Top Gun

Top Gun is an American action film starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. The film was released in 1986 and directed by Tony Scott

The film, released by Paramount, initially had mixed reviews but eventually grew to become a huge box office hit. On a budget of $15 million, it grossed a total of $356 million. It was a huge success. The film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2015. Since its release, it became a cult 80s movie.

The Movie

The movie revolves around “Top Gun”. An American Navy school for gifted pilots. Tom Cruise plays the role of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. A cocky self-indulged F14 pilot, chosen for the training program. Kelly McGillis plays the role of an instructor, Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood. The role of Blackwood was based upon a real-life person, Christine Fox.

Kelly McGillis

The day before the flight school starts, Maverick and Goose attend a bar where they noticed a woman(McGillis). The following scene became famous with Cruise and the navy flyboys singing “I’ve lost that loving feeling” by the Flying Pickets. The next day at the first lecture, Maverick discovers the woman from the bar is the official instructor. The romance that developed was a huge selling point of the production.

McGillis and Cruise

Sales of the famous Bomber jacket worn by Cruise and the pilots, climbed by 40%. In 1991 a mock comedy, “Hot Shots”, was released, starring Charlie Sheen. By the time of writing, a sequel, “Top Gun Maverick”, was on the cards.

Anthony Edwards as “Goose”

Other noteworthy actors like Val Kilmer as “Iceman”, Tom Skerrit, Michael Ironside, John Stockwell, Tim Robbins, and Meg Ryan bolstered the cast of the film.

Val Kilmer

Top Gun: The Soundtrack

Berlin performed the smash hit “Take my breath away”. A creation still being played on radio around the world today. Another artist featured is Kenny Logins with the hit “Danger Zone”. The soundtrack compilation overall was a huge hit

Movie Trailer


Top Gun – Wikipedia