Cinema / 02-12-2019

11 Best Tom Cruise Action Movies Worth Streaming As We Wait For Top Gun: Maverick

11 Best Tom Cruise Action Movies Worth Streaming As We Wait For Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun

Gotta start at the top with Top Gun. It's hard to overstate how big a deal this movie was when it came out in 1986. The movie was reportedly made on a $15 million budget and grossed $353.8 million worldwide from a fairly even split between the domestic (U.S./Canada) box office and the international markets, per Box Office Mojo. That's what you call a pretty profit. It's amazing that a sequel hasn't happened before now, but the stakes are pretty high to live up to the original. Here's more of what we know so far about Top Gun 2.

Stream Top Gun to rent or buy on Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, or Vudu. As of December 2019, it is not available on Netflix.

Days of Thunder

Tom Cruise's need for speed continued on the ground with this race car driving film. The 1990 action movie marked the first of three flicks for Cruise and his now ex-wife Nicole Kidman. Is it a great movie? Eh. Not really, but it did well at the box office -- and Quentin Tarantino apparently said it was his favorite big budget racing movie. I wonder if he'd still say the same after Ford V Ferrari.

Stream Days of Thunder now with a Hulu subscription, or pay to rent/buy it through Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, etc.

Mission: Impossible

When Tom Cruise showed up as Ethan Hunt in this 1996 movie, there was no guarantee it would be a hit. Certainly no guarantee it would launch a franchise that somehow keeps getting better. Talk about an impossible mission! There was already an original Mission: Impossible TV series and a sequel series. You could've fairly asked "Do we need a movie?" Turns out, yes! Several! The first Mission: Impossible made $457.7 million off a reported $80 million production budget. After that, we got M:I movies of varying quality, but Fallout is arguably the best in years, if not ever. At this point, it's exciting to know Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie have more to come.

Stream the first Mission: Impossible movie to rent/buy on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play, or Vudu. Fallout is available now on Hulu.

Minority Report

Every so often, Tom Cruise dabbles in action sci-fi, including for this 2002 thriller. The script was very loosely based on Philip K. Dick's story "The Minority Report" and directed by Steven Spielberg, who would direct Cruise in another sci-fi action movie below. Minority Report is definitely a thinking person's action thriller with some murder mystery twists. It also has a great star-studded cast -- from the great Max von Sydow to Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton.

Stream Minority Report with a Philo subscription, or pay to rent/buy on Amazon and the usual suspects named above.

The Last Samurai

Tom Cruise in a samurai movie? Yep, and it works. This 2003 movie directed by Edward Zwick was inspired by a little-known era in history, the 1877 Satsuma Rebellion in Japan. The Last Samurai got good reviews from fans and critics and made a solid amount of money worldwide. It also introduced Ken Watanabe to the wider world, and he earned an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in this movie.

Stream The Last Samurai free (with ads) on Vudu.


Collateral felt like something brand new from Tom Cruise. A different look, a different type, a different kind of action thriller. He's not like Tom Hanks, he's OK with being the bad guy sometimes. This time, he was a hitman in Michael Mann's movie. Cruise prepared for his role by assassinating co-workers by Post-It, which just sounds loopy and I love it. Jamie Foxx was the one nominated for an Oscar, but Cruise is the backbone of the 2004 movie.

Stream Collateral for rent/purchase at Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, etc.

War of the Worlds

Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise reunited for another sci-fi movie in 2005's War of the Worlds. The movie, narrated by Morgan Freeman, was very loosely based on H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds. The film got decent reviews from critics and slightly lower scores from fans, and I have to say I'm with the fans -- at least today. I just rewatched this one on HBO and it's not Mummy-bad but I can't say I loved it.

Stream War of the Worlds now on HBO.

Jack Reacher

Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher franchise stalled out after the second one, but I still like the movies. OK, maybe he doesn't look like the character Lee Child wrote. Frankly, I don't care. The 2012 Jack Reacher movie was written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, and the guy really does know how to make a good movie -- especially a good Tom Cruise movie. The 2016 sequel was inferior and I'm willing to say it's because it lacked McQuarrie. I wouldn't say it was bad, just disappointing and mostly a waste of Cobie Smulders. Hey, at least Cruise taught her how to do stunts!

Stream the first Jack Reacher movie on TNT, or for rent/buy on Amazon and the usual suspects.


Was this movie overlooked? The 2013 post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie only did OK at the box office after getting OK reviews from critics and only slightly more positive scores from fans. I'm not here to say it's a classic, but why not revisit it almost seven years later and see what you think of the movie It co-stars Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Andrea Riseborough, and Melissa Leo.

Stream Oblivion on Amazon and the usual places; it's not on Netflix at the moment but it might return.

The Mummy

No, I'm not saying this is one of Tom Cruise's best action movies. But I do think it's worth streaming to appreciate how rare it is for a Cruise film to go wrong. When this reboot of The Mummy franchise came out in 2017, it was pretty much panned across the board. It was supposed to be the first movie in Universal's Dark Universe franchise. Oops. It's unusual for Tom Cruise to have an action flop (although Knight and Day knows the feeling). And even though the international box office did sort of save The Mummy -- it only made $80M Stateside but $329M overseas -- the production budget was rumored to be near $200 million. At least The Mummy gave Tom Cruise a win for Worst Actor at the Razzies. That's something, right?

Stream The Mummy to rent/buy on Amazon and the usual suspects.

Edge of Tomorrow

OK, now this is how you make a great action movie! Tom Cruise returned to the sci-fi genre for this Doug Liman movie co-starring the perfection called Emily Blunt. I'm willing to give Christopher McQuarrie credit for just about anything and everything, so maybe this movie succeeds as well as it does because he co-wrote the script. Some people weren't happy with the ending, and how it differs from the source material, but I personally love this movie and I'm eager for the sequel, said to be titled Live Die Repeat and Repeat.

Stream Edge of Tomorrow to rent/buy for the usual fees at the usual places named above. Netflix really needs to get this one back, and maybe it will someday.

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Are you looking forward to Top Gun: Maverick? What other Tom Cruise movies should we all stream, action-thriller or otherwise?

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02-12-2019 16:15, source: cinemablend, by James Foster
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