Tom Hanks is more than just one of Hollywood's nicest guys, he's also one of its best actors. Whether you're watching the slapstick comedy of his early career or a deeply emotional performance in a film like Philadelphia (for which he won an Academy Award), it's simply hard to recall a time when the two-time Oscar winner hasn't given a good performance.
There's at least one though: The Bonfire of the Vanities. This ill-fated 1990 adaptation of Tom Wolfe's famous book had a strong cast (which also included Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith) and a good director (Brian De Palma), but was a huge flop with critics and audiences.
Criticized for its poor casting (Hanks as a mean-spirited Wall Street investor?) and loose interpretation of the original novel's dark and bitter themes, The Bonfire of the Vanities was a good reminder that great ingredients don't always make a great meal.