Tom Hanks says he’s only made four “pretty good” movies

Despite acting in at least 85 films during his illustrious career, Tom Hanks finds only four of those films are “pretty good.”

The two-time Oscar winner, 66, is widely regarded as one of Hollywood’s greatest actors but insists only a handful of films he’s made in the last 30 years are really good.

The actor made the reveal to People while promoting his debut novel, The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece, which is due out in May 2023.

“No one knows how a movie is made — although everyone thinks they do,” he told the outlet.

“I’ve done a lot of films and four of them are pretty good I think and I’m still amazed at how films come together. From the flicker of an idea to the flickering image on the screen, the whole process is a miracle.”

Hanks didn’t reveal which of the four films he was referring to.

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Tom Hanks starred as Forrest Gump in the 1994 film of the same name.
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Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington sit on a bench in the 1993 film, "Philadelphia"
Tom Hanks sits next to actor Denzel Washington during filming of the 1993 film “Philadelphia.”
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The actor first emerged in the 1980s when he landed roles in Splash!, The ‘Burbs, and Big – for which he received an Oscar nomination.

But his life changed forever after he won his first Oscar for “Philadelphia” in 1994. He took home another Oscar the following year for his role in Forrest Gump.

Robert Loggia and Tom Hanks in the 1988 film, "Big"
Tom Hanks starred opposite Robert Loggia in the 1988 film Big.
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In later years he was nominated three more times.

The actor’s other notable work includes two Toy Story films, You’ve Got Mail, Catch Me If You Can, The Green Mile, Saving Private Ryan, Cast Away and Road To Perdition.”

Most recently, Hanks starred alongside Austin Butler in Baz Lurhmann’s Elvis. Tom Hanks says he’s only made four “pretty good” movies

Emma Bowman

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