Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, or Tom Cruise, is an American actor, who started a spectacular career at the age of 19 and has been a major highlight of the Hollywood industry for years. He’s won three Golden Globe awards, and has been nominated for several others. Other than his charming looks, he’s also known for his endlessly adaptive roles. The following are the 15 best Tom Cruise movies of all time:
15. Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Based on Anne Rice’s best-selling romantic yet horror tale, Tom Cruise plays the role of a charming immortal vampire by the name of Lestat, who converts a depressed Louis into a vampire, a man who lost his wife and infant with nowhere to go.
But Louis fails to adapt and learn the brutal ways of a vampire, disgusted by Lestat’s nature to kill for blood. The film received generally good reviews, and Oscar nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Original Score.
14. War of the Worlds (2005)
A 2005 American science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg, roughly based on a novel by the same name, and has been a classic that was produced in only 73 days. Tom Cruise plays the role of a man who tries direly to protect his children from an extraterrestrial attack and unite them with their mother.
It was 2005’s fourth most successful film and the highest–grossing film at the time starring Tom.
13. The Last Samurai (2003)
The last Samurai is an American historical war film that revolves around a retired officer of the United States, Nathan Algren, played by Tom Cruise. He gets hired by the Emperor Meiji to train an army capable of wiping out the Samurai in favor of implementing a contemporary military.
But when Algren gets captured by the Samurai and learns about their history and ways of life, he is conflicted as to who to fight for. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, and three Golden Globe awards.
12. The Firm (1993)
An old legal thriller based on a novel by John Grisham follows the story of a young lawyer who joins a prestigious law firm but finds out that most of the clients are law evaders being helped by the firm to launder money, get off murder charges and the sorts.
But his liberty is compromised when the FBI starts looking into the company to gather evidence. It was nominated for two Academy Awards with a 75 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
11. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick, it was his last film that showcases the sexual adventures of Bill Harford who embarks on a one night journey through a masked orgy of a secret society after learning about his wife’s affair.
It was nominated for the Best Original Score Golden Globe award, and won one award in Venice Film Festival and French syndicate of Cinema Critics each.
10. A Few Good Men (1992)
An American legal drama film that follows the story around a court-martial of two U.S Marines charged with the murder of a fellow marine, and how their lawyers prepare a stunning case to defend their clients.
The film was received exceptionally well, being nominated for 4 Academy awards and 4 Golden Globe awards.
9. Risky Business (1983)
Starring a 19 year old Tom Cruise, Risky Business revolves around a young man celebrating being left home alone, and coming across a hooker hiding in the house fleeing from a brutal pimp.
Things take an unexpected turn as the story follows a series of unfortunate events. It’s considered as one of the best movies of 1983, with a 96 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
8. Jerry Maguire (1996)
A sports drama film, starring Tom Cruise who plays the brilliant role of a sports agent who after a conscience crisis sends a heart whelming memo to his entire company that gets him fired.
But his need to hold on to athletes leads him to open his firm with a single mother who he falls in love with. The film was nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Tom Cruise.