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List Rules Movies released in 1986 only.

A list of the best movies of 1986. The '80s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters and 1986 was no exception. Some the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies and dramas in history. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years aft they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on here. As stated before, some of the best comedies of the decade were released in 1986. Who could forget Ferris Bueller's Day Off with Matthew Broderick, Back to School with Rodney Dangerfield, and of course, Three Amigos with Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short. Dramas from that year were gripping and tense, which are signs of a great enduring movie. Examples from this year include Platoon and Hoosiers.

The best movies of 1986 featured some of the biggest stars in the movie business. Whether it was the aforementioned stars continuing their success or the up-and-comers featured in Stand By Me or Jennifer Connelly in the cult classic Labrynth, which featured both an appearance and a soundtrack by David Bowie.

Some of the best movies of all time were released in 1986. This is the ultimate list of the best movies of 1986. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the best movies of that year should be reflected. If you notice that there's a movie from this year that should be on this list but is missing, feel free to add it.
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Stand by Me Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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Platoon Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

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Top Gun Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

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Crocodile Dundee Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Reginald VelJohnson

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Aliens Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

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The Fly Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

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Hoosiers Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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The Color of Money Tom Cruise, Paul Newman, Martin Scorsese

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Highlander Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, Michael Hayes

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The Name of the Rose Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman

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Back to School Robert Downey Jr., Rodney Dangerfield, Sam Kinison

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The Money Pit Tom Hanks, Shelley Long, Joe Mantegna

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Big Trouble in Little China Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, John Carpenter

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Pretty in Pink James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald

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Labyrinth Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz

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The Karate Kid, Part II Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Tamlyn Tomita

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Blue Velvet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
Blue Velvet Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

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¡Three Amigos! Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Phil Hartman

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Children of a Lesser God William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie

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Short Circuit Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy, Austin Pendleton

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A Room with a View is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
A Room with a View Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench

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An American Tail is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
An American Tail Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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River's Edge Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Crispin Glover

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About Last Night Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Megan Mullally

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Little Shop of Horrors Bill Murray, Steve Martin, John Candy

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Cobra Sylvester Stallone, Ron Jeremy, Brigitte Nielsen

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Sid and Nancy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
Sid and Nancy Courtney Love, Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke

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Running Scared Billy Crystal, Jimmy Smits, Gregory Hines

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The Mission is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
The Mission Robert De Niro, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons

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Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives Corey Feldman, Tony Goldwyn, Ron Palillo

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Flight of the Navigator Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright

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Police Academy 3: Back in Training Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, Bobcat Goldthwait

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Gung Ho Michael Keaton, John Turturro, Clint Howard

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9½ Weeks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
9½ Weeks Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Christine Baranski

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At Close Range is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
At Close Range Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Kiefer Sutherland

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F/X Angela Bassett, Brian Dennehy, Jerry Orbach

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One Crazy Summer Demi Moore, John Cusack, Jeremy Piven

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The Great Mouse Detective is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
The Great Mouse Detective Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Frank Welker

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Lucas Charlie Sheen, Winona Ryder, Corey Haim

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The Golden Child Eddie Murphy, Charles Dance, Frank Welker

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Maximum Overdrive Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Emilio Estevez

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Poltergeist II: The Other Side Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke

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Heartbreak Ridge Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason

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Armed and Dangerous Meg Ryan, John Candy, Eugene Levy

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Something Wild is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
Something Wild Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta, Jeff Daniels

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The Manhattan Project John Lithgow, Cynthia Nixon, Richard Jenkins

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The Hitcher is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
The Hitcher Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell

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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Ki... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Tracy Arnold