Best War Movies of 1986



8.1/10 IMDB

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, Kevin Dillon, John C. McGinley, Reggie Johnson, Mark Moses, Corey Glover ..
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: 1986-12-19

When the Wind Blows

7.7/10 IMDB

With the help of government-issued pamphlets, an elderly British couple build a shelter and prepare for an impending nuclear attack, unaware that times and the nature of war have changed from their romantic memories of World War II.

Starring: Peggy Ashcroft, John Mills, Robin Houston, David Dundas, James Russell, David Dundas, Matt Irving, Bernard Montgomery, Harry S. Truman, Joseph Stalin ..
Directed by: Jimmy T. Murakami
Release date: 1986-10-24

Heartbreak Ridge

6.8/10 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

Iron Eagle

5.5/10 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
Best War Movies of 1986 : Shaka Zulu

Shaka Zulu

7.7/10 IMDB

Framed around Queen Victoria's decision on England's political stance towards the Zulu Nation, this mini-series details King Shaka's rise and fall with mythic detail. Prophecy is mixed with recorded fact regarding Shaka's birth, exile, innovations in warfare, assumption of the throne, building of the Zulu Empire, first contact with Europe and the events that lead to his downfall.

Release date: 1986-11-24

The Last Days of Patton

6.3/10 IMDB

As a result of General George S. Patton's (George C. Scott) decision to use former Nazis to help reconstruct post-World War II Germany (and publicly defending the practice), General Dwight Eisenhower (Richard Dysart) removes him from that task and reassigns him to supervise "an army of clerks" whose task is to write the official history of the U.S. military involvement in World War II. Shortly thereafter, on December 9, 1945 (a day before he was to transfer back to the United States), Patton is involved in an automobile accident that seriously injures his spinal column, paralyzing him. As he lies in his hospital bed, he flashes back to earlier pivotal moments in his life, including stories his father told him of his grandfather's service during the American Civil War which inspired him to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, his marriage to his wife Beatrice (Eva Marie Saint), and his championing of the use of tanks in the United States Army.

Starring: George C. Scott, Eva Marie Saint, Richard Dysart, Murray Hamilton, Ed Lauter, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Horst Janson, Daniel Benzali, Ron Berglas, Don Fellows ..
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1986-12-15

Combat Shock

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
Best War Movies of 1986 : War Without End

War Without End

5.0/10 IMDB

Rambosploitation madness from director Teddy Page.

Starring: Robert Mason, Jim Gaines, Jerry Bayron ..
Directed by: Teddy Chiu
Release date: 1986-01-01
Best War Movies of 1986 : Every Time We Say Goodbye

Every Time We Say Goodbye

5.8/10 IMDB

An American flyer who joined the RAF before his country was in the war is recovering from a leg injury in Jerusalem. Through an English friend he meets a quiet Jewish girl whose close-knit family originally came from Spain. The two are attracted to each other but she is convinced their diverse backgrounds mean it could never work.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Cristina Marsillach, Benedict Taylor, Anat Atzmon, Gila Almagor, Moni Moshonov, Orna Porat ..
Directed by: Moshé Mizrahi
Release date: 1986-11-14


5.6/10 IMDB

Unassuming catering salesmen Jim Ferguson falls through a time hole to 1917 where he saves the life of dashing Royal Flying Corps pilot James "Biggles" Bigglesworth after his photo recon mission is shot down. Before he can work out what has happened, Jim is zapped back to the 1980s......

Starring: Neil Dickson, Alex Hyde-White, Fiona Hutchison, Peter Cushing, Marcus Gilbert, William Hootkins, Alan Polonsky, Francesca Gonshaw, Michael Siberry, James Saxon ..
Directed by: John Hough
Release date: 1986-05-30
Best War Movies of 1986 : Houston: The Legend of Texas

Houston: The Legend of Texas

6.4/10 IMDB

Sam Elliot stars as Sam Houston, the visionary who nearly single-handedly forged the state of Texas into a powerful entity in its own right. Refusing to forget the Alamo (as if anyone could), Houston led the military in Texas' rebellion against Mexico. G.D. Spradlin co-stars as President Andrew Jackson, with Michael Beck appearing as Jim Bowie, James Stephens as Stephen Austin, and Richard Yniguez as Mexican General Santa Anna. Lensed on location in the Lone Star state, this sweeping made-for-TV film originally occupied three hours' screen time on November 22, 1986. Its title at that time was Houston: The Legend of Texas. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Starring: Sam Elliott, Claudia Christian, Devon Ericson, Michael C. Gwynne, Donald Moffat, John Quade, Ned Romero, William Russ, John P. Ryan, James Stephens ..
Directed by: Peter Levin
Release date: 1986-11-22
Best War Movies of 1986 : Amazing Stories

Amazing Stories

7.1/10 IMDB

A feature film edited from three episodes of Amazing Stories (1985): The Mission, Mummy Daddy and Go to the Head of the Class.

Starring: Kevin Costner, Christopher Lloyd, Casey Siemaszko, Kiefer Sutherland, J.J. Cohen, John Philbin, Gary Mauro, Glen Mauro, Terry Beaver, David Grant Hayward ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg, William Dear, Robert Zemeckis
Release date: 1986-07-10
Best War Movies of 1986 : Ricochets


8.1/10 IMDB

The story of a platoon of Israeli soldiers in Lebanon of 1986, shortly before Israeli withdrawal, and the dilemmas they face in having to fight against Lebanese guerilla in a hostile but civilian area.

Starring: Alon Aboutboul, Shaul Mizrahi, Roni Finkovitz, Boaz Ofri ..
Directed by: Eli Cohen
Release date: 1986-01-01

2nd War Hats

6.0/10 IMDB

Somewhere in a bombed city: transvestite heads show beautiful ladies hats. We see the latest fashion and hear cheerful music while the war continues.

Directed by: Henri Plaat
Release date: 1986-01-01
Best War Movies of 1986 : Women of Valor

Women of Valor

5.6/10 IMDB

A group of American Army nurses are captured by the Japanese in April 1942 and spend three years in a prisoner-of-war camp in Bataan. Lt Margaret Ann Jessup, the head army nurse, survives the camp and testifies against the Japanese in front of the United States Congressional subcommittee years later as a colonel.

Starring: Susan Sarandon, Kristy McNichol, Alberta Watson, Valerie Mahaffey, Terry O'Quinn, Suzanne Lederer, Neva Patterson, Jay Acovone, John Philbin ..
Directed by: Buzz Kulik
Release date: 1986-11-23
Best War Movies of 1986 : Black Fire

Black Fire

5.6/10 IMDB

After suffering a concussion from a grenade blast in Vietnam, Sgt. Frank Johnson has been getting flashes of his childhood in which strangely he is a ninja. Because of this, he is given a codename: "Black Fire" by the US Army. He is sent to San Sebastian together with his buddy Sgt. Jim Anderson to work as U.S. military advisers. One night, Sgt. Johnson discovers Capt. Salcedo of the local corrupt army is trying to transport arms.

Starring: Jim Gaines, Romano Kristoff, Tony Carreon, Chantal Mansfield, Ruel Vernal, Jerry Bailey, Dick Ilford ..
Directed by: Teddy Chiu
Release date: 1986-11-01
Best War Movies of 1986 : Sky Bandits

Sky Bandits

4.6/10 IMDB

A pair of old west cowboys become fighter pilots in World War I.

Starring: Scott McGinnis, Jeff Osterhage, Ronald Lacey, Miles Anderson, Valérie Steffen, Ingrid Held, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Keith Buckley, Nicholas Frankau, Conrad Asquith ..
Directed by: Zoran Perisic
Release date: 1986-10-31
Best War Movies of 1986 : Babylon


6.5/10 IMDB

Dark animation examining the thin line between human definitions of war and peace.

Starring: Tony Robinson ..
Directed by: Peter Lord, David Sproxton
Release date: 1986-05-04

P.O.W. The Escape

4.9/10 IMDB

Col. Carradine leads a group of American P.O.W.s, battling their way to freedom as Saigon falls to the Viet Cong.

Starring: David Carradine, Steve James, Mako, Charles R. Floyd, Phil Brock, Daniel Demorest, Tony Pierce, Steve Freedman, James Acheson, Rudy Daniels ..
Directed by: Gideon Amir
Release date: 1986-04-01
Best War Movies of 1986 : Field of Honor

Field of Honor

5.3/10 IMDB

Korea 1951: After a Chinese attack Dutch mercenary sergeant De Koning is left alone by his army. While trying to survive, he meets a woman who is attempting to save her little brother. The image of the boy in shock changes him.

Starring: Everett McGill, Ron Brandsteder, Bart Römer, Anis de Jong ..
Directed by: Dae-hie Kim, Hans Scheepmaker
Release date: 1986-09-26
Best War Movies of 1986 : Death of a Soldier

Death of a Soldier

5.7/10 IMDB

Based on a true story, James Coburn portrays a military lawyer assigned to defend a confessed psychotic killer. Set in the context of WWII and the uneasy US-Australian military alliance. The accused killer claims to have killed 3 women in order to possess their voices. Despite the defense lawyer's concerns that the killer is not fit to stand trial, the US military presses forward with the case and its desire to have the killer executed in order to strengthen the shaky alliance.

Starring: James Coburn, Bill Hunter, Reb Brown, Maurie Fields, Max Fairchild, Belinda Davey, Randall Berger, Michael Pate, Jon Sidney, Nell Johnson ..
Directed by: Philippe Mora
Release date: 1986-05-16
Best War Movies of 1986 : Soldier's Revenge

Soldier's Revenge

3.8/10 IMDB

Frank Morgan risked his life for his country in the Vietnam War, but when he came home, no hero's welcome awaited him; instead he was branded a traitor. Nonetheless, he's about to make one more trip into hell to save the woman he loves and preserve her war-torn country.

Starring: John Savage, María Socas, Edgardo Moreira, Frank Cane, Paul Lambert, Sebastian Larretta, John Findlater, Edward Jordan, Jorge Velurtas, Jacques Arndt ..
Directed by: David Worth
Release date: 1986-12-11

Ordinary Heroes

7.6/10 IMDB

This is about a man falling in love with a girl and then immediately gets drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War. In the war he becomes blind and gets discharged.

Starring: Richard Dean Anderson, Valerie Bertinelli, Jesse D. Goins ..
Directed by: Will Mackenzie
Release date: 1986-05-17
Best War Movies of 1986 : Wild Force

Wild Force

4.3/10 IMDB

Philippines War Movie

Starring: Roy Flores, Mike Cohen, Barbara Peers, Robert Talby, Danny Riel, Ben Morro ..
Directed by: Francis Posodas
Release date: 1986-12-01


0.0/10 IMDB

Filipinos goes to war!

Starring: Marilou Bendigo, Pia Moran, Pugak, Redford White ..
Directed by: Angel Labra
Release date: 1986-08-27

Also check Best war movies of 1987.

Check out our top containing the Best War Movies of 1986 - This top was obtained with our unique algorithm ordered by our unique ranking system.