. After a few years of mostly palatable action films that saw him in cruise control, critics are responding to his new movie and role as a CIA drug runner as once again adding new pages to his acting playbook. This week’s gallery looks back on his career and the 24 Fresh and Certified Fresh movies in his filmography. American Made
(1983, 96%) Risky Business
Featuring one of Tom Cruise’s best early performances, Risky Business is a sharp, funny examination of teen angst that doesn’t stop short of exploring dark themes.
(2011, 93%) Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Stylish, fast-paced, and loaded with gripping set pieces, the fourth Mission: Impossible is big-budget popcorn entertainment that really works.
(2015, 93%) Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation continues the franchise’s thrilling resurgence — and proves that Tom Cruise remains an action star without equal.
(2014, 91%) Edge of Tomorrow
Gripping, well-acted, funny, and clever, Edge of Tomorrow offers entertaining proof that Tom Cruise is still more than capable of shouldering the weight of a blockbuster action thriller.
(1989, 90%) Born on the Fourth of July
Led by an unforgettable performance from Tom Cruise, Born on the Fourth of July finds director Oliver Stone tackling thought-provoking subject matter with ambitious élan.
(2002, 90%) Minority Report
Thought-provoking and visceral, Steven Spielberg successfully combines high concept ideas and high octane action in this fast and febrile sci-fi thriller.
(1988, 90%) Rain Man
This road-trip movie about an autistic savant and his callow brother is far from seamless, but Barry Levinson’s direction is impressive, and strong performances from Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman add to its appeal.
(1986, 89%) The Color of Money
That it’s inferior to the original goes without saying, but Paul Newman and Tom Cruise are a joy to watch, and Martin Scorsese’s direction is typically superb.
(2004, 86%) Collateral
Driven by director Michael Mann’s trademark visuals and a lean, villainous performance from Tom Cruise, Collateral is a stylish and compelling noir thriller.
(1999, 84%) Magnolia
Critics say Magnolia is an ambitious, lengthy work that ultimately succeeds due to the interesting stories and excellent ensemble performances.
(1996, 83%) Jerry Maguire
Anchored by dazzling performances from Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Renée Zellweger, as well as Cameron Crowe’s tender direction, Jerry Maguire meshes romance and sports with panache.
(2008, 82%) Tropic Thunder
With biting satire, plenty of subversive humor, and an unforgettable turn by Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder is a triumphant late Summer comedy.
(1992, 81%) A Few Good Men
An old-fashioned courtroom drama with a contemporary edge, A Few Good Men succeeds on the strength of its stars, with Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and especially Jack Nicholson delivering powerful performances that more than compensate for the predictable plot.
(1981, 75%) Taps
A military school drama that multiple sides of the political spectrum can approach due to its even but exciting approach to the subject.
(1993, 75%) The Firm
The Firm is a big studio thriller that amusingly tears apart the last of 1980s boardroom culture and the false securities it represented.
(1999, 74%) Eyes Wide Shut
Kubrick’s intense study of the human psyche yields an impressive cinematic work.
Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of War of the Worlds War of the Worlds delivers on the thrill and paranoia of H.G. Wells’ classic novel while impressively updating the action and effects for modern audiences.
(2006, 70%) Mission: Impossible III
Fast-paced, with eye-popping stunts and special effects, the latest Mission: Impossible installment delivers everything an action fan could ask for. A thrilling summer popcorn flick.
(2003, 66%) The Last Samurai
With high production values and thrilling battle scenes, The Last Samurai is a satisfying epic.
(1983, 65%) The Outsiders
The cracks continue to show in Coppola’s directorial style, but The Outsiders remains a blustery, weird, and fun adaptation of the classic novel.
(1996, 63%) Mission: Impossible
Full of special effects, Brian DePalma’s update of Mission: Impossible has a lot of sweeping spectacle, but the plot is sometimes convoluted.
(1994, 62%) Interview With the Vampire
Despite lacking some of the book’s subtler shadings, and suffering from some clumsy casting, Interview with a Vampire benefits from Neil Jordan’s atmospheric direction and a surfeit of gothic thrills.
(2012, 62%) Jack Reacher
Jack Reacher is an above-average crime thriller with a smoothly charismatic performance from Tom Cruise.
(2008, 62%) Valkyrie
Given the subject matter, Valkyrie could have been an outstanding historical thriller, but settles for being a mildly entertaining, but disposable yarn.