A Tom Cruise Classic Based on a True Story Just Resurfaced as the No. 1 Movie on Netflix

Tom cruised his way to the top

Tom Cruise.
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Tom Cruise, 61, has really been on a winning streak lately. Just last year, his action sequel Top Gun: Maverick became the second-highest grossing film of the year and it currently stands as the 12th highest-grossing film of all time. Now, it looks like the New York native is ready to dominate Netflix, too.

The actor’s 2017 film, American Made, was uploaded to Netflix a little over a week ago. Today, it moved into the top spot on Netflix's list of most-watched movies, where it currently sits above recent hits like Fair Play, Nowhere and Reptile.

Fans who love seeing Cruise show off his action skills certainly won't be disappointed by this thrilling comedy.

Based on a true story, American Made follows the life of Barry Seal (Cruise), a pilot who simultaneously works for the CIA while also smuggling drugs for the Medellín cartel. However, when his actions are discovered by the DEA, Seal must try to navigate his many allegiances, all the while avoiding jail time.

Upon its release in 2017, American Made was received positively by critics, earning an 85 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. The film also garnered over $13o million at the global box office.

American Made was directed by Doug Liman (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) and written by Gary Spinelli (Impulse). Along with Cruise, the film stars Domhnall Gleeson (The Revenant), Sarah Wright (Parks and Recreation), Jesse Plemons (The Power of the Dog), Caleb Landry Jones (Get Out), Lola Kirke (Mistress America), Jayma Mays (Glee), Alejandro Edda (Fear the Walking Dead), Benito Martinez (The Shield) and E. Roger Mitchell (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire).

We're moving this one to the top of our queue.

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