Hanks was already established as a titan in the industry by the time Steven Spielberg’s masterful World War II drama hit theaters in 1998. In a cast predominantly consisting of character actors, movie star Hanks gave viewers a clear protagonist to experience the story through while turning in one of the most nuanced performances of his career.
Nominated for the Best Actor Oscar again, Hanks' authoritative presence made it easy for us to buy him as an Army captain. Always in control of the situation (at least on the outside), he uses a calm demeanor to fuel the movie’s many intense sequences. The multi-layered character of John Miller allowed Hanks to be emotionally vulnerable, particularly during the scene where he breaks down in tears while hidden from his troops.