Tom CruiseHis other films of the late 1980s and early 1990s include Cocktail (1988), about a bartender; Days of Thunder (1990), about a race car driver; Far and Away (1992), about Irish immigrants to the United States in the late 19th century; A Few Good Men (1992), which concerns the murder trial of two marines; and The Firm (1993), about corruption in a prestigious law firm. Although his works during this period earned a mixed reception from critics, Cruise’s popularity with motion-picture audiences grew dramatically.

In 1993 Cruise made his directing debut with “The Fabulous Frammis,” an episode of the cable-television miniseries Fallen Angels. In 1994 he appeared in Interview with the Vampire, and in 1996 he starred as agent Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible, which he also produced. In 1997 Cruise won the Golden Globe Award for best actor in a drama for his starring role in Jerry Maguire (1996), which concerns the conflicts a sports agent feels between his personal and professional ...