In 1986, Top Gun soared into cinemas. The action-adventure movie, about fighter pilots, starred Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer.

Upon release, Top Gun was met with a mixed reaction from critics, but audiences loved it, and soon made it a huge box office hit. In the years that followed, its popularity continued to increase, making it one of the most recognised movies of the 1980s and a cultural icon of cinema.

But how many Top Gun movies are there? If the movie was so successful how many sequels did it spawn?

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The Top Gun movies in order

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Despite the huge popularity of Top Gun, the movie only spawned one sequel. The films in the Top Gun series are as follows:

  • Top Gun (1986)
  • Top Gun: Maverick (2021)

The reason there are only two movies is because the story in the first film was self-contained, negating the need for a sequel. It was only years later, and due to the continued interest in the original film, that a sequel was finally given the green light.

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Are all of the Top Gun movies part of the same series?

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Both Top Gun movies are part of the same series, with Top Gun coming first, followed by Top Gun: Maverick. Tony Scott directed Top Gun, while Joseph Kosinski directed Top Gun: Maverick.

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Who are the cast of the Top Gun movies?

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Notable actors in the Top Gun movie series include Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tim Robbins, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, James Tolkan, Meg Ryan, Adrian Pasdar, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, and Ed Harris.

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What was the iconic song from Top Gun?

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The iconic song from Top Gun was (and still is) ‘Take My Breath Away’ by Berlin; however, it isn’t the only popular song in the movie. Other popular songs on the Top Gun soundtrack include ‘Danger Zone’ by Kenny Loggins, ‘Great Balls of Fire’ by Jerry Lee Lewis, and ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ by The Righteous Brothers.

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