Mission: The Impossible Films are ranked from Worst to Best

Mission: The Impossible Films are ranked from Worst to Best ...

Mission: Impossible conjured up memories of something unique and procedural: a weekly television series in which Peter Graves and a rotating cast of actors would enter espionage hijinks by way of the standards and practices of American television in the 1960s. It certainly had its loyal fans, but a global phenomenon associated with pulse-pounding stunts, it aint.

Which transforms Tom Cruise''s mission: Impossible movies into something of an action movie miracle. This spy franchise has endured for more than a quarter-century, albeit a fascinating experiment in large-scale studio filmmaking, where Cruise would have a different director with a very good instinct to learn to draw in and execute the material in radically different ways. Originally designed to be a potential one-off star vehicle for Cruise, the franchise has evolved and expanded with each iteration. Initially, a

Cruise''s remarkable ability to sprint, grin, and enthuse miles at a time has resulted in a varied and diverse legacy. If you choose to accept it, please see the above link and let us know if you got it right.

6.Mission: Impossible II (2000)

It''s hardly conceivable to put John Woos Mission: Impossible II dead last because of its overabundance of slow-mo action, coupled with Woos'' signature flying, and even that unsettling plot about manmade viruses that still doesn''t feel timely on the other side of 2020, MI:-2 is a relic of late 90s Hollywood excess. On the one hand, cruise let Woo completely tear down and rebuild a successful franchise-starter in the Hong Kong filmmaker

When Woos cameras fetishizes Cruises sunglasses and a new, luxurious mane of jet black hair during Hunts'' big introduction, Ethan is mostly going it alone as he does bizarre things like have a medieval duel against his evil doppelganger (Dougray Scott) but only two men now ride motorcycles instead of horses. Ethan, however, finds his inner-Arnold Schwarzenegger and massacres numerous mercenaries in multiple shootouts.

While gunplay has always been an element of modern spy thrillers, the Mission: Impossible films excel when actors use their wits (and the stunt team''s ingenuity) to escape difficult situations. It''s a misgiving about how M:I-2 resembles any other late 90s or early 00s actioner that might have included Nicolas Cage or Bruce Willis. Technically, the plot involving Ethans reluctance to send a new flame Nyah Hall (T

5.Mission: Impossible III (2006)

Before transforming Star Trek and Star Wars into quite recognizable franchises, writer-director J.J. Abrams made his big screen debut by directing much of the same to the Mission: Impossible franchise. With his emphasis on extreme close-ups, extensive expository dialogue dumps, and deliberately vague motivations for his villains that seem to always have something to do with the War on Terror, Abrams remade the M:I franchise in the image of his television shows, particularly Alias. This

While this approach may vary, however, we found M:I-3 too much of a piece with mid-2000s television with little film experience. The first and most significant is a lovely boorish performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman as the franchises'' scariest villain. Perhaps more impressively, during one of the franchises famous mask sequences where Ethan disguises himself as Hoffmans baddie, the character actor subtly and convincingly mimics Cruises leading man charisma.

That, coupled with introducing fan favorite Simon Pegg as Benji to the series (if in little more than a cameo), makes the film worthwhile a watch if not a repeat.

4.Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

There are a lot of people who will tell you that the Mission: Impossible franchise started with this Brad Bird entry at the beginning of the 2010s, and it''s easy to understand why. As the first installment of a newly chastened Cruisewho Paramount Pictures had just spent years trying to cast his persona as a modern day Douglas Fairbanks. Here he becomes the guy you could count on to commit the most ridiculous and ridiculous stunts for our entertainment. What a sham.

And unless it comes to set pieces, nothing in the series may top this movies second act where Cruise is asked to become a real-life Spider-Man and wall-crawlas as well as swing and skipalong the world''s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. It''s a genuine showstopper that dominates the rest of the film. Not that there is a lot to enjoy elsewhere as Bird approaches the scene with charming gadgets like the blue means glue Spidey gloves. Even more

This is also the first Mission: Impossible film in which the whole team feels vital to the success of the adventure, including a now appropriate sidekick in the returning Pegg, and some solid support from Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner. For a certain type of fan that makes this the best, though we would argue that the team dynamics were tweaked somewhat quicker down the road, and in films with more than one stunning set piece to their name.

3.Mission: Impossible (1996)

The first three entries of the series have been tremendously successful, making it common for people to overlook the movie that erupted it, Brian De Palmas stunning Mission: Impossible. That''s a shame given that there was something admirably blasphemous to this days film that would remove an ancient pop culture property and throw the fundamentals out the window. In this case, that meant transforming the original shows hero, Jim Phelps (played here), into the villain, while

The bold kind of creative move studios would never do it now, but thats what made it a 90s action classic, accompanied by de Palma''s ability to formula a knotty script by David Koepp and Robert Towne (who later penned Chinatown) into a breathtaking paced thriller. In other words, it''s a De Palma special!

The filmmaker and Cruise develop a series of set pieces that would become the series'' iconic characters. The finale with a fistfight beneath the English Channel is fantastic, but the quiet as a church mouse midpoint where Cruises hero dangles over the pressure-sensitive floor of a CIA vaultand with a drop of sweat dripping just out of reachis the stuff of popcorn myth. M:I also became as much a great heist series as shoot em up. Plus, this movie

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2.Mission: Impossible Fallout (2018)

A virtuoso success story, but unlike Tom Cruise''s video operator Craig OBrien, who had an IMAX camera attached to his head, is filmed; the extended fight between Cruise, Henry Cavill, and Liam Yang in a bathroom, where the music completely drops out, causing us to hear every punch, kick, and even the surreal moment when Cavill is forced to reload his pistols in the building?

The film''s most effective adrenaline incline was given from Hollywood in the 2010s, and it is a credit to writer-director Christopher McQuarrie. As the first filmmaker to direct more than one M:I movie, McQuarrie had the seemingly counterintuitive capability to meticulously maneuver out all of the above action sequences as well as others, such as a motorcycle chase across the cobblestones of Paris and a helicopter climax where Cruise is genuinely flying his chopper at low altitude

McQuarrie reunites all of the best supporting players in the seriesRhames, Pegg, and his own additions of Rebecca Ferguson as the ambiguous Ilsa Faust, and Sean Harris as the ambiguous Solomon Laneinto, a yarn that is as zippy and sharp as you might expect from the screenwriter of The Usual Suspects, but which allows each action sequence to unfurl with all of the pageantry of an old-school Gene Kelly musical number. Many will call this

1.Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015)

While acknowledging that for action scenes alone Fallout is unmatched, as a whole cinematic experience the film that gave McQuarrie the freedom to make that epic out as our favorite in the series. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is the most balanced and well-structured adventure in the whole series, and the one where the goal of transforming Ethan Hunt to become a real character began.

McQuarrie is a prolific writer and writer who enjoys playing Hunts'' wildly varied roles. The MI6 double (triple, quadruple?) agent is the first leading lady in the series to become a regular character. She gives him a star-making role as a woman who is in every way Ethans equal while keeping him and the audience on their toes. One might even wonder if Cruise is serious about continuing the franchise in a few years.

As part of McQuarrie''s performance, she assembles elegant sets with advanced modern flair, including a night at the opera that homages and one-ups Alfred Hitchcock''s famous motorcycle sequence from The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), and a Casablanca chase between Ethan and Ilsa, which is the best motorcycle sequence in the series (if only they went by Ricks). And Alec Baldwins Alan Hunley gets this gem of a line to sum it all up:

Hunt is uniquely trained and highly motivated, a specialist without equal ability to extract information. There is no secret he cannot extract, no security he cannot breach, no person he cannot become. He has most likely anticipated this exact conversation and is waiting to strike in whatever direction we choose. Sir, Hunt is the living manifestation of destiny.