Tom Cruise began his career in the early 1980s, starring in films such as “Cadet School,” “All the Right Moves” and “Risky Business.” His breakthrough came quickly with the now iconic “Top Gun,” which recently got a sequel. Cruise is well known as Hollywood’s leading man, although he never made it to the top of the acting Olympus, and his dramatic skills have never been compared to those of Al Pacino or Anthony Hopkins. However, we’ve selected the golden five best roles in the famous star’s catalogue. The crème de la crème of his acting performances is presented in the form of this ranking.
Top 5 movies with Tom Cruise
“Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” (1994)
A Gothic horror film based on the book by Anne Rice. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt star as vampiric outsiders who are brought together by cruel fate. Louis and Lestat even take in an orphaned girl who becomes their demonic daughter, so to speak. There is a metaphor of a one-gender relationship in this, and in the film itself, blood drinking is sometimes presented as an allegory for the AIDS epidemic.
At first, the role of Lestat was to be played by Julian Sands, but the producers decided that he was not a well-known enough actor. The role was taken over by Tom Cruise, who received a record $10 million for his work on the set. The casting decision at first disappointed Rice herself, but years later the author admitted that Cruise turned out to be a hit.
“Eyes Wide Shut” (1999)
An erotic thriller with the same decadent atmosphere as “Interview with the Vampire”. This is the closing film in the career of Stanley Kubrick, who died shortly before its release in March 1999. It was a box-office hit and turned out to be the director’s biggest blockbuster.
Cruise stars here as a wealthy New Yorker who revolves around the big-city elite. The man discovers disturbing desires and obsessions within himself, and the film deals with the tantalizing taste of betrayal and love burnout. This was the sixth consecutive film starring Cruise to reach the top of the US box office chart. For his performance in the film, Cruise was nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award (Nicole Kidman, who accompanied him on the screen, won the award).
“Jerry Maguire” (1996)
Tom Cruise in the title role, which many viewers and critics still consider to be his best. The star plays a sports agent who loses everything he had and decides to undergo a complete transformation. The film brought Cruise his second Oscar nomination ever – however, he lost the duel for the prestigious statuette to Geoffrey Rush who was honoured for “Sparkle”.
It was one of the highest-grossing films of 1996, with Renée Zellweger, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Jerry O’Connell appearing alongside Tom Cruise.
Tom Cruise Best Movies, Best Roles – Ranking
Paul Thomas Anderson’s drama in which characters search for happiness, forgiveness, and the meaning of life. Tom Cruise appears here as Frank T.J. Mackey, a motivational speaker who teaches a course on picking up men. The star was a fan of Anderson’s work and got the role because of his performance in Kubrick’s “Eyes…”. He stated that after his performance in that film, he could easily play “an alienated guy with an oversized ego”. It was Cruise’s performance that was considered to be the highlight of “Magnolia” – it was praised by “Entertainment Weekly” and “Los Angeles Times” among others, where it was written that the role bears traits of parody, and Cruise in a way makes fun of his own stardom (the fictional Frank Mackey is a TV icon).
“Thou Shall Not Kill – Born on the Fourth of July” (1989)
Tom Cruise in his first “serious” role – here he plays Vietnam War veteran and anti-war activist Ron Kovic, a man paralyzed from the waist down. Oliver Stone wasn’t fond of Cruise after his role in the box office hit “Top Gun,” but decided to cast the actor to spite those feelings. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, he said: “He was to me the kid who has everything. I began to wonder what would have happened if he had been struck by tragedy himself. If fortune had left him. What would have happened to Tom Cruise if something had gone wrong?”
The actor beat out Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage and Charlie Sheen, among others, in the race for the role of Kovic.