There's no arguing that Tom Hanks is one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood and that he's made some terrific films, like 'Apollo 13' and 'Saving Private Ryan,' not to mention that he's a two-time Oscar winner.
There's also no denying that he's made some genuine stinkers along the way and been seriously miscast more than once.
With his latest film, 'Larry Crowne' about to open, we take a look back at his career and rank his films from best to worst. That's no easy task considering that so many of films, like 'Joe Versus the Volcano,' fall into the "love it or hate it" category.
Disagree with our rankings? Weigh in with your own. We expect a lively debate of the relative merits of 'The Terminal' versus 'The 'burbs.' Discuss!
1. 'Big' (1988) Josh Baskin
Yes, Hanks is great in his two Oscar-winning roles, but we'd reach for this '80s classic from the DVD pile before those any time. It completely captures the boyish, sweet and funny essence of one of our favorite actors and gives a tired premise a fresh charm all its own. Enjoy (again) the FAO Schwarz piano scene.
2. 'Forrest Gump' (1994) Forrest Gump
The film itself suffers from a surplus of sentimentality, but Hanks gives the performance of a lifetime as "slow" Forrest. He draws on his famed comic timing to lend humor and humanity to a character who might, in other hands, have simply been a joke.
3. 'Philadelphia' (1993) Andrew Beckett
Hanks undergoes a dramatic physical transformation as an AIDS-afflicted lawyer in his first Oscar-winning role. The film may be too mainstream and too timid in its portrayal of Andy's love life, but it's hard to deny that Hanks earned that Oscar.
4. 'Cast Away' (2000) Chuck Noland
Very few actors have carried a film as singly on their shoulders as Hanks does here, sharing the screen with just a volleyball for stretches at a time. Even with very little dialogue, Hanks holds our attention. The film's abrupt transition back to the real world shows just how deeply invested we've become in this character; we would have gladly followed him every step of the way.
5. 'Saving Private Ryan' (1998) Capt. John H. Miller
Just as his character does on screen, Hanks grounds a troop of much-younger stars in this World War II epic. Like James Stewart, the actor he's always been compared to, Hanks here proved he could do tough and gritty as well as anyone.
6. 'A League of Their Own' (1992) Jimmy Dugan
Here's your proof that he's more than just your average Mr. Nice Guy. As a surly drunk, Hanks is a blast in a role far outside the characters he usually plays. His indignant, "There's no crying in baseball" line makes the movie.
7. 'Apollo 13' (1995) Jim Lovell
As the leader of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, Hanks is absolutely the levelheaded guy you want to rely on in a crisis. He lends the All-American astronaut a sense of quiet authority but there's also that hint of a space-obsessed little boy who's crushed that he's forever missed his chance to walk on the moon.
8. 'Toy Story,' 'Toy Story 2' & 'Toy Story 3' (1995 - 2010) Woody
Woody wouldn't be Woody without Hanks' easygoing charm and "Aw shucks," persona to bring him to animated life. No wonder this heroic, occasionally neurotic cowboy doll is any boy's -- or astronaut's -- best friend.
9. 'The Green Mile' (1999) Paul Edgecomb
Although Hanks is good as ever as a dedicated and considerate prison guard, it's rightly Oscar-nominated Michael Clarke Duncan who walks off with the film as the gentle giant of an inmate, John.
10. 'Splash' (1984) Allen Bauer
Hanks shines in his first hit as a man who falls in love with a fish, er, mermaid. His boyish enthusiasm sells us on this romance and that he'd follow Daryl Hannah to the bottom of the ocean. Favorite scene: His priceless embarrassment at being mistaken for a merman.
11. 'Sleepless in Seattle' (1993) Sam Baldwin
Meg Ryan wasn't the only woman willing to travel across the country to snag lonely widower Tom Hanks when this film opened. Yes he's that nice, but he's also very believable as a frustrated dad who doesn't know how to handle his matchmaking son.
12. 'Catch Me If You Can' (2002) Carl Hanratty
We're definitely rooting for con Leonardo DiCaprio instead of Hanks' humorless FBI agent in this round-the-world pursuit. Nice to see Hanks doesn't mind playing a thankless chump now and then. (Although he does finally get his man, and then it's great to see these two rivals team up.)
13. 'Road to Perdition' (2002) Michael Sullivan
Tom Hanks as a hitman? The unusual casting doesn't quite come off, as we never really do buy Hanks as a mob assassin. He strives to convey the necessary coldness of a killer, but his scenes with his son work better than those where he's pulling the trigger.
14. 'Punchline' (1988) Steven Gold
Many fans regard this as the film that paved the way for "Tom Hanks, Serious Actor." Although he's slinging jokes as a stand-up comic, it's one of his darkest and most bitter characters, something a lot of folks weren't ready to see him play.
15. 'You've Got Mail' (1998) Joe Fox
Only Tom Hanks could make a soulless corporate guy whose huge book store is about to squash the competition into a sweet, likable fellow yearning for his real soul mate. There's no heavy lifting, acting-wise, just his usual effortless charm.
16. 'That Thing You Do!' (1996) Mr. White
We have to give Hanks extra points for directing this thoroughly enjoyable tale of a one-hit-wonder band, but it's also fun to see him as a somewhat intimidating record executive. He reveals a softer side towards young lookalike Tom Everett Scott, who, incidentally, has never had as good a role since.
17. 'Charlie Wilson's War' (2007) Charlie Wilson
Hanks returns to comedic form with this political satire and some of his best scenes aren't with co-star Julia Roberts, but with Philip Seymour Hoffman. The two Oscar winners have fun with the Aaron Sorkin dialogue and the welcome chance for a little levity.
18. 'Joe Versus the Volcano' (1990) Joe Banks
"Hanks is the only reason you'd want to see the movie," wrote a critic about this deeply quirky comedy, which is either an overlooked gem or the worst movie ever made, depending who you talk to. Hanks plays a dying man who agrees to sacrifice himself via volcano; Meg Ryan (in their first screen pairing) plays three roles. Often cited as the low point of Hanks' career, it also has its die-hard defenders.
19. 'Volunteers' (1985) Lawrence Whatley Bourne III
Hanks plays against type as a snooty rich cad in a kooky, '60s-era comedy people either love or hate. Whether or not the movie works for you as a whole, Hanks elevates this all-over-the-map Peace Corps spoof.
20. 'Bachelor Party' (1984) Rick Gassko
Eighties comedies don't come much sillier, cruder ... or more classic, if your taste runs to 'Animal House.' Those who love it consider this one of Hanks' funniest performances, including (surprise) Roger Ebert, who actually preferred it to 'Splash.'
21. 'The Polar Express' (2004) Boy / Father / Conductor
Even though he does triple acting duty as the young boy, his father and the kindly conductor of the Polar Express, all that effort is nearly negated by the undeniable creepiness of the not-quite-live, not-quite-animated characters.
22. 'The Da Vinci Code'/'Angels & Demons' Robert Langdon
Casting Hanks as an action star, and one that's supposed to look like Harrison Ford, is a double fail. Whoever dreamed up that unflattering hairstyle didn't help, nor does Hanks having to say lines like "The path is alive!"
23. 'The Terminal' (2004) Viktor Navorski
Many found Hanks' first foreign character, the airport-bound Viktor, refreshingly sweet, but just as many found his portrayal of a naive Eastern European condescending and even bordering on offensive.
24. 'Radio Flyer' (1992) Older Mike
Hanks not only narrates the film, he appears (uncredited) as the grown-up character played by Elijah Wood. It's not really Hanks' fault that the narration is heavy-handed and intrusive, or that he looks nothing like Elijah Wood.
25. 'The Ladykillers' (2004) Professor G.H. Dorr
Hanks pours on the mannerisms in this role of this Southern gentleman and robbery mastermind. Is his performance jarringly distracting or a delightful stretch of his acting abilities? Probably the first one if you preferred Alec Guinness in the original.
26. 'Nothing in Common' (1986) David Basner
One of his first dramatic roles is as the son of cranky, diabetic dad Jackie Gleason, but the image we're left with from this uneven dramedy is that icky scene where he and girlfriend Sela Ward get turned on by a pair of mating horses.
27. 'Turner & Hooch' (1989) Det. Scott Turner
When the best you can say about a movie is that it's "better than 'K-9'" (another cop-dog movie with Jim Belushi), that's not exactly a rave. And sorry, Tom in this odd couple -- the guy's a neatnik, the dog's a slob -- the pooch steals the show.
28. 'The 'burbs' (1989) Ray Peterson
Hanks is once again an average Joe, but this time dealing with odd neighbors instead of mermaids, volcanoes or e-mail. It was roasted on its release but fans who prefer Hanks as a comedian and not an ultra-serious Oscar winner sing its praises.
29. 'The Man with One Red Shoe' (1985) Richard Harlan Drew
As an ordinary guy (Hanks should really trademark that description), mistaken for a spy, Hanks tries his bumbling best but this one's just, to quote these relative raves from IMDB users, "pretty good," "an okay time passer," and "not terrible."
30. 'Dragnet' (1987) Pep Streebeck
File this one under "TV series remakes no one asked for." Hanks makes more sense as the uptight cop (a la 'Catch Me If You Can') than as the loosey-goosey New Age partner of by-the-book Friday (Dan Aykroyd).
31. 'The Money Pit' (1986) Walter Fielding, Jr.
It's hard to give a good performance when most of your scenes involve falling through the floor or having walls collapse around you. This movie is the reason my mom boycotted Hanks until -- years later -- I forced her to watch 'Splash' and made her a convert.
32. 'Every Time We Say Goodbye' (1986) David Bradley
This early dramatic effort found Hanks as an injured World War II pilot in a star-crossed romance. Reviewers tagged Hanks as "earnest" and occasionally "histrionic."
33. 'He Knows You're Alone' (1980) Elliot
A movie that's memorable only for the debut of a future superstar. Reportedly, Hanks' character was supposed to be killed off, but the filmmakers liked him so much they let him live.
34. 'The Bonfire of the Vanities' (1990) Sherman McCoy
Although they tried to soften the unlikeable character, Hanks was seriously miscast as a ruthless bonds trader in this famous fiasco. One reviewer faulted casting a "weak-chinned" actor as a "strong-chinned" character. Ouch!