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Top Gun
File:Top Gun Logo.svg
Official film series logo
Based onCharacters
by Jim Cash
Jack Epps, Jr.
StarringTom Cruise
(See below)
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
1986 – present
CountryUnited States
Budget$115 million
{Cumulative of both films)
Box officeTotal (2 films):
$356.8 million[1]
(per the first film)

The Top Gun film series consists of two action-drama films based on characters created by Jim Cash and Jack Epps, Jr. involving the US military Naval aviation. Writers of the first movie were inspired by an article titled "Top Guns" published in California magazine three years prior to production on the project. Tom Cruise stars in the films as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a young naval aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. The series co-stars Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, and Miles Teller.


Film U.S.
release date
Director Screenwriter(s) Producers
Top Gun May 16, 1986 (1986-05-16) Tony Scott Jim Cash and Jack Epps, Jr. Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer
Top Gun: Maverick June 26, 2020 (2020-06-26) Joseph Kosinski Peter Craig, Justin Marks, Christopher McQuarrie and Eric Warren Singer Jerry Bruckheimer, Tom Cruise, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger

Top Gun (1986)[edit]

Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a daring ace Navy-pilot, is accepted into Miramar's elite Fighter School, also known as "Top Gun". As the impulsive young pilot competes with the best aviators in the nation, Maverick encounters some life-changing events. Charlie, the flying school's astrophysics instructor, comes into his life and the pair begin a romantic relationship. He befriends his rival, the brilliant and highly competitive fellow student, known as "Iceman". As Maverick is haunted by his father's mysterious death, he struggles to suppress his wild nature and winning the coveted Top Gun Trophy, while maintaining his relationship with Charlie.

Top Gun: Maverick (2020)[edit]

Maverick is called back into action to mentor the son of his friend, and to fight a new threat in the form of drones.

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Film
Top Gun Top Gun: Maverick
Pete "Maverick" Mitchell Tom Cruise
Tom "Iceman" Kazansky Val Kilmer
Bradley Bradshaw Aaron and Adam Weiss Miles Teller
Nick "Goose" Bradshaw Anthony Edwards
Charlotte "Charlie" Blackwood Kelly McGillis

Additional crew & production details[edit]

Film Composer(s) Cinematographer Editor(s) Production
Running time
Top Gun Harold Faltermeyer & Giorgio Moroder Jeffrey L. Kimball Chris Lebenzon & Billy Weber Paramount Pictures
Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Paramount Pictures 1 hour 50 minutes
Top Gun: Maverick Harold Faltermeyer & Hans Zimmer Claudio Miranda Eddie Hamilton Paramount Pictures
Skydance Media
Jerry Bruckheimer Films
TC Productions
Tencent Pictures


Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget Ref.
North America Other territories Worldwide All time
North America
All time
Top Gun May 16, 1986 (1986-05-16) $179,800,601 $177,030,000 $356,830,601 #243 #332 $15 million [1]
Top Gun: Maverick June 26, 2020 (2020-06-26) TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

Critical response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Top Gun 54% (54 reviews)[2] 50 (15 reviews)[3] A[4]
Top Gun: Maverick TBA TBA TBA


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Top Gun (1986)". Box Office Mojo.
  2. "Top Gun (1986)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  3. "Top Gun (1986)". Metacritic. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  4. "Cinemascore :: Movie Title Search". www.cinemascore.com.

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