With Cruise's latest movie, "Mission: Impossible — Fallout," hitting theaters Friday, we decided to dissect all 42 of his movies and rank them from worst to best:. Somehow Cruise got roped into being part of this feature-film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical. But leave it to him to lay it all out there. Though the movie is unwatchable, Cruise provides its only memorable moments when his rock-star character belts out classic songs like "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "Wanted Dead or Alive.
Cruise gets a brief bit of screen time as one of the male lead's friends. It's quite forgettable. In between "Mission: Impossible" movies, Cruise tried to kick off another action franchise by bringing the main character of the Lee Child novel series to the big screen. Cruise also was set to be the Robert Downey Jr. But playing a soldier of fortune who tries to stop an ancient Egyptian princess from taking over the world didn't grab audiences.
It was another franchise not meant to be. Still getting his legs under him in the movie biz, Cruise signed onto this teen comedy where he's one of four friends who go on a hard-partying road trip to Tijuana in hopes of losing their virginity. Yes, even Cruise couldn't hide from the teen-sex-comedy genre when he started his career. Man, John Woo deserved better than this. The legendary Hong Kong director took over the "Mission: Impossible" reins after Brian De Palma kicked things off with the first movie, but Woo didn't find the same success.
Though "Jack Reacher" was the first time Cruise worked with his "Mission: Impossible — Fallout" and "Rogue Nation" director Christopher McQuarrie and features the legendary director Werner Herzog as the movie's villain, Cruise as Jack Reacher is a seen-it-before character who isn't exciting.
Here, Cruise attempted to go the sci-fi route in hopes of having a breakthrough "Minority Report"-like experience for the audience. But the story was nowhere as sharp, and its post-apocalyptic vibe left us all feeling disinterested. Marking the first movie released by United Artists after Cruise and his producing partner Paula Wagner took over the two left UA after a couple of years was "Lions for Lambs," a tense drama set around the war in Afghanistan and directed by Robert Redford. Cruise gave his all playing an agenda-pushing senator and has some strong scenes opposite Meryl Streep.
But the movie is just dull. Cruise and his wife at the time, Nicole Kidman, paired together on screen for the first time in this s-set epic directed by Ron Howard, playing Irish immigrants seeking a fortune in America.
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Outside of the lush photography, there isn't much to enjoy about this movie. And don't get me started on Cruise's awful Irish accent. At the tail end of Cruise's heartthrob phase, the director Cameron Crowe teamed up with the star again after their hugely successful collaboration on "Jerry Maguire" to make a very different love story, based on the Spanish movie "Open Your Eyes. Mixing action and dark comedy in telling the real-life story of the drug runner Barry Seal seemed like a nice pivot for Cruise, but at the end of the day, the director Doug Liman's movie is just too glossy to be taken seriously.
Accent update: Cruise delivers a tolerable Southern drawl. Cruise stars as an American soldier in 19th-century Japan who embraces the Samurai culture. The movie went on to receive four Oscar nominations, but it's one of those titles where if you've seen it once, you've seen it enough. And on a side note: Wow would this movie get hammered on social media if it came out today. Another release from the time Cruise was calling the shots at UA, "Valkyrie" sees him playing one of the rogue Nazi officers who attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
Accent update: Cruise — and basically most of the other Nazi officers — decided to not even bother with a German accent. Good choice; the audience didn't even notice [ holds back giggles ]. It's one of the movies in Cruise's career that rides fully on his good looks. Honestly, this movie should have just been titled "Sex.
It's classic Hot Guy Cruise — who cares that the story is garbage? Steven Spielberg teamed up with Cruise after "Minority Report" for this blockbuster remake of the classic sci-fi movie. Though it made a lot of money, it was extremely dark in tone — maybe a little too dark. Be honest, have you wanted to see this movie again? This is one of those movies that doesn't get enough credit. The director James Mangold cleverly takes all the common action-hero traits and has Cruise make complete fun of them.
You might want to give this one another viewing. Unlike in "Endless Love," Cruise really capitalized on this small role. As a military cadet who takes his responsibilities way too seriously, Cruise is a standout in the movie and showed audiences and Hollywood executives that he had leading-man potential. Abrams takes over the franchise for this one and does an impressive job.
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It also helps that you have the talents of Philip Seymour Hoffman playing the villain. It's better than "Mission: Impossible II," so we're going in the right direction. Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of the classic novel brought all the biggest names from young Hollywood together, and Cruise was right there in the mix. Thomas Howell, Emilio Estevez, and Rob Lowe, the movie is pretty heavy-handed with the drama, but it's fun to watch all these amazing talents on screen together.
Rebounding from the so-so performance of "Jack Reacher," McQuarrie jumps on the "Mission: Impossible" franchise and ups the action stakes. Yep, this is the one where Cruise hangs from the side of a giant plane taking off. The movie also got an extra jolt with the inclusion of Rebecca Ferguson in the supporting cast. The latest "Mission: Impossible" could go down as one of the best action movies ever — its stunts and action sequences are that amazing.
This time around, McQuarrie gives us a deeper look at what makes Ethan Hunt tick and the values he lives by, but it's really the action that stays with you.
With its breakthroughs in CGI and tech, the first-ever teaming of Spielberg and Cruise lived up to the hype. Though Cruise doesn't have a lot of screen time, his presence in this movie cannot be ignored.
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Playing a despicable movie executive named Les Grossman, he brings that patented intensity to a role that for most actors would have been a mail-it-in cameo role. In Cruise's hands, it's one of the best comedic performances of the early s. Two months after Cruise hit theaters with his first lead movie, "Risky Business," he was back again with this very different movie about a Pennsylvania high-school football player who clashes with his coach. Both "Risky Business" and this showed that Cruise had no problem being the face of a movie, but "All the Right Moves," showed that he could be more than the charming lead with good looks — this movie proved Cruise could be a serious actor.
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