What are the best Tom Cruise movies?

Tom Cruise remains as one of the most bankable box office actors today. Nowadays, most people would know him for his blockbuster action films. Films such as the Mission: Impossible film franchise, Edge of Tomorrow, and Oblivion. However, he established his career in the beginning out of his intense dramatic performances. The now 57-year old has been in the business since his breakthrough role in the 1983 comedy, Risky Business. He quickly followed that up with the 1986 action drama, Top Gun. Quick fact, Cruise initially turned down the role but quickly changed his mind after experiencing a thrilling ride in an actual Navy fighter jet. These initial movies are only the start of his block office success. What exactly is the reason why he has remained relevant and popular even after all these years?

His talent for acting cannot be denied but it's far more complex than that. The main thing is that he meticulously controls every aspect of his career. Everything from the roles he takes, how he maintains his body, all the way to his PR. All of these have systematically helped the star build and maintain his career and his place as one of the biggest actors in Hollywood. If you're unfamiliar or have lost touch with his work, we've made a list of some of the best Tom Cruise movies for your perusal and enjoyment. Check it below and sound off in the comments which one you liked the most.

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    #1Top Gun

    Top Gun

    Top Gun is an action movie directed by Tony Scott. Released in 1986, The U.S. Congress selected the for preservation in the National Film Registry. It starred Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, and Tom Skerritt.


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    Kathy Gomez
    Written on July 11, 2018
    "Top Gun is Tom Cruise's first movie and he did great here! He has always been my ultimate crush, soo handsome and an excellent actor."
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    #2Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow

    Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow

    Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow is a science-fiction movie starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, and Bill Paxton. It was directed by Doug Liman and written by Christopher McQuarrie. The film was released in the USA on June 6, 2014.


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    Rishika Gavde
    Written on July 11, 2018
    "My gosh! I've watched this movie many times and I never get bored. It's epic with a unique story and a great actor of course!"
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    #3The Mummy (2017)

    The Mummy (2017)

    The Mummy is an action-adventure film released in 2017. It was directed by Alex Kurtzman and it starred Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, and more. The film is about an Egyptian princess awakened from her crypt beneath the desert.


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    Tammy Wheeler
    Written on July 11, 2018
    "Oh my G! The trailer is interesting with great cinematography. Well, this is Tom Cruise, what do I expect? lol. I can't wait to watch this movie."


Hollywood's finest and three-time Golden Globe Awards winner Tom Cruise has been a top-notch actor since the '80s. Cruise is known for his action movies, especially for his highly acclaimed work on the Mission: Impossible franchise. Most of the Tom Cruise movies are a box-office guarantee, including A Few Good Men, Risky Business, and The Firm and Jerry Maguire. At one glance, he seems like he's been perfecting his acting talent since childhood. But did you know that he was actually pursuing athletics but an injury forced him to take a new career path? Yes, you read that right, Tom Cruise didn't consider acting at all while growing up!

Cruise originally wanted to be a professional wrestler, but he was forced to the sidelines after a knee injury in high school. He then considered taking the path of the priesthood and enrolled in a Franciscan seminary when he was fourteen. It was only when he was sixteen that he was introduced to acting. When his teacher persuaded him to join a school musical play, Cruise aced the audition and got the leading role. Since then, Cruise pursued acting as a career and became the icon he is today! It really is true, when God closes a door, he opens a window!

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    #4Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible is an action spy film directed by Brian De Palma starring Tom Cruise. It follows the story of a secret agent named Ethan Hunt, who was framed for the deaths of his espionage team.


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    Marie Bishop
    Written on July 11, 2018
    "This is the last I've watched among all the MI movies, lol. It's also great but not as much as the others, especially the Ghost Protocol."
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    #5Mission: Impossible 2

    Mission: Impossible 2

    Mission: Impossible 2 is a spy film directed by John Woo and starring Tom Cruise. It is the second movie in the Mission: Impossible series and was the highest grossing film in 2000. 


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    Andrea Morgan
    Written on July 11, 2018
    "This just brings back a lot of good memories. I remember those days that I stayed up late just to finish MI even if I had to go to class early tomorrow =D"
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    #6Mission: Impossible III

    Mission: Impossible III

    Mission: Impossible III is an action spy movie directed by J.J. Abrams starring Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Maggie Q in 2006. It was the third installment of Mission: Impossible series. 


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    Katherine Pena
    Written on July 11, 2018
    "Honestly, because of MI I want to be a secret agent of the government and handle confidential issues that the mass never knew exists. I can be the female version of Ethan Hunt. But he is the best though."
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    #7Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is a spy film directed by Christopher McQuarrie. It stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Rebecca Ferguson. It is the fifth movie in the Mission: Impossible film series.


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    Carolyn Lewis
    Written on July 11, 2018
    "This is my second favorite among all the MI films. Rebecca Ferguson is gorgeous. I heard that she'll be part of the next movie? I hope so... She and Tom look good together."
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    #8Risky Business

    Risky Business

    Risky Business is a 1983 comedy movie starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, and Joe Pantoliano. When his parents leave for vacation, their teenage sons cut loose and finds creative ways to fund his enjoyment.


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    Adam Black
    Written on December 3, 2019
    "This will always be one of the best Tom Cruise movies as was his breakthrough role that helped jumpstart his career. If you haven't yet, be sure to catch this one when you can."
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    #9Rain Man

    Rain Man

    Rain Man is a drama movie directed by Barry Levinson. It was first released in 1988 by MGM studios. It stars Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, and Valeria Golino, depicting story of Charlie Babbit as he goes to his estranged father's funeral to discover big things unknown to him.


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    Stephen Stone
    Written on December 3, 2019
    "Hoffman is really the star of the film and provides one of the best performances of his career. Tom Cruise provides more of a supporting role but it was also quite good. It's a great movie that will make you smile, cry, and think all the same time."
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    #10A Few Good Men

    A Few Good Men

    A Few Good Men is a drama thriller movie that came out in 1992 and stars Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore. A young Navy lawyer is assigned to a case defending two marines accused of murdering their fellow marine.


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    Lori Coleman
    Written on December 3, 2019
    "This is one of most riveting and though-provoking Tom Cruise movies that I have ever seen and truly showcases one of his best dramatic performances ever. This is a must-see for any Tom Cruise fan."
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    #11Jerry Maguire

    Jerry Maguire

    Jerry Maguire is a drama-romance movie that came out in 1996 and it stars Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Renée Zellweger. A successful sports agent experiences a moral epiphany and decides to put up his own agency together with his former secretary and the only athlete that is willing to go with him.


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    Sharon Palmer
    Written on December 3, 2019
    "One of the best Tom Cruise movies that pose some rather deep and existential questions about life, our place in it, and our purpose in a world that is ruled by greed and money. Check this movie out as soon as you can."
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    #12The Last Samurai

    The Last Samurai

    The Last Samurai is an action-drama movie set in Japan during the 1870s. It is directed by Edward Zwick and it stars Tom Cruise, Timothy Spall, and Ken Watanabe. An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after his capture in battle.


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    John Chen
    Written on December 3, 2019
    "It's not easy to mix two very different cultures together but this film manages to do just that and it did it really well. This is one of my pick for the best Tom Cruise movies as it is one of his more unique roles."
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    Collateral is an American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Michael Mann. It was released in 2004 and stars Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx, depicting the story of a contract killer and his taxi driver hostage in Los Angeles.


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    Kenneth Tran
    Written on July 12, 2018
    "Tom Cruise is a phenomenal actor, especially when he's given a compelling narrative. "Collateral" is one such example of a movie."


Best What are the best Tom Cruise movies
1Top GunMovies 19 Paid
2Live Die Repeat: Edge of TomorrowMovies 12 Paid
3The Mummy (2017)Movies 12 Paid
4Mission: ImpossibleMovies 9 Paid
5Mission: Impossible 2Movies 5 Paid
6Mission: Impossible IIIMovies 5 Paid
7Mission: Impossible - Rogue NationMovies 2 Paid
8Risky BusinessMovies 0 Paid
9Rain ManMovies 0 Free
10A Few Good MenMovies 0 Paid

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