Sure, Hanks’ most notable ‘stranded in one place’ performance is in Cast Away, but he may be even better in The Terminal. He plays Viktor Navorski, a man trapped in JFK Airport when a military coup renders his country invalid. When he arrives, he hardly knows any English, spending the whole film learning the language and culture of America through the airport. While this may seem like an odd role for Hanks in concept, he pulls it off masterfully. He brings such a genuine sweetness and mischievous energy to Viktor that we fall in love with him even when he’s not speaking. Despite having a very odd concept, Hanks’ amazing turn ensures that the film never feels like a gimmick. The fact that this absolute gem from Stephen Spielberg is so often looked over is an absolute tragedy. It’s a masterful showcase for his penchant for amazing production design (the airport is one massive set), and sentimental storytelling.