17. 'Mission: Impossible III' (2006)
The M:I series rallied under the guidance of director J.J. Abrams, who returned the films (somewhat) to the team-focused ethos of the original series with this third installment. Surprisingly funny, it gets by on character exchanges as much as it does on action scenes – which isn't to say that Cruise's Ethan Hunt doesn't kick major amounts of ass or remind us why we consistently pay money to see Tom run (and shoot, and hang from things, and fight, and…). Still, the real MVP here might be the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman, playing a uniquely deranged, genuinely threatening villain, by far the best heavy in this series.