YMMV: Top Gun

  • Cult Classic
  • Discredited Meme:
    • At the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program (formerly known as TOPGUN) today, anyone on staff who quotes or references this movie gets fined $5.
    • Anyone caught singing "Danger Zone" while piloting a Tomcat, supposedly, is considered a hostile. It's hopefully all a joke, but ejected pilots who sing "Take My Breath Away" are to be shot at. Considering the F-14 has been retired from service due to wear on the airframe, it's likely moot at this point.
  • Ear Worm: "Danger Zone," of course.
    • It's also Awesome Music.
    • "Livin' for the small town hot summer nights..."
    • "Through the fire! To the wire!"
    • The film's instrumental theme as well.
    • Most of the (technically unreleased) instrumental work by Harold Faltermeyer is excellent as well.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: For all the accusations of Homoerotic Subtext between the male characters, it's since turned out that the only one of the film's main stars who's definitely gay in Real Life is in fact the female lead, Kelly McGillis.
  • Ho Yay: Put it this way; when the studio saw the initial cut, they made the film-makers call Cruise and McGillis back to shoot extra scenes, as the romance between Maverick and Charlie seemed so perfunctory compared to Maverick's "friendship" with Goose. Even in the finished product it's rather blatant — "I'm gonna have somebody's butt for this!", the volleyball scene, "You can be my wingman any time...", "This stuff gives me a hard-on."/"Don't tease me."
    • Even in the final version, Tom Cruise arguably has far more chemistry with Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards than he does with McGillis.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "I feel the need... The need for speed!" So much it named a car-racing game series.
    • "Tower, this is Ghost Rider requesting a flyby?" "Negative, Ghost Rider. The pattern is full."
    • "MAAAAVERRIIIIIIIICK!!!!!"
    • "You've lost... that LOOOOVING FEEEELING!". Singing off-key is optional, but encouraged.
    • DANGA ZONE
    • Iceman's distinctive jaw snap.
    • "I don't like you because you're dangerous..."
    • "Your ego is writing cheques your body can't cash!" and, to a lesser extent, "I'll have you flying a cargo plane load of rubber dogshit outta Hong Kong!"
  • Mood Whiplash/Narm: The scene that immediately follows Goose's tragic and untimely death is... a Shower Scene, complete with a gratuitous shot of Tom Cruise's butt in tighty-whities.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Dear lord, those fighter jets...
  • Narm Charm: There's so much cheesiness, but you just can't hate this movie.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games:
  • The Problem with Licensed Games:
    • Played straight with Top Gun: Hornet's Nest, which got very bad reviews.
    • And of course the original NES game, a notoriously dull and still Nintendo Hard mess. Its sequel was even harder, but fixed a lot of the first game's problems, so some would argue it could fit in the above trope instead.
    • A release titled Top Gun: Combat Zones for the PS2 and Game Cube had the misfortune of having to compete with Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies, but was just a Dolled-Up Installment with the only similarity to the movie being the F-14 Tomcat.
  • So Cool It's Awesome: A Fountain of Memes, Awesome Music, great battle scenes, F-14 Tomcats... What could be expected from this movie?
  • Song Association: "Danger Zone" again.
  • Tear Jerker: The death of Goose.
  • Values Dissonance: Although this movie is today often seen as a flying movie that remains a Cult Classic among pilots and aviation enthusiasts, enjoyed for its Eighties nostalgia value, or else enjoyed ironically for its (arguably) unintentional Ho Yay, when it was first released in the U.S. it was a wildly successful mainstream blockbuster. In Japan, however, it was almost immediately branded a "gay" movie for the very reasons that attract its Ho Yay following and is rarely viewed as anything else even today, possibly due to the choice of voice actors.
    • Maddox didn't help much with his Top Gun article.