Say what you will about Tom Cruise, this is an actor who knows how to pick a good project. From the boy toy who captured hearts in the 80s to his seemingly idyllic marriages to now, however you feel about him as a person can be rectified by watching one of his movies. Believe it or not, Cruise originally wanted to be a priest, but pretty soon after giving up on his dreams of joining the clergy, he exchanged his dog collar for tighty-whities and the rest, they say, is history.


1. The Outsiders

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and packed with some of the most interesting up-and-comers of the time, The Outsiders is a coming-of-age tale that's also widely-considered a cult classic. As well as Tom Cruise, the movie stars Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, and Matt Dillon. Essentially, anyone who was going to be anyone in the 1980s was in The Outsiders including Tom Cruise. The story follows a gang of boys, a rival gang, and misfortunes of blue-collar adolescence. What else is there to say but, "Stay gold, Ponyboy"?

American actors Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, and Emilio Estevez at the premiere screening of the TV movie, 'In The Custody of Strangers,' directed by Robert Greenwald, Beverly Hills, California, April 22, 1982. Lowe and Estevez both wear white jackets with open-neck shirts and Cruise wears a darker jacket; Lowe and Cruise also wear ties and have upturned collars on their jackets. Frank Edwards / Getty Images

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