That same year, his film debut in the slasher flick He Knows You're Alone went unnoticed, but 4 years later, the success of Splash established his likeable, easygoing style. An Oscar-nominated performance in Big (1988) displayed the emotional resonance that would distinguish Hanks's later work.
His career soared in the '90s with back-to-back Oscars for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, plus later nominations for Saving Private Ryan and Cast Away. Three teamings with Meg Ryan include the romantic hit Sleepless in Seattle; he's also ventured into directing with That Thing You Do! (1996). The Road to Perdition and The Ladykillers continued to demonstrate Hanks's amazing versatility.