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It’s Tom Hanks’ Birthday! Celebrate By Watching 10 Of The Icon’s Best Movies

Happy 66th to a true acting legend.

by Simone Johnson
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Tom Hanks movies are just as iconic as the actor himself. Who else could play Mr. Rogers with such tenderness or capture the charisma of Woody, the toy cowboy? The man is a national treasure who must be protected at all costs. So, to honor Tom Hanks’ birthday (his 66th!), binge 10 of his most classic flicks.

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Cast Away | 2000

After a FedEx cargo plane crashes on a deserted island, systems analyst Chuck Noland is the sole survivor. While marooned, he contemplates his life, mortality, and escape. It's a heartbreaking story of survival and the strength of the human spirit.

Twentieth Century Fox

Forrest Gump | 1994

Prepare to have your heartstrings tugged when you watch the extraordinary story of Forrest Gump, an Alabama man with disabilities. He takes part in major events throughout American history and makes his mark in the ‘60s and ‘70s. With the support of his loving mother, Gump goes on to fight in the Vietnam War, become a football star, and even captain a shrimp boat.

Paramount Pictures

Toy Story | 1995

Tom Hanks voices Woody, a toy cowboy who belongs to a little boy named Andy. He is the child’s favorite plaything until Andy receives a Buzz Lightyear for his birthday. To maintain his top spot in the toy box, Woody devises a plan that backfires and forces the pair of plastics to work together to get back home.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood | 2019

Investigative journalist Lloyd Vogel is sent on an assignment to profile Fred Rogers. At first, he is unconvinced Mr. Rogers is as kind as the world believes him to be. But throughout their interviews, they develop a friendship, and Vogel discovers the true nature of Mr. Rogers — a man who is more empathetic than he could have ever imagined.

TriStar Pictures

Catch Me If You Can | 2002

Leonardo DiCaprio plays Frank, a young forger who gets by pretending to be doctors, lawyers, and pilots. But this story isn't complete without Carl, an FBI agent obsessed with taking the young con artist down. It's a speedy cat-and-mouse flick that's based on a true story!

Dreamworks Pictures

Big | 1988

When a 12-year-old boy wishes to be big, he magically transforms into a 30-year-old man. His life is promptly turned upside down, and to adjust to adulthood, he gets a job at a toy company in New York City. Along the way, he runs into some big problems and realizes being an adult isn't what it's cracked up to be.

Twentieth Century Fox

The Circle | 2017

After Mae gets her dream job at the best tech company in the world, she quickly learns it’s a complete nightmare. The evil company's founder, played by Hanks, pushes her to cross the lines of privacy and ethics, which soon affects the lives of her loved ones and the rest of the world.

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The 'Burbs | 1989

A suburban man determined to relax is disrupted by his strange new neighbors, and after observing them, he's convinced they're part of a satanic cult. So to get to the bottom of his suspicions, he gathers a few of his hilarious neighbors to help him investigate.

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Larry Crowne | 2011

When Larry Crowne is fired from his long-time job, things go from bad to worse. As he struggles with crushing debt and uncertainty about his future, he decides to head back to college, where he meets eccentric new friends and changes for the better.

Universal Pictures (presents)

Sleepless in Seattle | 1993

After his wife dies, Sam moves to Seattle with his son, Jonah. To help his father find a new wife, Jonah calls in to a talk radio program, and Sam is forced to express himself on air. Annie, a reporter, listening in from Baltimore, falls in love with him and, although engaged, writes a letter to the widower requesting to meet at the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day.

TriStar Pictures