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), Top Gun (1986), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Stand by Me (1986), Blue Velvet (1986), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), Crocodile Dundee (1986), The Color of Money (1986), The Mission (1986), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Children of a Lesser God (1986), Little Shop of Horrors (1986), An American Tail (1986), The Hitcher (1986), The Karate Kid Part II (1986), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Mona Lisa (1986).
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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, frightening, exciting, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien, outer space, space travel, strong female character, survival, space and aliens, human versus alien, deadly creature, monster, female warrior, space colony, evil alien ...
Time: future, 22nd century
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The Fly (1986)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
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, disturbing ...
Plot: mutant, experiment, science, mad scientist, scientist, teleportation, mutation, transformation, tragic love, monster, body horror, experiment gone awry ...
Time: 80s
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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: rough, realistic, disturbing, epic, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, military, soldier, battlefield, battles, combat, jungle warfare, jungle, squad, war, anti war, war crime ...
Time: year 1967, 60s, year 1968, 20th century
Place: vietnam, southeast asia, the philippines, asia
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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, suspense, intense, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: u.s. navy, pilot, fighter pilot, airplane, military, officers and cadets, fighter jet, warplane, aviator, aviation, u.s. military, cold war ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
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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, ironic, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: infidelity, thanksgiving, sisters, family relations, dysfunctional family, hypochondriac, love triangle, audition, opera, midlife crisis, unfaithful husband, artist ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
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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, emotional, touching, serious, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: childhood, friendship, coming of age, teenager, boy, adventure, youth, courage, young heroes, children, young kid, friends ...
Time: 50s, year 1959, 20th century, 80s
Place: oregon, usa, normandy
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Blue Velvet (1986)
Genre: Crime, 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, disturbing, art house ...
Plot: surrealism, small town, mystery, voyeurism, sexual perversion, sex, rape, serial killer, postmodernism, sexual obsession, eccentricity, sexual humiliation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
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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, light, funny, humorous, intense ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night, family outing, chick flick ...
Plot: high school, coming of age, teenager, friendship, skipping school, teacher, breaking the fourth wall, truancy, teenage boy, school, teenage girl, one day ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, california, illinois
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Crocodile Dundee (1986)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: Australia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: feel good, romantic, humorous, exciting, funny ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, kids, date night
Plot: culture clash, tourist, jungle, adventure, escapades, fish out of water, adventurer, crocodile, swamp, life philosophy, transformation, creativity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, australia, los angeles, usa, manhattan new york city ...
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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: sexy, realistic, talky, stylized, clever ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: billiards, gambling, sport, con artists, casino, hustler, scam, female nudity, on the road, comeback, redemption, money ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: atlantic city new jersey, california, usa
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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, harsh, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: jungle, mission, clergy, jesuit, slavery, christian, christianity, slave trader, slave, ethnic conflict, native american, punishment ...
Time: 18th century
Place: brazil, south america, argentina, latin america, spain ...
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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, thought provoking, humorous, clever, futuristic ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: time travel, space travel, spacecraft, star trek, teleportation, environmental, marine biologist, alien, evil alien, helicopter, pizza, factory ...
Time: 80s, future, 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, exciting, stylized, entertaining, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: martial arts, truck driver, supernatural, magic, adventure, monster, good versus evil, mythology, kidnapping, friendship, truck, race against time ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, china, hong kong, california, usa
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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, compassionate, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sign language, teacher, disability, deafness, deaf, love, romance, mute or deaf, couple relations, love and romance, opposites attract, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new england, maine, usa
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Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Musical, Romance
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, funny ...
Audience: kids, teens, date night
Plot: monster, dentist, murder, music, florist, workplace, nerd, solar eclipse, dark humor, brutality, eclipse, loneliness ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 20th century
Place: new york
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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, humorous, touching, melancholic, allegory ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: rat, mouse, jewish, cat, irish, animals, immigrants, immigration, orphan, good versus evil, family, adventure ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: new york, russia, hong kong, new jersey, usa ...
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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, neo noir, slasher ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: serial killer, hitchhiker, desert, stalking, chase, paranoia, psychopath, psycho killer, car chase, hitchhiking, highway, frame up ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, california, usa
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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, motivational, slasher, humorous ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: martial arts, underdog, teenager, childhood, revenge, bullying, dragon, teacher, coming of age, romance, sport, family ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century
Place: japan, okinawa, hawaii, tokyo, asia ...
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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, harsh, intense, suspense, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: military, marine, boot camp, war, justice, corruption, platoon, heroes, relationship vs career, ambition, power relations, redemption ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: vietnam, caribbean, north carolina
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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: atmospheric, intense, serious, suspenseful, noir ...
Plot: gangsters, chauffeur, crimes, redemption, friendship, lesbian, unrequited love, doomed romance, prostitution, pimp, prostitute, opposites attract ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: london, europe, england, britain, united kingdom ...
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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: disturbing, scary, realistic, sadistic, slasher ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, incest, insanity, killing spree, rape, psychopath, strangulation, merciless, maniac, extreme violence, strong violent content ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, chicago illinois, usa, midwest
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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: light, humorous, fairy tale, stylized, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: disney, mouse, talking animals, investigation, good versus evil, adventure, sherlock holmes, rat, assistant, private detective, rescue, uncover truth ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1880s, 80s, 1890s
Place: london, england, big ben london, europe, britain ...
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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: sexy, disturbing, serious, captivating, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: punk, heroin, addiction, drug abuse, drug addiction, rock and roll, destructive relationship, drugs, punk music, musician, love affair, heroin addict ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, london, paris france, new jersey, england ...
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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, road movie, meditative, harsh ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, friendship, swamp, pimp, fight, crimes, escape, gangsters, character study, crime gone awry, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
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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, sentimental, entertaining, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: androids and robots, robot, artificial intelligence, military, lightning, animal lover, struck by lightning, childhood, a.i., time, cyborgs, adventure ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: oregon, usa
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Highlander (1986)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
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: suspense, dark fantasy, exciting, suspenseful, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: immortality, sword fight, magic, mentor, medieval, immortal, good versus evil, supernatural, cult, mythology, sword and sorcery, master warrior ...
Time: 80s, middle ages, 16th century, 20th century, 1780s ...
Place: scotland, new york, scottish highlands, usa, europe ...
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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, humorous, stylized, surreal ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: surrealism, rescue, good versus evil, adventure, maze, beast, imaginary kingdom, fantasy world, friendship, heroes, puppet, hopes ...
Time: 80s
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Flight of the Navigator (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This 1986 Disney adventure tells the story of 12-year-old David who lives with his family in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. When he awakens from being accidentally knocked out in the forest near his home, he finds that eight years have passed. His family is ...
Style: feel good, futuristic, exciting, touching, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: time travel, ufo, adventure, benign alien, flying saucer, outer space, space and aliens, space travel, nasa, alien, getting home, young heroes ...
Time: 80s, year 1986, year 1978, future, 20th century ...
Place: florida, miami beach, miami, texas, japan ...
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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, psychological, gloomy, neo noir ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: murder, teenager, coming of age, high school, drug abuse, death, violence, serial killer, small town, police, strangulation, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, oregon, usa, portland oregon
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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: romantic, sexy, feel good, melancholic, humorous ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, date night, teen drama
Plot: high school, teenager, love, friendship, coming of age, father daughter relationship, teenage girl, first love, class differences, dysfunctional family, school, single father ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, massachusetts
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