Totally Awesome Movies of 1986by im_feeling_skinny_tony | created - 03 May 2011 | updated - 23 Oct 2014 | Public
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1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy
A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.
Votes: 269,120 | Gross: $70.14M
It's a little childish and stupid, but then, so is high school.
2. Stand by Me (1986)
R | 89 min | Adventure, Drama
After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.
Votes: 305,452 | Gross: $52.29M
Absolutely timeless. As a young kid I like to think I had an epic Tom Sawyer-esque childhood. So I've always been able to relate to the dialogue, chemistry and adventurous youthful vibe felt in this film.
3. Aliens (1986)
R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
57 years later, Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team during her hypersleep. The moon from the original movie has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?
Votes: 550,818 | Gross: $85.16M
Two words: James Cameron
4. ¡Three Amigos! (1986)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Western
Three actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to perform their onscreen bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.
Votes: 58,299 | Gross: $39.25M
Gonna make it!
5. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
G | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan.
Votes: 37,211 | Gross: $38.60M
Although, I was born the same year it was released, I was still privileged to catch this underrated Disney flick during its theatrical re-release in 1992.
6. Short Circuit (1986)
PG | 98 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.
Votes: 47,903 | Gross: $40.70M
7. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
PG | 119 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral James T. Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to San Francisco in 1986 to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it: humpback whales.
Votes: 67,621 | Gross: $109.71M
9. Top Gun (1986)
PG | 110 min | Action, Drama, Romance
As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.
Votes: 240,900 | Gross: $179.80M
Playing! Playing with the boys!
10. The Money Pit (1986)
PG | 91 min | Comedy
A young couple struggles to repair a hopelessly dilapidated house.
Votes: 42,024 | Gross: $37.50M
Good lookin' wool.
11. Hoosiers (1986)
PG | 114 min | Drama, Sport
A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.
Votes: 37,104 | Gross: $28.61M
12. Something Wild (1986)
R | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-convict husband shows up.
Votes: 13,385 | Gross: $8.36M
13. Crocodile Dundee (1986)
PG-13 | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy
An American reporter goes to the Australian outback to meet an eccentric crocodile poacher and invites him to New York City.
Votes: 80,603 | Gross: $174.64M
14. Gung Ho (1986)
PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama
When a Japanese car company buys an American plant, the American liaison must mediate the clash of work attitudes between the foreign management and native labor.
Votes: 10,140 | Gross: $36.61M
15. Labyrinth (1986)
PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.
Votes: 104,645 | Gross: $12.73M
16. River's Edge (1986)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama
A high school slacker commits a shocking act and proceeds to let his friends in on the secret. However, the friends' reaction is almost as ambiguous and perplexing as the crime itself.
Votes: 13,093 | Gross: $4.60M
Crispin Glover man.
17. Youngblood (1986)
R | 110 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
A skilled young hockey prospect hoping to attract the attention of professional scouts is pressured to show that he can fight if challenged during his stay in a Canadian minor hockey town. ... See full summary »
Votes: 10,550 | Gross: $15.45M
18. Soul Man (1986)
PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Romance
To achieve his dream of attending Harvard, a pampered teen poses as a young black man to receive a full scholarship.
Votes: 6,521 | Gross: $27.82M
A comedy plot you'll only find in the 80's, but I'm still waiting for the remake.
20. The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
PG | 113 min | Action, Family, Romance
Daniel accompanies his mentor, Mr. Miyagi, to Miyagi's childhood home in Okinawa. Miyagi visits his dying father and confronts his old rival, while Daniel falls in love and inadvertently makes a new rival of his own.
Votes: 59,647 | Gross: $115.10M
21. Running Scared (1986)
R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Two street-wise Chicago cops have to shake off some rust after returning from a Key West vacation to pursue a drug dealer who nearly killed them in the past.
Votes: 9,496 | Gross: $38.50M
Shine Sweet Freedom!
22. The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
PG | 84 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
The Autobots must stop a colossal planet consuming robot who goes after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. At the same time, they must defend themselves against an all-out attack from the Decepticons.
Votes: 33,904 | Gross: $5.85M
23. An American Tail (1986)
G | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
While emigrating to the United States, a young Russian mouse gets separated from his family and must relocate them while trying to survive in a new country.
Votes: 41,665 | Gross: $47.48M
24. Cobra (1986)
R | 87 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans.
Votes: 55,881 | Gross: $49.04M
25. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Family, Musical
A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.
Votes: 54,212 | Gross: $38.75M