The best Tom Cruise movies, from cocktail hour to interview with a vampire

While Tom Cruise is primarily known for his wild, death-defying stunts, his career spans decades and is filled with a plethora of less physically demanding roles. But whether he’s hooked up to a flying plane or a pool table, Cruise gives all of his films his all and is fully committed. But sometimes Cruise doesn’t know when to step down and lets his wild side run wild, resulting in unintentionally comedic performances.

Many of these once-loved films have become hidden gems that are lost to young audiences. But with Top Gun: Maverick poised to spawn a new generation of Cruise-converts, now is the perfect time to revisit some of his truly unbalanced and iconic performances. Whether they are iconic for the right reasons is up for debate.

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Tom Cruise mixes it up in a cocktail

1988 Cocktail is an absolute gem that follows Cruise as Brian Flanagan, a New York bartender in his twenties. The film opens with Brian returning from his Army tour and ready to grab the New York business world by the horns. When embarking on a career proves more difficult than expected, Brian decides to pay for his studies by becoming “The best bartender under 14th Street”. Any fan of Cruise’s wacky antics who hasn’t seen Cocktail certainly missing. Whether it’s delivering a pun-filled slam poem or shouting at eager customers, there’s plenty of fun to be had with this one.

Fans can rent Cocktail on Prime Video or in the Apple Store.

Cruise cleared the table in the color of silver

by Martin Scorsese The color of money was released the same year as the original Superior gun but certainly didn’t have the same cultural stamina. Either way, 24-year-old Cruise gave iconic director and co-star Paul Newman every ounce of himself in this film. Cruise plays Vince, an arrogant pool prodigy who is taken under the wing of legendary pool shark Eddie Felson. Predictably, Cruise did all of his pool stunts in the film, except for one stunt that he couldn’t pull off. But don’t worry, it’ll clear the table while lip-syncing to “Werewolves of London” will suffice.

The Color of Money is available to stream on Paramount+ and to rent on Prime Video.

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Tom Cruise ‘sucks’ in Interview with the Vampire

Just when fans thought Cruise couldn’t do anything wrong, he decided to prove otherwise with his performance in Interview with a Vampire. In his defense, it’s also not one of Brad Pitt’s best movies. Based on Anne Rice’s 1976 novel, the film follows Louis de Pitt and his journey to come to terms with his new life as a vampire and the conditions of survival. Cruise plays Lestat, the vampire who turned Louis and continually tempts him to kill humans for their blood. Predictably, Cruise lets loose in this one with a swaying English accent and wide-eyed look that will haunt viewers for years to come.

Interview with the Vampire is available to stream on HBO Max.

Cruise is a gymnast-lawyer at the firm

The company is the quintessential film of the 90s “They don’t make them like they used to”. Based on the famous novel by John Grisham, The company follows Harvard law grad Mitch McDeere as he joins a sleazy Nashville law firm. Now, this movie is really fun and has a pretty solid cruise performance. For fans of law and order thrillers, this movie will definitely satisfy them. That being said, there are plenty of head-scratching Cruise moments scattered throughout the film. For example, there’s a scene that shows Cruise doing four back flips with a child street performer. Why is he there? Most likely just to show the world a new trick Cruise learned between movies.

The cabinet is available for rent on Prime Video.

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Tom tried an Irish accent for Far and Away

Of the three films Cruise made with his ex-wife Nicole Kidman, Far is probably the least known. Directed by Ron Howard, this beautifully shot film fails in both its narrative and performance. Cruise and Kidman can barely maintain their Irish accents, to the point that it just becomes laughable. The story follows a young Irish couple as they immigrate to the United States in the late 1800s and join the westward farm movement. The movie is clearly trying to be something it’s not, which leads to plenty of unintended comedies that any Cruise fan will dig into.

Far and Away is available to rent on Prime Video.

Belted Cruise at Rock of Ages

Nobody asked for a movie version of the Broadway jukebox musical rock of ages, but thank the gods of Hollywood that Warner Bros. gave it to the masses. Anyone skeptical of giving this movie a shot just needs to know one detail. Tom Cruise sings Bon Jovi’s “Dead or Alive” while showing off two gun tattoos just above his waist and letting his long, rocking hair flow down. This film is truly a fever dream and offers audiences one of the most extravagant cruising performances ever captured.

Rock of Ages is available to stream on Hulu.

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