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

'Mission: Impossible' (1996)
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6. 'Mission: Impossible' (1996)

When this action hit first came out, fans of the original series were upset that the film underplayed the whole cooperation-between-teammates-with-different-skills thing, focusing instead on the heroics of the lone Cruise character. Fair enough. But what a movie! Director Brian De Palma delivers an atmospheric Cold War thriller that turns into a North by Northwest-style adventure before transforming into a go-for-broke action spectacle. Meanwhile, Cruise becomes a bona-fide action hero here. (Previously, most of his action movies had simply asked him to control large, powerful vehicles.) Watch the justly celebrated, wordless Pentagon break-in sequence: what makes it work so well is the subtle slapstick Cruise brings to being suspended in air.

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