"Top Gun" Celebrates 25th Anniversary

San Diego honors iconic film

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    The F-14 Tomcat was made even more famous by the movie "Top Gun." (Photo by Nathan Laird/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

    Find someone between the ages of 30 and 50. Pretty much anyone will do, even a random stranger at the gas station. Ask that person (male of female, doesn't matter) to recite a line from the movie "Top Gun."

    Odds are better than average your new best friend will drop a classic on you.

    "Top Gun" is not the best movie ever made. But it's probably my favorite movie, and I'm certainly not the only one.

    It was on May 15, 1986, the movie was screened in San Diego. The next day it went nationwide and became the pop culture staple it is today.

    That means we've reached the 25the anniversary (yes, it makes me feel old, too), and a celebration is in order!

    Kansas City Barbeque in downtown, where one of the bar scenes was shot, is celebrating this weekend with nonstop showings of the film. KC BBQ is even offering 25 percent off your bill if you can correctly answer "Top Gun" trivia questions.

    So, break out your VHS copy of the film, throw on your aviators, order a Hemlock cocktail and put "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" on repeat, because this is in the top 1 percent of all films ever made.

    The elite. The best of the best. Even if the pattern is full, it's time for Ghost Rider to buzz the tower.