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How many actors these days can crank out blockbusters year after year for over the past quarter of a century, and still look the same as they did when they started?   None that I can think of, except for Tom Cruise, who seems to have been managing it just fine.   Despite all of the crazy couch jumping and news journalist bashing….the guy almost seems inhuman and whether he owes something divine to L. Ron or Hollywood built some sort of movie star robot, jokes aside – the numbers don’t lie!  With his new movie – Oblivion coming out soon, we decided to take a look at his film resume.  There is seriously a film or more every year for almost three decades which is solid proof that Tom Cruise must be an alien.  So we had to shorten the list to just the ones we liked because….it’s our article!
 

Risky Business (1983)
The film welcomed a young Tom Cruise into our households and turned him into an instant heartthrob, mainly due to his underwear dance scene.   It became an instant classic by setting the tone for the wave of popular teenage angst flicks that were about to take over the 1980’s.
 

Top Gun (1986)
It put Cruise into the big-time and made him a major bankable star, not to mention glorifying Naval aviators and sending a lot of young men into enlistment.  The film also put Kenny Loggins cheese on the radar.
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Rain Man (1988)
Deciding to get back to his serious side, Cruise turns in a fine performance next to Dustin Hoffman, who won the academy award for best actor.   Intelligently written, directed and acted – Cruise was finally getting the critical acclaim he was looking for while shedding his Hollywood heartthrob status.
 

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Cruise gets his first Academy Award nomination as a crippled Vietnam vet and cementing himself as a movie star that can keep the hits coming.
 

Far and Away (1992)
An adventure film directed by Ron Howard, Cruise gets back to his acting chops portraying an 19th Century Irish immigrant, along with Nicole Kidman.
 

A Few Good Men (1992)
The film that originated the line… “You can’t handle the truth!”  Jack Nicholson deserved an Oscar for that line alone, and the flick gets put on the map as a surefire classic.
 

The Firm (1993)
Cruise must have dug down deep to play another young enthusiastic lawyer who falls victim to a crime syndicate posing as a law firm.
 

Interview With A Vampire (1994)
Cruise teams up with Brad Pitt and Antonio Banderas to portray the famed vampire character Lestat from the Anne Rice best sellers.   He did so well that Rice took back what she said about him not being a good choice actor…to being the only one that could pull it off.

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Mission: Impossible (1996)
The remake of an old franchise that would eventually kick out four successful sequels – it was also the future start for Cruise to commit to doing sequels.
 

Jerry Maguire (1996)
Another surefire classic and the third time Cruise would be involved in a film that would garner another Oscar for an actor – this time for Cuba Gooding Jr.
 

Minority Report (2002)
After six years of making good movies that weren’t necessarily “blockbusters”, Cruise teams up with Colin Farrell and a big studio budget for some futuristic action.
 

The Last Samurai (2003)
He hits pay dirt again as an ageing alcoholic civil war Army Captain who gets caught by the Samurai and ends up falling in love with their lifestyle.
 

Collateral (2004)
The guy becomes a veteran megahit and at this point in his career doesn’t know how to fail.  In the film he plays Vincent, a keen hit man with a cynical philosophy about life who hi-jacks a taxi cab driven by Jamie Foxx.
 

War of the Worlds (2005)
A remake of the classic H.G. Wells story – Cruise plays an ordinary guy who tries to survive and protect his two children from the alien takeover.
 

Tropic Thunder (2008)      
We name this one because it was an important turning point for Cruise as he begins to make up for his star-dwindling tabloid mishaps and delivers a hilarious fill-in for the Ben Stiller comedy.

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Rock of Ages (2012)
Showing some extreme diversity with this next role complete with eyeliner, tattoos and leather pants – Cruise becomes Stacie Jaxx, the biggest 80’s rock star in the world.  Although it wasn’t a critical success, Tom shows some balls by using his own vocals, and dance moves.
 

Jack Reacher (2012)
Playing the title character of the fictional novels by Lee Child, it’s one of those films that will probably sneak in as one of the best franchise action characters alongside Bourne and Bond – that is if they decide to make any sequels.   Either way, Cruise proves at 50, he is still one of the best and bankable action stars.

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