13 Things That Are Taller Than Tom Cruise

Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.
Tom Cruise is apparently 5 feet 7 inches tall.

I say "apparently," but the actor has spent his whole career trying to make his true height as unapparent as possible. He's known to often use smoke and mirrors (and heeled shoes) to trick the public in photos and movie scenes.

Cruise is a solid inch shorter than me — and I never, ever would have guessed it.

So, I thought it might be fun, as an ode to Cruise for his 54th birthday on July 3, to curate a list of people, things, and oddities that are in fact taller than the actor himself.

Consider this a sneaky truth of Hollywood, revealed.

But before carrying on, I'd like to note that all heights are great, wonderful, functional, amazing, and glorious. It's just kind of hilarious that, for the duration of Cruise's career, he has been hell bent on creating a fictional height for himself.

Embrace your height. No shame in your shorty game. And now, here are 13 things taller than Cruise.


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Photo: Richard Young /REX.
Gwendoline Christie — 6-Foot-3

Cruise would probably come up to the elbow of the Game of Thrones actress.
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Photo: Ray Tang/REX.
Daniel Radcliffe Shirtless On A “Horse” — 5-Foot-5, Plus A “Horse”

Getting Lord Farquaad vibes with this.
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Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic.
Val Kilmer — 6-Foot-0

The two starred in Top Gun together and looked eerily close in height, despite the near half-foot difference.
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Photo: Justin Goff\UK Press
World’s Tallest Cow — 6-Foot-4

The world's tallest cow is, indeed, much taller than Mr. Cruise.
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Photo: MediaPunch/REX.
Anna Wintour In Heels — 5-Foot-7

The severe bob might even add another inch, giving the Vogue editor one more person to look down on.
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Photo: Henry Lamb/Photowire.
John Travolta — 6-Foot-2

Together, they're like the Rob & Big of Scientology.
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Photo: Leon Bennett /WireImage.
Kanye West — 5-Foot-8

Maybe West can hook Cruise up with a pair of Yeezy Boosts.
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Photo: David Buchan/Variety.
Justin Bieber — 5-Foot-9

The Canadian bad boy could give Cruise an elevated shoulder to cry on.
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Photo: Billy Farrell/BFA.
Zendaya — 5-Foot-10

The 19-year-old is a lot taller than Cruise.
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Photo: De Agostini / L. Romano/REX.
Saguaro Cactus — 40 To 60 Feet

Way taller.
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Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Britney Spears Wearing A Top Hat — 5-Foot-4, Plus Hat

Top hat > Top Gun.
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Photo: Tim Rooke/REX.
Michelle Obama — 5-Foot-11

The first lady has a good four inches on the actor.
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Photo: Mint Images/REX.
An Ostrich — 6.9 To 9.2 Feet

Imagine Cruise standing next to the ostrich. Please. It's a wonderful image.
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