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‘Top Gun’ Just Left Netflix, So Where Can You Watch the Tom Cruise Original?

Matt Tamanini

Conspicuously timed with the long-awaited big-screen release of “Top Gun: Maverick,” the original Tom Cruise fighter pilot film left Netflix at the start of June. But, with interest in Maverick, Ice Man, and the rest of the flyboys at an all-time high, just where can you check out the original “Top Gun,” either to prep for, or relive the high of, the latest G-force defying blockbuster?

Despite the rights holders to the article that inspired the 1986 original filing suit against Paramount over the film's sequel the studio’s streaming service Paramount+ is one of two places that you can currently stream the film, along with Amazon Prime Video.

Paramount+ will likely be the most convenient platform to stream “Top Gun” moving forward as not only is the movie synonymous with Paramount Studios, but eventually “Top Gun: Maverick” will also be dropping on the streamer, so it should make for a nice one-stop-shop for all things “Top Gun.” However, as the service has been cutting down on the theatrical windows of its feature film releases in order to get them on streaming as soon as possible, “Top Gun: Maverick” is going to be an exception for a myriad of reasons.

Paramount CFO Naveen Chopra said that while the “45-day fast-follow” strategy has become the company’s default in bringing movies to Paramount+, “Maverick” won't follow suit. Not only is the sequel likely to continue to be a big-screen hit well into the summer following its Memorial Day weekend opening, but Cruise — who not only stars in, but also produces, the film — is not a fan of the quick turnaround.

Related: When Will ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Stream on Paramount+? Not Any Time Soon if Tom Cruise Has His Way

So while both movies will eventually live side-by-side on the streamer, for now, you can only get the OG on Paramount+, while you will have to wait until later this year to have a “Top Gun” binegathon — that is, of course, unless the lawsuit forces Paramount to adjust any of its plans for the franchise.

To date, “Top Gun: Maverick” has grossed $569,643,218 worldwide, including just north of $308 million domestically. Since debuting in theaters 36 years ago, the original has brought in more than $357 million from the big screen alone in addition to tons more on home video, on-demand, merchandise, video games, and countless other revenue streams. So it would seemingly behoove Paramount to get the copyright issues figured out sooner rather than later.

  • Paramount Plus

    Paramount+ is a subscription video streaming service that includes on-demand access to 40,000+ TV show episodes from BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and more. The lineup includes “1883,” “Tulsa King,” “Star Trek: Discovery,” Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants,” and MTV’s “Laguna Beach.” From well-loved franchises to compelling originals, Paramount+ offers a great library worth streaming. Live NFL games are included. The service also offers the option to watch your live CBS affiliate.

    Subscribers can choose between the Essentials Plan (which includes ads) for $4.99/month, or go commercial-free with the Premium Plan for $9.99/month. Subscribers can add Showtime to either plan for an additional fee.

    With their Premium Plan, in addition to not having ads, you will also get access to your local CBS affiliate to stream your local news, prime-time lineup, and late-night. You will also be able to download offline and watch select shows in 4K.

    With the lower cost “Essential” plan, you will still be able to watch live NFL games, Champions League, and national news – but you will no longer get your local CBS affiliate.

    With their new app, enjoy advanced recommendations, curated homepages, and new content categories while still being able to stream major live sports like NFL, College Football, College Basketball. Sports fans will also appreciate the service’s inclusion of NFL on CBS, PGA Tour, along with every match of UEFA Champions League and Serie A.

    The service was previously called CBS All Access.

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  • Top Gun

    1986 M05 16

    Når det kommer til jægerfly og damer er piloten Pete Mitchell bare kongen. Trods hæftig konkurrence med kollegaen Kasansky står Pete til at vinde den eftertragtede jægertitel “Top Gun”. Men det hele går galt, da Petes ven dør. Heldigvis får han endnu en chance for at vise sit værd, da uidentificerede fly kommer ind i luftrummet.


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