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Whatever you think of Tom Cruise as a person, he has made a lot of good movies over his career, dating back to the early 1980s, and a lot of good action movies at that.

After starring in films as diverse in subject matter as Days of Thunder (stock car racing) and The Color of Money (pool hustling) early in his career, Tom Cruise eventually settled into the action genre after the massive success of Mission: Impossible in the early 1990s, though that wasn’t the first movie in which he used a gun on screen.

In the 90s and 2000s, he interspersed action flicks with dramas and ambitious films like Magnolia and Vanilla Sky, but he kept coming back to the action genre, and it’s no wonder why. It has let him star in a string of critical and commercial hits, and they allow him to push the envelope as an actor. In the upcoming sequel to Top Gun, it’s rumored Cruise learned to fly a Navy jet solo, including taking off and landing from an aircraft carrier—and he’s planning to go to and film in outer space as part of a project with Elon Musk’s Space X company, which recently became the first private company to ferry human beings to the ISS.

And that’s not all: he also has two more Mission: Impossible movies slated for 2021 and 2022 releases, which will bring the series to eight films.

Let’s take a look at the guns Cruise used to blast his way to box office success over the past 40 years or so:

Tom Cruise’s Movie Guns: 1981–2000

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See the guns of Guns of Tom Cruise Movies: 1981–2000 ». imfdb.org

Tom Cruise’s Movie Guns: 2002-2004

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Tom Cruise’s Movie Guns: 2006-2012

Cruise fires the G36K, gripping the magazine well as he often does in movies.
Cruise fires the G36K, gripping the magazine well as he often does in movies. photo from imfdb.org

Tom Cruise’s Movie Guns: 2013 – Present

Jack Reacher with a Smith & Wesson M&P pistol he snatched from the now unconscious guy resting on the car door.
Jack Reacher with a Smith & Wesson M&P pistol he snatched from the now unconscious guy resting on the car door. photo from imfdb.org

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