Happy Hanksgiving, A Celebration of Tom Hanks

by urbanemovies | created - 24 Mar 2016 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Hanksgiving is an event celebrated the fourth Thursday of each November since 2009. Often, it is confused with another holiday that falls on the same day, but Hanksgiving has its own traditions and menu. A typical celebration includes a Tom Hanks-inspired feast, the company of friends and family and binge watching Tom Hanks movie and TV series titles all day long.

Which combination of a Tom Hanks-inspired menu dish/drink and Tom Hanks movie/TV series would you most like to have a helping of this Hanksgiving holiday?

Celebrate Hanksgiving with these: Serious Eats Hanksgiving Recipes or Vulture Hanksgiving Recipes. A special thanks to yrnej, seriouseats.com and vulture.com for their suggestions.

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1. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, War

91 Metascore

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Votes: 1,157,168 | Gross: $216.54M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Cravin' Private Fryin

An oversized fried turkey, nicknamed "Private Fryin" with juicy tender turkey meat, a delicious crispy skin and plenty of leftovers saved for later.

2. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,682,874 | Gross: $330.25M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Forrest Pump-kin Pie

Pumpkin, cream cheese, and bourbon filling pie sprinkled with Black Forest cake crumbs.

3. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

Votes: 757,093 | Gross: $164.62M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Catch Me If You Cran-berries

Cranberries sautéed with sugar, orange, ginger and cinnamon.

4. The Green Mile (1999)

R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

61 Metascore

The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt

Votes: 1,063,860 | Gross: $136.80M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: The Bean Pile

A three bean (green, wax, kidney) salad served in the shape of a tasty tower.

5. Band of Brothers (2001)

TV-MA | 594 min | Action, Drama, History

The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day.

Stars: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor

Votes: 342,342

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Brandy of Brothers

A mixed cocktail of Christian Brothers™ apple brandy, apple cider, bourbon and seltzer.

6. Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley, Colin Farrell

Votes: 145,033 | Gross: $83.30M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Glazing Mr. Shanks

Braised pork shanks covered in a pineapple, orange and brown sugar glaze.

7. Toy Story 2 (1999)

G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

88 Metascore

When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends set out on a rescue mission to save Woody before he becomes a museum toy property with his roundup gang Jessie, Prospector, and Bullseye.

Directors: John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer

Votes: 496,535 | Gross: $245.85M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: A Soy Story Too

A vegan, gluten-free delight sculpted entirely out of tofu, herbs, assorted fruits and vegetables.

8. Cast Away (2000)

PG-13 | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A FedEx executive undergoes a physical and emotional transformation after crash landing on a deserted island.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez, Lari White

Votes: 489,183 | Gross: $233.63M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Cast Iron Way Chili

A 3-way, 4-way or 5-way chili prepared in a cast iron skillet.

9. Apollo 13 (I) (1995)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History

77 Metascore

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise

Votes: 253,579 | Gross: $173.84M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Apollo Thirtahini

A butternut squash and chickpea salad mixed with tahini.

10. The Terminal (2004)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

An Eastern European tourist unexpectedly finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chi McBride, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 378,956 | Gross: $77.87M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: The Corn-minal

A covered basket of warm gluten-free, low fat, low calorie and low sugar cornbread muffins.

11. Big (1988)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

73 Metascore

After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard

Votes: 186,181 | Gross: $114.97M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Pig

A traditional slow, day long, pit roasted porker with a fire-roasted apple in its mouth.

12. Bridge of Spies (2015)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, History, Thriller

81 Metascore

During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan

Votes: 271,500 | Gross: $72.31M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Frigid of Pies

A frozen french vanilla ice cream filled pie mixed with chopped pecans, chopped peanut butter cups, chopped Butterfinger™ candy bars and a caramel sauce topping.

13. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A recently widowed man's son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner.

Director: Nora Ephron | Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger, Rita Wilson

Votes: 149,932 | Gross: $126.53M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Sweetness in Se-Apple

An apple cider cream pie topped with cinnamon-sprinkled baked Washington state grown apple slices.


Hanksgiving Menu Item: Beetless in Seattle

A traditional beet salad with a mix of Washington state grown chopped Honeycrisp, Red Delicious and Jonagold apples substituted for the beets.

14. Turner & Hooch (1989)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

36 Metascore

A detective must adopt a rambunctious dog in order to help him find a killer.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham, Craig T. Nelson, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 60,366 | Gross: $71.08M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Turnips & Hooch

Maple syrup-infused turnips mixed with white whiskey.

15. Inferno (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

42 Metascore

When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Ben Foster

Votes: 145,718 | Gross: $34.34M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Inferno Pasta (so hot, you'll need to sign a medical waiver to partake)

Fettuccine pasta spiced with red bell peppers, cilantro, Habanero peppers, cracked black pepper and balanced with an onion, banana, pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, Parmesan cheese and butter sauce.

16. Captain Phillips (2013)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Catherine Keener

Votes: 398,593 | Gross: $107.10M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Country Captain Phillips

A mild stew fusion dish inspired by a rural American in the Indian Ocean, made with blackened chicken pieces, Phillips™ blackened seasoning, curry powder, onions, almonds, golden raisins and zante currants served over a bed of rice.

17. Road to Perdition (2002)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

A mob enforcer's son witnesses a murder, forcing him and his father to take to the road, and his father down a path of redemption and revenge.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey, Liam Aiken

Votes: 233,811 | Gross: $104.45M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Mode to Perfection Salad

A multiple salad option that includes Ambrosia Fruit Salad, Cobb Salad, Apple Slaw, Lobster Salad, and a fifth option of your choosing to provide everyone's ideal salad entree.

18. You've Got Mail (1998)

PG | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

Two business rivals who despise each other in real life unwittingly fall in love over the Internet.

Director: Nora Ephron | Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey

Votes: 182,989 | Gross: $115.82M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: You've Got Kale

Kale cooked collard greens style.

19. A League of Their Own (1992)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

67 Metascore

Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna

Votes: 86,912 | Gross: $107.53M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: A Leek of Their Own

A leek-filled sausage and spice stuffing served in individually portion sized dishes.

20. Punchline (1988)

R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

A medical school dropout and a housewife/mom try to make it as stand-up comedians. They become friends and help each other out at an NYC comedy club.

Director: David Seltzer | Stars: Sally Field, Tom Hanks, John Goodman, Mark Rydell

Votes: 7,650 | Gross: $21.03M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Punch Lime

A punch made with ginger ale, lime sherbet, pineapple juice and garnished with lemon slices, lime slices and Maraschino cherries.
(add lime vodka for alcoholic version)

21. The Post (2017)

PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Drama, History

83 Metascore

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk

Votes: 118,413 | Gross: $81.90M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: The Roast

A platter assortment of carved roast meats: lamb, pork, pot and rump.

22. The Ladykillers (2004)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a classical ensemble in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting but sharp old landlady.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tom Hanks, Marlon Wayans, Irma P. Hall, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 95,673 | Gross: $39.80M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Ladyfinger Chillers

Miniature-sized assorted flavored ice cream sandwiches made with ladyfinger biscuits.

23. Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

R | 102 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams

Votes: 104,255 | Gross: $66.66M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Cauli Wilson's War

A traditional Cauliflower Gratin dish served with conflicting Afghan and Russian spices.

24. That Thing You Do! (1996)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

71 Metascore

A local Pennsylvania band scores a one hit wonder in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as they can, with lots of help from its manager.

Director: Tom Hanks | Stars: Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler, Charlize Theron, Tom Everett Scott

Votes: 58,886 | Gross: $25.81M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: That Stuff-ing You Do

Bread stuffing, pork sausage, dried cranberries and none of your attitude, Jimmy.

25. The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

27 Metascore

After his mistress runs over a young teen, a Wall Street hotshot sees his life unravel in the spotlight and attracting the interest of a down and out reporter.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Kim Cattrall

Votes: 20,679 | Gross: $15.69M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Bonfire of the Cranberries

A roasted cranberry chutney with apples, raisins, apricots and orange/lemon zest.

26. The Circle (I) (2017)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

43 Metascore

A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover an agenda that will affect the lives of all of humanity.

Director: James Ponsoldt | Stars: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Ellar Coltrane

Votes: 76,607 | Gross: $20.48M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: The Circle

A taco-based 15" crescent ring comprised of seasoned ground beef, cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes and salsa stuffed inside a baked Pillsbury™ crescent dinner roll circle.

27. Philadelphia (1993)

PG-13 | 125 min | Drama

66 Metascore

When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Roberta Maxwell, Buzz Kilman

Votes: 212,195 | Gross: $77.32M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Philadelphia Cheese Cake

A traditional cheese cake made with Kraft Philadelphia™ brand cream cheese.

28. Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

45 Metascore

When a hypochondriac learns that he is dying, he accepts an offer to throw himself in a volcano at a tropical island, and along the way there, learns to truly live.

Director: John Patrick Shanley | Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack

Votes: 32,838 | Gross: $39.40M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Dough versus the Volcano

Volcano-shaped baked Alaska encased within a flaky dough crust, served aflame with melting ice cream and meringue dripping down the sides from the summit.

29. The Polar Express (2004)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter, Leslie Zemeckis

Votes: 163,357 | Gross: $183.37M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Roller Express

A covered basket of quick-rising warm bread dinner rolls.

30. The Da Vinci Code (2006)

PG-13 | 149 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

46 Metascore

A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Jean Reno, Ian McKellen

Votes: 382,165 | Gross: $217.54M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: The Da Vinci Pasta Lode

Penne pasta made with sliced chicken breast, button mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms and onions cooked in a Madeira wine and garlic butter sauce.

31. From the Earth to the Moon (1998)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, History

Dramatized portrayal of the Apollo manned space program.

Stars: Tom Hanks, Nick Searcy, Lane Smith, David Andrews

Votes: 10,288

Hanksgiving Menu Item: From the Hearth to the Loon

A fire-roasted loon (duck) serve with a bitter orange and white wine sauce.

32. Splash (1984)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

71 Metascore

A young man is reunited with a mermaid who saved him from drowning as a boy. He falls in love with her, not knowing who or what she is.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, John Candy

Votes: 65,238 | Gross: $62.10M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Spl-Hash

A russet potato hash and a splash of hot sauce mixed with bacon, yellow onion, red bell pepper, baby spinach and spiced with chopped garlic, kosher salt and black pepper.

33. Bosom Buddies (1980–1982)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Two young single ad men must disguise themselves as women to live in the one apartment they can afford.

Stars: Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Donna Dixon, Holland Taylor

Votes: 2,975

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Bosom Spuddies

Moose Bosom, Maine, USA grown potatoes served mashed-style prepared while wearing clothing of the opposite sex.

34. The 'Burbs (1989)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

45 Metascore

An overstressed suburbanite and his fellow neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous Satanic cult.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman

Votes: 64,111 | Gross: $36.60M

Hanksgiving Menu Item: The 'Herbs

A tasty assortment of separated herbs. The perfect accompaniment to any other dish based on the individual diner's taste.

35. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama

80 Metascore

Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

Director: Marielle Heller | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper, Susan Kelechi Watson

Votes: 15,042

Hanksgiving Menu Item: Mr. Rogers' Banana Day Back to Childhood

A before or after dinner snack to magically transport you back to Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood with a treat you haven't had since you were a child, a cheese slice wrapped banana.

*added 08 October 2019

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