20. Mission: Impossible (1996)
> Fellow leads: Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Henry Czerny
> Director: Brian De Palma
> Domestic box office: $180.98 million
“Mission: Impossible” is the first installment of the spy series based on a television show of the same name. Cruise plays Ethan Hunt, who has to uncover a mole who framed him for the murders of most of his team.
19. Top Gun (1986)
> Fellow leads: Tim Robbins, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer
> Director: Tony Scott
This is probably the movie that made Tom Cruise a superstar. He plays Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a naval aviator who is sent to the U.S. Navy’s Fighter Weapons School and finds rivalry and romance. A sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick,” was to be released in 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic.
18. Mission: Impossible III (2006)
> Fellow leads: Michelle Monaghan, Ving Rhames, Philip Seymour Hoffman
> Director: J.J. Abrams
> Domestic box office: $133.50 million
Cruise reprises his role as Ethan Hunt in the third installment of the spy series. After retiring from fieldwork to train new recruits, he is sent back into action to track down a villainous arms dealer played by Philip Seymour Hoffman.
17. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
> Fellow leads: Nicole Kidman, Todd Field, Sydney Pollack
> Director: Stanley Kubrick
> Domestic box office: $55.69 million
“Eyes Wide Shut” is an erotic psychological drama directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick. Tom Cruise plays Dr. Bill Harford, a man who infiltrates a secret society’s masked orgy with unsettling consequences.