Cruise wasn't the only newcomer on the scene either. Risky Business marked the directorial debut of writer Paul Brickman and up-and-coming actress Rebecca De Mornay received her second screen credit as the street-smart prostitute, Lana. Still it was Cruise whose fame rose overnight in the public eye.

Who can forget his now famous underwear-clad cha-cha to Bob Seger's classic "Old Time Rock & Roll"? If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then Cruise's solo dance and lip-sync sequence has been flattered by countless movies and television shows for the past three decades.

Or what about Cruise's trademark Ray-Bans? Its been said that sales of the sunglasses went up some 2,000% after the film's release.

And who can forget classic Brickman lines like: "I don't believe this! I've got a trig midterm tomorrow, and I'm being chased by Guido the killer pimp." And, of course, the ultimate teen comedy tagline: "Sometimes you just have to say, 'What the f@#k'." Who knows if today's internationally known social acronym  "WTF" would even exist without Risky Business

As for Cruise, his career skyrocketed after Risky Business (including a "Best Actor" Golden Globe nomination for his work in the film). He has gone on to win three Golden Globe Awards (out of seven nominations) to go with three Academy Award noms. Over those 30-plus years since first tasting superstardom, Cruise has teamed up with Warner Bros. more than a half-dozen times in a wide spectrum of roles in the films The Outsiders (1983), Interview with the Vampire (1994), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Magnolia (1999), The Last Samurai (2003), Rock of Ages (2012) and last year's sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow.

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