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Movies: Popular Movies of 1986

Movies in chronological context: 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1986th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 986th year of the 2nd millennium, the 86th year of the 20th century, and the 7th year of the 1980s decade. The year 1986 was designated as the International Year of Peace by the United Nations. ()

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Aliens(1986)

4.0/5 (with 3,284 votes)

When Ripley's lifepod is found by a salvage crew over 50 years later, she finds that terra-formers are on the very planet they found the alien species. When the company sends a family of colonists out to investigate her story—all contact is lost with the planet and colonists. They enlist Ripley and the colonial marines to return and search for answers.

Top Gun(1986)

PG
| 1h 50min | Action, Drama
3.5/5 (with 2,235 votes)

For Lieutenant Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell and his friend and co-pilot Nick 'Goose' Bradshaw, being accepted into an elite training school for fighter pilots is a dream come true. But a tragedy, as well as personal demons, will threaten Pete's dreams of becoming an ace pilot.

Directed by Tony Scott - With Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, ...

Stand by Me(1986)

R
| 1h 29min | Crime, Drama
4.0/5 (with 1,946 votes)

Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern are four friends who decide to hike to find the corpse of Ray Brower, a local teenager, who was hit by a train while plucking blueberries in the wild.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off(1986)

PG-13
| 1h 43min | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 1,664 votes)

After high school slacker Ferris Bueller successfully fakes an illness in order to skip school for the day, he goes on a series of adventures throughout Chicago with his girlfriend Sloane and best friend Cameron, all the while trying to outwit his wily school principal and fed-up sister.

Directed by John Hughes - With Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey, Jeffrey Jones, Edie McClurg, ...

Platoon(1986)

R
| 2h | Drama, War, Action
3.9/5 (with 1,490 votes)

As a young and naive recruit in Vietnam, Chris Taylor faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Directed by Oliver Stone - With Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen, Kevin Dillon, John C. McGinley, Keith David, ...

The Fly(1986)

R
| 1h 36min | Horror, Science Fiction
3.7/5 (with 1,357 votes)

When Seth Brundle makes a huge scientific and technological breakthrough in teleportation, he decides to test it on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a common housefly manages to get inside the device and the two become one.

Directed by David Cronenberg - With Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, George Chuvalo, David Cronenberg

Castle in the Sky(1986)

4.0/5 (with 1,312 votes)

A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Blue Velvet(1986)

3.9/5 (with 1,032 votes)

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.

Directed by David Lynch - With Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, Hope Lange, Dean Stockwell, ...

The Name of the Rose(1986)

R
| 2h 10min | Drama, Thriller, Mystery
3.7/5 (with 1,010 votes)

14th-century Franciscan monk William of Baskerville and his young novice arrive at a conference to find that several monks have been murdered under mysterious circumstances. To solve the crimes, William must rise up against the Church's authority and fight the shadowy conspiracy of monastery monks using only his intelligence – which is considerable.

Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud - With Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham, Christian Slater, Feodor Chaliapin, Michael Lonsdale, Elya Baskin, ...

Big Trouble in Little China(1986)

PG-13
| 1h 39min | Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
3.6/5 (with 915 votes)

When trucker Jack Burton agreed to take his friend, Wang Chi, to pick up his fiancee at the airport, he never expected to get involved in a supernatural battle between good and evil. Wang's fiancee has emerald green eyes, which make her a perfect target for immortal sorcerer Lo Pan and his three invincible cronies. Lo Pan must marry a girl with green eyes so he can regain his physical form.

Directed by John Carpenter - With Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong, Peter Kwong, ...

Highlander(1986)

R
| 1h 56min | Adventure, Action, Fantasy
3.5/5 (with 819 votes)

He fought his first battle on the Scottish Highlands in 1536. He will fight his greatest battle on the streets of New York City in 1986. His name is Connor MacLeod. He is immortal.

Directed by Russell Mulcahy - With Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, Roxanne Hart, Alan North, Jon Polito, James Cosmo, ...

Labyrinth(1986)

PG
| 1h 42min | Adventure, Kids & Family, Fantasy
3.7/5 (with 771 votes)

When teen Sarah is forced to babysit Toby, her baby stepbrother, she summons Jareth the Goblin King to take him away. When he is actually kidnapped, Sarah is given just thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue him.

Directed by Jim Henson - With David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Shelley Thompson, Warwick Davis, Frank Oz, Brian Froud, ...
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The Karate Kid Part II(1986)

3.1/5 (with 662 votes)

Mr. Miyagi and Daniel take a trip to Okinawa to visit Mr. Miyagi's dying father. After arriving Mr. Miyagi finds he still has feelings for an old love. This stirs up trouble with an old rival who he originally left Okinawa to avoid. In the mean time, Daniel encounters a new love and also makes some enemies.

Crocodile Dundee(1986)

PG-13
| 1h 37min | Adventure, Comedy
3.2/5 (with 617 votes)

When a New York reporter plucks crocodile hunter Dundee from the Australian Outback for a visit to the Big Apple, it's a clash of cultures and a recipe for good-natured comedy as naïve Dundee negotiates the concrete jungle. Dundee proves that his instincts are quite useful in the city and adeptly handles everything from wily muggers to high-society snoots without breaking a sweat.

Directed by Peter Faiman, Paul Hogan - With Linda Kozlowski, Paul Hogan, Mark Blum, David Gulpilil, John Meillon, Reginald VelJohnson, ...

The Great Mouse Detective(1986)

3.5/5 (with 551 votes)

When the diabolical Professor Ratigan kidnaps London's master toymaker, the brilliant master of disguise Basil of Baker Street and his trusted sidekick Dawson try to elude the ultimate trap and foil the perfect crime.

Cobra(1986)

R
| 1h 27min | Action, Crime, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 546 votes)

A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans.

Directed by George P. Cosmatos - With Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Reni Santoni, Andrew Robinson, Brian Thompson, Art LaFleur, ...

Short Circuit(1986)

3.3/5 (with 505 votes)

After a lightning bolt zaps a robot named Number 5, the lovable machine starts to think he's human and escapes the lab. Hot on his trail is his designer, Newton, who hopes to get to Number 5 before the military does. In the meantime, a spunky animal lover mistakes the robot for an alien and takes him in, teaching her new guest about life on Earth.

Directed by John Badham - With Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton, G. W. Bailey, Brian McNamara, ...

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home(1986)

PG
| 1h 59min | Science Fiction, Adventure
3.6/5 (with 476 votes)

Fugitives of the Federation for their daring rescue of Spock from the doomed Genesis Planet, Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) and his crew begin their journey home to face justice for their actions. But as they near Earth, they find it at the mercy of a mysterious alien presence whose signals are slowly destroying the planet. In a desperate attempt to answer the call of the probe, Kirk and his crew race back to the late twentieth century. However they soon find the world they once knew to be more alien than anything they've encountered in the far reaches of the galaxy!

Directed by Leonard Nimoy - With William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, ...

An American Tail(1986)

3.4/5 (with 471 votes)

A young mouse named Fievel and his family decide to migrate to America, a "land without cats," at the turn of the 20th century. But somehow, Fievel ends up in the New World alone and must fend off not only the felines he never thought he'd have to deal with again but also the loneliness of being away from home.

Directed by Don Bluth

Little Shop of Horrors(1986)

PG-13
| 1h 34min | Horror, Comedy
3.5/5 (with 468 votes)

Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik's, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily. One day Seymour finds a very mysterious unidentified plant which he calls Audrey II. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper.

Directed by Frank Oz - With Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, Jim Belushi, John Candy, ...

The Mission(1986)

PG
| 2h 6min | Adventure, Drama, Action, History
3.7/5 (with 436 votes)

When a Spanish Jesuit goes into the South American wilderness to build a mission in the hope of converting the Indians of the region, a slave hunter is converted and joins his mission. When Spain sells the colony to Portugal, they are forced to defend all they have built against the Portugese aggressors.

The Color of Money(1986)

R
| 1h 59min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 414 votes)

Former pool hustler "Fast Eddie" Felson decides he wants to return to the game by taking a pupil. He meets talented but green Vincent Lauria and proposes a partnership. As they tour pool halls, Eddie teaches Vincent the tricks of scamming, but he eventually grows frustrated with Vincent's showboat antics, leading to an argument and a falling-out. Eddie takes up playing again and soon crosses paths with Vincent as an opponent.

Directed by Martin Scorsese - With Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver, John Turturro, Bill Cobbs, ...

Police Academy 3: Back in Training(1986)

PG
| 1h 24min | Comedy, Crime
2.9/5 (with 384 votes)

When police funding is cut, the Governor announces he must close one of the academies. To make it fair, the two police academies must compete against each other to stay in operation. Mauser persuades two officers in Lassard's academy to better his odds, but things don't quite turn out as expected...

Directed by Jerry Paris - With Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, David Graf, Michael Winslow, Marion Ramsey, Leslie Easterbrook, ...

Manhunter(1986)

R
| 2h 2min | Crime, Horror, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 381 votes)

FBI Agent Will Graham, who retired after catching Hannibal Lecktor, returns to duty to engage in a risky cat-and-mouse game with Lecktor to capture a new killer.

Directed by Michael Mann - With William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, Dennis Farina, Stephen Lang, ...

Pretty in Pink(1986)

PG-13
| 1h 37min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 378 votes)

Andie is an outcast, hanging out either with her older boss, who owns the record store where she works, or her quirky high school classmate Duckie, who has a crush on her. When one of the rich and popular kids at school, Blane, asks Andie out, it seems too good to be true. As Andie starts falling for Blane, she begins to realize that dating someone from a different social sphere is not easy.

Directed by Howard Deutch - With Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton, Annie Potts, James Spader, ...

The Money Pit(1986)

PG
| 1h 31min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 360 votes)

After being evicted from their Manhattan apartment, a couple buy what looks like the home of their dreams—only to find themselves saddled with a bank-account-draining nightmare. Struggling to keep their relationship together as their rambling mansion falls to pieces around them, the two watch in hilarious horror as everything—including the kitchen sink—disappears into the Money Pit.

Directed by Richard Benjamin - With Tom Hanks, Shelley Long, Alexander Godunov, Maureen Stapleton, Joe Mantegna, Tetchie Agbayani, ...

The Golden Child(1986)

PG-13
| 1h 34min | Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery
2.9/5 (with 352 votes)

After a Tibetan boy, the mystical Golden Child, is kidnapped by the evil Sardo Numspa, humankind's fate hangs in the balance. On the other side of the world in Los Angeles, the priestess Kee Nang seeks the Chosen One, who will save the boy from death. When Nang sees social worker Chandler Jarrell on television discussing his ability to find missing children, she solicits his expertise, despite his skepticism over being "chosen.".

Directed by Michael Ritchie - With Eddie Murphy, Charles Dance, Charlotte Lewis, Victor Wong, James Hong, Peter Kwong, ...

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives(1986)

R
| 1h 26min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 334 votes)

Determined to finish off the infamous killer Jason Voorhees once and for all, Tommy Jarvis and a friend exhume Jason’s corpse in order to cremate him. Things go awry when Jason is instead resurrected, sparking a new chain of ruthlessly brutal murders. Now it’s up to Tommy to stop the dark, devious and demented deaths that he unwittingly brought about.

Directed by Tom McLoughlin - With Tony Goldwyn, Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen, Renée Jones, Kerry Noonan, ...

Howard the Duck(1986)

PG
| 1h 50min | Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction
2.7/5 (with 323 votes)

A scientific experiment unknowingly brings extraterrestrial life forms to the Earth through a laser beam. First is the cigar smoking drake Howard from the duck's planet. A few kids try to keep him from the greedy scientists and help him back to his planet. But then a much less friendly being arrives through the beam...

Directed by Willard Huyck - With Tim Robbins, Jeffrey Jones, David Paymer, Paul Guilfoyle, Richard Edson, Paul Comi, ...

Hannah and Her Sisters(1986)

PG-13
| 1h 47min | Comedy, Drama
3.8/5 (with 319 votes)

Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.

Directed by Woody Allen - With Michael Caine, Mia Farrow, Carrie Fisher, Barbara Hershey, Lloyd Nolan, Maureen O'Sullivan, ...
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