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All Tom Cruise Movies Ranked

From his teen idol days in the early ’80s to his status as a marquee-lighting leading man today, Tom Cruise has consistently done it all for decades — he’s completed impossible missions, learned about Wapner time in Rain Man, driven the highway to the danger zone in Top Gun, and done wonders for Bob Seger’s royalty statements in Risky Business, to offer just a few examples. Mr. Cruise is one of the few honest-to-goodness film stars left in the Hollywood firmament, so whether you’re a hardcore fan or just interested in a refresher course on his filmography, we’re here to take a fond look back at a truly impressive career and rank all Tom Cruise movies by Tomatometer.

#42

Cocktail (1988)
5%

#42
Adjusted Score: 7.692%
Critics Consensus: There are no surprises in Cocktail, a shallow, dramatically inert romance that squanders Tom Cruise's talents in what amounts to a naive barkeep's banal fantasy.
Synopsis: After being discharged from the Army, Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) moves back to Queens and takes a job in a... [More]
Directed By: Roger Donaldson

#41

The Mummy (2017)
15%

#41
Adjusted Score: 26.777%
Critics Consensus: Lacking the campy fun of the franchise's most recent entries and failing to deliver many monster-movie thrills, The Mummy suggests a speedy unraveling for the Dark Universe.
Synopsis: Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since... [More]
Directed By: Alex Kurtzman

#40

Losin' It (1983)
22%

#40
Adjusted Score: 21.876%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Tom Cruise leads a group of teens across the border into Tijuana to lose their virginity in this sex farce... [More]
Directed By: Curtis Hanson

#39

Endless Love (1981)
25%

#39
Adjusted Score: 25.547%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on a novel by Scott Spencer, Endless Love details the doomed romance between 17-year-old David (Martin Hewitt) and 15-year-old... [More]
Directed By: Franco Zeffirelli

#38

Lions for Lambs (2007)
27%

#38
Adjusted Score: 32.612%
Critics Consensus: Despite its powerhouse cast, Lions for Lambs feels like a disjointed series of lectures, rather than a sharp narrative, and ends up falling flat.
Synopsis: Two determined students at a West Coast University, Arian and Ernest, follow the inspiration of their idealistic professor, Dr. Malley,... [More]
Directed By: Robert Redford

#37
Adjusted Score: 45.424%
Critics Consensus: Monotonously formulaic, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is one action thriller sequel whose title also serves as a warning.
Synopsis: Tom Cruise returns as Jack Reacher in this sequel based on Lee Child's bestselling novel Never Go Back, which finds... [More]
Directed By: Edward Zwick

#36

Days of Thunder (1990)
38%

#36
Adjusted Score: 42.073%
Critics Consensus: Days of Thunder has Tom Cruise and plenty of flash going for it, but they aren't enough to compensate for the stock plot, two-dimensional characters, and poorly written dialogue.
Synopsis: The Top Gun team of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, and superstar Tom Cruise reunite for... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#35

Vanilla Sky (2001)
41%

#35
Adjusted Score: 46.302%
Critics Consensus: An ambitious mix of genres, Vanilla Sky collapses into an incoherent jumble. Cruise's performance lacks depth, and it's hard to feel sympathy for his narcissistic character.
Synopsis: A remake of the Spanish film Open Your Eyes (1997), this thriller from director Cameron Crowe bears one of several... [More]
Directed By: Cameron Crowe

#34

Rock of Ages (2012)
41%

#34
Adjusted Score: 48.771%
Critics Consensus: Its exuberant silliness is almost enough to make up for its utter inconsequentiality, but Rock of Ages is ultimately too bland and overlong to justify its trip to the big screen.
Synopsis: Rock of Ages tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset... [More]
Directed By: Adam Shankman

#33

Legend (1985)
42%

#33
Adjusted Score: 43.466%
Critics Consensus: Not even Ridley Scott's gorgeously realized set pieces can save Legend from its own tawdry tale -- though it may be serviceable for those simply looking for fantasy eye candy.
Synopsis: A peasant hero battles a demonic underworld prince who seeks to plunge the world into an ice age. When the... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#32

Far and Away (1992)
48%

#32
Adjusted Score: 49.334%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this epic Ron Howard film, Joseph Donelly (Tom Cruise) is an impoverished 19th-century Irish tenant farmer who has recently... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#31

Knight & Day (2010)
52%

#31
Adjusted Score: 58.342%
Critics Consensus: It's pure formula, but thanks to its breezy pace and a pair of charming performances from Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, Knight and Day offers some agreeably middle-of-the-road summer action.
Synopsis: A single girl en route to a family wedding gets swept up in a fight between a rogue government agent... [More]
Directed By: James Mangold

#30

Oblivion (2013)
52%

#30
Adjusted Score: 61.049%
Critics Consensus: Visually striking but thinly scripted, Oblivion benefits greatly from its strong production values and an excellent performance from Tom Cruise.
Synopsis: Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the visionary director of TRON: Legacy and producers... [More]
Directed By: Joseph Kosinski

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 54.099%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A high school boy begins to think twice about what he really wants out of life as his coach is... [More]
Directed By: Michael Chapman

#28

Top Gun (1986)
54%

#28
Adjusted Score: 58.977%
Critics Consensus: Though it features some of the most memorable and electrifying aereial footage shot with an expert eye for action, Top Gun offers too little for non-adolescent viewers to chew on when its characters aren't in the air.
Synopsis: Devil-may-care navy pilot Pete Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is sent to Miramar Naval Air Station for advanced training. Here he vies... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 62.083%
Critics Consensus: Your cranium may crave more substance, but your eyes will feast on the amazing action sequences.
Synopsis: Director John Woo brings Hong Kong-style martial arts action to this comic book-flavored sequel that eschews the complicated plot and... [More]
Directed By: John Woo

#26
Adjusted Score: 65.083%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Synopsis: Anne Rice's best-selling romantic horror tale about the origins of a centuries-old vampire inspired this popular, atmospheric chiller. One of... [More]
Directed By: Neil Jordan

#25

Jack Reacher (2012)
62%

#25
Adjusted Score: 67.866%
Critics Consensus: Jack Reacher is an above-average crime thriller with a smoothly charismatic performance from Tom Cruise.
Synopsis: Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it... [More]
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie

#24

Valkyrie (2008)
62%

#24
Adjusted Score: 69.001%
Critics Consensus: Given the subject matter, Valkyrie could have been an outstanding historical thriller, but settles for being a mildly entertaining, but disposable yarn.
Synopsis: A proud military man, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg is a loyal officer who serves his country all the while hoping... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Singer

#23

The Outsiders (1983)
64%

#23
Adjusted Score: 67.309%
Critics Consensus: The cracks continue to show in Coppola's directorial style, but The Outsiders remains a blustery, weird, and fun adaptation of the classic novel.
Synopsis: Teen rivalry in a small Southern town sets the stage for this dramatic interpretation of the novel by S.E. Hinton.... [More]

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 65.747%
Critics Consensus: Full of special effects, Brian DePalma's update of Mission: Impossible has a lot of sweeping spectacle, but the plot is sometimes convoluted.
Synopsis: After he is framed for the death of several colleagues and falsely branded a traitor, a secret agent embarks on... [More]
Directed By: Brian DePalma

#21

The Last Samurai (2003)
66%

#21
Adjusted Score: 72.17%
Critics Consensus: With high production values and thrilling battle scenes, The Last Samurai is a satisfying epic.
Synopsis: Edward Zwick returned to the director's chair for the first time since 1998's The Siege with this sweeping period drama... [More]
Directed By: Edward Zwick

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 77.299%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Synopsis: The third entry in Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible film series involves super Impossible Mission Forces (IMF) agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise)... [More]
Directed By: J.J. Abrams

#19

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
74%

#19
Adjusted Score: 80.69%
Critics Consensus: Kubrick's intense study of the human psyche yields an impressive cinematic work.
Synopsis: After learning of his wife's flirtatious behavior, Dr. William Harford goes on an odyssey of his own.... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 82.452%
Critics Consensus: Steven Spielberg's adaptation of 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.
Synopsis: This is a contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells' seminal sci-fi classic. The adventure/thriller reveals humankind's extraordinary battle against an extra-terrestrial... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#17

Taps (1981)
75%

#17
Adjusted Score: 75.547%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When an exclusive military school is threatened with demolition by a rapacious real-estate company, the students take drastic action. Utilizing... [More]
Directed By: Harold Becker

#16

The Firm (1993)
76%

#16
Adjusted Score: 80.071%
Critics Consensus: The Firm is a big studio thriller that amusingly tears apart the last of 1980s boardroom culture and the false securities it represented.
Synopsis: In this drama, based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham, Mitch McDeer (Tom Cruise) is a young man from... [More]
Directed By: Sydney Pollack

#15

A Few Good Men (1992)
82%

#15
Adjusted Score: 86.602%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Synopsis: A fast-talking, charming Navy defense attorney must prove that a pair of Marines are innocent of murdering a fellow fighter... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#14

Tropic Thunder (2008)
82%

#14
Adjusted Score: 90.756%
Critics Consensus: With biting satire, plenty of subversive humor, and an unforgettable turn by Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder is a triumphant late Summer comedy.
Synopsis: Ben Stiller's satirical look at Hollywood, Tropic Thunder concerns the production of an epic Vietnam War film that quickly derails... [More]
Directed By: Ben Stiller

#13

Jerry Maguire (1996)
83%

#13
Adjusted Score: 87.551%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Synopsis: Jerry Maguire is a man who knows the score. As a top agent at Sports Management International, Jerry is unquestionably... [More]
Directed By: Cameron Crowe

#12

Magnolia (1999)
83%

#12
Adjusted Score: 89.482%
Critics Consensus: Critics say Magnolia is an ambitious, lengthy work that ultimately succeeds due to the interesting stories and excellent ensemble performances.
Synopsis: An intriguing and entertaining study in characters going through varying levels of crisis and introspection. This psychological drama leads you... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#11

Collateral (2004)
86%

#11
Adjusted Score: 92.428%
Critics Consensus: Driven by director Michael Mann's trademark visuals and a lean, villainous performance from Tom Cruise, Collateral is a stylish and compelling noir thriller.
Synopsis: A taxi driver is unexpectedly taken on the ride of his life in this stylish thriller from acclaimed director Michael... [More]
Directed By: Michael Mann

#10

American Made (2017)
86%

#10
Adjusted Score: 96.378%
Critics Consensus: American Made's fast-and-loose attitude with its real-life story mirrors the cavalier -- and delightfully watchable -- energy Tom Cruise gives off in the leading role.
Synopsis: Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central... [More]
Directed By: Doug Liman

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 93.091%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Synopsis: Oscar-nominated in 1961 for his performance as pool hustler Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler, Paul Newman won that award... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#8

Rain Man (1988)
89%

#8
Adjusted Score: 94.737%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Synopsis: Self-centered, avaricious Californian Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) is informed that his long-estranged father has died. Expecting at least a portion... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#7
Adjusted Score: 92.847%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Synopsis: The second of three films by co-writer/director Oliver Stone to explore the effects of the Vietnam War (Platoon and Heaven... [More]
Directed By: Oliver Stone

#6
Adjusted Score: 101.941%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Synopsis: The epic action of "Edge of Tomorrow" unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the... [More]
Directed By: Doug Liman

#5

Minority Report (2002)
91%

#5
Adjusted Score: 98.117%
Critics Consensus: Thought-provoking and visceral, Steven Spielberg successfully combines high concept ideas and high octane action in this fast and febrile sci-fi thriller.
Synopsis: Based on a short story by the late Philip K. Dick, this science fiction-thriller reflects the writer's familiar preoccupation with... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#4
Adjusted Score: 99.909%
Critics Consensus: Stylish, fast-paced, and loaded with gripping set pieces, the fourth Mission: Impossible is big-budget popcorn entertainment that really works.
Synopsis: This is not just another mission. The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot.... [More]
Directed By: Brad Bird

#3
Adjusted Score: 104.252%
Critics Consensus: Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation continues the franchise's thrilling resurgence -- and proves that Tom Cruise remains an action star without equal.
Synopsis: With the IMF disbanded, and Ethan (Tom Cruise) out in the cold, the team now faces off against a network... [More]
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie

#2

Risky Business (1983)
96%

#2
Adjusted Score: 100.193%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Synopsis: Risky Business is the film in which 19-year-old Tom Cruise dances around his living room in his underwear. He does... [More]
Directed By: Paul Brickman

#1
Adjusted Score: 113.671%
Critics Consensus: Fast, sleek, and fun, Mission: Impossible - Fallout lives up to the "impossible" part of its name by setting yet another high mark for insane set pieces in a franchise full of them.
Synopsis: The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his... [More]
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie

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