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The Craziest Stunts That Tom Cruise Has Done For Real

Updated March 30, 2020 2.1k votes 430 voters 41.7k views16 items

List RulesVote up the most intense stunts that you can't believe Tom Cruise actually did himself.

Some people think Tom Cruise, star of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, is genuinely insane. Not because he jumped on a couch once or believes in alien thetans from outer space or because of his maniacal enthusiasm, but because Tom Cruise loves to do his own stunts in movies, no matter how dangerous.

Every time Cruise signs up for a new flick, it seems like the 50-something-year-old, 5'7" actor has a true death wish. According to one stunt coordinator, Cruise is so dedicated to performing his own stunts that he'll threaten to exit a project if he's not allowed to do death-defying stunts himself. 

True, there are plenty of actors who like to brush with danger when it comes to movie stunts, but that's when the stunt double steps in. There are only a handful of stars in Hollywood that are known for doing their own, and none is more famous or hands-on than Tom Cruise. 

So for better or worse, here's a list of Cruise's craziest and most ridiculous stunts, all of which he did on his own. Vote up the coolest stunts Tom Cruise has ever performed.

  • 1

    The Plane Trip in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

    Video: YouTube

    For the fifth Mission: Impossible flick, the stunt coordinator strapped Tom Cruise to the outside of an A400M military airbus plane, which took off at a very steep angle then sped up to 160 knots. 

    Is this crazy?
  • 2

    The Building Climb in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

    Video: YouTube

    Although he was harnessed, Tom Cruise himself definitely climbed around on the side of the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai. 

    Cruise slammed into the building on numerous occasions due to the wind, but that realistic shot of Cruise sprinting down the building made it all worth it to fans.

    Is this crazy?
  • 3

    The Rock Climbing in Mission: Impossible II (2000)

    Video: YouTube

    This sequel opens with Ethan Hunt (Cruise) free climbing the cliffs of Utah’s Dead Horse Point. 

    Director John Woo was so nervous that he said he couldn't watch the monitor during the shoot.

    Is this crazy?
  • 4

    The Underwater Sequence in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

    Video: YouTube

    Cruise has said that an underwater sequence he filmed in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation was the hardest he has ever had to do. It didn't involve cars or knives or guns, it involved holding his breath.

    The stunt coordinator explained that after training with a free-diver months before shooting, he was ready to film a six-minute take underwater.

    Is this crazy?