Greatest Film Scenes
and Moments

Top Gun (1986)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Top Gun (1986)

In director Tony Scott's jingoistic action film:

  • the dogfights of fliers with enemy MIG planes over the Indian Ocean, and arrogant, hot-shot fighter pilot Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell's (Tom Cruise) boasting about flying upside down in order to give the enemy pilot the finger: "I was inverted"
  • the many sensational aerobatic flying sequences as part of the training of the US Navy's elite (Top Gun) Fighter Weapon School, Miramar Naval Air Station near San Diego
  • Maverick's famous catchphrase: "I feel the need, the need for speed"
  • the scene of Maverick's buzzing the tower
  • his competition with Lt. Tom 'Iceman' Kazanski (Val Kilmer), who assured 'Maverick': "You can be my wingman anytime"
  • Maverick's love affair with pretty civilian consultant-instructor Charlotte 'Charlie' Blackwood (Kelly McGillis), highlighted by the Best Original Song recorded by Berlin: "Take My Breath Away", while the entire film was basically about male bonding and machismo (high-fives, shower scenes)
  • the emotional scene of the death of Lt. Nick 'Goose' Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards) in Maverick's arms following a tailspin and botched ejection


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