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Top Gun
Created byJim Cash
Jack Epps Jr.
Original work"Top Guns" (1983 article)
by Ehud Yonay
OwnerParamount Pictures
Films and television
  • Top Gun (1986)
  • Top Gun: Maverick (2022)
Video game(s)List of Clip games
  • Top Gun (1986)
  • Top Gun: Maverick (2022)
Original music"Danger Zone"
"Take My Breath Away"
"Heaven in Your Eyes"
"Mighty Wings"
"Playing with the Boys"
"Top Gun Anthem"
"Hold My Hand"
"I Ain't Worried"

Top Gun is an American action drama multimedia franchise based on the 1983 article "Top Guns" by Ehud Yonay, which was adapted into the eponymous 1986 film, written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr. The original film portrays Tom Cruise as Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a young naval aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, who with his radar intercept officer, LTJG Nick "Goose" Bradshaw, are given the chance to lớn train at the US Navy's Fighter Weapons School at Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California.

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Produced and released by Paramount Pictures, Top Gun became a cultural phenomenon, sparking a 500% increase in Navy recruitments the year it came out and, despite receiving mixed reviews, was acclaimed for its groundbreaking visual effects and energetic soundtrack. It was followed by the 2022 sequel film Top Gun: Maverick, which takes place 36 years after the events of the first film and depicts Maverick's reluctant return to lớn the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, where he must confront his past as he trains a group of younger aviators, among them the son of his deceased best friend. Top Gun: Maverick was met with greater critical and commercial success than vãn the original, with praise for its story, performances, emotional weight, and flying sequences.




In May 2022, Miles Teller stated that he had been pitching a follow-up film centered around his character to lớn the studio. The actor referred to lớn his pitch as Top Gun: Rooster.[1] By July of the same year, he stated that he has been having ongoing discussions regarding a sequel with Tom Cruise.[2]

Cast and crew[edit]


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This section includes characters who will appear or have appeared in the franchise in main roles.

  • An empty, dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the film, or that the character's official presence has not yet been confirmed.
Character Films
Top Gun Top Gun: Maverick
Pete "Maverick" Mitchell Tom Cruise
Tom "Iceman" Kazansky Val Kilmer
Charlotte "Charlie" Blackwood Kelly McGillis
Nick "Goose" Bradshaw Anthony Edwards
Carole Bradshaw Meg Ryan
Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw Aaron and Adam Weis Miles Teller
Mike "Viper" Metcalf Tom Skerritt
Rick "Jester" Heatherly Michael Ironside
Bill "Cougar" Cortell John Stockwell
Leonard "Wolfman" Wolfe Barry Tubb
Ron "Slider" Kerner Rick Rossovich
Sam "Merlin" Wells Tim Robbins
Marcus "Sundown" Williams Clarence Gilyard
Rick "Hollywood" Neven Whip Hubley
Tom "Stinger" Jardian James Tolkan
Charles "Chipper" Piper Adrian Pasdar
Penelope "Penny" Benjamin Mentioned Jennifer Connelly
Beau "Cyclone" Simpson Jon Hamm
Jake "Hangman" Seresin Glen Powell
Robert "Bob" Floyd Lewis Pullman
Chester "Hammer" Cain Ed Harris
Solomon "Warlock" Bates Charles Parnell
Natasha "Phoenix" Trace Monica Barbaro
Reuben "Payback" Fitch Jay Ellis
Mickey "Fanboy" Garcia Danny Ramirez
Javy "Coyote" Machado Greg Davis
Bernie "Hondo" Coleman Bashir Salahuddin
Billy "Fritz" Avalone Manny Jacinto
Logan "Yale" Lee Raymond Lee
Brigham "Harvard" Lennox Jake Picking
Neil "Omaha" Vikander Jack Schumacher
Callie "Halo" Bassett Kara Wang
Amelia Benjamin Lyliana Wray
Sarah Kazansky Jean Louisa Kelly
Jimmy James Handy

Crew and production details[edit]

Film Composer Cinematographer Editor(s) Production companies Distributing companies Runtime
Top Gun Harold Faltermeyer
Giorgio Moroder
Jeffrey L. Kimball Billy Weber
Chris Lebenzon
Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films Paramount Pictures 110 min
Top Gun: Maverick Lady Gaga
Lorne Balfe
Hans Zimmer
Harold Faltermeyer
Claudio Miranda Eddie Hamilton Skydance Media
Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films
130 min


Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office Budget Ref.
North America Other territories Worldwide
Top Gun May 16, 1986 $180,470,489 $176,999,033 $357,469,522 $15,000,000 [3][4]
Top Gun: Maverick May 27, 2022 $718,732,821 $770,000,000 $1,488,732,821 $170,000,000 [5][6]
Total $899,203,310 $946,999,033 $1,810,919,866 $185 million [7][8]

Critical and public response[edit]




Title U.S. release date Length Label
Top Gun May 13, 1986 38:38 Columbia Records
Top Gun: Maverick (Music from the Motion Picture) May 27, 2022 43:35 Interscope Records


  • "Danger Zone"
  • "Take My Breath Away"
  • "Heaven in Your Eyes"
  • "Mighty Wings"
  • "Playing with the Boys"
  • "Top Gun Anthem"
  • "Hold My Hand"
  • "I Ain't Worried"

The soundtrack to lớn the original film reached number one in the US charts for five nonconsecutive weeks in the summer and autumn of 1986. It was the best selling soundtrack of 1986 and is still one of the best selling soundtrack albums of all time.[16][17] The soundtrack spawned two top 10 singles on the US charts, with the tuy vậy "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins peaking at number two and the tuy vậy "Take My Breath Away" by Berlin reaching number one, the latter of which would also go on to lớn win both the Academy Award for Best Original Song[18] and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.[19] According to lớn Allmusic, the album "remains a quintessential artifact of the mid-'80s", and the album's hits "still define the bombastic, melodramatic sound that dominated the pop charts of the era."[17]

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The soundtrack to lớn the sequel featured the singles "Hold My Hand" by Lady Gaga and "I Ain't Worried" by OneRepublic, with the latter becoming a top 10 hit. The score of the film harkened back to lớn the original film's sound and was noted by Zanobard Reviews as a "thoroughly entertaining and incredibly nostalgic musical experience from beginning to lớn end".[20]

Other media[edit]

Top Gun also spawned a number of Clip games for various platforms. The original game was released in 1986 under the same title as the film. It was released on Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, and Atari ST. Another game, also titled Top Gun, was released in 1987 for Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Nintendo VS. System arcade cabinets. In the 1987 game, the player pilots an F-14 Tomcat fighter, and has to lớn complete four missions. A sequel, Top Gun: The Second Mission, was released for the NES three years later.

Another game, Top Gun: Fire at Will, was released in 1996 for the PC and later for the Sony PlayStation platform. Top Gun: Hornet's Nest was released in 1998. Top Gun: Combat Zones was released for PlayStation 2 in 2001 and was subsequently released for the GameCube and Microsoft Windows. Combat Zones features other aircraft besides the F-14. In 2006, another game simply titled Top Gun was released for the Nintendo DS. A 2010 game, also titled Top Gun, retells the film's story. At E3 2011, a new game was announced, Top Gun: Hard Lock, which was released in March 2012 for Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3.


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