Tom Hanks is officially everyone's favorite movie star

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It's no surprise that Tom Hanks is America's favorite movie star.

From helping us understand life' hardships better by comparing them to chocolate to being the only person who could ever make us cry over a volleyball, he's played lovable on-screen characters that we just can't seem to get enough of.

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Harris Poll recently released a list of the most beloved Hollywood celebrities, and they placed the Bridge of Spies actor in the No. 1. spot. Hanks beat out top contenders like Johnny Depp, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lawrence and even last year's winner, Denzel Washington.

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - 1986: Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks poses during a 1986 West Hollywood, California studio photo session to promote his newest movie 'The Money Pit.' Hanks went on to become one of America's favorite actors, starring in such hits as 'Big,' 'Saving Private Ryan,' and 'Forest Gump.' (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
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YOU'VE GOT MAIL (1998) MEG RYAN, TOM HANKS YGML 093
THE GREEN MILE 1999 Castle Rock film with Tom Hanks
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 9: (US TABLOIDS OUT) Actor Tom Hanks appears on MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios November 9, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - JUNE 11: Actor Tom Hanks (L) appears on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios on June 11, 2004 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Actors Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, attend 'The Da Vinci Code' World Premiere & Opening Gala at the Palais during the 59th International Cannes Film Festival May 17, 2006 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress-Producer Rita Wilson and Actor-Producer Tom Hanks arrive at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actor Tom Hanks arrives at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Inaugural Governors Awards held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LARRY CROWNE 2011 Universal Pictures film with Tom Hanks and Gugu Mbatha-Raw
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Actors Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts pose at the 25th Annual American Society Of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards on February 13, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
US director and actor Tom Hanks poses during a photocall ahead of the premiere of his latest movie 'Larry Crowne' in Berlin on June 9, 2011. The comedy romace, starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, will be released in German cinemas on June 30, 2011. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Los Angeles, USA. 24th October 2012. Tom Hanks arriving at the film premiere of "Cloud Atlas" in Los Angeles on October 24th 2012
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Tom Hanks performs a spoken word skit during a taping of 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on October 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Tom Hanks poses in the press room at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Tom Hanks and Jimmy Fallon play Bruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball' during a taping of 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on October 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actor Tom Hanks presents Honoree Steve Martin with honorary award onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 16, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - JANUARY 25: Actor Tom Hanks speaks onstage at the 66th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on January 25, 2014 in Century City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DGA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actors Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks attend the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Carly Rae Jepsen and Tom Hanks are seen on February 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
US actor Tom Hanks poses during the photocall of the film ''Inferno'' in Florence on May 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
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With a career like Hanks', it comes as no surprise that this is the fifth time he's topped the list. Last year, he came in at No. 5, but he had previously won the title in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2013.

Depp came in second, followed closely behind by Washington, John Wayne and Harrison Ford. Bullock, Lawrence, Clint Eastwood, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts rounded out the top 10 spots.

Hanks has come quite far since we met him in the hit '80s sitcom, Bosom Buddies. The 59-year-old actor has starred in a number of critically acclaimed movies, including Big, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, You've Got Mail, Cast Away and the Toy Story series. He has also received many award nominations throughout his career and has taken home several Academy Awards and a Golden Globe.

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As much as we love Hanks on the silver screen, it's his off-screen persona that makes us fall in love with him again and again.

While promoting his upcoming film, Bridge of Spies, last month, the father of four gave a shout out to his son, Colin Hanks, who was releasing the documentary All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Record, at the same time. Hanks tweeted a photo of a movie theater marquee that listed both of the upcoming films.



And we can't forget the time he helped out a Girl Scout troopthat was selling cookies in Los Altos, California. He bought four boxes and donated an additional $20 to the little girls. Then, when a family passed by and asked to grab a snapshot with him, Hanks replied, "Only if you buy cookies from these young ladies."

How can you not love him?

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