Tom Cruise Birthday Special: Best movies of Hollywood star
Tom Cruise Birthday Special: Best movies of Hollywood star

Tom Cruise is a world famous actor and producer. He is one of the highest-paid actors in the world and one of Hollywood’s most popular leading men, known for his clean-cut good looks and versatility. He has received various accolades for his work, including three Golden Globe Awards and three nominations for Academy Awards.

He celebrates his 59th birthday on July 3, 2021.

Intestinally, he was almost 'Born on the fourth of July,' which matches the title of one of the most acclaimed roles in his career.

With a film career that spans almost four decades, Tom Cruise is arguably the biggest movie star of this generation. He has exhibited a broad depth and range of characters in his films, playing many diverse roles. He has millions of fans around the globe.

On his birthday, here's a look at some of his best performances:

1. JERRY MAGUIRE (1996)

Tom Cruise Birthday Special: From 'Born on the Fourth of July' to 'Mission Impossible', best movies of Hollywood star

Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama sports film written, produced, and directed by Cameron Crowe, and stars Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger and Regina King.

Jerry Maguire is one of Cruise’s best film, winning his second Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and earning nominations from both the Academy and the Screen Actors Guild.

2. MAGNOLIA (1999)

Tom Cruise Birthday Special: From 'Born on the Fourth of July' to 'Mission Impossible', best movies of Hollywood star

Magnolia is a 1999 psychological drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

It received positive reviews, with critics praising its ambition in acting (particularly Cruise), direction, screenplay, and storytelling.

For his performance, Cruise won his third Golden Globe, third Oscar nomination and two nominations from the Screen Actors Guild.

3. BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (1989)

Tom Cruise Birthday Special: From 'Born on the Fourth of July' to 'Mission Impossible', best movies of Hollywood star

Born on the Fourth of July is an American biographical anti-war drama film, based on the eponymous 1976 autobiography by Ron Kovic. It was directed by Oliver Stone.

Cruise won his first Golden Globe Award and earned his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the activist who's confined to a wheelchair owing to the injuries he sustained in battle.

4. A FEW GOOD MEN (1992)

Tom Cruise Birthday Special: From 'Born on the Fourth of July' to 'Mission Impossible', best movies of Hollywood star

A Few Good Men is a 1992 legal drama film based on Aaron Sorkin's 1989 play of the same name, directed by Rob Reiner.

For his performance as Kaffee in this movie, Cruise earned his third Golden Globe nomination.

5. RAIN MAN (1988)

Tom Cruise Birthday Special: From 'Born on the Fourth of July' to 'Mission Impossible', best movies of Hollywood star

Rain Man was the highest-grossing film of 1988. It has been directed by Barry Levinson.

Oscar winner for Best Picture, it is one of the major movies in Cruise’s filmography, even though it’s co-star Dustin Hoffman’s film.

6. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE series (1996, 2000, 2006, 2011, 2015, 2018)

Tom Cruise Birthday Special: From 'Born on the Fourth of July' to 'Mission Impossible', best movies of Hollywood star

The big-screen adaptation of the 1960s TV espionage series has spawned six film incarnations, with seventh and eighth instalments tentatively scheduled for 2021 and 2022.

Cruise portrays Ethan Hunt, who, in the first film, is forced to take over as leader of the Impossible Missions Force (IMF) after the team has been betrayed.

Under the direction of Brian DePalma, the first film — 'Mission Impossible' (1996) — created the most iconic 'MI' image, that of Cruise being lowered by wires in order to avoid laser alarms.

7. MINORITY REPORT (2002)

Tom Cruise Birthday Special: From 'Born on the Fourth of July' to 'Mission Impossible', best movies of Hollywood star

Minority Report is a 2002 American science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Tom Cruise, it is loosely based on the short story 'The Minority Report' by Philip K. Dick.

8. TOP GUN (1986)

Tom Cruise Birthday Special: From 'Born on the Fourth of July' to 'Mission Impossible', best movies of Hollywood star

Top Gun is a 1986 action-drama film directed by Tony Scott.

In one of his most iconic roles as Lt. Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell, Cruise heads up a group of closely-knit naval aviators aboard the USS Enterprise.

'Top Gun' is considered to be one of the quintessential movies of the 1980s.

EDGE OF TOMORROW (2014)

Tom Cruise Birthday Special: From 'Born on the Fourth of July' to 'Mission Impossible', best movies of Hollywood star

Edge of Tomorrow (Live Die Repeat) is a 2014 sci-fi action film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.

Doug Liman directed the film.

It's based on a screenplay adapted from the 2004 Japanese light novel 'All You Need Is Kill' by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

Cruise received his best reviews in over a decade with this film. A sequel, titled 'Live Die Repeat and Repeat', is in development.

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