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10. The Money Pit (1986)

Not a terrible movie by any stretch, but not that excellent either. Hanks and Shelly Long go together just fine, but the whole “house is falling apart” thing runs its course early on. The rest just devolves into slapstick.

9. You’ve Got Mail (1998)

The sort of sequel to “Sleepless in Seattle” lost pretty much all the magic of the original and was a fairly pedestrian rom-com. The chemistry between Hanks and Meg Ryan was not there this time, making for a tedious watch. 

8. The Terminal (2004)

I’m fully prepared to get a ton of backlash by including “The Terminal” in this countdown, but let’s face it, this is one massively overrated movie. If this didn’t come on the heels of Hanks’ amazing run, I’m not sure this one would even be remembered today. The acting is hokey and the writing is schmaltz at its worst. 

7. Nothing in Common (1986)

This was not one of Hanks’ better comedies, although it was kinda neat to see him alongside legendary comedian Jackie Gleason. Nonetheless, the comedy falls a bit flat and the plot has some serious holes.

6. The Ladykillers (2004)

You knew that the amazing string of hits Hanks had in the mid-1990’s to early-2000’s would have to end at some point. It did with “The Ladykillers.” This movie had so much promise, but felt very stale and never hit its stride.

5. The Da Vinci Code (2006)

“The Da Vinci Code” is one of the literary works that will stand out when people look at the early-2000’s. The movie adaptation, while having promise, was not nearly as good and intriguing as the book. Hanks looked very out of place in this one, playing a nerdier version of Indiana Jones. 

4. The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

In 1990, Hanks was starting to transition into the world of drama. His first few forays were anything but stellar. “The Bonfire of the Vanities” was one of these disappointing efforts. Hanks stars alongside Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith in this one.

3. Volunteers (1985)

Seemingly, the combination of Hanks and the late, great John Candy sounds fairly appetizing. Unfortunately, the ridiculous plot weighs “Volunteers” down quite a bit. The melodrama towards the end, especially sinks this one. 

2. Dragnet (1987)

This one is not terrible, per se, but Hanks’ work is so high quality that “Dragnet” certainly falls in the bottom ten. Tom and Dan Aykroyd actually have pretty good chemistry, but the plot is way too over-the-top. This one is nothing like the show, just in case you weren’t listening. 

1. The Man with One Red Shoe (1985)

The mid-1980’s were littered with dozens of “fish out of water comedies.” Some of these were very good, and even hold up even today. “The Man with One Red Shoe” does not fall into this category and is pretty crappy at times. That being said, it was a staring role for a very young Tom Hanks.

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