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Top Gun (1986)


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 26
Rotten: 22

Critics Consensus: Though it features some of the most memorable and electrifying aereial footage shot with an expert eye for action, Top Gun offers too little for non-adolescent viewers to chew on when its characters aren't in the air.

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: Though it features some of the most memorable and electrifying aereial footage shot with an expert eye for action, Top Gun offers too little for non-adolescent viewers to chew on when its characters aren't in the air.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 721,472



Movie Info

Devil-may-care navy pilot Pete Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is sent to Miramar Naval Air Station for advanced training. Here he vies with Tom Kasansky (Val Kilmer) for the coveted "Top Gun" award. When not so occupied, Mitchell carries on a romance with civilian consultant Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis). Shaken up by the death of a friend, Mitchell loses the Top Gun honor to Kasansky. Worried that he may have lost his nerve, Mitchell is given a chance to redeem himself during a tense … More

PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Drama , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
Jack Epps, Jr. , Jim Cash
In Theaters:
Oct 20, 1998
Box Office:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Top Gun

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (22) | DVD (39)

There are elements that hold up - especially Cruise's blinding charisma. The aerial scenes are still thrilling, and perfectly suited to a giant screen. Everything else? Well, that depends on how nostalgic you're feeling.

Full Review… | February 7, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The aerial sequences in Top Gun are as thrilling -- while remaining coherent -- as any ever put on film.

Full Review… | February 6, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Whether you love Top Gun or hate it -- or hate yourself for loving it -- the fact is that when it became the top-grossing film of 1986, Hollywood in its infinite wisdom took all of the worst lessons from its success and overlooked what made it so... fun.

Full Review… | August 25, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Top Gun is about the training of the Navy's best fighter pilots and their blooding in cold war incidents, and the only thing Director Tony Scott has not brought up to date is the story.

Full Review… | March 8, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Every moment is hyped for maximum visual and visceral impact, but Scott doesn't display the slightest bit of interest (or belief) in the actual characters and situations.

Full Review… | March 8, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Set in the world of naval fighter pilots, pic has strong visuals and pretty young people in stylish clothes and a non-stop soundtrack.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Top Critic

You can argue that it's a cool movie, but is "Top Gun" a good movie? I'd definitely say "Hell no," topped with "Are you kidding me?"

Full Review… | August 3, 2014
Cinema Crazed

The unashamedly goofy 1986 dogfighting classic flips on the afterburners to make yet another pass on Blu-ray, this time soaring into the third dimension.

Full Review… | February 18, 2013
OK! Magazine

It's still the same old Top Gun, retaining every frame of ridiculousness and emphatic acting that turned the Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer production into a legend.

Full Review… | February 8, 2013

The 3D is impressive considering it wasn't shot for that, and the sound delivers full throttle engine roars and the legendary soundtrack sounds as crisp as ever.

Full Review… | February 8, 2013
Schmoes Know

If you missed it in theaters the first time, it's probably going to be the best movie theater experience you'll have so far this year.

Full Review… | February 8, 2013
Schmoes Know

An undeniably cheesy yet strangely appealing time capsule, with a little something for everyone provided we understand that it's all bubblegum.

Full Review… | February 8, 2013

Watching Top Gun again twenty five years after its release is still a dazzling and dizzying experience. You are not so much on the edge of your seat as flung around it as the on-screen action endlessly spins and soars.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012

Basically perfect, even it is perfect at one of the worst sorts of things a movie can attempt.

Full Review… | November 27, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

Among the first generation of films influenced by the cutting techniques of music videos, a progression of oversaturated, meaty images, embarrassing dialogue and awful music.

Full Review… | June 3, 2011
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

This paean to hotshot Navy fighter pilots and high technology attracted mass audiences despite its familiar plot and characters so vapid they vanish from memory as soon as the house lights come up.

Full Review… | March 8, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Tom Cruise classic still revs engines.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

Watchable but rarely enthralling...

Full Review… | January 11, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

Like many films from its decade, Top Gun is steeped in 80s culture %u2013 from the top 40 music to the clothing styles.

Full Review… | March 5, 2009
7M Pictures

(Its success) supports the pop-psych analysis that pre-actualized teenage boys are the most homosexual beings in existence.

Full Review… | August 23, 2008
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for Top Gun

Top Gun is a really good film, and is well worth watching. It is entertaining to watch, as something is always happening. Tom Cruise plays Maverick, a cocky pilot, who goes to Top Gun - for the best of the best. He is quite big headed, and gets the lady he likes .. eventually!!! There are some great moments in this play - funny, happy and sad. It has something for everyone - comedy, action, romance. It is really worth buying this film, as it is great to watch, however many times you have seen it. This film has stood the test of time. It came out about 20 years ago, and yet it is still enjoyed by many people. which just proves what a fantastic film it is! 4 Stars 2-1-2001 (Updated)

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


One can appreciate the film for being iconic, yet it is frustratingly bland and corny. Though Top Gun is full of action, nothing really happens, and the charming romance that inspires the classic hit "Take My Breath Away" becomes a vague, second-thought.



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


Top Gun has been hailed and adored by film fans and critics alike. This is a picture than boosted recruitment in the Navy. Everyone Talks about Top Gun as a fine action film that is just super cool. Well, it is, and isn't. There are things that work here and there like fun action scenes which is what this flick is all about, however most of the time relies on sketchy performances that really don't deliver anything effective to compliment the action. Rewatching Top Gun, I realize that it actually is a decent picture, but is never anything grand, or beyond enjoyable because everyone gives this one more praise than it actually deserves. This film is decent and fun, but in the long run there are far more accomplished action films out there than Top Gun. Half the time, I felt Iceman and Maverick were in love and it was OK, well I get it, now what? Let the rivalry cool off, before the happy ending with the high fives all around and hugs, and wicked quotes and to top it off an awesome sing along of you lost that lovin feeling. This was nonetheless a fun little flick, but it really lacks in terrific plot and effective character chemistry. Everything here is almost cringe worthy and this decent for what it is, but it's not anything special. As far as a guy flick is concerned, Top gun doesn't deliver as much as such outstanding classics as The Dirty Dozen, Alien, Blade Runner and Escape From New York. Fun, but leaves a lot to be desired. Tom Cruise made better films than this, and there are far superior movies out there than this. Tony Scott would also deliver better actioners and I think that despite all the fun, mindless action, Top Gun is truly overrated and doesn't deserve to be on a pedestal as "the greatest film ever made".

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Top Gun Quotes

Son, your ego is writing checks your body can't cash.
– Submitted by Emilie D (2 years ago)
Lt. Pete Mitchell:
I feel the need.
Lt. Nick Bradshaw:
The need for speed!
– Submitted by Nova Q (2 years ago)
Tom Kasanzky:
You can be my wingman anytime.
– Submitted by Nova Q (2 years ago)
Lt. Nick Bradshaw:
Let's turn and burn.
– Submitted by Roxane L (2 years ago)
You don't own these planes son the tax payers do.
– Submitted by Roxane L (2 years ago)
Lt. Pete Mitchell:
Lt. Nick Bradshaw:
Woo! Jester's Dead!
– Submitted by Baurushan J (2 years ago)

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