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Ten Most Unforgettable Tom Cruise Movies

Tom Cruise is the epitome of the classic Hollywood heartthrob. He is good-looking, articulate, and charming. He is arguably the most important actor of his generation. So what are the ten most unforgettable Tom Cruise movies? This article lists down the 10 best movies from this Hollywood legend.

Below are Tom Cruise movie ratings:

Movie Rating
Rain Man8.0
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation7.8
Edge of Tomorrow7.9
Minority Report7.7
The Last Samurai7.7
Interview with the Vampire7.6
Collateral 7.6
A Few Good Men7.6
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol7.4

1. Magnolia (1999)

This movie earned Cruise an Academy Award nomination for best actor, and a Golden Globe award for best actor. It is a mosaic of interrelated characters looking for happiness, forgiveness, and meaning. Aside from Cruise, the film stars Julianne Moore, Jeremy Blackman, Melinda Dillon, Philip Baker Hall, and Alfred Molina. It was written, produced and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

While it was critically acclaimed, the movie didn’t fare well at the box office as it only took around $48 million.

2. Rain Man (1988)

This movie won the Best Picture award during the 61st Academy Awards. It tells the story of a selfish wheeler dealer played by Tom Cruise who learns that his estranged father has passed away and bequeathed all his estate to his other son played by Dustin Hoffman. Cruise’s character is left only his father’s son and collection of rose bushes.

Aside from being critically acclaimed, the movie earned a lot of money at the box office with total gross of around $350 million.

3. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015)

The fifth installment of the Mission Impossible film series, this movie has Cruise reprising his role as IMF Agent Ethan Hunt. It also stars Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner, and directed by a Cruise favorite, Christopher McQuarrie. It once again showed the Cruise remains a bankable star with worldwide gross of $300 million.

4. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

A sci-fi movie directed by Doug Liman, Edge of Tomorrow takes place in an apocalyptic future. Cruise plays a public relations officer who has no combat experience and who is forced by his bosses to take part in a landing operation against alien invaders.

It also stars Emily Blunt. The movie was a smash hit taking in close to $370 million worldwide.

5. Minority Report (2002)

Directed by Steven Spielberg, this sci-fi movie is about the future where murderers can be arrested by a special police unit before they commit their crimes. It is loosely based on a short story with the same title by Philip Dick. The movie grossed around $350 million worldwide.

6. The Last Samurai (2003)

Cruise plays the role of Nathan Algren, an American military advisor who is captured in battle and then eventually embraces the Samurai culture. The movie was set in 19th century Japan. It was highly acclaimed by critics and earned four Oscar nominations and three Golden Globes nominations. It also proved to be a very big hit taking home around $450 million.

7. Interview with the Vampire (1994)

This romantic horror film had Cruise with other stars like Brad Pitt, Christian Slater, and Antonio Banderas. It was loosely based on Anne Rice’s best selling novel. Interestingly, Rice did not want Cruise to be in the film. The author had originally picked Julian Sands as the lead actor of the movie. But after she saw the film, Rice paid for a two-page ad in Daily Variety praising Cruise’s performance and for apologizing for her earlier statements.

Interview with the Vampire was among the biggest hits of 1994, earning $220 million at the box office.

8. Collateral (2004)

Cruise shows his versatility and depth as an actor in this movie written by Stuart Beattie and directed by Michael Mann. In his neo-noir crime thriller, Cruise plays a contract killer and who takes a taxi driver hostage, played by Jamie Foxx. Cruise and Foxx garnered critical acclaim for their performances with the latter even getting an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor.

With a budget of $65 million, Collateral went on to gross more than $200 million at the box office.

9. A Few Good Men (1992)

This legal drama stars Cruise with Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore. The film is about the court martial of a couple of U.S. Marines who were charged for killing a fellow Marine, as well as the challenges of their lawyers. It earned Cruise a Golden Globe nomination for best actor. It also fared well in the box office earning $240 million.

10. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)

The fourth film in the Mission Impossible series, this is the biggest hit of Cruise’s career as it grossed more than $650 million worldwide. The success of the movie prompted Cruise to fast track the sequel to this flick, which turned out to be Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.

These are the ten most memorable Tom Cruise movies to date. There is no denying that Cruise is one of the biggest stars of the 90s and the new millennium as shown by the massive success of his movies.

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