Tom Cruise has been Hollywood’s most enduring actor for the past four decades, and no one has made a stronger argument than he has. Top Gun: Maverick, which premieres on May 27, is a fitting conclusion to his career because it continues a larger storyline that began with his breakthrough role in the original Top Gun.
Cruise has maintained his position at the forefront of cultural debate for decades with an almost unmatched string of hits. Cruise, as an actor of his generation, has produced a body of work that is renowned for its consistency in quality, diversity, and his tenacity in pushing his own limits.
In honour of the release of Top Gun: Maverick, we endeavoured to rank Tom Cruise’s ten best films, a daunting task for an actor who has appeared in at least 56 films since 1981.
Top Ten Tom Cruise Films
Here are the ten most popular films starring Tom Cruise:
10. Risky Business:
Risky Business was the film that solidified Tom Cruise’s professional reputation. The dark comedy about adolescence was Cruise’s first significant leading role, and it proved that he could carry a film solely on the strength of his charisma.
This novel addresses many significant issues, including how the upper class has become estranged from reality.
Goodsen (Cruise) is one of the most promising students at Princeton. Nicholas Pryor, his father, is a graduate of the prestigious university. Joel is not deterred by the fact that his parents are taking a vacation abroad by his eagerness to temporarily escape his home life while they are away.
When his friend Miles Dalby (Curtis Armstrong) hires the prostitute Lana (Rebecca De Mornay) on his behalf, Joel falls in love with her and encounters trouble. During a hectic weekend, Joel is required to confess his feelings to Lana, interview a Princeton recruiter, and repair his father’s broken car.
9. Mission Impossible:
Mission Impossible was not yet a blockbuster action film when it was released in the mid-1990s by Brian De Palma, who also produced and starred in the film, and Tom Cruise, who also produced and starred in the film.
The most thrilling scenes were the fish tank explosion and the helicopter chase through a train tunnel (which may have inspired Cruise’s penchant for clinging to speeding vehicles). Nevertheless, this film serves as the basis for the Tom Cruise franchise.
The new show reversed the twisted, double-triple-crossing plot of the previous one. There exist rug-pulls with rubber masks. The classic logo and theme song for lit-fuse are present. Ethan Hunt, played by Tom Cruise, is constantly on the run and must cling to his life by the skin of his teeth.
Even in 1996, the Mission films were known for their heart-pounding action sequences, but they were more about the beads of sweat forming on Sam Hunt’s forehead as he hung from a temperature-controlled computer vault than they were about Hunt being strapped into an aeroplane for takeoff.
The 1993 John Grisham adaptation “The Firm” is one of the best courtroom dramas of the 1990s. The 154-minute film, directed by Sydney Pollack, investigates an intricate moral dilemma.
Despite its length, the film never becomes tedious. Tom Cruise is an actor who exudes confidence, which makes him the ideal choice for the role of a suave young attorney.
Mitch McDeere (Cruise) is invited to join the renowned law firm Bendini, Lambert & Locke after graduating from Harvard Law School (BL&L). Mitch accepts a new job and relocates to Memphis, Tennessee, with his wife Abby (Jeanne Tripplehorn).
As Mitch is blown away by the generosity of his new employer, he discovers that Bendini, Lambert & Locke is involved in a money-laundering scandal. As Mitch uncovers the scheme, he must avoid being implicated in the company’s wrongdoings.
7. Minority Report:
Is it possible to punish a criminal before he or she commits a crime if you know in advance that they will commit a crime? The plot of Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise’s gritty, noirish film Minority Report revolves around this thorny issue.
John Anderton (Cruise) is a police officer on the Pre-Crime squad of 2054, which reduces the murder rate in Washington, D.C. to zero thanks to the psychic visions of three siblings (the ‘precogs’). When Anderton’s face is presented as the next target for the unit, the entire system is called into question.
Tom Cruise is in top form as an action hero, Agatha’s caretaker, and a man whose entire worldview is shattered and is desperate to clear his name, despite the film’s darker and more dystopian tone than you might expect.
In addition, we are able to observe his eye surgery. This is beneficial to your illegally implanted eyes.
6. Good Men:
There are not many legal thrillers being produced in Hollywood today. Rob Reiner’s A Few Good Men was one of the most outstanding films of the 1990s. The film is based on a play by Aaron Sorkin that explores the complexities of the American legal system.
Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee, portrayed by Tom Cruise, must defend two Marines accused of murder in a difficult case.
Regardless, they both assert that they were operating under Colonel Nathan R. Jessup’s direction (Jack Nicholson). According to legal experts, Dawson and Downey’s best chance of avoiding conviction is to enter a guilty plea. Consequently, he makes an unexpected plea for their innocence.
Kaffee will have a difficult time exposing Colonel Jessup’s ruthless methods due to the Colonel’s considerable military power. During the trial’s climactic scene, Cruise portrays Kaffee with exemplary dignity.
5. Mission: Impossible – Fallout:
On a list of Tom Cruise’s finest films, the Mission: Impossible films could easily fill a number of slots. By focusing on only one aspect of Cruise’s impressive body of work, we would be overlooking the rest.
Numerous action sequences, such as a single-take HALO jump, helicopter ride into the gorge, and rooftop jump over London, are designed to highlight the fact that the film’s star is actually performing stunts (and, yes, breaking his foot in the process).
This provides an exhilarating film experience that is lacking in the majority of other local screenings. Together, Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie continue to make a great team, with the writer-director contributing a distinctive sense of style and vitality to the stunt work.
This is the apex of Mission: Impossible and Tom Cruise’s personal cinematic mission, and it feels like it will never end.
After visiting the set of Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, Paul Thomas Anderson based Tom Cruise’s role of Frank TJ Mackie on the actor’s desire for independence.
It would be fantastic to see Cruise portray Mackie! Is there anything else to be said about this sexual self-help guru? You decide the verdict. It is therefore understandable that Magnolia is a difficult film, but as Mackie, played by Tom Cruise, falls apart and reunites with his father Earl (Jason Robards), the glam showbiz façade actually crumbles.
Mackie’s unbridled humanity, trembling and shivering, is at the bedside of his dying father, away from Cruise’s trademark smile. His sorrow and rage have been replaced by love. We all experience the effects of his bodily catharsis, as does he himself.
3.The Edge of the Tomorrow:
When we first meet Tom Cruise as Lieutenant William Cage, he is a smarmy, cowardly PR man who only becomes an elite soldier due to the repetitive, Groundhog Day-inspired, video game-like nature of Doug Liman’s explosive science fiction thriller. Edge Of Tomorrow (or Live Die Repeat) was one of the most surprising blockbuster films of 2014.
In order to thwart an alien invasion, Cage teams up with the steely fighter Rita (played superbly by Emily Blunt) and must repeatedly live through his final two days, learning from each death and enhancing his skills.
Due to the quality of her character and Cruise’s star power, Cruise and Blunt’s on-screen relationship is consistently captivating. The most satisfying aspect, however, is the transformation of his character from a man eager to avoid doing anything selfless to the type of all-out hero Tom Cruise was born to play.
In other words, it is the type of film that one could watch repeatedly and repeatedly.
2. Eyes Wide Shut:
Even though Tom Cruise has worked with a number of great directors, nothing could have prepared him for his time with genre master Stanley Kubrick. Two years prior to their separation, Cruise and Kidman appeared in Kubrick’s last film, “Eyes Wide Shut.”
In “Eyes Wide Shut,” Dr. Bill Harford and his wife Alice (Cruise and Kidman) attend a festive holiday party at Christmastime in New York City. While in medical school, Bill encounters Nick Nightingale (Todd Field), a former classmate who has recently returned from war.
This intrigues Bill, who is convinced that Alice is cheating on him. When he is expelled from the estate, he becomes obsessed with what he saw and vows to never leave the mansion until he discovers the cult’s secret.
“Eyes Wide Shut” examines obsession, toxic masculinity, and infidelity through Cruise’s portrayal of a jealous man unable to control his own emotions.
1. Jerry Maguire:
Jerry Maguire’s iconic scenes and one-liners, like those in many other Tom Cruise films, are nearly as well-known as the film itself. “You complete me” and “Show me the money!” have garnered a great deal of attention, but they conceal one of Cruise’s finest and most moving films.
Particularly, when Jerry falls in love with his ex-secretary Dorothy (a star-making performance by Renée Zellweger), it’s adorable and charming as hell, but it has a bite that is often overlooked, with a seemingly happy ending that may be nothing more than a band-aid on a fairly gaping wound.
Nevertheless, Cruise and Cameron’s first “You had me at hello” will hook you.