Tom Hanks is without question one of the finest acting talents of his – or any – generation. A career that spans over three decades, Hanks has been nominated for five Oscars (winning two) and has proven to be an extremely versatile actor by taking on a wide variety of roles across a variety of genres.

Hanks adds another terrific performance in his already illustrious filmography with his turn in Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips. Based on the true story of the 2009 Somali pirate hijacking, Hanks is earning high praise from critics for his latest work and is once again an early contender for Best Actor at the Oscars.

To coincide with the release of Captain Phillips, we’ve put together a list of the five greatest Tom Hanks performances. We only focused on his live-action roles, so his voiceover as Woody in the Toy Story franchise was not eligible.

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