Thursday, March 15, 2012

Which is Better?

Russell Crowe
10 sample films:

The Insider
L.A. Confidential
A Beautiful Mind
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
The Quick and the Dead
Cinderella Man
3:10 to Yuma
Romper Stomper
American Gangster


Tom Cruise
10 sample films:

Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Top Gun
A Few Good Men
Born on the 4th of July
Eyes Wide Shut
The Last Samurai
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
Minority Report

Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments section


  1. Yet another excellent pairing... but Cruise has to win, if only for Rain Man and his small role in Magnolia. He's simply the better actor (not that I dislike Russell Crowe, mind).

  2. Hmm, Cruise I like for Collateral. Crowe I like for L.A. Confidential and The Insider. Going with Crowe for this one.

  3. Gotta go Crowe here actually. I'm not sure he's a better actor necessarily, but he's definitely taken more roles that rely on his acting than his action.

    They both have tons of great flicks in their filmographies though!

  4. I'm generally a fan of Cruise and think his acting can be underrated. However, Crowe is a superb actor, and his work in L.A. Confidential, The Insider, and a few others makes him the pick.

  5. I'm going with Tom Cruise here. Crowe rarely impresses me - although his turn in L.A. Confidential was a strong one. Cruise, on the other hand, has occasional peak performances (Magnolia, Collateral, Eyes Wide Shut, etc.) and is never bad or boring.

  6. Crowe for me just because I think he is a much better actor and has more films that I tend to like more.

  7. I'll take the Russ on this one. I usually enjoy Tom Cruise but Russ is the superior actor and heck LA Confidential and Gladiator are two of my favorite of all-time

  8. I find Cruise can be a bit hit and miss. There's at least one scene in War of the Worlds where I found him excruciatingly unconvincing. OPn the other hand, loved him in Last Samurai, MI4 and many others. But Crowe takes it for me because he can transform himself more. And I shitting love Gladiator!

  9. Phips2:17 pm

    I've gotta go for Tom Cruise great as Gladiator is Cruise's list here is just too good.

  10. I'll go for Russell Crowe. He's got more range.

    Nothing against Cruise but he sort of plays the same guys except in comedy.

  11. I still think Cruise's performance in Magnolia is incredibly underrated, so I'll go with him based solely on that.

  12. Another tough match-up based on the films listed. Crowe blew me away in 'Gladiator' and 'L.A. Confidential.' But Cruise blew me away when he played a role unlike any other of his roles in 'Magnolia.' And watching the newest Mission Impossible installment proved that he can still perform killer stunts and kick serious ass. I'll give a slight edge to Cruise if only for his memorable early 80s films which continue to hold up (Top Gun, Risky Business (though not listed here.)

  13. This is a tough one. I truly enjoyed Russell Crowe in Gladiator and in 3:10 to Yuma, but I like Tom Cruise in a whole lot more.

    so, I guess I'd have to say Tom Cruise!


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