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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A League of Their Own (1992)

Tom Hanks has made a career out of playing the likable guy you always root for. But his League character -- an alcoholic, professional women's baseball coach named Jimmy Dugan -- could make that a challenge. The gruff Jimmy had blown his reputation as a major league baseball player with his drunken shenanigans, and had so alienated everyone in the male version of the sport that his only offer of employment was an opportunity to coach the first female pro baseball league, started while the male players were off fighting in World War II. Jimmy resented the job, the women and any hint of emotion (as his famous "There's no crying in baseball!" quote attested), but, like the crowds for the real-life women's professional baseball league, he was eventually won over by the gifted female athletes.
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