We review the filmography of the most ambitious and reckless actor in Hollywood today, a figure to claim that he has great films, masterpieces and very entertaining sagas.
Tom Cruise is the last great cinema star. He is an actor who works as a company in himself, a claim at the box office and the absolute reference of the classic star system within Hollywood. The all-defining gold standard.
We are talking about a versatile actor, unique in his style, who is able to combine his participation in sagas such as Mission Impossible and blockbusters of great pull with smaller and more dramatic roles, and who does not cut a hair if he has to make a fool of himself or the madman in some comedy. In this article, We pay tribute to him and recap his great masterpieces, cinematic gems, and best performances in the top 10.
- Director: Tony Scott
- Duration: 110 min.
- Cast: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Tom Skerritt, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan
- Summary: Perhaps the movie that forever defined Tom Cruise’s career. The story about the elite pilots of the United States Navy, the one that trains the best to be lethal and fearless in the most demanding missions, became a phenomenon that elevated Cruise as an erotic figure and of reference among the viewers, mixing cockiness with presence and elegance, and making him participate in very risky action sequences -which would be a trend in his future projects-. Top Gun, which hides an epic classic military tale within its video clip aesthetic, was the necessary accolade for Tom Cruise on his way to stardom. A film so important and capital in Hollywood that it will have a sequel that takes up much of the original cast.
The color of money
- Director: Martin Scorsese
- Duration: 117 min.
- Cast: Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, John Turturro,
- Summary: Not everyone can say that they have worked with Martin Scorsese and Paul Newman. In what will become one of his great strengths, Tom Cruise shows that he can look Hollywood stars and the most established or complicated directors in the eye and hold his gaze. He is not afraid of anything or anyone, and in this jewel from Scorsese, he proves it again. In The Color of Money, Cruise plays Vincent, a young billiard player who has yet to find a rival to shadow him. Newman was so impressed with Cruise’s talent that he would end up raving in constant praise., making it clear to us that there was no other budding star bigger than him. And in fact, it seems there still isn’t.
Born on July 4th
- Director: Oliver Stone
- Duration: 145 min.
- Cast: Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava, Kyra Sedgwick
- Summary: If Top Gun was a somewhat despondent patriotic tale for many, Cruise decided to bet everything for everything with a film that represents the opposite. He did not hesitate to work with the always controversial Oliver Stone to play the protagonist of this story that tells the cruelty of war using the Vietnam conflict as a backdrop. Unpatriotic and antiwar like few others, Stone’s work was controversial and caused a real stir in the United States, a country that watched Cruise portray a disenchanted Ron Kovic, a war veteran, bedridden and mistreated by institutions to which he swore allegiance when he enlisted. With this role, he achieved his first Oscar nomination.
- Director: Michael Mann
- Duration: 120 min.
- Cast: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg
- Summary: One of those roles that anyone else does and it would be rewarding meat. Collaborating with Michael Mann and accompanied by a superb Jamie Foxx, whom the critics began to take seriously with this film, Cruise curdles one of his best performances in this nocturnal and hard action film. In Collateral he plays a professional assassin without any regard, capable of demonstrating as much education as he lacks empathy and humanity if he touches. He is a fast and deadly armed beast who uses Foxx’s character as a taxi driver and chauffeur while taking care of his victims and jobs. Mann’s style lesson in storytelling and Cruise’s acting complement each other so well that it’s hard to escape his urban tale. A jewel.
On the edge of tomorrow
- Director: Doug Liman
- Duration: 113 min.
- Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Brendan Gleeson
- Summary: When Doug Liman ventured to adapt Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s complex and thoughtful manga, many didn’t believe it. How was he going to give life to a story of alien invasions capable of getting ahead of humanity’s military movements? Well with Tom Cruise. In this jewel of action and science fiction cinema, in which time loops masterfully follow one another, we will discover various facets of the Hollywood actor. On the one hand, it exploits his comic vis, and on the other, it gives an extra vulnerability to his classic action hero figure. Thanks to the duo formed by the interpreter and Emily Blunt, the film works as a shot and conquers from minute one.
War of the Worlds
- Director: Steven Spielberg
- Duration: 116 min.
- Cast: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto
- Summary: Spielberg and Cruise decided to face a post-9/11 world through science fiction. With Minority Report they besieged the scenario in which we sacrifice our privacy in pursuit of security, and with The War of the Worlds, an adaptation of the homonymous novel by HG Wells, we are told how a society survives a traumatic alien invasion. In the film, Cruise plays the father of a typical American family, Ray Ferrier, a divorced longshoreman and an unremarkable father. He is not a typical hero. He is not the man who saves humanity. He is about a chaotic man who will do everything in his power to save his children from the end of the world. as we know it. Pessimistic and featuring some of the most inspired sequences from Spielberg’s filmography, it is a sample of Cruise’s broad spectrum of performance.
- Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
- Duration: 188 min.
- Cast: Tom Cruise, John C. Reilly, Philip Baker Hall, William H. Macy, Jeremy Blackman
- Summary: Paul Thomas Anderson’s account – take a look at the director Tom Cruise has worked with – is one of the magnificent works of recent cinema. Construction of several stories that are intertwined and mixed to provide the viewer with a wide window to the decadent North American society of the end of the century and that has one of the best performances of Tom Cruise within it. Perhaps we could say the best. In Magnolia, Cruise plays a special preacher, Frank Mackey, who many portrayed as the dark version of the actor himself. Everything we can say about him in this film pales what he shows us in his few interventions. The film materialization of a genius who won the Oscar for this role.
Few good men
- Director: Rob Reiner
- Duration: 134 min.
- Cast: Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, Kevin Pollak, Wolfgang Bodison
- Summary: Tom Cruise with a script by Aaron Sorkin. What more could you want? An institution in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Rod Reiner’s film is the perfect vehicle for the actor to shine through a story of memorable lawyers, trials, and dialogue. Telling us the story of the young Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee and his upright morality and reputation, he ends up being charged with the defense of two Marines accused of murder. What seems like an easy case will get complicated when he meets Colonel Nathan R. Jessup, Commander-in-Chief of the Guantanamo base, a character played by Jack Nicholson.. Sorkin would reveal years later that it was one of his most complex scripts – and that he even wrote it absolutely drugged – but more satisfactory and relevant. The duel between Nicholson and Cruise remains memorable. Did you order the red code?
- Director: Cameron Crowe
- Duration: 133 min.
- Cast: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston, Jerry O’Connell
- Summary: For many, it is a telefilm with pretenses. And let us say they are wrong. Jerry Maguire is one of the best romantic films in history, but to define it as such would be a mistake, because, in his story, that of an athlete agent who reaches the sky and falls to Earth with the force of a thousand suns, some of the universal truths that accompany the commons of mortals are hidden. We are talking about a movie that tells us how choices define us, how mistakes haunt us, and how we can amend them if we know how to correct them with good actions. It is one of the best interpretations of Cruise, who finds in Cuba Gooding Jr. and Renée Zellweger two unbeatable supports to shine even more. Show me the pasta!
Eyes Wide Shut
- Director: Stanley Kubrick
- Duration: 159 min.
- Cast: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack, Marie Richardson, Leelee Sobieski
- Summary: Kubrick’s posthumous play, a tough and complex film that blew up Kidman and Cruise’s royal marriage, became a cult work shortly after its release. At heart, it portrayed a real problem, that of sexual dissatisfaction and the bland pace of life of many upper-class couples, condemned to appearances and parties in which pretending is more important than living. For many, and due to the particular filming rhythm of the creator of The Shining, the film is nothing more than the dissection of the personality of an increasingly reserved Cruise, who had to completely undress in his performance. A history of cinematic psychoanalysis, hedonistic sex cults, and brilliant dialogue. A masterpiece.
Bonus: Mission Impossible Saga
We could not say goodbye without celebrating in this top, although in a somewhat shallow way, what the Mission Impossible saga has meant for Tom Cruise’s career. We are talking about a series of films, each one from his father and mother, that has exemplified to perfection what the premium blockbuster is in today’s Hollywood. Along with Universal’s Fast saga and Marvel’s constant sequels, it is the highest-grossing constant of our day, a long-standing succession of sequels full of spies, impossible enemies, terrorists, and action sequences They try the most difficult yet and that has awakened Cruise’s ambition when it comes to surpassing himself in them. No matter how risky the stunt, the chase, or the shooting. From scaling buildings to getting on military planes in mid-air, jumping off a roof, or staying underwater for more than four minutes. He’s Tom Cruise, and like the Madelmans, he can handle anything.