Must-Watch Tom Cruise Movies if You Liked Top Gun: Maverick

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Cruise has had a star-studded career with more than 50 movies in Hollywood. Cruise is a versatile and entertaining actor. He has been nominated for an Academy Award and won 3 Golden Globe awards. This 59-year-old actor continues us till date. Cruise prefers performing his life-threatening stunts. He also has an insane diet that helps him keep a check on his fitness levels. As Top Gun: Maverick is being loved by fans since its release, lets us see our top  favorite Tom Cruise movies


Top Gun (1986) – Was A Major Film for Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise in Top Gun at 26years old
Tom Cruise in Top Gun at 26 years old

This was not his best film, but a major for his career as it sealed him as an A-lister. Cruise plays Pete ”Maverick” Mitchell, a student from United States Navy’s elite fighter weapon school called Top Gun. Top Gun was an adrenaline rush that fans could feel when Cruise performed stunts in the air. This movie was directed by Tony Scott.

 The Color of Money (1986)

A still from colour of money with Tom Cruise
A still from Colour of Money with Tom Cruise

The Cooler Money is a sports drama based on a screenplay by Richard Price, based on the 1984 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis. In this film, Cruise plays Vincent, a pool player who takes the eye of a pool hustler named Edward. Edward offers Vincent to teach him how to be a hustler and takes him on a tour. They lose money as Edward chooses to show off his talent and ultimately making them loose money.


Rain Man (1988)

Tom Cruise in rain man as Charlie
Tom Cruise in a funny emotional movie, Rain Man.

Rain man is a moving, funny, and emotional movie. It is directed by Barry Levinson. Cruise plays Charlie who is an automobile dealer, who is fighting with his own life. He later learns that his father has left an inheritance that is to given to his unknown brother. The brother is Raymond who is autistic. Charlie then plans to kidnap him. This movie helped Cruise make a name in Hollywood as his acting skills were put to test in this movie.

 Born on the fourth (1989)

Tom Cruise in Born on The Forth
Tom Cruise in Born on the Forth

This movie is a biography of a teen named Ron Kovic who joins the United States Marine Corps. He becomes a pro-human rights and anti-war activist after he gets paralyzed during Vietnam War. Cruise plays the protagonist in this true story. This movie opened as a huge commercial and critical success.

 A few good men (1992) Tom Cruise Gave One Of The Most Memorable Performances In This Film

Tom Cruise from a still from Few good men
Tom Cruise from a scene in the courtroom in Few good men

Legal dramas were a huge hit during the 90s, A Few Good men was one of these. Cruise stars as Lt. Daniel Kaffee, a Navy lawyer. This is a must see movie for ex-military people, or those planning to join the Military.


The final courtroom scene between Cruise and Jack Nicolson is breathtaking as Cruise holds his stand against aggressive Nicolson.

 Jerry Maguire (1996)

Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire
Tom Cruise talks on a phone in a scene from the film ‘Jerry Maguire’, 1996.

This movie is directed by Cameron Crowe. Romance is not a common genre for Tom Cruise but, this was a unique movie. Cruise plays Jerry who is a successful sports agent who has everything from clients to a good house and a fiancé. One day he questions his purpose in life. He then starts making personal relationships with clients and works independently. He then falls in love with his secretary. This is a funny and sweet movie.

 Minority report (2002)

Tom Cruise in a poster from Minority report

This movie is Cruise’s start in sci-fi movies and was given a chance to play an action hero again. A law enforcement squad Precrime uses three gifted human beings to predict future crimes. Cruise’s character John Anderton who is a believer in this, predicts himself murdering someone and does not even know the victim yet. This film was directed by Steven Spielberg.


Collateral (2004)

Tom Cruise plays a villain in Collateral

This is an action film directed by Michael Mann and follows Max a Los Angeles cab driver and his customer Vincent. Max soon finds out he is been taken hostage and Vincent is a hitman. Max tries to escape at every chance. Cruise here plays the killer and Jamie  Foxx plays Max. This movie proves how versatile Cruise can be as an actor.

Mission Impossible Trilogy (2011-2018) Tom Cruise Was Awesome In These Films

Mission Impossible trilogy
Mission Impossible Trilogy

This list would not be completed with this trilogy. As Ethan Hunt, Cruise has saved the day by performing stunts himself. This action spy film franchise has received a positive response from critics and fans as it becomes the 16th highest-grossing film series. Cruise was the actor and producer with directors Brad Bird and Christopher McQuarrie.

Top Gun: Maverick made its theatre debut on 27 May 2022. Fans are loving the adrenaline rush that this movie gives. It is also Cruise’s first $100million in his career.  Top Gun: Maverick has set up a major Memorial Day record. 


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