Top Gun

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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.

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The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying skills. When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise) is sent to the school, his reckless attitude and cocky demeanor put him at odds with the other pilots, especially the cool and collected Iceman (Val Kilmer). But Maverick isn't only competing to be the top fighter pilot, he's also fighting for the attention of his beautiful flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis).

Cast & Crew

Tom Cruise
Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell
Kelly McGillis
Charlotte "Charlie" Blackwood
Anthony Edwards
Lt. Nick "Goose" Bradshaw
Val Kilmer
Lt. Tom "Iceman" Kazanski
Tom Skerritt
Cmdr. Mike "Viper" Metcalf
Michael Ironside
Lt. Cmdr. Rick "Jester" Heatherly
Rick Rossovich
Lt. Ron "Slider" Kerner
Tim Robbins
Lt. Sam "Merlin" Wells
Bill Badalato
Executive Producer
Harold Faltermeyer
Original Music
Giorgio Moroder
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Jeffrey Kimball
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Critic Reviews for Top Gun

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (26)

  • The film's intensity mirrors the competitive and wild personalities of the pilots themselves. In this arena, the casting is on-target.

    May 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • ... "Top Gun" is terribly monotonous.

    February 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The movie, in short, hits its emotional marks, but it does so with such insistence that it feels less like real life than an object lesson in the architecture of the blockbuster.

    January 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 7, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The aerial sequences in Top Gun are as thrilling -- while remaining coherent -- as any ever put on film.

    February 6, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    August 25, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Top Gun

  • Nov 27, 2015
    "Top Gun" is an amazing 1980's drama/action film. "Top Gun" has amazing acting from "Tom Cruise" and "Kelly McGillis". The plot to "Top Gun" is great and has great plot points. The special effects in this movie are incredible for a 1980's film. There are no action sequences that look like the back of a green screen. The soundtrack to "Top Gun" is great, it makes every scene better and better. I will recommend you watch "Top Gun" as it is a awesome action/drama. So I give "Top Gun" a 8/10.
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  • Jul 03, 2013
    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.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer
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  • Apr 29, 2013
    Top Gun is a riveting action film from director Tony Scott. The story follows a hot shot Navy pilot who's sent to an elite fighter school to learn aerial combat tactics. Starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, and Michael Ironside, the cast is pretty good. But the real stars of the film are the F-14 fighter jets, and Scott does an excellent job at capturing the intensity and excitement of the aerial maneuvers. The soundtrack is also especially well-done, and features such hit songs as "Danger Zone" and "Take My Breath Away." Adrenaline packed and incredible entertaining, Top Gun has become an iconic '80s action film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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