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The Best Movies of 1986 

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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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Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn
Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by his then-wife Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael ...more

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Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones
Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller, who skips school and spends the day in ...more

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#24 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #11 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Timefeaturing Behind The Scenes Of The Famous Parade Scene In 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'

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Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack
Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming of age comedy-drama adventure film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell. Based on the novella ...more

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#234 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #19 of 348 The Best Movies Based On Booksfeaturing Behind-The-Scenes Stories From 'Stand By Me' That Prove The Film Shaped The Child Actors

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Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer
Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was written by Jim ...more

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#2,743 of 3,637 The Greatest Albums of All-Timefeaturing Everything You Don't Know About The Making Of 'Top Gun'listed on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe
Platoon is a 1986 American war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen. It is the first film of a trilogy of Vietnam War films by ...more

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#28 of 93 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picturefeaturing The Most Memorable Quotes From 'Platoon'listed on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Reginald VelJohnson
Crocodile Dundee is a 1986 Australian comedy film set in the Australian Outback and in New York City. It stars Paul Hogan as the weathered Mick Dundee. Hogan's future wife Linda Kozlowski ...more

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#104 of 1,007 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #148 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, John Carpenter
Big Trouble in Little China is a 1986 American action film directed by John Carpenter, and starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun and James Hong. The film was released in the United ...more

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#211 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #224 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #190 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey
Hoosiers is a 1986 sports film written by Angelo Pizzo and directed by David Anspaugh. It tells the story of a small-town Indiana high school basketball team that wins the state championship. It ...more

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#645 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #169 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys

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Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg
The Fly is a 1986 American science fiction horror film directed and co-written by David Cronenberg. Produced by Brooksfilms and distributed by 20th Century Fox, the film stars Jeff Goldblum, ...more

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#41 of 796 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #59 of 157 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Againlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, Michael Hayes
Highlander is a 1986 British-American cult fantasy film directed by Russell Mulcahy and based on a story by Gregory Widen. It stars Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, and Roxanne ...more

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#167 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys #111 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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Robert Downey Jr., Rodney Dangerfield, Sam Kinison
Back to School is a 1986 comedy film starring Rodney Dangerfield, Keith Gordon, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, Terry Farrell, William Zabka, Ned Beatty, Sam Kinison, and Robert Downey, Jr. It was ...more

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#1,038 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #134 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #229 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

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Tom Cruise, Paul Newman, Martin Scorsese
The Color of Money is a 1986 drama film directed by Martin Scorsese from a screenplay by Richard Price, based on the 1984 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis. The film stars Paul Newman and ...more

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Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Phil Hartman
¡Three Amigos! is a 1986 American comedy film directed by John Landis and written by Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, and Randy Newman. The plot is loosely based on Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film ...more

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Blue Velvet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern
Blue Velvet is a 1986 American mystery thriller flm, written and directed by David Lynch. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper and Laura Dern. The title is taken ...more

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Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Tamlyn Tomita
The Karate Kid, Part II is a 1986 American martial arts film. A sequel to 1984's The Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita reprise their respective roles as young karate student Daniel ...more

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#946 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #60 of 179 The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made

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James Spader, Gina Gershon, Molly Ringwald
Pretty in Pink is a 1986 American romantic comedy-drama film about love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. It is one of John Hughes' films starring Molly Ringwald, and is ...more

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#23 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #24 of 324 Movies with the Best Soundtracks

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Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy, Austin Pendleton
Short Circuit is a 1986 American comic science fiction film directed by John Badham, and written by S. S. Wilson and Brent Maddock. The film's plot centers upon an experimental military robot ...more

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#342 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #350 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #350 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz
Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American musical adventure fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, executive produced by George Lucas and based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud. The film stars ...more

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#68 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #145 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Timefeaturing Get Lost In The Best Quotes From 'Labyrinth'

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Bill Murray, Steve Martin, John Candy
Little Shop of Horrors is a 1986 American rock musical horror comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It is a film adaptation of the off-Broadway musical comedy of the same name by composer Alan ...more

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#32 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #51 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Timefeaturing Every Song in Little Shop of Horrors, Ranked by Singability

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An American Tail is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise
An American Tail is a 1986 American animated musical adventure film directed by Don Bluth and produced by Sullivan Bluth Studios and Amblin Entertainment. The film tells the story of Fievel ...more

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#107 of 217 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #137 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a 1986 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the fourth feature film based on Star Trek, and is a sequel to Star Trek III: The ...more

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#240 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #130 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #78 of 324 Movies with the Best Soundtracks

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Tom Hanks, Shelley Long, Joe Mantegna
The Money Pit is a 1986 American comedy film directed by Richard Benjamin starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as a couple who attempt to renovate a recently purchased house. It was filmed in New ...more

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#146 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #73 of 625 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright
Flight of the Navigator is a 1986 comic science fiction film directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Mark H. Baker and Michael Burton, about David Freeman, a 12-year-old boy who is taken by an ...more

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#41 of 140 The Best Disney Live-Action Movies #15 of 99 The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies

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Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason
Heartbreak Ridge is a 1986 American film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the film. The film also co-stars Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason, and Everett McGill. The ...more

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#119 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys #161 of 439 The Funniest '80s Movies

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Demi Moore, John Cusack, Jeremy Piven
One Crazy Summer is a 1986 romantic comedy film written and directed by Savage Steve Holland, and starring John Cusack, Demi Moore, Bobcat Goldthwait, Curtis Armstrong, and Joel Murray. The ...more

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