Tom Cruise’s Best Movie Performance From Every Decade Since The ’80s


Mickey Rourke made headlines not too long when he said some not-so-nice things about Tom Cruise’s career. But, upon creating this list, I’d have to disagree with Rourke’s opinion that Cruise has been playing “the same effing part for 35 years,” because honestly, he really hasn’t.

In fact, Tom Cruise actually has a pretty diverse list of roles in his filmography. So much so, that I’m kind of blown away by just how many unique roles the superstar has taken on over the past 40 years or so. Plus, with movies like Top Gun: Maverick, which is still making plenty of money at the box office, and the upcoming Mission: Impossible 7, where it legit looks like Tom Cruise came close to dying a few times, he doesn’t look to be ending his career anytime soon. So, here are the best Tom Cruise movie performances from every decade since the ’80s. How many of these classics have you seen?

Tom Cruise in Born on the Fourth of July

(Image credit: Universal Pictures)

’80s: Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

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