4. 'Minority Report' (2002)
Why yes, Steven Spielberg's sci-fi potboiler about a world where you can be arrested for future crimes (instead of past ones) does feel amazingly prescient. But what makes it so special is its unique ability to juggle dark social themes, a tense mystery plot, and an insane, freewheeling sense of fun. And as the pre-crime cop-turned-fugitive at the heart of this tale, Cruise is one of the film's most formidable weapons. He merges the driven, upright character of his early years with the more physical action hero of his later years. But he's supremely vulnerable, too: a man who hides his doubt and suffering under a cloak of unquestioning determination.