Top Gun

Top Gun Cover Art

1986 Drama

Rated PG

1 hour 50 minutes

This movie is exhausting to watch.

Excitement Rating - excitement pointexcitement pointexcitement pointexcitement pointexcitement pointexcitement point

Notes About the Violence

Top Gun is a movie that is very exciting and not much graphic violence. But it is exhausting to watch, partly because there is a lot of fighter dog fighting, and you never know when someone is going to blow up. But when they the plane are blown up, it is fairly impersonal and not particularly graphic.

General Warning

The final sequence is a bit difficult to skip with scenes, because it is so fast moving.


12 minutes
OK - Nothing to Worry AboutOK

After tangling with soviet planes, Cougar is catatonic. Maverick comes back to help Cougar.
"We're too low, Cougar!"

Cougar lands fine.

You hear two knocks on a door.

1 hour 8 minutes
Violent - Realistic Violenceviolent

Maverick and Goose are paired with Ice during exercises. Maverick gets frustrated with Ice.
"Ice, come off high right. I'm in" - Maverick
"I'm off" - Ice
"We're in his jet wash!" - Goose

The plane goes into a flat spin. Maverick and Goose eject, but Goose is killed during the descent. Maverick is unharmed.

"How you doing?" - Viper
"I'm all right" - Maverick

1 hour 31 minutes
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

Note that this entire fight sequence, and the rest of the scenes listed here are very intense, but no American dies. A few MiGs are shot down, but nothing is shown graphically.
The pilots are heading out to handle some aggressive MiG jets.
"That's five?" - Stinger (the commander)
"Yes, sir" - Radar Operator
"Get out of there, Hollywood! Get out of there, %!@%" - Ice

Hollywood and Wolfman's jet is shot down, but they parachute down safely.

"We've lost Hollywood, repeat, we've lost Hollywood!" - Ice
"Launch Maverick on Alert 5" - Stinger

1 hour 35 minutes
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

"I've got tone! I've got tone! Firing" - Maverick

MiG is shot down.

"Where, where are they?" - Stinger
"A hundred and fifty-five miles out" - Person manning the radar

1 hour 37 minutes
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

"I've got radar lock" - Slider
"Good tone, I'm taking the shot" - Ice
"Fire!" - Ice

MiG blows up.

"Coming in, Ice. I'm coming in....Ice, that bogey's still behind you..." - Maverick

1 hour 38 minutes
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

"Keep on him, Mav, keep on him." - Ice
"I got him. I got him!" - Maverick

MiG blows up.

"Maverick, move! There is a MiG on your tail!" - Ice

1 hour 38 minutes
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

"You're gonna do what?!" -Merlin
"I've got a good lock, firing!" -Maverick

MiG blows up.

Music swelling.