Ranked in order of best Cruise movie, not necessarily best Cruise performance (which is why Tropic Thunder and The Outsiders are rated highly despite Cruise not being the star). And, yes, I'm not a big Jerry Maguire and A Few Good Men fan...they're just OK in my opinion! I have seen every Tom Cruise movie that has received 38,000 votes or more on IMDB as of this writing. I would highly recommend any movie in the Top 15, and heck, the others aren't bad either!



1. Magnolia (1999)
   8/10  
An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. (188 mins.)
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman
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“ This movie is an acquired taste. Cruise's performance is top-notch though. ” - jcdugger


2. Rain Man (1988)
  8.0/10  
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country. (133 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen
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3. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
  8.0/10  
A military officer is brought into an alien war against an extraterrestrial enemy who can reset the day and know the future. When this officer is enabled with the same power, he teams up with a Special Forces warrior to try and end the war. (113 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson
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The Last Samurai (2003)
  7.7/10  
An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle. (154 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
Stars: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, William Atherton
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Minority Report (2002)
   7.7/10  
In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder. (145 mins.)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow
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6.
A Few Good Men (1992)
  7.6/10  
Neo military lawyer Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder; they contend they were acting under orders. (138 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon
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7.
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
  7.6/10  
A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger. (123 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst
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Collateral (2004)
  7.6/10  
A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo
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9.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
  7.3/10  
A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him. (159 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Todd Field, Sydney Pollack
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10.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
  7.3/10  
When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete who stays with him. (139 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
Stars: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston
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The Outsiders (1983)
  7.2/10  
The rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other. (91 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze
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Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
  7.2/10  
The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for. (145 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava, Josh Evans
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“ Probably Cruise's best performance...I just have a hard time re-watching this movie and re-watch-ability is very important to me! ” - jcdugger

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Valkyrie (2008)
  7.1/10  
A dramatization of the 20 July assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II. (121 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Carice van Houten, Kenneth Branagh
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Mission: Impossible (1996)
  7.1/10  
An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization. (110 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Henry Czerny
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Oblivion (2013)
  7.0/10  
A veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself. (124 mins.)
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Stars: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko
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Tropic Thunder (2008)
  7.0/10  
Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying. (107 mins.)
Director: Ben Stiller
Stars: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Kahn
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Jack Reacher (2012)
  7.0/10  
A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. (130 mins.)
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Stars: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog
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The Color of Money (1986)
  7.0/10  
Fast Eddie Felson teaches a cocky but immensely talented protégé the ropes of pool hustling, which in turn inspires him to make an unlikely comeback. (119 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver
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Vanilla Sky (2001)
  6.9/10  
A self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident with a resentful lover. (136 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
Stars: Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell
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Top Gun (1986)
  6.8/10  
As students at the Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young flyer learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom. (110 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer
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Risky Business (1983)
  6.8/10  
A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand. (99 mins.)
Director: Paul Brickman
Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Masur
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The Firm (1993)
  6.8/10  
A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side. (154 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook
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War of the Worlds (2005)
  6.5/10  
As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival. (116 mins.)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto
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Days of Thunder (1990)
   5.8/10  
A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level. (107 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid
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Cocktail (1988)
  5.7/10  
A talented New York bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love. (104 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Elisabeth Shue, Lisa Banes
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