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Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

4. Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

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Cruise earned his first Oscar nom for playing Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic.  The Oliver Stone picture was a biopic of a man who became paralyzed in combat who protested wars and fought for human rights after feeling betrayed by America.  This film really showed for the first time that Tom Cruise was more than just a movie star — he is just as much a talented actor.

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