Totally Awesome Movies of 1986

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1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy

7.8
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61 Metascore

A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones

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

8.1
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75 Metascore

After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell

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

8.4
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86 Metascore

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?

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Votes: 550,818 | Gross: $85.16M

Two words: James Cameron

4. ¡Three Amigos! (1986)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Western

6.4
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52 Metascore

Three actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to perform their onscreen bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Alfonso Arau

Votes: 58,299 | Gross: $39.25M

Gonna make it!

5. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

G | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.2
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Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan.

Directors: Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, David Michener, John Musker | Stars: Vincent Price, Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin, Susanne Pollatschek

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

6.6
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50 Metascore

Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton

Votes: 47,903 | Gross: $40.70M

Bimbo!

7. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

PG | 119 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.3
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67 Metascore

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.

Director: Leonard Nimoy | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 67,621 | Gross: $109.71M

8. Platoon (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, War

8.1
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92 Metascore

A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Keith David

Votes: 323,171 | Gross: $138.53M

9. Top Gun (1986)

PG | 110 min | Action, Drama, Romance

6.9
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50 Metascore

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.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer

Votes: 240,900 | Gross: $179.80M

Playing! Playing with the boys!

10. The Money Pit (1986)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

6.3
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49 Metascore

A young couple struggles to repair a hopelessly dilapidated house.

Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Tom Hanks, Shelley Long, Alexander Godunov, Maureen Stapleton

Votes: 42,024 | Gross: $37.50M

Good lookin' wool.

11. Hoosiers (1986)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Sport

7.6
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: David Anspaugh | Stars: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, Sheb Wooley

Votes: 37,104 | Gross: $28.61M

12. Something Wild (1986)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

6.9
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73 Metascore

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.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, George 'Red' Schwartz, Leib Lensky

Votes: 13,385 | Gross: $8.36M

13. Crocodile Dundee (1986)

PG-13 | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy

6.5
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62 Metascore

An American reporter goes to the Australian outback to meet an eccentric crocodile poacher and invites him to New York City.

Director: Peter Faiman | Stars: Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon, David Gulpilil

Votes: 80,603 | Gross: $174.64M

14. Gung Ho (1986)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama

6.2
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48 Metascore

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.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt, Mimi Rogers

Votes: 10,140 | Gross: $36.61M

15. Labyrinth (1986)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.4
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50 Metascore

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.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson

Votes: 104,645 | Gross: $12.73M

16. River's Edge (1986)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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73 Metascore

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.

Director: Tim Hunter | Stars: Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye, Daniel Roebuck

Votes: 13,093 | Gross: $4.60M

Crispin Glover man.

17. Youngblood (1986)

R | 110 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

6.1
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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 »

Director: Peter Markle | Stars: Rob Lowe, Cynthia Gibb, Patrick Swayze, Ed Lauter

Votes: 10,550 | Gross: $15.45M

18. Soul Man (1986)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Romance

5.2
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To achieve his dream of attending Harvard, a pampered teen poses as a young black man to receive a full scholarship.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Rae Dawn Chong, Arye Gross, James Earl Jones

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.

19. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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53 Metascore

An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong

Votes: 103,742 | Gross: $11.10M

20. The Karate Kid Part II (1986)

PG | 113 min | Action, Family, Romance

5.9
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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.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Pat Morita, Ralph Macchio, Bruce Malmuth, Eddie Smith

Votes: 59,647 | Gross: $115.10M

21. Running Scared (1986)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.5
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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.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal, Steven Bauer, Darlanne Fluegel

Votes: 9,496 | Gross: $38.50M

Shine Sweet Freedom!

22. The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

PG | 84 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.3
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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.

Director: Nelson Shin | Stars: Orson Welles, Robert Stack, Leonard Nimoy, Norman Alden

Votes: 33,904 | Gross: $5.85M

23. An American Tail (1986)

G | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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38 Metascore

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.

Director: Don Bluth | Stars: Dom DeLuise, Christopher Plummer, Erica Yohn, Nehemiah Persoff

Votes: 41,665 | Gross: $47.48M

24. Cobra (1986)

R | 87 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

5.7
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25 Metascore

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

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Reni Santoni, Andrew Robinson

Votes: 55,881 | Gross: $49.04M

25. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

6.9
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81 Metascore

A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Levi Stubbs

Votes: 54,212 | Gross: $38.75M