Where to Buy Tom Cruise Top Gun Sunglasses

Tom Cruise as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell wears Ray-Ban’s model 3025 (Aviator Classic) sunglasses with gold frame and green lenses in the 1986 American action drama Top Gun. The sales of the Ray-Bans skyrocketed by 40% as a result of the movie and they are today recognized as the Top Gun sunglasses.

For those of you under the age of 30 you might not know that once upon a time, many many years ago, Tom Cruise was not yet a borderline crazy Hollywood ass but a cool, up and coming young heartthrob. Following on from cult favorites Taps and Risky Business, Cruise graduated to the big leagues with a feature length commercial for the Air Force, sunglasses and jumpsuits, Top Gun.

Top Gun was… well, it was awesome. Women loved it for the gung ho airmen in close-fitting flight suits. Men loved it for the high speed dog fights and endless, over the top machismo. In short, everyone loved Top Gun.

Looking back through the mists of time to the 1986 release of Top Gun there’s one thing that jumps out in my mind. The Top Gun sunglasses. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell (Tom Cruise) and many other cast members spent much of the movie in what could accurately be described as the coolest damned sunglasses ever to grace a face.

Naturally, in the years since the theatrical release of Top Gun there has been a steady, constant supply of guys who think to themselves as the credits roll ‘Damn, I need to get myself a pair of those sunglasses’. In the case of many movies it can often be almost impossible to find the details of costumes and accessories – costume designers usually aren’t eager to give away their secrets – but in the case of the Top Gun sunglasses it couldn’t be easier.

Maverick’s sunglasses, as worn throughout Top Gun, are an example of the timeless classic Ray Ban 3025 Aviators with gold frame.

I remember getting my first pair of Ray Ban Aviators just a couple of months following the release of Top Gun in 1986. A wealthy uncle who’d forgotten too many birthdays splashed out on a pair (the $100 price tag at the time was a little too steep for my 16 year old pocket). I remember the first time I went for a spin on my bike wearing the Aviator’s – my neighbour called out to me as I left the yard, ‘Hey, cool Top Gun sunglasses!’ Since then, even though Ray Ban Aviators have appeared in countless movies, TV shows and on the faces of friends, family, strangers and celebrities for decades, I’ve always thought of Aviators as ‘Top Gun Sunglasses’.

The complete list of sunglasses used in Top Gun

Character Actor Sunglasses
Pete “Maverick” Mitchell Tom Cruise Ray-Ban Aviator 3025
Tom “Iceman” Kazansky Val Kilmer Ray-Ban Shooter 3138
Nick “Goose” Bradshaw Anthony Edwards Ray-Ban Caravan 3136
Ron “Slider” Kerner Rick Rossovich Ray-Ban Aviator 3025
Marcus “Sundown” Williams Clarence Gilyard Jr. Ray-Ban Aviator 3513
Leonard “Wolfman” Wolfe Barry Tubb Ray-Ban Clubmaster 3016
Air Boss Johnson Duke Stroud Ray-Ban Outdoorsman 3030

Tom Cruise’s sunglasses in Top Gun 2: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick (Top Gun 2) is scheduled to air July 2, 2021. But since the trailer is out, we can comfortably discuss Tom Cruise’s look.

Tom Cruise as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell wears the same Ray-Ban’s model 3025 in Top Gun 2 (Top Gun: Maverick) as in the original Top Gun (1986) movie. They have completely replicated his look from the original Top Gun movie with sunglasses, jacket and motorcycle. Tom Cruise even dusts it off similarly to the storage room scene in Skyfall with Daniel Craig.

And the famous Ray-Ban Wayfarer model 2140 sunglasses will also be sported in the movie.

I’m so excited for this movie!

21 thoughts on “Where to Buy Tom Cruise Top Gun Sunglasses

  • Jr says:

    Those are Randolph Enginerring Aviators. NOT Ray Ban.

    I get it. This is a AM site but at least get your facts right.

  • Pooks says:

    There is very little knowledge on what sunglasses they used in the movie. But, for a movie to ‘make sense’ or be ‘realistic’ on what sunglasses pilots would wear.. it would be American Optical or Randolph Engineering.


    I pick American Optical. American Optical was used and still used by NASA and our American Forces. Why? The materials used is better than RayBan. All materials used are military grade. Why would our forces use cheap materials? The RayBan Aviator is a replica of the originator and a replica is always made with cheap materials. It would only make sense that Americans at that time period would want to wear USA Made products. There’s a reason why these sunglasses were only made for the Armed Forces. They were just the best in quality. The only reason I didn’t pick Randolph is that American Optical is older and was widely used by our Forces. It was the first sunglasses to go to the Moon.


    Lets ask Tom Cruise?

    • James says:

      Thanks for your comment!


      I still believe the Top Gun sunglasses to be Ray-Bans, though. Product placement was well used in the 80s, so their choice of brand probably had little to do with the American Forces and NASA. After all, it is said that the movie single-handedly increased the sales of Ray-Ban 3025 by 40%.


      Oh, I wish Tom Cruise someday would drop a comment on this question.

      • Robert Williamson says:

        He’s not correct but my guess is that he isn’t the sort of person that takes being corrected well.

        Bausch & Lomb developed the first Aviator pilot’s glasses and eventually called them “Ray BAN” literally means that they were designed to ban the rays from pilots eyes.

        Wikipedia agrees

        There’s a good history here

        They were worn by the military in WW2 and by General Douglas Mcarthur.

        I think he’s just read some advertising material for American Optical and bought it.

  • MattyC says:

    Pooks….obviously never has been in the military. Very little of any military equipment supplied is of highest standard. It’s of ‘best budget’. It’s why most of the guys in the Army buy their own boots – issued ones are shit. And the military doesn’t issue sunglasses (well Australian anyway).

  • Mark says:

    Just found this post. They are definitely NOT AOs. The nose piece wire and top wire on the frame are too close together comparing your pics above with AOs website pics. The nose piece wire tends to favor Ray Bans. Ray Ban had a contract to supply the US military with pilot glasses until 1982 when RE took over and has had it since. It is possible that the sunglasses are cheap knockoffs since the “Ray Ban” printing is missing from the right lens although the costumer could have removed it. Other styles worn by other actors would also support Ray Bans as I remember seeing Cubmaster and Shooter styles worn by other “pilots”. And for “Pooks”… Ray Ban in ’85-’86 was owned by Bausch & Lomb and were US made.

  • bob lee swaggard says:

    if they did use Ray-Ban glasses in top gun, they scrapped the white lettering off the right eye lens. But if you buy Ray-Ban sunglasses today they will not be like the glasses from the 1980s Bausch & Lomb sold the company to Luxottica in 1999.I have owned 5 Ray Bans that were made by Bausch & Lomb and 1 Luxottica pair. in my opinion the Bausch & Lomb glasses were heavier and better made then the Luxottica crap for sale today. my 5 Bausch & Lomb glasses i lost 3, 1 pair fell off the top shelf of my wall locker and hit the concrete lenses first and shattered the 2 lenses. my final Bausch & Lomb glasses were my first I ever owned handed down to me by my uncle he bought the outdoorsman II glasses in 1967 while in the Air Force so i put them away as soon as i learned i could buy my own glasses in the PX for about half the price people paid in the civilian world. When i lost my last pair of B&L glasses( i had those from 1996- 2009) i bought a pair to replace them not knowing of the Luxottica purchase of the company, i lost the Luxottica glasses in 2017, and rather then buy another poorly made glasses from Luxottica, i got out my 1967 glasses and bought a new old stock pair of lenses for the B&L frame that i still had kept away with my uncles old glasses. id rather buy a old pair of B&L glasses then buy a new Luxottica pair

    • Paul Davies says:

      I purchased the original 1986 American B and L made glass etched lens, metal Gold frame ones also. The new ones are not of the same quality but still good. I am getting some eyewear retainer lanyards for mine after reading your message. The Outdoorman version had tight loops fitting around and under behind the ear to keep them on if you looked down. I always thought these were for when doing aerobatics! Cannot wait – although had to for two years of postponement of the film sequel: TopGun Maverick. Trailers are worth watching also. I was a regular pilot at the time of the original and return to flying next year so a full circle journey for Tom and I.

  • Andy says:

    They are vintage Ray Ban made between 1960’s and 1970’s era by Baush and Lomb and made in the USA. Model number is RB3025-L0205 in 58mm Gold Frame and G15 Green lenses.

    • Paul Davies says:

      Correct. TopGun TopMan!

  • Cruseman says:

    Definetly Ray-Ban 3025 in ancient B&L made in USA Times.
    Take a deep look at the short bottom nose bar piece – it’s typical curved Ray-Ban style.
    AO and Randolph are using linear bars.

  • Scott Thrower says:

    Fantastic detailed page! (“He did it right …”)


    Have you considered starting a post/thread about the sunglasses worn in the NEW Top Gun: Maverick movie being filmed ( for 2020 release ) ? Some set photos are already leaked! Would love to hear this group’s thoughts!

    • James says:

      Hi Scott,


      Thanks for your question.


      Of course we need to address the new Top Gun: Maverick (2020) movie! It will probably not be a separate post, but an update to this one. I have only seen the picture from his Twitter account where he turns his head away. I think we need more for it to be relevant. You are always welcome to share your thoughts!

    • Paul Davies says:

      Tom Cruise is wearing his original, or newer version Ray Ban RB3025 Gold framed glasses in G15 Green-grey glass lenses. Original made in USA around 1980s, newer ones made in Italy and Worldwide under licence. Ray Ban will have publicity ready or already out as I write this in December 2020. Top Gun Maverick trailers confirm this also.

  • Sergio says:

    I cannot say if those are Ray Ban or not, but I think they are.
    It would not make much sense to use the rest of aviator-kind models by Ray Ban for other characters (Shooter, Caravan, Outdoorsman…) and use other brand for the Aviator model.

  • Andrew says:

    These are without doubt Ray Ban RB3025 L0205 in Gold Frame and Dark Green G15 lenses sans white Ray Ban Logo on right lens. FYI, if you want to remove that white Ray Ban logo from the lens you can easily do so by using a penny and carefully scratching it off. The penny is soft enough so it won’t scratch the glass lenses. This works on all other lenses made of glass without any flash or mirror coating. I did this on a pair of Ray Ban and Randolph Aviator sunglasses and in my opinion look way better without that logo there.

    • Paul Davies says:

      Some say Tom Cruise wore grey lens gold framed Ray Ban RB3025 but most of the stills show green light filtering when he is sideways frontal to camera. Yet glasses look very dark? Some say they used reflective mirror lenses but that does not seem right. All the evidence I could get points to you being right. These were original USA made B and L Ray Bans with Gold metal frames, Glass Dark green G15 Lenses and etched into the frames with the size, B and L USA and other detailing. The white “Ray Ban” was removed presumably to avoid claims of blatant advertising?

  • Kirsten says:

    What about Charlotte Blackwood’s (Kelly McGillis) sunglasses?

  • Dakota says:

    Hey i just need some advice, i’m 15 and i’m wondering if it is worth it to buy a pair of ray ban model 3025’s? Is there any other glasses that would be just as good for a lesser price?

    Much appreciated
    Dakota L.

  • RH says:

    In this article in Inc. the CEO of Randolph Engineering specifically says that Tom Cruise’s sunglasses in Top Gun are Ray Ban…


    GQ also describes them as Ray Ban RB3025…


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