I first noticed this trend about fifteen years ago. At first I thought it was a coincidence or a random occurrence, but now I know it is an absolute given. If you see a Tom Cruise movie, you can expect a scene where he runs as fast as he can. If you don't believe me just check out The Outsiders, The Firm, Mission Impossible 1, 2, and 3, Far and Away, War of the Worlds, Collateral, Minority Report, Vanilla Sky, and Knight and Day, just to name a few. I was looking for proof of this and thanks to Youtube, you can see for yourself.
Cruise is not the only actor guilty of having a signature move. For Matthew McConaughey, it involves taking off his shirt. McConaughey's contract must state that he gets to take his shirt off in his movies within the first 10 minutes. I once pointed this out to others while watching Sahara and true to form, his shirt came off before the opening credits were even over. Evidence of this can be seen in Fools Gold, EDtv, Reign of Fire, Failure to Launch, Sahara, and How to loose a guy in 10 days.
I'm really surprised that he kept his shirt on in Amistad. I'm guessing he must have pushed Spielberg for some reason to go shirtless during one of the court scenes. McConaughey may be the king of taking his shirt off but he has some close competition with Hugh Jackman, Jason Stratham, and Bradley Cooper close on his tail.