Best Drama Movies of 1986

1.

Down by Law

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

A disc jockey, a pimp and an Italian tourist escape from jail in New Orleans.

Starring: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Ellen Barkin, Rockets Redglare ..
Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Release date: 1986-09-20
2.

Hoosiers

5.4
7.5/10 IMDB

High school basketball is king in small-town Indiana, and the 1954 Hickory Huskers are all hope and no talent. But their new coach -- abrasive, unlikable Norman Dale -- whips the team into shape ... while also inciting controversy.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, C.W. Mundy, Sheb Wooley, Fern Persons, Chelcie Ross, Robert Swan, Michael O'Guinne, Wil Dewitt ..
Directed by: David Anspaugh
Release date: 1986-11-14
3.

The Mission

5.4
7.4/10 IMDB

When a Spanish Jesuit goes into the South American wilderness to build a mission in the hope of converting the Indians of the region, a slave hunter is converted and joins his mission. When Spain sells the colony to Portugal, they are forced to defend all they have built against the Portugese aggressors.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, Aidan Quinn, Liam Neeson, Cherie Lunghi, Ronald Pickup, Chuck Low, Bercelio Moya, Sigifredo Ismare ..
Directed by: Roland Joffé
Release date: 1986-09-29
4.

Salvador

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

A second rated journalist from the US tries his luck in El Salvador during the military dictatorship in the 1980s.

Starring: James Woods, James Belushi, Michael Murphy, John Savage, Tony Plana, Colby Chester, Cynthia Gibb, Will MacMillan, Valerie Wildman, José Carlos Ruiz ..
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: 1986-04-23
5.

Mona Lisa

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

George is a small-time crook just out of prison who discovers his tough-guy image is out of date. Reduced to working as a minder/driver for high class call girl Simone, he has to agree when she asks him to find a young colleague from her King's Cross days. That's when George's troubles just start.

Starring: Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine, Robbie Coltrane, Clarke Peters, Kate Hardie, Zoë Nathenson, Sammi Davis, Joe Brown, Pauline Melville ..
Directed by: Neil Jordan
Release date: 1986-06-13
6.

Children of a Lesser God

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

James is a new speech teacher at a school for the deaf. He falls for Sarah, a pupil who decided to stay on at the school rather than venture into the big bad world. She shuns him at first, refusing to read his lips and only using signs. Will her feelings change over time?

Starring: William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco, Allison Gompf, John F. Cleary, John Limnidis, Philip Holmes, Bob Hiltermann, Georgia Ann Cline ..
Directed by: Randa Haines
Release date: 1986-09-13
7.

Crossroads

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Cult classic starring Ralph Macchio as a want-to-be blues guitar virtuoso who seeks a long-lost song by legendary musician Robert Johnson.

Starring: Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca, Jami Gertz, Joe Morton, Robert Judd, Steve Vai, Tim Russ, Dennis Lipscomb, Harry Carey, Jr. ..
Directed by: Walter Hill
Release date: 1986-03-14
8.

At Close Range

5.1
7.0/10 IMDB

Based upon the true story of Bruce Johnston Sr., his son, and his brothers; together, they constituted one of suburban Philadelphia's most notorious crime families during the 1970s. Their criminal activities ranged from burglary, theft... and ultimately, murder.

Starring: Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Mary Stuart Masterson, Chris Penn, Millie Perkins, Eileen Ryan, Tracey Walter, David Strathairn, J. C. Quinn, Candy Clark ..
Directed by: James Foley
Release date: 1986-04-18
9.

The Color of Money

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Former pool hustler "Fast Eddie" Felson decides he wants to return to the game by taking a pupil. He meets talented but green Vincent Lauria and proposes a partnership. As they tour pool halls, Eddie teaches Vincent the tricks of scamming, but he eventually grows frustrated with Vincent's showboat antics, leading to an argument and a falling-out. Eddie takes up playing again and soon crosses paths with Vincent as an opponent.

Starring: Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver, John Turturro, Bill Cobbs, Robert Agins, Alvin Anastasia, Randall Arney, Elizabeth Bracco ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1986-10-07
10.

Heartbreak Ridge

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

A hard-nosed, hard-living Marine gunnery sergeant clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Marsha Mason, Everett McGill, Moses Gunn, Mario Van Peebles, Eileen Heckart, Bo Svenson, Boyd Gaines, Arlen Dean Snyder, Vincent Irizarry ..
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 1986-12-05

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