Tom Hanks says he's only made four good movies, can you guess which they are?

While discussing his new novel, scheduled to be released in 2023, Tom Hanks made a pretty odd comment about his film career

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Tom Hanks can officially add author to his already hefty resume. 

The 66-year-old actor, who recently revealed the late Queen's favorite cocktail, is gearing up for the release of his first novel, The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece, which is scheduled to drop on May 9, 2023. 

The book is about, you guessed it!, the Hollywood industry, inspired by Tom's own decades in the spotlight. According to an official synopsis, the story follows "the making of a star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film... and the humble comic books that inspired it." 

Specifically, the work will span several decades, with different portions of the plot taking place in 1947, 1970 and the present day. Expect a dissection of American culture and a deep-dive into how things have changed throughout the years.

Also throughout the novel will be a number of comic skits that Tom himself has written and are illustrated by visual artist Robert Sikoryak.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Actors Tom Hanks (L) and Rita Wilson attend HBO's Post 2014 Golden Globe Awards Party at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images)

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"Every character in the book does something I've experienced while making a movie, as well as discovered a philosophy or learned an important lesson," Tom said to PEOPLE in an interview pegged to his new project. "Even the foolish moments are some kind of stunt I've pulled or mistake I've survived."

In addition to revealing details about his book, the Academy Award winning actor made a subtle remark about his own filmography that sparked loads of commentary online.

"No one knows how a movie is made - though everyone thinks they do," Tom said to PEOPLE. "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."

Needless to say, fans of the actor immediately took to the Internet to guess which four movies Tom was referring to. Let's be clear: the actor did not make an official statement about his, well, statement - so nobody really knows which four movies he was thinking of. Add to it the fact that Tom has starred in about 80 productions and you'll find yourself to be even more confused about it all.

Although it's likely that Tom didn't literally mean that he only liked four of his movies, we can't help but add ourselves to the conversation by trying to figure out which ones of his films are better than others.


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Let's start with the latest: Elvis, Baz Luhrmann's musical biopic that casts Tom as Colonel Tom Parker. Although the movie received a well-deserved 12-minute standing ovation at Cannes, we must admit that we're partial to some of Tom’'s older material, including the iconic Forrest Gump from 1994, the outstanding Cast Away from 2000, 1999's The Green Mile, the always-wonderful Big from 1998 and the masterpiece that is Philadelphia, which was released back in 1993. 

But who can forget Tom's starring roles in some of the most legendary rom coms that Americans love to watch on repeat? That roster includes 1993's Sleepless in Seattle and 1998's You've Got Mail, each one also featuring the wonderful Meg Ryan. 

We'd be remiss not to also mention a number of other amazing Tom performances that still resonate with audiences today. We’re thinking about A League of Their Own (1992) Catch Me if You Can (2002), The Terminal (2004), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Larry Crowne (2011), Captain Phillips (2013), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), Sully (2016), The Post (2017) and, of course, the latest live-action remake of the Disney classic Pinocchio, which came out this year.

Basically, what we're trying to say is that there is no way that Tom only starred in four good movies throughout his career. He is a national treasure, after all.

Anna Rahmanan

Anna Rahmanan is a New York-based writer and editor who covers culture, entertainment, food, fashion and travel news. Anna’s words have appeared on Time Out New York, the Huffington Post, Fortune, Forbes, Us Weekly, Bon Appetit and Brooklyn Magazine, among other outlets.