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Top Gun (1986)
Action, Drama, Romance

Top Gun (1986)

Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is an expert United States Naval Aviator. When he encounters a pair of MiGs over the Persian Gulf, his wingman is clearly outflown and freaks. On almost no fuel, Maverick is able to talk him back down to the carrier. When his wingman turns in his wings, Maverick is moved up in the standings and sent to the Top Gun Naval Flying School. There he fights the attitudes of the other pilots and an old story of his father's death in combat that killed others due to his father's error. Maverick struggles to be the best pilot, stepping on the toes of his other students and in another way to Charlie Blackwood, a civilian instructor to whom he is strongly attracted. (Read More)

Themes:rivalry,  military,  friendship
Locations:ocean,  sea,  nightclub,  bar
Characters:russian,  friend
Story:f 14 fighter jet,  jet fighter,  beach volleyball,  flight school,  fighter jet,  naval aviation,  u.s. navy,  exploding plane,  white briefs,  man wearing a towel,  naval uniform,  male pilot,  fighter pilot,  piano playing,  piano player,  falling into water,  military discipline,  u.s. military,  man in underwear,  mayday the call for help,  unexpected encounter,  supersonic airplane,  loss of confidence,  aerial dogfight,  missile attack,  aerial battle,  f 14 tomcat,  show off,  wing man,  montage with pop song,  ejection seat,  men's locker room,  ejector seat,  end credits roll call,  catch phrase,  warplane,  steam room,  source music,  aviator,  famous song,  naval officer,  spit take,  male camaraderie,  muscular,  high five,  based on article,  dog tag,  budweiser,  famous line,  aerial combat,  aircraft carrier,  top secret,  jet,  film starts with text,  foreplay,  volleyball,  sweat,  navy,  restroom,  jukebox,  male objectification,  arrogance,  flight,  raised middle finger,  briefs,  lieutenant,  parachute,  aviation,  plane,  confrontation,  accidental death,  death of friend,  towel,  friendship between men,  vietnam war,  blockbuster,  male bonding,  propaganda,  flying,  machismo,  cold war,  flirting,  death of husband,  profanity,  convertible,  opening action scene,  uniform,  locker room,  microphone,  pilot,  training,  best friend,  widow,  woman,  piano,  sunglasses,  car chase,  water,  motorcycle,  underwear,  crying,  cult film,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  two word title,  sex scene,  death,  kiss

Hot Shots! (1991)
Action, Comedy

Hot Shots! (1991)

Topper Harley, a top gun fighter pilot, is recalled to serve on the SS Essess. Topper's mission is to destroy Saddam Hussein's nuclear plants. Unfortunately, Topper is psychologically imbalanced and is sure to crack under pressure.

Themes:military
Story:fighter jet,  naval aviation,  u.s. navy,  exploding plane,  male pilot,  fighter pilot,  pilot,  u.s. military,  warplane,  aviator,  aircraft carrier,  jet,  navy,  aviation,  plane,  blockbuster,  flying,  opening action scene,  woman,  cult film,  sex scene

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Stealth (2005)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Stealth (2005)

In the near future, the Navy develops a fighter jet piloted by an artificial intelligence computer. The jet is placed on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific to learn combat manuevers from the human pilots aboard. But when the computer develops a mind of its own, it's the humans who are charged with stopping it before it incites a war... (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:nightclub
Story:fighter jet,  u.s. navy,  exploding plane,  fighter pilot,  aerial dogfight,  ejection seat,  naval officer,  aerial combat,  aircraft carrier,  jet,  navy,  parachute,  aviation,  death of friend,  machismo,  flirting,  profanity,  pilot,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male

Battleship (2012)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Battleship (2012)

A naval war ship encounters an alien armada and faces the biggest threat mankind has ever faced. If they lose, the world could face a major extinction event and an alien invasion. Will humans win this alien war, what are the aliens doing here, and what do they want? Based on the Hasbro naval war game. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:ocean,  sea,  bar
Story:fighter jet,  naval aviation,  u.s. navy,  exploding plane,  man wearing a towel,  naval uniform,  fighter pilot,  naval officer,  aircraft carrier,  film starts with text,  navy,  lieutenant,  sunglasses,  water,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male

Rescue Dawn (2006) is one of the best movies like Top Gun (1986)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, War

Rescue Dawn (2006)

In 1965, while bombing Laos in a classified mission, the propeller plane of the German-American US Navy pilot Dieter Dengler is hit and crashes in the jungle. Dieter is arrested by the peasants, tortured by the Vietcong and sent to a prisoner camp, where he meets five other mentally deranged prisoners and guards. He becomes close to Duane and organizes an escape plan; however, the unstable Gene opposes to Dieter's plan. When they discover that there is no more food due to the constant American bombings in the area and their guards intend to kill them, Dieter sets his plan in motion. However, an unexpected betrayal splits the group and Dieter and Duane find that the jungle is their actual prison. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:u.s. navy,  fighter pilot,  naval officer,  male camaraderie,  aircraft carrier,  navy,  plane,  death of friend,  friendship between men,  vietnam war,  male bonding,  opening action scene,  pilot,  crying,  singing,  title spoken by character,  death

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An Officer And A Gentleman (1982)
Drama, Romance

An Officer And A Gentleman (1982)

Zack Mayo is a young man who has signed up for Navy Aviation Officer Candidate School. He is a Navy brat who has a bad attitude problem. GySgt Foley is there to train and evaluate him and will clearly find Zack wanting. Zack meets Paula, a girl who has little beyond family and must decide what it is he wants to do with his life. This is why An Officer And A Gentleman (1982) is one of the best movies like Top Gun (1986). (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:navy,  naval aviation,  u.s. navy,  naval uniform,  training,  u.s. military,  aviator,  jet,  aviation,  death of friend,  blockbuster,  uniform,  woman,  motorcycle,  sex scene

Pearl Harbor (2001)
Action, Drama, History, Romance, War

Pearl Harbor (2001)

Pearl Harbor is a classic tale of romance set during a war that complicates everything. It all starts when childhood friends Rafe and Danny become Army Air Corps pilots and meet Evelyn, a Navy nurse. Rafe falls head over heels and next thing you know Evelyn and Rafe are hooking up. Then Rafe volunteers to go fight in Britain and Evelyn and Danny get transferred to Pearl Harbor. While Rafe is off fighting everything gets completely whack and next thing you know everybody is in the middle of an air raid we now know as "Pearl Harbor." (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Locations:sea,  bar
Characters:friend
Story:u.s. navy,  u.s. military,  mayday the call for help,  aerial combat,  aircraft carrier,  top secret,  navy,  lieutenant,  parachute,  aviation,  friendship between men,  blockbuster,  convertible,  pilot,  best friend,  woman,  underwear,  crying,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  kiss,  death

Rocky III (1982)
Drama, Sport

Rocky III (1982)

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. (Read More)

Themes:rivalry,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:montage with pop song,  famous song,  famous line,  sweat,  friendship between men,  blockbuster,  male bonding,  machismo,  locker room,  training,  piano,  sunglasses,  motorcycle,  cult film,  bare chested male,  two word title,  death,  kiss

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Heartbreak Ridge (1986) is one of the best movies like Top Gun (1986)
Action, Comedy, Drama, War

Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

1983. Tom Highway is a well-decorated career military man in the United States Marine Corps, he who has seen action in Korea and Vietnam. His current rank is Gunnery Sergeant. His experiences have led him to become an opinionated, no nonsense man, who is prone to bursts of violence, especially when he's drunk, if the situation does not suit him, regardless of the specifics or people involved. Because of these actions, he has spent his fair share of overnighters behind bars. Close to retirement, one of his last assignments, one he requested, is back at his old unit at Cherry Point, North Carolina, from where he was transferred for insubordination. He is to train a reconnaissance platoon. His superior officer, the much younger and combat inexperienced Major Malcolm Powers, sees Highway as a relic of an old styled military. Highway's commanding officer, Lieutenant Ring, the platoon leader, is also a younger man who has no combat experience, but is academically inclined and happy-go-lucky. Highway finds that his team is a rag-tag bunch of slackers, who includes wannabe rock musician Stitch Jones, with who Highway had an inauspicious earlier meeting. The men in the platoon, who truly believe Highway is crazy, hate him, and don't understand why they have to follow his harsh training regimen when the United States is not currently at war. The major, who is all about efficiency regardless of combat readiness, has the same views of Highway. He is clear that he sees Highway's platoon solely as a training mechanism for his own elite squad trained by Highway's nemesis, Staff Sergeant Webster. Things for Highway and his platoon change when the United States enters into war in Grenada. Through it all, Highway tries to reconnect with his bar waitress ex-wife Aggie, he even clandestinely reading women's magazines to understand her better. Two primary obstacles stand in his way: Roy Jennings, Aggie's boss and current suitor who hates Marines, and Aggie's own remembrance of how dysfunctional their marriage was. (Read More)

Themes:military,  rivalry,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:training,  u.s. military,  male camaraderie,  budweiser,  aircraft carrier,  jukebox,  lieutenant,  parachute,  death of friend,  male bonding,  machismo,  cold war,  profanity,  opening action scene,  uniform,  sunglasses,  cult film,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  two word title,  death

American Assassin (2017)
Action, Thriller

American Assassin (2017)

Twenty three-year-old Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of fourteen, and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were engaged. Seeking revenge, he is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy as a black ops recruit. Kennedy then assigns Cold War veteran Stan Hurley to train Mitch. Together they will later on investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets. The discovery of a pattern in the violence leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a world war in the Middle East. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:ocean,  sea,  bar
Characters:russian
Story:fighter jet,  u.s. navy,  naval officer,  aircraft carrier,  top secret,  machismo,  cold war,  profanity,  opening action scene,  training,  sunglasses,  car chase,  water,  motorcycle,  explosion,  bare chested male,  two word title,  death

Air Force One (1997)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Air Force One (1997)

The President of the USA goes to Moscow and gives a stirring speech outlining the USA's new "Zero-tolerance" policy with respect to terrorism. On the flight home, terrorists take over Air Force One (the President's official plane) and take the passengers (including his wife and daughter) hostage. The terrorists plan to execute one hostage every half-hour unless/until their demands are met. However, the President is a former Medal of Honor winner, so the terrorists may be in for a surprise... This is why Air Force One (1997) is one of the best movies like Top Gun (1986). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:russian
Story:exploding plane,  male pilot,  fighter pilot,  aerial combat,  jet,  flight,  parachute,  aviation,  plane,  blockbuster,  opening action scene,  pilot,  crying,  explosion,  kiss,  death

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Green Lantern (2011)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Green Lantern (2011)

In a mysterious universe, the Green Lantern Corps, an elite defense force of peace and justice have existed for centuries. Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan acquires superhuman powers when he is chosen by the Ring, the willpower-fed source of power. Reluctantly at first, he takes on the challenge after the death of Abin Sur, the finest Green Lantern. Putting his self-doubts aside, and spurred on by his sense of duty and love for his beautiful, intellectually equal, colleague, Carol Ferris, he is soon called to defend mankind from Parallax, a powerful, evil being who feeds on fear. Hal Jordan is the universe's last chance, as many Green Lanterns have been killed and the Corps is weakened. And he might just be the right Green Lantern for the duty of keeping the world safe from harm. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:bar
Story:fighter jet,  exploding plane,  male pilot,  fighter pilot,  pilot,  ejection seat,  aerial combat,  top secret,  jukebox,  flying,  locker room,  training,  water,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  two word title,  death

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) is one of the best movies like Top Gun (1986)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Two decades after the freak alien invasion that nearly destroyed mankind a new threat emerges. This Alien mothership is more than twice the size as the last one and once again, the world's armies must band together to save the world. Do they have enough firepower or will this battle change and will aliens take over? (Read More)

Themes:rivalry,  military,  friendship
Story:fighter jet,  exploding plane,  fighter pilot,  aerial battle,  ejection seat,  dog tag,  aerial combat,  raised middle finger,  lieutenant,  parachute,  plane,  blockbuster,  flying,  uniform,  locker room,  pilot,  widow,  crying,  explosion,  death,  kiss

Fury (2014)
Action, Drama, War

Fury (2014)

1945, in World War II Germany, the tough Sergeant Don 'Wardaddy' Collier commands a tank and survives a German attack with his veteran crew composed of Boyd 'Bible' Swan, Trini 'Gordo' Garcia and Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis. He receives a rookie soldier Norman Ellison as the substitute for his deceased gunner and he tries to harden the youth along the way. (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:piano playing,  u.s. military,  male camaraderie,  dog tag,  film starts with text,  lieutenant,  death of friend,  machismo,  uniform,  woman,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  death

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Flight (2012)
Drama, Thriller

Flight (2012)

Whip Whitaker is a commuter airline pilot. While on a flight from Orlando to Atlanta something goes wrong and the plane starts to fly erratically. With little choice Whip crashes the plane and saves almost all on board. When he wakes up in the hospital, his friend from the airline union introduces him to a lawyer who tells him there's a chance he could face criminal charges because his blood test reveals that he was intoxicated with alcohol and cocaine. He denies being impaired, so while an investigation is underway, he is told to keep his act together. However, letting go of his addiction is not as easy as it seems... (Read More)

Characters:friend
Story:flight school,  flight,  plane,  budweiser,  jet,  foreplay,  flying,  profanity,  pilot,  woman,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  kiss

G.i. Jane (1997)
Action, Drama, War

G.i. Jane (1997)

When a crusading chairperson of the military budget committee pressures the would be Navy secretary to begin full gender integration of the service, he offers the chance for a test case for a female trainee in the US Navy's elite SEAL/C.R.T. selection program. LT. Jordan O'Neill is given the assignment, but no one expects her to succeed in an inhumanly punishing regime that has a standard 60% dropout rate for men. However, O'Neill is determined to prove everyone wrong. This is why G.i. Jane (1997) is one of the best movies like Top Gun (1986). (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:u.s. navy,  navy,  lieutenant,  blockbuster,  machismo,  training,  woman,  cult film,  title spoken by character

Alfie (2004) is one of the best movies like Top Gun (1986)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Alfie (2004)

In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, most of them clients, and he lives as a Don Juan, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His girl-friend and single-mother Julie is quite upset with the situation and his best friends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with Lonette, and the consequences of his act forces Alfie to reflect and wonder about his life style. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Characters:friend
Story:jukebox,  arrogance,  male bonding,  machismo,  flirting,  best friend,  widow,  woman,  motorcycle,  underwear,  crying,  singing,  sex scene,  death,  kiss

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Independence Day (1996)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Independence Day (1996)

On July 2nd, communications systems worldwide are sent into chaos by a strange atmospheric interference. It is soon learned by the military that a number of enormous objects are on a collision course with Earth. At first thought to be meteors, they are later revealed to be gigantic spacecraft, piloted by a mysterious alien species. After attempts to communicate with the aliens go nowhere, David Levinson, an ex-scientist turned cable technician, discovers that the aliens are going to attack major points around the globe in less than a day. On July 3rd, the aliens all but obliterate New York, Los Angeles and Washington, as well as Paris, London, Houston and Moscow. The survivors set out in convoys towards Area 51, a strange government testing ground where it is rumored the military has a captured alien spacecraft of their own. The survivors devise a plan to fight back against the enslaving aliens, and July 4th becomes the day humanity will fight for its freedom. July 4th is their Independence Day... (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:fighter jet,  exploding plane,  male pilot,  fighter pilot,  aerial battle,  aerial combat,  jet,  flight,  death of friend,  blockbuster,  flying,  machismo,  locker room,  pilot,  woman,  cult film,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  death

Bridge Of Spies (2015)
Drama, History, Thriller

Bridge Of Spies (2015)

In the cold war, a lawyer, James B. Donovan is recruited by the CIA and involved in an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis G. Powers. The pilot was arrested alive after his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union during a mission and stays in the company of a KGB intelligence officer, Rudolf Abel, who was arrested for espionage in the US. (Read More)

Locations:bar
Characters:russian
Story:pilot,  white briefs,  plane,  fighter pilot,  cold war,  man in underwear,  top secret,  film starts with text,  briefs,  lieutenant,  parachute,  car chase,  motorcycle,  explosion,  bare chested male,  death

Red Tails (2012)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War

Red Tails (2012)

Italy, 1944. As the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky - even as they battle discrimination on the ground. It's a tribute to the unsung heroes who rose above extraordinary challenges and ultimately soared into history. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:bar
Story:jet fighter,  fighter pilot,  u.s. military,  aerial combat,  parachute,  death of friend,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  two word title

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Lone Survivor (2013) is one of the best movies like Top Gun (1986)
Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

Lone Survivor (2013)

Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal, and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. After running into mountain herders and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. Now Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. This is why Lone Survivor (2013) is one of the best movies like Top Gun (1986). (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Story:u.s. navy,  navy,  muscular,  dog tag,  lieutenant,  death of friend,  friendship between men,  male bonding,  sunglasses,  water,  explosion,  bare chested male,  two word title,  death

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)

A youth chooses manhood. The week Sam Witwicky starts college, the Decepticons make trouble in Shanghai. A presidential envoy believes it's because the Autobots are around; he wants them gone. He's wrong: the Decepticons need access to Sam's mind to see some glyphs imprinted there that will lead them to a fragile object that, when inserted in an alien machine hidden in Egypt for centuries, will give them the power to blow out the sun. Sam, his girlfriend Mikaela Banes, and Sam's parents are in danger. Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are Sam's principal protectors. If one of them goes down, what becomes of Sam? (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:nightclub
Story:fighter jet,  u.s. navy,  u.s. military,  budweiser,  aircraft carrier,  top secret,  parachute,  blockbuster,  machismo,  opening action scene,  car chase,  motorcycle,  explosion,  bare chested male,  death

The Guardian (2006)
Action, Adventure, Drama

The Guardian (2006)

Ben Randall is a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. When his crew is killed in an accident and his marriage ends, his commander tells him he wants Randall to go to the US Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer "A" School to train other rescue swimmers. He encounters a guy named Jake who's a little cocky because he was once a swim champion. So Ben puts him through the wringer to see if he can handle it. (Read More)

Themes:rivalry,  military
Locations:ocean,  sea,  bar
Story:naval officer,  navy,  death of friend,  locker room,  training,  sunglasses,  water,  motorcycle,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  death

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The Deer Hunter (1978)
Drama, War

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Michael, Steven and Nick are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who enlist into the Army to fight in Vietnam. Before they go, Steven marries the pregnant Angela, and their wedding party also serves as the men's farewell party. After some time and many horrors, the three friends fall in the hands of the Vietcong and are brought to a prison camp in which they are forced to play Russian roulette against each other. Michael makes it possible for them to escape, but they soon get separated again. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:russian,  friend
Story:piano player,  aircraft carrier,  vietnam war,  blockbuster,  convertible,  locker room,  woman,  piano,  motorcycle,  underwear,  crying,  cult film,  singing,  explosion,  sex scene,  kiss,  death

The Pacifier (2005) is one of the best movies like Top Gun (1986)
Action, Comedy, Drama, Family, Thriller

The Pacifier (2005)

After a Navy SEAL fails to rescue a scientist who developed a top secret device, he is assigned to guard the man's children while searching for information on where the device may be hidden inside the house. Along the way, he must cope with rebellious teens, child care, an overbearing school official, and foreign spies also looking for it. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:russian
Story:military discipline,  u.s. military,  top secret,  navy,  death of husband,  opening action scene,  widow,  car chase,  singing,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  two word title,  kiss

Xxx (2002)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx (2002)

Xander "XXX" Cage is a thrill seeker who until now has been deemed untouchable by the law. NSA Agent Gibbons forces XXX to cooperate with the government to infiltrate an underground Russian crime ring, and avoid going to prison. Gibbons sends XXX to enter this world of crime undetected where others have failed, using his natural athletic prowess and a whole lot of attitude. Xander must combat an organization led by a clever, ruthless and nihilistic Yorgi whose first target is the city of Prague. This is why Xxx (2002) is one of the best movies like Top Gun (1986). (Read More)

Locations:nightclub
Characters:russian
Story:man in underwear,  parachute,  blockbuster,  machismo,  convertible,  opening action scene,  training,  sunglasses,  car chase,  motorcycle,  cult film,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  death,  kiss

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Courage Under Fire (1996)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, War

Courage Under Fire (1996)

The pilot of a rescue copter, Captain Karen Walden, died shortly before her helicopter crew was rescued after it crashed in Desert Storm. It first appears that she made a spectacular rescue of a downed helicopter crew, then held her own crew together to fight off the Iraqis after her copter crashed. Lt. Colonel Serling, who is struggling with his own demons from Desert Storm, is assigned to investigate her worthiness for the Medal of Honor. But some conflicting accounts, from her crew and soldiers in the area, cause him to question whether she deserves it. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:friend
Story:dog tag,  lieutenant,  opening action scene,  locker room,  pilot,  woman,  explosion,  bare chested male,  death

Rocky IV (1985)
Drama, Sport

Rocky IV (1985)

Ever since his match with Clubber Lang, Rocky Balboa has a peaceful life. And now he and former champion, Apollo Creed, enjoy good times and are now the best of friends. But Rocky's peaceful life as a boxer gets paused after a match Apollo went into. Unfortunately, Creed fought Ivan drago, a 6'5" Russian who has never lost a match, and sadly, brutally murders Apollo in the ring. A funeral is held and times start going downhill fast. Now, in order to restore honor, Rocky challenges Drago to a match and must beat him for sweet, bitter vengeance. (Read More)

Characters:russian,  friend
Story:muscular,  famous line,  sweat,  arrogance,  death of friend,  towel,  blockbuster,  propaganda,  machismo,  cold war,  death of husband,  locker room,  training,  sunglasses,  cult film,  death,  bare chested male,  kiss

The A-team (2010) is one of the best movies like Top Gun (1986)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The A-team (2010)

Four American soldiers who are in Iraq are sent on a mission to recover plates for printing 100 dollar bills that were used to print a billion dollars. After doing the job and returning to the base their commanding officer is killed in an explosion and the plates are stolen by another operative. They would be court martialed and sent to different prisons. 6 months later, the leader, Hannibal Smith is visited by a CIA spook who tells him he knows where the man who took the plates is and wants him and his men to recover it. So he helps him escape and he breaks out the others and they go after the plates. But after doing it, they discover that the spook might not be ok. And a military intelligence officer who was involved with one of them is pursuing them. (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:fighter jet,  exploding plane,  male camaraderie,  budweiser,  raised middle finger,  lieutenant,  parachute,  blockbuster,  machismo,  pilot,  sunglasses,  car chase,  motorcycle,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  death

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The Aviator (2004)
Biography, Drama, History

The Aviator (2004)

Biopic of billionaire 'Howard Hughes (I)' (qv), starting with his early filmmaking years as owner of RKO studios but mostly focusing on his role in designing and promoting new aircraft. Hughes was a risk-taker spending several fortunes on designing experimental aircraft and eventually founding TWA as a rival to Pan AM airlines owned by his great rival Juan Trippe. When Trippe's politico Senator Ralph 'Owen Brewster (I)' (qv) accuses Hughes of being a war profiteer, it's Hughes who gains the upper hand. Hughes also had many women in his life including a long relationship with actress 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv). From an early age however, Hughes was also germophobic and would have severe bouts of mental illness. (Read More)

Themes:rivalry
Locations:nightclub
Characters:friend
Story:aviation,  flight,  aviator,  jet,  plane,  flying,  flirting,  microphone,  pilot,  best friend,  woman,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  sex scene,  kiss

Ladder 49 (2004)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Ladder 49 (2004)

Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads, however, as the sacrifices he's made have put him in harm's way innumerable times and significantly impacted his relationship with his wife and kids. Responding to the worst blaze in his career, he becomes trapped inside a 20-story building. And as he reflects on his life, now Deputy Chief Kennedy frantically coordinates the effort to save him. This is why Ladder 49 (2004) is one of the best movies like Top Gun (1986). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:friend
Story:male camaraderie,  death of friend,  male bonding,  machismo,  flirting,  death of husband,  water,  underwear,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  death

Crimson Tide (1995)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

Crimson Tide (1995)

When some Russian rebels takes control of some ICBM's, the Americans mobilize. Among the vessels sent is the nuclear sub, the Alabama. But before they leave they need a new X.O. and among the choices is Commander Hunter, who hasn't seen much action. But the ship's Captain, Ramsey OK's him. While on the way, there was an incident and Hunter disagreed with how Ramsey handled it, it's evident that Ramsey doesn't think much of Hunter because Hunter was college educated while Ramsey worked his way up. They're given orders to attack but when they were in the process of receiving another order, the ship's communications were damaged, so the entire message was not received. Ramsey decides to continue with their previous order while Hunter wants to reestablish contact first. That's when the two men butt heads that ends with Hunter relieving Ramsey. Later when some men die, some of the officers feel that Hunter is not up to the task so they team up to retake control. But Hunter has taken precautions. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:ocean
Characters:russian
Story:u.s. navy,  naval uniform,  u.s. military,  naval officer,  aircraft carrier,  navy,  blockbuster,  machismo,  cult film,  explosion,  two word title,  kiss

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Broken Arrow (1996) is one of the best movies like Top Gun (1986)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Broken Arrow (1996)

"Broken Arrow" is the term used to describe a nuclear device that has been lost. In this movie, two nuclear missiles are stolen by rogue US pilot Deakins, but hot on his trail is his co-pilot Hale and a Park Ranger, Terry. The action takes place in Utah's canyon country; a high stakes game of cat and mouse. (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:pilot,  fighter jet,  exploding plane,  fighter pilot,  ejector seat,  flight,  plane,  blockbuster,  machismo,  opening action scene,  locker room,  training,  car chase,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  death

From Here To Eternity (1953)
Drama, Romance, War

From Here To Eternity (1953)

It's 1941. Robert E. Lee Prewitt has requested Army transfer and has ended up at Schofield in Hawaii. His new captain, Dana Holmes, has heard of his boxing prowess and is keen to get him to represent the company. However, 'Prew' is adamant that he doesn't box anymore, so Captain Holmes gets his subordinates to make his life a living hell. Meanwhile Sergeant Warden starts seeing the captain's wife, who has a history of seeking external relief from a troubled marriage. Prew's friend Maggio has a few altercations with the sadistic stockade Sergeant 'Fatso' Judson, and Prew begins falling in love with social club employee Lorene. Unbeknownst to anyone, the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor looms in the distance. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Characters:friend
Story:man wearing a towel,  piano player,  u.s. military,  jukebox,  accidental death,  towel,  blockbuster,  convertible,  uniform,  woman,  piano,  crying,  singing,  explosion,  bare chested male,  kiss,  death

Goldeneye (1995)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Goldeneye (1995)

When a deadly satellite weapon system falls into the wrong hands, only Agent 007 can save the world from certain disaster. Armed with his license to kill, Bond races to Russia in search of the stolen access codes for "Goldeneye," an awesome space weapon that can fire a devastating electromagnetic pulse toward Earth. But 007 is up against an enemy who anticipates his every move: a mastermind motivated by years of simmering hatred. Bond also squares off against Xenia Onatopp, an assassin who uses pleasure as her ultimate weapon. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:russian,  friend
Story:fighter jet,  ejection seat,  top secret,  jet,  confrontation,  blockbuster,  machismo,  opening action scene,  woman,  car chase,  motorcycle,  cult film,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  death

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Weird Science (1985)
Comedy, Romance, Sci-fi

Weird Science (1985)

Two unpopular teenagers, Gary Wallace and Wyatt Donnelly, fail at all attempts to be accepted by their peers. Their desperation to be liked leads them to "create" a woman via their computer. Their living and breathing creation is a gorgeous woman, Lisa, whose purpose is to boost their confidence level by putting them into situations which require Gary and Wyatt to act like men. On their road to becoming accepted, they encounter many hilarious obstacles, which gives the movie an overall sense of silliness. This is why Weird Science (1985) is one of the best movies like Top Gun (1986). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bar
Story:white briefs,  piano playing,  woman,  man in underwear,  male objectification,  briefs,  friendship between men,  best friend,  piano,  car chase,  motorcycle,  cult film,  explosion,  two word title,  kiss

Behind Enemy Lines (2001) is one of the best movies like Top Gun (1986)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

Themes:military
Characters:friend
Story:fighter pilot,  pilot,  ejector seat,  aircraft carrier,  jet,  navy,  plane,  flying,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  death

Knight And Day (2010)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Knight And Day (2010)

June has a garage in Boston. At an airport heading home, a man bumps into her a few times and tries to keep her off the plane. He's under FBI surveillance; they wonder if he and she are working together, so they let both on a flight full of armed men wanting to arrest the stranger. He's Roy, he shoots his way out of trouble and tells her she's in danger. She's home the next day, miraculously, when agents pick her up; Roy saves her again, and a transcontinental chase ensues with Roy convincing her that he's the good guy, protecting an energy source that a rogue agent wants to sell on the black market. Can she trust Roy, and will trust matter when the bullets start flying? (Read More)

Locations:bar
Story:exploding plane,  flight,  parachute,  plane,  flying,  flirting,  pilot,  woman,  sunglasses,  car chase,  motorcycle,  explosion,  bare chested male,  death,  kiss

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Darbareye Elly (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Darbareye Elly (2009)

A group of middle-class friends travel from Tehran to spend the weekend at the seaside. Sepideh invites Elly, who is her daughter's teacher, to travel with the three families in order to introduce her to their recently divorced friend Ahmad, now living in Germany. The next morning, the two women go shopping in the town and Elly says that she has to return to Tehran because her mother has been recently submitted to hospital for heart surgery, but Sepideh asks her to stay and hides her luggage. The children are playing in the sea and one mother asks Elly to watch them. Out of the blue, Sepideh's daughter calls to some men playing volleyball to rescue one of the children from the water. After rescuing the little boy they seek out Elly, questioning whether she has drowned or returned to Tehran. What has happened to Elly? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:sea
Characters:friend
Story:volleyball,  accidental death,  woman,  water,  crying,  title spoken by character,  death

Act Of Valor (2012)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War

Act Of Valor (2012)

An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure. Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home. Each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the deadly terror plot, which stretches from Chechnya to the Philippines and from Ukraine to Somalia. The widening operation sends the SEALs across the globe as they track the terrorist ring to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they engage in an epic firefight with an outcome that has potentially unimaginable consequences for the future of America. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:bar
Characters:russian
Story:navy,  male camaraderie,  aircraft carrier,  film starts with text,  lieutenant,  parachute,  death of friend,  death of husband,  widow,  car chase,  explosion,  death

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010) is one of the best movies like Top Gun (1986)
Action, Adventure, Drama

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)

Seven Australian teenage friends from a small town go on a camping trip to be with nature. During their trip, they see military aircraft fly overhead. What they didn't know was their country was being invaded by another country. Returning home, they discover that they are at war. With no training, they band together to fight the enemy. This is why Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010) is one of the best movies like Top Gun (1986). (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Story:fighter jet,  exploding plane,  training,  piano,  sunglasses,  motorcycle,  explosion,  bare chested male,  death

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Swingers (1996)
Comedy, Drama

Swingers (1996)

This is a story about Mike, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA to be a star. It's been six months since his girlfriend left him and he's not doing so good. So, his pal and some other friends try and get him back in the social scene and forget about his 6 year relationship.

Themes:friendship
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Characters:friend
Story:wing man,  male camaraderie,  famous line,  towel,  machismo,  underwear,  crying,  cult film,  singing,  bare chested male,  kiss

Red Dawn (2012)
Action, Thriller

Red Dawn (2012)

The city of Spokane, Washington is awakened by a North Korean paratrooper invasion. Marine Corps veteran Jed Eckert and his civilian brother, Matt, escape with a group of friends to an isolated cabin in the woods, where they witness the execution of their father at the hands of the ruthless Captain Cho. The brothers unite with their friends to form a guerrilla resistance group--the Wolverines--to drive the invaders from their home. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:russian
Story:fighter jet,  exploding plane,  raised middle finger,  death of friend,  machismo,  training,  car chase,  explosion,  two word title,  death

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Action, Adventure, Thriller, War

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

John Rambo is removed from prison by his former superior, Colonel Samuel Troutman, for a top-secret operation to bring back POW's still held in Vietnam. Rambo's assignment is to only take pictures of where the POWs are being held, but Rambo wants to get the POWs out of Vietnam. Teamed up with female Vietnamese freedom fighter Co Bao, Rambo embarks on a mission to rescue the POWs, who are being held by sadistic Vietnamese Captain Vinh and his Russian comrade, Lieutenant Colonel Padovsky. Rambo starts killing every enemy in sight while still focusing on his intentions to rescue the POWs. There are also corrupt American officials involved in the mission, including Marshall Murdock, one of Rambo's superiors. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:russian
Story:top secret,  sweat,  lieutenant,  vietnam war,  blockbuster,  propaganda,  machismo,  cold war,  cult film,  explosion,  bare chested male,  death,  kiss

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Dunkirk (2017) is one of the best movies like Top Gun (1986)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

Dunkirk (2017)

Evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 26- June 04, 1940, during Battle of France in World War II.

Themes:military
Locations:ocean,  sea
Characters:friend
Story:fighter pilot,  aerial battle,  warplane,  aviator,  naval officer,  dog tag,  aerial combat,  film starts with text,  confrontation,  accidental death,  death of friend,  opening action scene,  pilot,  water,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  death

Flyboys (2006)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War

Flyboys (2006)

Before the United States enters World War I, some American youths volunteer for the French military. Subsequently, they become the first U.S. fighter pilots and form a squadron known as the Lafayette Escadrille, whose exploits and heroism become the stuff of legend. This fictional version follows a laconic Texas rancher, an eager Nebraska kid, a Black boxer already in France, and a New York swell, as they arrive green for training, get their baptism by fire when German planes ambush them on their first mission, and graduate to heroics. Rawlings, the Texan, falls in love with a young woman he meets at a brothel. This is why Flyboys (2006) is one of the best movies like Top Gun (1986). (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:fighter pilot,  aerial combat,  pilot,  training,  woman,  title spoken by character

The Avengers (2012)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

The Avengers (2012)

Nick Fury is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., an international peace-keeping agency. The agency is a who's who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster. (Read More)

Themes:rivalry
Characters:russian
Story:fighter jet,  exploding plane,  fighter pilot,  widow,  aerial battle,  ejector seat,  aerial combat,  aircraft carrier,  parachute,  death of friend,  blockbuster,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  two word title

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Hair (1979)
Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance, War

Hair (1979)

This movie, based on the cult Broadway musical of the 60s, tells a story about Claude, a young man from Oklahoma who comes to New York City. There he strikes up a friendship with a group of hippies, led by Berger, and falls in love with Sheila, a girl from a rich family. However, their happiness is short because Claude must go to the Vietnam war. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:friend
Story:falling into water,  vietnam war,  microphone,  sunglasses,  underwear,  crying,  cult film,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  death

No Way Out (1987) is one of the best movies like Top Gun (1986)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

No Way Out (1987)

Tom Farrell is a navy officer who gets posted at the Pentagon and is to report to the secretary of defense David Brice. He starts an affair with Susan Atwell not knowing that she is Brice's mistress. When Susan is found dead, Tom is assigned to the case of finding the killer who is believed to be a KGB mole! Tom could soon become a suspect when a Polaroid negative of him was found at Susan's place. He now has only a few hours to find the killer before the computer regenerates the photo. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Locations:nightclub
Characters:russian,  friend
Story:navy,  u.s. navy,  naval uniform,  naval officer,  dog tag,  top secret,  lieutenant,  death of friend,  cold war,  woman,  car chase,  bare chested male,  sex scene,  death,  kiss

Pacific Rim (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Pacific Rim (2013)

When monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes - a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) - who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:ocean,  sea
Characters:russian
Story:pilot,  fighter jet,  exploding plane,  aircraft carrier,  blockbuster,  training,  explosion,  bare chested male,  two word title,  death

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