The 18 Most Insane Stunts in Movie History, Ranked
As an actor who likes to perform his own stunts, Tom Cruise tends to set the bar high. Literally.
Having scaled the world's tallest building in "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" four years ago, the 53-year-old figured the only way to top that was to hang from the side of a flying plane in the new "Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation," opening July 31.
Certainly, there's something thrilling -- and probably a little sick -- about watching a person risk his or her life just to entertain us. Cruise has clearly gone above and beyond the call of duty for moviegoers many times, but he's also part of a movie tradition going back a century, of film professionals doing absolutely insane stunts just to wow us for a few moments. In honor of "Rogue Nation," here are 18 of the most astonishing stunts ever filmed.