There's probably no movie actor more well-known than Tom Cruise who's synonymous with the automotive world. The actor got his big break in the hit movie Days Of Thunder and has starred in movies since then that feature fast cars. He's also amassed a personal collection of vehicles he rarely shows the public, and with good reason. The actor has an impressive net worth he's built over the decades from starring in hit movies. The car collection ranges from exotics to traditional luxury models you'd expect a movie star to drive.

Cruise's choice in roles solidified the actor as one of the powerhouses of his generation. Even more, his distinct car collection is cemented in the upper echelons. Taking a look at some of the cars featured in his films, we get a better look at the kind of tastes the actor has. Knowing his taste in automobiles, cars featured on this list are surprising. He managed to keep his personal car collection a secret from the public for most of his career, even though he's one of the highest paid actors in the world with a net worth that far exceeds many of Hollywood's elite.

25 BMW 7-Series

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Naturally, just as much as the driving experience, we're also creatures of comfort. When you have kids like Cruise has, you can’t always drive an exotic sports car, such as a Bugatti. Therefore, he's also the proud owner of a BMW 7-Series. This is known as the top of the line BMW model that offers a serious amount of interior space without sacrificing performance thanks to the optional V-12 engine. Tom Cruise has a remarkably clean model as well, complete with the performance package. (Drive Line)

24 Ford Mustang Saleen S281

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There's no doubt about Cruise's need for speed, especially after his performance in Days Of Thunder. It's only natural he'd trade the keys in from the legendary Lumina stock car for this one of a kind Ford Mustang. The Ford Mustang Saleen S281 is one of the rarest models on the road today. The team at Saleen managed to dress the car up with a one of a kind body and appearance kit that lets the whole world know that it's not a run-of-the-mill Mustang. (Drive Line)

23 Bugatti Veyron

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Once the most expensive car in the world, the Bugatti Veyron has come a long way in planting a reputation as a scary fast exotic sports car. Cruise, with his massive net worth, is the proud owner of an all original model; this was a one of a kind exotic sports car that changed how the affluent look at pure luxury. The Bugatti Veyron has quite a few notable owners, such as Simon Cowell and Birdman, all of which have driven the car through the busy streets of L.A. showing off. (Drive Line)

22 Ford Excursion

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Cruise is known to entertain large groups. For these occasions, gets behind the wheel of his blacked out Ford Excursion. For those that don’t know, the Ford Excursion was a competitor for the Chevrolet Suburban that Ford launched during the SUV boom. The model was just too large and impractical though for many consumers, especially with a comparable Suburban model available with its sedate on-road driving manners. Nevertheless, the Ford Excursion has recently experienced a surge in popularity on the resale market. (Drive Line)

21 Ford Mustang Saleen (Silver)

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In addition to his other Mustang model, Cruise has a factory Ford Mustang Saleen in platinum silver, which gives the car a unique one of a kind look. The Ford Mustang Saleen is an upmarket variation of what you might come to expect in a Ford Mustang with a supercharged engine that gives it superior performance. Cruise is seen driving his one of a kind Mustang model from time to time, though he's incredibly hard to spot which adds to the mystique. (Drive Line)

20 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

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Perhaps it was Cruise's starring role in the legendary film Days Of Thunder, or merely that he wanted to add a valuable sports car to his fleet. There's nothing risky about the Chevrolet Chevelle SS, a car that's about as synonymous with the muscle car era as the Pontiac GTO is. The Chevrolet Chevelle SS was available in a couple of different trim levels. The final model is among the most popular, however, which is evident in the four Corvette inspired tail lights and distinct “SS” grill. (Hot Rod)

19 Chevrolet Corvette C1

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The pure success of Days Of Thunder was a huge win for GM and their Nascar division, which debuted the new Lumina stock car at the time. Thus, it's only natural that Cruise would be the proud owner of a Chevrolet Corvette C1. This generation of Corvette is known for sparking popularity in the line and was one of the purest sports cars sold at the time. The Chevrolet Corvette C1 also has an immense price tag, which only an elite celebrity like Tom Cruise could afford. (Drive Line)

18 Porsche 911

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Like any celebrity, Tom Cruise has his fair share of exotics and the Porsche 911 is among them. This one of a kind sports car is known as the Porsche you want to drive. Plus, with a lightweight design and a powerful rear-mounted engine, this Porsche can maintain a serious amount of speed, which offers a compelling driving experience. This is a one of a kind exotic sports car that remains a popular choice for many enthusiasts who want to tear up the open roads without spending a fortune. (Drive Line)

17 Cadillac Escalade

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Cruise is also the owner of a Cadillac Escalade, which is among the best selling SUV models in the world. GM has gone to great stakes to make sure that the Cadillac Escalade is on-par with any foreign SUV model that you might come across. It's only natural he'd choose a blacked out model for his trips around town. The Cadillac Escalade also has seating for seven comfortably, so you can take a whole group out on the town without needing a larger vehicle. (Drive Line)

16 Mercedes-Benz S Class

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In addition to his BMW 7-Series, Tom Cruise is also the proud owner of a Mercedes-Benz S Class, which he's been seen driving around L.A. in more than once. In comparison to the BMW, the large Mercedes-Benz model goes for a more sedate driving experience. Don’t let the refined looks fool you though; his sedan also packs an optional V-12 engine. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class also comes in a Maybach trim for those times you need some extreme luxury to accompany your ride. (Drive Line)

15 Mercedes CLK W209

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Of course, sometimes you don’t want to be stuck driving a large sedan around, especially if you're going grocery shopping or cruising around on a lazy weekend. Tom has a Mercedes CLK W209. This one of a kind two-door model is among one of the best sellers to ever grace a Mercedes dealership, and with good reason. The car is powered by a smooth running V8 engine, which gives this two-door quite a good amount of pep with an effortless driving experience that's unmatched in other two-door models. (Drive Line)

14 Dodge Colt

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Cruise was the proud owner of a Dodge Colt at the start of his career, a car that's synonymous with bland domestic imports of the late '70s and '80s. The Dodge Colt he owned notably got the young actor to all of his first auditions and, eventually, he landed his breakout roll in Days Of Thunder. After the breakout success Days Of Thunder had at the box office, Tom Cruise upgraded his vehicle to something more fitting. (Drive Line)

13 1949 Buick Roadmaster

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Cruise has quite a few classic cars in his arsenal as well, and one of these cars is the 1949 Buick Roadmaster. A car that's known for its luxurious interior and peppy engine—which was at the head of the pack at the time—the 1949 Buick Roadmaster is a precarious cruiser that will put a smile on anyone's face. Cruise has a mint condition model. It's obvious the actor truly enjoys his mint condition toy, as he's been spotted driving the old Buick around L.A. streets more than once. (Drive Line)

12 BMW 3-Series

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As Cruise started his career, one of the first luxury vehicles the breakout actor bought himself was the BMW 3-Series, which at the time was one of the best performing compact luxury sedans you could get. Cruise had a mint condition model, which at the time, was also a favorite of Charlie Sheen's. It featured in a few of the most popular movies of the decade. The BMW 3-Series still remains a crowd-pleasing luxury car and one that's semi-affordable. (Drive Line)

11 1979 Porsche 928

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Tom Cruise is also the owner of one of the most iconic sports cars currently on the road, and that's the 1979 Porsche 928. Featured in the popular movie Scarface the 1979 Porsche 928 is a purebred example of how advanced sports cars were during the '80s, and why the model has remained a highly coveted favorite to this day. The 1979 Porsche 928 is a beautiful example of Porsche ingenuity, what made these models extremely sought after and fun to drive thanks to a V8 power plant. (Drive Line)

10 Ferrari 250 GTO / Vanilla Sky

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Featured prominently in the movie Vanilla Sky, the Ferrari 250 GTO happens to be among the rarest vehicles to roam the earth. Fetching quite a lot at auction, the Ferrari 250 GTO is fun to drive. The legendary Ferrari model has been a fixture of the brand since its debut many years ago. You could tell by watching the movie that Tom Cruise was having fun driving this car, and who wouldn’t have a blast driving one of the most iconic Ferrari models to ever roam the earth? (Drive Line)

9 1949 Buick Roadmaster / Rain Man

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Rain Man was among one of the most iconic movies of the '80s, so naturally, Cruise had to drive an iconic car in the movie. The 1949 Buick Roadmaster is the quintessential idea of what a domestic sedan should have been during its heyday. With a bevy of beautiful features, this car put Buick on the map with consumers who wanted something more. The 1949 Buick Roadmaster will go down as one of the most iconic movie cars to date with a memorable exterior and interior. (Drive Line)

8 1970 Chevelle SS / Jack Reacher

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Jack Reacher was an action-packed movie, to say the least. One of the things that made the movie so cool was the 1970 Chevelle SS in which Cruise was seen driving. This beautiful striped example of Chevrolet muscle at its best really made the movie shine, and who can forget how those exhaust pipes rumble when this puppy took off? It's also interesting to note that Cruise is the proud owner of a Chevelle SS, which might explain why the car was picked for the movie. (Drive Line)

7 1966 Shelby GT350H / Risky Business

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While it's no secret that Cruise owns a couple of legendary Mustang models, the 1966 Shelby GT350H featured in Risky Business is among some of the most beautiful muscle cars to feature in a motion picture. The 1966 Shelby GT350H is also among the rarest Mustang models to hit the road, and finding one is extremely hard to do. It's evident Tom had to search high and low to find one for his movie. The 1966 Shelby GT350H is a legendary car that packs a serious performance punch. (Hot Rod)

6 Lumina / Days Of Thunder

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During the late '80s and early '90s, the Nascar circuit was just heating up and GM needed to spruce up its lineup. Thus, the Days Of Thunder Lumina was introduced in the movie and brought a whole new slew of fans into GM showrooms. The car featured in the movie was a far cry from the production Lumina, but the car still introduced a good amount of brand awareness into GM showrooms. Thus, Tom Cruise was responsible for igniting the growth of this one of a kind model. (Hot Rod)

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