His Films Ranked From Worst To Best

Tom CruiseHas been one of Hollywood’s most prominent stars for decades, with a career that spans more than 40 years since his debut in 1980.

Cruise’s filmography includes more than 40 films. Few can match it. The Magnolia star has dabbled in every genre but is best known for his work in various action flicks — including the Mission: Impossible Top GunFranchises are some of the most important blockbusters of all time.

With his level of success, there are a great number of contenders for Cruise’s best overall features, however, Rotten Tomatoes — a review-aggregation website for film and television which launched in August 1998 — collects data from critics and audience members throughout the United States to craft a definitive list of the New York native’s films from worst to best.

Scroll down to see the top-rated film:


42. Cocktail (1988)
With a score of just 9% Cocktail comes in as Cruise’s lowest-ranked film ever. Despite his work as a headliner, the Legend actor’s attempt at a romance film fell flat with viewers. Cruise was the only Razzie Award for Worst Picture winner to appear in an Oscar winner for Best Picture.

41. The Mummy (2017)
The Mummy was Universal’s failed attempt at a quasi-Marvel Cinematic Universe with what they contended to be their own “Dark Universe.” Cruise starred in a resurrection of the original 1999 film and was intended to get fans excited for a new shared universe with all of Universal’s “Monsters” properties. Unfortunately, this film tanked, and the entire “Dark Universe” concept was scrapped.

40. Losin’ It (1983)
One of Jack Reacher star’s earliest films — and perhaps the first to cast Cruise as its star — Losin’ ItIt received poor reviews and was a disappointment at the box office.

Tom Cruise Filmography Ranked From Worst to Best

39. Lions For Lambs (2007)
Co-stars Meryl Streep Robert Redford couldn’t save this drama and Lions For Lambsopened to criticism. However, according to IMDbThe film managed to almost double its $35M budget, totaling $63 million at the final box office.

38. Days of Thunder (1990)
This NASCAR-themed film didn’t make it to the finish line, despite all its stunts and thrills.

37. Jack Reacher Never Go Back (2016)
One of Cruise’s more recent flicks (and a sequel to a film with a higher ranking), the second Jack Reacher The movie failed to capitalize upon the success of the original, but plans were made to finish it. John GrishamTrilogy being tossed.

36. Legend (1985)
This film has all the ingredients for a great movie. Ridley Scott film, but it’s neither Scott’s nor Cruise’s best work.

Tom Cruise Filmography Ranked From Worst to Best
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35. Vanilla Sky (2001)
Vanilla Sky Despite starring other superstars, the film received mixed reviews. Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell.

34. Rock of Ages (2012)
One of Cruise’s only musicals to grace this list, Rock of AgesThe film’s star-studded cast gives a solid performance. Cruise sings in the film, which gives us a rare glimpse at his other talents.

33. Far and Away (1992)
Far and AwayCruise and his then-wife are pitted Nicole Kidman in this ’90s drama that screened at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival and had a score composed by John Williams. Cruise and Kidman portray Irish immigrants who come to America in search of fortune.

Tom Cruise Filmography Ranked From Worst to Best
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32. Knight and Day (2010)
Cruise and Diaz join forces for this mid-level action comedy. Knight and Day marked the second time Cruise and the Bad Teacher actress star together in a film after 2001’s Vanilla Sky.

31. Oblivion (2013)
Cruise stars opposite Morgan FreemanThis 2013 sci-fi adventure is for you. OblivionWhile the film’s visuals and effects were praised by critics, it was ultimately criticized for other aspects.

30. Top Gun (1986)
The original received only average reviews. Top GunIt was a huge commercial success. The film had a budget of $15 million, but it was able to make more than $350,000,000 worldwide. IMDb.

29. Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
The second franchise is the lowest, Mission: Impossible is fairly universally panned as the series’ worst, despite spawning a number of sequels. It was directed and produced by the legendary John Woo.

Tom Cruise Filmography Ranked From Worst to Best
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28. Valkyrie (2008)
Set in Germany during World War II ValkyrieThe true story of a group German officers plotting to assassinate Hitler, and retake control of the country. Despite the subject matter, critics considered the film only “mildly entertaining.”

27. All the Right Moves (1983)
Another one of Cruise’s earliest films, All the Right Moves is a sports drama and coming-of-age film led by Cruise as the star of his high school’s football team.

26. Jack Reacher (2012)
Based on Lee Child’sNovel One Shot, Jack ReacherIt was a modest success in its attempts to be the next big crime franchise. Although the first ReacherThe film was a success on all counts, but the sequel didn’t live up to the hype.

25. Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Interview with the VampireStars Cruise as Lestat De Lioncourt in adaptation of Anne Rice’s first The Vampire Chronicles novel.

Tom Cruise Filmography Ranked From Worst to Best

24. Mission: Impossible (1996)
The film that would launch one of the most successful movie franchises in history. Mission: Impossible,The genre of spy movies was changed as soon as it was known. Directed and directed by Brian De Palma, Mission: Impossible Continues the story of the 1966 television program and its 1988 sequel series.

23. The Last Samurai (2003)
Cruise stars Ken WatanabeIn this period action film, a soldier from the United States is depicted as a Japanese soldier of 19th century who becomes a samurai.

22. Taps (1981)
Cruise’s second-ever movie, Taps, The drama film was about fictional military personnel. Timothy HuttonHe was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his performance. TapsWas Sean Penn’s first movie role. This casting director clearly had an eye for talent.

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21. The Outsiders (1983)
Directed By Francis Ford Coppola, The OutsidersIt centers on a group of rural Oklahoma teens. It was one of Cruise’s earliest roles, it was one of the earliest roles for actors Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, and Ralph Macchio.

20. Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Directed By J.J. Abrams, this third installment of Cruise’s famed spy franchise brings the Mission: Impossible series from the lull it experienced during its first sequel. M:IIIIIt was the most popular film in the original trilogy, but the other films have been equally well-received.

19. The Firm (1993)
Cruise delivers a stunning performance The Firm. This was a commercial success that opened and starred other 90s icons. Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Jeanne Tripplehorn.

18. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
One of Stanley Kubrick’s most celebrated films, Eyes Wide Shut For the second time, Tom Cruise stars opposite Kidman’s then-wife. The steamy romance would be Kubrick’s last film, as he passed six days after its final showing for the studio — four months before the film was released.

Tom Cruise Filmography Ranked From Worst to Best
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17. War of the Worlds (2005)
Cruise team up with the acclaimed director Steven SpielbergH.G. Wells’ famed sci-fi novel from 1897. Dakota FanningFreeman also stars in the film.

16. Tropic Thunder (2008)
These are the unforgettable stars of satire Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr.As actors making a movie about Vietnam War. Tropic ThunderA cast of talented actors also parodies a range of films and tropes. Matthew McConaughey, Bill Hader, Danny McBrideCruise as Les Grossman.

15. A Few Good Men (1992)
Cruise and Jack NicholsonThis courtroom drama will be a success with the help of seasoned actors Demi Moore Kevin Bacon.

14. Magnolia (1999)
This Paul Thomas AndersonThe film received mostly positive reviews, despite critics claiming it was too dramatic and long.

Tom Cruise Filmography Ranked From Worst to Best
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13. Jerry Maguire (1996)
The focus is on romance and sports. Cameron Crowe-directed Jerry MaguireCruise gives an unforgettable performance, and Cruise also shows great support from his co-stars Renée Zellweger Cuba Gooding Jr.

12. American Made (2017)
Inspired by real-life events American MadeThis film tells the story about Barry Seal, an American pilot who moved from working for CIA into smuggling drugs to the Medellin Cartel. Cruise is the star of this highly-rated drama.

11. Born on the Fourth July (1989)
This Oliver StoneThe film is directed by Ron Kovic and follows a patriotic film about a 1960s teen who joins the Marines. The story is based on Ron Kovic’s 1976 autobiography of the same name and follows the anti-war sentiment the book establishes.

10. Collateral (2004)
Michael Mann’s CollateralThis action flick is a critical success because of its dreamy visuals and noir feel. Jamie Foxx, Jada pinkett Smith, Mark RuffaloAlso star.

9. The Color of Money (1986)
Directed By Martin ScorseseStaring Paul Newman, The Color of Money was destined to be a success with Newman playing a former pool hustler who takes Cruise under his wing as a protége.

Tom Cruise Filmography Ranked From Worst to Best
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8. Rain Man (1988)
Cruise shares the screen Dustin HoffmanThe film was released in 1988 and takes place over the course a roadtrip. The film was a great success, winning four Academy Award nominations and eight Academy Award nominations.

7. Minority Report (2002)
One of the most highly acclaimed science fiction films in the 2000s. Minority Report was directed by Spielberg and was loosely adapted from Philip K. Dick’s 1956 short story, “The Minority Report.”

6. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
This sci-fi film, directed by Doug Liman, was a hit with Cruisers Emily BluntBoth are tasked with saving humanity from an alien attack.

Tom Cruise Filmography Ranked From Worst to Best
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5. Risky Business (1983)
One of Cruise’s first hits, this sex comedy follows the actor as a high school senior whose parents leave for a vacation. Naturally, chaos ensues.

4. Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (2011)
The fourth installment M:I franchise, Ghost ProtocolThe series is now at a new level. This is the only one of the M:IBrad Bird directs films, and also stars in them Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton.

3. Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation (2015)
A follow-up to 2011’s Ghost Protocol, Rogue NationThe fifth installment of the Mission Impossible franchise.

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2. Top Gun: Maverick (2022)
2022 release Top Gun: Maverick is Cruise’s most recent film to date. The action-adventure film has earned more than $1 billion at box office so far, surpassing its predecessor by both ratings and profit. It is also the fifth highest-grossing film ever domestically and the top-grossing film of Cruise’s career.

1. Mission: Impossible — Fallout (2018)
The sixth and most recent Mission: Impossible film to date, Fallout is Cruise’s highest received film overall and was directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Fallout made almost $800 million worldwide and is Cruise’s highest-grossing film at the time of its release.

A sequel in two parts to the film. Dead ReckoningIt is currently in development and will premiere in 2023 or 2024.