Tom Cruise. Action star. Comedic actor. Thrice-nominated Oscar contender. Over the past thirty years, Cruise has taken on an eclectic mix of roles and given some great performances. In his newest film, Rock of Ages, Cruise takes on another strong role: He plays Stacee Jaxx, an iconic 1980s singer who is loved by his fans and envied by wannabe performers.

Although Cruise plays a rock icon in the film, several of his characters throughout the years have actually achieved real-life iconic status. With that in mind, we at Screen Rant came up with a list of five iconic characters that show Cruise’s range as an actor and represent some of the highest points of his long career.

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