9. 'Rain Man' (1988)
The movie was a runaway hit, took home that year's Best Picture Oscar and helped Dustin Hoffman win the Best Actor award — oddly enough, Tom Cruise is the one underrated aspect of this touching hit drama about a craven young man's cross country trip with his autistic older brother. As a slick car salesman who learns about family, selflessness, and devotion from his mentally troubled sibling, Cruise is the one whose emotional arc has to carry the movie. Rising to the challenge, the actor gave one of his most touching performances to date – going from shameless yuppie to protective brother to emotional mess. It's a shame that he was overlooked when it came to awards season.