Best Movies of 1986

1.

Aliens

6.7

When Ripley’s lifepod is found by a salvage crew over 50 years later, she finds that terra-formers are on the very planet they found the alien species. When the company sends a family of colonists out to investigate her story, all contact is lost with the planet and colonists. They enlist Ripley and the colonial marines to return and search for answers.

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn
Directed by: James Cameron
Release date: 1986-07-18
2.

Stand by Me

6.5

After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.

Starring: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Release date: 1986-08-08
3.

Platoon

6.5

As a young and naive recruit in Vietnam, Chris Taylor faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Starring: Tom Berenger, Keith David, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Francesco Quinn
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: 1986-12-19
4.

Blue Velvet

6.3

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.

Starring: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Hope Lange
Directed by: David Lynch
Release date: 1986-08-01
5.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

6.3

A high school slacker pretends to be sick to skip school and have an exciting day off alongside his girlfriend and his best buddy through Chicago, while trying to outwit his obsessive school principal and his unconformited sister along the way.

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey
Directed by: John Hughes
Release date: 1986-06-11
6.

The Name of the Rose

6.2

14th-century Franciscan monk William of Baskerville and his young novice arrive at a conference to find that several monks have been murdered under mysterious circumstances. To solve the crimes, William must rise up against the Church's authority and fight the shadowy conspiracy of monastery monks using only his intelligence – which is considerable.

Starring: Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham, Christian Slater, Helmut Qualtinger, Elya Baskin
Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Release date: 1986-09-24
7.

The Fly

6.0

When Seth Brundle makes a huge scientific and technological breakthrough in teleportation, he decides to test it on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a common housefly manages to get inside the device and the two become one.

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel, Leslie Carlson
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Release date: 1986-08-15
8.

Big Trouble in Little China

5.9

When trucker Jack Burton agreed to take his friend, Wang Chi, to pick up his fiancee at the airport, he never expected to get involved in a supernatural battle between good and evil. Wang's fiancee has emerald green eyes, which make her a perfect target for immortal sorcerer Lo Pan and his three invincible cronies. Lo Pan must marry a girl with green eyes so he can regain his physical form.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1986-05-30
9.

Highlander

5.8

He fought his first battle on the Scottish Highlands in 1536. He will fight his greatest battle on the streets of New York City in 1986. His name is Connor MacLeod. He is immortal.

Starring: Christopher Lambert, Roxanne Hart, Clancy Brown, Sean Connery, Beatie Edney
Directed by: Russell Mulcahy
Release date: 1986-03-07
10.

Top Gun

5.7

For Lieutenant Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell and his friend and co-pilot Nick 'Goose' Bradshaw, being accepted into an elite training school for fighter pilots is a dream come true. But a tragedy, as well as personal demons, will threaten Pete's dreams of becoming an ace pilot.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt
Directed by: Tony Scott
Release date: 1986-05-16
11.

Hannah and Her Sisters

5.6

Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.

Starring: Woody Allen, Michael Caine, Mia Farrow, Carrie Fisher, Barbara Hershey
Directed by: Woody Allen
Release date: 1986-02-07
12.

Down by Law

5.5

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
Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Release date: 1986-09-20
13.

Hoosiers

5.4

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
Directed by: David Anspaugh
Release date: 1986-11-14
14.

The Mission

5.4

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
Directed by: Roland Joffé
Release date: 1986-09-29
15.

Labyrinth

5.4

When teen Sarah is forced to babysit Toby, her baby stepbrother, she summons Jareth the Goblin King to take him away. When he is actually kidnapped, Sarah is given just thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue him.

Starring: Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson, Christopher Malcolm
Directed by: Jim Henson
Release date: 1986-06-27
16.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

5.3

Fugitives of the Federation for their daring rescue of Spock from the doomed Genesis Planet, Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) and his crew begin their journey home to face justice for their actions. But as they near Earth, they find it at the mercy of a mysterious alien presence whose signals are slowly destroying the planet. In a desperate attempt to answer the call of the probe, Kirk and his crew race back to the late twentieth century. However they soon find the world they once knew to be more alien than anything they've encountered in the far reaches of the galaxy!

Starring: William Shatner, Catherine Hicks, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan
Directed by: Leonard Nimoy
Release date: 1986-11-25
17.

The Transformers: The Movie

5.3

The Autobots must stop a colossal planet-consuming robot who goes after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. At the same time, they must defend themselves against an all-out attack from the Decepticons.

Starring: Judd Nelson, Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Leonard Nimoy, Orson Welles
Directed by: Nelson Shin
Release date: 1986-08-08
18.

Luxo Jr.

5.2

A baby lamp finds a ball to play with and it's all fun and games until the ball bursts. Just when the elder Luxo thinks his kid will settle down for a bit, Luxo Jr. finds a ball ten times bigger.

Directed by: John Lasseter
Release date: 1986-08-17
19.

The Hitcher

5.2

A young man who escaped the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked, framed for the hitcher's crimes, and has his life made into hell by the same man he escaped.

Starring: C. Thomas Howell, Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeffrey DeMunn, John M. Jackson
Directed by: Robert Harmon
Release date: 1986-02-21
20.

The Great Mouse Detective

5.2

When the diabolical Professor Ratigan kidnaps London's master toymaker, the brilliant master of disguise Basil of Baker Street and his trusted sidekick Dawson try to elude the ultimate trap and foil the perfect crime.

Starring: Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin, Vincent Price, Susanne Pollatschek, Candy Candido
Directed by: Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, David Michener, John Musker
Release date: 1986-07-02

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