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6. 'All the Right Moves' (1983)
People's opinions about Tom Cruise may have changed through the years, but there are a few undeniable truths about his career and success. One of these is that 1983 was a very good year for the then young actor. Spring of 1983 featured the release of "The Outsiders," late summer saw "Risky Business," and he capped it off in the fall with "All the Right Moves" ("Losin' It" was also 1983). "All the Right Moves" is, in part, a case of the right actor in the right role at the right time. Starring opposite Lea Thompson and Craig T. Nelson, the film puts Cruise into the role of a high school football player in a small Pennsylvania town he desperately wants to escape. There is a whole lot standing in the way though, including the football coach (Nelson), who has his own set of dreams. Cruise is able to perfectly embody the character, warts and all. It is a movie about football, but not just football, it is about dealing with our roots, looking to our future, growing up, and teenage love. It is a high school football movie about more than just football and high school and is far better for it.
- Josh Lasser