So, without further ado, I present to you all of the Tom Cruise movies ranked from worst to best. It's no accident that Tom Cruise hasn't made the slightest foray into the fantasy genre since his lead role in Ridley Scott's original dark fantasy adventure, Legend. The film is, frankly, quite bad, with a meandering plot and few character motivations, all of which are underscored by a distracting and incongruous soundtrack full of synthesizers from Tangerine Dream. The only good thing about Legend are the tremendously impressive makeup effects, which transform Tim Curry into an unrecognizable Lord of Darkness.
As for Cruise, he clearly feels uncomfortable in the lead role, given the William Hjortsberg screenplay little to work with, and his first attempt to make the leap from a promising protagonist to a blockbuster protagonist was unsuccessful, although he recovered quite well the same year with a small film called Top Gun. Taps is a competently made film about a bunch of fools. When the whole premise depends on a group of children from the military academy taking over the school at gunpoint to avoid its closure, it's hard to support the “heroes”. His entire plan is what we call faulty logic, and even though the characters realize their mistake as the film progresses, Taps spends too much time announcing his “honor and sense of duty”.
As for Cruise, this was his first major role in a movie, and it's quite fun to see him playing the imbecile secondary character driven by testosterone. He's a personality type he would play a couple more times in his career, but never with such purity as cadet captain David Shawn. The mummy wants to be fun, scary and adventurous, but only following the movements of comedies, horror movies and adventure epics without any original ideas of its own. Even when Russell Crowe enters the film as Dr.
Jekyll, what should be an exciting new twist for a classic monster, has been converted into an exhibition machine with few unique features. The promise was there when he developed a new twist on a classic Universal Monster with the star power of Tom Cruise, but unfortunately The Mummy falls short in almost every way. The film still fits Cruise's “entertainment mode”, since it's a tremendously exciting film, but it doesn't have as much action as other recent Cruise movies, and that gives the actor the opportunity to show his range much better than in something like The Mummy. While the film probably could have embraced the dark even more, as it stands, it's an exciting and refreshingly different type of movie, at least for the current character of Tom Cruise.
Cruise really seemed to want an Oscar in the 80s, starring in dramas of award-winning caliber before becoming a full-fledged franchise star. Barry Levinson's Rain Man was one of those dramas, which swept the 1989 Academy Awards with four major wins, but no Cruise nominations. While Dustin Hoffman's attentive performance as Raymond, a wise autistic man, may be the most prominent, the Amigos road movie is based both on Cruise's shrewd but thoughtful role and Ray's brother, Charlie, who re-enters Raymond's life when he keeps his father's inheritance. Like a condescending and desperate wheel dealer who is dedicated to taking care of his brother and eventually discovers that the Las Vegas plans aren't in his best interest, Cruise plays his cards delicately during Charlie's emotional journey.
It may be a controversial film, with its portrayal of a healthy actor playing a disabled character, but there's certainly a seriousness in Cruise and Hoffman's chemistry that makes it a tear to remember. From American Made to Vanilla Sky, we salute Tom Cruise's best roles of all time. While the Minority Report material didn't necessarily test Tom Cruise's emotional reach, Cruise never ceased to fascinate his Empire and Saturn Award-nominated portrayal of John Anderton in this beloved sci-fi action epic. Tom Cruise wasn't exactly front and center in The Outsiders, but he certainly exuded a level of intensity and charm to capture the proper balance between working-class charm and adolescent angst needed to bring in Steve.
Keep reading to learn more about Cruise's 10 best movies. In this action-spy thriller, after a mission goes awry, a dangerous anarchist, Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) escapes from custody. Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team from Impossible Missions Force (a fictitious government agency) are blamed for the mission's failure. They try to complete the initial mission to recover Lane and recover the stolen plutonium.
This 19th-century epic tells the story of Nathan Algren (Cruise), a Civil War veteran hired by the Japanese emperor to train an army in order to eliminate the last samurai. But after being captured, Algren falls in love with the lifestyle and tradition of the samurai, and begins to believe in the ways of life of noble warriors. This film seemed to be created in a laboratory for Cruise to win an Oscar, but it wasn't even nominated for his portrayal of Algren; Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, however, was nominated for best supporting actor for playing samurai leader Katsumoto. Early in his career, Tom Cruise had to test his mettle against one of the best actors of his generation, Paul Newman, in this astute sequel to The Hustler.
With that in mind, I've ranked 21 of Tom Cruise's best and most memorable performances to remind us all why he's considered the ultimate movie star. Tom Cruise has never been more intense or terrifying than his sociopathic hired killer in Michael Mann's Collateral, a role that could very likely rise to the top of this list over time. Tom Cruise once again teamed up with Cameron Crowe for this mind-blowing and seductive thriller in which he plunges headlong into an impressive counterbalance performance as a vain and pompous executive whose life is shattered by a shocking accident. Tom Cruise's performance as a gentle doctor who descends down a sex-laden rabbit hole after learning of his wife's contemplation of an affair is one of his most discreet and unappreciated, and he has aged remarkably like fine wine, considering the usual bombastic nature of his roles in that moment.
Tom Cruise has an incredible talent for playing imbeciles you can't help but support, and nowhere is he better at this than young Pete Maverick Mitchell, a United States Navy aviator with a knack for performing impossible maneuvers in the air, who is included in the TOPGUN program to compete with Better better. Following in the footsteps of A Few Good Men, Tom Cruise showed vulnerability and reach against an incredible group of dramatic veterans with his conflicting moral role in Sydney Pollack's gripping paranoid thriller. The public can be sure that when they watch a Tom Cruise movie, the actor leaves nothing on the table. In one of the definitive performances at the beginning of his career, Tom Cruise's arrogant and brazen turn as Pete Maverick Mitchell led him to become a true action hero and sex symbol on the big screen, the kind where all the boys in the audience wanted to be him and all the women in the audience wanted to be with him.
Tom Cruise rightly earned his first Academy Award nomination with his undeniably moving and captivating portrayal of anti-war activist Ron Kovic in Oliver Stone's acclaimed adaptation of Kovic's autobiography. Tom Cruise arrived in Hollywood with strength and has been a star at the box office, in the tabloids and on talk shows ever since. Tom Cruise was amazed all over the country like the hysterical and foul-mouthed Les Grossman, a volatile studio executive, loosely based on characters like Scott Rudin and Harvey Weinstein, who stole scenes throughout this beloved satire to the point that he almost got his own film spin-off. While the combination of the film's title and the giant image of Tom Cruise on the poster confused many, The Last Samurai is actually a surprisingly thoughtful and sensitive historical epic.
Tom Cruise had to fight uphill after fans of Lee Childs's action hero united against his cast, but he defied all odds to perfectly capture Reacher's pervasive ferocity and explosive dedication to justice. . .