Your Favorite Tom Cruise Quotes Are Ready For Prime Time

We asked you to share your favorite quotes (#TCMovieQuotes) by a Tom Cruise character and you responded with speed and volume! So, are you ready for the truth about the “Show Us The Quote” results? (We know you can handle them.) You guys took our question to heart and demonstrated a superior and expansive knowledge of quotes from characters portrayed by Tom Cruise. Although the responses covered his entire 30-year acting career, the most popular will be familiar to everyone, and for good reason: Fans will be reciting them deep into the 21st century.

After culling your responses from the various social media channels and sorting for popularity (and for appropriateness for all audiences), we’ve included five of the most popular quotes straight from the movies themselves. Included below the movie clips are tweets from fans with quotes that stuck in their cerebral cortex, and that’s followed by a list of the next most memorable moments in Tom’s film career, according to your feedback.

So, without further adieu, here are the fan favorites.

Jerry Maguire

Show Me The Money.”

There are few scenes from the last 20 years of film more memorable than this classic with Cuba and Tom, and it’s no surprise that it ranks as one of your favorites.

Top Gun

I feel the need, the need for speed!

Who could resist throwing this line around after the movie debuted in 1986? Even today it finds itself in heavy rotation where wheels and wings are involved.


A Few Good Men

“I want the truth!”

Quotable courtroom dramas could fill your queue at Netfix for a month. But there’s something unforgettable about this head-to-head encounter between Cruise and Nicholson.

Knight and Day

I’ve been trained to dismantle a bomb in the pitch black with nothing but a safety pin and a Junior Mint.

Cruise and Diaz sizzled together in this spy thriller, and this was just one of many great lines that lodged in your memory.

Jerry Maguire

“You complete me.”

This movie is literally chockablock with quotable lines, so it’s no surprise a few turned up in the top five.


Straight From Twitter

As we said above, fans had Tom’s entire career covered in quotes. These tweets show just how deep you guys went into his filmography.



After the admittedly awesome Cruise character quotes above, the following quotes are also frequently mentioned by fans as all-time favorites:


Tom Cruise as David Aames:

“Even in my dreams, I’m an idiot who knows he’s about to wake up to reality.”

“Do you remember what you told me once? That every passing minute is a another chance to turn it all around.”



Tom Cruise as Nathan Algren:

“There is life in every breath.”

“A man does what he can until his destiny is revealed.”


Tom Cruise as Frank T.J. Mackey:

“In this life, it’s not what you hope for. It’s not what you deserve. It’s what you take!”



Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire:

“I am out here for you. You don’t know what it’s like to be ME out here for YOU. It is an up-at-dawn, pride-swallowing siege that I will never fully tell you about, ok?



Tom Cruise as Maverick:

“That’s classified. I’d tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.”

“This is what I call a target-rich environment.”


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  • Evelynnunes

    My quote is top 5! Uhul!

  • Bruno

    Really ungorgettable quotes!! Regards from Brazil!

  • Ben Rose

    My name is Joel Goodson. I deal in human fulfillment. I grossed over eight thousand dollars in one night. Time of your life, huh kid?