Without doubt, Tom Hanks is one of Tinsel Town’s most beloved actors. His career has spanned decades and over the years he has appeared in a wealth of movies including Big (1988), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Castway (2000), and Saving Mr. Banks (2013), to name but a few.

His films have ranged from comedies and dramas, to thrillers, war films, and animated pictures. He’s dabbled in a bit of horror with The ‘Burbs (1989), and even found time to play American icons in such movies as A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood (2019), and Elvis (2022).

In this post I am taking a look back at Hanks’ film portfolio, with a rundown of all his movies (including films he has cameoed in). I will be going through his film career, decade-by-decade, to showcase all of the pictures he has featured in over the years.

Ever wondered what all of the Tom Hanks movies are? Sure you have – so keep reading and embrace the Hanks back catalogue.



The 1980s

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Hanks kicked off his movie career at the beginning of the 1980s with a small part in the horror film, He Knows You’re Alone. From here he appeared in Mazes in Monsters and Bachelor Party, before getting his breakthrough role in the hit comedy, Splash.

Splash was a big deal for Hanks and as the decade continued, the actor appeared in new movies every year, with some of his most notable offerings including The Money Pit, Dragnet, and Big.

Tom Hanks’ movies during the 1980s include:

  • He Knows You’re Alone (1980)
  • Mazes and Monsters (1982)
  • Bachelor Party (1984)
  • Splash (1984)
  • The Man With One Red Shoe (1985)
  • Volunteers (1985)
  • The Money Pit (1986)
  • Nothing in Common (1986)
  • Every Time We Say Goodbye (1986)
  • Dragnet (1987)
  • Big (1988)
  • Punchline (1988)
  • The ‘Burbs (1989)
  • Turner & Hooch (1989)

In addition to appearing in movies throughout the ‘80s, Hanks also cropped up in a number of television shows including The Love Boat, Bosom Buddies, Taxi, Happy Days and Family Ties.




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Moving into the ‘90s now, and with Hanks a well-known name thanks to various successes in the 1980s, the actor’s star continued to rise. This decade saw him appear in some of the biggest movies of his career, included A League of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, Philadelphia, Forest Gump, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, and The Green Mile.

It was during the 1990s that Hanks also took on a role that he would revisit multiple times, including twice in this decade. The role was that of Sheriff Woody – a character who appeared in the animated Disney-Pixar movies, Toy Story and Toy Story 2, which were both huge hits and helped the actor win over a whole new generation of fans.

Tom Hanks’ movies during the 1990s include:

  • Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
  • Radio Flyer (1992)
  • A League of Their Own (1992)
  • Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
  • Philadelphia (1993)
  • Forrest Gump (1994)
  • Apollo 13 (1995)
  • Toy Story (1995)
  • That Thing You Do! (1996)
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  • You’ve Got Mail (1998)
  • Toy Story 2 (1999)
  • The Green Mile (1999)

In addition to the above, during the 1990s Hanks also appeared in an episode of the TV show, Tales from the Crypt (which he also directed), and cropped up in shows such as Fallen Angels, The Naked Truth, and the mini-series From the Earth to the Moon.




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Into the ‘00s now, and Hanks’ career continued to go from strength-to-strength, with the actor kicking off 2000 with Castaway – another one of his beloved movies. Films that followed included Road to Perdition, Catch Me If You Can and The Polar Express.

It was during the ‘00s that Hanks also took on the role of Robert Langdon for two movies based on Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code books. The first was 2006’s The Da Vinci Code, while the second was 2009’s Angels and Demons.

Tom Hanks’ films throughout the 2000s include:

  • Cast Away (2000)
  • Road to Perdition (2002)
  • Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  • The Ladykillers (2004)
  • The Terminal (2004)
  • Elvis Has Left the Building (2004)
  • The Polar Express (2004)
  • Cars (2006)
  • The Da Vinci Code (2006)
  • The Simpsons Movie (2007)
  • Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)
  • The Great Buck Howard (2008)
  • Angels & Demons (2009)

In addition to the above, Tom Hanks appeared in TV mini-series Band of Brothers, the docu-series Freedom: A History of US, and he narrated the documentary short, Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D.




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Heading into the 2010s and Tom Hanks continued to appear in a wealth of movies, with films including Larry Crowne, Captain Phillips, and Sully: Miracle on the Hudson. The actor also returned to the Toy Story franchise for two big screen adventures: Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4, and reprised the role of Robert Langdon for Inferno.

Tom Hanks’ movies throughout the 2010s include:

  • Toy Story 3 (2010)
  • Larry Crowne (2011)
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
  • Cloud Atlas (2012)
  • Captain Phillips (2013)
  • Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
  • Bridge of Spies (2015)
  • Ithaca (2015)
  • A Hologram for the King (2016)
  • Sully: Miracle on the Hudson (2016)
  • Inferno (2016)
  • The Circle (2017)
  • The Post (2017)
  • Toy Story 4 (2019)
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood (2019)

In addition to the films listed above, Hanks also appeared in the TV mini-series, The Pacific, he cropped up in an episode of 30 Rock, and played the role of Sheriff Woody for a series of Toy Story shorts, including Hawaiian Vacation, Small Fry, Partysaurus Rex, Toy Story of Terror, and Toy Story That Time Forgot.

Hanks also fronted The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special, and appeared in Carly Rae Jepson’s music video for ‘I Really Like You’.




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And finally, moving into the 2020s, Hanks continues to appear in a string of movies, including News of the World and Elvis, where he plays the role of Colonel Tom Parker.

Hanks’ films in the 2020s include:  

  • Greyhound (2020)
  • News of the World (2020)
  • Finch (2021)
  • Elvis (2022)
  • Pinocchio (2022)
  • A Man Called Otto (2023)
  • Asteroid City (2023)

As with the previous decades, outside of his movie roles Tom Hanks has also appeared on television via Big City Greens and 1883.



So, those are all the Hanks movies – what are your favourites? Are you a fan of The Da Vinci Code or is Joe Versus the Volcano your go-to film? Perhaps Splash is the movie for you, or maybe The Green Mile?

Whatever your favourite Tom Hanks movie is, be sure to drop a comment below and show some love for Hanks.


And if you are a fan of Tom Hanks you might like to know that many of his hit movies are available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray, including one of his most acclaimed movies, The Green Mile.

If you’ve not watched The Green Mile before, the film is a gripping drama based on a story by legendary writer, Stephen King.

The Green Mile DVD is available from all good entertainment stockists, including Amazon UK and Amazon US.



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