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Tom Hanks reveals his favorite 3 movies to make

Tom Hanks narrating the "Year One of the Biden-Harris Administration" video released Jan. 20, 2022. (Biden Inauguration Committee/Released)
October 06, 2022

Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks may have worked on over 80 films and earned six Oscar nominations, but the 66-year-old actor recently reiterated that just a few of his movies are “pretty good” after revealing which movies were his favorite to make in an interview last year.

During a recent interview with People Magazine, Hanks said it’s a “miracle” films get created, and while he’s made dozens of movies, Hanks expressed pride in just four of his films.

“No one knows how a movie is made, though everyone thinks they do,” he told the magazine. “I’ve made a ton of movies — and four of them are pretty good, I think — and I’m still amazed at how films come together. From a flicker of an idea to the flickering image onscreen, the whole process is a miracle.”

Hanks didn’t reveal his four favorite movies to People, but the Hollywood star did list a few of his favorite movies during an interview on The Bill Simmons Podcast last year.

“I wouldn’t do it according to the way the movies came out, I would do it by way of the personal experience that I had while I was doing them, which is very different,” Hanks said at the time, describing how he picks his favorite movies.

Hanks named “A League of Their Own,” “Castaway,” and “Cloud Atlas” as his three best experiences on a film set.

Hanks won the Academy Award for Best Actor two years in a row in 1994 and 1995 for his roles in “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump.” He told People that creating a movie is very difficult, and creates equal feelings of “self-loathing and “joy.”

“Movie-making is very hard work over a very long period of time that consists of so many moments of joy slapped up against an equal number of feelings of self-loathing,” he said. “It is the greatest job in the world and the most confounding of labors that I know of.”

Adding to his list of iconic World War II-era productions like “Saving Private Ryan” and “Band of Brothers,” one of Hanks’ latest projects is “Masters of the Air,” a TV miniseries that retells the story of the men inside the American bomber known as the “Flying Fortress.”

“Five miles above the earth and deep behind enemy lines, eleven men inside a bomber known as the ‘Flying Fortress’ fight for their lives against swarms of enemy German fighters,” the series’ description states on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). “As American bombers are picked off one by one, their mission becomes very clear: survive.”