14. 'The Color of Money' (1986)
Cruise teamed up with Martin Scorsese and Paul Newman in this sequel to The Hustler, and impressively held his own. It has all the usual Tom Cruise vehicle tropes — he's a young, impetuous, talented pool shark who is taken under the wing of a veteran player, while romancing a sassy, independent-minded woman (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). But Scorsese's stylized, frenetic direction gives the movie its own special energy. It's loads of fun — check out Cruise's gleeful arrogance as he famously runs the table to the tune of Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" — and watching the brash young movie star face off against the world-weary Newman, you start to wonder whether you might be watching a documentary.