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Magnolia (1999)

5. Magnolia (1999)

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Widely regarded as Tom Cruise’s “indie” role, Cruise played an estranged son to Jason Robards.  Cruise really flexed his acting chops as a sexist motivational speaker who encourages the men at his seminars to “seduce and destroy.”  TC played Frank Mackey with grace and depth even it seemed like Frank had no grace or depth at times. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rewarded Cruise with a Best Supporting Actor nom.

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