'Captain Phillips' (2013)
Hanks shines as another captain, this one drawn from a real-life pirate tale. Like his "Private Ryan" Captain Miller, Phillips is calm, resourceful, willing to do anything for his men, and capable of seeing the humanity in his enemies. The performance is another sign that, even as Hanks' acting becomes more minimalist, it's deepening with age. The film's heartbreaking final minutes, where Phillips succumbs to both shock and relief, is an all-timer for Hanks -- and for filmmaking.