Top Gun might have made Tom Cruise a matinee idol but it is the Mission: Impossible franchise that transformed him into more than just a pretty face.
While we watch in awe the crazy stunts he pulled off in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, let's not forget the other eye-popping feats from the earlier movies.
BREAKING INTO LANGLEY
Mission: Impossible (1996)
The stunt: Cruise's Ethan Hunt breaks into a vault inside the CIA headquarters. He lowers himself from the ceiling, then dangles from a wire just inches from the floor.
Wow factor: 4/5
While it is not that crazy or dangerous, it is the most iconic and has been widely copied and spoofed. Director Brian De Palma trusted Cruise to maintain that plank position throughout the sequence as it was shot without cuts. Cruise banged his head a few times before they got the stunt just right.
HANGING OFF A CLIFF
Mission: Impossible II (2000)
The stunt: In the opening sequence, off-duty Hunt goes free-climbing on Utah's Dead Horse Point.
Wow factor: 3/5
This was the start of Cruise's obsession with big, dangerous stunts, an idea that scared the socks off director John Woo, who worried that his star would plummet 600m to his death. But Cruise wore a harness which was digitally removed.
THE BRIDGE ATTACK
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
The stunt: Hunt captures baddie Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman) but was not expecting a rescue, and the Impossible Missions Force team ends up being attacked on a bridge by a missile-firing drone.
Wow factor: 3/5
Director JJ Abrams combined practical sets and digital effects for this impressive scene. Cruise was yanked by a cable and "flew" into a nearby car, an idea that came from the star.
SCALING THE BURJ KHALIFA
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
The stunt: Hunt scales, then runs down the side of the world's tallest building, standing at 829.8m, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Wow factor: 5/5
Cruise hung outside the window of the Burj Khalifa, much to the consternation of director Brad Bird. He could have done the stunt at only a few storeys high but insisted on going 130 storeys up the 163-storey structure.