Top Gun (1986) is the ultimate thrill ride. Tom Cruise was already on the way to being a star after his appearance in Risky Business but Top Gun made him a superstar!
Maverick (Cruise) along with Ice (Val Kilmer), Goose (Anthony Hopkins-way before his ER fame), Viper (Tom Skerritt), Jester (Michael Ironside) Carole (Meg Ryan) , and Charlie (Kelly McGillis) rounded out a cast that insured box-office success.
This pro-war film focuses on Maverick (Cruise) who is a talented hotshot flyer with a chip on his shoulder and a deep need to prove himself. He enters the prestigius training school at Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego. His best friend, Goose (Anthony Edwards) is soon involved with Carole (Meg Ryan) and Maverick sets his sights on their astrophysics instructor Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis). "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" is one of the songs that made part of the movie a mushy love story. Life in the fast lane and unfriendly skies includes their romance as well as Maverick's competition as "Top Gun" with Ice (Val Kilmer).
Maverick proves himself by shooting down Russian aircrafts in a action-packed sequence that helped to make the film a blockbuster. Two thumbs up for a film that is one of the most interesting and well-made movies about the flying experience. Too bad Cruise doesn't stick to acting in movies instead of acting out in public!