The Tom Hanks Movies Quiz

By: Alison Cooper

The Tom Hanks Movies Quiz
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About This Quiz

Tom Hanks has played some of our most beloved movie characters. Are you a fan of the actor and filmmaker? See how well you know Tom Hanks in front of and behind the camera by taking this quiz.
What was Tom Hanks' first movie?
"Cry Me a River"
"Splash"
"He Knows You're Alone"
A young Hanks played Elliot in the 1980 low-budget horror flick "He Knows You're Alone."

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How many Oscars has Hanks won?
two
Hanks has won two best actor statues, for "Philadelphia" in 1993 and "Forrest Gump" in 1994.
three
four

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What's Hanks' biggest worldwide hit?
"The Da Vinci Code"
"Toy Story 3"
"Toy Story 3" blows them all out of the water.
"Cast Away"

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Hanks won his Oscars back to back, in 1993 and 1994. Who is the only other actor to have won consecutive Academy awards?
Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy won his back-to-back Oscars in 1937 and 1938.
Daniel Day-Lewis
Jack Nicholson

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Hanks' guest appearance on this TV show led to his casting in "Splash," his first major film, in 1984.
"Happy Days"
"Splash" director Ron Howard remembered working with Hanks on one episode of "Happy Days."
"Family Ties"
"Welcome Back, Kotter"

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What was the other movie Hanks made in 1984?
"The Man With One Red Shoe"
"Bachelor Party"
Hanks starred in "Bachelor Party" in 1984.
"Nothing in Common"

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Hanks gained 30 pounds (14 kilograms) for this 1992 flick.
"The 'Burbs"
"The Bonfire of the Vanities"
"A League of Their Own"
Hanks reportedly ate a lot of ice cream to bulk up for the role of Jimmy Dugan in "A League of Their Own."

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The following year, he lost 30 pounds for this role.
";Joe Versus the Volcano"
"Philadelphia"
Hanks became fairly emaciated for his role as AIDS patient Andrew Beckett.
"Forrest Gump"

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Who played Hanks' wife in "The Money Pit" in 1986?
Helen Hunt
Kirstie Alley
Shelley Long
Shelley Long and Hanks played Anna and Walter Fielding.

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Hanks has appeared in eight films that have been nominated for the best picture Oscar. What's the only winner in the bunch?
"Philadelphia"
"Forrest Gump"
"Forrest Gump" won best picture in 1994.
"Saving Private Ryan"

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Who was Hanks' director in both "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail"?
Penny Marshall
Nancy Meyers
Nora Ephron
"Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail" are quintessential Nora Ephron movies.

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How many times has Steven Spielberg directed Hanks in a feature film?
four
Spielberg has directed Hanks in "Saving Private Ryan," "Catch Me If You Can," "The Terminal" and "Bridge of Spies."
six
eight

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Who else has directed Hanks four times?
Ron Howard
Howard directed "Splash," "Apollo 13," "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels & Demons."
Nora Ephron
Robert Zemeckis

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How many times has Hanks costarred with Meg Ryan?
two
three
Meg Ryan has played Hanks' love interest in "Joe Versus the Volcano," "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail."
four

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Hanks said of this movie, "Everybody was miscast, me particularly."
"Turner & Hooch"
"The Bonfire of the Vanities"
Hanks made that comment about "Bonfire of the Vanities" in a 2009 interview with "American Cinematographer" magazine.
"Angels & Demons"

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Which film marked the first time Hanks played a real person?
"Apollo 13"
Hanks played astronaut Jim Lovell in "Apollo 13."
"Charlie Wilson's War"
"Punchline"

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For this movie, Hanks gained 50 pounds before filming — and then lost that weight and more before production ended.
"Cast Away"
The filming of "Cast Away" halted for a year so Hanks could lose weight and grow his hair for the second half of the movie.
"Captain Phillips"
"Saving Private Ryan"

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Hanks considers this movie to be the first in the "modern era" of his career.
"Philadelphia"
"Sleepless in Seattle"
Hanks has said that his acting abilities, and his career, turned a corner with "Sleepless in Seattle" in 1993.
"You've Got Mail"

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In 1988, she played Hanks' love interest in one movie. In 1993, she played his mother.
Diane Keaton
Susan Sarandon
Sally Field
Hanks and Sally Field were a couple in "Punchline" and mother and son in "Forrest Gump" five years later.

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In "Saving Mr. Banks," Hanks was the first actor to portray this famous figure.
Walt Disney
Hanks played Walt Disney in the 2013 film.
Lyndon B. Johnson
George Orwell

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As of 2016 Hanks has 51 producing credits on IMDb. What's his highest grossing film (in the United States) as a producer?
"My Big Fat Greek Wedding"
"My Big Fat Greek Wedding" is Hanks' biggest hit as a producer.
"Mamma Mia"
"The Polar Express"

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How many times has he been nominated for an Oscar?
three
four
five
Hanks was nominated but didn't win for "Big," "Saving Private Ryan" and "Cast Away."

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Hanks made three movies in 2004: "The Polar Express," "The Terminal" and this film.
"The Ladykillers"
The third movie was the Coen brothers' little-seen "The Ladykillers."
"The Da Vinci Code"
"Charlie Wilson's War"

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Hanks appeared with his son Colin in the 2008 film "The Great Buck Howard." Who was the other star of the movie?
Matthew McConaughey
John Malkovich
The two Hankses played father and son, and John Malkovich was a washed-up magician.
Owen Wilson

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Hanks reportedly received the highest salary ever — $50 million — to star in this movie.
"Cast Away"
"Angels & Demons"
Hanks became the highest paid actor of all time with "Angels & Demons," the 2009 follow-up to "The Da Vinci Code."
"Cloud Atlas"

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Hanks made "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" and this movie in 2011.
"Charlie Wilson's War"
"Cloud Atlas"
"Larry Crowne"
Hanks directed and starred in "Larry Crowne" with Julia Roberts in 2011.

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In what other movie did Hanks star with Julia Roberts?
"Charlie Wilson's War"
Mike Nichols directed Roberts and Hanks in 2007's "Charlie Wilson's War."
"That Thing You Do!"
"Captain Phillips"

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What's Hanks' other feature-film directing credit?
"That Thing You Do!"
Hanks also directed "That Thing You Do!" in 1996.
"The Da Vinci Code"
"The Kids Are Alright"

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In 2016, Hanks starred in "Sully." Who is Sully?
Chesley Sullenberger
Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger is the airline pilot who safely crash-landed in the Hudson River in 2009.
Mike Sullivan
Jeremiah Sulltown

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Who does Hanks play in 2016's "A Hologram for the King"?
a plumber
the president of the United States
a businessman
Hanks is a "failed American businessman look[ing] to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his idea to a wealthy monarch."

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