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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Mixed.
  • So Cool It's Awesome: A Fountain of Memes, Crowning Music of Awesome, 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.