5 Quotes From ‘Top Gun’

Want to know 5 great quotes from "Top Gun"? "Top Gun" was one of the most popular blockbusters of the 1980's, and many of the quotes from the film have remained popular over the years.  Guys wanted to be Maverick and girls wanted to be with Maverick.  This film had everything a guy could ever want: fast planes, macho camaraderie and a hot leading lady.  It’s no wonder that to this day, there’s still the macho “Need…the need for speed.”

  1. Maverick: She's lost that loving feeling.
    Goose: She's lo… No she hasn't.
    Maverick: Yes, she has.
    Goose: She's not lost that lo…
    Maverick: Goose, she's lost it, man.
    Goose: Come on!
    Goose: Aw sh… I hate it when she does that.

    One of the more memorable scenes of the film which didn’t involve fighter planes, Goose and Maverick spot a hot woman (Charlie) from across the bar.  In true obnoxious form, they decide to serenade her with the popular Righteous Brothers’ song “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling,” in hopes that Maverick can score with her.  This marks the beginning of the love story that carries on throughout the film.

  2. Charlie: Eh, lieutenant, what were you doing there?
    Goose: Communicating.
    Maverick: Communicating. Keeping up foreign relations. You know, giving him the bird!
    Goose: You know, the finger.
    Charlie: Yes, I know the finger, Goose.
    Goose: I-I'm sorry, I hate it when it does that, I'm sorry. Excuse me.

    One of the funnier quotes from ‘Top Gun,’ Maverick and Goose explain to Charlie exactly what they were doing to get so close to a Russian MIG-28 fighter.  She is certainly amused, but does not let on for fear that everyone will realize she’s developing romantic feelings for Maverick. 

  3. Stinger: Son, your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash.

    Maverick has a tendency to be reckless when he's flying, but that is part of what makes him such an awesome fighter pilot.  This quote is from his commander reaming him out for being too wild and unwilling to obey authority.  Maverick may be an outstanding pilot, but if his ego keeps getting in the way, he’ll never make a true team player in the Navy.

  4. Maverick: I feel the need…
    Maverick, Goose: …the need for speed!

    This famous "Top Gun" quote is so memorable that it actually ranks #94 on the American Film Institute’s list of top 100 movie quotations. Goose and Maverick are always excited to fly and are determined to win the top pilot award in the Top Gun flight training program.  This quote emphasizes their excitement and passion to be the best.

  5. Charlie: Hello, Pete Mitchell. I heard the best of the best were going to be back here, so uh…
    Maverick: This could be complicated. You know on the first one I crashed and burned.
    Charlie: And the second?
    Maverick: I don't know, but uh, it's looking good so far.

    As the last quotes from "Top Gun," these lines serve to reunite Charlie and Maverick after she left him.  After returning home victorious from his overseas mission, Maverick is seen at the base’s bar as he turns on the jukebox to play “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.”  With perfect timing, in walks Charlie and the two decide to give their relationship another shot, thus ending the movie.


American Film Institute’s list of top 100 movie quotations

"Top Gun" Quotes

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