Our Top Favorite 66 Top Gun Quotes

Released in 1986, Top Gun is easily many people’s top personal favorite movies of all time. The movie tells the story of a young and passionate pilot Maverick, played by none other than Tom Cruise, who goes to the U.S. Navy’s Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School and competes with the best pilots in the U.S. Maverick navigates between competing with Iceman and trying to get the attention of his beautiful instructor, Charlie Blackwood.

Top Gun is full of energetic and memorable moments. Some of the dialogues, especially those from the dogfights in the air, are so good that they have left a mark on many people. And now that the movie’s sequel is about to be released, we decided to reminisce about the good ol’ days of the original Top Gun.

We have also included quotes from the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick movie that you are desperately waiting for!

Here Are the Most Memorable Top Gun Quotes of All Time

1. “That was some of the best flying I’ve seen to date — right up to the part where you got killed.” — Jester
2. “When I first met you, you were larger than life. Look at you. You’re not going to be happy unless you’re going mach 2 with your hair on fire.” — Charlie
3. “Remember boys, no points for second place.” — Slider
4. “This is what I call a target-rich environment.” — Maverick
5. “Maverick, you just did an incredibly brave thing. What you should have done was land your plane! You don’t own that plane! The taxpayers do! Son, Your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash.” — Stinger
6. “You can be my wingman any time.” — Iceman
7. “I feel the need…the need for speed!” — Maverick and Goose
8. “I am dangerous.” — Maverick
9. “Take me to bed, or lose me forever.” — Carole
10. “Sorry Goose, but it’s time to buzz the tower.” — Maverick
11. “She’s lost that loving feeling.” — Maverick
12. “I’m going to need a beer to put these flames out. Yo! Great Mav, real slick.” — Maverick
13. “It’s classified. I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.” — Maverick
14. “Maverick, it’s not your flying, it’s your attitude. The enemy’s dangerous, but right now you’re worse. Dangerous and foolish. You may not like who’s flying with you, but whose side are you on?” — Iceman
15. “Every time we go up there, it’s like you’re flying with a ghost.” — Goose
16. “You don’t have time to think up there. If you think, you’re dead.” — Maverick
17. “Jesus Christ, and you think I’m reckless? When I fly, I’ll have you know that my crew and my plane come first.” — Maverick
18. “Well, I am going to finish my sentence, Lieutenant. My review of your flight performance was right on. But I held something back. I see some real genius in your flying, Maverick, but I can’t say that in there. I was afraid that everyone in the tax trailer would see right through me, and I just don’t want anyone to know that I’ve fallen for you.” — Charlie
19. “His fitness report says it all. Flies by the seat of his pants, totally unpredictable.” — Jester
20. “I can see it’s dangerous for you, but if the government trusts me, maybe you could.” — Maverick
21. “God, he loved flying with you, Maverick. But he’d have flown anyway … without you. He’d have hated it, but he would’ve done it.” — Carole
22. “What I’m about to tell you is classified. It could end my career. We were in the worst dogfight I ever dreamed of… His F-4 was hit, and he was wounded, but he could’ve made it back. He stayed in it, saved three planes before he bought it.” — Viper
23. “How’s it feel to be on the front page of every newspaper in the English-speaking world, even though the other side denies the incident? Congratulations.” — Stinger
24. “In case some of you are wondering who the best is, they are up here on this plaque. Do you think your name will be on that plaque?” — Viper
25. “Top Gun rules of engagement are written for your safety and for that of your team. They are not flexible, nor am I. Either obey them or you are history. Is that clear?” — Viper
26. “Yeah, he did it right… Is that why you fly the way you do? Trying to prove something? Yeah, your old man did it right.” — Viper
27. “You fly jets long enough, something like this happens.” — Viper
28. “My squadron, we lost 8 of 18 aircraft. 10 men. First one dies, you die too. But there will be others. You can count on that. You gotta let him go. You gotta let him go.” — Viper
29. “The defense department regrets to inform you that your sons are dead because they were stupid.” — Goose
30. “I think I’ll go embarrass myself with Goose.” — Maverick
31. “Two of your snot-nose jockeys did a fly-by on my tower at over 400 knots! I want somebody’s butt, I want it now, I’ve had it!” — Air Boss Johnson
32. “I’ve known Pete for a lot of years now and one thing’s for certain. There are hearts breaking wide open all over the world tonight. Because, unless you are a fool, that boy is off the market. He is 100 percent prime-time in love with you.” — Carole
33. “When I fly, I’ll have you know that my crew and my plane come first.” – Maverick
34. “He’s going vertical, so am I.” – Maverick
35. “Show me the way home, honey.” – Goose
36. “No, no, no, no. There’s two “Os” in Goose, boys.” – Goose
37. “Thanks, Mav, that was really great. Maybe I should become a truck driver. Mav, do you remember the number of that truck driving school that was on TV the other night, Truck America or something like that?” – Goose
38. “You’re a lot brighter than you look.” – Goose
39. “It’s the bottom of the 9th, the score is tied. It’s time for the big one.” – Goose
40. “I’ll have what he’s having. Hemlock, is it?” – Charlie
41. “Great, then I won’t have to worry about you making your living as a singer.” – Charlie
42. “You didn’t give me a chance, did you? You deserved it.” – Charlie
43. “No. I don’t date students.” – Charlie
44. The plaque for the alternates is down in the ladies room.” – Iceman
45. “You’re everyone’s problem. That’s because every time you go up in the air, you’re unsafe. I don’t like you because you’re dangerous.” – Iceman
46. “You up for this one, Maverick?” – Iceman
47. “Hey, man, we could have had him. Hey, we could have had him, man!” — Sundown
48. “Sit down! I love that song! How long have you two been doing this act?” — Charlie
49. “Is this your idea of fun, Mav?” — Goose
50. “You were in a 4g inverted dive with a MiG 28?” — Charlie
51. “Just a walk in the park, Kazansky.” — Maverick
52. “This could be complicated. You know, on the first one, I crashed and burned.” — Maverick
Top Gun Maverick (2022) Upcoming Movie Quotes
53. “Thirty plus years of service. Combat medals. Citations. Only man to shoot down three enemy planes in the last forty years. Yet, you can’t get a promotion, you won’t retire, and despite your best efforts, you refuse to die. You should be at least a two star admiral by now. Yet, here you are, captain. Why is that?” — Rear Admiral
54. “The end is inevitable, Maverick. Your kind is headed for extinction.” — Rear Admiral
55. “Your reputation precedes you.” — Cyclone
56. “Captain Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell. Let me be perfectly blunt. You are not my first choice. You are here at the request of Admiral Kazansky, AKA, Iceman. He seems to think that you have something left to offer the Navy. What that is, I can’t imagine.” — Cyclone
57. “With all due respect, sir, I’m not a teacher. I just want to manage expectations.” — Maverick
58. “Everyone here is the best there is. Who the hell are they going to get to teach us?” — Phoenix
59. “Your instructor is one of the finest pilots this program has ever produced. His exploits are legendary. What he has to teach you, may very well mean the difference between life and death.” — Warlock
60. “Good morning, aviators. This is your captain speaking. Today’s exercise is dogfighting.” — Maverick
61. “You know what happens to you if you go through with this. I have everything I need to have you court-martialed and dishonorably discharged.” — Warlock
62. “Today we’ll start with what you only think you know.” — Maverick
63. “Easy, Maverick. Let’s try not to get fired on the first day.” — Maverick
64. “I intend to push your limits. Show me what you’re made of.” — Maverick
65. “We’re going into combat on a level no living pilot’s ever seen. Not even him.” — Hangman
66. “My dad believed in you. I’m not going to make the same mistake.” — Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw

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We hope these Top Gun quotes made you take a trip down your memory lane. Top Gun is a classic Navy fighter jets movie full of action, adventure, love, loss, passion, competition, and best of all — aerial dogfights. So if you are a fan, go ahead and rewatch it to jog your memory and prepare yourself for the upcoming sequel, Top Gun: Maverick.

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