Tom Cruise's Best Roles

E! Illustration

Show me the birthday!

Today is Tom Cruise's birthday—he's turning 57 years old—which means everyone should be showing him some birthday love and quoting his iconic movies.

From "show me the money" to "I feel the need...the need for speed," Cruise's most memorable film roles come with some pretty great lines and it really makes us love him and his work even more.

Beginning in the '80s, the New York native has been a Hollywood staple and we are grateful that he is. He's made girls swoon in films like Risky Business and Top Gun and kicked butt in action movies like Mission: Impossible and Jack Reacher.

He's been nominated for three Academy Awards for his work in Magnolia, Jerry Maguire and Born on the Fourth of July, and let's be honest, he could've been nominated for way more based on his epic catalog of work.

For starters, there was The Outsiders and Cocktail as well as Rain Man and A Few Good Men. Of course we can't forget Eyes Wide Shut, Minority Report and The Last Samurai.

These films are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Cruise's best movies. See them all below and make sure to vote for your favorite.

Warning: the actor has been in the game for three decades so there are a lot of roles to look back on and they are all amazing.

As you decide what Cruise film is the best of them all, why not wish the star a happy birthday and then re-watch all of his greatest hits all week long!

Tom Cruise, The Outsiders

Warner Bros. Entertainment

Risky Business, Tom Cruise

Geffen Pictures

Top Gun, Tom Cruise

Paramount Pictures

Tom Cruise Movies, The Color of Money (1986)

Touchstone Pictures

Tom Cruise, Cocktail

Touchtone Pictures

Rain Man, Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman

United Artists/ZUMApress.com

Tom Cruise, Born on the Forth of July

Universal Studios

A Few Good Men, Tom Cruise

COLUMBIA TRI STAR

Tom Cruise Movies, The Firm (1993)

Paramount Pictures

Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Interview with a Vampire

Geffen Pictures

Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible

Paramount Pictures

Tom Cruise, Jerry Maguire

Gracie Films/Laurence Mark Productions

Tom Cruise, Eyes Wide Shut

Warner Brothers

Tom Cruise, Magnolia

New Line Cinema

Tom Cruise Movies, Mission: Impossible II (2000)

Paramount Pictures

Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Vanilla Sky

Paramount Pictures

Tom Cruise, Minority Report

20th Century Fox

The Last Samurai, Tom Cruise

Warner Bros.

Tom Cruise, Collateral

Paramount Pictures

 War of the Worlds, Tom Cruise

Paramount Pictures

Tom Cruise Movies, Mission: Impossible III (2006)

Paramount Pictures

Tom Cruise, Lions for Lambs

David James / United Artists / MGM

Tropic Thunder, Tom Cruise

Merie Weismiller/DreamWorks

Tom Cruise, Valkyrie

Phil Bray/MGM

Tom Cruise Movies, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

Paramount Pictures

Tom Cruise, Rock of Ages

David James/Warner Bros. Pictures

Tom Cruise, Jack Reacher

Paramount Pictures

Edge of Tomorrow, Emily Blunt, Tom Cruise

Warner Bros.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION

PARAMOUNT PICTURES

Tom Cruise Movies, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

Paramount Pictures

The Mummy, Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis

Universal Pictures

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Paramount Pictures

Tom Cruise's Best Roles
Which Tom Cruise role is his very best?
1.1%
0.6%
23.8%
0.0%
1.7%
5.0%
2.8%
13.3%
0.6%
12.2%
2.2%
7.2%
0.6%
2.2%
0.0%
1.1%
1.1%
4.4%
3.3%
0.6%
0.0%
0.0%
0.6%
0.6%
2.8%
2.8%
0.6%
1.7%
0.6%
0.6%
0.0%
6.6%

We and our partners use cookies on this site to improve our service, perform analytics, personalize advertising, measure advertising performance, and remember website preferences. By using the site, you consent to these cookies. For more information on cookies including how to manage your consent visit our Cookie Policy.