Maverick (Tom Cruise) is a reckless F-14 pilot who flies by instinct and breaks all of the rules. While attending the Navy's elite air combat training academy, affectionately known as "Top Gun," Maverick romances the civilian astrophysics instructor (Kelly McGillis) and competes with crackerjack pilot Ice (Val Kilmer) for top honors. He is the quintessential rebel, upsetting senior officers with his antics and risk-taking while simultaneously amazing them with his skill. In the end, Maverick overcomes a tragic loss and his need to stand out in the crowd and proves that he can shine as part of a team. Anthony Edwards stars as Maverick's best friend and co-pilot, Goose, and Meg Ryan first garnered attention as Goose's wife, Carole. Superb state-of-the-art aerial photography makes TOP GUN, directed by Tony Scott, one of the most exciting and entertaining films of its genre. This top grossing movie of 1986 is allegedly based on a Navy fighter pilot program at the Miramar Naval Base in San Diego, California, and was filmed on location at the base.
1986 - Academy Awards - Best Original Song Winner
John Stockwell - American Supporting Actor
Anthony Edwards - American Actor
Rick Rossovich - American Actor
Tom Cruise - American Actor, RISKY BUSINESS, EYES WIDE SHUT
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV - American Actor, RISKY BUSINESS, EYES WIDE SHUT
James Tolkan - American TV/Film Actor
Michael Ironside - Actor/"Scanners"
Tim Robbins - American Actor/Director, BOB ROBERTS (1992)
Adrian Pasdar - American Actor
Barry Tubb - American Film/TV Actor
Jerry Bruckheimer - Producer
Tony Scott - British director, TOP GUN/ENEMY OF THE STATE
Meg Ryan - American Actress, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1993)
Kelly McGillis - American actress
Whip Hubley - Actor
Val Kilmer - American Actor
Tom Skerritt - American actor
Clarence Gilyard - American Actor, LEFT BEHIND: THE MOVIE (2001)
Cocky, undisciplined Maverick (Tom Cruise) flies by instinct and breaks all of the rules at the Navy fighter pilot academy with his best friend and co-pilot Goose (Anthony Edwards). Along the way, Maverick romances the civilian astrophysics instructor (Kelly McGillis) who is initially put off by his hotshot antics. When a personal tragedy leads Maverick to reassess his abilities and choices, he proves that he can be a team player and still shine. Directed by Tony Scott, TOP GUN was the top grossing movie of 1986.
Theatrical release: May 15, 1986. TOP GUN was filmed at Miramar Naval Base, San Diego, CA, and at other locations in California and Nevada. The film grossed more than $175 million at the domestic box office and nearly $345 million worldwide.
"...Strong visuals....A thrilling ride..." - 05/14/1986 Variety
"...Tom Cruise took our breath away..." - 01/11/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.38-9
"Tony Scott's career-defining bombast still packs a punch." - 05/01/2005 Uncut, p.140
"Cruise slapped on a grin and some sunglasses...and cunningly tapped the rich vein of MTV in its '80s heyday." - 07/01/2006 Total Film, p.136
"[Y]ou can see why Cruise, then a baby-faced 23, became the biggest star of the era. His thousand-watt smile is the film's best special effect." -- Grade: B - 09/02/2011 Entertainment Weekly