Top Gun (1986)



Critic 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.

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

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Jim Cash, Jack Epps, Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 8, 2013
Box Office: $3.0M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Tom Cruise

as Lt. Pete `Maverick' ...
Kelly McGillis

as Charlotte Blackwood
Anthony Edwards

as Lt. Nick `Goose' Bra...
Val Kilmer

as Lt. Tom `Iceman' Kaz...
Tom Skerritt

as Cdr. Mike `Viper' Me...
Michael Ironside

as Lt. Cdr. Heatherly `...
Meg Ryan

as Carole Bradshaw
Barry Tubb

as Wolfman
Whip Hubley

as Hollywood
James Tolkan

as Stinger
Randall Brady

as Lieutenant Davis
Duke Stroud

as Air Boss Johnson
Ron Clark

as Inquiry Commander
Frank Pesce

as Bartender
Pete Pettigrew

as Perry Siedenthal
Troy Hunter

as Radio Operator
Linda Rae Jurgens

as Mrs. Metcalf
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Critic Reviews for Top Gun

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (9)

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 8, 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 8, 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… | February 8, 2013
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… | February 8, 2013
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… | February 8, 2013
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… | February 8, 2013
Top Critic

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