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Is Top Gun Really a Gay Movie?

Updated on January 29, 2012


Top Gun is one of my favorite movies of all time. In fact, I even mention Top Gun in my other hub on Movies for Cool People. Top Gun had great influence over my life - I joined the military a long time ago because of Top Gun! My life wouldn't be the same without the movie.

As a cool person, I find it unlikely that I may have missed the fact that Top Gun is really a gay movie; however, new evidence has been brought to my attention. And, upon reflection, I now wonder if Top Gun really is a gay movie.

Just so you know, I have no issue with gay movies or homosexuality. I just don't like that after all these years of thinking Top Gun was a macho straight movie, it was actually a cleverly crafted gay film designed to, perhaps, help gay men come out of the closet. This makes me feel a little someone pulled one over on me and I wasn't clever enough to catch it!

Iceman and Maverick - who knew?
Iceman and Maverick - who knew?

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Clues that Top Gun is a Gay Movie

  • The locker room scene with everyone hanging out in towels...what value did this really add to the movie?
  • The volleyball scene with everyone sweaty and hugging on each other. Again, what value did this add to the movie?
  • Kelly McGillis - sure, I used to have a crush on her and think she was hot, but the reality is that she never really was that hot. Why didn't they find a hotter girl to play that role?


Slider: Goose, whose butt did you kiss to get in here anyway?
Goose: The list is long, but distinguished.
Slider: Yeah, well so is my Johnson.

  • The Kenny Loggins song "Playing with the Boys"....
  • The scene where Maverick is hanging out shaving in his underwear after Goose died. He could have had at least pants on, right?


  • The's commonly known that the Navy has the most gay men of any service.
  • The constant innuendos about "butts" and "johnsons"

Iceman / Maverick Love Story

Quentin Tarantino's Take on Top Gun


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      Bree 2 years ago

      Highway to the danger zone

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      merc 5 years ago

      Did y'all for get the small but probably overlooked scene where they are all being introduced to the school and wolfman turns to hollywood and comments, "this gives me a hard on". Hollywood replies "don't tease me" WTF.

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      RobIsGay 5 years ago

      I was in the Marines with Rob. I tried and tried to teach him to communicate in proper English. Alas, each time we sat down for a lesson he insisted on getting naked and asking if we could have a shower or play volleyball.

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      Rob 5 years ago

      Additionally, I'd like to add a few marine sayings. There are gay terminology, does that make Marines Gay? Just because we mock homosexuality?

      Shit Marines Say:

      Fucktard, faggerdom, for the love of slutty stripper glitter, unfuck yourself, cockburger, shut your cockholster, shut your man pleaser, shut your cum dumpster, ditty-bop, BAMCIS, I will buttfuck your liver until it thinks it's Jewish, shit/shower/and shave, glow belt-gay belt, shut your suck, kill babies!, Oorah, Rah!, Napalm sticks to kids, Jodie's got your girl, clusterfuck, gagglefuck, Real Marines kill with their E-Tool, motard, remove that cock from your mouth before you address me, Blue Falcon, shitstain, you filthy maggot, EYEBALLS, daa-gone, the word "fuck" replaces words like "um" "ahh" and is acceptable before and after every word in a sentence, Ya-hoo, Twatsicles, Chodemongrels, WM (walking mattress), maybe if you get that sand out your clit you'll stop complaining, dependapotomous, anal spelunkers, secure the happiness, secure this trash, " how are you so fuckin stupid? You can't be that fuckin stupid you must be a fuckin terrorist sent to infiltrate and fuck up my Beloved Corps" , retard-strength, fuckstick, shitstain, reach into your ear and pull out your soul, bloody tampon, I'm going to stomp a mud hole in your chest, rip off your head and shit down your neck, malingering,

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      Rob 5 years ago

      This is common under the gay people concept "everyone is at least a little gay". Being in the Marines, I often found myself dud founded by naked men. It comes from training about releasing yourself from society. Being naked in society, means being vulnerable. The concept of vulnerability must go away. Howany people feel vulnerable when being almost or completely naked when visiting a DR? Is it gay to lose your clothes in front of a DR? No. But there is a feeling of vulnerability when seeing a DR. So being in Tighty Whiteys is less gay, it's a lack of feeling vulnerability. That being said, if you are playing guys in volleyball and the guys are shirtless, who cares? Gay guys are aroused when playing "shirts vs skins". Straight men don't think about that stuff, they play to win. Additionally, the love interest is a hot chick. Any guy would love a chick like that. Not hot enough, come on? Only gay guys would try and draw Top Gun with being gay, because gay guys are not tough, or cool. Top Gun is cool and badass

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      6 years ago

      I can find something gay every movie the famous star is in haha.

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      htvc124 6 years ago

      Anybody can find something gay in every movie.

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      Paddyboy 6 years ago

      Let us not forget the bar scene

      Goose: "the bet is twenty dollars."

      Maverick:"twenty dollars"

      Goose:"you've got to have carnal knowledge, of a lady this time and it's got to be on the premises."

      Of a lady this time, what was it last time,


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      eric76239 6 years ago

      Yeah, well, I just saw it for the first time, and while there's nothing wrong with it, there was definitely some gay themes worked into it. I honestly don't understand how anyone could not see it. The initial scene where Maverick meets Iceman, just the way it was shot, it really hinted at a gay subtext, but then the volleyball scene was a dead give away. I didn't think it was that good a movie though. The whole movie was just kind of "wtf am I watching?"

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      aileron 6 years ago

      As a former Reagan/Bush era navy pilot, I'm certain that the homo erotic elements of Top Gun were intentional on the part of the makers of the film. Ask any navy pilot where the communal shower and locker room is for his squadron's spaces on a naval air station, and he'll tell you there are none (at least none that I'd ever seen in squadron spaces on a naval air station). Even if there is the odd squadron space on a NAS that has communal officer showers, does anyone really think it's standard practice for navy pilots to shower together after a mission, like high school gym class?

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      Rob1 6 years ago

      Ok I went searching for top gun and gay cos I just watched the movie and suddenly saw all the gayness! Just like you, i've seen this movie a hundred times since I was a kid and always thought it was just a bunch of macho dudes. For the first time tonight, i thought to myself - wth is with all the gay guys? LOL

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      vivian 7 years ago

      Ok, here's what really pisses me off: why is it that whenever men are the ones who are sexualized in media, people automatically assume it's directed at gay MEN instead of straight WOMEN? And whenever women are the ones sexualized, it's ALSO targeted for men as well?

      Does society really think that women have no sexuality, and that men are the only ones who can have sexual desires? I hate how this sexist assumption is so fckin pervasive that people don't even question it.

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      head10cheese 7 years ago

      Gay is cool....

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      Guy01 8 years ago

      I'm gay and personally don't care for the movie. Mostly because I was subjected to hundreds of viewings by my roomate and fraternity brother. Even though he loved it, I honestly felt it wasn't any better than Titanic, just another formulaic blockbuster type film.

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      kea 8 years ago

      @Hello, hello - you haven't seen Top Gun? Shame on you :)

      @Sheila b - you should see the movie - it rocks!!! I agree, the issue does get boring. I just think it's funny how a lot of people have dissected Top Gun to make it sound like it was a gay movie! Cheers

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      sheila b. 8 years ago

      Haven't seen the movie, but my idea is that if someone wants to think it's a gay movie, he'll find proof, but that won't mean he's right. At the same time, if the gay community claims this movie, so what? The whole issue gets boring after a while.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      I still haven't seen it and therefore can't comment. I am sorry, even if it is I can't undertand the hipe about being gay - no I am not -. To me, they are just another group of people.

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      kea 8 years ago

      Thanks for the comment, Sandyspider! BTW, I like your name! Not sure if Top Gun was really meant to be gay or if that was an after-the-fact view :)

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Interesting view on Top Gun. I never thought of it being gay.

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      kea 8 years ago

      vox vocis - thanks for the great comment! Top Gun is one of my favorite movies ever...I even own a copy and may watch it tonight while I work out!

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      Jasmine 8 years ago

      This is really an interesting hub. It really amused me! I had my laugh especially watching the Quentin Tarantino´s take on Top Gun. It was FUNNY rather than true... All the arguments you rendered are very ambiguous so I am not convinced about the whole gay thing. It´s a great movie, that´s all...I had my laugh ha ha :-) Great hub!