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List of Tom Cruise Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Top Gun (1986)
127
13
Top Gun
PG
127
13

Reckless and impulsive ace pilot Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell is accepted into the Naval Fighter Weapons School, where he alienates other elite students with his attitude. As he competes for the TOPGUN Trophy with his calm rival Tom 'Iceman' Kazansky, he is also vying for the attention of the beautiful astrophysicist and civilian instructor Charlotte Blackwood.

Role:
Maverick
Directed By:
2. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
60
13
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
PG-13
60
13

With the IMF disbanded because of recklessness, Ethan Hunt is now being hunted as a fugitive by the CIA and embarks on a personal mission to prove the existence of the Syndicate, an international rogue organization. He gathers his team and joins forces with disavowed MI6 agent Ilsa Faust, who is now a Syndicate operative.

Role:
Ethan Hunt
Directed By:
Christopher McQuarrie
3. Mission: Impossible (1996)
82
15
Mission: Impossible
PG-13
82
15

The first installment in the Mission: Impossible film series, the movie follows Ethan Hunt and his mission to expose the mole who has framed him for the murders of many of his Impossible Missions Force (IMF) team. A commercial success, it became one of the highest-grossing films of 1996.  

Role:
Ethan Hunt
Directed By:
4. Top Gun: Maverick (2022)
99
13
Top Gun: Maverick
UA
99
13

Pete Mitchell aka Maverick is one of the most skilled aviators who had served in the Navy for more than 30 years. He is now training a group of graduates for a special assignment, one of them being the son of his deceased best friend. However, due to circumstances, he is forced to confront the ghosts of his past.

Role:
Maverick
5. Jerry Maguire (1996)
82
14
Jerry Maguire
TV-14
82
14

When a 35-year-old sports agent working for Sports Management International (SMI) experiences a life-altering epiphany and decides to change the course of his career, all hell breaks loose. Inspired by the real-life story of sports agent Leigh Steinberg, the movie was a critical and commercial hit.

Role:
Jerry Maguire
Directed By:
Cameron Crowe
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical, MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Male Performance
6. Risky Business (1983)
64
9
Risky Business
R
64
9

Joel Goodson decides to cut loose with his friend Mike, after his parents go away for a trip. He ends up having sex with prostitute Lana, getting the house burgled, and crashing his father’s Porsche. He finally decides to turn the house into a brothel with Lana for a night to earn enough to pay for the repairs. 

Role:
Joel
Directed By:
Paul Brickman
7. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
62
14
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
PG-13
62
14

Following a botched infiltration mission in Kremlin that ended in an explosion, the US Government initiates Ghost Protocol, disavowing IMF. Agent Ethan Hunt is forced to go off the grid, but must team up with other fugitive agents to clear the organization's name and apprehend a dangerous terrorist with access to Russian nuclear launch codes.

Role:
Ethan Hunt
Starring:
Directed By:
Brad Bird
8. Rain Man (1988)
112
19
Rain Man
R
112
19

Charlie Babbitt, a selfish automobile dealer, learns for the first time that he has an autistic brother, Raymond, after his estranged father leaves his estate to a trustee caring for Raymond. He kidnaps his brother to extort money, but his plan of gaining custody is delayed by a cross-country car-trip with Raymond who will only fly on Qantas.

Role:
Charlie Babbitt
Starring:
Dustin Hoffman, Bonnie Hunt, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen, Jack Murdock
Directed By:
Barry Levinson
9. The Color of Money (1986)
45
9
The Color of Money
R
45
9

Former pool hustler ‘Fast’ Eddie Felson takes in a new apprentice, the talented and charismatic Vincent Lauria. As he keeps teaching Vincent and his girlfriend Carmen, Eddie and Vincent have a falling out, thanks to Vincent’s showboating and jealousy. When Eddie takes up playing again, he ends up in a game against Vincent. 

Role:
Vincent Lauria
Starring:
Paul Newman, Forest Whitaker, Martin Scorsese, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver, John Turturro
Directed By:
10. Taps (1981)
33
10
Taps
PG
33
10

Cadets at a military school receive the news that their academy will be sold to real estate developers after one year. Upset with this news, all the cadets start an uprising hoping that the school can be saved.   

Role:
Cadet Captain David Shawn
Starring:
George C. Scott, Sean Penn, Timothy Hutton, Ronny Cox
Directed By:
Harold Becker
11. Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)
49
13
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
PG-13
49
13

After failing to secure three plutonium cores from the Syndicate, who are now known as the Apostles, IMF agent Ethan Hunt is forced to team up with Special Agent August Walker. Walker betrays Ethan and team and they must stop him and Solomon Lane from detonating nuclear bombs over the Siachen Glacier. 

Role:
Ethan Hunt
Starring:
Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Angela Bassett, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames
Directed By:
Christopher McQuarrie
12. Legend (1985)
35
12
Legend
PG
35
12

So as to cast the world into eternal night, Lord of Darkness has sent his goblins to kill the unicorns that live in the forest and guard the light. Meanwhile, impulsive Princess Lili has come to the forest to visit her lover Jack O'Greene and while frolicking, they unwittingly guide the goblins to the unicorns’ lair. Will the evil lord succeed in his plan? 

Role:
Jack
Starring:
Tim Curry, Mia Sara, David Bennent, Alice Playten
Directed By:
13. Jack Reacher (2012)
68
15
Jack Reacher
PG-13
68
15

Five unrelated people are shot dead in broad daylight and the accused is a former U.S. Army sniper, James Barr. However, he refuses to plead guilty and instead asks for Jack Reacher, an ex-military investigator. Reacher soon arrives and along with defense attorney Helen Rodin, sets out, to uncover the identity of the real perpetrators. 

Role:
Reacher
Starring:
Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Jai Courtney, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog, Richard Jenkins
Directed By:
Christopher McQuarrie
14. Oblivion (2013)
59
14
Oblivion
PG-13
59
14

In a post-apocalyptic Earth depleted by a devastating war against alien Scavengers, Jack Harper works as a drone repairman with communications partner Victoria to maintain fusion generators. Eager to leave Earth and join other survivors in Saturn's moon Titan, he begins to question his perception of reality after he rescues a beautiful woman he had visions of.

Role:
Jack
Starring:
Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Andrea Riseborough
Directed By:
Joseph Kosinski
15. American Made (2017)
49
12
American Made
R
49
12
Role:
Barry Seal
Starring:
Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones
Directed By:
Doug Liman
16. Mission: Impossible III (2006)
55
16
Mission: Impossible III
PG-13
55
16

IMF Agent, Ethan Hunt is retired from field work but makes a comeback when one of his own student is captured by arms dealer Owen Davian. As the situation gets more dangerous, Ethan has to find out about a mysterious object code named the Rabbit's Foot, deal with IMF’s double agent and simultaneously protect his wife Julia.

Role:
Ethan Hunt
Starring:
Aaron Paul, Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Billy Crudup, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Directed By:
J.J. Abrams
17. A Few Good Men (1992)
80
16
A Few Good Men
R
80
16

After two US Marines kill another, Lieutenant Commander JoAnne Galloway proposes to defend them suspecting that they acted on a "code red" order from above. When the case is instead assigned to Liutentent Daniel Kaffee, known for seeking plea bargains, Galloway convinces him to take the case to court and question Colonel Nathan Jessup despite lack of evidence.

Role:
Lt. Daniel Kaffee
Starring:
Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Christopher Guest, Kevin Pollak
Directed By:
18. Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
39
9
Born on the Fourth of July
R
39
9

The second film in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy is based on Ron Kovic’s 1976 autobiography. Ron, a patriotic marine sergeant joins the Vietnam War. During his second tour, he is hit by a bullet and is paralysed from the waist down. He struggles with his life, now bound to a wheel chair, both emotionally and physically but eventually becomes one of the most prominent voices of anti-war movement.

Role:
Ron Kovic
Starring:
Tom Berenger, Vivica A. Fox, Willem Dafoe, Holly Marie Combs, Stephen Baldwin, Kyra Sedgwick, Oliver Stone
Directed By:
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
19. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
93
23
Edge of Tomorrow
PG-13
93
23

Adapted from a Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s Japanese novel, All You Need Is Kill, the movie has Major William Cage, with no fighting experience, joining a landing operation when aliens attack earth. He is killed quickly; however, caught in a time loop, he returns every time to face the same combat. With every battle, he begins to improve his skill and strives to defeat the enemies.  

Role:
Cage
Starring:
Emily Blunt, Charlotte Riley, Jeremy Piven, Noah Taylor, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Jonas Armstrong
Directed By:
Doug Liman
20. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
41
15
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
PG-13
41
15

After successfully completing an assignment, Jack Reacher arrives in Washington and finds out that his old friend Susan Turner has been detained on charges of espionage and murder. Jack sets out to prove her innocence but soon finds himself framed in another murder case and is imprisoned. Later, Jack and Susan figure out that the conspiracy is far bigger and involves powerful people. 

Role:
Jack Reacher
Starring:
Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh, Patrick Heusinger
Directed By:
Edward Zwick
21. The Last Samurai (2003)
70
18
The Last Samurai
R
70
18

Nathan Algren, an alcoholic US Army Captain traumatized by the brutality of the American Indian Wars, is hired to train the newly created Imperial Japanese Army in modern warfare. His first assignment is to crush a rebellion by traditionalist Samurai warriors who refuse to use firearms, but he is quickly impressed by the Bushido tradition.

Role:
Nathan Algren
Starring:
Hiroyuki Sanada, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Ken Watanabe, William Atherton, Chad Lindberg
Directed By:
Edward Zwick
22. Collateral (2004)
73
19
Collateral
R
73
19

Collateral is an action-thriller that revolves around a cab driver who picks up an assassin out to eliminate five targets in one night. Tom Cruise plays the part of the hitman hired by drug traffickers to eliminate key people involved in their trial, and Jamie Foxx is the cabbie who tries to save Cruise's final target, a lawyer, Jada Pinkett-Smith.

Role:
Vincent
Starring:
Jamie Foxx, Jason Statham, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Javier Bardem
Directed By:
23. Days of Thunder (1990)
43
11
Days of Thunder
PG-13
43
11

Racer Cole Trickle wants to join the Indianapolis 500; but does not have a suitable car. Meanwhile, he is hired to race for Tim Daland’s team in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and develops rivalry with Rowdy Burns, which culminates into an accident during Firecracker 400. Later, howeve,r they develop close friendship and Rowdy offers Cole his car to race the Daytona 500 against Russ Wheeler.

Role:
Cole Trickle
Starring:
Randy Quaid, Robert Duvall, Nicole Kidman, Cary Elwes
Directed By:
24. Valkyrie (2008)
39
12
Valkyrie
PG-13
39
12

Looking at an inevitable defeat in WWII, a group of senior German officers recruit Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg to hatch a plan to end Adolf Hitler's rule so that Germany could honorably surrender. He proposes executing Operation Valkyrie, a state of national emergency, but the plan goes awry after Hitler survives the explosion at the Wolf's Lair.

Role:
Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg
Starring:
Eddie Izzard, Kenneth Branagh, Carice van Houten, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson
Directed By:
Bryan Singer
25. Minority Report (2002)
70
18
Minority Report
PG-13
70
18

Loosely based on Philip K. Dick’s 1954 short story, the movie is set in 2054 Washington where specialised police arrests murderers before they actually kill someone. Helping the police are three psychics or precogs who can predict these murders. John Anderton works for this special police force but when one day, he is identified as a future killer, he is forced to escape to prove his innocence.

Role:
Chief John Anderton
Starring:
Colin Farrell, Frank Grillo, Peter Stormare, Paul Wesley, Jessica Capshaw, Paul Thomas Anderson, Max von Sydow
Directed By:
26. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
57
15
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
R
57
15

Based on Anne Rice’s novel of the same name, the movie tells the story of vampires Lestat de Lioncourt and Louis de Pointe du Lac and their turning of ten years old Claudia. The story is revealed as Louis is interviewed by reporter Daniel Molloy, who at the end is given the choice of becoming a vampire by Lestat. 

Role:
Lestat
Starring:
Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater, Thandie Newton, Virginia McCollam, John McConnell
Directed By:
Neil Jordan
27. War of the Worlds (2005)
51
18
War of the Worlds
PG-13
51
18

A Steven Spielberg thriller based on an H.G. Wells novel of the same name, War of the Worlds, stars Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning, who try to survive an alien invasion. As extraterrestrial tripods hunt human beings for their blood and tissue, a divorced father faces numerous obstacles as he tries to reach the safety of his ex-wife’s parents’ home.

Role:
Ray Ferrier
Starring:
Dakota Fanning, Channing Tatum, Justin Chatwin, David Harbour, Morgan Freeman, Timothy Francis Robbins, Miranda Otto
Directed By:
28. All the Right Moves (1983)
27
9
All the Right Moves
R
27
9

Stefan is the star player of his high school football team, who is hoping that his football skills will earn him a scholarship, as this is the only chance he has to get out of his town. However, after having a heated argument with his coach, he is kicked out of the team. He is also blacklisted from college recruiters, and now he finds himself at a dead-end.  

Role:
Stefen Djordjevic
Starring:
Craig T. Nelson, Lea Thompson, Charles Cioffi, Gary Graham
Directed By:
Michael Chapman
29. Knight and Day (2010)
46
16
Knight and Day
PG-13
46
16

Chatty garage owner June Havens bumps into rogue government agent Roy at an airport, shortly after which her plane crash-lands when Roy kills the other people onboard. Now pursued by the FBI, she is forced into a dangerous adventure across the globe after Roy convinces her that he is a good guy and that she is safer with him.

Role:
Roy Miller
Starring:
Gal Gadot, Cameron Diaz, Maggie Grace, Viola Davis, Peter Sarsgaard
Directed By:
James Mangold
30. Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
27
12
Austin Powers in Goldmember
TV-14
27
12

The movie starts with super spy Austin Powers arresting Dr. Evil and foiling his plan to bring back the evil Goldmember. But when his father Nigel Powers is kidnapped, Austin travels back in time and teams up with Foxxy Cleopatra to stop Goldmember and Dr. Evil’s son Scott from destroying the world and save his father. 

Starring:
Mike Myers, Kevin Spacey, Seth Green, Danny DeVito, Michael York, Fred Savage, Gwyneth Paltrow
Directed By:
Jay Roach
31. Magnolia (1999)
29
12
Magnolia
R
29
12

The film narrates the significance of chance and coincidence in the different yet intertwined stories of nine characters on a rainy day in Los Angeles: a dying game-show host, his estranged drug-addicted daughter, dying former producer, his trophy wife and estranged misogynist son, an ex-quiz-champion and a boy genius, a caring nurse and a police officer in love.

Starring:
Alfred Molina, Thomas Jane, Patton Oswalt, Miriam Margolyes, William H. Macy, Jason Robards, Julianne Moore
Directed By:
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
32. Mission: Impossible II (2000)
35
15
Mission: Impossible II
PG-13
35
15

Ethan Hunt returns on another mission to seize and destroy Chimera, a deadly virus, and its cure Bellerophon, both of which are in possession of rogue IMF agent Ambrose. He must infiltrate enemy stronghold with help from Nyah Hall, a skilled thief and former lover of Ambrose, before the latter sells the virus to an international terrorist group.

Role:
Ethan Hunt
Starring:
Anthony Hopkins, Dominic Purcell, Thandie Newton, Ving Rhames, Brendan Gleeson, Dougray Scott
Directed By:
Awards:
MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Male Performance
33. Cocktail (1988)
45
14
Cocktail
R
45
14

Business school student, Brian Flanagan, takes up bartender’s job where senior bartender, Douglas Coughlin, mentors him. Later, Brian joins a Jamaican resort as bartender and falls for Jordan Mooney, an aspiring American artist. When Doug reaches Jamaica, he dares Brian to pursue an older, wealthy woman. But as Jordan sees Brian with another woman, she leaves the resort. Will the two re-unite? 

Role:
Brian Flanagan
Starring:
Elisabeth Shue, Laurence Luckinbill, Bryan Brown, Lisa Banes
Directed By:
Roger Donaldson
34. Far and Away (1992)
32
12
Far and Away
PG-13
32
12

Irish tenant farmer, Joseph Donnelly, who tries to seek justice from his oppressive landlord, finds himself accompanying landlord’s disgruntled daughter Shannon as they travel to the US to acquire land of their dreams. Joseph starts earning as a bare-fisted boxer, but they fall on hard times and subsequently, face separation. After an arduous journey of ups-and-downs they succeed in realizing their dreams.

Role:
Joseph Donnelly
Starring:
Jared Harris, Nicole Kidman, Thomas Gibson, Brendan Gleeson, Robert Prosky, Barbara Babcock
Directed By:
35. The Outsiders (1983)
31
10
The Outsiders
PG
31
10

In an Oklahoma town during the mid-1960s, two rival teen gangs, working-class ‘Greasers’ and well-to-do ‘Socials’ are frequently at loggerheads with each other. One night, Socs gang attacks two Greasers, Ponyboy and Johnny, who fight back, killing a Socs member in the scuffle. As they hide in an abandoned church, this incidence leads to a chain of grim events involving all the Greasers.

Starring:
Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Diane Lane, Leif Garrett, Sofia Coppola
Directed By:
36. The Mummy (2017)
34
16
The Mummy
PG-13
34
16

High priest Imhoptep is sentenced to suffer Hom Dai after murdering Pharaoh Seti I. When he is accidentally resurrected during an excavation in Hamunaputra, he unleashes evil and will not stop until he has resurrected his lover Anck-su-namun. Only Rick O’Connell, Evelyn, Ardeth Bay and a few others stand in his way. 

Role:
Nick Morton
Starring:
Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe, Courtney B. Vance, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari, Annabelle Wallis
Directed By:
Alex Kurtzman
37. The Firm (1993)
24
4
The Firm
R
24
4

Harvard Law graduate, Mitch McDeere,lands a high paying job at the Bendini, Lambert & Locke firm, only to realize that the firm helps to launder mob money. As Mitch tries to find proof and break out of the firm’s grips, he finds his and his wife’s lives threatened by the firm and the mob. 

Role:
Mitch McDeere
Starring:
Gene Hackman, Paul Sorvino, William Gary Busey, Holly Hunter, Hal Holbrook, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Terry Kinney
Directed By:
38. Rock of Ages (2012)
24
11
Rock of Ages
PG-13
24
11

This musical comedy film revolves around two friends, Sherrie, a small-town girl and Drew, a city boy, who try to pursue their dreams of becoming famous musicians. With each other’s help, they are able to navigate through the challenges of the music industry. 

Starring:
Kevin Nash, Will Forte, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bryan Cranston, Paul Giamatti, Eli Roth, Russell Brand
Directed By:
Adam Shankman
39. Tropic Thunder (2008)
39
18
Tropic Thunder
R
39
18

Focused on a group of prima donna actors who are making a Vietnam War film, the movie Tropic Thunder is a parody of many famous war movies. The film received generally positive reviews and grossed more than $188 million worldwide. 

Starring:
Ben Stiller, Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, Jason Bateman, Robert Downey Jr., Christine Taylor, Nick Nolte
Directed By:
40. Mission: Improbable (2000)
17
10
Mission: Improbable
17
10
Role:
Himself
Starring:
John Woo, Ben Stiller, Stephen Chang, David Lea
Directed By:
Joel Gallen
41. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
36
21
Eyes Wide Shut
R
36
21

After his wife confesses to having sexual fantasies about a stranger, reputable physician Bill Hartford strolls through the streets of night desperately searching for random sexual encounters, and eventually sneaks into an invite-only masked party full of temptations. Despite his disguise, he is recognized and confronted for the misadventure, which puts his entire family in danger.

Role:
Dr. William Harford
Starring:
Stanley Kubrick, Thomas Gibson, Alan Cumming, Sydney Pollack, Christiane Kubrick, Nicole Kidman
Directed By:
42. Lions for Lambs (2007)
12
9
Lions for Lambs
R
12
9

Lions and Lambs is a drama thriller film which tells the story of two Army rangers who sustain injuries behind enemy lines in Afghanistan. A reporter who thinks there is a conspiracy behind their mission’s failure, tries to expose it. 

Role:
Senator Jasper Irving
Starring:
Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Michael Peña, Andrew Garfield
Directed By:
43. Vanilla Sky (2001)
36
22
Vanilla Sky
R
36
22

A rich playboy David meets and falls in love with Sofia. His ex-lover Julie is jealous and ends up killing herself and severely disfiguring David’s face in a car accident. Medical help and Sofia’s love appear to heal David but there are strange incidences happening which David cannot understand. Difference between reality and dream becomes difficult to discern.

Role:
David Aames
Starring:
Kurt Russell, Johnny Galecki, Tilda Swinton, Penelope Cruz, Michael Shannon, Steven Spielberg, Cameron Diaz
Directed By:
Cameron Crowe
44. Endless Love (1981)
12
11
Endless Love
R
12
11
Starring:
Brooke Shields, Robert Altman, James Spader, Martin Hewitt, Shirley Knight, Don Murray
Directed By:
45. Losin' It (1983)
9
10
Losin' It
R
9
10
Role:
Woody
Starring:
Jackie Earle Haley, John Stockwell, John P. Navin Jr., Shelley Long
Directed By:
Curtis Hanson
46. Genius: A Night for Ray Charles (2004)
7
5
Genius: A Night for Ray Charles
7
5
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman, Mary J. Blige, Joe Cipriano
Directed By:
Bruce Gowers

TV Shows

Aimee Mann: Save Me (1999)
14
6
Aimee Mann: Save Me
14
6
Role:
Frank T.J. Mackey
Starring:
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, William H. Macy, Jim Beaver, Jeremy Blackman
Directed By:
Hitting It Hard (2002)
8
6
Hitting It Hard
8
6
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Penelope Cruz, Cameron Crowe, Penélope Cruz

Tom Cruise Awards

Golden Globe Awards
Magnolia Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2000
Jerry Maguire Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical 1997
Born on the Fourth of July Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1990
People's Choice Awards
Winner Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture Actor 1994
Winner Favorite Motion Picture Actor 1990
MTV Movie & TV Awards
Mission: Impossible II Best Male Performance 2001
Jerry Maguire Best Male Performance 1997