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4. "A League of Their Own"
This may well be the funniest performance on this list, and it can never be overstated: Tom Hanks is a wildly funny actor. Younger film fans now might be surprised to learn that there was a period of his career when Tom Hanks was 'just' funny, when it was unlikely for him to be in a drama. 'League' uses him perfectly, since one of his gifts is exasperation. He is at his funniest when he is angry and frustrated and annoyed, and he gets a chance to play all of those here in spades. The gradual thaw he feels towards the women he's coaching is important to making the film work, and he makes it feel earned, makes it feel like a real evolution. There's no crying in baseball, but by the film's end, he even manages to make this sputtering grouch genuinely affecting.
- Drew McWeeny