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The Best Movies of 1986

Updated September 4, 2020 10.8k votes 749 voters 22.8k views112 items

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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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    Top Gun is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    Top Gun

    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • 4
    Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    Platoon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    Platoon

    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    Big Trouble in Little China is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    Big Trouble in Little China

    Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Crocodile Dundee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    Crocodile Dundee

    Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski

    Directed byPeter Faiman

  • 8
    Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    Labyrinth

    Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie

    Directed byJim Henson

  • 9
    ¡Three Amigos! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    ¡Three Amigos!

    Chevy Chase, Steve Martin

    Directed byJohn Landis

  • 10
    Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    Little Shop of Horrors

    Bill Murray, Steve Martin

    Directed byFrank Oz

  • 11
    Hoosiers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    Hoosiers

    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

  • 12
    Back to School is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    Back to School

    Robert Downey Jr., Rodney Dangerfield

    Directed byAlan Metter

  • 13
    Highlander is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    Highlander

    Sean Connery, Clancy Brown

    Directed byRussell Mulcahy

  • 14
    One Crazy Summer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    One Crazy Summer

    Demi Moore, John Cusack

    Directed bySavage Steve Holland

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    An American Tail is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    An American Tail

    Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn

    Directed byDon Bluth

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  • 16
    Heartbreak Ridge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    Heartbreak Ridge

    Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    Pretty in Pink is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    Pretty in Pink

    James Spader, Gina Gershon

    Directed byHoward Deutch

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  • 18
    The Fly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    The Fly

    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

  • 19
    The Money Pit is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    The Money Pit

    Tom Hanks, Shelley Long

    Directed byRichard Benjamin

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    The Karate Kid, Part II is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    The Karate Kid, Part II

    Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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    The Hitcher is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    The Hitcher

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer

    Directed byRobert Harmon

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  • 22
    Blue Velvet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    Blue Velvet

    Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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  • 23
    Cobra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    Cobra

    Sylvester Stallone, Ron Jeremy

    Directed byGeorge P. Cosmatos

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  • 24
    Short Circuit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    Short Circuit

    Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy

    Directed byJohn Badham

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    Police Academy 3: Back in Trai is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1986
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    Police Academy 3: Back in Training

    Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith

    Directed byJerry Paris

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