Best Thriller 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.

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: 1986-09-19
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
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
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

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