Birthday Boy Tom Cruise's Top 5 Movie Roles

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Top Gun

By DAVID WEINER

July 03, 2013

Tom Cruise has the need for speed in the film that vaulted the star to A-list status in 1986. Cruise plays Maverick, a hot-shot pilot who gets the opportunity to train at Top Gun, the Navy's elite flight school. There, he clashes with other pilots (including Val "Iceman" Kilmer) and falls for a beautiful civilian instructor (Kelly McGillis) while engaging the enemy in the skies above. Also starring Anthony Edwards, Meg Ryan and Tom Skerritt, the film was directed by Tony Scott and co-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. "The thing I learned about the military is that they're not pro-war, they're pro-freedom," Cruise told ET on the set of the movie. "I mean, these guys don't want to go out there and kill and everything else. … They love to fly. This film is about excellence."

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