10. 'Apollo 13'
'Houston, we have a problem.' Tom>s early 90s winning streak continued with this space flick where he plays real-life astronaut, Jim Lovell. Leading a team of 3 other astronauts for America's third Moon landing mission in 1970, things don>t go as planned. En route, an on-board explosion deprives their spacecraft of most of its oxygen supply and electric power, forcing NASA's flight controllers to abort the Moon landing, and turning the mission into a struggle to get the three men home safely. Directed by Ron Howard, the film was a massive hit making $355 million worldwide and scoring 9 Oscar nominations.
9. 'Sleepless In Seattle'
Tom has teamed up with Meg Ryan three times on the big screen, and I don>t think that anyone would dispute that 1993>s Sleepless In Seattle was their best collaboration. Tom plays Sam Baldwin, a recently widowed father whose son calls in to a national radio show to try to find his Dad a new love. Meg plays Annie, one of the listeners who hears Sam>s story and instantly falls in love. It all leads to a meet-up at the Empire State Building and audiences swooned across the country. Co-starring Bill Pullman, Rosie O>Donnell, and Tom>s real-life wife Rita Wilson, Sleepless In Seattle is a modern day classic romantic comedy.
8. 'Toy Story'
We might have never seen Tom>s face in the Toy Story trilogy, but kids around the world recognize his voice as Woody in Pixar>s amazing movies. Tom brought his winning charm to the animated cowboy that, even after 3 films, still has people desperate for more. Toy Story 3 was one of the few animated films in history to grab a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars.
7. 'A League Of Their Own'
'There>s no crying in baseball!' This baseball flick might have been dominated by a female cast (including Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna, and Rosie O>Donnell), but it>s Tom who mutters the line that people still quote today. Tom plays Jimmy Dugan, the reluctant (and usually drunk) coach of Rockford Peaches, the all-female team that was formed after all the male players went off to fight in World War II.
6. 'Saving Private Ryan'
People still are dumbfounded that Shakespeare In Love managed to beat this World War II flick at the Oscars in 1999. Viewed as one of the best movies ever made, the teamup of Tom and director Steven Spielberg did not disappoint. Opening with a harrowing 27 minute sequence on the Omaha Beach, the film then tells the story of a squad who is tasked with finding Private James Ryan and sending him home, after his 3 brothers are killed in action. Tom leads a cast that includes Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi, Jeremy Davies, and Vin Diesel in his first major role. Tom scored his fourth Oscar nomination for his role (if you>re wondering, he lost to Life Is Beautiful star Robert Benigni.)
Tom scored his first Oscar nomination for his memorable portrayal as Josh Baskin, a young boy who wants to grow up fast. After Josh makes his wish to a mysterious fortune teller machine, the next day he wakes up in the body of a 30-year-old man. Tom earned rave reviews playing much younger than his age, and the film includes one of the most memorable scenes ever: his duet with Robert Loggia on the foot-operated keyboard in FAO Schwartz. He even recreated it with Sandra Bullock last year on the Jonathan Ross Show!
4. 'Captain Phillips'
Tom was back in top form playing the title character in this intense thriller. Tom played a merchant mariner, who has to try to outwit pirates (including Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi) in the Indian Ocean when they board his ship and is eventually taking hostage in a small lifeboat. If you>ve seen the flick, you>ll remember the final scene of the film, which just might be the best piece of acting Tom has ever done. The film scored 6 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, but oddly, Tom missed out on a Best Actor nomination, despite getting Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG nominations.
There>s not many actors that can occupy the big screen by themselves and make it fascinating, but Tom does just that in Cast Away, a role that scored him his fifth Oscar nomination. Playing a FedEx employee whose plane crashes on a deserted island, Tom gained 50 pounds before filming began, so his onscreen transformation into a skinny survivalist would be even more drastic. Production was halted for a year in order for Tom to lose the weight and grow a massive beard, and it paid off. The film grossed $429 million worldwide and further proved that Tom was a one-man box office powerhouse.
It was Tom>s role as a high-powered lawyer who has AIDS that catapulted Tom into being one of the most sought-after dramatic actors in the biz. For one of the first mainstream films that addressed homosexuality, Tom scored his second Oscar nomination and his first win. Co-starring Denzel Washington, Antonio Banderas (as Tom>s lover), Jason Robards, Joanne Woodward, and Mary Steenburgen, the film powerfully tackled the stigma against HIV-positive individuals and helped broaden the understanding of the disease. The film was a massive hit at the box-office grossing $206 million worldwide and also won Bruce Springsteen an Oscar for writing the original Song, 'Streets Of Philadelphia'.
1. 'Forrest Gump'
'Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you>re gonna get.' Tom probably wasn>t expecting to win another Oscar in 1995 after winning in 1994, but that>s just what he did for his portrayal of the simpleminded and loveable Forrest Gump, who somehow manages to unknowingly be part of historical moments in American history. Co-starring Robin Wright, Sally Field, and Gary Sinise, the film won 6 Oscars including Best Picture. If you don>t think this film is a classic, just check out how often this movie replays on cable networks on weekends.