Reader’s Choice #1: Best Tom Hanks Film (Results)

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After taking an entertaining trip back to the 1980s with a rundown of Tom Hanks’ best work during the decade, it was time to open out the choices to his full body of films. I asked you to vote and vote you did. If you build it, they will come – did I just say that? No, surely not. Digression isn’t a problem I have – honest.

…So, where was I? Oh yes, Mr Thomas Jeffrey Hanks – distant relation of Abraham Lincoln and American Sweetheart. I’d point you in the direction of my brief biography for more on how Hanks went from being a self-confessed geek in school to the biggest movie star on the planet. But, anyway, you’re itching to know what his best film is according to Top10Films readers (or maybe not but I know you want me to shut up and reveal the winner!)

Okay, okay, okay…!

Top10Films’ Reader’s Choice Award #1 for best Tom Hanks film goes to:

3rd Place: Saving Private Ryan (11%)

Tied for 2nd Place: Cast Away and Splash (15%)

1st Place: The Green Mile (22%)

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Directed by: Frank Darabont
Starring: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, James Cromwell, Michael Jeter, Barry Pepper, Harry Dean Stanton
Released: 1999


About the Author
Editor of Top 10 Films, Dan Stephens is usually found pondering his next list. An unhealthy love of 1980s Hollywood sees most of his top 10s involving a time-travelling DeLorean and an adventurous archaeologist going by the name Indiana.

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    rtm Reply

    This is a great series, Dan! So, none of his rom-coms made it except Splash, eh? Oh well, I think he’s great in them. But yay for Green Mile, I like that movie, though Cast Away is definitely the quintessential Tom Hanks flick, not many actors can play opposite a volleyball for the entire movie and makes it work!

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    Heather Reply

    I’m surprised The Green Mile won. Really? Of all Hanks films?

    I’d go back to fun and young Hanks myself……..

    Big, The Money Pit, The Burbs,A League Of Their Own, possibly the dramatic Philadelphia, or even go animated with Toy Story.

    I’d put Saving Private Ryan up there, but am definitely surprised to see the other choices.

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    Aiden R. Reply

    Pretty surprised, but an awesome movie all the same. Guess people really connected with Tom Hanks and his infected bladder.

    Shocked at the lack of love for Big.

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    Fitz Reply

    Shocked that Saving Private Ryan didn’t win. All good performances though.

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    Rodney Reply

    No appearance by Forrest Gump? Boo.

    No Money Pit? Boo.

    I’d have put Private Ryan before Green Mile but only just, and Cast Away third. Three utterly brilliant films in their own right.

    Any chance of more “reader’s choices” coming along soon?

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    Dan Reply

    Hopefully I’ll be doing more Reader’s Choice soon, Rodney.

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    Ross McG Reply

    Cast Away? jesus, who voted for that? with Heather and her choices.
    loving the new layout by the way, Dan, i am Green Mile with envy

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    Castor Reply

    Loved the Green Mile but it doesn’t hold a candle to Saving Private Ryan! Never understood the fascination for Cast Away though

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    gelpi2010 Reply

    I think Saving Private Ryan is a piece of drivel – two gory battle scenes separated by 90 minutes of phony sentiment – and I’m not looking forward to the Top War films list- I’m sure Spielberg’s war opus mucus will make the cut.

    I’m definitely surprised, and happy, that people chose Green Mile because it was also my personal choice – it’s the best film in Hanks’s resume.

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    CMrok93 Reply

    The Green Mile is good, but over-long. The one film that cements him as a star is definitely Forrest Gump, and probably one of my favorites from him, and his most overrated being Philadelphia.

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    Will Reply

    Wow, I’m surprised at these results. I can’t believe Splash is that popular.

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    Philip Sakornsin Reply

    Wow, frankly I am shocked that Forrest Gump was as low as it was in the popularity rankings among the voters.

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