In Tom Cruise's long and impressive career, few movies stand out as much as Top Gun. The 1986 film had Cruise playing Maverick, a skilled and arrogant fighter pilot who competes against the world's best in the Top Gun flight school. The movie was a fun, energetic 80s movie that helped make Cruise the blockbuster superstar he is today.
There are so many famous scenes and moments that fans remember, but some of the lines are just as memorable as the amazing aerial dogfights that Maverick gets himself into. As the long-awaited sequel approaches, now seem like a good time to look back on the best quotes from the original Top Gun.
10 Sorry Goose, But It's Time To Buzz The Tower
Maverick is certainly one of the best pilots in the sky, but he has a reputation for being reckless as well. Sometimes that unorthodox attitude is exactly what the situation needs, but most of the time, it just gets him in trouble.
After accomplishing a flight lesson, Maverick is pumped up and requests a flyby of the tower. Even though he is denied, Maverick has already decided he's going for it, despite Goose's protests. It's a fun moment that shows the rebellious attitude of Maverick that he cannot help but get himself in trouble.
9 She's Lost That Loving Feeling
As he and Goose discuss how he'll woo this beautiful woman, Maverick says "She's lost that loving feeling" which Goose is not happy about. They proceed to sing the Righteous Brothers' famous song before the entire bar joins in. It's a cheesy but undeniably fun moment.
8 Because I Was Inverted
Very early on in the film, Maverick shows just how skilled of a pilot he is. And at the same moment, he also shows what an arrogant hotshot he is. After some enemy planes fly into the wrong airspace, Maverick is one of the pilots sent to steer them away.
Things get tense as the enemy pilots seem to get aggressive. However, Maverick is unafraid and decides to have some fun with them. He inverts his plane and flies upside down before taking a picture of the enemy. He later proudly tells the class which succeeds in getting Charlie's attention.
7 Talk To Me, Goose
A lot of the heart in the film comes from the friendship between Maverick and Goose. Though Maverick might have some problems with other pilots, Goose trusts him and they make the perfect team. This makes it all the more devastating when Goose dies in an accident.
During their many intense flying exercises, Maverick uses his catchphrase "Talk to me, Goose." It is a reminder that Maverick still relies on his partner. After Goose's death, Maverick says the same thing, looking for the guidance he needs in combat. It's a touching reminder of what they meant to each other.
6 Take Me To Bed Or Lose Me Forever
Top Gun arguably introduced a lot of big names in small roles. One of the most recognizable faces that pop up is Meg Ryan in her big-screen debut. Ryan plays Carole, Goose's fun and energetic wife.
Though it is not a large role, Ryan shows off a lot of the charm and humor that would soon make her a big star in the movie business. As Goose and Maverick double-date, Carole, yells to her dear husband, "Take me to bed or lose me forever." It's a goofy line, but Ryan knows how to sell it so we're laughing with her.
5 I'll Fly With You
Though Maverick strives to be the best pilot around, he has to compete with Viper (Tom Skerrit), the head instructor of Top Gun school. While Viper is hard on Maverick and calls him out for his mistakes, he sees the potential in the young man.
After Goose's death, it is Viper who convinces Maverick that he needs to get back in the cockpit and continue. After graduating, Maverick is given his first assignment and told he will be assigned a new partner. But Viper says Maverick could call him if he needs one, saying "I'll fly with you."
4 I Am Dangerous
Maverick's rival in the Top Gun school is Iceman (Val Kilmer). Iceman is the complete opposite of Maverick, flying by the book and showing tremendous patience while up in the air. He sees Maverick's reckless behavior as a liability in the sky.
As the two butt heads, Iceman calls Maverick dangerous. Maverick snaps back, "That's right, Ice…Man, I am dangerous." Cruise's delivery and the way he and Kilmer play off each other makes this a great and memorable faceoff, cementing their compelling rivalry.
3 Son, Your Ego Is Writing Checks Your Body Can't Cash
One of the most entertaining clichés in 80s action movies is the tough authority figure who always chews out hotshots for their reckless behavior. Top Gun continues this tradition with Stinger, Maverick and Goose's superior officer gives them a verbal berating after pulling another of their stunts.
As Stinger breaks down all of Maverick's accomplishments, he quickly follows up by pointing out all the times he screwed up. In a classic boss line, he tells Maverick "Son, your ego is writing checks your body can't cash." Not only is it funny, but it actually sums up Maverick pretty well.
2 You Can Be My Wingman Any Time
Though Maverick and Iceman are enemies at first, it's clear they have a lot in common. They are both arrogant and think they are the best around, so it's natural they would butt heads. But all that changes when the two pilots have to work together in a real dogfight.
While Iceman is still not confident in Maverick as a team player, Maverick pulls through, taking out the enemies and saving Iceman. Back on the ground, Iceman finally admits Maverick is a good pilot, telling him "You can be my wingman any time." Maverick responds, "Bulls**t. You can be mine."
1 I Feel The Need… The Need For Speed
There is no line as iconic as this in the entire movie. As Maverick and Goose prepare to take to the skies again, they pump themselves up with this mantra, "I feel the need…the need for speed!"
Sure, it's a bit corny, but it also gets the energy going. These are the kind of guys that live for that adrenaline rush. It is also an appropriate summation of Tom Cruise's personality in general as he always seems to be striving to go bigger and faster with his movies - something he looks to continue in Top Gun: Maverick.