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List Rules Vote for your favorite Tom Cruise character or performance, which doesn't have to be his best movie.

Here's a list of the best Tom Cruise characters and performances. Known for playing action roles, Tom Cruise became one of Hollywood's biggest movie stars with his leading roles in dramas like A Few Good Men, Jerry Maguire, and Rain Man as well as his hilarious roles in such comedies like Tropic Thunder and Rock of Ages. These characters are in order of how many times they've been upvoted, so only the most amazing roles played by Tom Cruise are at the top of the list. The performances below include both film and television appearances, making it the most accurate ranking of Tom Cruise's roles.

The list includes Tom Cruise's many iconic roles like IMF Agent Ethan Hunt, the cocky Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, and even his cameo role as Austin Powers in Goldmember.

If you think the best Tom Cruise performance isn't as high as it should be, then vote it up so that it has a chance to make it to the top. You can also make your own version of this greatest Tom Cruise roles list by re-ranking it and putting it in your own order.

If you're wondering, "Who is the best Tom Cruise character?" or "What are the top Tom Cruise performances of all time?" then this list will answer your questions.

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3
476 227
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395 197
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5
316 251
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376 227
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318 265
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8
248 234
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9
219 159
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10
183 177
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Joel Goodson

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151 176
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152 181
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180 152
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172 195
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The Craziest Stunts That Tom Cruise Has Done for Real

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189 180
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157 172
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137 157
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Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg

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135 149
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111 155
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20
97 136
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139 168
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The Best Budget Hotel Chains

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91 160
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86 155
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24
81 144
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113 141
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64 147
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27
63 151
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65 153
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29
71 154
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Famous Austin

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79 149
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66 130
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Cadet Captain David Shawn

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48 148
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29 147
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Senator Jasper Irving

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27 144
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Woody

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20 152
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16 151
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Shashank Menzies