All Tom Cruise Movies, Ranked by Critics’ Scores

Tom Cruise made his film debut in the Brooke Shields vehicle Endless Love (1981). His breakthrough role was in the coming-of-age comedy Risky Business (1983), which garnered Cruise his first nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. In 1986, Cruise played a Naval Aviator in the Tony Scott-directed action drama Top Gun (the highest-grossing film that year). More than 20 years after the original, Cruise climbed back into the cockpit to revive Maverick for a sequel to his 1986 hit Top Gun: Maverick (2022).

Take a look at every Tom Cruise movie performance, ranked by critics from worst to best!

Cocktail. (1988)

Tomatometer: 7% – Metascore: 12

Starring: Tom Cruise, Elisabeth Shue, Bryan Brown, Lisa Banes, Kelly Lynch

Directed By: Roger Donaldson

The Mummy (2017)

Tomatometer: 16% – Metascore: 34

Starring: Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson

Directed By: Alex Kurtzman

Losin’ It (1982)

Tomatometer: 18% – Metascore: 51

Starring: Tom Cruise, Shelley Long, John Stockwell, Rick Rossovich, Jackie Earle Haley

Directed By: Curtis Hanson

The Eye (2008)

Tomatometer: 22% – Metascore: 36

Starring: Jessica Alba, Parker Posey, Alessandro Nivola, Tamlyn Tomita, Fernanda Romero

Directed By: David Moreau, Xavier Palud

Endless Love (1981)

Tomatometer: 26% – Metascore: 30

Starring: Brooke Shields, Martin Hewitt, Shirley Knight, Don Murray, Richard Kiley

Directed By: Franco Zeffirelli

Lions for Lambs (2007)

Tomatometer: 27% – Metascore: 47

Starring: Tom Cruise, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Derek Luke, Michael Peña

Directed By: Robert Redford

Elizabethtown (2005)

Tomatometer: 28% – Metascore: 45

Starring: Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon, Jessica Biel, Alec Baldwin

Directed By: Cameron Crowe

Ask the Dust (2006)

Tomatometer: 35% – Metascore: 58

Starring: Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek, Donald Sutherland, Eileen Atkins, Idina Menzel

Directed By: Robert Towne

Days of Thunder (1990)

Tomatometer: 38% – Metascore: 60

Starring: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Cary Elwes

Directed By: Tony Scott

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

Tomatometer: 38% – Metascore: 47

Starring: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Danika Yarosh, Aldis Hodge, Sue-Lynn Ansari

Directed By: Edward Zwick

Legend (1985)

Tomatometer: 40% – Metascore: 30

Starring: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent, Alice Playten

Directed By: Ridley Scott

Vanilla Sky (2001)

Tomatometer: 42% – Metascore: 45

Starring: Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Kurt Russell, Cameron Diaz, Jason Lee

Directed By: Cameron Crowe

Rock of Ages (2012)

Tomatometer: 43% – Metascore: 47

Starring: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin

Directed By: Adam Shankman

Far and Away (1992)

Tomatometer: 50% – Metascore: 49

Starring: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Thomas Gibson, Robert Prosky, Barbara Babcock

Directed By: Ron Howard

Knight and Day (2010)

Tomatometer: 52% – Metascore: 46

Starring: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Paul Dano, Jordi Mollà

Directed By: James Mangold

Oblivion (2013)

Tomatometer: 53% – Metascore: 54

Starring: Tom Cruise, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Directed By: Joseph Kosinski

Top Gun (1986)

Tomatometer: 55% – Metascore: 50

Starring: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Tom Skerritt, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer

Directed By: Tony Scott

Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)

Tomatometer: 57% – Metascore: 59

Starring: Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandiwe Newton, Richard Roxburgh, John Polson

Directed By: John Woo

Valkyrie (2008)

Tomatometer: 62% – Metascore: 56

Starring: Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Terence Stamp

Directed By: Bryan Singer

All the Right Moves (1983)

Tomatometer: 63% – Metascore: 62

Starring: Tom Cruise, Craig T. Nelson, Lea Thompson, Charles Cioffi, Sandy Faison

Directed By: Michael Chapman

Jack Reacher (2012)

Tomatometer: 63% – Metascore: 50

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, Werner Herzog

Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie

Interview With the Vampire (1994)

Tomatometer: 64% – Metascore: 59

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, Werner Herzog

Directed By: Neil Jordan

Mission: Impossible (1996)

Tomatometer: 66% – Metascore: 59

Starring: Tom Cruise, Emmanuelle Béart, Jon Voight, Jean Reno, Vanessa Redgrave

Directed By: Brian De Palma

The Last Samurai (2003)

Tomatometer: 66% – Metascore: 55

Starring: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Timothy Spall

Directed By: Edward Zwick

Taps (1981)

Tomatometer: 68% – Metascore: 49

Starring: George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn, Ronny Cox, Tom Cruise

Directed By: Harold Becker

The Outsiders (1983)

Tomatometer: 68% – Metascore: 45

Starring: C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Diane Lane, Rob Lowe

Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

Mission: Impossible III (2006)

Tomatometer: 71% – Metascore: 66

Starring: Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan

Directed By: J.J. Abrams

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Tomatometer: 75% – Metascore: 68

Starring: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack, Marie Richardson, Leelee Sobieski

Directed By: Stanley Kubrick

The Firm (1993)

Tomatometer: 75% – Metascore: 58

Starring: Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Holly Hunter, Ed Harris, David Strathairn

Directed By: Sydney Pollack

War of the Worlds (2005)

Tomatometer: 75% – Metascore: 73

Starring: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto

Directed By: Steven Spielberg

Without Limits (1998)

Tomatometer: 79% – Metascore: 71

Starring: Billy Crudup, Donald Sutherland, Monica Potter, Jeremy Sisto, Matthew Lillard

Directed By: Robert Towne

Tropic Thunder (2008)

Tomatometer: 82% – Metascore: 71

Starring: Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Brandon T. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Tom Cruise

Directed By: Ben Stiller

A Few Good Men (1992)

Tomatometer: 83% – Metascore: 62

Starring: Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, Kevin Pollak, Wolfgang Bodison

Directed By: Rob Reiner

Magnolia (1999)

Tomatometer: 83% – Metascore: 77

Starring: Tom Cruise, John C. Reilly, Philip Baker Hall, William H. Macy, Jeremy Blackman

Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

Narc (2002)

Tomatometer: 83% – Metascore: 70

Starring: Jason Patric, Ray Liotta, Busta Rhymes, Chi McBride, Dan Leis

Directed By: Joe Carnahan

Jerry Maguire (1996)

Tomatometer: 84% – Metascore: 77

Starring: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston, Jerry O’Connell

Directed By: Cameron Crowe

The Others (2001)

Tomatometer: 84% – Metascore: 74

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flanagan, Christopher Eccleston, Alakina Mann, James Bentley

Directed By: Alejandro Amenábar

American Made (2017)

Tomatometer: 85% – Metascore: 65

Starring: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Jayma Mays, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons

Directed By: Doug Liman

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Tomatometer: 86% – Metascore: 75

Starring: Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava, Kyra Sedgwick

Directed By: Oliver Stone

Collateral (2004)

Tomatometer: 86% – Metascore: 71

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg

Directed By: Michael Mann

Space Station (2004)

Tomatometer: 87% – Metascore: 69

Starring: Tom Cruise

Directed By: Toni Myers

Rain Man (1988)

Tomatometer: 89% – Metascore: 65

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Bonnie Hunt, Gerald R. Molen

Directed By: Barry Levinson

The Color of Money (1986)

Tomatometer: 89% – Metascore: 77

Starring: Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, John Turturro, Helen Shaver

Directed By: Martin Scorsese

Minority Report (2002)

Tomatometer: 90% – Metascore: 80

Starring: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow, Tim Blake Nelson

Directed By: Steven Spielberg

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Tomatometer: 91% – Metascore: 71

Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Brendan Gleeson

Directed By: Doug Liman

Risky Business (1983)

Tomatometer: 92% – Metascore: 75

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Masur, Bronson Pinchot

Directed By: Paul Brickman

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

Tomatometer: 93% – Metascore: 73

Starring: Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Michael Nyqvist

Directed By: Brad Bird

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

Tomatometer: 94% – Metascore: 75

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Sean Harris

Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)

Tomatometer: 97% – Metascore: 86

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames

Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie

Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

Tomatometer: 97% – Metascore: 79

Starring: Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell

Directed By: Joseph Kosinski