Every single Tom Cruise movie, ranked

Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Paramount PicturesTom Cruise in ‘Top Gun, ‘Interview With the Vampire,’ and ‘Mission: Impossible Fallout.’

Tom Cruise is still dominating the box office after nearly 40 years in the film industry.

Beginning with 1981’s “Endless Love,” Cruise has risen to become one of the most recognisable actors of his generation. With a prolific career like his, not every movie can be a critical success, but most of the actor’s films have been hits, including “Risky Business” and most of the “Mission: Impossible” movies. 2018’s “Mission: Impossible Fallout” is his best film to date.

In honour of the actor’s 57th birthday on July 3, here are all of Cruise’s movies ranked according to the critics’ scores on Rotten Tomatoes.


42. In 1988’s “Cocktail,” Cruise plays a New York City bartender who moves to Jamaica for work and falls in love.

Buena Vista PicturesBryan Brown, Elisabeth Shue, and Gina Gershon also star.

Synopsis: “A talented New York City bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 5%


41. Cruise plays an Army sergeant in 2017’s “The Mummy,” a failed reboot of the “Mummy” franchise.

Universal PicturesAnnabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, and Russell Crowe also star.

Synopsis: “An ancient Egyptian princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 16%


40. Cruise is one of four boys who get into some wild adventures during a trip to Tijuana, Mexico in 1983’s “Losin’ It.”

Embassy Pictures CorporationJackie Earle Haley, John Stockwell, and Shelley Long also star.

Synopsis: “Set in 1965, four rowdy teenage guys travel to Tijuana, Mexico for a night of partying when they are joined by a heartbroken housewife who is in town seeking a quick divorce.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 20%


39. Cruise made his film debut in 1981’s “Endless Love” with a minor role as a teen who says he started a fire as a kid.

Universal PicturesBrooke Shields, Shirley Knight, and James Spader also star.

Synopsis: “A high school student’s love for a 15-year-old girl is thwarted by parental disapproval, circumstance, and accident.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 29%


38. Cruise is a senator who comes up with a new war strategy in Afghanistan in 2007’s “Lions for Lambs.”

MGM Distribution Co.Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Michael Peña, and Andrew Garfield also star.

Synopsis:“Injuries sustained by two Army rangers behind enemy lines in Afghanistan set off a sequence of events involving a congressman, a journalist, and a professor.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 27%


37. Cruise lives in the forest, loves a princess, and must stop darkness from descending upon the land in 1985’s “Legend.”

Universal PicturesMia Sara, Tim Curry, and David Bennent also star.

Synopsis: “A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 36%


36. Cruise returned as the titular action hero in 2016’s “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.”

Paramount PicturesCobie Smulders also stars.

Synopsis: “Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 38%


35. Cruise starred alongside his future wife Nicole Kidman as a race car driver in 1990’s “Days of Thunder.”

Paramount PicturesRobert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Nicole Kidman, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly, and Cary Elwes also star.

Synopsis: “A young hotshot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 39%


34. Cruise is a rock star in 2012’s “Rock of Ages.”

Warner Bros. PicturesJulianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Åkerman, Mary J. Blige, and Alec Baldwin also star.

Synopsis: “A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 42%


33. In 2001’s “Vanilla Sky,” Cruise is a playboy who falls in love but whose ex-girlfriend returns and changes his life.

Paramount PicturesPenélope Cruz, Kurt Russell, Jason Lee, and Cameron Diaz also star.

Synopsis: “A self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident with a resentful lover.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 42%


32. Cruise plays an Irish man who moves to America after his family’s home is burned down in 1992’s “Far and Away.”

Universal PicturesNicole Kidman also stars.

Synopsis: “A young Irish couple flees to the States, but subsequently struggle to obtain land and prosper freely.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 48%


31. Cruise portrays a high school football player in 1983’s “All the Right Moves.”

20th Century FoxCraig T. Nelson and Lea Thompson also star.

Synopsis: “A high school football player desperate for a scholarship and his headstrong coach clash in a dying Pennsylvania steel town.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 52%


30. In 2010’s “Knight & Day,” Cruise plays a CIA spy trying to clear his name.

FoxCameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Viola Davis, Gal Gadot, and Paul Dano also star.

Synopsis: “A young woman gets mixed up with a disgraced spy who is trying to clear his name.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 52%


29. Cruise stars in the 2013 post-apocalyptic movie “Oblivion.”

Universal PicturesMorgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Melissa Leo also star.

Synopsis: “A veteran assigned to extract Earth’s remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 53%


28. Cruise is well-known for playing a naval pilot in 1986’s “Top Gun.”

Paramount PicturesKelly McGillis and Val Kilmer also star.

Synopsis: “As students at the United States Navy’s elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 55%


27. Cruise plays Agent Ethan Hunt in the “Mission: Impossible” movies, and of the six films released so far in the franchise, 2000’s “Mission: Impossible 2” has the worst rating.

Paramount PicturesThandie Newton, Richard Roxburgh, and Brendan Gleeson also star.

Synopsis: “I.M.F. Agent Ethan Hunt is sent to Sydney, Australia to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called Chimera.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 57%


26. Cruise portrays real-life Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, a German soldier who made a plan to assassinate Hitler in 2008’s “Valkyrie.”

MGMKenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, and Carice van Houten also star.

Synopsis: “A dramatization of the July 20, 1944 assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Adolf Hitler during World War II.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 62%


25. In 1994’s “Interview With the Vampire,” Cruise is a vampire named Lestat de Lioncourt who revels in killing humans.

Warner Bros.Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater, and Kirsten Dunst also star.

Synopsis: “A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 62%


24. Cruise portrays the titular hero in 2012’s “Jack Reacher.”

Paramount PicturesRosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog, David Oyelowo, and Robert Duvall also star.

Synopsis: “A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 63%


23. Cruise is introduced as Agent Ethan Hunt in 1996’s “Mission: Impossible”

Paramount PicturesJon Voight, Henry Czerny, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Vanessa Redgrave also star.

Synopsis: “An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organisation.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 63%


22. Cruise is Steve Randle, a member of the poor Greasers gang, in 1983’s “The Outsiders.”

Warner Bros.C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Diane Lane, and Emilio Estevez also star.

Synopsis: “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.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 64%


21. Cruise is sent to train an army in Japan but is captured by samurai and decides to join their cause in “The Last Samurai”

Warner Bros.Timothy Spall, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, and Hiroyuki Sanada also star.

Synopsis: “An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 66%


20. In 2006, Cruise once again returned to play Ethan Hunt in “Mission: Impossible III.”

Paramount PicturesPhilip Seymour Hoffman, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell, and Laurence Fishburne also star.

Synopsis: “IMF Agent Ethan Hunt comes into conflict with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer who threatens his life and his fiancee in response.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 70%


19. Cruise plays a West Point cadet in 1981’s “Taps,” his second movie role.

20th Century FoxGeorge C. Scott, Timothy Hutton, Ronny Cox, and Sean Penn also star.

Synopsis:“Military cadets take extreme measures to ensure the future of their academy when its existence is threatened by local condo developers.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%


18. Cruise is a father who tries to protect his family when aliens attack in “War of the Worlds.”

Paramount PicturesDakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Miranda Otto, and Tim Robbins also star.

Synopsis: “As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%


17. Cruise plays a recent Harvard grad who joins a law firm but discovers it’s not what he expected in the 1993 thriller “The Firm.”

Paramount PictureJeanne Tripplehorn, Ed Harris, and Holly Hunter also star.

Synopsis: “A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%


16. Cruise and Kidman starred together one last time before their divorce as a couple in 1999’s racy “Eyes Wide Shut.”

Warner Bros.Nicole Kidman and Sydney Pollack also star.

Synopsis: “A New York City doctor embarks on a harrowing, night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife reveals a painful secret to him.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%


15. Cruise is unrecognizable as a studio executive in 2008’s “Tropic Thunder.”

Paramount PicturesBen Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Steve Coogan, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Bill Hader also star.

Synopsis:“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.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%


14. Cruise is a Lieutenant and inexperienced lawyer given a case of defending Marines accused of murder in 1992’s “A Few Good Men.”

Columbia PicturesJack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, and Kiefer Sutherland also star.

Synopsis:“Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder. They contend they were acting under orders.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%


13. Cruise won a Golden Globe for playing a sports agent in 1996’s “Jerry Maguire.”

TriStarCuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston, Jerry O’Connell, and Bonnie Hunt also star.

Synopsis: “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 agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%


12. Cruise earned his last Oscar nomination for playing a motivational speaker in 1999’s “Magnolia.”

New Line CinemaPhilip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Alfred Molina, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, and Melora Walters also star.

Synopsis: “An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 83%


11. Cruise is real-life CIA pilot Barry Seal who also started smuggling drugs for the Medellín Cartel in “American Made.”

Universal PicturesDomhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemon, and Caleb Landry Jones also star.

Synopsis: “The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%


10. Cruise plays a hitman fired to kill five people in 2004’s “Collateral.”

DreamworksJamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Mark Ruffalo also star.

Synopsis: “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.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%


9. Cruise stars alongside Paul Newman in 1986’s “The Colour of Money” as a pool player.

Buena Vista DistributionPaul Newman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio also star.

Synopsis: “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.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%


8. Cruise earned his first Oscar nomination for playing real-life Vietnam vet Ron Kovic who is left paralysed during the war and becomes a political activist in 1989’s “Born on the Fourth of July.”

Universal PicturesKyra Sedgwick, Jerry Levine, and Willem Dafoe also star.

Synopsis: “The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralysed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%


7. In 1988’s “Rain Man,” Cruise plays a selfish rich kid who learns of his autistic older brother after their father dies and leaves most of his inheritance to the older sibling.

MGMDustin Hoffman and Valeria Golino also star.

Synopsis:“Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt’s father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%


6. Cruise is a soldier who finds that every time he dies, he relives the same day over and over again as he attempts to save the day in 2014’s “Edge of Tomorrow.”

Warner Bros.Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, and Brendan Gleeson also star.

Synopsis:“A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%


5. Cruise plays a cop being hunted for a murder he’s predicted of doing in 2002’s “Minority Report.”

20th Century FoxColin Farrell, Samantha Morton, and Max von Sydow also star.

Synopsis: “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.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%


4. Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt for the fourth time in 2011’s “Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.”

Paramount PicturesJeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Paula Patton also star.

Synopsis: “The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organisation’s name.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%


3. Cruise continues dominating as Ethan Hunt in 2015’s “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation.”

Paramount PicturesJeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Alec Baldwin also star.

Synopsis:“Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organisation as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%


2. Cruise broke out as a teen whose plans to have fun while his parents are gone go awry in 1983’s “Risky Business.”

Warner Bros.Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, and Nicholas Pryor also star.

Synopsis: “A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96%


1. Cruise continues to prove that Ethan Hunt isn’t going anywhere in 2018’s “Mission: Impossible Fallout.”

Paramount PicturesHenry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan, and Alec Baldwin also star.

Synopsis:“Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.”

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

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