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'Time of your life, huh kid?'

Tomcruisegrin Tom Cruise wasn't born on the Fourth of July, but he was pretty close. Tuesday, July 3, marks Cruise's 45th birthday. And let's hope the additional year brings some additional wisdom.

Ole Tommy Boy has had a rough go of it lately, what with feuding with network anchors over psychiatry, jumping up and down on Oprah's couch, and don't even get me started about his unusual baby birthing practices. His latest Mission Impossible 3 installment suffered at the box office as legions of fans began turning on him. A whole country -- Germany -- even considered banning him from shooting there because of his beliefs in Scientology, which is considered a cult there in many circles.

As much fun as Tom is as a punching bag (karma, right?), it's sad when you remember he was once box office gold. And actually, he was more than that, because ...

All You Need to Know in Life, You Can Learn from a Tom Cruise '80s Movie:

"You have to wear clothes to work. There's a law or something." (The Outsiders, 1983)

"If the government trusts me, maybe you could." (Top Gun 1986)

"College women can smell ignorance... like dog s--t." (Risky Business, 1983)

"I think maybe the money's what's throwing you off." (The Color of Money 1986)

"Sometimes you just gotta say, 'What the f--k, make your move.' " (Risky Business, 1983)

"It seems to me that if there were any logic to our language, trust would be a four letter word. (Risky Business, 1983)

"Days get shorter and shorter, nights longer and longer, before you know it, you life is just one long night with a few comatose daylight hours." (Cocktail 1988)

"You don't have time to think up there. If you think, you're dead." (Top Gun 1986)

"All things end badly, or else they wouldn't end." (Cocktail 1988)

"All airlines have crashed at one time or another, that doesn't mean that they are not safe." (Rainman 1988)

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