Mar 262014
 

Tom Cruise

Though a bit outlandish at some points in his off-screen behavior I am always immensely drawn in for personal rags to riches stories. Surviving an abusive childhood and poverty then skyrocketing to fame is a feat I will always tip my hat to in life for any individual.

Actor Tom Cruise is that survivor, born in Canada, and first caught my attention in 1981 playing a psycho military cadet in “Taps”. When he followed that up with a role as a mining town high school football icon in “All The Right Moves” I was hooked. He never took his foot off of the acting accelerator and while just past the 50-year-old mark now he still knows no bounds to what film gem he can present us with. (*Editor’s Note – two readers very accurately caught that I made a mistake in my usually anal research on these lists. Tom Cruise was born in Syracuse, NY and spent part of his childhood in Canada. Great catch Rita and Nan…and thank you!)

Thank you to Google Images, You Tube, Wikipedia and IMDB for their help in putting this post together. So, here is my Top Ten Tom Cruise Movies list. Some of the ensembles he has been cast with are absolutely mind-boggling. Enjoy!

10  Oblivion (2013)

Question – How was the view on Tower 49 created?

I can be a contradiction in that I’ve been an introvert and a loaner most of my adult life despite being surrounded by tons of friends. That includes being outdoors or on road trips with Phoenix, To be out in space on a dangerous mission kinda tweaks that fear of, “am I really alone out here?”

Answer – That is the actual view atop the summit of Haleakala volcano in Maui and it was projected onto the screen. Those are the real clouds, real view and everything!

Playing Commander Jack Harper
Morgan Freeman – Malcolm Beech
Olga Kurylenko – Julia Rusakova
Andrea Riseborough – Victoria “Vika” Olsen
Director – Joseph Kosinski

9 Days of Thunder (1990)

Question – One day during filming, scenes were actually being written literally prior to shooting them live. What problem did this cause?

Despite being an (illegal) street racer I couldn’t stand watching stock car racing as a kid and my dad loved it. NASCAR was about to blast off in a couple of years but nobody knew it at the time. Though this movie is a tribute across the board to numerous legends of the previous good old boys of the South. It was also prophetic for a huge change on the immediate horizon in American sports. I got sucked in as well for a good 10 years as a diehard fan.

Answer – Cruise actually had to read his lines off cue cards attached to his windshield which resulted in a car accident. Going forward, he was fitted with a special earpiece to have lines fed to him.

Playing Cole Trickle
Nicole Kidman – Dr. Claire Lewicki
Robert Duvall – Harry Hogge
Michael Rooker – Rowdy Burns
Cary Elwes – Russ Wheeler
Randy Quaid – Tim Daland
Fred Thompson – Big John
Director – Tony Scott

8 Risky Business (1983)

Question – What was written in the script for Tom Cruise’s dance scene?

When I published My Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Movies I should have included Risky Business. I had just graduated from high school, moved away from home  and everything was spectacular with my new life and everyday was an adventure. So, when Miles admonished Joel with, “…sometimes you gotta say what the fuck”, I became cockier than ever walking out of the theater. And wanting a hot blonde girlfriend who would go on train rides with me.

Answer – There was no script for it. He performed that entire scene ad-libbing the dance.

Playing Joel Goodson
Rebecca De Mornay – Lana
Joe Pantoliano – Guido
Bronson Pinchot – Barry
Curtis Armstrong – Miles
Director Paul Brickman

7 Interview With The Vampire (1994)

Question – How was the effect of swollen veins created on all of the actors faces who played vampires?

I’ve always been infatuated with the legend and myth of vampires along with loving several vampire movies. This one ranks way up towards the top of the list for me and I love their journey over the decades around the globe. Funny side note, Kirsten Dunst (12 years old) had her first on-screen kiss in this film with Brad Pitt. She said she thought it was gross at the time. I bet her opinion of that changed soon a few years later.

Answer – They were required to hang upside down 30 minutes at a time to force all of the blood to their heads. Then the make up artists gave them the eerie translucent-skinned vampire look.

Playing Lestat de Lioncourt
Brad Pitt – Louis de Pointe du Lac
Christian Slater – Daniel Molloy
Kirsten Dunst – Claudia
Antonio Banderas – Armand
Director Neil Jordan

6 Top Gun (1986)

Question – There were two classic scenes in the movie that were completely ad-libbed  involving Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise, separately. What were they?

The first thing I will always remember about this movie are the two young boys I had in my life at the time. Top Gun had been playing in the theater for a few months and the three of us went to see it together for the first time on a Sunday afternoon. We would be picking up their mom a few hours later at the airport. I was so jacked up walking out of the theater that I took the boys down to Sears and we bought a huge new tv and a new VHS tape copy of “Top Gun”.

Answer – The first being when the students meet Charlie and Maverick explains about giving the MiG pilot the finger. Val Kilmer coughs, “bullshit” and all of the guys laug. That was all on his own doing spontaneously. Second, after the chase scene where Charlie catches up to Maverick. Well, Cruise completely forgot his lines so he just kissed McGillis and they kept the film rolling and that one take is what you see on screen.

Playing LT Pete “Maverick” Mitchell
Kelly McGillis – Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood
Val Kilmer – LT Tom “Iceman” Kazansky
Anthony Edwards – LTJG Nick “Goose” Bradshaw
Tom Skerritt – CDR Mike “Viper” Metcalf
Michael Ironside – LCDR Rick “Jester” Heatherly
Barry Tubb – LTJG Leonard “Wolfman” Wolfe
Rick Rossovich – LTJG Ron “Slider” Kerner
Tim Robbins – LT Sam “Merlin” Wells
ClarWhip Hubley – LT Rick “Hollywood” Neven
Meg Ryan – Carole Bradshaw
Director Tony Scott

5 Valkryrie (2008)

Question – What set in the movie was an entirely accurate depiction of the real life story 65 years earlier?

I have studied and been infatuated with the European Theater of WWII since I was in high school. There were over two dozen attempts on Hitler’s life with Stauffenberg making the last two. I hadn’t realized until about twenty years ago that the Wolf’s Lair was actually in the far northern part of occupied Poland.

Answer – The  “central communications center” (teleprinter room) that had 30 historically correct machines from the Nazi era and were fully functional.

Playing Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg
Kenneth Branagh – Major General Henning von Tresckow
Bill Nighy – General Friedrich Olbricht
Terence Stamp – Colonel General Ludwig Beck
Tom Wilkinson – Colonel General Friedrich Fromm
Carice van Houten – Nina Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg
Gerhard Haase-Hindenberg – Hermann Göring
Anton Algrang – Albert Speer
David Bamber – Adolf Hitler
Director Bryan Singer

4 Far and Away (1992)

Question – Nicole Kidman wasn’t giving the facial reaction that Ron Howard wanted when she was lifting the bowl covering Joseph’s crotch. How did he get the reaction he wanted?

The early segment in the film when Cruise is at the Christie’s house is absolutely hysterical. I love the historic journey that so many immigrants were taking not only overseas but continuing out West to form the foundation of many towns and cities that Americans now live in.  The married lives of Cruise and Kidman played out perfectly through Joseph and Shannon.

Answer – Unbeknownst to Kidman ahead of time, he had Cruise remove his underwear and that is the classic look on her face you see in the film.

Playing Joseph Donnelly
Nicole Kidman – Shannon Christie
Thomas Gibson – Stephen Chase
Robert Prosky – Daniel Christie
Barbara Babcock – Nora Christie
Director Ron Howard

3  Jerry Maguire (1996)

Question – How was the first scene in the living room between Jerry and the little boy, Ray, scripted?

This movie is always a reminder of when I was coming out of my marriage and decided then (and to this day) that I would never get married again. I also decided that I could easily have that special girl with me for the rest of my life. If she has an adorable child like Ray…all the better.

Answer – The entire scene was ad-libbed by both of them. That is soooo cool!

Playing Jerry Maguire
Cuba Gooding, Jr. – Rod Tidwell
Renée Zellweger – Dorothy Boyd
Kelly Preston – Avery Bishop
Jerry O’Connell – Frank “Cush” Cushman
Jay Mohr – Bob Sugar
Bonnie Hunt –  Laurel Boyd
Regina King – Marcee Tidwell
Jonathan Lipnicki – Ray Boyd
Director Cameron Crowe

2  Rain Man  (1988)

Question – What was unique about the phone booth farting scene with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman?

This was my very first introduction to the world of autism. While some of Ray’s behavior could be accurate for one autistic person I felt too many people (including myself) came away with a false picture that all autistics behave like Raymond. Regardless, the movie was knock your socks off spectacular. I love the brother bond that is built and  Valeria Golino is insanely hot. If you want a real life education on autism go to my very close friend Kristi’s blog at Finding Ninee and you can read about her beautiful son, Tucker.

Answer – It was completely unscripted as Hoffman really did pass gas and both actors ad-libbed the rest. Hoffman said it is his favorite movie scene ever.

Playing Charlie Babbitt
Dustin Hoffman –  Raymond Babbitt
Valeria Golino – Susanna
Gerald R. Molen – Dr. Bruner (as Jerry Molen)
Jack Murdock – John Mooney
Michael D. Roberts – Vern
Director Barry Levinson

1  A Few Good Men (1992)

Question – What happened when Kendrick was driving Kaffee’s group around the base and through the rows of Marines?

For me this was his best ever performance. Some of the expected off-the-cuff humor was briefly intertwined into an incredibly powerful achievement. This was based on a real life case in the military and I’m glad that some things were brought to light even in the armed forces we still have rules. Those two boys were counting on him and he didn’t let them down.

Answer – Keifer Sutherland was not used to the extra wide vehicle and hit Marines on multiple takes.

Playing Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee, USN, JAG Corps
Jack Nicholson – Colonel Nathan R. Jessup, USMC
Demi Moore – Lieutenant Commander JoAnne Galloway, USN, JAG
Kevin Bacon – Captain Jack Ross, USMC
Kiefer Sutherland – Lieutenant Jonathan James Kendrick, USMC
Kevin Pollak – Lieutenant Sam Weinberg, USN, JAG Corps
Wolfgang Bodison – Lance Corporal Harold Dawson, USMC
James Marshall – Private Louden Downey, USMC
J.T. Walsh – Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Markinson, USMC
J.A. Preston – Judge Julius Alexander Randolph, USMC
Michael DeLorenzo – Private William T. Santiago, USMC
Noah Wyle – Corporal Jeffrey Owen Barnes, USMC
Cuba Gooding, Jr. – Corporal Carl Edward Hammaker, USMC
Director Rob Reiner

What is your favorite Tom Cruise movie?

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Mike Vogler

I have been told (many times) that I really need to write a book about my life. The past 40+ years have been an exciting ride, and these days I find myself with a great many passions. However, I feel that this website is a much more personal way with which to share my musings, stories, commentary, and (of course) my greatest love... my Golden Retriever, Phoenix.

  84 Responses to “Top 10 Tom Cruise Movies, Show Me The Money!”

  1. Hi Mike,

    I have not seen any of the movies you have mentioned here but I enjoyed reading your own reflections in between…getting to know you through the little cues you throw here and there.

    Hope Phoenix is doing good and responding well to your loving nursing and care.

    • That is so awesome that you catch/caught those little tidbits I drop in there, Balroop. Your awesome thoughts for Phoenix are greatly appreciated. We have a long ways to go but only positive, healing thoughts here 🙂

  2. I also like Jerry Maguire a few good men and Topgun but I would’ve also included the last samurai the Mission impossible movies especially the third Mission impossible movie and I also would have included collateral which I thought was just great and maybe even Jack reacher I never read the books but the movie was quite interesting

    • I actually haven’t seen Jack Reacher (I hear he did his own driving stunts) and I expect to catch flak for the Mission Impossible omissions, Ed. The Last Sumurai was really good too 🙂

  3. Another great list Mike! Ahh.. Tom Cruise… What to say, i had a huge crush on him when I was younger! He’s a bit weird now in real life but i think he is still a great actor! Of course Top Gun is my favorite movie being as you know a hopeless romantic! But, I do love also Interview with a vampire.
    P.S: Are you sure Tom Cruise was born in Canada?

    • Wow, proof positive I’ve been off way off my game the past week and a half, Rita. I’m usually very anal about my facts in my Top 10’s and you just nailed the best catch ever since I’ve been doing these. Upon further research Tom Cruise was NOT born in Canada but in Syracuse, New York. He spent part of his childhood in Canada. I’m totally leaving my error in place to be humble and thank you…seriously, I love when people read these and catch stuff. Top Gun made me crave my fiance’ and love for even more. So glad you’re a Vampire fan 🙂

  4. Another great movie post Mike! I like reading your Top Ten lists because I usually have a few “Oh yeah!” moments. 😉

    I have to admit I’m not a big fan of Tom Cruise, I don’t like the man, but he is talented. I think “A Few Good Men” was an excellent movie, but I think Rain Man takes the top nod.

    • I completely agree that he has lost favor in the public eye with many but I did want to separate personal life from the big screen. Funny you should mention Rain Man as I was torn…good call, Patti 🙂

  5. Great post, Mike 🙂

    • Thank you, Muza-chan…how wonderful to hear from you and thank you! 🙂

  6. Oh gosh, has he made SO many movies. I used to love Tom Cruise until all his private shenanigans made him look more fool than star, but I have to say I did love him in Rain Man and Top Gun too.

    • Most definitely two of my favorites as you can tell, Johanna! Ya, he’s been a goof off screen…as has a good majority of actors/actresses. I hear ya! 🙂

  7. Mike,

    I always thought Tom Cruise, while entertaining, was a bit of a light weight as an actor – playing “Tom Cruise” over and over again no matter what the role is. (Not a bad thing, John Wayne pretty much always played “John Wayne.”) However my opinion changed with “Collateral”, damn Tom Cruise really does have the ability to act. “Collateral” is my favorite role for Tom Cruise.

    Great trivial in the article!

  8. When I was a kid I wasn’t allowed to watch “Risky Business” but my older siblings were! One day I snuck it to see what the big deal was. I enjoyed it but (luckily) didn’t really understand the plot. At ALL.

    I do now.

  9. Mike, you have the BEST movie posts, ever. I love all of the little known facts you include, like Hoffman farting in the booth and having that scene just ad-libbed, that Kristen thought her first kiss with Brad was “gross” (lucky girl), and that Tom took off his underwear for Nichole! Ha. Awesome stuff, my fab friend!
    And who knew that the actors in Interview w/ a Vampire had to hang upside down for 30 minutes? Ouch! I loved that book. And movie.
    Tom Cruise has been in so many good movies, hasn’t he?
    I love that after Top Gun that you went and bought a new TV – too funny and so something I’d do. Thanks too for clarifying that not all people on the autism spectrum are like Rain Man and for giving me and Tucker a shout-out (and yes, Rain Man was an amazing movie).
    So while I love all of the movies I’ve seen on your list (never saw the car one or Oblivian, I have to admit something. I find Tom Cruise’s breathing to be really annoying. I’m not sure what it is but when he speaks, he does this weird breathing thing at the end and it drives me nuts. I won’t deny he’s incredibly talented though! And a bit weird in real life it seems 😀
    Excellent post!

    • You always make my day…in general. And even more so because you always read all of my content in these, Kristi! Before I submitted this reply I was YouTubing interviews with Tom Cruise. I didn’t catch the breathing part. THEN I played some movie clips including the one above and….OMG, you’re right! I will think about this now! I’m so cognizant of tics. Ha, ha 🙂

      Thank you so much always for your incredibly awesome support and compliments. I always puff out my chest after reading your comment 🙂

  10. Tom Cruise is a great actor, but I have to admit I think as a person, he might be a little nutty from all you hear. A Few Good Men was amazing, and I definitely enjoyed Rain Man, Jerry Maguire, and Top Gun. Risky Business is definitely a classic high school movie…loved it!

    • That’s great that you enjoy several of the ones that I do so very much, Michelle! A Few Good Men was awesome wasn’t it? 🙂

  11. I think it would be awful if one’s entire adult private life were exposed all of time to the public. So maybe if we catch him being human, even if “we” think he’s warped or silly, just maybe we can find a little mercy? There sure are times in my life I would NOT want being publicly exposed!

    All righty then! I loved Jack Reacher and Knight and Day with Cameron Diaz! She made that movie. Also Minority Report, Last Samurai, and while I wasn’t wild about Tropic of Thunder (too much cussing but story was funny) I did LOVE that I had NO clue that was Tom Cruise in there (who was born in Syracuse NY btw).

    • Yes Nan, and I’m glad you got that part of the post I was sharing. If we are going to dissect actors/actresses on their behavior (and Cruise gets a ton of exposure) we might as well throw out all of the dvd’s we own and stop going to movies. Most of them are wired differently and as long as they are not breaking the law I have no problem with it.

      I really need to watch Jack Reacher and I put in an edit for the great catch on the country of birth by both you and Rita! Thank you…you ladies are all over it and I totally whiffed there 🙂

  12. I remember being pretty out of sorts when he was picked to play the Vampire Lestat. In the end, it turned out well enough, but his build just doesn’t match up with the way Anne Rice makes her bad boy out to be in the books. I can take or leave Tom Cruise most days. I probably like Far and Away the most, but that’s because I like Nicole Kidman quite a lot 😉

    • I like Kidman a lot too, Jeri. But, Aussie accents are my kryptonite too. I can’t imagine a movie ever being made to match Anne Rice’s writing. I think that is true for most books to movies…big time, Stephen King. Except for The Shining and Shawshank Redemption 🙂

  13. Loved Jerry Mcguire! One of my favorite movies. Also been watching Top Gun a lot as its been on hbo or something lately.I have to watch it from the beginning because I swear theres been a scene cut out.

    Another movie I like of his thats been playing a lot lately is ,The Color of Money.

    • Excellent on watching Top Gun, Tony! And now you can watch it knowing the trivia…even more fun. Color of Money was on my draft list. Getting to act with Paul Newman…lucky! 🙂

  14. I think I saw Top Gun. Once. A long time ago. On the whole I’m not a fan, and ESPECIALLY since he took the role of Jack Reacher and RUINED IT BY BEING TOO DAMN SHORT (not that I did, or will ever, watch the movie. On principle).

    BUT, you made this interesting 🙂 A good read.

    • LOL to him being too short, Lizzi! So many people don’t know that about him. Thank you for the compliment! 🙂

  15. Wow! Mike I never knew so much about Tom Cruise. I’ve always liked him as an actor! I have many of his movies that I like, but I guess my favorite will always be “Top Gun!”

    • I’m old school like you, Corinne, in that you can never go wrong with Top Gun. And it’s so perfect for both guys and gals to like! 🙂

  16. I’m with Kristi. Best movie posts ever! Still chuckling about the Dunst-Pitt zinger. I bet she’d like a re-do on that set of takes! So many great movies here. I always liked Cocktail, too.

    • No kidding on a re-do for those takes with Brad Pitt now, Nicole! Cocktail…remember when she poured the plate of spaghetti all over him? Hell hath no fury lol 🙂

  17. Another great Top Ten! You know we share this list love, don’t you? I’m so overdue on my music series 🙁
    Tom Cruise is a bit of a character off screen. You’re right about that! But he does make good movies. I would go down the list and remember some I haven’t seen in forever and now want to see them again. I loved Interview With A Vampire…that was such a good movie. Risky Business is a classic. RayBan probably still sends him Christmas cards! A Few Good Men, Days of Thunder….incredible casts in those movies! So, so, so many good things in this post.
    I never saw Valkyrie or Oblivion. I will have to see them.
    Love the crazy random facts..
    Again, Mike! Love these posts!

    XX to Phoenix! (And you too, of course :))

    • Thank you so much for your well wishes to my kid and me, Sandy! That made me smile lots 🙂 If you have any interest in WWII will really like Valkryrie. It’s very intense! I know, aren’t some of those casts that he was a part of crazy incredible?? All of our best to all of you and can’t wait for you next list! 🙂

  18. Interview WAV! Forever! And of course A Few Good Men, wasn’t he so perfectly arrogantly annoying?? I miss that Tom Cruise 🙂

    • Excellent call on how arrogantly annoying he was in Interview WAV, Joy! You are spot on. So very selfish being the patriarch of the 3 of them too 🙂

  19. I hate to say I haven’t seen most of them…

    • Hopefully I can come up with a good one for you in the future, Hilary! Great to hear from you and who are your fav actors/actresses? 🙂

  20. So many good picks! But “Top Gun” is my all time favorite! I wrote a post about this, but I have a secret fantasy about being a fighter pilot. I never get tired of watching that movie! I also really love “Interview with a Vampire”. You really can’t go wrong with Tom Cruise.

    • How ironic, I wanted to enlist and fly jets out of high school, Dana! I couldn’t because of my eye sight. It had to be above perfect back then for pilots. I used to watch the F-14’s out of Fallon many years ago. Goosebumps I’m tellin’ ya! 🙂

  21. I though I would at least have seen the majority of Tom Cruise films you mentioned, but I had overestimated myself again. With these limitations in mind I think my favourite would be Collateral or Vanilla Sky.

    • Hi Mette! Ya, Collateral has definitely been the top omission on this post so far. Vanilla Sky! Good call there! 🙂

  22. I totally love the top 3 you picked, Mike. I loved how Jerry McGuire was determined to change the way they treated their athletes and he wrote his mission statement only to find himself out of a job. I really admired the way he stood up for the underdog only to become one himself. This movie also brings the question to light; can you make yourself love someone or is love instant and beyond our control? Renee was adorable in that film. I didn’t see the Interview with a Vampire film because I read all the books and they were fabulous. I couldn’t wrap my head around a movie version. Last, I wanted to mention All The Right Moves, I really found that coming of age movie very touching. A Few Good Men? So powerful. It was on TV recently and I was reminded how great it is. Thanks for a fun post, Mike!

    • Thank you for the compliments, Lisa! I absolutely love what you said, “This movie also brings the question to light; can you make yourself love someone or is love instant and beyond our control?” Like a Stephen King, I think it’s virtually impossible to replicate the same quality in a movie as Anne Rice does in her books 🙂

  23. Great post, Mike.

    I have not watched all of them, but loved ‘a few good men’ and ‘Jerry Maguire’. Now I need to watch ‘top gun’.

    • Thank you so much, Rachel! You will really like Top Gun…or I hope you will 🙂

  24. Hang upside down for THIRTY MINUTES??? Wow. I would get such a headache I think. I never really thought about how they got their veins to look like that….I figured it was make-up. That is probably my favorite movie with Tom Cruise.

    so many amazing scenes were ad-libbed! That’s incredible.

    I had actually heart before about Tom being nude under the bowl so they could elicit a true surprised look from Nicole. funny!

    Great job, as always!

    • Isn’t that crazy to go to that length for make up to be applied, Beth? I have a hard enough time standing upright! That part with the bowl was one of my favorites of the trivia in this post. Thank you so much, our friend! 🙂

  25. HEARD. not heart. UGH.

    • Ha, ha…I actually left a comment on a blog Thursday (a long time blog I’ve followed) and referred to her (the Author) by a different name. TWICE! So preoccupied. Women love that *ahem*…NOT. Big oopsie on my part and I apologized profusely 🙂

  26. Some great choices here. I used to love Interview With A Vampire when I was a kid, haven’t seen it in years now though!

  27. I’m surprised that you could restrict your great choices to those “few” since he was in so many. The wonderful part of Senior Moments is watching my faves like Top Gun and not remembering the best scenes (again and again and…).

    • Oh you are exactly right that a lot of these Top 10’s if not most all are sooooo difficult to narrow down to just ten, Neva. Ha, ha to Senior Moments…senior or not I have them often too! 🙂

  28. Two words: TOP GUN!

    I don’t care if this guy is weird as hell…I still dig him.

    But I love you & phoenix! xx

    • He’s an actor where I definitely separate off-screen to on-screen, Kim. Otherwise if I did that for actors/actresses I would need to stop watching movies. Love back from us 🙂

  29. As always, a superb list! There are some real classics here, and a ‘A Few Good Men’ was the very best of this guy. My husband’s a Tom Cruise fan, so I’m going to share this with him. He may have missed some of his early work.

    • Oh wow how awesome that you’ll share this with your husband, Tarana! I hope he likes it too. And thank you so much as always! 🙂

  30. Man, I am so impressed with the amount of work you put into your movie lists (especially this past week)—and that you’ve seen so many movies. I did enjoy Risky Business (which I remember seeing while visiting Mr. Excitement’s family in Pittsburgh when our sons were little. It was one of those rare occasions we went out with Grandma Anne on hand to babysit). I also liked Top Gun. Jerry Maguire was OK, but my favorite was “A Few Good Men”. It had a great story and message AND it was a lawyer film. Cruise’s character made me feel very inadequate in court the next day.

    • Ironically, when I put A Few Good Men on there (no less at #1) I soooo wondered if it would resonate with you in any way, Suzanne. I see it did and that made me smile…and thank you as always for your compliments and support! 🙂

  31. Although I am not a huge fan of the man himself, he certainly has been in a number of my favourite movies. I guess however weird and odd his personal decisions are, his professional decisions are pretty much on target.

    • Yes, he made a ton of great films and I’m fascinated as to how much his personal decisions have affected his fans…or former fans, Becc 🙂

  32. Another awesome list, Mike. I always love the little tidbits of information I learn from you. I was a big Tom Cruise fan growing up. Top Gun was one of my favorite movies and I think is my fave TC film. He’s gone a little weird with some questionable actions in recent years but I still enjoy watching him.

    • I should have titled this post the Weirdest Actor (though he’s not even close to the wierdest popular actor) Who’s Films We Like ha, ha! I love that Top Gun has been such a mega hit in his write up as I never thought it would get much recognition from folks here! Thank you so much, Mary :

  33. I watched the scene when Hoffman pass a gas and I laughed very much! LOL Best scene of the movie.

    • It was definitely hysterically funny wasn’t it, Ben? Learning the trivia on some of these things makes it even funnier to watch the films a second time 🙂

  34. I love the Top Gun trivia! I had no idea that those scenes were so improved, but they’re probably 2 of my favorite scenes in the film! High five on the trivia, Mike!

    • Oh how ironic as I was just saying to a gentlemen that knowing the trivia can make watching these scenes again even that much better, Jess! So appreciate the compliments as always, our friend 🙂

  35. Mike, my favorite TC film, hands down, is Jerry McGuire. It came out during the decade of my life in which I was an entrepreneur, like Jerry — and my life and business were even harder and more challenging than Jerry’s were. Unlike many women, I didn’t identify with the Rene Z. character at all. I didn’t want to be in a relationship with Jerry McGuire. I felt like I WAS Jerry McGuire, on the ropes, battling for something he believed in.

    Thanks for yet another spirited, heartful post, my friend.

    • And thank you for the compliment, Alison! Were on the phone hollering, “Show me the money!!” …for your high stress job? Ha ha…kidding on you. That’s always so fascinating to read when someone identifies with a character regardless of gender. Good comment! 🙂

  36. Oh how I loved…key word…loved him.
    Then he said that medications for mental illness is stupid. Or something like that.
    Gah.
    Why must he open his mouth.
    I do however enjoy his performance in Tropic Thunder. He plays an asshole manager. It is hilarious.

    • Tropic Thunder was good, Kimberly, most definitely! Yes, ol’ Mr Tom has definitely alienated a whole lot of folks along the way and that is a shame that he “hit” you right where it hurts most. You want me to beat him up for you? Remember I have a fierce Golden Retriever as my side kick as well. We can take him… 🙂

  37. I have to say I have a strange fondness for Cocktail (can’t believe I just admitted that)! 😉

    • Oh yes, Cocktail was most definitely on my draft list, Becky! I almost put that into a guilty pleasure movie category for me personally. I absolutely love it but not that I share that with anyone. Except on the Internet 🙂

  38. I had to click on this post because man is Tom Cruise looking old. How old is he now? I can still picture him in his prime but I don’t to see many movies these days unless they are animated.

    • LOL…yes, he’s grown older as we all have, Krystle! At 52 I would say he’s still pretty dang smokin’ hot good looking, all of his character flaws aside 🙂

  39. Thanks so much for the mention, Mike! I really loved Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire. I can’t believe how long ago that was! After watching that movie, I really wanted to be one!

  40. I’ll admit I haven’t seen Oblivion. But know that about Haleakala, I now have to watch it for that reason alone. Haven’t seen Valkryrie either. I know. Gotta catch up.
    I’m not a huge fan of Tom personally – or at least how he has been portrayed in the media over many, many years (I mean, we don’t REALLY know who these celebrities are, right?) BUT, I am a HUGE fan of his acting. Rarely disappointed by a performance. And just a fun fact – I saw Top Gun twice the very weekend it opened. 🙂

  41. I fell in love with TC with Top Gun. These days I really dislike home and I don’t know why. No doubt he’s got skills though.

  42. I had no idea that Tom Cruise was such a great ad-libber. I’ve always loved him a little. And you highlighted some of my favorites. For once, I’ve seen 90%. Never saw Valkyrie (actually, technically I saw it, but I fell asleep in the opening scene, so I don’t think it counts.)

    Your Q & A always fascinates me. So cool about the little boy and Tom in Jerry McGuire and also Far and Away.

  43. Dang, thanks very much for posting this! It is gonna aid me when I am thinking about going to Sun Ray Cinema in Jacksonville! Fabulous!

  44. You can’t beat a bit of Top Gun! I enjoyed all the facts in this post!

  45. Hello,

    No doubt, Tom Cruise is awesome actor. I love his all movies. I love his body fitting. Thanks for sharing his top 10 collection here.

    ~Diana

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