Risky Business: Every Tom Cruise Film, Ranked – Updated

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

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'Top Gun' (1986)

29. 'Top Gun' (1986)

The movie that exemplified the macho militarism of the Reagan era, Tony Scott's music video of an action flick about young, hot-dogging flying aces in an elite military training program solidified Cruise's stardom — and has dated in all sorts of troubling ways. What once felt like a fun chance to watch a bunch of young, good-looking guys tooling around in giant penises fast airplanes now feels jingoistic and clunky (except for the volleyball scene, which simply feels like pandering). Still, Cruise remains intensely likable as Maverick, his quintessential stuck-up rebel hero who has to learn to endure love and loss and finally become part of the team. It's just the movie around him that's so toxic.

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