Top Gun: Maverick Star Tom Cruise’s Rather Controversial Movie Is Set To Leave Netflix, Watch It Before It Does

Published 06/27/2022, 4:30 PM EDT

Tom Cruise is presently starring in his most successful picture to date. Top: Gun Maverick has outperformed the competition, grossing more than $1 billion worldwide. But long before we had the sequel to one of the most iconic 1980s flicks, Cruise was in another action picture.

This action movie is deemed controversial nowadays due to the plot’s difficult subject matter. Despite being described as controversial, that film is nonetheless worth seeing. But you better hurry up as it shall be leaving Netflix soon.

Find out which movie we are talking about.


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Tom Cruise starrer hit film to leave Netflix soon

We’re discussing The Last Samurai. The Last Samurai will be departing Netflix shortly, so fans should see it before it’s too late.

The film features Cruise as US Army Captain Nathan Algren, who was dispatched to Japan in 1876 as a military consultant to assist the Emperor in putting down a samurai insurrection following the Meiji Restoration. 

After losing his first fight, Lord Moritsugu Katsumoto (Watanabe) captures Algren and teaches him the traditions of the samurai. After having a change of heart, Algren fights with Katsumoto to help them keep their independence from the Emperor.

What was the controversy surrounding the film?

The Last Samurai garnered positive reviews from reviewers and received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Supporting Actor for Watanabe.


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However, in later years, the film has been receiving criticism for romanticizing Japanese and samurai culture, disregarding essential components of the Meiji Restoration, and adhering to the white savior cliché, in which a white hero plays a significant role in the emancipation of non-white people.

When is the film leaving Netflix?


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Without spoiling the rest of the film or getting too far into the narrative, you may see this film before it officially leaves Netflix on July 1st. With Tom Cruise sailing high on Top Gun: Maverick’s success, it is the best time to check out his old films.

The movie is a little longer than an average film, with a runtime of 2 hours and 34 minutes. But that just means you get to see amazing acting skills of Tom for a longer period.


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Stream the movie on Netflix before you miss your chance. Also, let us know other Tom Cruise movies you love in the comments.




Baheen Qadri

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Baheen Qadri is an entertainment writer at Netflix Junkie. Currently, he is pursuing BA in Mass comm Hons from SCMC Pune. He loves binge-watching films and TV series on Netflix.