17 September 2014

Cruising with Cruise: Tom's top five most memorable cars in film

Tom Cruise began his career in acting at the age of 19, and has since appeared in 40 films and counting. During such a rigorous career, you can only expect that he starred in movies that featured high-end collector cars. Here are the top five coolest cars that Tom Cruise has driven in movies:

“Vanilla Sky”: In this reality-warping, romantic drama, Tom plays David Aames — the head of a New York publishing firm with access to whatever he pleases. In the opening scene, Cruise drives a Ferrari 250 GTO replica through a deserted New York City, ultimately ending in Times Square. Aames’ daily driver throughout the film is a 1967 Ford Mustang, and after he falls in love with a different woman, his ex-girlfriend Julie (played by Cameron Diaz) tries to kill them both by driving off of a bridge in her 1970 Buick Skylark.

“Rain Man”: After his father’s death, Charlie Babbitt (played by Cruise), a gray market sports car dealer (seen importing Countaches in the film’s opening), flies home to Ohio to settle the estate. After learning he has an older brother, Raymond (Dustin Hoffman), who is inheriting the full estate, the two set out on a cross-country road trip back to California in their father’s 1949 Buick Roadmaster.

“Jack Reacher”: Tom plays Jack Reacher, an ex-Army MP who is investigating the murder of five innocent victims of a sniper shooting. The real highlight of the film is a six-minute car chase in which Cruise drives a 1970 Chevelle SS. He tries his best to chase down an Audi A6 while being pursued by police. The driving stunts are of quite a remarkable quality, especially considering Cruise did all of his own driving throughout the movie.

“Risky Business”: In this 1983 dark-comedy drama, Tom Cruise plays Joel Goodson, a high school student living with wealthy parents in suburban Chicago. His parents go away on a trip, giving Joel strict orders to not touch the stereo system or his father’s 1979 Porsche 928. Joel’s unruly friend convinces him otherwise, leading Joel into a downward spiral of trouble that includes a car chase in the Porsche, and later some major water damage.

“War of the Worlds”: Cruise plays Ray Ferrier, a divorced dock worker in New York City. His pride and joy seems to be his 1966 Shelby GT350H rather than his two kids — this all changes after an alien invasion of Earth. We find the probability of an alien invasion just as likely as a decidedly unmotivated N.Y. longshoreman owning such a rare car.

10 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Kevin Rockwall, TX September 17, 2014 at 19:09
    I will hold out that the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible that he drives down to Mexico in the terrible comedy "Losin' It" from 1983 should make the list.
  • 2
    TJ Meagher Grants Pass, or September 17, 2014 at 19:31
    A N.Y. Longshoreman makes 100k to 120K a year. I would think it would not be such a stretch at all to own one with that income...
  • 3
    Gary Ontario September 17, 2014 at 20:24
    When working on a feature motion picture with Mr. Tom Cruise, he has to many rules One you are not allowed to talk to him, and must stay 25 ft. away, and no eye contact. God help you if your over 6 ft. he doesn't even want you to walk passed him while you are prepping for a shot. Although Bruce Willis is the worst Tom Cruise is a close second. I worked on 6 feature motion pictures with Mr. Tom Cruise, all i can say is thank for letting me feed my family.I will proberly get hate mail for this, but the truth is any body who worked on any of his movies knows the truth.
  • 4
    FV NY September 18, 2014 at 13:33
    Tom, what about the '57 Chevy Bel Air Convertible in "Losin' It"?
  • 5
    Bobby Bluegrass September 18, 2014 at 19:07
    Still love the guy (looney or not). Loved the "Reacher" chase particularly, even if the Chevelle keeping up with the Audi was a tad far-fetched.
  • 6
    bob Florida September 19, 2014 at 18:11
    Where are the pictures
  • 7
    Todd SoCal September 21, 2014 at 19:28
    The 'midg' has attitude, lol... typical hollywierdo although I do like most of his films. I remember a movie where I recall him flying through the desert landscape in what appeared to me to be a Ferrari 400i or 412i. No exterior shots...
  • 8
    KenG Delta, BC December 5, 2014 at 13:11
    Wow Gary great insight, A while ago I had heard that from a graphic artist I knew who worked on the art for the movie posters and video jackets at the studio. Didn't have good things to say about Tom ( shorty) or Bruce W either. I guess the megalomaniacs can rise to the top in that industry. She did say the nicest guy she met was Jack Nickelson, said he was a real decent guy.
  • 9
    Jamie Maudsley Dorchester, ON July 20, 2015 at 10:40
    How can you have this list without a 1989 Chevrolet Lumina that Cruise took to over 200 MPH on the high banks of the NASCAR circuit? That car would whoop all the others ...
  • 10
    Carlos New Mexico March 25, 2017 at 07:39
    I am favoring the 1949 Buick Roadmaster, as I own one of these in my car collection.

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