15 Tom Hanks Roles That Made Him 1 of Hollywood’s Top Actors

Tom Hanks is one of the most critically acclaimed actors in Hollywood — and for good reason. Throughout his impressive career, he’s excelled in practically every genre, leading some of the most well-received movies in history. It’s hard to narrow down his best projects, but the following portrayals are applauded by both critics and audiences.

Check out the actor’s 15 best roles, ranked by memorability.

15. The Ladykillers

Tom Hanks points upwards while climbing a tree in The Ladykillers

The Ladykillers | Touchstone Pictures

Fun fact: Hanks did not watch the original 1995 Ladykillers film because he did not want it to influence his performance in the remake.

Hanks delivers one of the strangest, most outlandish roles he’s ever played in this 2004 comedy from the Coen brothers. Playing a thief and potential murderer, Hanks plays a more villainous role than usual, and he makes the most of it. As Entertainment Weekly put it, “[Hanks] lends the movie the full, devious force of his bristly spirit.”

Though critics may not consider it among the Coens’ best works, the movie marks one of Hanks’ most inspired performances.

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