Top 20 Fan-Favorite Movies of 1986: A Nostalgic Cinematic Journey

Fasten your seatbelts, folks! We’re about to take a cinematic DeLorean ride back to 1986, a year that gifted us with an unforgettable reel of fan-favorite movies. From the adrenaline-pumping action of “Top Gun” to the heartwarming charm of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, 1986 was a year that truly had it all. So, grab your popcorn, dim the lights, and prepare to be transported back to a time when shoulder pads were in, hair was big, and movies were larger than life. Whether you’re a die-hard cinephile or a casual movie-goer, this nostalgic journey through the top 20 fan-favorite movies of 1986 is sure to stir up some fond memories and maybe even inspire a movie marathon or two. So, without further ado, let’s rewind the tape and dive into the cinematic gems that made 1986 a year to remember in film history.


Release Date: 1986-07-18

Genres: Action, Thriller, Science Fiction

“Aliens” is a thrilling sci-fi movie released in 1986. Starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser, Mark Rolston, William Hope, and Al Matthews, the film follows Ripley, who is discovered by a salvage crew after being lost in space for over 50 years. She learns that the planet where they found the alien species is now inhabited by terra-formers, but when a family of colonists sent to investigate disappears, Ripley and the colonial marines are called upon to uncover the truth. Get ready for an action-packed adventure filled with suspense and extraterrestrial encounters!

Cast: Sigourney Weaver (Lt. Ellen Louise Ripley) , Michael Biehn (Cpl. Dwayne Hicks) , Lance Henriksen (Lance Bishop) , Bill Paxton (Pvt. William L. Hudson) , Jenette Goldstein (Pvt. Jenette Vasquez) , Carrie Henn (Rebecca “Newt” Jorden) , Paul Reiser (Carter J. Burke) , Mark Rolston (Pvt. Mark Drake) , William Hope (Lt. Scott Gorman) , Al Matthews (Sgt. Al Apone) , Colette Hiller (Cpl. Colette Ferro) , Ricco Ross (Pvt. Ricco Frost) , Daniel Kash (Pvt. Daniel Spunkmeyer) , Cynthia Dale Scott (Cpl. Cynthia Dietrich) , Tip Tipping (Pvt. Tim Crowe) , Trevor Steedman (Pvt. Trevor “Ski” Wierzbowski) , Paul Maxwell (Van Leuwen) , Valerie Colgan (ECA Rep) , Alan Polonsky (Insurance Man) , Alibe Parsons (Med Tech) , Blain Fairman (Doctor) , Barbara Coles (Cocooned Woman) , Carl Toop (Aliens / Alien Queen) , John Lees (Power Loader Operator) , Mac McDonald (Al Simpson)

Directors: James Cameron

Writers: David Giler, Walter Hill, James Cameron, Dan O’Bannon, Ronald Shusett

Tags: android, extraterrestrial technology, space marine, spaceman, cryogenics, vacuum, space colony, warrior woman, settler, space travel, colony, space, alien, female protagonist, creature, desolate, female hero, xenomorph, desolate planet, strong female protagonist, strong female lead, female lead

Stand by Me

Stand by Me

Release Date: 1986-08-08

Genres: Crime, Drama

“Stand by Me” is a heartwarming coming-of-age film released in 1986. It follows the journey of four close friends, Gordie, Chris, Teddy, and Vern, as they embark on a hike to find the body of a local teenager who tragically passed away. With a talented cast including Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Jerry O’Connell, and Corey Feldman, this movie beautifully captures the essence of friendship, adventure, and the bittersweet moments of growing up.

Cast: Wil Wheaton (Gordie Lachance) , River Phoenix (Chris Chambers) , Jerry O’Connell (Vern Tessio) , Corey Feldman (Teddy Duchamp) , Kiefer Sutherland (Ace Merrill) , Casey Siemaszko (Billy Tessio) , Gary Riley (Charlie Hogan) , Bradley Gregg (Eyeball Chambers) , Jason Oliver (Vince Desjardins) , Marshall Bell (Mr. Lachance) , Frances Lee McCain (Mrs. Lachance) , Bruce Kirby (Mr. Quidacioluo) , William Bronder (Milo Pressman) , Scott Beach (Mayor Grundy) , Richard Dreyfuss (The Writer) , John Cusack (Denny Lachance) , Madeleine Swift (Waitress) , Popeye (Chopper) , Geanette Bobst (Mayor’s Wife) , Art Burke (Principal Wiggins) , Matt Williams (Bob Cormier) , Andy Lindberg (Lardass Hogan) , Dick Durock (Bill Travis) , O.B. Babbs (Lardass Heckler #1) , Charlie Owens (Lardass Heckler #2)

Directors: Rob Reiner

Writers: Stephen King, Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon

Tags: based on novel or book, oregon, usa, leech, friendship, coming of age, railroad track, story within the story, flipping coin, campfire story, pie eating, told in flashback, child, 1950s, boys, coin toss



Release Date: 1986-12-19

Genres: Drama, War, Action

“Platoon” is a gripping war film released in 1986 that takes us back to the Vietnam War. It follows the journey of Chris Taylor, a young and innocent soldier who is confronted with the harsh realities of war and the conflicting nature of humanity. With an incredible cast including Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen, and Forest Whitaker, this movie offers a thought-provoking exploration of morality and the devastating impact of war.

Cast: Tom Berenger (Staff Sergeant Bob Barnes) , Willem Dafoe (Sgt. Elias) , Charlie Sheen (Chris) , Forest Whitaker (Big Harold) , Francesco Quinn (Rhah) , John C. McGinley (Sgt. O’Neill) , Richard Edson (Sal) , Kevin Dillon (Bunny) , Reggie Johnson (Junior) , Keith David (King) , Johnny Depp (Lerner) , David Neidorf (Tex) , Mark Moses (Lt. Wolfe) , Chris Pedersen (Crawford) , Tony Todd (Warren) , Corkey Ford (Manny) , Corey Glover (Francis) , Bob Orwig (Gardner) , Kevin Eshelman (Morehouse) , James Terry McIlvain (Ace) , J. Adam Glover (Sanderson) , Ivan Kane (Tony) , Paul Sanchez (Doc) , Dale Dye (Captain Harris) , Peter Hicks (Parker)

Directors: Oliver Stone

Writers: Oliver Stone

Tags: ambush, war crimes, mine, bunker, vietnam war, dying and death, village, jungle, infantry, gang rape, soldier, battle, violent death, false accusations, platoon, combat, casualty of war, marijuana joint, marijuana pipe, anti war, wounded soldier, conscripts, military draft, violent man, american soldiers, tour of duty, murder witness, army vs civilians, war crime

Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet

Release Date: 1986-09-19

Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

“Blue Velvet” is a gripping thriller from 1986 that follows a young man who stumbles upon a severed human ear in a field. Intrigued, he embarks on an investigation that leads him into the dark underbelly of his town, involving a captivating nightclub singer and a group of dangerous criminals. With a stellar cast including Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, and Dennis Hopper, this movie is a must-watch for fans of suspenseful and mysterious stories.

Cast: Kyle MacLachlan (Jeffrey Beaumont) , Isabella Rossellini (Dorothy Vallens) , Dennis Hopper (Frank Booth) , Laura Dern (Sandy Williams) , Hope Lange (Mrs. Williams) , Dean Stockwell (Ben) , George Dickerson (Detective Williams) , Priscilla Pointer (Mrs. Beaumont) , Frances Bay (Aunt Barbara) , Jack Harvey (Mr. Beaumont) , Ken Stovitz (Mike) , Brad Dourif (Raymond) , Jack Nance (Paul) , J. Michael Hunter (Hunter) , Dick Green (Don Vallens) , Fred Pickler (Yellow Man) , Philip Markert (Dr. Gynde) , Leonard Watkins (Double Ed) , Moses Gibson (Double Ed) , Selden Smith (Nurse Cindy) , Peter Carew (Coroner) , Jon Jon Snipes (Little Donny) , Angelo Badalamenti (Piano Player) , Jean-Pierre Viale (Master of Ceremonies) , Donald Moore (Desk Sergeant)

Directors: David Lynch

Writers: David Lynch

Tags: sexual obsession, detective, small town, drug dealer, nightclub, ear, psychological abuse, murder, surrealism, drugs, policeman, cult film, voyeurism, neo-noir

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Release Date: 1986-06-11

Genres: Comedy

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is a classic 1986 movie that follows the mischievous adventures of Ferris Bueller, a high school slacker who fakes being sick to skip school. Joined by his girlfriend Sloane and best friend Cameron, Ferris embarks on a whirlwind day of fun and excitement in Chicago, all while trying to outsmart his school principal and annoyed sister. Starring Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, and a talented cast, this film is a must-watch for anyone looking for a hilarious and entertaining escape.

Cast: Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller) , Alan Ruck (Cameron Frye) , Mia Sara (Sloane Peterson) , Jeffrey Jones (Ed Rooney) , Jennifer Grey (Jeanie Bueller) , Cindy Pickett (Katie Bueller) , Lyman Ward (Tom Bueller) , Edie McClurg (Grace, School Secretary) , Charlie Sheen (Boy in Police Station) , Ben Stein (Economics Teacher) , Del Close (English Teacher) , Virginia Capers (Florence Sparrow) , Richard Edson (Garage Attendant) , Larry Jenkins (Attendant’s Co-Pilot) , Kristy Swanson (Economics Student – Simone Adamley) , Lisa Bellard (Economics Student) , Max Perlich (Economics Student – Anderson) , Scott Coffey (Economics Student – Adams) , Eric Saiet (Shermerite) , Jason Alderman (Shermerite) , Joey Garfield (Shermerite) , Kristin Graziano (Shermerite) , Bridgett Baron (Shermerite) , Annie Ryan (Shermerite) , Eric Edidin (Shermerite)

Directors: John Hughes

Writers: John Hughes

Tags: chicago, illinois, independence, high school, coming of age, breaking the fourth wall, teen movie, fantasy sequence, car theft, skipping school, aftercreditsstinger, duringcreditsstinger, truancy, day in a life, 1980s, teenager

The Name of the Rose

The Name of the Rose

Release Date: 1986-09-24

Genres: Drama, Thriller, Mystery

“The Name of the Rose” is a captivating 1986 movie set in the 14th century. Starring Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham, and Christian Slater, it follows the story of a clever Franciscan monk named William of Baskerville. When he and his young apprentice arrive at a conference, they discover a series of mysterious murders among the monks. To solve the crimes, William must challenge the authority of the Church and unravel a shadowy conspiracy within the monastery. With its intriguing plot and stellar cast, this film is a must-watch for fans of historical mysteries.

Cast: Sean Connery (William of Baskerville) , F. Murray Abraham (Bernardo Gui) , Christian Slater (Adso of Melk) , Helmut Qualtinger (Remigio da Varagine) , Elya Baskin (Severinus) , Michael Lonsdale (The Abbot) , Volker Prechtel (Malachia) , Feodor Chaliapin Jr. (Jorge de Burgos) , William Hickey (Ubertino da Casale) , Michael Habeck (Berengar) , Urs Althaus (Venantius) , Valentina Vargas (The Girl) , Ron Perlman (Salvatore) , Leopoldo Trieste (Michele da Cesena) , Lars Bodin-Jorgensen (Adelmo) , Giordano Falzoni (Papal Envoy) , Franco Valobra (Jerome of Kaffa) , Vernon Dobtcheff (Hugh of Newcastle) , Donald O’Brien (Pietro d’Assisi) , Andrew Birkin (Cuthbert of Winchester) , Lucien Bodard (Cardinal Bertrand) , Peter Berling (Jean d’Anneaux) , Pete Lancaster (Bishop of Alborea) , Franco Adducci (Monk) , Niko Brücher (Monk)

Directors: Jean-Jacques Annaud

Writers: Umberto Eco, Andrew Birkin, Gérard Brach, Howard Franklin, Alain Godard

Tags: christianity, library, inquisition, monk, poison, secret passage, based on novel or book, religion, labyrinth, rich, middle ages, persecution, medieval, franciscan, burned at the stake, poor, murder mystery, grotesque, theological debate, 14th century, master disciple relationship, umberto eco

The Mission

The Mission

Release Date: 1986-09-29

Genres: Adventure, Drama, Action, History

“The Mission” is a captivating historical drama set in 18th century South America. It follows the journey of a Spanish Jesuit who ventures into the wilderness to establish a mission, aiming to convert the local indigenous population. The film takes an unexpected turn when a slave hunter undergoes a profound transformation and joins the mission, leading to a gripping tale of defending their hard-built sanctuary against Portuguese aggressors. Starring renowned actors like Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons, this 1986 release offers a compelling narrative that delves into themes of faith, redemption, and resilience.

Cast: Robert De Niro (Rodrigo Mendoza) , Jeremy Irons (Father Gabriel) , Ray McAnally (Cardinal Altamirano) , Aidan Quinn (Felipe Mendoza) , Liam Neeson (Father John Fielding) , Cherie Lunghi (Carlotta) , Ronald Pickup (Hontar) , Chuck Low (Don Cabeza) , Bercelio Moya (Indian Boy) , Sigifredo Ismare (Witch Doctor) , Daniel Berrigan (Sebastian) , Carlos Duplat Sanjuan (Portuguese Commander) , Fred Melamed (Don Cabeza (voice) (uncredited)) , Rolf Gray (Un jeune jésuite) , Tony Lawn (Père Provincial) , Monirak Sisowath (Ibaye) , Asuncion Ontiveros (Le chef indien) , Alejandrino Moya (Le lieutenant)

Directors: Roland Joffé

Writers: Robert Bolt

Tags: christianity, waterfall, mission, argentina, jungle, colonisation, south america, 18th century, jesuits (society of jesus), indigenous peoples, assimilation, lgbt interest

The Fly

The Fly

Release Date: 1986-08-15

Genres: Horror, Science Fiction

“The Fly” is a gripping sci-fi horror film from 1986 starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. It follows the story of Seth Brundle, a brilliant scientist who accidentally merges with a common housefly during a teleportation experiment. As he struggles to cope with his horrifying transformation, the movie takes us on a thrilling and suspenseful journey into the consequences of scientific curiosity gone wrong.

Cast: Jeff Goldblum (Seth Brundle) , Geena Davis (Veronica Quaife) , John Getz (Stathis Borans) , Joy Boushel (Tawny) , Leslie Carlson (Dr. Brent Cheevers) , George Chuvalo (Marky) , Michael Copeman (2nd Man in Bar) , David Cronenberg (Gynecologist) , Carol Lazare (Nurse) , Shawn Hewitt (Clerk) , Typhoon (Baboon (uncredited))

Directors: David Cronenberg

Writers: David Cronenberg, Charles Edward Pogue, George Langelaan

Tags: monster, experiment, mutant, mutation, transformation, to beam, remake, creature, scientist, bodily dismemberment, parasite underneath skin, fly (insect), animal horror, melting, body horror

Big Trouble in Little China

Big Trouble in Little China

Release Date: 1986-05-30

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

“Big Trouble in Little China” is a thrilling 1986 movie starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, and Dennis Dun. It follows the story of trucker Jack Burton, who unexpectedly finds himself caught in a supernatural battle between good and evil when he agrees to help his friend rescue his fiancee from an immortal sorcerer. With a mix of action, adventure, and mystical elements, this film takes you on a wild ride through a world where green-eyed girls become targets and ancient sorcerers seek to regain their physical form.

Cast: Kurt Russell (Jack Burton) , Kim Cattrall (Gracie Law) , Dennis Dun (Wang Chi) , James Hong (David Lo Pan) , Victor Wong (Egg Shen) , Kate Burton (Margo) , Donald Li (Eddie Lee) , Carter Wong (Thunder) , Peter Kwong (Rain) , James Pax (Lightning) , Suzee Pai (Miao Yin) , Chi Chaoli (Uncle Chu) , Jeff Imada (Needles) , Rummel Mor (Joe Lucky) , Craig Ng (One Ear) , June Kyoto Lu (White Tiger) , Noel Toy (Mrs. O’Toole) , Jade Go (Chinese Girl in White Tiger) , Jerry Hardin (Pinstripe Lawyer) , James Lew (Chang Sing #1) , Jim Lau (Chang Sing #2) , Kenny Endoso (Chang Sing #3) , Stuart Quan (Chang Sing #4) , Gary Toy (Chang Sing #5) , George Cheung (Chang Sing #6)

Directors: John Carpenter

Writers: W.D. Richter, David Z. Weinstein, Gary Goldman

Tags: san francisco, california, martial arts, kung fu, chinatown, kidnapping, mythology, magic, mercenary, cult film, truck driver, adventurer, 1980s

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Release Date: 1986-11-26

Genres: Science Fiction, Adventure

“Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” is a thrilling sci-fi adventure set in the 23rd century. When Earth faces a dangerous threat, Captain Kirk and his crew embark on a mission to travel back in time to 1986 San Francisco. As they navigate a world filled with punk culture, pizza, and quirky buses, they must find a way to save humanity. Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and an incredible ensemble cast, this action-packed Star Trek film is a must-watch for fans of the franchise. Released on November 26, 1986, it’s one of the best-voted movies of that year.

Cast: William Shatner (Admiral James T. Kirk) , Leonard Nimoy (Captain Spock) , DeForest Kelley (Dr. Leonard McCoy) , Catherine Hicks (Dr. Gillian Taylor) , James Doohan (Montgomery Scott) , George Takei (Cmdr. Hikaru Sulu) , Walter Koenig (Cmdr. Pavel Chekov) , Nichelle Nichols (Cmdr. Uhura) , Mark Lenard (Ambassador Sarek) , Jane Wyatt (Amanda) , Majel Barrett (Commander Chapel) , Robert Ellenstein (Federation Council President) , John Schuck (Klingon Ambassador) , Brock Peters (Admiral Cartwright) , Robin Curtis (Lt. Saavik) , Michael Snyder (Starfleet Communications Officer) , Kirk R. Thatcher (Punk on Bus) , Michael Berryman (Starfleet Display Officer) , Madge Sinclair (Saratoga Captain (uncredited)) , Grace Lee Whitney (Commander Rand) , Jane Wiedlin (Alien Communications Officer) , Vijay Amritraj (Starship Captain) , Nick Ramus (Saratoga Helmsman) , Philip Weyland (Tourist (uncredited)) , Kimberly L. Ryusaki (Tourist (uncredited))

Directors: Leonard Nimoy

Writers: Leonard Nimoy, Nicholas Meyer, Harve Bennett, Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes

Tags: saving the world, san francisco, california, uss enterprise-a, starship, spacecraft, teleportation, time travel, whale, marine biologist, humpback whale, space opera, whaling ship, aircraft carrier, outer space, space probe, cloaking device

Top Gun

Top Gun

Release Date: 1986-05-16

Genres: Romance, Drama, Action

“Top Gun” is a thrilling 1986 movie that follows Lieutenant Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell and his co-pilot Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw as they fulfill their lifelong dream of joining an elite fighter pilot training school. However, their aspirations are put at risk by a tragic event and personal struggles that challenge Pete’s ambition to become a top-notch pilot. Starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, and Anthony Edwards, this action-packed film was released on May 16, 1986, and is considered one of the best movies of that year.

Cast: Tom Cruise (Lt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell) , Kelly McGillis (Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Blackwood) , Val Kilmer (Lt. Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky) , Anthony Edwards (LTJG Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw) , Tom Skerritt (Cmdr. Mike ‘Viper’ Metcalf) , Michael Ironside (Lt. Cmdr. Rick ‘Jester’ Heatherly) , John Stockwell (Lt. Bill ‘Cougar’ Cortell) , Barry Tubb (LTJG Leonard ‘Wolfman’ Wolfe) , Rick Rossovich (LTJG Ron ‘Slider’ Kerner) , Tim Robbins (LTJG Sam ‘Merlin’ Wells) , Clarence Gilyard Jr. (LTJG Marcus ‘Sundown’ Williams) , Whip Hubley (Lt. Rick ‘Hollywood’ Neven) , James Tolkan (Cmdr. Tom ‘Stinger’ Jardian) , Meg Ryan (Carole Bradshaw) , Adrian Pasdar (Lt. Charles ‘Chipper’ Piper) , Randall Brady (Lt. Davis) , Duke Stroud (Air Boss Johnson) , Brian Sheehan (Sprawl) , Ron Clark (Inquiry Commander) , Frank Pesce (Bartender) , Pete Pettigrew (Perry Siedenthal) , Troy Hunter (Radio Operator) , Linda Rae Jurgens (Mrs. Metcalf) , T.J. Cassidy (Admiral T.J. Cassidy)

Directors: Tony Scott

Writers: Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr., Ehud Yonay

Tags: loss of loved one, lovesickness, fighter pilot, self-discovery, pilot, dying and death, training camp, air force, airplane, dangerous, battle assignment, u.s. navy, hostility, secret love, cowardliness, pilot school, based on magazine, newspaper or article



Release Date: 1986-08-14

Genres: Crime, Horror, Thriller

“Manhunter” is a thrilling crime movie released in 1986. It follows FBI Agent Will Graham, who comes out of retirement to catch a new killer, engaging in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the help of his previous nemesis, Hannibal Lecter. With a talented cast including William Petersen and Joan Allen, this movie will keep you on the edge of your seat as the suspense builds.

Cast: William Petersen (Will Graham) , Tom Noonan (Francis Dollarhyde) , Joan Allen (Reba McClane) , Brian Cox (Dr. Hannibal Lecter) , Dennis Farina (Jack Crawford) , Stephen Lang (Freddy Lounds) , Kim Greist (Molly Graham) , David Seaman (Kevin Graham) , Benjamin Hendrickson (Dr. Frederick Chilton) , Chris Elliott (Zeller) , Michael Talbott (Geehan) , Dan Butler (Jimmy Price) , Paul Perri (Dr. Sidney Bloom) , Patricia Charbonneau (Mrs. Sherman) , Alexandra Neil (Eileen) , Frankie Faison (Lt. Fisk) , Garcelle Beauvais (Young Housebuyer) , Joanne Camp (Mother on Plane) , David Allen Brooks (Mr. Leeds) , Kin Shriner (Mr. Sherman) , John Posey (Mr. Jacobi) , Kristin Holby (Mrs. Jacobi) , Bill Smitrovich (Lloyd Bowman) , Peter Maloney (Dr. Dominick Princi) , Michael D. Roberts (The Runner)

Directors: Michael Mann

Writers: Michael Mann, Thomas Harris

Tags: loss of loved one, journalist, fbi, covered investigation, eye, full moon, investigation, psychopath, serial killer, crime scene, videotape, neo-noir, 1980s, hannibal lecter

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

Release Date: 1986-12-19

Genres: Horror, Comedy

“Little Shop of Horrors” is a 1986 musical comedy film starring Levi Stubbs, Rick Moranis, and Ellen Greene. Set in urban Skid Row, the story follows Seymour Krelborn, a nerdy orphan working at a flower shop, who discovers a mysterious plant named Audrey II. As the plant develops a taste for blood and starts singing for its supper, Seymour’s life takes a wild and hilarious turn. With a talented cast and a release date of December 19, 1986, this movie is a must-watch for fans of quirky musicals and dark humor.

Cast: Levi Stubbs (Audrey II (voice)) , Rick Moranis (Seymour Krelborn) , Ellen Greene (Audrey) , Vincent Gardenia (Mr. Mushnik) , Steve Martin (Orin Scrivello, DDS) , Tichina Arnold (Crystal) , Michelle Weeks (Ronnette) , Tisha Campbell (Chiffon) , Jim Belushi (Patrick Martin) , John Candy (Wink Wilkinson) , Christopher Guest (The First Customer) , Bill Murray (Arthur Denton) , Miriam Margolyes (Dental Nurse) , Danny John-Jules (Doo-Wop Street Singer) , Mak Wilson (Doo-Wop Street Singer) , Barbara Rosenblat (Fifth Customer) , Kevin Scott (Fourth Customer) , Vincent Wong (Chinese Florist) , Edward Wiley (‘Downtown’ Bum #1) , John Scott Martin (‘Downtown’ Bum #3) , Heather Henson (Girl Patient)

Directors: Frank Oz

Writers: Alan Menken, Howard Ashman

Tags: solar eclipse, florist, aggression, bloodthirstiness, assistant, plant, success, musical, investigation, nerd, blonde, carnivorous plant, remake, crush, based on play or musical, laughing gas, animated scene, puppetry, creature, motorcycle, eclipse, dentist, death, bum, killer plant, homoeroticism, skid row, based on movie, plant food, inept assistant, man eating plant, dying in arms



Release Date: 1986-03-07

Genres: Adventure, Action, Fantasy

“Highlander” is an action-packed movie that takes us on a thrilling journey through time. Set in both 16th-century Scotland and 1980s New York City, it follows the story of Connor MacLeod, an immortal warrior. With an incredible cast including Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, and Clancy Brown, this film is a must-watch for fans of epic battles and captivating storytelling. Released in 1986, it’s one of the best voted movies of that year.

Cast: Christopher Lambert (Connor ‘The Highlander’ MacLeod) , Roxanne Hart (Brenda J. Wyatt) , Clancy Brown (Victor ‘The Kurgan’ Kruger) , Sean Connery (Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez) , Beatie Edney (Heather MacLeod) , Alan North (Lieutenant Frank Moran) , Jon Polito (Det. Walter Bedsoe) , Sheila Gish (Rachel Ellenstein) , Hugh Quarshie (Sunda Kastagir) , Peter Diamond (Aman Fasil) , Billy Hartman (Dugal MacLeod) , James Cosmo (Angus MacLeod) , Celia Imrie (Kate MacLeod) , Christopher Malcolm (Kirk Matunas) , Frank Dux (Old Man in Car) , Ian Reddington (Bassett) , Alistair Findlay (Chief Murdoch) , Edward Wiley (Garfield) , John Cassady (Kenny) , Sion Tudor Owen (Hotchkiss) , Damien Leake (Tony) , Gordon Sterne (Dr Willis Kenderly) , Ron Berglas (Archivist) , Louis Guss (Newsvendor) , Peter Banks (Priest)

Directors: Russell Mulcahy

Writers: Larry Ferguson, Gregory Widen, Peter Bellwood, Joe Haidar

Tags: new york city, scotland, martial arts, swordplay, sword, immortality, sword fight, fictional war, cult film, dark fantasy, warrior, action hero, sword and sorcery, supernatural power, good versus evil

The Color of Money

The Color of Money

Release Date: 1986-10-17

Genres: Drama

“The Color of Money” is a 1986 movie starring Paul Newman and Tom Cruise. It follows the story of former pool hustler “Fast Eddie” Felson, who decides to make a comeback by mentoring a talented but inexperienced player named Vincent Lauria. As they travel to different pool halls, Eddie teaches Vincent the art of scamming, but their partnership becomes strained due to Vincent’s flashy behavior. The movie explores their falling-out and how Eddie eventually finds himself facing Vincent as an opponent.

Cast: Paul Newman (Eddie ‘Fast Eddie’ Felson) , Tom Cruise (Vincent Lauria) , Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Carmen) , Helen Shaver (Janelle) , John Turturro (Julian) , Bill Cobbs (Orvis) , Robert Agins (Earl at Chalkies) , Alvin Anastasia (Kennedy) , Randall Arney (Child World Customer #1) , Elizabeth Bracco (Diane at Bar) , Vito D’Ambrosio (Lou in Child World) , Ron Dean (Guy in Crowd) , Lisa Dodson (Child World Customer #2) , Donald A. Feeney (Referee #1) , Paul Geier (“Two Brothers/Stranger” Player) , Carey Goldenberg (Congratulating Spectator) , Joe Guastaferro (Chuck the Bartender) , Paul Herman (Player in Casino Bar) , Mark Jarvis (Guy at Janelle’s) , Lawrence Linn (Congratulating Spectator) , Keith McCready (Grady Seasons) , Jimmy Mataya (Julian’s Friend in Green Room) , Grady Mathews (Dud) , Carol Messing (Casino Bar Band Singer/Julian’s Flirt) , Steve Mizerak (Duke)

Directors: Martin Scorsese

Writers: Richard Price, Walter Tevis

Tags: pool billiards, talent, hustler, sports

The Money Pit

The Money Pit

Release Date: 1986-03-26

Genres: Comedy, Romance

“The Money Pit” is a hilarious 1986 comedy starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long. It follows a couple who, after being kicked out of their Manhattan apartment, buy what seems like their dream home, only to discover it’s a complete disaster. As their relationship is put to the test, they watch in comedic horror as their mansion falls apart, with even the kitchen sink disappearing. It’s a must-watch for a good laugh and a reminder that sometimes things aren’t always what they seem.

Cast: Tom Hanks (Walter Fielding, Jr.) , Shelley Long (Anna Crowley) , Alexander Godunov (Max Beissart) , Maureen Stapleton (Estelle) , Joe Mantegna (Art Shirk) , Philip Bosco (Curly) , Josh Mostel (Jack Schnittman) , Yakov Smirnoff (Shatov) , Carmine Caridi (Brad Shirk) , Brian Backer (Ethan) , Billy Lombardo (Benny) , Mia Dillon (Marika) , John van Dreelen (Carlos) , Douglass Watson (Walter Fielding, Sr.) , Lucille Dobrin (Macumba Lady) , Tetchie Agbayani (Florinda Fielding) , Scott Turchin (Mover #1) , Radu Gavor (Mover #2) , Grisha Dimant (Mover #3) , Lutz Rath (Geza) , Leslie West (Lana) , Joey Balin (Jimmy) , Wendell Pierce (Paramedic) , Susan Browning (Samantha) , Henry Judd Baker (Oscar)

Directors: Richard Benjamin

Writers: David Giler

Tags: rock star, price, chaos, house, home ownership

Crocodile Dundee

Crocodile Dundee

Release Date: 1986-09-26

Genres: Adventure, Comedy

“Crocodile Dundee” is a hilarious 1986 comedy that follows the adventure of Mick Dundee, a crocodile hunter from the Australian Outback, when he visits New York City. With a clash of cultures and plenty of good-natured comedy, Mick’s naive yet instinctive nature helps him navigate the concrete jungle, effortlessly handling everything from muggers to high-society snobs. Starring Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski, this movie is a must-watch for a fun and entertaining escape to the 80s.

Cast: Paul Hogan (Michael J. ‘Crocodile’ Dundee) , Linda Kozlowski (Sue Charlton) , Mark Blum (Richard Mason) , David Gulpilil (Neville Bell) , Michael Lombard (Sam Charlton) , John Meillon (Walter Reilly) , Ritchie Singer (Con) , Reginald VelJohnson (Gus) , Rik Colitti (Danny) , John Snyder (Pimp) , Steve Rackman (Donk) , Caitlin Clarke (Simone) , Anne Francine (Fran) , Irving Metzman (Doorman) , Paul Greco (New Yorker) , Maggie Blinco (Ida) , Gerry Skilton (Nugget) , Terry Gill (Duffy) , Peter Turnbull (Trevor) , Khristina Totos (Rosita) , Graham ‘Grace’ Walker (Angelo) , David Bracks (Burt) , Brett Hogan (Peter) , J.J. Cole (Buzzy) , Gwyllum Evans (Wendell Wainwright)

Directors: Peter Faiman

Writers: Paul Hogan, John Cornell, Ken Shadie

Tags: new york city, prostitute, hotel, journalist, culture clash, subway, crocodile, wilderness, knife, tourist, limousine, poacher, fish out of water, adventurer, australian outback, kangaroo

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

Release Date: 1986-08-01

Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

“Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives” is a thrilling horror movie released in 1986. It follows Tommy Jarvis, who becomes haunted by the belief that Jason Voorhees is still alive. Unintentionally bringing the notorious killer back to life, Tommy must now face another terrifying and blood-soaked rampage. Starring Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, and a talented cast, this movie will keep you on the edge of your seat with its chilling storyline and suspenseful scenes.

Cast: Thom Mathews (Tommy Jarvis) , Jennifer Cooke (Megan Garris) , Darcy DeMoss (Nikki) , Ann Ryerson (Katie) , Renée Jones (Sissy) , Temi Epstein (Little Girl) , Michael Swan (Officer Pappas) , David Kagen (Sheriff Garris) , Kerry Noonan (Paula Mott) , Cynthia Kania (Annette) , C.J. Graham (Jason Vorhees) , Tony Goldwyn (Darren) , Vincent Guastaferro (Deputy Rick Cologne) , Tom Fridley (Cort) , Ron Palillo (Allen Hawes) , Nancy McLoughlin (Lizbeth) , Alan Blumenfeld (Larry) , Matthew Faison (Stan) , Whitney Rydbeck (Roy) , Courtney Vickery (Nancy) , Bob Larkin (Martin) , Mike Nomad (Thornton) , Wallace Merck (Burt) , Roger Rose (Steven) , Thomas Nowell (Tyen)

Directors: Tom McLoughlin

Writers: Tom McLoughlin

Tags: new jersey, lightning, cemetery, mask, sadism, psychopath, sequel, woods, slaughter, serial killer, slasher, series of murders, supernatural horror, meta



Release Date: 1986-03-21

Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller

“Cobra” is a thrilling action movie from 1986 starring Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen. Set in a crime-ridden city, Stallone plays a tough street cop who must protect the only surviving witness to a dangerous cult with sinister plans. With a star-studded cast and an intense storyline, this film is a must-watch for action movie enthusiasts.

Cast: Sylvester Stallone (Lieutenant Marion ‘Cobra’ Cobretti) , Brigitte Nielsen (Ingrid) , Reni Santoni (Sergeant Gonzales) , Brian Thompson (Night Slasher) , Lee Garlington (Nancy Stalk) , Art LaFleur (Captain Sears) , Andrew Robinson (Detective Monte) , Marco Rodríguez (Supermarket Killer) , Val Avery (Chief Halliwell) , Nina Axelrod (Waitress) , David Rasche (Dan) , John Herzfeld (Cho) , Ross St. Phillip (Security Guard) , John Hauk (Low Rider) , Nick Angotti (Prodski) , Brad Bovee (Innocent Bystander) , Kevin Breslin (Supermarket Kid) , Roger Aaron Brown (Policeman #2) , John Cahill (Father of Blonde Girl) , Louise Caire Clark (Woman in Car) , Christine Craft (TV News Reporter) , Gregory Cruz (Janitor (as Gregory Norman Cruz)) , Deborah Dalton (Nurse #2) , Scott Dockstader (Killer #2) , Laura Drake (Murdered Waitress)

Directors: George P. Cosmatos

Writers: Sylvester Stallone, Paula Gosling

Tags: showdown, resistance, mannequin, prosecution, street war, psychopath, cop, murder, gang, witness to murder, action hero, good versus evil

Police Academy 3: Back in Training

Police Academy 3: Back in Training

Release Date: 1986-03-20

Genres: Comedy, Crime

“Police Academy 3: Back in Training” is a hilarious 1986 comedy film that takes place when police funding is cut, and one of the academies must be closed. To determine which academy stays open, they engage in a friendly competition. However, things get interesting when Mauser, a cunning officer, tries to stack the odds in his favor by persuading two officers from Lassard’s academy to join his team. With a star-studded cast including Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, and Michael Winslow, this movie is sure to keep you entertained with its unexpected twists and comedic moments.

Cast: Steve Guttenberg (Sgt. Mahoney) , Bubba Smith (Sgt. Hightower) , David Graf (Sgt. Tackleberry) , Michael Winslow (Sgt. Jones) , Marion Ramsey (Sgt. Hooks) , Leslie Easterbrook (Lt. Callahan) , Art Metrano (Comdt. Mauser) , Tim Kazurinsky (Cadet Sweetchuck) , Bobcat Goldthwait (Cadet Zed) , George Gaynes (Comdt. Lassard) , Shawn Weatherly (Cadet Adams) , Scott Thomson (Sgt. Copeland) , Brant von Hoffman (Sgt. Blanks) , Bruce Mahler (Sgt. Fackler) , Ed Nelson (Governor Neilson) , Debralee Scott (Cadet Fackler) , Lance Kinsey (Lt. Proctor) , Brian Tochi (Cadet Nogata) , Andrew Paris (Cadet Kirkland) , George R. Robertson (Chief Hurst) , David Huband (Cadet Hedges) , Georgina Spelvin (The Hooker) , R. Christopher Thomas (Cadet Baxter #1) , David James Elliott (Cadet Baxter #2) , Arthur Batanides (Mr. Kirkland)

Directors: Jerry Paris

Writers: Pat Proft, Gene Quintano, Neal Israel

Tags: competition, governor, sequel, police academy

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