Few movie stars have as broad and diverse a catalog of movies to choose a a top 10 list from as Tom Cruise.
With his newest movie Rock of Ages now out, in which he plays a rock star, it feels like good timing to look back on his long and rather illustrious career.
But a Tom Cruise favorite movie list is not an easy list to compile.
Tom Cruise (Photo by LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Automatically, there is disagreement because of the high degree of subjectivity involved.
For the purposes of this list, his 10 most engaging films, the main considerations are a unique plot line (non-formulaic/suspenseful and compelling subject material) and great acting. Also, do the movies maintain these qualities over time?
Many people will wonder how Top Gun, Jerry Maguire, A Few Good Men and others couldn’t make the list. Though many of his movies have left indelible marks on the public for more than a generation, examining the impact of Tom Cruise on pop culture is not the purpose for this list.