Every generation, there’s a movie that becomes so ubiquitous and iconic, it transcends its origins to become an essential piece of pop culture. That film is Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The reason we all know it as such is because of Tom Cruise. It may not be his most celebrated role, but as Maverick in Top Gun, he was the perfect embodiment of that character. He was cocky and self-assured, yet also extremely cautious—all traits necessary to make a great fighter pilot. 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of Top Gun, which means that with each passing year it becomes easier to see why it remains such an important piece of cinematic history. To celebrate this milestone and showcase why Top Gun has stood the test of time, here are 5 reasons why Top Gun is still the greatest movie ever created…
It’s A Celebration Of The U.S. Military
There is a distinct feeling that many directors seem to be trying to replicate in their work lately; perhaps it’s the election cycle, but at the very least it feels as if there’s been an increase in movies that are either overtly political or have a political message. This is all well and good, but in this day and age it’s so easy to let the political messages wear out their welcome and become overbearing. So what about a movie that is about the military, but does so in a way that is respectful, not just toward the military and their jobs but also toward the country and culture that made them possible? That’s exactly what Top Gun is, a celebration of the incredible things that the U.S. military does day in and day out, from protecting the country to bringing hope to people all over the world, to protect our way of life and keep the world safe for democracy and freedom.
It’s A Classic Romantic Comedy
Yes, this is a movie about the U.S. military, but Top Gun is also a classic romantic comedy. If you are looking for a film that has all of the elements of a great romantic comedy, Top Gun is your best bet. There are all of the great elements that make a great romantic comedy, and they are all present in Top Gun, from the unlikely yet endearing friendship between the two leads to the various, relatable obstacles they have to overcome to win their hearts. Yes, it’s a romantic comedy that centers around an incredible work of art like the U.S. military, but this isn’t a movie that’s about the military. Sure, there are bits and pieces about how the military is involved in the movie, but this isn’t a sermon or a documentary about the military. Instead, it’s a celebration of all of the things that the military does day in and day out, from protecting us to bringing hope to people all over the world. Put simply, it’s a classic romantic comedy that celebrates one of the greatest forms of art ever created, the U.S. military.
It Has Great Characters And Original Storytelling
Perhaps the most important thing about a movie is the characters that are present in it. The story and the journey these people go on is what makes a movie memorable, and Top Gun is not only loaded with memorable characters but also has an original storytelling style. Yes, Top Gun is a classic love story between two pilots, but it also explores friendship and loyalty in a way that many other films don’t do. It also has a unique structure that is unlike anything you have seen before. It’s not just the fact that it jumps around in time, but rather that it jumps to a different location while also featuring a different set of characters. The movie is structured in a way that is unlike anything you have ever seen before, creating a unique and memorable cinematic experience.
It Has The Best Theme Song Ever
The best way to celebrate a movie is to find its theme song and remake it. This is exactly what the members of No Doubt did in 1996 to celebrate Top Gun. Their version of the theme song for Top Gun is a fantastic celebration of the movie and the musical genre that it has come to represent. The song is a fantastic mix of the recognizable Top Gun melody and a strong message of its own. The best part is that the song is a celebration of the film, focusing on the aspects of Top Gun that are important to No Doubt. It’s a fantastic song that will be played at your next barbecue if you haven’t played it already, and it will be sure to get people excited about the movie.
It’s Valued For Its Message Of Honesty And Integrity
Top Gun has become such a cultural phenomenon for so many reasons, but the one thing that experts in the field of pop culture keep pointing out is the importance of honesty and integrity in any art form. This is the message that Top Gun is valued for, and there is no better way to celebrate that message than to re-create its theme song. To put the message of honesty and integrity into a different context, you could say that it’s Top Gun’s best quality and yet no one talks about it. It’s a celebration of the movie and the things that are most important in pop culture, and yet it’s largely forgotten in comparison to the other aspects of Top Gun. If you are trying to celebrate pop culture, Top Gun has a lot to celebrate and should be at the top of the list.
With so many positive things to say about Top Gun, it’s no wonder that it remains one of the most memorable movies of all time. As you can see from this list, it is an incredibly fun and exciting movie about the U.S. military and a romantic comedy that celebrates the best movie theme song ever. It’s also a great film that has a meaningful message and values honesty and integrity. Top Gun has stood the test of time for so many reasons, and celebrating it with this list will only make it easier for future generations to appreciate it as well.