A Hollywood dreamboat who's not afraid to get down and dirty, that's Tom Cruise for you. The '80s heartthrob-cum-scientologist-cum-Hollywood royalty has two milestones coming up this month. He turns 53 today (aww shucks, we would never believe that looking at him) and the next Mission Impossible film releasing later this month.
The Last Samurai
The final charge in this film is one of cinema's more inspired moments. Tom Cruise rides well and some of that physical technique is far more inspiring than all the wirework and harness-led stunts. Visceral, we would say.
5. Mission Impossible
If imitation is the best form of flattery, this has to be THE stunt. Tom Cruise breaks into Langley, suspended from wires. As he hangs about 30 feet from ground, it is very clear that he is doing the stunt himself. Reading the actor's body contortions and obvious struggle to maintain his balance make, it is obvious that this stunt took a lot of effort.