Tom Hanks is one of the best actors in the world, as well as a legend in the world of cinema. He was someone the audience loved, not only for being a great actor, but also for his lovable personality, earning him the nickname, The Nicest Guy in Hollywood. He played many roles in his 40-year career very well, and because of his fun qualities, he also managed to play many characters in real life.
Currently, Hanks has just finished the biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann Elvis Presley, in which he will play Elvis’ former tough manager, Colonel Tom Parker. This is another entry in the growing list of Hanks biographies, in recent years. Well, here are 10 other best biopic films, played by Tom Hanks.
- Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Play the character of Walt Disney, the movie Saving Mr. Banks recounts Walt Disney’s attempt to convince Marry Poppins writer P.L Travers (Emma Thompson) to give him the rights to make a film version of the story. Travers himself is known as a stubborn writer and does not want his work to be adapted to the big screen.
- Philadelphia (1993)
Tom Hanks gets an Oscar for his role as Andrew Beckett, Philadelphia tells the story of himself tragically dying of AIDS and struggling to sue his law firm boss for discrimination.
- Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)
Charlie Wilson’s War is director Mike Nichols’ last film, Tom Hanks stars as Charlie Wilson, a congressman who convinces congress to supply Afghan soldiers with military equipment to fight Russia during the Cold War.
- Sully (2016)
Based on a true story that is often referred to as The Miracle On The Hudson, Tom Hanks plays Sully Sullenberger, an airplane pilot who is forced to make an emergency landing on the Hudson River safely thanks to the fortitude of Captain Sullenberger.
- The Post (2017)
Directed by Steven Spielberg, in The Post Hanks stars as The Washington Post’s editor-in-chief, Ben Bradlee, where he and The Post’s owner, Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) make the bold decision to publish classified documents revealing government secrets related to the Vietnam war.
- Bridge Of Spies (2016)
In Bridge Of Spies, Hanks plays James B. Donovan, an insurance lawyer who successfully negotiates the release of captured Air Force pilot Francis Gary Powers in exchange for convicted Soviet spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance).
- Captain Phillips (2013)
Paul Greengrass directs Captain Phillips with high intensity and Tom Hanks delivers another stunning performance as Richard Phillips, a merchant sailor captain held hostage by Somali pirates. In the midst of all the tension, Captain Phillips tries to save all his crew and goods through his bravery abilities.
- A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (2019)
In A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, Tom Hanks played popular host Fred Rogers. The film revolves mostly around Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), a journalist assigned to write a profile of Rogers and how meeting him changes his perspective on life.
- Catch Me If You Can (2002)
In Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can, Hanks stars as Carl Hanratty, an FBI agent based on Joseph Shea, an agent who pursues successful con artist Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio).
- Apollo 13 (1995)
Tom Hanks stars as Jim Lovell in Ron Howard’s Apollo 13, commander of the destroyed Apollo 13 moon mission. After intending to land on the moon, an explosion on board causes the crew and NASA to find a way to bring the astronauts back to Earth safely.
As a senior actor who has played many outstanding roles, Tom Hanks is well known for his biopics. He is considered always competent to play these real characters because of his perfect acting and character skills. He proves all that through the 10 biopic films above, all of which almost always enter the box-office. Must be included in your watchlist.
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