Hanks for the Memories: Tom Hanks' Best Movie Roles

As awards season begins, take a look back at the actor's stellar movie resume (19 Photos)

Ishaw Thorpe on Jan 21, 2014 at 11:17AM

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Hanks for the Memories: Tom Hanks' Best Movie Roles

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Big (1988)

The wins were a few years off, but Hanks received his first leading-man Oscar nomination for this sweet gem, in which he played, for much of the movie, a 13-year-old boy trapped in a, well, leading man's body. Big was far and away the best of a glut of late-1980s boy-aging-into-man comedies, and the reason was pure Hanks. The 32-year-old star had the boyish looks and, again, that charm, to effectively play 13-year-old Josh. This character had all the interests of a young teenage boy, but also had to grapple with all the pressures faced by an adult with a cool but demanding job, a swanky New York City apartment and a love interest in his considerably more experienced colleague Susan (Elizabeth Perkins). Although that Oscar eluded him, Hanks did nab his first best actor Golden Globe for Big.
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