One of Hollywood’s most respected and bankable actors, Tom Hanks is ‘the nice guy’ everyone is in love with. Over the course of his long and commendable film career, Hanks has given us one stunning performance after the other. With several Oscar and other reputed nominations in his kitty, Tom Hanks is best known for his films like Big (1988), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Cast Away (2000), You’ve Got Mail (1998) and The Da Vinci Code (2006), to name a few.
Apart from these films which were box-office hits, today, on his 60th birthday, let’s take a look at his most underrated performances and films you may have missed.
Bachelor Party (1984)
One of his earliest films, Tom Hanks essayed the role of Rick Gassko, a soon-to-be married man whose friends throw him the ultimate bachelor party. One of his best performances as a budding actor, if you consider yourself a fan of Tom Hanks, this is one movie you absolutely cannot miss!
A gem from when he was just starting out as an actor. In Volunteers, Tom Hanks played the role of a rich, spoilt kid with a large debt, who has to find a way to escape his debtors after his father is not willing to help him out. His convincing performance and chemistry with co-star Rita Wilson is what held this film together and helped it make its way on to our list.
Nothing in Common (1986)
In Nothing in Common, Hanks played the role of David Basner, a successful advertising executive who is at the peak of his professional and personal life. However, things begin to fall apart when his mother decides to leave his father and Basner has to cope with it all. A young Tom Hanks was the backbone of the film adding his own touch of humour and drama, which he later went on to be best known for.
A film that revolves around stand-up comedy, Punchline stars Tom Hanks and Sally Fields in the lead. While the film may not have got very positive reviews, Hanks’s impressive performance as Steven Gold, a renowned stand-up comedian is what makes this film an absolute must-watch.
Road to Perdition (2002)
After impressive performances in box-office hits like Saving Private Ryan, You’ve Got Mail and Apollo 13 came the Road to Perdition. A step apart from his usual performances, the effortless manner in which he has managed to portray the nuances of the complex decisions faced by a hit-man, is why you should include this film on your must-watch Tom Hanks movies list.
Here’s wishing Tom Hanks a very Happy Birthday. We hope he continues to enthrall us with his performances in the future, too!