Top Gun

TitleTop Gun
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1986
AuthorsScott, Tony
Running Time110 min
Date Released05/1986
DistributorParamount Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication Languageenglish

A prime example of militarism in late Cold War America, Top Gun glamorizes the lives, service, and sacrifice of U.S. Naval Aviators. Lt. Pete Mitchell (a.k.a. Maverick) and his friend Lt. Nick Bradshaw (a.k.a. Goose) attend the Navy's prestigious TOPGUN program, but their reckless bravado clashes with protocol. A love affair and a tragic loss force Maverick to see that there is more to life than flying. 


Tom Cruise

Kelly McGillis

Val Kilmer

Anthony Edwards

Tom Skerritt

Meg Ryan


Produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer

Directed by Tony Scott

Written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr.

Edited by Billy Weber and Chris Lebenzon

Cinematography by Jeffrey Kimball

Music by Harold Faltermeyer


Action, Drama, Romance

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Selected by the United States Library of Congress in 2015 for preservation in the National Film Registry finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

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