Top 10 Tom Cruise best movies rated from Top Gun to Mission Impossible films

Big Tom Cruise fan? These are the best Tom Cruise performances ranked

Perfect for your re-watch list if you love Tom Cruise and who doesn’t? From his teen idol days in the early ’80s to his status as a marquee-lighting leading man today, Tom Cruise has consistently done it all for decades — he’s completed impossible missions, learned about Wapner time in Rain Man, driven the highway to the danger zone in Top Gun, and done wonders for Bob Seger’s royalty statements in Risky Business, to offer just a few examples. Mr. Cruise is one of the few honest-to-goodness film stars left in the Hollywood firmament, so whether you’re a hardcore fan or just interested in a refresher course on his filmography, we’re here to take a fond look back at a truly impressive career and rank all Tom Cruise movies by MarkMeets.

10. American Made (2017)

Critics Consensus: American Made’s fast-and-loose attitude with its real-life story mirrors the cavalier — and delightfully watchable — energy Tom Cruise gives off in the leading role.
Synopsis: Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central… [More]
Starring: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright Olsen, Jesse Plemons
Directed By: Doug Liman

9. The Color of Money (1986)

Critics Consensus: That it’s inferior to the original goes without saying, but Paul Newman and Tom Cruise are a joy to watch, and Martin Scorsese’s direction is typically superb.
Synopsis: Former pool hustler “Fast Eddie” Felson (Paul Newman) decides he wants to return to the game by taking a pupil…. [More]
Starring: Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

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8. Rain Man (1988)

Critics Consensus: This road-trip movie about an autistic savant and his callow brother is far from seamless, but Barry Levinson’s direction is impressive, and strong performances from Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman add to its appeal.
Synopsis: When car dealer Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) learns that his estranged father has died, he returns home to Cincinnati, where… [More]
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Jerry Molen
Directed By: Barry Levinson

7. Minority Report (2002)

Critics Consensus: Thought-provoking and visceral, Steven Spielberg successfully combines high concept ideas and high octane action in this fast and febrile sci-fi thriller.
Synopsis: Based on a story by famed science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, “Minority Report” is an action-detective thriller set in… [More]
Starring: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

6. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Critics Consensus: Gripping, well-acted, funny, and clever, Edge of Tomorrow offers entertaining proof that Tom Cruise is still more than capable of shouldering the weight of a blockbuster action thriller.
Synopsis: When Earth falls under attack from invincible aliens, no military unit in the world is able to beat them. Maj…. [More]
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton
Directed By: Doug Liman


5. Risky Business (1983)

Critics Consensus: Featuring one of Tom Cruise’s best early performances, Risky Business is a sharp, funny examination of teen angst that doesn’t stop short of exploring dark themes. Synopsis: Ecstatic when his parents leave on vacation for a few days, high school senior Joel Goodsen (Tom Cruise) cuts loose.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Bronson Pinchot, Joe Pantoliano Directed By: Paul Brickman

4. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015)

Critics Consensus: Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation continues the franchise’s thrilling resurgence — and proves that Tom Cruise remains an action star without equal.
Synopsis: With the IMF now disbanded and Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, a new threat.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie

3. Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (2011)

Consensus: Stylish, fast-paced, and loaded with gripping set pieces, the fourth Mission: Impossible is big-budget popcorn entertainment that really works. Synopsis: Blamed for a terrorist attack on the Kremlin, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and the entire IMF agency are disavowed.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton Directed By: Brad Bird

2. Mission: Impossible — Fallout (2018)

Fast, sleek, and fun, Mission: Impossible – Fallout lives up to the “impossible” part of its name by setting yet another high mark for insane set pieces in a franchise full of them.

Synopsis: Ethan Hunt and the IMF team join forces with CIA assassin August Walker to prevent a disaster of epic proportions.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie

1. Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick is an extremely enjoyable thrill ride, yet its focus on intense, immersive action doesn’t allow much room for lighter, steamier fun like

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