As a mind-bending puzzle-box mystery, Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky doesn't always click together.
The role was supposed to be kept secret until the movie opened, but paparazzi photos leaked online ruined that plan.
War of the Worlds finds director Steven Spielberg again putting a broken family unit in a state of great peril.
Cruise wouldn't truly break big until Risky Business came out in the fall of 1983.
Cruise acts circles around him, having a blast as the evil, flamboyant Lioncourt through the centuries.
He seemed to want an Oscar in the '80s, starring in awards-caliber dramas before turning into a full-blown franchise star.
Cruise's performance as attorney Mitch McDeere might be the best example of how his trademark intensity.
Top Gun is a fantastic action movie, intercutting white-knuckle jet flying scenes between examinations of male bravado.
Cruise is William Cage, a US Army public-affairs officer recruited for a combat mission.
This series got a jolt of adrenaline via Incredibles filmmaker Brad Bird.