It was only a few short months after Mission: Impossible hit theaters that Cruise created another unforgettable character in Cameron Crowe's Jerry Maguire. As a sports agent who was fed up with the culture he worked in, Maguire lost his job and started his own struggling business. In the compelling narrative that follows, Maguire fights for the support of his clients to prove his worth to them - and to the woman he loves.
The role earned Maguire his second Oscar nod and showed Cruise's sensitivity in a surprisingly heartfelt and unforgettable romantic drama. "You complete me," he famously says at the end of the movie - and 1996 proved to be a year that Cruise completed an enviable task: he created two icnonic characters that have stood the test of time.