Tom Cruise is one of the greatest actors to ever grace the screen and possibly the only true “movie star” left in Hollywood. Over the course of his career, Cruise has delivered great performance after great performance and is constantly looking for new ways to entertain an audience. To this day, Cruise remains one of the hardest working and most dedicated actors in the industry and will even risk limb and life to bring audiences some of the most iconic and badass scenes in cinema history.
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After watching The Mummy, I felt inspired to remind myself that Tom Cruise is one of my favourite actors and it felt appropriate for me to use this blog to look back through the actor’s impressive filmography and count down my top five Tom Cruise movies. Now, I feel like I should say that this is just my personal opinion and if you don’t agree just let me know what you think in the comments section.
5. Risky Business
“Ecstatic when his parents leave on vacation for a few days, high school senior Joel Goodsen (Tom Cruise) cuts loose with his best friend Miles. After an attempt at securing the services of a prostitute goes slightly awry, Joel hires gorgeous Lana (Rebecca De Mornay) for a night of delight. Stunned by the amount of Lana’s “bill” the next morning, Joel grows frantic after he crashes his father’s Porsche. In an effort to raise lots of money fast, a desperate Joel turns the house into a brothel.”
Kicking off this top five list is the film that sparked Tom Cruise‘s career as a Hollywood superstar. Looking at his performance in Risky Business, Tom Cruise was born to be an actor. The guy brings a certain level of charm and charisma to the role and really captures the teenage spirit. The film itself is one of the greatest coming-of-age teen dramas and Paul Brickman did an amazing job of representing the American teen.
4. Minority Report
“Based on a story by famed science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, Minority Report is an action-detective thriller set in Washington D.C. in 2054, where police utilise a psychic technology to arrest and convict murderers before they commit their crime. Tom Cruise plays the head of this Precrime unit and is himself accused of the future murder of a man he hasn’t even met.”
For me, Minority Report marks a change in Cruise’s career as the actor began to choose darker roles. Before Minority Report, I don’t think many people expected Cruise to turn to science fiction but the collaboration between Cruise and director Steven Speilberg spawned one of the most exciting science fiction movies of all time. In Minority Report, Cruise portrays one of his darkest and most tortured characters and we really get to see the actor try something new and offer a different performance. The film still stands as one of the best and most entertaining movies on Cruise’s filmography and is certainly a standout performance for the actor.
3. Top Gun
“The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying skills. When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise) is sent to the school, his reckless attitude and cocky demeanour put him at odds with the other pilots, especially the cool and collected Iceman (Val Kilmer). But Maverick isn’t only competing to be the top fighter pilot, he’s also fighting for the attention of his beautiful flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis).”
I’m probably gonna get some hate for placing Top Gun at number three on this list but like I said, this is by honest opinion. Tom Cruise was an extremely popular actor before landing the role of Maverick but it wasn’t until Top Gun that Cruise became the worldwide “movie star” that he is today. This film invented the term “bromance” and while it might not be my favourite Tom Cruise movie, it’s a damn enjoyable film that has stood the test of time and finds a new audience every day. Cruise yet again delivers a timelessly enjoyable performance as Maverick and this is without a doubt the actor’s most iconic role, if not one of the most iconic roles in cinema history.
2. Interview With The Vampire
“Born as an 18th-century lord, Louis (Brad Pitt) is now a bicentennial vampire, telling his story to an eager biographer (Christian Slater). Suicidal after the death of his family, he meets Lestat (Tom Cruise), a vampire who persuades him to choose immortality over death and become his companion. Eventually, gentle Louis resolves to leave his violent maker, but Lestat guilts him into staying by turning a young girl (Kirsten Dunst) — whose addition to the “family” breeds even more conflict.”
Some people might not agree with this but Tom Cruise as Lestat is easily my favourite performance by the actor. When it was announced that Cruise would play Lestat in Interview With The Vampire, the fans of Anne Rice’s novels were rightfully worried. Cruise was a strange choice for the role and even Rice opposed the decision, but when everyone saw the transformation Cruise made and his commitment to the character, there were no more complaints. Tom Cruise completely inhabited the role of Lestat, perfectly capturing the desperate loneliness and horrific nature of the character, while also nailing the complex relationship between Lestat and Louis (Brad Pitt). The film itself is perfectly dark, as you would expect from a Vampire movie but at the same time extremely extravagant and beautiful.
1. A Few Good Men
“You Can’t Handle The Truth!”
“Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is a military lawyer defending two U.S. Marines charged with killing a fellow Marine at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Although Kaffee is known for seeking plea bargains, a fellow lawyer, Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore), convinces him that the accused marines were most likely carrying out an order from a commanding officer. Kaffee takes a risk by calling Col. Nathan R. Jessep (Jack Nicholson) to the stand in an effort to uncover the conspiracy.”
This could have been just another legal drama but thanks to the script and the performances we’re left with one of the most memorable and significant films within the genre. I won’t try and fool you, the plot of A Few Good Men isn’t overly complex in fact I would argue that it’s quite basic, however, the complexity can be found within the characters and the performances. Cruise brings his standard amount of charm to the role but thanks to a phenomenal script and some outstanding dialogue the character quickly became one of the actor’s most memorable. It’s also hard to ignore the fact that A Few Good Men might be one of the most quotable movies of all time and again that’s thanks to great writing and amazing performances from Cruise and the entire cast.
That’s my top five Tom Cruise movies, let me know what you think in the comments section below and don’t forget to comment your five favourite Tom Cruise movies.