Birthday Boy Tom Cruise's Top 5 Movie Roles

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Mission: Impossible

By DAVID WEINER

July 03, 2013

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Watch Cruise turn the late-'60s TV hit into a phenomenal big-screen franchise. Over four films with four different directors (starting in 1996 with Brian De Palma's version and still going strong with the most recent, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, directed by Brad Bird), Tom plays Impossible Missions Force leader Ethan Hunt, whose exploits have taken him to such far-flung locales as Moscow, Sydney, Shanghai, London and Prague -- and have seen him romance such beauties as Emmanuelle Beart, Thandie Newton and Michelle Monaghan.

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