Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise’s 10 Best Movies

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise is a throwback in that he’s a movie star of the old Hollywood pedigree.  He’s almost larger-than-life, and though he’s very capable of disappearing into roles at times, he’s nearly always TOM CRUISE in whatever film he’s headlining.  There are other actors who essentially play themselves at every turn, but what differentiates Cruise is that, even if the project doesn’t work, you never feel like he phoned it in.  Cruise has a scary focus and dedication to his craft that, when married to the right part, can result in explosive performances and memorable films.  Cruise is currently in the midst of an action movie only groove that has lasted a good 15 years already, and I think will continue until he’s physically unable to turn out gems like the Mission Impossible films, Edge of Tomorrow, Collateral, etc.  I’m hoping that when that time comes, Cruise focuses more on character parts, much as Harrison Ford did when he reached that point in his career.  Until then, even if he may be past his box office peak, his name still has considerable clout with moviegoers.

Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men
Tom Cruise’s Best 10
1. A Few Good Men (1992) Lt. Daniel Kaffee
2. Jerry Maguire (1996) Jerry Maguire
3. Collateral (2004) Vincent
4. Mission Impossible III (2006) Ethan Hunt
5. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011) Ethan Hunt
6. Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Cage
7. Minority Report (2002) Chief John Anderton
8. Rain Man (1988) Charlie Babbitt
9. Tropic Thunder (2008) Lev Grossman
10. Mission Impossible (1996) Ethan Hunt
Honorable Mention: Magnolia (1999) Frank TJ Mackey

Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire

Oscars, Golden Globes & Emmys

Oscar Wins (0): None

Oscar Nominations (3): Born on the Fourth of July (1990), Jerry Maguire (1997), Magnolia (2000)

Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man

Golden Globe Wins (3): Born on the Fourth of July (1990), Jerry Maguire (1997), Magnolia (2000)

Golden Globe Nominations (7): Risky Business (1984), Born on the Fourth of July (1990), A Few Good Men (1993), Jerry Maguire (1997), Magnolia (2000), The Last Samurai (2004), Tropic Thunder (2009)

Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible

Emmy Wins (0): None

Emmy Nominations (0): None

Tom Cruise in Collateral

My Favorite Cruise Scene:
“You Can’t Handle the Truth” from A Few Good Men (1992)

Next Film:  Tom Cruise will next appear in September’s American Made before returning to Ethan Hunt and the IMF for 2018’s Mission Impossible 6.  Following that, is Top Gun 2: There’s Going to be a Lot of Jets.  That’s not the actual title, but is a direct quote from Cruise when asked what the sequel over 30 years in the making was going to be about.

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