Tom Hanks thinks he’s only made four ‘pretty good’ movies. Which are they?

  1. I got a Burbs/Money Pit combo from the 5 dollar bin at Walmart. Absolutely love both of them! You never really think about Tom Hanks when you think about comedy.

  2. Shit how did I forget that?!? Ok appending my list and replacing Toy Story with this. Bachelor Party, Joe vs the Volcano, Big and the Burbs is now my final.

  3. He wrote and directed “That Thing You Do” and another one about non-traditional students in college. I think at least one of these would be on the list. And “That Thing You Do” is the catchiest song!

  4. The article claims Saving Private Ryan is NOT one of them because "scene by scene Tom doesn't like his choices." I can't agree with that logic. He might be super critical of his choices in SPR but that doesn't mean Hanks can't also acknowledge that SPR is in the top 20 movies of all time, the best war movie ever made, and a fundamentally "decent" film.

  5. Yeah. Almost every movie he is in is either critically acclaimed, a box office success, or a cultural icon and sometimes even a cult classic.

  6. Don’t even try to make a list of four. This is what he WANTS us to do. To pour over his tremendous and legendary filmography and have empty discourse about how great of an actor he is. Well I won’t play along like a sheep…

  7. Everyone is trying to pick what they think are the best 4. You’ve got it all backwards. He’s thinking of his worst 4 as being “pretty good.” The rest are great.

  8. Haha I like this, I've never pictured him as being cocky so I'll roll with it. Tom Hanks is just acting cocky for the fun of it this year.

  9. TLdr: Cloud Atlas, League of their Own, Castaway, and That thing you do. Hanks confirmed the first 3 in interview. Author posits the last.

  10. This is the first comment I've seen that mentions 'That Thing You Do.' That is my all time favorite movie and I'm glad that Tom was pleased with it.

  11. “Well, I might be a little old, but with enough makeup and CGI, I’m sure I could play The King.” “No, Tom, that’s not who we have in mind for your role.” How I imagine the Elvis pitch meeting went.

  12. if you narrow it down by taking him literally to movies he’s been in and produced: cast away, Charlie Wilson’s war, larry crowne and the great buck howard.

  13. God, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, Forest Gump, Cast Away....if you had to pick a fifth it's going to be impossible.

  14. Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, and it's really a toss up for that last spot for me. It would be between The Green Mile, Apollo 13 and Catch Me if You Can.

  15. Yes these are my four too. I haven’t seen anyone else say Catch me if you can. It might have to do more with my love for Leo movies but still so good

  16. Bachelor Party, Joe vs the Volcano, Big and The Burbs, Splash and Turner and Hooch, The Money Pit. Yes I know that’s not 4.

  17. What he probably meant is he only made four great movies for each category: Drama and Comedy.

  18. Cast away, saving private ryan, forrest gump, catch me if you can. But honestly i watch anything with tom hanks in it. The terminal probably my favorite movie after catch me if you can and private ryan.

  19. I watched Captain Phillips again recently. I thought Hanks' acting particularly at the end was great.

  20. That Thing You Do is really very well done. For what it is, it is almost a perfect movie. Hard to write original songs for a period piece and a fake band, but somehow they pulled it off.

  21. A league of their own has to be on here. The Terminal probably isn’t top 4 but man did he crush that role too. Ugh, tough to pick 4.

  22. I’ve said for years, Tom Hanks is the only actor I’ve never seen in a bad film. I haven’t seen them all, though. But I’ve liked every one I’ve watched so far.

  23. Well Tom Hanks is notoriously humble in a sickeningly charming way. He's made way more than 4 pretty good movies.

  24. I originally read this as “for pretty good movies” and i was like…damn never Tom Hanks had an ego like that 😂😂😂

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  26. toy story, Forrest Gump, cast away and big. not my personal four, but what I believe Tom Hanks thinks are his best four. Forrest Gump is the obvious hit, Cast away is the one I imagine him as an actor would see as the most avante garde, Big and toystory he'd probabyl call pretty good because he had fun making big and toy story is obviously something that brought joy to many people. that's my thought process anyway.

  27. Most likely the four he thinks are the 'pretty good' films are the 'pretty good' films that he thinks are the 'pretty good' films.

  28. Philadelphia, Road To Perdition, Cast Away, sure. But I think Volunteers is up there too, with the bonus is that that is where Tom and Rita got together.

  29. Mazes and Monsters has gotta be in the top 4. It saved so many people from the dark path of rolling dice with friends while drinking soda and eating chips.

  30. Why is Joe vs The Volcano the universally first thought of reddit response? The only reason why i opened up the comments and was nit disappointed

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