Big. 1988. USA. Directed by Penny Marshall. With Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia
Hanks proved his range—and nabbed his first Academy Award nomination—with the role of Josh Baskin, a 12-year-old whose wish to be a grown-up is granted by a haunted carnival game. As the “adult” Josh, Hanks mixes physical humor with genuine glimpses of the vulnerability of adolescence. The biggest success of Hanks’s career to that point, the film also made Penny Marshall the first woman director to surpass $100 million at the box office.