pack a punch/wallop
to provide a burst of energy or power or excitement
The storm packed a wallop and did much damage to the boats.
A list Star
His next film, Risky Business (1983), grossed $65 million. It also made Cruise a highly recognizable actor thanks in no small part to a memorable scene of the young star dancing in his underwear.In 1986, after a two year hiatus, the budding actor released the big budget fantasy film Legend, which did poorly at the box office. That same year, however, Cruises A list status was confirmed with the release of Top Gun, which co starred Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, and Meg Ryan. The testoterone fueled action romance, set against the backdrop of an elite naval flight school, became the highest grossing film of 1986.Cruise followed the tremendous success of Top Gun with a string of both critically acclaimed and commercially successful films. Cruise first starred in The Color of Money (1986), with co star Paul Newman, then went on to work with Dustin Hoffman on the hit film, Rain Man (1988). His next role as Vietnam Vet Ron Kovic in the biopic, Born on the Fourth of July (1989), earned Cruise an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe for Best Actor.