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Every Death-Defying Stunt Done By Tom Cruise, Ranked

It is a well-known fact, that Tom Cruise loves to do most of his stunts by himself. He loves to perform most of the life-threatening stunts we see in his films without any stunt doubles. It’s as if he does not even know who that is. He definitely has some super special Guardian Angel watching over him, because he has been doing the most dangerous stunts all his life. Even now, at the age of 59. Check out the list of every death-defying stunt done by him.

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1. The Cliff Jump in Mission: Impossible II by Tom Cruise

The Cliff Jump in Mission Impossible II by Tom Cruise
The Cliff Jump in Mission: Impossible II

This one has to be the first on the list. The man literally scaled the cliff with his bare hands, with only his fingertips pulling him up. Then he jumped a 15-foot gap with the help of a thin rope, holding him for safety. The man really knows how to fly, and not just fighter jets.

2. The Knife to the Eye stunt in Mission: Impossible II

The Knife to the Eye stunt in Mission Impossible II Tom Cruise
The Knife to the Eye stunt in Mission: Impossible II

Another life-threatening stunt was from the same movie, but the one stunt that made us all shut our eyes real tight. It was the same stunt, Tom Cruise kept his eyes wide open. It was the one where are real knife was plunged at him with full force and stopped just millimeters away from his eyeball. It was way closer than the director wanted it to be.

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3. Running down the Skyscraper in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

Running down the Skyscraper in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol
Running down the Skyscraper in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

Tom Cruise pulled another impossible stunt for the Mission: Impossible franchise. It was him scaling down the sy\kyscrapper. And not just any skyscraper, Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper. The character Tom Hunt wore special suction gloves to reach the 130th floor. Then he rappelled down to conclude the giant leap of faith.

4. Tom Cruise wore the Exoskeleton Armor in Edge of Tomorrow

Tom Cruise wore the Exoskeleton Armor in Edge of Tomorrow
Tom Cruise wore the Exoskeleton Armor in Edge of Tomorrow

You must be thinking what’s so dangerous about wearing armor, but wearing this one is. The actor wore a metal suit weighing approximately 85 pounds while shooting the film. The details were later added by CGI, but imagine walking around wearing something that heavy.

5. Tom Cruise hung on a plane in Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

Tom Cruise hung on a plane in Mission Impossible Rogue Nation
Tom Cruise hung on a plane in Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

This list seems to be a Mission: Impossible list. We recently saw the daredevil fly planes in Top Gun 2. But in Rogue Nation, he hung to one. Outside, trusting the strength of his fingertips that too at the height of 1,000 feet. He did that for about 6 to 8 minutes from an Airbus A400M, flying at a speed of 100 knots. He was just attached to a wire for safety purposes.

6. The zero gravity stunt in The Mummy

The zero gravity stunt in The Mummy
The zero-gravity stunt in The Mummy

In the crash scene of The Mummy, the actor did 64 takes in zero gravity to ensure that the stunt looked authentic. The directors did suggest a sound stage but the actor preferred doing the stunt on his own, no matter how dangerous it was or how long it took.

7. Tom Cruise hung from a helicopter in Mission: Impossible Fallout

Tom Cruise hung from a helicopter in Mission Impossible Fallout
Tom Cruise hung from a helicopter in Mission: Impossible Fallout

Another Mission: Impossible stunt that the actor was ready to risk his life for was the helicopter hang. In the movie, Fallout, he was offered to do this scene on a green screen but the is un-Tom Cruise. He underwent training for a month to pull off the scene and he did pull it off in style.

8. The building jump in Mission: Impossible Fallout

The building jump in Mission Impossible Fall Out
The building jump in Mission: Impossible Fall Out

Tom Cruise seems to be quite ready for impossible stunts for the Mission: Impossible franchise all the time. Another death-defying stunt that he pulled off in the movie, Fallout, was jumping from one building to another, he was attached to two safety harnesses. It did result in a broken ankle, but that doesn’t affect him now, does it?

9. Tom Cruise did the cockpit stunt in Top Gun: Maverick

Tom Cruise did the cockpit stunt in Top Gun Maverick
Tom Cruise did the cockpit stunt in Top Gun: Maverick

The cockpit scene in the Top Gun sequel was really as dangerous as it seemed in the movie. And the actor did it on his own. The man really does these life-threatening stunts for fun. In fact, not just our real-life superman but all the cast was trained to fly their own planes for the movie.

10. Tom Cruise did a motorcycle jump in Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning

Tom Cruise did a motorcycle jump in Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning
Tom Cruise did a motorcycle jump in Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning

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The list began with Mission: Impossible and will end on the same too. The upcoming movie in the franchise, Dead Reckoning, will have one of the most death-defying stunts by Tom Cruise. The actor would be seen riding the bike on an off-ramp and fly and parachuting his way down.

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Written by Gargi Mishra

I work as a staff editor at FandomWire. I am an aspiring filmmaker. I look at the world through the viewfinder and love to study films. Write them and write about them.