36. 'Days of Thunder' (1990)
Attempting to recapture that Top Gun magic (a questionable proposition to begin with; see No. 27), Cruise re-teamed with director Tony Scott and producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer for this rushed-into-production knockoff about a racecar driver who has to set aside his rebellious ways, learn to love, and achieve glory. Cruise does very little with his blandly-written role — the only bright spots are Robert Duvall as Cruise's mentor, and Nicole Kidman (the future Mrs. Cruise) as his love interest.