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The Best Movies of 1986

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List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 1986.

A list of the best movies of 1986. The '80s were a decade where Hollywood thrived with new stars and big blockbusters and 1986 was no exception. Some of the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies,  horror films, 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 after they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on here. As stated before, some of the best comedy movies 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 made in 1986. This is the ultimate list with more than 100 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.

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  • Aliens1
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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off2
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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • Top Gun3
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    Top Gun

    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • Stand by Me4
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    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • Platoon5
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    Platoon

    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen

    Directed byOliver Stone

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  • Big Trouble in Little China6
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    Big Trouble in Little China

    Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

  • Crocodile Dundee7
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    Crocodile Dundee

    Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski

    Directed byPeter Faiman

  • Labyrinth8
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    Labyrinth

    Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie

    Directed byJim Henson

  • ¡Three Amigos!9
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    ¡Three Amigos!

    Chevy Chase, Steve Martin

    Directed byJohn Landis

  • Little Shop of Horrors10
    131
    70

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    Bill Murray, Steve Martin

    Directed byFrank Oz

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    69

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    Robert Downey Jr., Rodney Dangerfield

    Directed byAlan Metter

  • Highlander12
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    Sean Connery, Clancy Brown

    Directed byRussell Mulcahy

  • Hoosiers13
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    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

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  • Heartbreak Ridge14
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    Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • One Crazy Summer15
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    Demi Moore, John Cusack

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  • Pretty in Pink16
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    James Spader, Gina Gershon

    Directed byHoward Deutch

  • An American Tail17
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    An American Tail

    Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn

    Directed byDon Bluth

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    The Karate Kid, Part II

    Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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    The Fly

    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

  • Short Circuit20
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    Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy

    Directed byJohn Badham

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    Tom Hanks, Shelley Long

    Directed byRichard Benjamin

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  • The Hitcher22
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    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer

    Directed byRobert Harmon

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  • Blue Velvet23
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    Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper

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  • Cobra24
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    Sylvester Stallone, Ron Jeremy

    Directed byGeorge P. Cosmatos

  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home25
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    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

    Directed byLeonard Nimoy

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