10/10 Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

Top Gun: Maverick, which Cruise directed, became the biggest box office success of the year. Fans of the first film and admirers of Cruise's legendary title role filled the theaters, but the compelling character arcs and thrilling aerial action kept them coming back for more.

9/10 Collateral (2004)

Cruise played a chilly assassin in Michael Mann's slick neo-noir thriller Collateral, going completely against his usual acting style.

8/10 Risky Business (1983)

Superbad would resemble Risky Business, the raunchy comedy that gave Cruise his breakthrough role, if it were produced in the 1980s.

7/10 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

It's easier to watch some Mission: Impossible films with Cruise than others.

6/10 Jerry Maguire (1996)

I was hooked at hello. With the romance of Jerry Maguire, Cameron Crowe created one of the most recognisable love stories in cinematic history.

5/10 American Made (2017)

Infused with a dark sense of humour, Doug Liman's American Made is a stylish biopic of Barry Seal that draws heavily on the hectic, fast-paced production of Goodfellas.

4/10 Top Gun (1986)

Although the eagerly anticipated Top Gun sequel managed to surpass the success of the first film, the former is still a spellbinding masterpiece.

3/10 Minority Report (2002)

Blade Runner will always reign supreme among sci-fi noir movies that are adaptations of Philip K. Dick's science fiction works. The first film Cruise and legendary director Steven Spielberg collaborated on, Minority Report, is a close second.

2/10 Tropic Thunder (2008)

One of the best action comedies of the 2000s is Ben Stiller's satirical account of Hollywood movie stars who are unintentionally dumped in the middle of a real warzone.

1/10 Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

The fourth and fifth Mission: Impossible films were centred on a jaw-dropping Tom Cruise feat that no other sequence could match, but the sixth film, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, made up for that.