Best Movies of 1986

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Best Movies of 1986
Best Movies of 1986
TOP Movies: Aliens (1986), The Fly (1986), Platoon (1986), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Stand by Me (1986), Top Gun (1986), Blue Velvet (1986), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), The Mission (1986), The Color of Money (1986), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), The Hitcher (1986), An American Tail (1986), Children of a Lesser God (1986), Highlander (1986), Little Shop of Horrors (1986), The Karate Kid Part II (1986), Down by Law (1986), The Great Mouse Detective (1986).

List of Best Movies

 8.3
 666K
Aliens (1986)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, exciting, serious, frightening ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien, space travel, space and aliens, space colony, deadly creature, strong female character, outer space, evil alien, survival, human versus alien, female warrior, space marine ...
Time: future, 22nd century
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 7.6
 164K
The Fly (1986)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: 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.
Style: scary, atmospheric, suspense, psychological, rough ...
Plot: science, scientist, experiment, mutant, mad scientist, tragic love, mutation, nightmare, experiment gone awry, deadly creature, research, teleportation ...
Time: 80s
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 8.1
 389K
Platoon (1986)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: 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.
Style: realistic, rough, disturbing, thought provoking, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, battles, battlefield, military, combat, war crime, jungle warfare, anti war, military life, jungle, squad ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1967, year 1968, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, southeast asia
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Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: 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.
Style: talky, humorous, witty, sentimental, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: thanksgiving, artist, infidelity, audition, family relations, hypochondriac, family problems, couples, romance, human nature, introspection, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
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 8.1
 372K
Stand by Me (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.
Style: sentimental, serious, touching, emotional, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: coming of age, childhood, friendship, adventure, youth, coming-of-age, teenager, loyalty, innocence, young kid, friends, young heroes ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1959, 80s
Place: oregon, usa, normandy
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 6.9
 304K
Top Gun (1986)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: 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. A tragedy, as well as personal demons, threaten ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: fighter pilot, officers and cadets, airplane, navy, u.s. navy, pilot, cold war, motorcycle, fall in love, love and romance, military, buddies ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 7.7
 185K
Blue Velvet (1986)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: 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.
Style: neo noir, surreal, dark, cult film, post modern ...
Plot: surrealism, mystery, sexual perversion, small town, hallucination, investigation, amateur detective, postmodernism, strong sexual content, woman in danger, innocence lost, suburbs ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A high school slacker pretends to be sick to skip school and have an exciting day off alongside his girlfriend and his best buddy through Chicago, while trying to outwit his obsessive school principal and his unconformited sister along the way.
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, offbeat, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids, girls' night, teen comedy
Plot: coming of age, skipping school, friendship, high school, generation gap, high school life, when the parents are away, family relations, teacher, teenage life, independence, car theft ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois, united states, california
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 7.4
 57K
The Mission (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: UK, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: epic, thought provoking, realistic, harsh, based on true events ...
Plot: slavery, mission, clergy, jungle, native americans, punishment, interracial relations, peaceful mission, hopes, wilderness, murder, religions or cults ...
Time: 18th century
Place: south america, argentina, brazil, portugal, latin america ...
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The Color of Money (1986)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: 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, ...
Style: talky, clever, stylized, realistic, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: billiards, on the road, comeback, hustler, sport, redemption, casino, blues, self discovery, hopes, youth, profanity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, atlantic city new jersey, california
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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: saga, futuristic, humorous, exciting, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: spacecraft, space travel, time travel, teleportation, save the world, culture clash, outer space, space opera, evil alien, fish out of water, invisibility, rescue ...
Time: future, 80s, year 1986, 23rd century
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: humorous, stylized, exciting, semi serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, adventure, kidnapping, mercenary, good versus evil, truck driver, race against time, rescue, chinatown, curses spells and rituals, heroic mission, danger ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, california, usa, china, hong kong
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 7.2
 44K
The Hitcher (1986)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young man who escaped the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked, framed for the hitcher's crimes, and has his life made into hell by the same man he escaped.
Style: road movie, psychological, suspenseful, slasher, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: stalking, hitchhiker, desert, serial killer, chase, gas station, psychopath, frame up, paranoia, danger, mass murder, sadism ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, california
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An American Tail (1986)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: sentimental, touching, humorous, exciting, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: mouse, american dream, immigrants, good versus evil, heroes, orphan, hopes, friendship, family relations, immigration, cat, family ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: new york, russia, usa, hong kong, united states ...
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Children of a Lesser God (1986)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: James is a new speech teacher at a school for the deaf. He falls for Sarah, a pupil who decided to stay on at the school rather than venture into the big bad world. She shuns him at first, refusing to read his lips and only using signs. Will her ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sign language, teacher, romance, disability, deafness, couple relations, man-woman relation, couples, communication problem, opposites attract, love and romance, teacher student relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new england, usa, maine
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 7.1
 127K
Highlander (1986)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: 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.
Style: dark fantasy, sincere, suspenseful, suspense, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: immortality, sword fight, good versus evil, magic, mentor, mythology, master warrior, cult, supernatural, duel, supernatural ability, memory ...
Time: 80s, 16th century, 20th century, 1780s, 1940s ...
Place: scotland, new york, usa, europe, scottish highlands ...
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Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Musical, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 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 as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he ...
Style: macabre, humorous, feel good, absurd, offbeat ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: dentist, flower, flowers, murder, experiment gone awry, workplace, impossible love, down on your luck, plan gone awry, deadly creature, unlikely criminals, crimes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: new york
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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Henry likes to kill people, in different ways each time. Henry shares an apartment with Otis. When Otis' sister comes to stay, we see both sides of Henry: "the guy next door" and the serial killer.
Style: realistic, sadistic, disturbing, scary, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, killing spree, psychopath, murder, insanity, strangulation, merciless, incest, rape, manic, prostitute, sexual abuse ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, midwest, california
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The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
Genre: Action, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, touching, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: underdog, martial arts, village, revenge, teenager, mentor protege relationship, karate, feud, typhoon, death of father, family, romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: japan, okinawa, asia, okinawa japan, los angeles ...
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 7.7
 49K
Down by Law (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A disc jockey, a pimp and an Italian tourist escape from jail in New Orleans.
Style: atmospheric, humorous, sincere, meditative, harsh ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, escape, pimp, fight, friendship, partners, crimes, on the road, prison life, unlikely criminals, down on your luck ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa
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The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Musical, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: 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.
Style: humorous, exciting, feel good, light, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: mouse, disney, talking animals, adventure, investigation, good versus evil, private detective, rescue, queen, assistant, uncover truth, family ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 1890s, 1880s ...
Place: london, england, europe, united kingdom, britain ...
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 7.0
 30K
Sid and Nancy (1986)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Following their breakout success in England, flagship punk rock band the Sex Pistols venture out on their first U.S. tour. Temperamental bassist Sid Vicious takes his troubled girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, along for the ride. Along the way, the ...
Style: cult film, gloomy, captivating, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: punk, heroin, addiction, drug abuse, drug addiction, destructive relationship, nudity (full frontal - brief), punk music, rock and roll, vandalism, dwarf, s&m ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, england, london, europe, usa ...
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Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A hard-nosed, hard-living Marine gunnery sergeant clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, propaganda film, harsh ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boot camp, marine, military, heroes, platoon, war, relationship vs career, ambition, power relations, combat, u.s. military, redemption ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: caribbean, north carolina, vietnam
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 7.3
 14K
Mona Lisa (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: George is a small-time crook just out of prison who discovers his tough-guy image is out of date. Reduced to working as a minder/driver for high class call girl Simone, he has to agree when she asks him to find a young colleague from her King's ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, neo noir, atmospheric, intense ...
Plot: gangsters, prostitute, pimp, chauffeur, crime, crimes, friendship, redemption, opposites attract, couples, social differences, romance ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: europe, london, england, britain, united kingdom ...
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 6.8
 76K
Pretty in Pink (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, date night, chick flick, teen comedy, girls' night
Plot: rich man poor woman, high school life, high school, friendship, teenage love, prom, crush, romance, relationships, love, slumber party, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, massachusetts, california
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 6.7
 58K
Short Circuit (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: feel good, light, touching, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: androids and robots, military, artificial intelligence, lightning, robot, a.i., experiment gone awry, fish out of water, computer cracker, happy ending, adventure, lone hero ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: oregon, usa
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 7.4
 127K
Labyrinth (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Frustrated with babysitting on yet another weekend night, Sarah - a teenager with an active imagination - summons the Goblins from her favourite book, "Labyrinth", to take the baby stepbrother away. When little Toby actually disappears, ...
Style: gothic, fairy tale, offbeat, humorous, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, teens
Plot: surrealism, rescue, fantasy world, good versus evil, beast, adventure, hopes, danger, imaginary kingdom, heroes, puppet, friendship ...
Time: 80s
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The Decline of the American Empire (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Four very different Montreal university teachers gather at a rambling country house to prepare a dinner. Remy (married), Claude (a homosexual), Pierre (involved with a girlfriend) and Alain (a bachelor) discuss sex, the female body and their affairs ...
Style: witty, talky, humorous, sincere, semi serious ...
Plot: infidelity, s&m, battle of the sexes, love and romance, couple relations, couples, human nature, radical, dishonesty, friendship, weekend, satire ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada, montreal quebec, montreal, california
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 8.1
 26K
The Sacrifice (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, France, UK
Duration: 149 min.
Story: Alexander, a journalist, philosopher and retired actor, celebrates a birthday with friends and family when it is announced that nuclear war has begun.
Style: atmospheric, emotional, serious, contemplative, thought provoking ...
Plot: hopes, apocalypse, society, save the world, human nature, redemption, catastrophe, unfulfillment, hysteria, worldwide chaos, sacrifice, insanity ...
Time: 80s
Place: sweden, europe, russia
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 7.0
 16K
River's Edge (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, gloomy, psychological, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: murder, friends, high school, small town, nudity (full frontal - brief), strangulation, family relations, juvenile delinquency, police, woman strangled to death, crime, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa, california, portland oregon
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