16 Essential Tom Cruise Movies & Where to Stream Them | Bingeworthy

16 Essential Tom Cruise Movies & Where to Stream Them | Bingeworthy

Though Tom Cruise has settled into the role
of “action movie star” over the last decade or so, his wider filmography is a great patchwork
of more complex characters Picking the “best” Cruise movies isn’t
easy: He’s done comedy, rom-coms, thrillers, horror, historical epics, and of course, action. Whether you’re gearing up for the Top Gun
sequel or the next slate of Mission: Impossible films, these are the best Tom Cruise movies
to watch, and where to stream them. Eyes Wide Shut was once panned as an out-of-touch
male fantasy, but it reads a little differently 20 years later. While Stanley Kubrik’s last film is often
reduced to its orgy scene, its exploration of the fragile male ego is much more interesting. Rent it: Amazon for $3.99, FandangoNow for
$2.99, and Vudu for $2.99 Interview With the Vampire is the 1994 adaptation
of Anne Rice’s novel, where Cruise plays a charming, immortal vampire who kills with
gusto. His counterpart, played by Brad Pitt, sits
down for an interview with a modern journalist. And while he recounts the blood feasts and
erotic adventures, the film also conveys the eternal sadness of being a vampire. Rice reportedly slammed Cruise’s casting
initially, but she apologized to Cruise after seeing the film. Magnolia is an ensemble movie about intersecting
lives. It’s a collection of fantastic performances
and an impressive feat of storytelling about generational pain and trauma. Ben Stiller’s Hollywood spoof Tropic Thunder
tracks a film crew making a war movie and inadvertently ending up in unfriendly territory. Naturally, hilarity ensues. The film features the beginning of Robert
Downey, Jr. ‘s comeback, and Cruise playing the ridiculous studio exec Less Grossman. Collateral is a brilliant study of how to
draw out tension between male leads. Jamie Foxx plays an aimless taxi driver, whose
car is commandeered by a hardened hitman, played by Cruise. The two become locked in a psychological battle. Jerry Maguire is a quintessential ‘90s movie
that still holds up nearly 25 years later. The story of a sports agent coming to terms
with the ethics of his industry turns into a romantic comedy with something for everyone. Renee Zellweger and Cuba Gooding Jr. give
outstanding performances alongside Cruise’s titular character. Edge of Tomorrow is a big-budget, action,
sci-fi film that eventually found a fanbase and critical consensus. As a result, it is getting a sequel. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt battle an alien
army, though his character can’t really die. He’s stuck in a time loop where he lives
the same day over and over. Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report still
doesn’t feel outdated, despite being almost 20 years old. This is the movie where Cruise gets more comfortable
as an action star — a role that defined a majority of his output in the aughts. It’s set in 2054, when crime can be stopped
before it happens, but what makes it feel less like science fiction is the way surveillance
tech is depicted. Is Top Gun just a woo-filled action blockbuster
from a bygone era? The world is still engaged with this 1986
film about guys and their big jets… so much so, that it’s getting a sequel. But the original is a subtext-laden curiosity
of mid-’80s cinema that every Tom Cruise fan needs to see. It’s hard not to love the Mission: Impossible
franchise, and it’s easy to make the argument that — aside from No. 2 — each movie in
the series has gotten better. Much like with the Terminator films, we hold
the original nearest and dearest to our hearts. Tom Cruise’s breakout role in Risky Business
inspired Halloween costumes for years. A well-to-do teenager ends up housing a sex
worker while his parents are out of town. But this isn’t another horny ‘80s movie: Risky Business looks at the pitfalls of capitalism
and social climbing. Bonus points for the score by Tangerine Dream. Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July
casts Cruise as a paralyzed, wheelchair-bound Vietnam vet. The real-life veteran the character is based
on went on to become an anti-war activist, but the film shows the broken path back from
war for so many veterans. Cruise’s performance swivels from rage to
anger to acceptance and back. Aaron Sorkin’s first screenplay, A Few Good
Men, is a courtroom drama that explores the death of a Marine at Guantanamo Bay, which
was inspired by real events. The heated exchange between Tom Cruise and
Jack Nicholson is the movie’s dramatic high point, but it also features stellar performances
from Demi Moore, Kiefer Sutherland, and Kevin Bacon. Has Rain Man aged well? Its depiction of an autistic savant (played
by Dustin Hoffman) whose estranged brother (played by Cruise) kidnaps him from an institution,
was based on research. But 30 years later, ideas about people on
the autism spectrum have changed. At its core, Rain Man is a dramedy about two
strangers trying to figure each other out and adapt. Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of the
classic novel The Outsiders is a stark examination of male friendship and troubled childhoods
in small-town Oklahoma. Come for the manslaughter, and stay for the
ensemble cast of up-and-coming ‘80s hunks: Tom Cruise, C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon,
Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, and Rob Lowe. A year after A Few Good Men, Tom Cruise played
another lawyer, but this one comes from a John Grisham novel. Mitch McDeere is a young, sought-after attorney
who’s enticed by a Memphis firm that turns out to be very corrupt. Those are our picks for the best Tom Cruise
movies you can stream or rent right now, but if we missed one of your favorites, be sure
to shout it out in the comments section below. If you’re looking for more great movies
and shows to binge this weekend, check out our other streaming guides linked here for
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2 thoughts on “16 Essential Tom Cruise Movies & Where to Stream Them | Bingeworthy

  1. I’d watch all those movies for the first time, but only if that batshit crazy annoying dwarf geezer was not in them. Tom Cruise sucks large bags of donkey dicks.

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