Tom Cruise is Back in 'Mission: Impossible' – His Top 10 Hottest Moments

Tom Cruise is back in theaters with 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol,' out today. In honor of the occasion, let's take a look at his top 10 hottest (and craziest) moments!
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Tom Cruise is Back in ‘Mission: Impossible’ – His Top 10 Hottest Moments

Tom Cruise is back in theaters with ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,’ out today. In honor of the occasion, let’s take a look at his top 10 hottest (and craziest) moments!

-Heather Taylor

Tom Cruise

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to check out our countdown of Tom Cruise’s hottest moments in honor of the release of the fourth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, in theaters today, has been getting the best reviews of the series yet! And where would these films be without their megawatt leading man, Tom? Over the past couple of decades, he’s “had us at hello” and beyond, with both his talented turns on the silver screen and his controversial antics off of it (Oprah Winfrey couch jump anyone?). But with that million-dollar grin and extensive stash of talent (where is that fainting couch when you need one?), all those cray cray moments are forgiven and forgotten. Well, sort of. See what made our list below!

1. The Risky Business Dance

Risky Business

Dancing in your tightie whities to some “Old Time Rock ‘n Roll” never looked so good as it did in 1983’s Risky Business. Bonus points for helping Tom kick off his journey to stardom.

2. Top Gun: “I Feel the Need… the Need for Speed!”

Top Gun

Are you ready to have this classic “take your breath away” all over again? In 2012, Top Gun is slated to return to theaters, this time in 3D. We know we’re ready to see Mr. Cruise suit up in his Navy uniform once more and rock those fab Ray-Bans on the highway to the—say it with me, everyone—“danger zone!”

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3. Interview with the Vampire… Minus the Sparkles

Interview with the Vampire

In a time before the Twilight craze (as hard as it is to believe, it did, in fact, exist!), Tom, Brad Pitt, and Kirsten Dunst rocked cinemas everywhere with their biting portrayals of centuries-old vampires in the 1994 film version of the popular novel Interview with the Vampire. Author Anne Rice originally didn’t want Cruise cast as main vamp Lestat, but his work in the film convinced her otherwise: she liked him so much that she wrote him a letter of apology after the premiere.

4. Dangling by a Wire in Mission: Impossible

Mission: Impossible

It would have been better off renamed Mission: Possible after the way that Tom Cruise portrayed agent Ethan Hunt in the reimagined film version of Mission: Impossible. Who could forget watching with baited breath while Tom—that is, Ethan—attempted to nab the NOC list from the CIA? He made the spy a totally kickass household name. As a side note, this film- which ended up being the first in a long line of MI films came out in 1996. Say whaaaat? If anything, Tom looks better than ever now!

5. Jerry Maguire: Where Romantic Quotes Are Born

Jerry Maguire

Exhibit A: “You complete me.” Oh heavens, can I just get a moment here to not cry at this Jerry Maguire quotable staple?

Exhibit B: “You had me at hello.” Aw, stawp it please, I can’t deal with how wonderful of a couple Tom and Renee Zellweger made together! Somebody quick, distract me from my soggy tissues.

Exhibit C: “SHOW ME THE MONEY!!” There we go! Thanks for the exchange, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Mr. Cruise, of course.

More wild, crazy, and hot Tom Cruise moments, including the infamous Oprah couch jump, up next!

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