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

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31. "Mission: Impossible II" (2000)

For one of the biggest and most resilient movie stars on the planet, Tom Cruise has very few franchise movies — the Mission: Impossible films are it. (Though there are also efforts underway to make more Jack Reacher films; see No. 22.) And Cruise, as producer on the M:I films, has maintained an impressive level of quality control over the series: hiring top-notch action directors and co-stars, and making sure each script is choc-a-block with inventive, wildly unreal set pieces. Except for this one, which, despite having the talents of John Woo behind the camera and co-stars such as Thandie Newton and Brendan Glesson, just gets lost amid a mess of goofy disguises and inane action scenes. Luckily, the series rallied strongly from this low-point (which, to be fair, scored $540 million at the worldwide box office – one of Cruise's biggest hits). 

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