American actor Tom Cruise celebrates his 60th birthday this Sunday, July 3.
The star passed the billion dollar club for the first time recently with ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, which is already worth $1.1 billion worldwide and is still on the rise in the Hollywood film industry, without never had a fall in his life. more than 30 years of career. This is mainly due to the fact that he surrounds himself with promising projects and works with leading professionals within the seventh art.
Although best known as an action star and, due to his good looks, erroneously labeled “just another pretty face,” Cruise starred in films considered young classics in the decades since. past. Winning numerous awards, including being nominated three times for an Oscar and multiple times for a Golden Globe, winning twice.
In the 90s, when he was one of the main celebrities of the moment, the actor decided to stop and give a new direction to his trajectory, also becoming a producer. It was then that he made his debut alongside Paula Wagner at C/W Productions, with Mission: Impossible (1996). A feature film in which he also played and which at the time was a great success with the public and critics. Since then, the indestructible supporter of Scientology has had a good track record at the box office.
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CinePOP has compiled a list of the 13 most important films of the fine career built by this actor who always shows a lot of will in his work.
13 – Matter of Honor (1992)
A role that especially marked Cruise in the face of the sacred monster Jack Nicholson and the memorable dialogues. In the film, after the accidental death of a soldier on a military base, after being attacked by two company colleagues, there is a strong suspicion that there has been a “red alert”, a kind of unofficial punishment in which an officer orders subordinates to punish a soldier for misbehaving. When the case comes to court, a young lawyer (Tom Cruise) decides not to make a deal and tries to find out the truth.
12 – Magnolia (1999)
One of the most compelling works Tom Cruise has ever done, as it travels in varying tones from comedy to drama. He was then able to work with one of the most promising American filmmakers of recent years, Paul Thomas Anderson. The story is set in Los Angeles, on the outskirts of Magnolia Street, following a day in the life of nine characters, who live in the same neighborhood and whose stories intersect through coincidences of fate. The film tackles several controversial subjects, such as incest, homosexuality, drugs and violence.
11 – Eyes wide closed (1999)
Few actors have had the honor and opportunity to work with the genius Stanley Kubrick. Especially in your last film. Even less with his wife, until then, the beautiful Nicole Kidman, whom he met on the set of Days of Thunder (1990). Here he plays Bill Harford, who is married to art curator Alice (Kidman). Both live the perfect marriage until, just after a party, Alice admits that she was attracted to another man in the past and that she could leave Bill and her daughter for him. The confession disconcerts the guy, who takes to the streets of New York haunted by the image of the woman in the arms of another. He finds himself in the middle of a secret meeting and a secluded mansion.
10 – Minority report – The new law (2002)
The partnership with the ever-magical Steven Spielberg resulted in instant success, which was later repeated in War of the Worlds (2005). Adaptation of a short story by Philip K. Dick, set in the year 2054, where there is a system that can accurately predict crimes, which has caused the murder rate to drop to zero. Trouble begins when Detective John Anderton, one of Canada’s top crime-fighting agents, discovers that a murder he will commit himself has been predicted, casting doubt on his reputation or the reliability of the system.
9 – Jerry Maguire – The Big Turn (1996)
His stint in Jerry Maguire not only led to him being nominated for an Oscar again, but also registering the incredible mark of his third consecutive film to surpass US$100 million in the United States. In this historic role, Cruise is a successful sports agent in the business, but one night he writes a 25-page statement that suggests agents are having fewer clients and are beginning to treat them more humanely. This fact causes his dismissal in a short time and he begins to lose all his clients at once, being forced to focus all his energy and potential on his only client, a capricious black football player (Cuba Gooding Jr.) – who at the time won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
8 – Mission Impossible (1996)
As mentioned before, Tom Cruise was already a star before starring in the first Mission: Impossible, but it was precisely after being directed by Brian De Palma that the actor was elevated to another level, from a point from a marketing perspective. To date, this is considered by many to be the best film in the series. In the plot, during a mission in Prague, a special group of agents fall into a trap. American Ethan Hunt (Cruise) discovers that only he and another agent survived. Taken as an informant, he flees and begins to act alone. With the help of a new group, he will attempt to clear his name, finding out who was the spy who framed his team.
7 – Mission Impossible 3 (1996)
Making sequels that follow — or even surpass the original film — feels like mission impossible for many filmmakers. Not for debut director JJ Abrams, creator of two of TV’s biggest hits: Lost and Alias. Before ‘Mission: Impossible III’, Abrams leaves John Woo, responsible for the second film in the series, in the dust and delivers an even better tape than the first, by Brian de Palma. To achieve the result, the director (also co-author of the screenplay) bet on a simple plot – which leaves no one struggling to put it together – but highly effective. Additionally, the film humanizes Ethan Hunt and changes the course of the franchise.
6 – Interview with the Vampire (1994)
It’s well known that Cruise doesn’t do without a knot, but it’s true that his presence in the role of Lestat, in Interview with the Vampire, was a risky bet that ultimately worked out very well. Having done a few movie fantasies, this role was a great addition to his resume. Set in San Francisco in the 1990s. A journalist interviews a young man who claims to be a vampire, recounting his experiences over the past 200 years. In flashback, we meet Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt), a man who has lost his wife, who died in childbirth, and the will to live. With the help of a creature of the night, Lestat de Lioncourt (Tom Cruise), he becomes a vampire and must learn a new way of life.
5 – Rain Man (1988)
With numerous Oscar nominations, including Best Picture – which even won and established itself as the first and only in the actor’s career to achieve such a feat – this Barry Levinson production was a big one. success and showed the world a new side to a hitherto young Tom. Cruise. Charlie (Tom Cruise) is a man who severed ties with his father a long time ago, but when he learns that his father has passed away, he decides to see what he gets as a legacy. And to his surprise, most of the money went to Rain Man (Dustin Hoffman), his autistic brother and math whiz, whom he didn’t even know existed. The two brothers leave together on a trip to Los Angeles, where Charlie wants to claim half of the money in court. Along the way, they get to know each other better.
4 – Top Gun – Wild Aces (1986)
Here is the first big success of Tom Cruise in the theaters, the film responsible for putting the actor in the spotlight forever, from now on he will only play leading roles. Maverick (Cruise), a young pilot, joins the Air Academy to become a fighter pilot. There he bonds with Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis), a beautiful woman, and faces his own rival (Val Kilmer).
3 – Mission Impossible: Fallout Effect (2018)
Very few franchises manage to earn multiple sequels and stay relevant, and “Mission Impossible” is one of them. It’s hard to find adjectives that match the screenplay written by Christopher McQuarrie, who also directs and produces. With an intelligent and agile script, which wastes no time in engaging its story, it takes advantage of the very little breathing time between one action scene and another to deepen its characters and their motivations. The biggest success is to show that sometimes the good guy can become the bad guy and vice versa, in addition to bringing strong female characters who escape the stereotype of the “damsel in distress”. After the fiasco of ‘The Mummy’, Tom Cruise manages to redeem himself with his audience and prove that he is the biggest star in Hollywood, the only one who has managed to maintain his career for more than 30 years still active . We see how he gives himself body and soul to the franchise, performing his own stunts without the help of a stuntman. This film marks his best performance in years, as the script also allows the actor to show off his dramatic side.
2 – Top Gun – Maverick (2022)
Released 36 years after the original film, the sequel won over audiences and critics alike and became the star’s first film to cross the billion-dollar mark at the box office. This is one of the rare cases where a franchise is revived after several decades in which the new film manages to surpass the original. Despite the simplicity of the plot, the action scenes are grandiose. The level of difficulty of achieving certain moments is very high, but very well executed by Joseph Kosinski. The director uses and abuses intricate sequences that make the viewer feel like they’re inside the plane itself, pumping up the adrenaline with every stunt, dive, or chase. Tom Cruise is at his peak here.
1 – Born July 4 (1989)
Possibly the best interpretation of Tom Cruise’s career, a job completely unlike anything he’s ever done. Unrecognizable, the actor shocked everyone by living a controversial and ostracized figure. Oliver Stone made the most of his dramatic features. Cruise was eventually nominated for an Oscar and his defeat is seen by many as unfair. Playing an idealistic and dreamy character who left his girlfriend and family to go fight in Vietnam. Already in the war, he was wounded and became a paraplegic. Back in the United States, he is received as a hero, but he soon finds himself confronted with the reality of prejudice against the disabled, even those considered war heroes. Ron then decides to join others in fighting for their rights, now denied by the country that sent them to war.
Honorable mentions: Collateral (2004), The Color of Money (1986), Lions and Lambs (2007), The Road to Life (1983), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Jack Reacher: The Last Shot (2012) and Risky Business (1983).
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