Mission: Impossible is a series of American action films based on the television series of the same name. The series is produced by and stars Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, an agent of the fictional Impossible Missions Force (IMF).
Beginning in 1996, the films follow the missions of the IMF’s main field team under the leadership of Hunt, who is forced to take over after the team is betrayed from within in the first film. The series focuses on Hunt as the lead character as opposed to the ensemble cast structure of the television series, although some characters, such as Luther Stickell (played by Ving Rhames) and Benji Dunn(played by Simon Pegg) have recurring roles in the films.
The series has received a positive reception from critics and is the 20th-highest-grossing film series of all time, with a worldwide gross of over $2.8 billion to date. The sixth and most recent film, titled Mission: Impossible – Fallout, was released in July 2018.
|Film||U.S. release date||Director||Screenwriter(s)||Story by||Producer(s)|
|Mission: Impossible||May 22, 1996||Brian De Palma||David Koeppand Robert Towne||David Koepp and Steven Zaillian||Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner|
|Mission: Impossible 2||May 24, 2000||John Woo||Robert Towne||Ronald D. Moore & Brannon Braga|
|Mission: Impossible III||May 5, 2006||J. J. Abrams||Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci & J. J. Abrams|
|December 16, 2011||Brad Bird||Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec||Tom Cruise, J. J. Abrams and Bryan Burk|
|July 31, 2015||Christopher McQuarrie||Christopher McQuarrie & Drew Pearce||Tom Cruise, J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger|