A salute to the actor on his 50th birthday
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7. "Risky Business" (1983)
The role: Teenager Joel Goodsen
Nominated for: Golden Globe (Best Actor - Comedy/Musical)
Thoughts: Cruise was floating along a different wave in "Risky Business," Paul Brickman's unique reflection of the 1980s fiscal zeitgeist. There's a naturalism here that isn't present throughout most of his filmography, one of few performances that comes off effortless. A show of effort rarely hurts him, but it's nice to know he has other faculties at his disposal.