Tom Cruise, Winona Ryder and Reese Witherspoon are just a few of the Hollywood stars of the 90s who are enjoying major career success today.

Tom Cruise, Winona Ryder and Reese Witherspoon: Why Your Favorite ’90s Stars Still Rule Hollywood Today

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From Tom Cruise and his billion-dollar “Top Gun” resurgence, to Winona Ryder, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Reese Witherspoon – Hollywood stars who made a name for themselves in the ’90s know how to keep their careers going. movement.

Tom Cruise, who recently turned 60, has become a household name with films such as ‘Risky Business’, ‘Cocktail’ and ‘Born on the Fourth of July’. He continued to dominate the box office throughout the 90s with starring roles in films like ‘A Few Good Men’, ‘Jerry Maguire’ and ‘Magnolia’.

But it was with his spy character Ethan Hunt in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise that landed him movie roles not only as lead actor, but also as head stuntman.

Tom Cruise, Winona Ryder and Reese Witherspoon are just a few of the Hollywood stars of the 90s who are enjoying major career success today.

Tom Cruise, Winona Ryder and Reese Witherspoon are just a few of the Hollywood stars of the 90s who are enjoying major career success today.
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“It has to do with storytelling…It allows us to put cameras in places that you normally can’t,” he said during an interview on The Graham Norton Show.

These stunts have paid off to the tune of six “Mission: Impossible” films, including one in production and another recently completed. The film franchise has earned over $3 billion over the years.

However, Cruise recently broke his first box office record with the Memorial Day weekend release of “Top Gun: Maverick,” which surpassed the billion-dollar mark and is the highest-grossing film of his career. by Cruise.

Evan Nierman, CEO of global PR firm Red Banyan, told Fox News Digital why the ’90s created massive stars like Cruise.

Tom Cruise attends the screening of "Top Gun: Maverick" during the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 18, 2022 in Cannes, France.  The film has since grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Tom Cruise attends the screening of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ during the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 18, 2022 in Cannes, France. The film has since grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
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“A-list actors of the ’90s rose to super stardom at a time when images were built more around Hollywood stars and their charisma and less around action franchises,” he said.

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“They’re still hugely ‘bankable’ decades later, enjoying worldwide acclaim and essentially guaranteeing solid financial returns to any company that funds a movie with them in the credits. For dramas or character-based movies with no budgets extravagant, you limit your risk or exposure when you cast a proven star that audiences will always pay to see on the big screen.Plus, teens in this era are now middle-aged consumers with disposable income who can buy tickets for themselves, as well as for their children.

Fans fell in love with Winona Ryder decades ago for her work in “Heathers,” “Little Women,” “Mermaids” and “The Crucible.”

She cemented her status as a ’90s queen with roles in the harrowing movie “Reality Bites,” “Girl Interrupted” with Angelina Jolie, and working alongside ex-boyfriend Johnny Depp in “Edward Slaughterhouse.” ‘silver”.

Ryder recently found a whole new fanbase, starring in Netflix pop culture phenomenon, “Stranger Things.”

She stars as Joyce Byers in the Emmy-nominated show and recently told Harper’s Bazaar that she always offers advice to her younger co-stars, including Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin.

Winona Ryder stars as Joyce Byers in the Emmy-nominated Netflix series, "Strange things." Pictured during a cast photo call in July

Winona Ryder stars as Joyce Byers in the Emmy-nominated Netflix series, “Stranger Things.” Pictured during a cast photo call in July
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Winona Ryder's co-star in "girl interrupted," Angelina Jolie won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1999.

Winona Ryder’s ‘Girl, Interrupted’ co-star Angelina Jolie won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1999.
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“I want kids to understand that this doesn’t happen,” she said of the show’s runaway success. “It’s really unusual. And I always tell them, ‘The work is the reward!’ Because when I was that age, it was so hard to enjoy the fruits of my labor.”

She also recalled her breakup with Depp in the 90s, which she called her “real life ‘Girl, Interrupted'”, referencing the 1999 film where she portrayed a patient in a mental institution.

Ryder has since found happiness in a relationship with fashion designer Scott Mackinlay Hahn, who when first met thought she was Milla Jovovich.

“He told me I was awesome in ‘The Fifth Element’.”

She added on a more serious note, “We have so much in common. We connected on so many levels. But it was amazing that he wasn’t in that business…I really tried to keep quiet.”

Reese Witherspoon earned an Emmy nomination on Tuesday for her work on the Apple TV Plus program "morning show," but became a person to watch in the 90s with her first film role in "The man in the moon."

Reese Witherspoon was nominated for an Emmy on Tuesday for her work on Apple TV Plus’ ‘The Morning Show’, but became a fixture in the ’90s with her first film role in ‘The Man in the Moon’ .
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Reese Witherspoon was nominated for an Emmy on Tuesday for her work on Apple TV Plus program, ‘The Morning Show,’ but she’s been one to watch since the ’90s, when she landed her first film role in ‘The Man in the moon”. “

She was only 14 at the time, but received rave reviews from critics including Roger Ebert, and went on to star in major films including ‘SFW’ with Stephen Dorff, ‘Fear’ with Mark Wahlberg in 1996 and “Freeway” with Keifer Sutherland and Brooke Shields.

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In 1998 alone, Witherspoon starred in three major films – ‘Overnight Delivery’, ‘Twilight’ and ‘Pleasantville’ with Tobey Maguire.

Witherspoon broke all the rules in “Cruel Intentions,” where she worked with Selma Blair, Sarah Michelle Gellar and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Ryan Philippe. She followed the brooding East Coast drama with “Election,” starring Matthew Broderick.

Witherspoon has since become the face of “Legally Blonde” after starring as Elle Woods in 2001, and won an Oscar for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in the movie “Walk the Line.”

The mother of three and founder of production company Hello Sunshine, who is now married to CAA talent agent Jim Toth, has been nominated for nine Golden Globe Awards, four Screen Actors Guild Awards and two British Film Awards.

“There are very few stars that you can count on all of us,” said entertainment expert Dan Wakeford. “These stars are, for the most part, the same stars we had two decades ago. These are the big names we all knew when we had no choice in streaming media, and the multitude of social platforms and of digital options, we were all watching the same TV channels and watching the same movies.”

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won an Oscar for "Goodwill hunting" in 1998.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won an Oscar for “Good Will Hunting” in 1998.

“So these ’90s stars are always the ones you can count on for Americans of all age groups to know and love, so they’re often the most bankable.”

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, Boston’s best friends who shot to fame with their 1998 Oscar-winning screenplay, “Good Will Hunting,” each achieved success individually but were also honored as one of the most memorable duos. industry to make it big in the 90s.

Affleck still has the title of youngest winner for Best Original Screenplay as he was just 25 when the Gus Van Sant-directed drama, which also starred Robin Williams, Minnie Driver and her brother Casey Affleck, was released in December. 1997.

Damon and Affleck have worked together on a number of films over the years as writing partners and co-stars, and star together again in an as-yet-untitled Nike film about the extraordinary marketing of the sports brand Sonny Vaccaro.

Affleck will direct, write, co-star and executive produce while Damon will star, write and executive produce the film about the life story of the former Nike executive.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have worked together on a number of films over the years as writing partners and co-stars, and star together again in a yet untitled Nike film about the extraordinary. marketing of the sports brand Sonny Vaccaro.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have worked together on a number of films over the years as writing partners and co-stars, and star together again in a yet untitled Nike film about the extraordinary. marketing of the sports brand Sonny Vaccaro.

Damon will play Vaccaro and Affleck will play Nike co-founder Phil Knight. The film will follow Vaccaro’s rise through the ranks of sports legends as he sets out to sign Michael Jordan to the shoe brand and his first sneaker contract.

In 2021, after the premiere of the movie they starred in and co-wrote, “The Last Duel,” the “Bourne” franchise hero said he missed working with his writing partner and hoped to get no more pen on paper with her boyfriend.

“I think we’ll write a lot more in the future just because it didn’t turn out to take as long as we thought it would,” Damon told Entertainment Tonight.

“At the time, we had no deadlines because no one cared what we were doing, no one was waiting for the script, we were unemployed so we literally had nothing else to do. And now we can build time, it’s a little more structured, right? Like, okay, let’s write 10 to 2, you know, because we can drop the kids off and then we can pick the kids up. we actually have lives now, which is good, finally.

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Fox News’ Larry Fink contributed to this report.

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