Reddit lists 10 roles Tom Cruise should have won an Oscar for.

10 Roles That Tom Cruise Should Have Won An Oscar For, According To Reddit


With Maverick is the Top GunEven though Tom Cruise has set high standards for his acting, Cruise is still a huge box office success. It’s remarkable that Cruise continues to outdo himself at the age of 60. While action movies and stunt work are Cruise’s mainstay, many of his fans agree that Cruise’s charismatic acting skills keep them returning.

Although he is one of the most popular actors of the 21st-century, the Academy Award for acting is missing from his impressive list of accomplishments. Reddit movie buffs feel that he has already been in some Oscar-worthy roles, so he will still be eligible to win the award.

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Jack Harper – Oblivion (2013)


Even though it received mixed reviews at first release, OblivionThe film has seen a lot of improvement over the years, and it is still regarded as one of the greatest apocalyptic movies. Fans were most interested in the action and sci-fi visuals, but one Redditor felt that Cruise’s performance should be emphasized.

That user, housebird350, put forward the movie title “Oblivion,” and though it wasn’t a suggestion that received a lot of support, there is a decent argument to be made for it. Cruise’s depiction, nearly a decade after it was first published, of one man’s emotions as his world is ravaged and his worldview collapses around him is still remarkable.


Ethan Hunt – Mission: Impossible (1996)


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This trailer can be used to show off your work. Mission: Impossible – Dead ReckoningOnly the last month’s drop Mission ImpossibleIt is still one the most beloved action franchises in the entire world. Although it is synonymous with Cruise, it is surprisingly seldom mentioned in discussions of Cruise’s Oscar-worthy parts.

Of course, from the first movie in the series, Cruise’s portrayal of Ethan Hunt has been more about exciting stunts than conveying emotion, but Redditor fungobat believes it would be a shame if his performance was overlooked because of that. They make the argument that “he puts 150%” into playing the character. It’s an entertaining performance, even if it doesn’t win awards.


Jerry Maguire – Jerry Maguire (1996)


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In Jerry Maguire, a rom-com about an outcast sports agent and his relationship with a single mother who believes in him, Cruise found a role that resonated with critics and earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Whilst Geoffrey Rush ultimately took home the accolade that year, Redditor AlexHM thinks Cruise more than deserved the win.

They claim that the movie’s “long-term impact on film culture” is evident. And since Cruise “carries the entire film” with his performance, they deserved to give him something. While critics praised the actor’s performance, it is undoubtedly one that has lasted well for him.


Interview with the Vampire (1994), Lestat de Leoncourt


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Tom Cruise’s charisma has led to him being one of the most iconic men in cinema, but it’s also something that could make him an excellent villain if he took on such a role. Redditor Varekai79 argues that Cruise has already demonstrated this with Interview with the Vampire“He is magnetic, extraordinarily charismatic, as Lestat,” and “You can’t resist being drawn to him” when he’s a villain.

His portrayal of Lestat was undoubtedly one of his best and many consider it the quintessential vampire movie. The movie was not well received by critics and didn’t have much impact during the awards season. While many fans would love to see Cruise return in a more evil role, for now,Interview with a vampireThe actor at his worst.


Les Grossman – Tropic Thunder (2008)


tom cruise as les grossman in tropic thunder

In a Ben Stiller comedy that stars the likes of Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr.,  Nick Nolte, Danny McBride, and many more, it takes a special performance to stand out from the rest, but Cruise’s turn as the furious movie executive Les Grossman did just that in Tropic Thunder. He was nominated for a Golden Globe, but only Downey Jr. received the Academy’s attention.

Redditor lacourseauxetoiles suggested that poor timing was a factor in this. He stated that Cruise’s performance was not good enough to win Heath Ledger’s award that year. Ledger’s Joker portrayal in The Dark KnightGrossman was astonished by the attention of critics. Tropic ThunderCruise’s finest efforts, but it was not to be his year.

Charles “Charlie” Babbitt – Rain Man (1988)


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Movie fans loved Cruise’s character, despite being selfish and unlikable. Rain ManIt’s still one of his most memorable characters. While Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal of Raymond in the movie received most of the praises, one Redditor felt that this was a pity.

They claimed that “he played a more difficult role” in Rain ManHoffman’s performance was “all shtick”, but Cruise had to make his audience feel like he was a very difficult character. His performance in this movie is an important one, and it was made so early in his career. Rain ManNeeds to be reevaluated.

Vincent – Collateral (2004)


Tom Cruise in Collateral.

Michael Mann’s CollateralIt is a stylish and sophisticated action thriller. Although the film received high praise, Jamie Foxx was nominated for Best Supporting Actor Oscars for his portrayal of Cruise’s taxi driver who Cruise’s villain protagonist kidnaps.

Redditor ‘Collateral’ believed it was Cruise’s role and suggested that it be given an Oscar. He simply stated the title of the movie and received support. Cruise’s portrayal of the contract killer is completely convincing, and Redditors concurred that his performance was one the best in the movie.

Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee – A Few Good Men (1992)


A title that is often mentioned in discussions about Tom Cruise’s greatest movies is Some Good Men, in which he plays Lt. Daniel Kaffee, the defense representative defending two marines from accusations of murder. It was a thrilling and tense movie that featured Cruise alongside other heavyweights like Jack Nicholson or Demi Moore.

One Redditor thought it was among his best performances as it pertains to award-contenders. He called it an “Oscar worthy”. Once again, Cruise was overlooked in favor of a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Nicholson, as well as the movie being up for Best Picture, in one of the prime examples of how Cruise’s ability to carry an iconic movie is underrated.

Frank T.J. Mackey- Magnolia (1999).


Tom Cruise talks to his dying father in Magnolia

Paul Thomas Anderson is known for getting the best performances from his actors. He rose to the occasion once again in MagnoliaCruise was the captivating motivational speaker Frank Mackey in the movie titled. Although it was difficult to stand out with such a large ensemble cast, Cruise managed to win the Best Supporting Actor category at the Golden Globes.


Thought Magnolia isn’t as talked about today, those who had seen Cruise’s performance in it were unequivocal in their praise, with Redditor rxsheepxr going as far as to say it set “a high bar for him that I don’t think he’s ever matched before or since.” This movie showcases a side of Cruise that isn’t often seen. It’s not hard to understand why so many thought it was his best chance at an Oscar.

Sergeant Ron Kovic – Born on the Fourth Of July (1989).


Tom Cruise in Born On The Fourth Of July

Redditors are unanimous in their belief that Cruise should have received an Oscar for his outstanding work in recent decades despite his remarkable achievements. The actor portrays Ron Kovic, an anti-war activist who lived 20 years ago and how his life was transformed. One Redditor felt particularly strongly about his performance, saying, “He probably would have won for Born on the Fourth of July any other year”.

Cruise’s performance Born on July FourthHe was highly praised by its simplicity and power, which led him to be nominated for Best Actor at the 62nd Academy Awards. Poor timing meant he was competing against Daniel Day-Lewis as Christy Brown in My Left FootThis is a shame because many of Cruise’s admirers feel he could have easily won his Oscar early in his career.

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