The Ten Spot: Our Favorite Tom Cruise Performances

Apr. 15, 2013by: Chris Bumbray
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7:34PM on 04/15/2013

Yes, I used to think that Tom Cruise was another pretty boy actor...

For me it was Interview with the Vampire and Born on the Fourth of July that completely changed my opinion of him as an actor.
For me it was Interview with the Vampire and Born on the Fourth of July that completely changed my opinion of him as an actor.
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5:59PM on 04/15/2013
I think he's well deserving of an Oscar. The only roles that I can truly see him winning in was Magnolia and Born on the Fourth of July. He really transformed into a different person in those, Jerry Maguire was great but those two were so much different. I hope he wins one in the near future, there's so much hate for him but his resume speaks for itself.
I think he's well deserving of an Oscar. The only roles that I can truly see him winning in was Magnolia and Born on the Fourth of July. He really transformed into a different person in those, Jerry Maguire was great but those two were so much different. I hope he wins one in the near future, there's so much hate for him but his resume speaks for itself.
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2:08PM on 04/15/2013

Solid List

I would have included A Few Good Men but absolutely agree that Born is his best performance, with Magnolia a number 2 for me.
I would have included A Few Good Men but absolutely agree that Born is his best performance, with Magnolia a number 2 for me.
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1:26PM on 04/15/2013
Great list but where's "Vanilla Sky"? or "A Few Good Men"?
Great list but where's "Vanilla Sky"? or "A Few Good Men"?
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6:42PM on 04/15/2013
In 11th and 12th place? Can't put 'em all in there, folks! I loved MINORITY REPORT as well myself!
In 11th and 12th place? Can't put 'em all in there, folks! I loved MINORITY REPORT as well myself!
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12:27PM on 04/15/2013
This should have won Cruise the Oscar. One of my all-time favorite performances by any actor
This should have won Cruise the Oscar. One of my all-time favorite performances by any actor
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11:32AM on 04/15/2013

"Born on the Fourth of July" is Cruise's best! "Minority Report" anyone?

No "Minority Report"?
Thank you making "Born On The Fourth Of July" #1. Anytime someone tells me they can't stand Tom Cruise, I tell them to see this film, and then we'll talk.
I agree Tom Cruise is a great actor, love or hate his personal life, cannot deny he is a great actor. Side note: Dustin Hoffman is great in "Rain Man" but the most difficult performance in the film is Tom Cruise as Charlie. Hoffman had to have the mental disability down and perform this the whole film. Cruise's
No "Minority Report"?
Thank you making "Born On The Fourth Of July" #1. Anytime someone tells me they can't stand Tom Cruise, I tell them to see this film, and then we'll talk.
I agree Tom Cruise is a great actor, love or hate his personal life, cannot deny he is a great actor. Side note: Dustin Hoffman is great in "Rain Man" but the most difficult performance in the film is Tom Cruise as Charlie. Hoffman had to have the mental disability down and perform this the whole film. Cruise's performance under went many conflicts and changes, and had to playoff of Hoffman while dealing with his own inner demons.
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11:14AM on 04/15/2013
Tom Cruise is pretty much the last true movie star. His reputation as a perfectionist has gotten him some criticism, particularly coupled with mistrust of Scientology. He had a few misses after M:I-III, but right now I think people are still willing to bet on him, as he clearly believes in his movies, even if they are somewhat hokey in concept. I would like to see him revisit some of the more fun, lighter roles he did during the '90s, but I'm not going to hold my breath just yet.
Tom Cruise is pretty much the last true movie star. His reputation as a perfectionist has gotten him some criticism, particularly coupled with mistrust of Scientology. He had a few misses after M:I-III, but right now I think people are still willing to bet on him, as he clearly believes in his movies, even if they are somewhat hokey in concept. I would like to see him revisit some of the more fun, lighter roles he did during the '90s, but I'm not going to hold my breath just yet.
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2:09PM on 04/15/2013
Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, WIll Smith, and Robert Downey Jr. would probably disagree about the movie star comment.
Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, WIll Smith, and Robert Downey Jr. would probably disagree about the movie star comment.
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9:57AM on 04/15/2013

He has his 'off film moments'

but as an actor he is terrific and a true professional
but as an actor he is terrific and a true professional
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7:58AM on 04/15/2013
No love for A Few Good Men and The Firm? Sad.
No love for A Few Good Men and The Firm? Sad.
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7:13AM on 04/15/2013
Nice list.i feel that Vanilla sky deserves to be in this list.one of his best performances,with a disfigured face
Nice list.i feel that Vanilla sky deserves to be in this list.one of his best performances,with a disfigured face
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6:13AM on 04/15/2013
This is a really good list. I would put Minority Report somewhere in there though, I think that's my personal favourite performance of his.
This is a really good list. I would put Minority Report somewhere in there though, I think that's my personal favourite performance of his.
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4:06AM on 04/15/2013
he has a fantastic career, any time a person doubts me on his abilities, i have them watch Born on the 4of July!

Nice to see Joblo giving him some love!
he has a fantastic career, any time a person doubts me on his abilities, i have them watch Born on the 4of July!

Nice to see Joblo giving him some love!
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12:49AM on 04/15/2013

Great list

He was so great in Magnolia.
He was so great in Magnolia.
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