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top ten tom cruise movies

By The Movie Army Team

To celebrate the release of Mission: Impossible - Fallout we thought we would bring you our Top Ten Tom Cruise movies - OF ALL TIME! 

Anything you would've added to the list?

Better run Tom, better run!!!


collateral (2004)
edge of tomorrow (2014)

After a long day, LA taxi driver Max is about to knock off when sharp-suited Vincent offers him $600 to make five stops. Sounds good until Vincent turns out to be a merciless hitman and each one of those stops involves a hit. 

Tom Cruise is a pretty nice guy but you have never seen him like this. Ruthless and ready to kill at a moments notice as Vincent the assassin, Tom Cruise gives an electrifying performance.  

This is your classic action film meets sci-fi with a little bit of time distortion thrown in. And yes, it features Cruise running - a lot. Aliens have invaded the earth and no military unit can seem to stop them. Cruise teams up with Emily Blunt, who kicks so much ass.


This is a film that just keeps giving, if you like Tom Cruise, you’ll love seeing him in action; if you hate Tom Cruise, you’ll love seeing him die countless times. It’s also the kind of film that you can rewatch and get that little bit extra from it, even if it’s just to see Emily Blunt in that plank again. The ending might throw your average film watcher, but if you go in with the expectations of some sci-fi/time travel shenanigans you’ll be more than okay!

a few good men (1992)
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Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is a military lawyer defending two U.S. Marines charged with killing a fellow Marine at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Although Kaffee is known for seeking plea bargains, a fellow lawyer, Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway, convinces him that the accused marines were most likely carrying out an order from a commanding officer.

Its the end scene that does it. The showdown between Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) and Col. Nathan R. Jessep (Jack Nicholson). Sure they shout at each other quite a lot but the scene is electric and Tom is in fine form. 'I want the truth!' 'You can't handle the truth!' Superb.

jerry maguire (1996)

Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is a sports agent who finds himself getting a pang of conscience at the commercial limitations being placed on the sports people he was managing. This new found moral decency costs him his job so he decides to go it alone. Jerry convinces Rod (Cuba Gooding Jr) to keep him as agent. His former secretary Dorothy (Renèe Zellweger) joins Jerry in his new quest.

The film itself is a good mixture of drama, comedy, and romance. Renèe and Cuba do well in their parts, but Tom really shines here. He did get lucky with a good script, but Tommy filled in the blanks and made the part sing.

the last samurai (2003)
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Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is an American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's first army in the art of modern warfare. As the government attempts to eradicate the ancient Samurai warrior class in preparation for more Westernized and trade-friendly policies, Algren finds himself unexpectedly affected by his encounters with the Samurai, which places him at the center of a struggle between two eras and two worlds.


The Last Samurai has some great fight scenes and a surprisingly good amount of humour with Algren (Cruise) adjusting to the foreign culture, making jokes knowing they can’t understand him and unintentionally being rude due to an ignorance of their customs. Tom Cruise plus Samurai! What’s not to like?

minority report (2002)

Based on a story by famed science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, Minority Report is an action-detective thriller set in Washington D.C. in 2054, where police utilise a psychic technology to arrest and convict murderers before they commit their crime. Tom Cruise plays the head of this Pre-crime unit and is himself accused of the future murder of a man he hasn't even met.


Minority Report has all the action you’d expect from a Tom Cruise movie as well as the added mystery of why his character Chief John Anderton is supposedly going to commit the murder of a man he doesn’t even know. It’s a brilliant mix of action, suspense and mystery.

rain man (1988)
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When car dealer Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) learns that his estranged father has died, he returns home to Cincinnati, where he discovers that he has an autistic older brother named Raymond (Dustin Hoffman) and that his father's $3 million fortune is being left to the mental institution in which Raymond lives. Motivated by his father's money, Charlie checks Raymond out of the facility in order to return with him to Los Angeles. The brothers' cross-country trip ends up changing both their lives.

Rain Man was the darling at all the award ceremonies culminating in it winning Best Picture and Best Actor for Dustin Hoffman. But Tom Cruise was overlooked even though he gave one of his most tender and grounded performances to date. From douchey car salesman to emotional mess. Just brilliant. 

rock of ages (2012)

Small town girl meats big town boy in a love story backed by some of the biggest rock anthems of the 80s. The colourful array of supporting characters backs the story of the two lovers chasing their dreams of rock n roll stardom in a musical which people seem to love or hate.


Something no one can disagree on that when Tom Cruise played aging rock star Stacee Jaxx, he played Stacee Jaxx. While all characters are over the top - to the point of almost being cliché - Cruise's portrayal of alcohol, sex and self obsessed rock god Stacee Jaxx is by far the stand out. Giving it 130% in every scene he is in, viewers are introduced to Jaxx as he emerges from a dimly lit pile of female bodies, bottle in hand, shirtless in tight leather pants.

Not designed to be taken seriously, both Stacee Jaxx and Rock of Ages have one goal – a good time and great rock n roll. Tick and tick.

top gun (1986)

The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying skills. When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick is sent to the school, his reckless attitude and cocky demeanor put him at odds with the other pilots, especially the cool and collected Iceman.

The movie that solidified Tom Cruise's rising star, he is just super cool as Maverick. With his fighter jacket, his aviator sunglasses, and that rebel swagger, Tom was (and still is in this writers humble opinion) the epitome of cool. 'I feel the need; the need for speed!'

tropic thunder (2008)

While shooting a war film, the director attempts to liven up proceedings by dropping the principle actors into the middle of a real jungle, claiming he is going to capture their performance with hidden cameras. The hapless group including drug-addled comedy star Jeff Portnoy and po-faced method man Kirk Lazarus are completely unaware when a series of unfortunate events leads them into the middle of a real war zone.

When you go to a Tom Cruise movie you kinda know what to expect. He's handsome, lean, and suave. But as Les Grossman he is not. You have never see Mr. Tom Cruise like this. He's bald, hairy, and a foul mouthed jerk - its not only an incredible physical transformation but an incredible performance. 

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