30 years on, Top Gun's still tops
ACTOR Tom Cruise has had a string of hits and duds in his movie career. The 53-year-old's latest flick, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, seems to be getting the thumbs up at least.
The film - which opened in Singapore yesterday - has garnered a score of 74 out of 100 on review site Metacritic, based on the reviews of 23 critics, suggesting generally favourable reviews.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the percentage of approved critics who gave the movie a positive rating stood at 90 per cent. The movie also got a 8.6/10 rating from 675 users on IMDb.
Here's a look at his best movies:
TOP GUN (1986)
There could be only one movie on top. Sure, Risky Business was the one that made Cruise a star, and there are movies where the stunts were cooler or he acted better.
But Top Gun is the one that made Cruise one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, making grown men cry, and kids all over the world want to grow up to be "Maverick" jet pilots.
It's telling that, almost 30 years later, this is still Cruise's coolest role ever and he is considering returning to make a second movie in the near future.
JERRY MAGUIRE (1996)
Touching, heartwarming and ultimately uplifting, this is almost the perfect date movie - on the one hand, it's an uplifting sports drama, and on the other, it's a fabulously romantic love story.
It's also a classic buddy movie, with the Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr classic "show me the money" scene now firmly entrenched in pop culture lore.
Nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, Cruise was also nominated for Best Actor for a second time.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL (2011)
The best movie of the whole franchise by far. Brad Bird's direction allowed Cruise to express himself freely, and the actor responded with perhaps his most natural portrayal of secret agent Ethan Hunt yet.
The stunning scene at Dubai's Bhuj Khalifa was especially memorable; Cruise did the stunt himself, and still managed to turn in a performance that was thrilling, dramatic and funny at the same time.
BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (1989)
After Top Gun (and the flop that was Cocktail), Cruise began the process of establishing himself as a dramatic actor, and to prove that he's not just a pretty face.
While his performance in the Best Picture-winning Rain Man was well received, it was his role as activist Ron Kovic in Born On The Fourth Of July that saw Cruise come of age, earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama, and his first Best Actor Oscar nomination.
Cruise doesn't do bad guys often. In fact, this is probably his only true villain role, playing an assassin who forces Jamie Foxx's cab driver to drive him to his targets' locations.
His chilling yet cool performance made us wish he would play bad guys more often.
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