12. 'A Few Good Men' (1992)
Directed by Rob Reiner and written by Aaron Sorkin, this gloriously satisfying cheeseburger of a movie finds Cruise playing a Navy lawyer looking into the death of a young Marine at a Guantanamo Bay base run by snarling, contemptuous, powerful Colonel (Jack Nicholson). A bit shouty in parts, but the movie earns its bigness: The final stand-off between Cruise and Nicholson has rightly gone down in movie history for its insanely exciting back-and-forth ("I want the truth!" "You can't handle the truth!"). It's the kind of crackerjack legal thriller they don't make anymore, and Cruise's ramrod performance is one the reasons you wish they did.