Best Science Fiction Movies of 1986

1.

Aliens

6.7
8.3/10 IMDB

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, Bill Paxton, William Hope, Jenette Goldstein, Al Matthews, Mark Rolston ..
Directed by: James Cameron
Release date: 1986-07-18
2.

The Fly

6.1
7.6/10 IMDB

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, George Chuvalo, Michael Copeman, David Cronenberg, Carol Lazare, Shawn Hewitt ..
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Release date: 1986-08-15
3.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

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, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Jane Wyatt, Catherine Hicks, Mark Lenard ..
Directed by: Leonard Nimoy
Release date: 1986-11-26
4.

The Transformers: The Movie

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

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, Eric Idle, Robert Stack, Norman Alden, Jack Angel, Michael Bell ..
Directed by: Nelson Shin
Release date: 1986-08-08
5.

Short Circuit

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

After a lightning bolt zaps a robot named Number 5, the lovable machine starts to think he's human and escapes the lab. Hot on his trail is his designer, Newton, who hopes to get to Number 5 before the military does. In the meantime, a spunky animal lover mistakes the robot for an alien and takes him in, teaching her new guest about life on Earth.

Starring: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton, G. W. Bailey, Brian McNamara, Tim Blaney, Marvin J. McIntyre, John Garber, Penny Santon ..
Directed by: John Badham
Release date: 1986-05-09
6.

From Beyond

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms.

Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ken Foree, Ted Sorel, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Bunny Summers, Bruce McGuire, Del Russel, Dale Wyatt ..
Directed by: Stuart Gordon
Release date: 1986-10-24
7.

Critters

4.5
6.1/10 IMDB

A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople.

Starring: Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Zane, Scott Grimes, Lin Shaye, Ethan Phillips, Don Keith Opper, Terrence Mann, Jeremy Lawrence, Billy Green Bush ..
Directed by: Stephen Herek
Release date: 1986-04-11
8.

The Wraith

4.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Packard Walsh and his motorized gang control and terrorize an Arizona desert town where they force drivers to drag-race so they can 'win' their vehicles. After Walsh beats the decent teenager Jamie Hankins to death after finding him with his girlfriend, a mysterious power creates Jake Kesey, an extremely cool motor-biker who has a car which is invincible. Jake befriends Jamie's girlfriend Keri Johnson, takes Jamie's sweet brother Bill under his wing and manages what Sheriff Loomis couldn't; eliminate Packard's criminal gang the hard way...

Starring: Charlie Sheen, Nick Cassavetes, Sherilyn Fenn, Randy Quaid, Matthew Barry, Clint Howard, David Sherrill, Jamie Bozian, Griffin O'Neal, Chris Nash ..
Directed by: Mike Marvin
Release date: 1986-11-21
9.

Maximum Overdrive

4.1
5.5/10 IMDB

When a comet passes close to the earth, machines all over the world come alive and go on homicidal rampages. A group of people at a desolate truck stop are held hostage by a gang of homicidal 18-wheelers. The frightened people set out to defeat the killer machines ... or be killed by them.

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington, Yeardley Smith, John Short, Frankie Faison, Ellen McElduff, J. C. Quinn, Giancarlo Esposito, Marla Maples ..
Directed by: Stephen King
Release date: 1986-07-25
10.

Chopping Mall

4.0
5.6/10 IMDB

A group of teenagers that work at the mall all get together for a late night party in one of the stores. When the mall goes on lock down before they can get out, the robot security system activates after a malfunction and goes on a killing spree. One by one the three bots try to rid the mall of the “intruders.” The only weapons the kids can use are the supplies in other stores, or if they can make it till morning when the mall opens back up.

Starring: Kelli Maroney, Tony O'Dell, Barbara Crampton, Russell Todd, Karrie Emerson, Nick Segal, John Terlesky, Suzee Slater, Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov ..
Directed by: Jim Wynorski
Release date: 1986-03-21

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