Actor Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson were the first celebrities to publicly announce contracting the coronavirus. Appearing on NBC’s ‘Today’, the screen icon advised on being careful during these tough times. He said, “We don’t know what’s going to happen with COVID-19. The idea of doing one’s part, though, should be so simple: Wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands.” Now recovered, he awaits the digital release of his forthcoming World War II drama, ‘Greyhound’. As the actor turns 64 today, it is impossible to not discuss some of his films that fans can binge on to celebrate the icon’s birthday. Limiting his top films to a single digit is next to impossible, since Tom has given multiple outstanding performances throughout his prolific career. Here are his top five films that fans could binge watch on his birthday.
Forrest Gump (1994)
It is impossible to not mention ‘Forrest Gump’ while listing Tom’s top films. The film highlights how protagonist Forrest influences history and touches lives. The absolute sincerity with which Tom plays the character has embedded the film into pop culture. He also won an Academy Award for this film.
Cast Away (2000)
Tom plays the role of a modern-day Robinson Crusoe, Chuck Noland who gets stranded at an island following a plane crash and has to survive four years alone on that island. Tom gives and outstanding performance and the film grossed over $429 million worldwide.
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
The film marked Tom and Meg Ryan’s third film together which can be seen from their remarkable on-screen chemistry. Both of them are rival bookstore owners who fall in love online, giving us a hint of what online dating might look like 20 years down the line.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
There have been many World War 2 Hollywood films, but none like ‘Saving Private Ryan’. The opening sequence was regarded as the most accurate depiction of the war by even WW2 veterans. Tom gives a powerful performance which won him an Oscar nomination and the Distinguished Public Service Award along with director Steven Spielberg on Veteran’s Day.
Tom plays the role of Andrew Beckett who is fired from his firm because of his sexuality and being diagnosed with AIDS. Tom plays the role of Andrew with utmost sincerity in the film which also stars Denzel Washington. This earned Tom his first Academy Award.