23. 'Interview with the Vampire' (1994)
No less a luminary than author Anne Rice publicly objected to the casting of Cruise as the dashing and mysterious Vampire Lestat in Neil Jordan's star-studded adaptation of her best-selling novel. Rice eventually came around, and time has been kinder to it: What seemed like an overtly preening performance by Cruise at the time now comes off as a cavalier callousness hardened by centuries. The film still drags in parts – today, the episodic story would be a natural for a TV or cable series – but it's an offbeat, engaging, and curiously somber little epic.