With the release of Top Gun: Maverick in UK cinemas, now is the perfect time to look back on the original Top Gun movie.


After all, it contains Tom Cruise playing the same character, but 36 years younger.

The 1986 action film was the highest-grossing film of 1986, and rocketed the actor to stardom.

The original Top Gun movie followed hotshot pilots Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise) and Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards) as they joined US Navy pilot school known as Top Gun, clashed with their commanding officers and fellow trainees, and experienced romance, tragedy and plenty of epic stunts.

If you are wondering where to watch the original movie online, then look no further: we have you covered.

Read on for everything you need to know about how to watch the 1986 original Top Gun film online.

Alternatively, if you want to find out more about streaming options for Top Gun: Maverick, then why not check out our guide on how to watch the movie online, or read our glowing review.

Where to watch Top Gun 1986 online

American actors Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise on the set of Top Gun, directed by Tony Scott. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise in Top Gun (1986)

The original Top Gun movie is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video, but sadly it will come at an extra cost for Prime members.

You can rent the action movie for two days at the cost of £3.49, or you can purchase it for £5.99.

The film is also available to stream for those that have a Sky Cinema, Virgin Go or Now Cinema subscription.

A NOW Sky Cinema Pass costs £11.99 a month and you can get a 7-day free trial to make sure you like it before signing up.

If you’re a Sky customer but don’t have Sky Cinema on your package, a 30-day rental will cost you £3.49, or you can purchase and keep the movie for £5.99.

The movie is also available on the streaming service Chili, where you can rent it for £2.49 or buy it in 4K for £5.99.

Is the Top Gun original available to watch on Netflix?

No, Top Gun 1986 is not currently available to watch on Netflix in the UK but it is available on the platform in the US.

However, in the US, the original Top Gun movie will depart from the streaming service on 31st May, so you better find the 'need for speed'!

Original Top Gun cast

(GERMANY OUT) Tom Cruise, Schauspieler, USA, - als Pete Mitchell im Film `Top Gun'; R: Tony Scott, - USA 1985 (Photo by Röhnert/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Tom Cruise in Top Gun

The original iconic 1986 film starred Tom Cruise as naval aviator Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, rocketing the actor to superstardom.

Alongside Cruise, Val Kilmer starred as Maverick’s rival-turned-ally, Tom “Iceman” Kazansky, while Kelly McGillis portrayed Maverick’s love interest, Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood

Anthony Edwards also appeared as Maverick’s radar intercept officer (RIO), Nick “Goose” Bradshaw, while Tom Skerritt starred as Commander Mike "Viper" Metcalf.

The original Top Gun movie cast was rounded out by Meg Ryan as Goose’s wife, Carole Bradshaw, Tim Robbins as Sam "Merlin" Wells, Michael Ironside as Rick "Jester" Heatherly, James Tolkan as Tom "Stinger" Jardian and Rick Rossovich as Ron "Slider" Kerner.

While the likes of Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer reprise their roles from Top Gun: Maverick, Kelly McGillis and Meg Ryan do not, with Maverick getting a new love interest in the form of a new character called Penny, played by Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly.

Top Gun 1986 trailer

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