11. The Da Vinci Code
Because T. Hanks proves, first, his permanent relevance as a more “distinguished” action hero; and, second, that our love will forgive even the most unfortunate of hairstyles.
10. A League Of Their Own
Because, fine, there’s no crying in baseball, but what about crying in life-affirming metaphors disguised as baseball?
9. Catch Me If You Can
Because it’s difficult to root for the man going up against Leo (especially Leo dressed in a pilot’s uniform) but less difficult when that man is the morally steadfast Hanks.
8. Cast Away
Because somehow a volleyball encapsulates friend, foil, and complement to T. Hanks, and, really, we should all be so lucky as to know a love so loyal.
7. You’ve Got Mail
Because in our post-Snapchat society, AOL correspondence is about as quaintly romantic as time-worn handwritten letters, and because it’s only a matter of time before the reboot “Your Profile Is Being Viewed” is in theaters.
Because the interspecies romance is a statement on love without boundaries, and Daryl Hannah’s crimped hair is a defense for unpopular style decisions.
5. The ‘Burbs
Because in one sense it’s a darkly comic meditation on ennui and paranoia, but in another sense it proves that murdery-seeming neighbors are probably for real murderers.
4. Apollo 13
Because — no offense, Sandra Bullock — T. Hanks traveled through space on limited oxygen first and better.
3. Forrest Gump
Because Mama Gump’s motherly advice is going twenty years strong, even if we’re still not totally clear on the whole “stupid-is-as-stupid-does” idea.
Because it’s the best way to remember adulthood as conceived by your childhood self — awesome apartment! no bedtime! ALL THE TOYS YOU CAN BUY! — and to see how your current life is living up to it.
1. Sleepless In Seattle
Because if you’re going to indulge in unattainable ideas about romance, you might as well go all out. Star-crossed lovers meeting for the first time in the most romantic city in the world on the most romantic day of the year? Sure!