Tom Cruise: From Risky Business to Top Gun Maverick, a Look at His Iconic Roles and Achievements

Cruise's career as an actor began in high school, and he made his film debut in "Endless Love" (1981). He appeared in films such as "Taps" (1981) and "The Outsiders" (1983)  

as a supporting actor before starring as a high school senior who converts his parents' home into a brothel in "Risky Business" (1983) 

The film was a huge success, bringing Cruise a lot of attention. In the iconic scene where he slides across the floor in his underpants and a shirt, he also demonstrated his dance abilities.

His stardom was established by "Top Gun" (1986), the year's highest-grossing film in which he played a military jet pilot. 

His trademark smile, magnetic charm, and love of motorcycles were all included in the film. In a memorable sequence, he performed "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" 

to woo his co-star Kelly McGillis. The film established a cult following and prompted a sequel, "Top Gun: Maverick" (2022), which became his highest-grossing film.

In 1986, Cruise acted opposite Paul Newman in Martin Scorsese's "The Color of Money," then two years later in "Rain Man" as an autistic man's selfish brother. 

Both films received great acclaim and demonstrated Cruise's dramatic range. Cruise received his first Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of a Vietnam War veteran turned activist in "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989). 

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