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How to Watch Top Gun: Maverick

Do you have a need for speed? Learn how to watch Top Gun: Maverick, whether it’s in a theater, on DVD, or streaming on Paramount+.

Over 36 years after Top Gun hit theaters, Tom Cruise returned as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick. The long-awaited sequel comes from filmmaker Joseph Kosinski, who also directed Only the Brave and Tron: Legacy.

All these years later, Maverick is merely a test pilot in the U.S. Navy. But the flying ace soon finds his way back to the TOPGUN program at the order of an old friend. Now, Maverick must prep an elite group of graduates for a challenging mission.

We won’t spoil the rest of the movie because that’s classified information, so you’ll have to witness it yourself. Luckily, we’ve got your How to Watch briefing right here.

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Is Top Gun: Maverick in theaters?

You can still catch Top Gun: Maverick in some theaters. While Paramount Pictures released the film on May 27, 2022, it’s been a major success at the box office—prolonging its stay in cinemas for months.

During the weekend of August 12, Paramount expanded the film’s theatrical release for special “fan appreciation” screenings. Behind-the-scenes footage accompanied the film as the studio celebrated its box office reign.

The movie also had a successful run on IMAX screens. In some cities, you can still find select showings of Top Gun: Maverick on IMAX and other premium large format (PLF) screens.

Is Top Gun: Maverick available to stream?

Top Gun: Maverick hit digital retailers on August 23, 2022. You can buy or rent the film through VOD stores like Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and Vudu.

On December 22, 2022, Top Gun Maverick became available to stream on Paramount+.

Is Top Gun: Maverick on Blu-ray?

Top Gun: Maverick made its home video debut on November 1—just in time for the holiday season. You can buy the film on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD.

Watch movies like Top Gun: Maverick

Looking to keep the adrenaline going? We’ve got you covered with some action-packed films similar to Top Gun: Maverick.

Top Gun (1986)

Of course, nothing’s more similar to Top Gun: Maverick than its 1986 predecessor. Set to an iconic 80s soundtrack, Top Gun is a rite-of-passage story chocked full of high-flying action. It launched Tom Cruise to blockbuster stardom and inspired a generation of aviators.

Stream Top Gun on Paramount+.

Mission: Impossible—Fallout (2018)

You may want to watch the first five Mission: Impossible films before Fallout. But Top Gun fans will love this particular installment for its stunning third-act helicopter sequence.

While Fallout and Maverick come from different directors, you can feel the ariel action in Fallout helped shape what’s seen in Maverick.

Stream Mission: Impossible—Fallout on Paramount+.

Star Wars (1977)

Top Gun: Maverick features a mission with many parallels to the ariel Death Star attack from the original Star Wars film. The similarities aren’t so shocking if you consider the types of war films that influenced George Lucas. But maybe we’re overthinking things, and Maverick is simply one with the Force.

Stream Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope on Disney+.

Hot Shots! (1991)

From one-third of the directing team behind Airplane! and Top Secret!, Hot Shots! is a Top Gun parody that knows the assignment. It stars a pre–Tiger Blood Charlie Sheen as U.S. Navy pilot Sean “Topper” Harley, who’s summoned back to active duty for a secret mission. Comedic hijinks ensue, spoofing other films like Rocky and Superman.

Stream Hot Shots! on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, or Vudu.

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