Special Report

Tom Cruise's Biggest and Best Movies

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.