* The climactic dogfight with the MiGs. Especially during the part where Maverick overcomes his HeroicBSOD at the beginning of the dogfight [[spoiler: when he nearly goes into a flat spin that caused Goose's death halfway in the movie]] and Maverick [[DodgeByBraking dodging a MiG by braking]] then blowing him away with one last missile.
* Meta example: During shooting TonyScott needed a specific shot and was told by commander of the aircraft carrier that it would cost $25,000 to turn the carrier and get it. Scott broke out his personal checkbook. He got the shot.
* The FighterLaunchingSequence in the opening deserves a mention. The entire intro is basically a love letter to the F-14A Tomcat, with amazing shots of the carrier crew prepping the fighters for launch, and then as the engines light up [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Danger Zone]] kicks in.