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Tom Cruise turns 50: 'Mission Impossible' star's top 10 movie moments

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Although recent developments in Tom Cruise's personal life might mean his 50th birthday celebration is somewhat muted, we'd like to honour the movie star and celebrate his contribution to modern cinema. Born on July 3, 1962 - one day shy from bizarrely echoing the title of his movie with Oliver Stone - Cruise has dazzled audiences for three decades, as shown by the selection of career highlights below.

Sadly we couldn't even manage to squeeze in any pool playing from The Colour of Money, orgy ogling from Eyes Wide Shut, drink disseminating from Cocktail or skyscraper sprinting from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, but we did our best to represent his most memorable moments...

Household Dancing - Risky Business
Tom Cruise doesn't need Oprah Winfrey's presence to go mental on a sofa! This iconic household dancing to Bob Seger's 'Old Time Rock And Roll' helped the fledging actor to make a big impression as an aspiring pimp in 1983's Risky Business.



"I will massacre you!" - Tropic Thunder
In a sweary rant that would make even Christian Bale weep, Tropic Thunder's volatile studio boss Les Grossman owns the entire Flaming Dragon gang after they demand a ransom for the return of Ben Stiller's movie star Tugg Speedman. The hip-hop loving movie mogul with a fondness for colourful language could well return in his own spinoff flick!



'You've Lost That Loving Feeling' - Top Gun
Maverick's legendary pulling routine in Top Gun, with wingman Goose in tow, shows what can be achieved with the strategic deployment of a Righteous Brothers song. The 1986 movie's closing scene also harks back to this pivotal moment, which has undoubtedly inspired many drunken (and fruitful) homages in various seedy nightspots across the globe.



Seduce and Destroy - Magnolia
"Respect the xxxx and tame the xxxx!" Tom Cruise shed his big screen 'golden boy' image to great effect in Paul Thomas Anderson's masterpiece Magnolia, playing misogynistic motivational speaker and entrepreneur Frank TJ Mackey. His first appearance on stage, which uses the aforementioned highly censored quote, is utterly mesmerising - but with this being a family-friendly website, here's a clip of Mackey's brilliant infomercial...



"I want THE TRUTH!" - A Few Good Men
What happens when Tom Cruise's rookie lawyer shouts at Jack Nicholson's dogged Colonel in the famous courtroom scene from A Few Good Men? It can only be a 'hairdryer' treatment that Sir Alex Ferguson would be proud of, with Cruise donning an expression that looks like a boy who has just wet himself but is too scared to tell his mother. Yet Tom gets his man in the end...



"You complete me" - Jerry Maguire
Cameron Crowe's 1996 movie is packed full of great moments from The Cruise, but there are enough frenzied performances on this list so we'll bypass the goldfish-nabbing office exit and "show me the money" hysterics and go for this tender moment. This sweet scene between sports agent Jerry and his love interest Dorothy is not for those of a weepy disposition...



The Metro Showdown - Collateral
Regardless of the role, you still think that any Tom Cruise character (no matter how nasty) will still remain standing at the end. So the demise of his silver-haired hitman Vincent at the hands of Jamie Foxx's cabbie in Collateral came as a shock. Vincent's calm realisation that his life is over, reciting an earlier anecdote about a dead man who went unnoticed on a train, is powerfully understated.



The Vault Sequence - Mission: Impossible
Admittedly, all Tom Cruise does in this scene as Ethan Hunt is dangle upside down without saying a word. Yet it is one of the most copied and parodied sequences in modern cinema, with Brian De Palma's direction ramping up the tension in simple but highly effective style in this standout moment from the 1996 reboot of the classic TV series.



The Casino Visit - Rain Man
This celebrated sequence from the Oscar-winning Rain Man features Cruise's car dealer Charlie realising that his recently-unearthed autistic brother Raymond has immense mathematical skills and recall. Before he can scream "show me the money", the pair are in the casino in a fun yet concurrently unnerving scene.



Times Square - Vanilla Sky
"Open your eyes." The surreal imagery at the beginning of Cameron Crowe's 2001 remake bombarded the senses and set the tone for what ensued. This impressive sequence features The Cruise channeling Nicolas Cage as he flips out and screams after a quick dash around a deserted Times Square. Perhaps the scream he lets out is frustration at being unable to figure out Vanilla Sky's ambiguous ending?



Which Tom Cruise movie moments are your favourite? Leave your comments in the space below!

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