We will be running a feature which will look at the past and current greats from the movie industry. This week is actor Tom Cruise.

Tom Cruise divides public opinion, due to his mega power within the movie industry and his controversial support for the Church of Scientology. However his contribution and dedication to film is quite impressive both as an actor and through his production company Cruise/Wagner Productions.

From his major first leading role in Risky Business (1983) it was clear that Cruise was going to be a major player in Hollywood and he further cemented his place with Top Gun (1986) where he played hot-shot pilot Maverick in the 80’s classic.

From there his career really took off with memorable performances alongside Dustin Hoffman in Rain Main (1988) and as a paralysed war veteran in Born on the Fourth of July (1989), which was recognised with his first Oscar nomination for Best Leading Actor.

The 1990’s saw even great success for Cruise as he won praise for his role in Interview with a Vampire (1994) and as Ethan Hunt in the first instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise. There were 2 more Oscar nominations for his roles in Jerry Maguire (1996) and Magnolia (1999). He also started alongside then wife Nicole Kidman in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut (1999).

The turn of the millennium has only increased the actors stock with 3 successful Mission Impossible sequels and critically/commercially acclaimed roles in Vanilla Sky (2001), Minority Report (2002), The Last Samurai (2003), and War of the Worlds (2005).

Obviously there has been some unpopular and less celebrated roles such as Cocktail (1988), Days of Thunder (1990), Valkyrie (2008) and Knight and Day (2010). Commercially Cruise has never really had a film bomb at the box office.

His reputation alone almost guarantees the success of a film franchise, few others can boast such recognition and power in the movie business.

Best 3 Films:
– The Last Samurai
– Top Gun
– Magnolia

Best 3 Performances:
– The Last Samurai
– Collateral
– Jerry Maguire

Breakthrough Film:
– Risky Business 

Signature Character:
– Ethan Hunt (Mission Impossible 1-4)

3 Memorable Scenes:

Mission Impossible

– Jerry Maguire

– Risky Business

Least Popular Performance:
– Days of Thunder

Special Mention:
Tropic Thunder – Whoever had the idea to cast Tom Cruise in a cameo as the foul-mouthed Les Grossman deserves an award. Truly hilarious and it has sparked a spin-off movie which is currently in the pipeline.

What Next:
– Something totally different as Cruise plays Rock Star Stacee Jaxx in musical Rock of Ages.

Love him or hate him, it is hard to deny that Tom Cruise is one of the leading men in film.


9 thoughts on “Movie Stars: Tom Cruise

  1. Great article, I just happened to be preparing a new Many Faces of article yesterday starring Tom Cruise.

    Although some great choices for his best films I really didn’t like The Last Samurai that much as a movie. I would also add the Show me the money scene as memorable 🙂

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