Top Gun follows Tom Cruise's character attending Navy School. (Photo Credits: Instagram)

Top Gun follows Tom Cruise’s character attending Navy School. (Photo Credits: Instagram)

On Top Gun’s 38th anniversary, Tom Cruise shared nostalgic photos from the 1986 set, featuring his co-star Val Kilmer, director Tony Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

Thirty eight years ago today, Tony Scott’s action-packed movie Top Gun hit theatres and became a crucial piece of cinema history. Interestingly, this aerial action film was a major blockbuster that helped Tom Cruise become a Hollywood star. Cruise, who played the role of Pete Mitchell, aka Maverick, has fond memories related to the film and he celebrated its anniversary with a sweet social media post. Taking to his Instagram, the 61-year-old shared a series of nostalgic photos from the 1986 set, featuring his co-star Val Kilmer, the late director, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and a young Cruise in his 20s flying the fighter jets. He also included a picture from the filming of the sequel, Top Gun: Maverick.

The first photo features Cruise receiving direction from the late Tony Scott, who died in 2012. Another image shows Cruise with the film’s cast in the iconic air hangar turned classroom set. There’s also a snapshot of the superstar conversing with the producer and a picture shows his character looking at a frame of himself and Kilmer shaking hands at the end of the original movie while filming Top Gun: Maverick.

Additional photos show the crucial scenes from the film, featuring the iconic F-14 Tomcats and Northrop F-5 aircraft. The Hollywood star also thanked fans who have supported the film since its debut. Sharing the pictures, Tom Cruise wrote, “It’s incredible to look back on the thirty-eight years of Top Gun. To the fans who have been with us since the start, there wouldn’t be a Top Gun Day without you.”

Tom Cruise’s original movie was an immediate hit when it was released on May 16, 1986. The film follows Cruise’s character, Pete Mitchell, as he attends the US Navy’s Fighter Weapons School, known as Top Gun. The movie also starred Anthony Edwards, Kelly McGillis and Val Kilmer. The action thriller was one of the highest grossing films of the year. It went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 59th Oscars in 1987 and was nominated in three other categories, including Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing.

Decades later, Cruise teamed up again with producer Jerry Bruckheimer to continue the legacy with Top Gun: Maverick, which also won over audiences. While Cruise and Kilmer reprised their characters, they were joined by Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Ed Harris and Lewis Pullman, among others.

Currently, Top Gun 3 is in development with Tom Cruise as lead, however, no release date has been confirmed yet.

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