Determined to prove that he was more than just a pretty face, Cruise got himself cast opposite screen legend Paul Newman in The Color of Money, the sequel to Newman's 1961 classic, The Hustler. Cruise still credits director Martin Scorsese with helping him become a first-rate screen actor. — Buena Vista Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection
En Español | As he turns 50 on July 3, Tom Cruise may be facing a third divorce, but remains squarely at the top of an unparalleled career. Time and again Cruise has challenged himself with ambitious new parts. His screen roles have often corresponded to personal landmarks in one of the world’s most publicly perused lives. Click through the images above to see him in his most memorable moments.