Cruise, Tom: Best Performances

Cruise: From ‘Top Gun’ to ‘Magnolia,’ his Best Performances

Tom Cruise - 15 Best Movies
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I have ranked Tom Cruise’s best performances to celebrate the actor’s 60th birthday.

With a breakthrough that started in the coming-of-age film “Risky Business” (1983), the Syracuse-born actor became a global star.

As Joseph Kosinski’s “Top Gun: Maverick” still goes strong, making more than half a billion dollars domestically, Cruise has continued to etch himself into the cultural zeitgeist, crossing two generations.

As a producer, Cruise has impressed with the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, which began in 1995. With five very successful sequels and two more on the way, he continues to push the boundaries for himself as a fearless stuntman and an advocate for the big screen.

A career that only the most daring actors and creatives can dream of, Cruise has worked alongside two best actor winners — Paul Newman (“The Color of Money”) and Dustin Hoffman (“Rain Man”) — and has earned himself three Oscar nominations in “Born on the Fourth of July” (1989), “Jerry Maguire” (1996) and “Magnolia” (1999).

Cruise’s films have grossed over $10 billion worldwide.

Will he ever win a coveted competitive Oscar?