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23 Things You Didn't Know About The 'Mission: Impossible' Films

Updated July 13, 2020 90k views23 items

Mission: Impossible is that rare franchise that completely redefines itself with each outing. How? The answers and all kinds of other interesting behind-the-scenes info is on this list of Mission: Impossible franchise trivia! The Mission: Impossible movies, starring Tom Cruise, are some of the best spy movies ever made. But what went on on the set? Did Tom Cruise do his own stunts? What else might you not know about this awesome action film franchise? 

Beginning in 1996, the first film is the least violent and more of a tried and true espionage thriller. The second film is pure John Woo manic action. The third is a nice blend between the two, a more violent American action film. The fourth is a pure adrenaline heist film, and the fifth looks to be the biggest most adrenaline-fueled entry in the franchise to date.

The Mission: Impossible movies have always been fun, smart (for the most part), and action-packed. It's always managed to beat its own records, with each installment usually doing better than the last, raking in big numbers at the box office.

So let's take a look back through these awesome action movies and dig up some M:I trivia from behind the scenes of this groundbreaking franchise. These are some of the best Hollywood blockbuster films ever released and this list is full of fun facts about the Mission: Impossible universe that you might not have already known. Upvote the most interesting Mission: Impossible film facts below!

  • It Took Some Last-Minute Ingenuity From Tom Cruise To Get The Iconic Drop-Down Harness Scene To Work

    While filming the famous scene in which Tom Cruise drops from the ceiling and hovers inches above the ground, Cruise's head kept hitting the floor until he got the idea to put coins in his shoes for balance.
  • One Of The 'Mission: Impossible' Films Doesn't Feature Even A Single Shootout Or Gunfight

    The first movie is the only Mission: Impossible film that doesn't feature any shootouts or gunfights. Ethan Hunt never even fires a gun in the first film.
  • Tom Cruise Actually Climbed The Tallest Building In The World

    Tom Cruise really performed the sequence where Ethan Hunt scales the outside of the Burj Khalifa tower, without the use of a stunt double. The Burj Khalifa tower is the tallest man-made structure in the world.

  • Tom Cruise Began To Really Push The Envelope With His Stunts In 'Mission: Impossible II'

    For the "knife-in-the-eye" scene, Tom Cruise insisted that a real knife be used