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Tom Cruise : 1981 - 1999 movies - pick your 5 favourite movies!

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Aar Gal, Oct 22, 2020.

  1. Aar Gal

    Aar Gal Monkberry Moon Delight Thread Starter

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    Pick your 5 favourite movies from Tom Cruise’s first two decades in film!
     
  2. Spastica

    Spastica Forum Resident

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    Born on the 4th of July
    Mission Impossible
    Rain Man
    The Firm
    The Color of Money
     
  3. MekkaGodzilla

    MekkaGodzilla Forum Resident

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    What...no Endless Love?!?! :confused:
     
  4. clayton

    clayton Senior Member

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    The Color of Money
    Rain Man
    Born on the Fourth of July
    A Few Good Men
    Mission Impossible
     
  5. geetar_await

    geetar_await Promoted to the rank of General Lee Speaking.

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    I picked earlier films like Taps because like most actors starting out, he was young and hungry (firing that machine gun: "it's beautiful man, beautiful!", great acting there). And later films like Cocktail and Rainman, in which his character evolves from selfish to an empathetic nature.
     
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  6. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

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    I don't dislike Tom Cruise but there are some slim pickings there. However, I enjoyed the following enough to pick up the DVDs:

    The Firm
    Interview With A Vampire
    Mission: Impossible
     
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  7. Rain Man
    The Firm
    A Few Good Men
    Jerry Maguire
     
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  8. Speedmaster

    Speedmaster Well-Known Member

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    I love his performance in this one. Stellar, gripping, the way he intensifies every sentence. Love the voice over and soundtrack too.

     
  9. Daniel Plainview

    Daniel Plainview God's Lonely Man

    The Outsiders
    The Color of Money
    The Rain Man
    The Magnolia
    The Born in the 4th of July
     
  10. eric777

    eric777 Astral Projectionist

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    A Few Good Men
    Cocktail
    Jerry Maguire
    The Outsiders
    Risky Business
     
  11. skisdlimit

    skisdlimit Forum Resident

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    Risky Business - this belongs in a time capsule for the 80's along with Fast Times At Ridgemont High and probably a host of other teen flicks; what keeps me interested here is the very cool score/soundtrack, a strong cast of supporting characters (The Outsiders had this too but Cruise was barely even given a cameo in that film), and an almost surreal tone to the whole thing as if it were all a big (tangerine :winkgrin:) dream sequence.

    Top Gun - after Legend threatened to end his career, and he very nearly was displaced by Kevin Bacon for a couple years there, Cruise bounced (or rather flew) back in this massive over-hyped/blown summer blockbuster that effectively provided the "2" in the "one-two" punch to make him an icon; if taken as pure popcorn entertainment, and a suspension of disbelief particularly regarding the completely absurd love story, this mostly delivers the goods.

    Rain Man - while Dustin Hoffman was the true star, Cruise stood right there with him, and I think was more effective here than opposite Paul Newman in The Hustler remake, The Color Of Money. This was an important film for Tom Cruise because it demonstrated his range (I thought he should have been nominated for Best Supporting Actor), and kept him from getting overly typecast, even if oddly enough I do sometimes prefer watching those earlier movies occasionally (i.e. Taps, Losin' It, All The Right Moves, etc.).

    Born On The Fourth Of July - another Oscar worthy performance (at least he was nominated), this time in a lead role. By this time, Cruise had more or less proven he was a force to be reckoned with, and was not going to be just an outdated teen idol.

    A Few Good Men - given what I said above about Kevin Bacon, it was kind of cool to see these two together in a movie, even if Jack Nicholson pretty much stole the show with that great line: "You can't handle the truth!"; of course, I think Cruise himself could have delivered something similar, and I often gauge a Tom Cruise movie's success by how many hissy fits he has in them. :laugh:
     
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  12. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

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    there are a whole lot of really good ****ing movies on that list, and about 5 oscar worthy performances.

    in fact, has cruise ever won an oscar?
     
  13. Honey Bunches of Sadness

    Honey Bunches of Sadness Forum Resident

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    Slim pickings for me. Could only come up with a couple which I kinda, sorta like:
    • Risky Business
    • The Firm
    I admire him as a businessman, and I think he's a competent actor. But I don't really like him at all as an actor. Maybe I shouldn't be commenting in this thread? Apologies....
     
  14. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Personal Survival Daily Record-Breaker

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    A Few Good Men - one of only 2 movies where his being too aggressive (or earnestness) in chewing the scenery worked for the character. However, the other actors were all more fun to watch and compelling such as Jack Nicholson, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, Noah Wyle, Kevin Pollak, etc.

    Rain Man - playing a horrible person pretty much right through to the end. His intensity is such that it seems as if he's trying to steal attention away from Dustin Hoffman. Again, works for the character and movie but his shtick gets old quick with me.
     
  15. Pizza

    Pizza With extra pepperoni

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    I actually like many of his later movies better. I feel he’s found his groove. Edge of Tomorrow is my favorite Cruise movie. The last couple of MI movies were great. I enjoyed the Spielberg movies. Valkyrie, Jack Reacher, Oblivion, American Made are all good to me. I even liked Knight and Day. The Mummy and Rock of Ages were duds.
     

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