Tom Hanks says he’s only made four ‘pretty good’ movies in his career

Though he starred in at least 85 films throughout his glittering career, Tom Hanks thinks only four of those movies are “pretty good.”

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

The actor made the revelation to People while promoting his debut novel “The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece,” set for release in May 2023.

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

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

Hanks did not divulge which of the four films he was referring to.

Tom Hanks starred as “Forrest Gump” in the movie with the same namesake in 1994.
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Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington sitting 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 on the scene 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 Academy Award in 1994 for “Philadelphia.” 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 alongside Robert Loggia in the 1988 film “Big.”
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He was nominated an additional three times in later years.

The actor’s other notable credits include 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 appeared in Baz Lurhmann’s “Elvis” alongside Austin Butler.

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