Risky Business: Every Tom Cruise Film, Ranked

From top guns to impossible missions, we rate the movies of America's reigning movie star from worst to best

'Eyes Wide Shut' (1999)
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5. 'Eyes Wide Shut' (1999)

True, the film has dodgy spots: Stanley Kubrick died before he could finish editing the film, so we're effectively watching a rough cut. But as Cruise's disconsolate Dr. Bill Harford journeys into a dreamlike New York City night in a bizarre quest to explore his sexual dark side, what emerges is a sensitive, mesmerizing film about the masks that we must all occasionally wear to find some semblance of happiness. It seems like an odd part for Cruise — the role of a humiliated husband — but his awkwardness in the part feels intentional: This is a guy who isn't sure what's going on, and always feels uncomfortable. Nicole Kidman is terrific as Harford's mysterious wife; the two have very little chemistry together, but that too is part of the idea, it seems. (They divorced several years later.) 

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