Best Thriller Movies of 1986

1.

Aliens

6.7
8.4/10 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.

Blue Velvet

6.3
7.7/10 IMDB

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, Dean Stockwell, George Dickerson, Priscilla Pointer, Frances Bay, Ken Stovitz ..
Directed by: David Lynch
Release date: 1986-01-01
3.

The Name of the Rose

6.2
7.7/10 IMDB

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, Michael Lonsdale, Volker Prechtel, Feodor Chaliapin Jr., William Hickey, Michael Habeck ..
Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Release date: 1986-09-24
4.

Salvador

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

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

Starring: James Woods, Jim 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.

The Hitcher

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

On a stormy night, young Jim, who transports a luxury car from Chicago to California to deliver it to its owner, feeling tired and sleepy, picks up a mysterious hitchhiker, who has appeared out of nowhere, thinking that a good conversation will help him not to fall asleep. He will have enough time to deeply regret such an unmeditated decision.

Starring: C. Thomas Howell, Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeffrey DeMunn, John M. Jackson, Billy Green Bush, Jack Thibeau, Armin Shimerman, Gene Davis, Jon Van Ness ..
Directed by: Robert Harmon
Release date: 1986-01-17
6.

Manhunter

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

FBI Agent Will Graham, who retired after catching Hannibal Lecktor, returns to duty to engage in a risky cat-and-mouse game with Lecktor to capture a new killer.

Starring: William Petersen, Kim Greist, Dennis Farina, Brian Cox, Joan Allen, Tom Noonan, Stephen Lang, Chris Elliott, Michael Talbott, Dan Butler ..
Directed by: Michael Mann
Release date: 1986-08-14
7.

At Close Range

5.1
6.9/10 IMDB

Brad Whitewood Jr. lives in rural Pennsylvania and has few prospects. Against his mother's wishes, he seeks out his estranged father, the head of a gang of thieves in a nearby town. Though his new girlfriend supports his criminal ambitions, Brad Jr. soon learns that his father is a dangerous man. Inspired by the real events that led to the end of the Johnston Gang, who operated in the northeastern United States in the 1970s.

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
8.

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

4.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Henry likes to kill people, in different ways each time. Henry shares an apartment with Otis. When Otis' sister comes to stay, we see both sides of Henry: "the guy next door" and the serial killer.

Starring: Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold, Tom Towles, David Katz, Mary Demas, Anne Bartoletti, Elizabeth Kaden, Ted Kaden, Denise Sullivan, Ray Atherton ..
Directed by: John McNaughton
Release date: 1986-04-10
9.

Cobra

4.9
5.8/10 IMDB

A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Reni Santoni, Brian Thompson, Lee Garlington, Art LaFleur, Andrew Robinson, Marco Rodríguez, Val Avery, Nina Axelrod ..
Directed by: George P. Cosmatos
Release date: 1986-03-21
10.

F/X

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

A movies special effects man is hired by a government agency to help stage the assassination of a well known gangster. When the agency double cross him, he uses his special effects to trap the gangster and the corrupt agents.

Starring: Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Diane Venora, Cliff DeYoung, Mason Adams, Jerry Orbach, Joe Grifasi, Martha Gehman, Trey Wilson, Tom Noonan ..
Directed by: Robert Mandel
Release date: 1986-02-07
11.

Critters

4.6
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
12.

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

4.5
6.0/10 IMDB

Determined to finish off the infamous killer Jason Voorhees once and for all, Tommy Jarvis and a friend exhume Jason’s corpse in order to cremate him. Things go awry when Jason is instead resurrected, sparking a new chain of ruthlessly brutal murders. Now it’s up to Tommy to stop the dark, devious and demented deaths that he unwittingly brought about.

Starring: Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen, Renée Jones, Tom Fridley, C.J. Graham, Tony Goldwyn, Darcy DeMoss, Ann Ryerson, Alan Blumenfeld ..
Directed by: Tom McLoughlin
Release date: 1986-08-01
13.

Jumpin' Jack Flash

4.4
5.9/10 IMDB

Terry works for a bank, and uses computers to communicate with clients all over the world. One day, she gets a strange coded message from an unknown source. After decoding the message, Terry becomes embroiled in an espionage ring. People are killed, and Terry is chased. Throughout, she remains in contact with this mysterious person, who needs Terry's help save his life.

Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Collins, Jonathan Pryce, John Wood, Carol Kane, Roscoe Lee Browne, Jon Lovitz, Phil Hartman, Jim Belushi, Tracey Ullman ..
Directed by: Penny Marshall
Release date: 1986-04-23
14.

Legal Eagles

4.4
6.0/10 IMDB

District Attorney Tom Logan is set for higher office, at least until he becomes involved with defence lawyer Laura Kelly and her unpredictable client Chelsea Deardon. It seems the least of Chelsea's crimes is the theft of a very valuable painting, but as the women persuade Logan to investigate further and to cut some official corners, a much more sinister scenario starts to emerge.

Starring: Robert Redford, Debra Winger, Daryl Hannah, Brian Dennehy, Terence Stamp, Steven Hill, David Clennon, John McMartin, Jennifer Dundas, Roscoe Lee Browne ..
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
Release date: 1986-06-18
15.

Poltergeist II: The Other Side

4.2
5.6/10 IMDB

The Freeling family move in with Diane's mother in an effort to escape the trauma and aftermath of Carol Anne's abduction by the Beast. But the Beast is not to be put off so easily and appears in a ghostly apparition as the Reverend Kane, a religeous zealot responsible for the deaths of his many followers. His goal is simple - he wants the angelic Carol Anne.

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Oliver Robins, Zelda Rubinstein, Will Sampson, Julian Beck, Geraldine Fitzgerald, John P. Whitecloud, Noble Craig ..
Directed by: Brian Gibson
Release date: 1986-05-23
16.

The Delta Force

4.2
5.6/10 IMDB

A 707 aircraft jetliner, en route from Athens to Rome and then to New York City, is hijacked by Lebanese terrorists, who demand that the pilot take them to Beirut. What the terrorists don't realize is that an elite team of commandos have been called in to eliminate all terrorists on the jetliner.

Starring: Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin, Shelley Winters, Martin Balsam, Joey Bishop, Robert Forster, Lainie Kazan, George Kennedy, Hanna Schygulla, Susan Strasberg ..
Directed by: Menahem Golan
Release date: 1986-02-14
17.

Raw Deal

4.1
5.5/10 IMDB

Mark Kaminsky is kicked out of the FBI for his rough treatment of a suspect. He winds up as the sheriff of a small town in North Carolina. FBI Chief Harry Shannon, whose son has been killed by a mobster named Patrovina, enlists Kaminsky in a personal vendetta with a promise of reinstatement into the FBI if Patrovina is taken down. To accomplish this, he must go undercover and join Patrovina's gang.

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Harrold, Darren McGavin, Sam Wanamaker, Paul Shenar, Steven Hill, Louise Robey, Joe Regalbuto, Robert Davi, Ed Lauter ..
Directed by: John Irvin
Release date: 1986-06-06
18.

Psycho III

4.0
5.4/10 IMDB

Norman Bates is still running his little motel, and he has kept the dressed skeleton he calls 'mother'. One day a nosey journalist comes to see him to ask questions about his past.

Starring: Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahey, Roberta Maxwell, Hugh Gillin, Lee Garlington, Robert Alan Browne, Gary Bayer, Patience Cleveland, Juliette Cummins ..
Directed by: Anthony Perkins
Release date: 1986-04-02
19.

Iron Eagle

4.0
5.4/10 IMDB

When Doug's father, an Air Force Pilot, is shot down by MiGs belonging to a radical Middle Eastern state, no one seems able to get him out. Doug finds Chappy, an Air Force Colonel who is intrigued by the idea of sending in two fighters piloted by himself and Doug to rescue Doug's father after bombing the MiG base.

Starring: Louis Gossett Jr., Jason Gedrick, Tim Thomerson, Larry B. Scott, Shawnee Smith, Robbie Rist, Jerry Levine, David Suchet, Caroline Lagerfelt, Michael Bowen ..
Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
Release date: 1986-01-17
20.

Witchboard

3.8
5.6/10 IMDB

Playing around with a Ouija board, a trio of friends succeeds in contacting the spirit of a young boy. Trouble begins when the evil spirit, Malfeitor, takes over one of their bodies.

Starring: Stephen Nichols, Tawny Kitaen, Todd Allen, Kathleen Wilhoite, Burke Byrnes, James W. Quinn, Rose Marie, Judy Tatum, Gloria Hayes, J.P. Luebsen ..
Directed by: Kevin Tenney
Release date: 1986-12-31
21.

No Mercy

3.7
5.7/10 IMDB

An unconventional undercover Chicago cop and his partner are recruited to commit the murder of a New Orleans criminal kingpin.

Starring: Richard Gere, Kim Basinger, Jeroen Krabbé, George Dzundza, Gary Basaraba, William Atherton, Terry Kinney, Bruce McGill, Charles S. Dutton, Aleta Mitchell ..
Directed by: Richard Pearce
Release date: 1986-12-19
22.

TerrorVision

3.7
5.5/10 IMDB

A family's new satellite TV system starts receiving signals from another planet, and soon it becomes the passageway to an alien world.

Starring: Diane Franklin, Gerrit Graham, Mary Woronov, Chad Allen, Jon Gries, Bert Remsen, Alejandro Rey, Randi Brooks, Jennifer Richards, Sonny Carl Davis ..
Directed by: Ted Nicolaou
Release date: 1986-02-14
23.

The Deliberate Stranger

3.6
7.3/10 IMDB

Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a law student and where other girls disappear. It takes the cooperation of a number of police forces to work efficiently on this case. Soon, but not soon enough, the police eliminate endless possibilities and close in on him. Bundy is tried in the media and his good-boy attitude brings him sympathy but also the hatred of many

Starring: Mark Harmon, Frederic Forrest, George Grizzard, Ben Masters, Glynnis O'Connor, M. Emmet Walsh, John Ashton, Bonnie Bartlett, Billy Green Bush, Frederick Coffin ..
Directed by: Marvin J. Chomsky
Release date: 1986-05-04
24.

Defence of the Realm

3.6
6.5/10 IMDB

A reporter named Mullen 'stumbles' onto a story linking a prominent Member of Parliament to a KGB agent and a near-nuclear disaster involving a teenage runaway and a U.S. Air Force base. Has there been a Government cover-up? Mullen teams up with Vernon Bayliss, an old hack, and Nina Beckam, the MP's assistant, to find out the truth.

Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Greta Scacchi, Denholm Elliott, Ian Bannen, Fulton Mackay, Bill Paterson, David Calder, Frederick Treves, Robbie Coltrane, Steven Woodcock ..
Directed by: David Drury
Release date: 1986-09-06
Best Thriller Movies of 1986 : Sword of Gideon
25.

Sword of Gideon

3.5
7.1/10 IMDB

Chronicles a Mossad team hand picked to hunt down the terrorists involved in the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre of Israeli athletes.

Starring: Steven Bauer, Michael York, Rod Steiger, Colleen Dewhurst, Leslie Hope, Lino Ventura, Robert Joy, Laurent Malet, Peter Dvorsky, Cyrielle Clair ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1986-09-01
26.

Class of Nuke 'Em High

3.5
5.6/10 IMDB

The pupils at a high school next to a nuclear power plant start acting and looking strange after buying contaminated drugs from a plant worker.

Starring: Janelle Brady, Gil Brenton, Robert Prichard, Pat Ryan, James Nugent Vernon, Brad Dunker, Gary Schneider, Theo Kogan, Gary Rosenblatt, Mary Taylor ..
Directed by: Richard W. Haines, Lloyd Kaufman
Release date: 1986-12-12
27.

Troll

3.5
4.5/10 IMDB

When a family moves into a San Francisco apartment, an opportunistic troll decides to make his move and take possession of little Wendy (Jenny Beck), thereby paving the way for new troll recruits, the first in his army that will take eventual control of the planet. We soon discover Torok is the ex-husband of Eunice St. Clair, a resident in the building who was married to Torok.

Starring: Noah Hathaway, Michael Moriarty, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Shelley Hack, Jenny Beck, Sonny Bono, Phil Fondacaro, Brad Hall, Anne Lockhart, Gary Sandy ..
Directed by: John Carl Buechler
Release date: 1986-01-17
Best Thriller Movies of 1986 : Extremities
28.

Extremities

3.5
6.3/10 IMDB

A woman escapes from the man who is about to rape her, but leaves her purse behind. Afraid that her attacker might come after her, she goes to the police, but with no proof of the incident, they can do nothing. In fact, the man does use the information in her bag and comes to her apartment with the intent of rape, but she sprays him in the face with insect repellent, and then holds him captive. She is then faced with deciding whether to go to the police who might not believe her and release him, or to kill him.

Starring: Farrah Fawcett, James Russo, Alfre Woodard, Diana Scarwid, Sandy Martin, Eddie Velez, Tom Everett, Donna Lynn Leavy, Enid Kent, Michael Hennessy ..
Directed by: Robert M. Young
Release date: 1986-08-22
29.

52 Pick-Up

3.5
6.4/10 IMDB

Harry Mitchell is a successful Los Angeles manufacturer whose wife is running for city council. His life is turned upside down when three blackmailers confront him with a videotape of him with his young mistress and demand $100,000. Fearing that the story will hurt his wife's political campaign if he goes to the police, Harry pretends that he will pay the men, but does not follow through.

Starring: Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret, Vanity, John Glover, Robert Trebor, Lonny Chapman, Kelly Preston, Doug McClure, Clarence Williams III, Alex Henteloff ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1986-11-07
30.

The Manhattan Project

3.5
6.1/10 IMDB

Named after the World War II-era program, the plot revolves around a gifted high school student who decides to construct a nuclear bomb for a national science fair. The film's underlying theme involves the Cold War of the 1980s when government secrecy and mutually assured destruction were key political and military issues.

Starring: John Lithgow, Christopher Collet, Cynthia Nixon, Jill Eikenberry, John Mahoney, Richard Jenkins, Robert Sean Leonard, Steve Blum ..
Directed by: Marshall Brickman
Release date: 1986-06-13
31.

Link

3.4
5.9/10 IMDB

Young graduate student Jane Chase becomes the new assistant to an eccentric zoology professor at the remote home he shares with two brilliant chimpanzees and an elderly orangutan butler named Link. But when one of the chimps is found dead and the professor mysteriously disappears, Link becomes dangerously aggressive towards Jane. Now, the time for “monkey business” is over and the true terror is about to begin.

Starring: Elisabeth Shue, Terence Stamp, Steven Finch, Richard Garnett, David O'Hara, Kevin Lloyd, Kevin Lloyd, Joe Belcher, Geoffrey Beevers, Caroline John ..
Directed by: Richard Franklin
Release date: 1986-03-19
32.

Murphy's Law

3.4
5.9/10 IMDB

A tough police detective escapes from custody after being framed and arrested for the murder of his ex-wife, and must now find the real killer and prove his innocence.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Kathleen Wilhoite, Carrie Snodgress, Robert F. Lyons, Richard Romanus, Angel Tompkins, Bill Henderson, James Luisi, Clifford A. Pellow, Janet MacLachlan ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1986-04-18
33.

The Boys Next Door

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Roy and Bo leave their small town the weekend after graduation for a short road trip to LA. Soon, they find themselves lashing out and leaving a trail of bodies behind them. The violence escalates throughout.

Starring: Charlie Sheen, Patti D'Arbanville, Christopher McDonald, Maxwell Caulfield, Moon Unit Zappa, Hank Garrett, Paul C. Dancer, Blackie Dammett, Richard Pachorek, Lesa Lee ..
Directed by: Penelope Spheeris
Release date: 1986-03-14
Best Thriller Movies of 1986 : Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna
34.

Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna

3.3
6.7/10 IMDB

Story of Anna Anderson, who claimed to be Anastasia Romanov, the only surviving daughter of the Czar and Czarina of Russia.

Starring: Amy Irving, Olivia de Havilland, Rex Harrison, Omar Sharif, Susan Lucci, Elke Sommer, Claire Bloom, Nicolas Surovy, Edward Fox, Christian Bale ..
Directed by: Marvin J. Chomsky
Release date: 1986-12-07
35.

The Morning After

3.3
5.9/10 IMDB

Failed actress Alex Sternbergen wakes up hungover one morning in an apartment she does not recognize, unable to remember the previous evening -- and with a dead body in bed next to her. As she tries to piece together the events of the night, Alex cannot totally rely on friends or her estranged husband, Joaquin, for assistance. Only a single ally, loner ex-policeman Turner Kendall, can help her escape her predicament and find the true killer.

Starring: Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges, Raul Julia, Diane Salinger, Richard Foronjy, Geoffrey Scott, James 'Gypsy' Haake, Kathleen Wilhoite, Don Hood, Bruce Vilanch ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1986-12-25
36.

Combat Shock

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

A dangerously disturbed Vietnam veteran struggles with life 15 years after his return home, and slowly falls into insanity from his gritty urban lifestyle.

Starring: Rick Giovinazzo, Veronica Stork, Mitch Maglio, Asaph Livni, Nick Nasta, Michael Tierno, Rick Giovinazzo, Veronica Stork, Mitch Maglio, Asaph Livni ..
Directed by: Buddy Giovinazzo
Release date: 1986-05-01
37.

Dead Man's Folly

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

During a murder hunt game at a country house, to which Hercule Poirot is invited as an "expert", a real murder occurs.

Starring: Peter Ustinov, Jean Stapleton, Constance Cummings, Tim Pigott-Smith, Jonathan Cecil, Kenneth Cranham, Susan Wooldridge, Christopher Guard, Jeff Yagher, Nicollette Sheridan ..
Directed by: Clive Donner
Release date: 1986-01-08
38.

Heat

3.3
5.6/10 IMDB

Reynolds plays an ex-soldier-of-fortunish character in Vegas, taking "Chaperone" jobs, fighting with the mob, and trying to get enough money together to move to Venice, Italy.

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Karen Young, Peter MacNicol, Howard Hesseman, Neill Barry, Diana Scarwid, Joseph Mascolo, Alfie Wise, Deborah Rush, Wendell Burton ..
Directed by: Dick Richards
Release date: 1986-10-16
Best Thriller Movies of 1986 : Inside Out
39.

Inside Out

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

An agoraphobic must give up his sheltered life and venture outside after a series of personal and financial problems.

Starring: Elliott Gould, Howard Hesseman, Jennifer Tilly, Beah Richards, Dana Elcar, Timothy Scott, Sandy McPeak, Nicole Nourmand, John Bleifer, Robert Miranda ..
Directed by: Robert Taicher
Release date: 1986-11-01
Best Thriller Movies of 1986 : The Whistle Blower
40.

The Whistle Blower

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

A war veteran tries to investigate the murder of his son who was working as a Russian translator for the British intelligence service during the Cold War. He meets a web of deception and paranoia that seems impenetrable...

Starring: Michael Caine, James Fox, Nigel Havers, John Gielgud, Felicity Dean, Barry Foster, Gordon Jackson, Kenneth Colley, David Langton, Dinah Stabb ..
Directed by: Simon Langton
Release date: 1986-11-21
Best Thriller Movies of 1986 : The Murders in the Rue Morgue
41.

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

3.1
5.7/10 IMDB

A detective comes out of retirement to help his daughter's fiance prove that he did not commit a series of murders.

Starring: Val Kilmer, George C. Scott, Rebecca De Mornay, Maxence Mailfort, Neil Dickson, Ian McShane, Maud Rayer, Fernand Guiot, Patrick Floersheim, Roger Lumont ..
Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc
Release date: 1986-12-07
42.

Fair Game

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

A young woman running a wildlife sanctuary in the Australian outback is in for trouble when she is confronted by three kangaroo hunters. Bored with killing kangaroos, they decide to kill the animals in the sanctuary, and when they see how attractive the owner is, they decide to have a little "fun" with her, too. Turns out that they may get a bit more "fun" than they bargained for.

Starring: Cassandra Delaney, Peter Ford, David Sandford, Garry Who, Don Barker, Carmel Young, Adrian Shirley, Wayne Anthony, Peter Ford, Tony Clay ..
Directed by: Mario Andreacchio
Release date: 1986-07-24
Best Thriller Movies of 1986 : Under Siege
43.

Under Siege

3.1
7.0/10 IMDB

Terrorists launch an attack against the USA. Their first strike is by a suicide squad that detonates a truckload of explosives at an army base in Washington DC. FBI probes indicate that the attack is by Arab terrorists led by Iranians. Subsequent attacks are via airplanes exploded in mid-air, crowded restaurants, and an attack on a mall. Administration cabinet heads push the President to retaliate. The director of the FBI believes that there may be more to the story than the investigation has revealed and the Secretary of Defense is the only other person urging caution.

Starring: Peter Strauss, Mason Adams, Lew Ayres, George Grizzard, Hal Holbrook, E.G. Marshall, David Opatoshu, Thaao Penghlis, Stan Shaw, Beatrice Straight ..
Directed by: Roger Young
Release date: 1986-02-09
44.

Black Moon Rising

3.1
5.5/10 IMDB

An FBI free-lancer stashes a stolen Las Vegas-crime tape in a high-tech car stolen by someone else.

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Hamilton, Robert Vaughn, Richard Jaeckel, Lee Ving, Bubba Smith, Dan Shor, Keenan Wynn, Nick Cassavetes, William Sanderson ..
Directed by: Harley Cokeliss
Release date: 1986-01-10
Best Thriller Movies of 1986 : Out of Bounds
45.

Out of Bounds

3.1
5.3/10 IMDB

Farm boy Daryl Cage's parents ship him off to the big city to live with his brother, hoping he will have a better life there. After a baggage mixup at the airport, Daryl finds himself in possession of a drug cache, which a ruthless drug dealer wants back. The dealer murders Daryl's brother and the small town boy ends up all alone in the big city, being pursued by both the drug dealer and the police, who suspect him of the murder.

Starring: Anthony Michael Hall, Glynn Turman, Jenny Wright, Jeff Kober, Raymond J. Barry, Pepe Serna, Michele Little, Jerry Levine, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Kevin McCorkle ..
Directed by: Richard Tuggle
Release date: 1986-07-25
46.

The Brotherhood of Justice

3.0
5.4/10 IMDB

A group of high school students, led by a rich boy Derek, is sick of school violence and decides to become underground vigilantes named "Brotherhood of Justice". It starts with the idea "watching people", but things quickly get out of control. "Brotherhood of Justice" turns out another gang of violence. Derek wants to stop it but it is too late, so he takes responsibility for it and gives himself to the law.

Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Lori Loughlin, Joe Spano, Keanu Reeves, Darren Dalton, Evan Mirand, Don Michael Paul, Gary Riley, Billy Zane, Danny Nucci ..
Directed by: Charles Braverman
Release date: 1986-05-18
47.

Avenging Force

3.0
5.8/10 IMDB

Martial arts expert Matt Hunter was one of the most promising operatives in Army intelligence until his parents were killed by terrorists, and he retired to the family's farm in Louisiana to take care of his 12-year-old sister Sara and their grandfather Jimmy. Larry Richards, a black man running for the Senate, is one of Matt's best friends. Larry has become the target of The Pentangle, a racist organization led by a man named Glastenbury, and Glastenbury doesn't want Larry to be elected. In an attempt on Larry's life during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, The Pentangle kills one of Larry's sons. Matt lets Larry, his wife Daisy, and his other son move to the remotely located farm so they can hide from Glastenbury and the Pentangle, but the Pentangle strikes again, setting the farmhouse on fire. Matt and Sara escape as the only survivors. Then the Pentangle kidnaps Sara, sending Matt on a mission to rescue Sara from Glastenbury and the Pentangle

Starring: Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, William Wallace, John P. Ryan, James Booth, Karl Johnson, Marc Alaimo, Allison Gereighty, Loren Farmer, Sylvia Joseph ..
Directed by: Sam Firstenberg
Release date: 1986-09-13
48.

Dangerously Close

2.9
5.6/10 IMDB

Rebel without a cause or a clue at an elite but uptight college discovers some of his classmates have formed an even more elite clique more or less hell-bent on ridding the school, and quite possibly American society, of what they deem to be its undesirables because of ethnicity, politics, etc. Our hero recruits a teacher and some other "less desirable" classmates to undermine the elitists, and, naturally, things get quite violent.

Starring: John Edward Peck, John Stockwell, Carey Lowell, Bradford Bancroft, Don Michael Paul, Thom Mathews, Gerard Christopher, Madison Mason, Anthony De Longis, Carmen Argenziano ..
Directed by: Albert Pyun
Release date: 1986-05-09
49.

Crawlspace

2.8
5.3/10 IMDB

A man who runs an apartment house for women is the demented son of a Nazi surgeon who has the house equipped with secret passageways, hidden rooms and torture and murder devices.

Starring: Klaus Kinski, Talia Balsam, Barbara Whinnery, Carole Francis, Tane McClure, Sally Brown, Jack Heller, David Abbott, Kenneth Robert Shippy, Sherry Buchanan ..
Directed by: David Schmoeller
Release date: 1986-05-21
Best Thriller Movies of 1986 : Mark of Cain
50.

Mark of Cain

2.8
5.1/10 IMDB

A couple live in an old, isolated mansion. The husband's murderous, insane twin escapes from a lunatic asylum. The cops haul off the wrong twin and the wife is stuck with the killer.

Starring: Robin Ward, Wendy Crewson, Antony Parr, August Schellenberg, Deborah Grover, Cynthia Kereluk, Kate Parr, Gert Peckert, Douglas Richardson ..
Directed by: Bruce Pittman
Release date: 1986-09-24

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