Tom Hanks’ watery work through the years

Tom Hanks' new film, Captain Phillips got three and a half stars from notoriously stingy Weekly critic Josh Bell, and that's just the latest chapter in the actor's long history of making magic happen on the high seas …

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      Splash (1984) It’s sappy and severely dated, sure, but the Daryl Hannah-as-mermaid love story established Hanks as a big-screen juggernaut.

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      Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) Hanks hydrates Meg Ryan, plays ukulele and has a massive moment under the moon—all floating atop the best steamer trunks money can buy.

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      Forrest Gump (1994) Gary Sinise actually steals Hanks’ shrimping-boat show, steering madly into the storm and warming our hearts with his “I never thanked you for saving my life” salute.

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      Saving Private Ryan (1998) The WWII epic’s red-ocean depiction of the D-Day advance from boat to beach stands as the most memorable scene of Hanks’ career.

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      Cast Away (2000) Never have so many wept so openly over an actor’s watery chase—and ultimate loss—of a best friend who also happens to be a volleyball.

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