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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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  • 1
    Aliens
    274
    84

    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 2
    Top Gun
    262
    101

    Top Gun

    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan

    Directed byTony Scott

  • 3
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    261
    99

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • 4
    Stand by Me
    236
    111

    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Directed byRob Reiner

  • 5
    Platoon
    221
    108

    Platoon

    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen

    Directed byOliver Stone

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  • 6
    Big Trouble in Little China
    196
    80

    Big Trouble in Little China

    Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

  • 7
    Crocodile Dundee
    190
    92

    Crocodile Dundee

    Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski

    Directed byPeter Faiman

  • 8
    Labyrinth
    161
    65

    Labyrinth

    Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie

    Directed byJim Henson

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  • 9
    ¡Three Amigos!
    161
    85

    ¡Three Amigos!

    Chevy Chase, Steve Martin

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • 10
    Little Shop of Horrors
    126
    70

    Little Shop of Horrors

    Bill Murray, Steve Martin

    Directed byFrank Oz

  • 11
    Highlander
    154
    83

    Highlander

    Sean Connery, Clancy Brown

    Directed byRussell Mulcahy

  • 12
    Back to School
    152
    67

    Back to School

    Robert Downey Jr., Rodney Dangerfield

    Directed byAlan Metter

  • 13
    Hoosiers
    155
    86

    Hoosiers

    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

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  • 14
    One Crazy Summer
    106
    53

    One Crazy Summer

    Demi Moore, John Cusack

    Directed bySavage Steve Holland

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  • 15
    An American Tail
    94
    59

    An American Tail

    Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn

    Directed byDon Bluth

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  • 16
    The Fly
    128
    86

    The Fly

    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

  • 17
    Heartbreak Ridge
    81
    44

    Heartbreak Ridge

    Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • 18
    Pretty in Pink
    129
    76

    Pretty in Pink

    James Spader, Gina Gershon

    Directed byHoward Deutch

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  • 19
    The Money Pit
    133
    72

    The Money Pit

    Tom Hanks, Shelley Long

    Directed byRichard Benjamin

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  • 20
    The Karate Kid, Part II
    111
    74

    The Karate Kid, Part II

    Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

  • 21
    The Hitcher
    86
    43

    The Hitcher

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer

    Directed byRobert Harmon

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  • 22
    Short Circuit
    99
    69

    Short Circuit

    Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy

    Directed byJohn Badham

  • 23
    Cobra
    105
    63

    Cobra

    Sylvester Stallone, Ron Jeremy

    Directed byGeorge P. Cosmatos

  • 24
    Blue Velvet
    86
    59

    Blue Velvet

    Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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  • 25
    Police Academy 3: Back in Training
    85
    58

    Police Academy 3: Back in Training

    Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith

    Directed byJerry Paris