From ‘Risky Business’ to ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ Tom Cruise’s 10 Greatest Roles

On the occasion of the release of “Top Gun: Maverick” which re -consecrated the Tom Cruise myth, “Les Inrockuptibles” listed the ten most important roles in the actor’s career.

For his second visit to Cannes in his career, Tom Cruise chose what was his greatest attribute: the art of decision -making. Arriving by helicopter on an aircraft carrier decorated for the occasion with a large red carpet, the myth “Top Gun” was re-activated from the skies of the Côte d’Azur. The face of an angel of nearly sixty years still rolled to the mechanics in a suit with his timeless ultra-bright smile.

This return to the track almost sums up the Tom Cruise phenomenon, a kind of delectable hyperbolic and supersonic creature. Walking from blockbuster to blockbuster over the decades, with some almost always associated detours towards auteur films and comedies, the craze for the star remains intact. A flashback to ten of his greatest performances (in chronological order).

1. Joel Goodson in Dangerous business (1983)

Entering the slide field with white socks on the floor: Tom Cruise is a rock star at home. This cult scene will reveal him to the general public, all in his briefs and shirt, electrified and fidgeting alone in his living room in Oldtime Rock and Roll by Bob Seger.

2. Pete Mitchell enters Top gun (1986)

As a fiery knight of heaven and an absolute golden-boy, Tom Cruise made his hair-lifting debut in action films and officially became a Hollywood star under the direction of Tony Scott. 36 years later, Maverick still remains master of the air.

3. Ron Kovic on Born on July 4 (1989)

This is the first Oscar nomination for best actor for Tom Cruise, who explained for Oliver Stone the true story of Ron Kovic, a former soldier who became paraplegic after the Vietnam War. In total destruction of her image as a symbol of gender, she includes here a wounded America plagued by doubts.

4. Lestat de Lioncourt sa Interview with a Vampire (1994)

Together with Brad Pitt, they form a mythical tandem of bloodsuckers, erotic and kitsch. Launched in a car on American night on Compassionate to the Devilblond haired and sharp dogs, Tom Cruise has already written two of his beautiful motifs: speed and eternal life.

5. Ethan Hunt enters Mission impossible (1996)

With the franchise Mission impossible, Tom Cruise has become the iconic and irresistible actor of American action cinema, Ethan Hunt his mythological figurehead. With his clear taste for absence and ascension, Tom Cruise’s body is gradually transforming into a Hollywood machine and machine.

6. Jerry Maguire sa jerry maguire (1996)

We leftact for a romantic comedy-drama by Cameron Crowe. Faced with Renée Zellweger, Tom Cruise contains a captivating sports agent but full of weaknesses and funny melancholy. It’s always very cool to search for the meaning of life with Tom Cruise.

7. Bill Harford on Eyes closed (1999)

In Stanley Kubrick’s film Testament, Tom Cruise wanders with his then -wife Nicole Kidman, through labyrinthine, erotic and disturbing London. Wandering through a waking dream, behind masks, the actor carries within him a mystery that is still unsolved to this day.

8. Ray Ferrier sa War of the Worlds (2005)

Two -eyed ball of deep black, grain of tears, in the midst of disaster. When Tom Cruise starts singing, to appease his daughter (Dakota Fanning), Small Deuce Coupe of the Beach Boys, the battle may rest.

9. Vincent sa Collateral (2004)

Tom Cruise, who was very well shot by Michael Mann in Endless Night, walks in his metallic hair and gray suit on the streets of Los Angeles. A contract killer with sharp looks, he is a demented anti-hero in the urban manhunt with a streak of ultra-loneliness.

10. Commander William “Bill” Cage in Edge of Tomorrow (2017)

Endless Days with Aliens: Tom Cruise Never Dies in This die and try again where he throws his body into a time loop preparing him to relive the same battle over and over again. The greatest runner in cinema history, wearing high-tech armor, became a truly immortal machine.

Bonus: The Grossmans in Tropical Thunder (2008)

In less rock and more hip-hop versions, 25 years later Dangerous businessTom Cruise dances in a new solo dance exercise to close out Ben Stiller’s comedy Come back by Ludacris. With XXL glasses, a well started baldness and a solid gold chain, the actor went unrecognizable and signed a performance that immediately pushed to the top of his most significant appearances. “Heads up!

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