Saving Mr. Banks pays tribute to the Disney legacy with excellent performances and sweet, high-spirited charm.

Synopsis: Two-time Academy Award (R)-winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar (R)-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by… [More]

#20

Adjusted Score: 84.085%

Critics Consensus: 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.

Synopsis: At the time of its release, Jonathan Demme’s Philadelphia was the first big-budget Hollywood film to tackle the medical, political,… [More]

#19

Adjusted Score: 87.23%

Critics Consensus: Somber, stately, and beautifully mounted, Sam Mendes’ Road to Perdition is a well-crafted mob movie that explores the ties between fathers and sons.

Synopsis: A hit man for an Irish gang in the Depression-era Midwest, hit man Michael Sullivan is known to friends and… [More]

#18

Adjusted Score: 88.817%

Critics Consensus: Charlie Wilson’s War manages to entertain and inform audiences, thanks to its witty script and talented cast of power players.

Synopsis: Charlie Wilson was a bachelor congressman from Texas who had a habit of showing up in hot tubs with strippers… [More]

#17

Adjusted Score: 98.788%

Critics Consensus: As comfortingly workmanlike as its protagonist, Sully makes solid use of typically superlative work from its star and director to deliver a quietly stirring tribute to an everyday hero.

Synopsis: Tom Hanks stars in this thrilling portrait of heroic airline pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, re-enacting his incredible successful emergency landing… [More]

#16

Adjusted Score: 99.096%

Critics Consensus: News of the World takes a slow but absorbing ride down a comfortingly familiar Western trail, guided by Tom Hanks in peak paternal mode.

#15

Adjusted Score: 105.452%

Critics Consensus: The Post’s period setting belies its bitingly timely themes, brought compellingly to life by director Steven Spielberg and an outstanding ensemble cast.

Synopsis: Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The… [More]

#14

Adjusted Score: 94.528%

Critics Consensus: Flawed but fascinating, Cast Away offers an intelligent script, some of Robert Zemeckis’ most mature directing, and a showcase performance from Tom Hanks.

Synopsis: An exploration of human survival and the ability of fate to alter even the tidiest of lives with one major… [More]

#13

Adjusted Score: 102.053%

Critics Consensus: Bridge of Spies finds new life in Hollywood’s classic Cold War espionage thriller formula, thanks to reliably outstanding work from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.

Synopsis: Tom Hanks stars as the American attorney tasked with negotiating the release of a U-2 spy plane pilot who was… [More]

#12

Adjusted Score: 93.978%

Critics Consensus: A perfectly light, warmly funny romantic comedy that’s kept afloat by Ron Howard’s unobtrusive direction and charming performances from Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah.

Synopsis: This story begins in 1959, when a young boy is rescued from a watery grave by an adolescent mermaid. Twenty-five… [More]

#11

Adjusted Score: 95.917%

Critics Consensus: A light, sweet, and thoroughly entertaining debut for director Tom Hanks, That Thing You Do! makes up in charm what it lacks in complexity.

Synopsis: Tom Hanks made his directorial debut in this bright comedy set in the mid-1960’s about a rock group and their… [More]

#10

Adjusted Score: 101.194%

Critics Consensus: Anchored by another winning performance from Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg’s unflinchingly realistic war film virtually redefines the genre.

Synopsis: Steven Spielberg directed this powerful, realistic re-creation of WWII’s D-day invasion and the immediate aftermath. The story opens with a… [More]

#9

Adjusted Score: 104.038%

Critics Consensus: 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.

Synopsis: Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew… [More]

#8

Adjusted Score: 111.038%

Critics Consensus: Much like the beloved TV personality that inspired it, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood offers a powerfully affecting message about acceptance and understanding.

Synopsis: Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism,… [More]

#7

Adjusted Score: 101.968%

Critics Consensus: 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.

Synopsis: “Houston, we have a problem.” Those words were immortalized during the tense days of the Apollo 13 lunar mission crisis… [More]

#6

Adjusted Score: 101.761%

Critics Consensus: 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.

Synopsis: Based on a true story, Frank W. Abagnale was employed as a doctor, a lawyer, and as a co-pilot for… [More]

#5

Adjusted Score: 102.468%

Critics Consensus: 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.

Synopsis: More than anything else, 13-year old New Jerseyite Josh (David Moscow) wants to be “big”. That’s the wish he makes… [More]

#4

Adjusted Score: 116.835%

Critics Consensus: Heartwarming, funny, and beautifully animated, Toy Story 4 manages the unlikely feat of extending — and perhaps concluding — a practically perfect animated saga.

Synopsis: Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is… [More]

#3

Adjusted Score: 107.681%

Critics Consensus: Deftly blending comedy, adventure, and honest emotion, Toy Story 3 is a rare second sequel that really works.

Synopsis: “Toy Story 3” welcomes Woody, Buzz and the whole gang back to the big screen as Andy prepares to depart… [More]

#2

Adjusted Score: 105.816%

Critics Consensus: Entertaining as it is innovative, Toy Story reinvigorated animation while heralding the arrival of Pixar as a family-friendly force to be reckoned with.

Synopsis: Woody, a traditional pull-string talking cowboy, has long enjoyed a place of honor as the favorite among six-year-old Andy’s menagerie… [More]

#1

Adjusted Score: 107.657%

Critics Consensus: The rare sequel that arguably improves on its predecessor, Toy Story 2 uses inventive storytelling, gorgeous animation, and a talented cast to deliver another rich moviegoing experience for all ages.

Synopsis: “Toy Story 2” is the exciting, all-new sequel to the landmark 1995 computer-animated blockbuster from Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar… [More]

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