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* AFIS100Years100MovieQuotes:
** #94, "I feel the need - the need for speed!"
* BackedByThePentagon: The US Navy backed this film in the hopes to boost recruiting numbers. The film was so successful in doing this that the Navy began setting up recruitment booths right outside theaters so that enthusiastic viewers could sign up immediately.
* CastTheExpert: Real-life fighter pilots (wearing darkened visors) played enemy MiG pilots.
* DeletedScene: The film was originally going to have a scene near the end where Maverick visited [[spoiler:Goose's grave]]. A filmed version of this scene was never released, however still screen shots from what such a scene would have looked like are available on the special edition DVD.
* DevelopmentHell: The sequel. It was set to be released in 2014, but Creator/TonyScott's untimely death caused production to be on hold.
* DiscreditedMeme: There's a ten dollar fine for anyone who quotes this movie at the real TOPGUN.
* DuelingMovies: With ''Film/IronEagle'' which was produced at the same time. ''Top Gun'' was far more successful, but ''Iron Eagle'' got three sequels, the last going DirectToVideo.
* DyeingForYourArt: Creator/TomCruise insisted that he get to fly in a real F-14 as a condition to star in this movie. The Navy paired Cruise with a pilot named "Bozo" who made it his personal mission to make sure that Cruise puked on every flight. Cruise frequently tells a story of how, after a particularly hard maneuver, he bent down to vomit into a bag when Bozo threw the plane into a climb so fast that his head was pinned to the cockpit floor by the g-forces.
-->'''Tom Cruise:''' I'm trying to key the radio and trying to say "Bozo! Bozo!" and he goes: "They don't call me 'Bozo' for nothing!"
* FatalMethodActing / InMemoriam: During the filming of some sequences from civilian aircraft, longtime Hollywood stunt pilot Art Scholl was killed. A biplane he was flying crashed off the Pacific Coast. The film is dedicated to his memory.
* FollowTheLeader: Lead ''Film/FireBirds'', which had a similar presence, [[RecycledInSpace but centered on attack helicopters]], made with the assistance of the Arizona National Guard. Like ''Iron Eagle'', it wasn't as successful. Unlike ''Iron Eagle'', spawned no sequels whatsoever.
** Also inspired the short-lived TV series ''Supercarrier'', the [[LongRunner long-running]] TV series ''Series/{{JAG}}'', as well as multiple air-combat video games.
** The movie ''Navy SEALS'' with Creator/CharlieSheen was requested by the Navy, who hoped it would provide a bump in enlistments the way ''Top Gun'' did.
** The Navy also fully supported the production of ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'' as they thought it would do for the submarine service what ''Top Gun'' did for Navy aviation.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Music/JudasPriest were asked to contribute the song "Reckless" to the soundtrack, but declined because they thought the movie would flop. Two years later, they contributed a cover of [[Music/ChuckBerry "Johnny Be Good"]] to [[Film/JohnnyBeGood the movie of the same name, which turned out to be a flop]].
** Ally Sheedy turned down the role of Charlie Blackwood because she didn't think that anyone would want to see a movie about fighter pilots. She later regretted this decision.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: An official release of Music/HaroldFaltermeyer's score for the film has never been done. Two pieces of score appear on the current soundtrack, but the complete score has yet to be released.
* LifeImitatesArt: The F-5s "playing" the part of [=MiG-28s=] in flat black paint jobs were planes from the actual seminar. They kept the paint job after filming was done.
* MoneyDearBoy: Creator/ValKilmer did not want to be in this film, but was forced to by contractual obligations.
* RealitySubtext: The tension between Maverick and Iceman wasn't just down to good acting. Creator/TomCruise and Creator/ValKilmer really disliked each other and wouldn't socialise or interact with one another.
** The tension between Maverick and Charlie, as well as their hot-cold attitude in the beginning, was apparently the result of much the same between their actors.
* TheRedStapler: Jackets and Ray-Bans experienced a peak in sales, and the Navy started putting recruitment booths in the theaters showing the film as enlistments saw a 500% bump.
** Unfortunately, everyone coming to the recruiting booth after seeing the movie wanted to be a fighter pilot, and many were extremely disappointed to find out they didn't qualify, either for physical reasons (vision problems, etc.) or because they didn't have a college degree. The reason enlistments saw a 500% bump is because the Navy recruiters did a masterful job of redirecting the majority of them into other career fields.
* ReferencedBy:
** ''Franchise/WingCommander'' famously centered on a pilot known as Maverick, with Iceman being one of his squadmates. However, in this case, "Maverick" is {{lampshaded}} as being an IronicNickname for the cool-headed by the book pilot. His wingman [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Maniac]] is another matter entirely...
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'''s CatchPhrase is "Danger Zone", and both the song and film itself are frequently mentioned. Kenny Loggins also did an AdamWesting appearance in the episode "Baby Shower" and did a country-music cover of the song.
* RomanceOnTheSet: Creator/MegRyan and Anthony Edwards actually became an item after filming concluded.
** ''Film/HotShots'' is essentially a WholePlotReference to ''Top Gun'', playfully skewering just about every trope used in the film.
* ScullyBox: Creator/TomCruise actually had to wear lifts in his scenes with Kelly [=McGillis=]. Cruise is 5'7" while [=McGillis=] is 5'10".
* StillbornFranchise: It's unlikely that the sequel will ever happen.
* ThrowItIn: Iceman biting his gum and snapping his jaw at the end of the locker room scene was not scripted. Creaotr/ValKilmer just did it, effectively getting the final word over Creator/TomCruise.
* TruthInTelevision: The training accident that [[spoiler: kills Goose]] was entirely possible due to the design of the Tomcat. Early Tomcats had Pratt & Whitney [=TF30=] engines which were underpowered for the aircraft, resulting in compressor stalls at high angles of attack. The space in between the two engines would also easily result in a flat spin due to the massive amount of asymmetrical thrust should one engine crap out.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The top box office gross of the year, two huge hit songs, and capturing just about everything that was special about the decade, ''Top Gun'' practically ''is'' 1986.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Music/BryanAdams was approached to use his song, "Only the Strong Survive," but he refused since he felt that the film glorified war.
** Maverick's first real name was "Evan", but was changed to Pete as a homage to Pete Pettigrew, who worked on the movie.
** Goose's [[spoiler: death scene]] was originally supposed to have him [[spoiler: perish in a flaming crash aboard an aircraft carrier]] but the Navy objected against this and the training accident was used.
** Cougar was supposed to have crashed while trying to land back on the carrier, and his death was supposed to be why Maverick "slid into Cougar's spot", but this was similarly cut by the Navy. [[FridgeBrilliance As this was intended to be a recruitment tool for the Navy, they didn't want attention drawn on a particularly hazardous aspect of serving on a carrier or flying fighters.]]
** Matthew Modine turned down the role of Maverick because he objected to the film's Cold War politics. Creator/PatrickSwayze, Creator/EmilioEstevez, Creator/NicolasCage, Creator/JohnCusack, Creator/MatthewBroderick, Creator/SeanPenn, Creator/MichaelJFox, Scott Baio and Creator/TomHanks all turned it down. Creator/CharlieSheen, Creator/JimCarrey, Rob Lowe, Creator/KevinBacon, Eric Stoltz and Creator/RobertDowneyJr were considered for the role of Maverick. Sheen (who was deemed too young for the role) would later go on to spoof the role in ''Film/HotShots''. Creator/JohnTravolta was rejected for being deemed box-office poison.
** Music/KennyLoggins was not the first choice to record the song "Danger Zone" for the film. Music/{{Toto}} and Music/REOSpeedwagon were two of the groups considered prior to Loggins.
** Just before the film started production, one of the producers announced that they wanted to use the Music/BruceSpringsteen song "Born in the USA" but attempts to secure the song were unsuccessful.
** Tatum O'Neal, Creator/JodieFoster, Daryl Hannah, Diane Lane, Creator/SarahJessicaParker, [[Franchise/TheTerminator Linda Hamilton]] and Linda Fiorentino all turned down the role of Charlie. Creator/CarrieFisher was also considered for the role.
** Both Creator/JohnCarpenter and Creator/DavidCronenberg turned down the chance to direct.
** Creator/JonVoight was considered for Viper.
** Creator/MickeyRourke turned down a role.
** Charlotte "Charlie" Blackwood's character metamorphosed out of a character called 'Kirsten Lindstrom'. She was originally a classic bimbo. Dawn Steel, then head of Paramount Pictures, allegedly refused to authorise the project until she was made a more real, intelligent woman.
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