Not just Mission Impossible: 5 movies that best reveal Tom Cruise as an actor

5 movies that show Tom Cruise's true skills

Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, best known for producing and starring in the Mission: Impossible series of films, has been a staple in the acting community for 43 years. He was first seen on the screens back in 1981 in the little-known movie Endless Love, and now fans are eagerly awaiting the release of the eighth installment of the world-famous action-adventure franchise.

Tom Cruise has had such a lightning-fast career that he even received recognition from Prince William of Wales. In particular, Forbes named him one of the highest paid Hollywood actors. The 62-year-old star celebrates his birthday on July 3, so OBOZ.UA decided to recall the most memorable films with his participation.

Not just Mission Impossible: 5 movies that best reveal Tom Cruise as an actor

Rain Man (1988)

Tom Cruise plays the role of Charlie Babbitt, a young and selfish businessman who learns that his father, with whom he was in a quarrel, has died and left his entire fortune to his second son Raymond, whom Charlie had never even known existed. Raymond is autistic with extraordinary math skills but limited social skills, so the protagonist initially sees him as a means to get the inheritance. But gradually, Charlie begins to understand and appreciate his brother, which changes his attitude to life and the people around him.

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

The film is based on the story "A Dream Novel" by Austrian writer Arthur Schnitzler. The film stars Tom Cruise (Dr. Bill Hartford) and Nicole Kidman (his wife Alice), who were real-life spouses at the time.

The plot of the movie revolves around a shocking discovery of deeply held desires and secrets. After his wife Alice confesses to having erotic fantasies about another man, Bill is plunged into a world of secret sexual rituals and begins to rethink his own ideas about fidelity.

Not just Mission Impossible: 5 movies that best reveal Tom Cruise as an actor

The Last Samurai (2003)

The plot revolves around an American military officer Nathan Algren, who fought in the American Civil War and was drawn into the conflict in Japan. His task is to help the Japanese government suppress the uprising of samurai who oppose modernization and Western influence. It is then that the protagonist, played by Tom Cruise, begins to understand and respect the culture and code of honor of the samurai, changing his views and finding a new meaning in life.

War of the Worlds (2005)

In the movie War of the Worlds, Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning play the role of father Ray Ferrier and his daughter Rachel, who are trying to escape from aliens who have come to Earth to destroy humans.

When the alien machines start destroying everything in their path, Ray takes on the responsibility of saving his children. Throughout the movie, he does his best to protect them and find a safe place.

Oblivion (2013)

The film tells the story of a distant future in which the Earth has become uninhabitable and people have moved beyond the clouds. The film stars Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman and Andrea Riseborough.

Tom Cruise plays the role of Jack Harper, one of the last people left on Earth after the planet was destroyed by a war with aliens. The movie takes place in 2077 when most of humanity has been evacuated to Titan. Jack works as a technician who maintains the drones that protect the huge resource-gathering machines on the devastated Earth. Then he begins to have dreams about a woman he has never seen before in his life.

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