Risky Business, Joel Goodson, 1983.
Risky Business, Joel Goodson, 1983.Warner Bros.
Risky Business, Joel Goodson, 1983.
Tom Cruise as Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in Top Gun, 1986.
Tom Cruise as Vincent Lauria in The Color of Money, 1986.
Tom Cruise as Brian Flanagan in Cocktail, 1988.
Tom Cruise as Charles "Charlie" Babbitt in Rain Man, 1988.
Tom Cruise as Ron Kovic in Born on the Fourth of July, 1989.
Tom Cruise as Joseph Donnelly in Far and Away, 1992.
Tom Cruise as Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee in A Few Good Men, 1992.
Tom Cruise as Mitch McDeere in The Firm, 1993.
Tom Cruise as Lestat de Lioncourt in Interview with the Vampire, 1994.
Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible, 1996.
Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire in Jerry Maguire, 1996.
Tom Cruise as Dr. William "Bill" Harford in Eyes Wide Shut, 1999.
Tom Cruise as Frank T.J. Mackey in Magnolia, 2000.
Tom Cruise as David Aames in Vanilla Sky, 2001.
Tom Cruise as Chief John Anderton in Minority Report, 2002.
Tom Cruise as Vincent in Collateral, 2004.
Tom Cruise as Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder, 2008.
Tom Cruise as Major William "Bill" Cage in Edge of Tomorrow, 2014.
Risky Business, Joel Goodson, 1983.
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See Tom Cruise's Best Roles

This month marks the anniversaries of two of Tom Cruise's most memorable roles: There's the one that made him a bona fide movie star—as Maverick in the flight school drama Top Gun, released on May 16, 1986—and the one that cemented his place at the center of a billion-dollar action franchise—as Ethan Hunt in the original Mission Impossible, released on May 22, 1996. But the 53-year-old actor has had enough iconic roles to populate a small village of characters, from a vampire to a brash Hollywood studio exec to a sports agent completed by Renée Zellweger. As Cruise prepares for a slew of potential hits—a sixth Mission Impossible, a reboot of The Mummy and possibly even a Top Gun sequel—here's a look back at his most iconic roles.

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