16. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
> Fellow leads: Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst
> Director: Neil Jordan
> Domestic box office: $105.26 million
“Interview with the Vampire” is a gothic horror film based on Anne Rice’s novel of the same name. Cruise and Brad Pitt play the vampires Lestat and Louis, respectively.
15. The Last Samurai (2003)
> Fellow leads: Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, William Atherton
> Director: Edward Zwick
> Domestic box office: $111.11 million
In this period action drama film Cruise portrays a 19th-century American cavalry officer sent to Japan, where he comes into contact with samurai warriors rebelling against the Imperial Army.
14. Risky Business (1983)
> Fellow leads: Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Masur
> Director: Paul Brickman
> Domestic box office: $63.50 million
The 1983 teen sex comedy “Risky Business” was Cruise’s breakout film. He plays Joel Goodson, a high school student whose parents want him to go to Princeton University. He has some appropriately risky adventures in the meantime.
13. The Color of Money (1986)
> Fellow leads: Paul Newman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver
> Director: Martin Scorsese
> Domestic box office: $52.29 million
In this drama, Cruise plays talented pool player Vincent Lauria, who is tutored by former pool hustler “Fast” Eddie Felson, played by Paul Newman.
12. Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
> Fellow leads: Bryan Larkin, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava
> Director: Oliver Stone
> Domestic box office: $70.00 million
“Born on the Fourth of July” is based on the autobiography of Ron Kovic. Cruise plays an idealistic Marine who is paralyzed in Vietnam and becomes a prominent anti-war activist.