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Top 10 Best Tom Cruise Movies

Updated on May 1, 2015

Who doesn't know Tom Cruise? Even the people who don't watch Hollywood movies have heard of Tom Cruise.

Tom Cruise is a crazy guy who does his own deadly stunts and jumps over couches on national TV talk shows. He even almost chocked Oprah!

But he is also an incredibly talented actor who can pull off any kind of role, from a kick ass secret agent to a bloodsucking vampire. I didn't even recognize him in tropic thunder.

Follow is the list of the best of Tom Cruise movies. It was difficult to decide which ones make to this list and which ones don't, since they all are pretty great, but I tried my best.

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#10 - Tropic Thunder (2008)

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Yes, that's Robet Downey Jr., and, yes, he is black. Apparently, he is an award winning Australian actor who underwent a plastic surgery (Some skin dying procedure) to play an African-American character in the movie.

And you know who else is in the movie?

Ben Stiller, Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, Jay Baruchel, Brandon T. Jackson, Danny McBride, Steve Coogan, Nick Nolte and, of course, Tom Cruise (Whom I didn't recognize until later in the movie).

Storyline:

A movie crew goes to southeast Vietnam, they are filming a war movie called Tropic Thunder. The movie is based on Vietnam war veteran 'Four Leaf' Tayback's memoirs of his rescue during the war.

The director Damien Cockburn is a rookie and wants the movie to be a success. When it seems he can't control the stars of the movie into doing as he wants.

Seeing his desperation, Tayback, the war hero and author of the book, says, "You take the boys out there. Put em in the trees. Shoot the whole thing guerrilla style." And he does that.

They drop the crew on the shooting location, which they don't realize is the base of poppy growing local drug dealers. When the crew is attacked by the gang, they think it's all part of the movie and follow the script. Until they realize.

#9 - Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

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Why you should watch this movie?

Let's see. There is Emily Blunt, hot and spicy as Indian curry, and kicking alien ass.

There is Tom Cruise time traveling and coming back from the dead, also kicking alien ass.

And as said before, time traveling and coming back from the dead. They even renamed the DVD edition asLive.Die.Repeat. Which exactly is what the whole movie is about.

Storyline:

It's wartime. An alien race is trying to invade the Earth.The whole world is busy defending the planet.

Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is a military officer (More like a marking guy for the military). He has no experience in combat, but is unwillingly sent on a suicide mission in a battle. He gets killed in action but not before killing one of them.

Then he wakes up, repeats the whole series of events again, gets killed again, and wakes up again. The whole loop keeps repeating, and he tries to figure out why. He then meets Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) and saves her life, thanks to his power. They join teams and fight the alien race together.

#8 - Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

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Nope, that's not Spidey. Not Batman either.

It's our favorite American spy, Ethan Hunt. And he is climbing the world's tallest building.

**Spoiler**
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You know who else is in the movie?

Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, and Michael Nyqvist.

Now, you can imagine how great the movie is going to be.

Storyline:

A terrorist named Kurt Hendricks, who has gained access to Russian nuclear launch codes and is planning a nuclear war against the United States. Ethan Hunt is assigned with his team to retrieve Hendricks's identity in the Kremlin, but things don't go as expected and the terrorists bomb the Kremlin.

The IMF is blamed for the bombing and the President of USA invokes the Ghost Protocol, shutting down the organization. The IMF is disavowed and so is Ethan Hunt and his team. They team up with William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and plan to stop the war on their own.

#7 - Vanilla Sky (2001)

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This is not your typical romantic movie. Nope, far from it. This movie is philosophical, a psychological thriller, and even a little horror.

If you don't like to overload your brain by thinking about the philosophical stuff, which this movie will make you, skip this baby and continue being in a blissful state!

This movie might make you question the reality of things. You'll love this movie and you'll hate this movie.

Telling you more about this movie will ruin it for you, so I won't. But I will insist that you watch this movie at least once before you die.

Storyline:

David Aames (Tom Cruise), a kind, popular but spoiled child takes all he has for granted; his inherited wealth, his publishing company, his good looks. Julie Gianni (Cameron Dias) is his friend and a casual sex-buddy can't get over him when he ditches her for a new girl he meets in his part, Sofia (Penelope Cruz). He is in love with Sofia and ignores Julie.

Julie, for whom, the relationship with David is more than a casual thing is enraged by this to a point where she takes David to a ride and droves of a bridge. She died, He survives but his life is changed forever.

#6 - Jerry Maguire (1996)

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Football fans are going to love Jerry Maguire and non-football fans are going to love Jerry Maguire.

Cuba Gooding Jr. is hilarious. He plays Rod Tidwell in the movie. The cool guy in the American trunks you see in the photo behind Tom.

Storyline:

Like lawyers, sports agents can't both have a conscience and make big money at the same time. And Jerry Maguire makes a lot of money. With more clients that one man can handle, he can't care about or pay attention to any of them.

One day he has a moral epiphany and questions his place in the world. He writes a memo on what is wrong with the sports company and how it needs to change.

Everyone loves it, but he gets fired. He starts his independent firm with one client, Rod Tidwell who is struggling to perform well and getting a good deal.

#5 - Collateral (2004)

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What do we want in a story? A good plot, flawed protagonist, conflict? Well,Collateral is a pretty damn good story.

Add Tom cruise, Jamie Foxx, and lots of action scenes, and you've got a recipe for a great thriller.

Storyline:

Max Durocher is a cab driver in Los Angeles. He's planning a limo company called Island Limos, but has been a cab driver for twelve years. One night, he picks up a passenger named Vincent. and drops him off at his location and waits for him as asked, a body falls on his cab, and it becomes clear that Vincent is actually a hitman, and he's got four more stops to make.

#4 - Valkyrie (2008)

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Hail Tom Cruise!

Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) is trying to kill Adolf Hitler in this movie. Do I have to say any more?

P.S. based on a true story.

Storyline:

When senior German officers realize they are going to lose the war, and surrender is their only option, they conspire to eliminate Adolf Hitler, who would never allow to do so.

All the previous attempts on Hitler's life had failed, so they come up with a new conspiracy; they recruit the aristocratic Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, who had lost his left eye and right hand in action in North Africa, to lead their latest operation, which is to bomb the Fuhrer's bunker, and then return to Berlin to take charge of the operation and round up SS and Josef Goebbels.

Obviously, as we know, Hitler survives the blast and--watch the movie to see what happens next.

#3 The Last Samurai (2003)

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Tom Cruise is a samurai in this movie. Well, he is a former British officer trained by the samurais. I would have preferred to see him as a ninja, but as a famous someone once said, "you can't always get what you want."

Still, there are ninjas in the movie.

Storyline:

In Japan, Civil War veteran Captain Nathan Algren trains the Emperor's troops to use modern weapons as they prepare to defeat the last of the country's samurais. But Algren's passion is swayed when he is captured by the samurai and learns about their traditions and code of honor.

#2 - A Few Good Men (1992)

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Typical Tom Cruise story; flawed protagonist has a life changing moment and finds a purpose in life.

138 minutes of pure entertainment. It has crime, drama, suspense. You are going to enjoy it on any day.

I am so watching this movie again.

Storyline:

At Guantanamo Marine Base, a private is attacked by two other marines and dies. An investigation is conducted by Lt. Commander Jo Galloway (Demi Moore) and reveals to her superiors that she believes that the private was attacked by because he was following orders by Colonel Jessup, the base commander and was threatening to reveal something unless he gets a transfer, so Jessup ordered a "code red" which is basically a type hazing done which is not legal.

Galloway wants to be assigned to defend the two marines but her superior prefers that the whole go away quietly so he denies her request and has the case assigned to Lt. Dan Kaffee, a Naval lawyer who hasn't tried a case in court and prefers to plea his cases out. But Galloway warns him that if he pleads the case out, Jessup will get away with murder.

Kaffee decides not to plead the case out and tries to defend them but there's no proof that Jessup actually gave the order.

#1 - Rain Man (1988)

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Rain man is my favorite Tom Cruise movie of all time. It's a classic. Both the actors have done a marvelous job. Valeria Golino is a beauty, and I love her accent.

The plot is outstanding. The writer is a genius. The director is a genius.

I think every writer should watch and study this movies.

Rain Man won Academy Awards for Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Dustin Hoffman); Best Director; and Best Writing, Original Screenplay. Best Cinematography (John Seale); Best Film Editing; and Best Music.

The film was nominated in the Golden Globes, in which it won Best Motion Picture in the drama genre and Dustin Hoffman won the best actor, and Barry Levinson was nominated for Best Director.

Storyline:

Charlie Babbitt is a self-centered automobile dealer with daddy issues. Not on best terms with his father he had left home and not seen his father for several years. When the father passed away he left Charlie a car that he hadn't allowed Charlie to ride when he was young, while the remainder will of $3 Million goes into a trust fund to be distributed to someone.

That "someone" is Raymond, Charlie's unknown brother, an autistic savant who lives in a world of his own, resides at the Walbrook Institute.

Charlie needs the money. His business is suffering and he wants his half. And what's even more upsetting to him that his father left all his money to Raymond, who doesn't understand the concept of money.

He kidnaps Raymond. And there starts their journey to Los Angeles. They get to spend more time together since Raymond won't get on an airplane, insists to watch his favorite TV shows, and won't let him drive in rain.

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    • Be Like Water profile imageAUTHOR

      Dattaraj 

      3 years ago

      Thanks, CJ, I debated whether to put Minority Report or Tropic Thunder in the list, but had to add at least one film for the comedy fans. Valkyrie is great. Tom Cruise is great in pulling off such roles.

    • lions44 profile image

      CJ Kelly 

      3 years ago from Auburn, WA

      I would vote for Minority Report. He was great in Valkyrie; very underrated because he was not European. Brilliant in Jerry Maguire. Great article. Voted up and shared.

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