Get Your Popcorn: What are the top 5 Tom Cruise movies?

Your guide to a binge-worthy weekend
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Barring one or two outliers *cough* The Mummy reboot *cough* Tom Cruise's career has been success after success with his famously fastidious nature paying off at every turn. This has proven to be the case yet again with the long-awaited sequel to Top Gun, Top Gun: Maverick currently dominating at the box office.

As such, what better time to take a look back at the soon-to-be 60-year-old's back catalog? Here are our picks for the top 5 Tom Cruise movies (in no particular order).

Top Gun - 1986

Where better to start than the root of his latest success?

A select group of top-tier pilots in the US Navy head to TOPGUN - the school where the best of the best get pushed to the limits.

Featuring an all-star cast including Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis, and Tim Robbins, this Tony Scott special is the very definition of a loud and proud 80s blockbuster, designed to get every viewer falling off the edge of their seat as their ears ring to the sound of Kenny Loggins.

Why not your weekend with Top Gun, and end it with Maverick? The former can be streamed via subscription on Amazon Prime Video.

Rain Man - 1988

A beautifully cast dramatic comedy, Rain Man is a prime example of the best of both Cruise and Dustin Hoffman.

Cruise plays a morally questionable car dealer named Charles, who kidnaps his autistic brother Raymond (Hoffman), who also suffers from savant syndrome, to whom their father's fortune was left.

Naturally, along the way back to LA, the two connect and a bond is formed that brings out the best in both characters.

A touching classic, Rain Man is one that everyone has to see at least once in their lives - and you can do so by watching via subscription on HBO Max.

Interview With A Vampire - 1994

An acclaimed horror movie that features some of Cruise and Brad Pitt's best performances, Interview With A Vampire is based on a novel by Anne Rice and follows Louis as he lays out his over 200-year life to a modern-day reporter (Christian Slater).

A tale of indulgence, power, sex, money, and ultimately greed and loss, Interview With A Vampire is a haunting tale that shares a glimpse into another wide of Cruise's acting abilities.

Interview With A Vampire can be streamed via subscription on Paramount+.

Mission Impossible - 1996

A franchise that has spawned five sequels, with another two on the way, Mission Impossible is your prototypical Hollywood spy movie.

Directed by Brian De Palma, Cruise's Ethan Hunt is on a mission to clear his name and save his life in the process.

A simple movie filled with simple pleasures - this can very much be seen as an American take on James Bond with added gadgets and an equally recognizable soundtrack.

This recommendation, should you choose to accept it, can be streamed via subscription on Paramount+.

Jerry Maguire - 1996

Following the life of an out-of-luck football agent, Jerry Maguire sees Cruise in the title role opposite Renée Zellweger and Cuba Gooding Jr.

After being let go by his firm, Maguire and the few clients he has left depart to start up a new firm, supported by Zellweger's character Dorothy Boyd. Nothing is ever as simple as it seems as the two navigate hurdles along the way, not least the contract demands of outlandish wide receiver Rod Tidwell (Gooding Jr.) who wants nothing more than for Maguire to "show me the money!"

A romantic-comedy laden with cheesy and quotable lines, Jerry Maguire can be the movie to 'complete you' via subscription on Amazon Prime Video.

Local Lead

Negotiations for Top Gun: Maverick began in 2017 and reports say that at the start of the film, Cruise visited Fort Worth's Lockheed Martin facility in August of 2018, even flying his own P-51 plane to Tarrant County, according to the Star-Telegram.

Cruise spent hours researching and immersing himself in the F-35 to understand the planes capabilities. He even toured the flight line and got to meet with the fighter aircraft mechanics.

Find out more about Cruise's visit to Fort Worth here.

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