Tom Cruise has given thee a ton of awesome performances throughout his career, filled with memorable lines – with five chosen sen as his best in an episode of The Rotten Tomatoes Show! In the video above, you can see these moments of culture-defining dialogue as the film review show – based on the popular website that collates movie reviews – counts them down.
Currently a part of the Current television network, The Rotten Tomatoes Show offers humorous insight into the film industry with a soupçon of snark. The team at TomCruise.com are fans and are proud Tom’s top moments were compiled into this list.
For fans without the time or bandwidth for video, you can take a look at the list we’ve extracted for you below:
5. Jerry Maguire
One of Tom’s most memorable roles also led to one of his most indelible lines. In his Oscar-nominated performance in Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire, Tom gets into a high-volume exchange with client Rod Tidwell, played by Cuba Gooding Jr. The conversation led to a pop culture phenomenon that still may be heard today:
We’re guessing there’s probably people around the world that know that expression without having seen the film. If you’re in that camp, we implore you to check it out – it’s among Tom’s best.
With his portrayal of self-help guru Frank “T.J.” Mackey in the drama Magnolia, Tom delivered one of the all-time chillers and hard stares along with the classic line:
Whoa! How’s that for intensity!! Tom delves into the light and dark of his character in the Paul Thomas Anderson film, and came up with the big-time respect of he’s peers. It’s one we continue to love, and this line was a big part of the performance.
3. Tropic Thunder
Much has been said about Tom’s performance as the high-volume and profane producer, Les Grossman, in the Ben Stiller movie Tropic Thunder. In the interest of keeping the blog family friendly, we’ll only paraphrase his line by alluding to the unpleasant greeting he delivers a Burmese terrorist. It was enough to make a Golden Triangle warlord blush! Now that is the power of words.
You can check out Les’ outrageous antics in greater detail in other posts we’ve written. They don’t disappoint.
2. Risky Business
In his first leading performance in the 80s hit comedy Risky Business, Tom’s megawatt smile gets it’s first big workout in the punchline to this classic scene involving an Ivy league interview in the midst of a raucous house party. In response to his interlocutor, Tom playfully gives him a piece of profane advice and continues have a good time.
To check out the entire clip, you can watch it here.
Not to spoil anything, but the clever exchange doesn’t hurt his character’s chances as much as you would think. ;).
1. Top Gun
If it was Risky Business that put Tom on the Hollywood map, it was his work in Top Gun that made him a global star. And if one line sums up that naval fighter drama, it would have to be the following:
When said in unison with co-star Anthony Edwards, it always gets our blood pumping! If there’s no one around to high-five, we just air-five at the screen. We’re guessing there’s a few of the fans out there doing the same.
What do you guys think? Did The Rotten Tomatoes Show nail it with their countdown on Tom’s best lines? Or are your favorites missing? We’re guessing there’s more than a little controversy to swirl around this one! Let us know in the comments section.
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