When it comes to the careers of Hollywood stars, they don’t come much bigger than Tom Cruise. The actor, who has appeared in a string of blockbuster movies, from sci-fi epics to explosive action films, is one of the most famous figures in the movie business and has fronted many high-profile, extremely profitable motion pictures.

But how many of Tom Cruise’s movies have you watched? A few? A lot? All of them?!

If you’re not quite sure what Tom Cruise movies you have viewed and what movies you still need to check out, then you will probably benefit from reading through this post.

Below you will find a list of all Tom Cruise’s movies, from his huge hits to his lesser-known films. The list also includes pictures in which Cruise has featured in a small role or even just a cameo.

Want to check out Tom Cruise’s movie portfolio? Then you had best keep on reading, as I go decade by decade through his back catalogue.




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Tom Cruise began his movie career at the beginning of the 1980s with roles in the movies Endless Love and Taps, both released in 1981. He then appeared in a string of films in 1983, including well-known pictures, Risky Business and All the Right Moves.

It was at this point that Tom Cruise’s movie career really started to blossom, leading to roles in films such as Legend, Cocktail and Rain Man. One of his most notable and enduring roles was that of Maverick in the 1986 movie, Top Gun.

Here is a list of all Tom Cruise’s movies throughout the 1980s:

  • Endless Love (1981)
  • Taps (1981)
  • The Outsiders (1983)
  • Losin’ It (1983)
  • Risky Business (1983)
  • All the Right Moves (1983)
  • Legend (1985)
  • Top Gun (1986)
  • The Color of Money (1986)
  • Cocktail (1986)
  • Rain Man (1988)
  • Born on the Fourth of July (1989)



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Moving into the 1990s and Tom Cruise’s career continued to go from strength-to-strength, beginning with the release of Days of Thunder in 1990. Other high-profile movies followed, including Interview with the Vampire, Jerry Maguire, and Magnolia.

It was during this decade that Cruise appeared in three movies alongside his then wife, Nicole Kidman, including the aforementioned Days of Thunder, Far and Away, and Eyes Wide Shut. The ‘90s also provided Cruise with the first entry in the Mission: Impossible film series – a collection of films which would prove to be huge for the actor for the next few decades.

Tom Cruise’s ‘90s films include:

  • Days of Thunder (1990)
  • Far and Away (1992)
  • A Few Good Men (1992)
  • The Firm (1993)
  • Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
  • Mission: Impossible (1996)
  • Jerry Maguire (1996)
  • Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
  • Magnolia (1999)



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Into the 2000s, and Cruise continued to push forward with his career, appearing in critically acclaimed movies Vanilla Sky and Collateral, as well as the popular sci-fi action-blockbuster, War of the Worlds.

Two more entries in the Mission: Impossible followed in the ‘00s, as did a hilarious cameo in the comedy spoof, Austin Powers in Goldmember. The actor also appeared in the comedic Tropic Thunder, then rounded out the decade with the war drama, Valkyrie.

Tom Cruise’s ‘00s movies included:

  • Mission: Impossible II (2000)
  • Vanilla Sky (2001)
  • Minority Report (2002)
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
  • The Last Samurai (2003)
  • Collateral (2004)
  • War of the Worlds (2005)
  • Mission: Impossible III (2006)
  • Lions for Lambs (2007)
  • Tropic Thunder (2008)
  • Valkyrie (2008)



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Although many actors would find their careers flagging this far on from their big break, Tom Cruise continued to remain popular with audiences as he moved into the 2010s. From action-adventures such as Knight and Day to the musical Rock of Ages, Cruise appeared in a run of pictures.

During this decade Cruise starred in three further Mission: Impossible movies, and took on the title role for two Jack Reacher films. Other films during this time included Edge of Tomorrow and American Made.

Tom Cruise’s 2010 movies include:

  • Knight and Day (2010)
  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
  • Rock of Ages (2012)
  • Jack Reacher (2012)
  • Oblivion (2013)
  • Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
  • The Mummy (2017)
  • American Made (2017)
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)



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And finally, moving into the 2020s, Cruise reprises the role of Maverick for the appropriately titled Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, before appearing in further Mission: Impossible movies.

Tom Cruise’s 2020s movies include:

  • Top Gun: Maverick (2021)
  • Mission: ImpossibleDead Reckoning Part One (2023)
  • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two (2024)


Thank you for stopping by It’s A Stampede! to read this post about Tom Cruise’s movie portfolio. The actor has had an interesting career and has managed to work with countless high-profile directors, including Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, and Cameron Crowe (amongst others), resulting in a strong run of films!

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