Department of Defense: Top Gun
Every year, the US government pours hundreds of billions of dollars into various Defense initiatives. Thus, it’s comforting to know our tax dollars are being spent wisely, ensuring that our skies are protected by people with names like Maverick and Goose, Iceman and Slider, Cougar and Merlin. In Tony Scott’s Top Gun, then-rising star Tom Cruise is Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a gifted renegade pilot with a wicked competitive streak and a knack for mischief who is sent to the elite Top Gun training school for naval aviators. Sure, Maverick may “gamble with a $30 million aircraft” from time to time, and his unorthodox techniques and penchant for bedding female instructors could be seen as weaknesses, but he does our Navy proud when the chips are down. Even his chief rival, ace pilot Iceman (Val Kilmer), eventually comes around, and though he never quite brings himself to call Maverick “the best,” he knows he’s found a wingman for life, and when you’ve got MiGs constantly zipping around, that’s really all that matters.