Top Gun vs Top Gun: Maverick – Face Off

Which of Tom Cruise’s big screen adventures as Maverick is better, 1986’s Top Gun or the 2022 sequel Top Gun: Maverick?

Last Updated on February 8, 2023

Here at JoBlo we got the need, the need for speed! Yes, It was the Reagan era of high-octane cinema and nothing says let’s go better than an 80s action movie. Some claim It was the golden era of action cinema and one of the biggest all American action movies to come out of that time was Top Gun, starring the immortal death-defying wonder from Syracuse, New York, Tom Cruise. Directed by the late great Tony Scott, Top Gun would go on to be one of the most iconic films of all time, launching Tom Cruise into A-List territory.

Fast forward thirty something years later, we are hit with a global pandemic and so many movies were scrapped, postponed, or even went straight to streaming. Luckily, one of the oldest movie studios on earth, Paramount Pictures, made the right decision to release the sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, into theatres at the right time, breaking records and making audiences love blockbuster cinema again. However, now that the movie has set the box-office alight, it is currently available to stream on Paramount+ and available on 4K plus BluRay. Also, now that most of the world has seen both movies, it begs the question, Which Top Gun movie soars the highest?

So, grab your flight gear, your skin tight jeans, your volleyball, footballs, and your great balls of fire and set the missiles locked-on….For another FACE-OFF! This episode of FACE-OFF was written and edited by Jay Saint. G, narrated by Shawn Knippelberg and produced by Adam Walton and Chris Bumbray, while Berge Garabedian is executive producer.

About the Author

Chris Bumbray began his career with JoBlo as the resident film critic (and James Bond expert) way back in 2007, and he has stuck around ever since, being named editor-in-chief in 2021. A voting member of the CCA and a Rotten Tomatoes-approved critic, you can also catch Chris discussing pop culture regularly on CTV News Channel.