Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) -- Philadelphia (1993)
Tom Hanks shines in his Oscar-winning performance as Andrew Beckett, a gay attorney who sues his top-shelf firm for firing him because he has AIDS. The film spotlights serious issues such as the fallacy in the idea of AIDS "innocents," and how homophobia and AIDSphobia play out in the workplace and in society as a whole. For the early '90s, this film seemed progressive for Hollywood given that it attempted to show two gay men in a relationship; but according to Hanks, more intimate scenes between him and his partner in the film, played by Antonio Banderas, didn't make the final cut. The result is an onscreen relationship that appears almost platonic.