The history of cinema is as glamorous and cinematic as the original art form. We come across towering achievements as wells as fallen deities alike in the annals of film history. However, very few movies have managed to went on to define a generation by internalizing its fears, wrath, angst, and insecurities like no other art forms. Such epics also catapulted their lead actors into instant stardom with a cult following. The 1986 movie ‘Top Gun’ directed by Tony Scott did exactly the same to both the generation Y of the ’80s and Tom Cruise, who played the lead role in the movie. Like other movies in a similar vein, ‘Easy Rider’ (1969), ‘Titanic‘ (1997) and ‘Iron Man‘ (2008), ‘Top Gun‘ went on to become a cultural icon which has been propped up on various lists and discussions for last three decades.
‘Top Gun’ stars Tom Cruise as a naval pilot named Pete “Maverick” Mitchell and the plot follows the adventures of Maverick and his friend Nick “Goose” Bradshaw in and around the Naval Fighter Weapons School called Top Gun. The film was never highly rated by critics, and public reaction too was quite mild. Soon enough, word spread about the stunning action sequences and stunts of ‘Top Gun,’ and the number of theaters showing the movie increased drastically. ‘Top Gun’ catapulted as a global sensation, with Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis receiving widespread acclaim for their stellar performances in the film. So, without further ado, here is the list of best movies similar to ‘Top Gun’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Top Gun’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. Pearl Harbor (2001)
The name Michael Bay has now become synonymous with a signature filmmaking style which incorporates extensive use of special effects and knee-jerking explosions. But we should not forget that Bay has made some pretty iconic films throughout his career. These ventures might not have been critical favorites, but they have remained etched in the memories of movie buffs. One such iconic production from Bay’s oeuvre is 2001’s ‘Pearl Harbor’ starring Ben Affleck. The war epic received mixed reactions from critics and bagged an interesting tally of four Academy Award nominations against six Raspberry Award nominations including worst picture. As a re-imagining of one of the most devastating attacks in the World War II history, the movie tells the story of men and women who are pitted against love, loss, jealousy, national pride, and brutal realities of war.
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7. Memphis Belle (1990)