My Best Films of 1986

by g_monte | created - 30 Sep 2011 | updated - 20 Jan 2017 | Public

Out of 352 films seen. All rated 8/10 or higher.

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1. The Sacrifice (1986)

PG | 149 min | Drama

At the dawn of World War III, a man searches for a way to restore peace to the world and finds he must give something in return.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Erland Josephson, Susan Fleetwood, Allan Edwall, Guðrún Gísladóttir

Votes: 17,847 | Gross: $0.30M

2. Mammame (1986)

65 min | Fantasy, Music

A Ruizian adaptation of Jean-Claude Gallotta's iconic wordless ballet choreography.

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Eric Alfieri, Mathilde Altaraz, Muriel Boulay, Christophe Delachaux

Votes: 76

3. The Horse Thief (1986)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

The story of Norbu, a horse thief, who is thrown out of his tribe in an effort to purge it of evil. Norbu repents after the birth of his son, but he is forced to steal again after the birth... See full summary »

Directors: Zhuangzhuang Tian, Peicheng Pan | Stars: Daiba, Jiji Dan, Drashi, Gaoba

Votes: 784

4. The Pied Piper (1986)

Not Rated | 53 min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror

The story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin with a twist.

Director: Jirí Barta | Stars: Oldrich Kaiser, Jirí Lábus, Michal Pavlícek, Vilém Cok

Votes: 833

5. Kong bu fen zi (1986)

109 min | Crime, Drama

A metaphysical mystery about the lives of three couples in Taipei that continually intersect over a span of several weeks.

Director: Edward Yang | Stars: Cora Miao, Li-Chun Lee, Wang An, Pao-Ming Ku

Votes: 1,595

6. Mon cas (1986)

92 min | Drama, Fantasy

Four versions of the same story, first in the perspective of a theatre play, second in the perspective of a silent film, third in the perspective of a film of the 50s and finally in a biblical philosophical perspective.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Bulle Ogier, Luís Miguel Cintra, Axel Bogousslavsky, Fred Personne

Votes: 161

7. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Michael Caine, Barbara Hershey

Votes: 58,793 | Gross: $40.08M

8. The Singing Detective (1986)

415 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

Tormented and bedridden by a debilitating disease, a mystery writer relives his detective stories through his imagination and hallucinations.

Stars: Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley, David Ryall

Votes: 3,734

9. Mauvais Sang (1986)

Unrated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

Marc (Michel Piccoli) recruits Alex (Denis Lavant), son of his former, now dead colleague. Alex is a card shark with a big dream to go out to the world and leave his own mark. His ... See full summary »

Director: Leos Carax | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Hans Meyer

Votes: 5,200 | Gross: $0.02M

10. Blue Velvet (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

76 Metascore

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 psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

Votes: 152,254 | Gross: $8.55M

11. Summer (1986)

R | 99 min | Drama, Romance

It's July, and Delphine has nowhere to go for the summer. She feels very bored and "empty", but this won't last; one day she accidently meets someone who seems to be totally made for her...

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Marie Rivière, María Luisa García, Vincent Gauthier, Amira Chemakhi

Votes: 4,795 | Gross: $0.04M

13. Liàn liàn fengchén (1986)

109 min | Drama, Romance

A young couple leave their mining town home for Taipei where they struggle to eke out a living in an industrial wasteland.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Shu-Fang Chen, Shu-Fen Hsin, Lawrence Ko, Tian-Lu Li

Votes: 1,616

14. Universal Hotel (1986)

20 min | Short

Universal Hotel combines objective and subjective elements. In it, Thompson chronicles his research into experiments by Dr. Sigmund Rascher at Dachau in 1942, in which he nearly froze a ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Thompson | Star: Peter Thompson

Votes: 64

15. Bell Diamond (1986)

96 min

A telling story of an unemployed Vietnam vet in Butte, Montana, whose wife leaves him after seven years when she feels there is no longer communication between them and - more painfully and... See full synopsis »

Director: Jon Jost | Stars: Scott Andersen, Dan Cornell, Marshall Gaddis, Alan Godard

Votes: 41

16. Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

74 Metascore

Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up, she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Barry Miller, Catherine Hicks

Votes: 29,180 | Gross: $41.38M

17. 'Round Midnight (1986)

R | 133 min | Drama, Music

A troubled, but talented musician flees the US to escape his problems, finding refuge and support in Paris.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Dexter Gordon, François Cluzet, Gabrielle Haker, Sandra Reaves-Phillips

Votes: 4,109 | Gross: $3.27M

18. Hoosiers (1986)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Sport

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: 37,640 | Gross: $28.61M

20. Amma Ariyan (1986)

115 min | Drama

The story revolves around the incidents following the death of a young Naxalite, upon whose death his friends travel to the village where his mother lives to inform her of the death of her only son.

Director: John Abraham | Stars: Kunhulakshmi Amma, Nilambur Balan, Harinarayan, Joy Mathew

Votes: 106

21. Magdalena Viraga (1986)

90 min

Shot in the bars and seedy hotels of East L.A, this film is about the inner life of a prostitute imprisoned for killing her pimp.

Director: Nina Menkes | Stars: Claire Aguilar, Nora Bendich, Dave Gist, Scott Edmund Lane

Votes: 33

22. Golden Eighties (1986)

96 min | Comedy, Musical

Three young women at a hair salon all like the son of the clothing store proprietors across the mall. Although Robby is selfish and shallow, he's appealing to Lili, the salon's manager, ... See full summary »

Director: Chantal Akerman | Stars: Lio, Pascale Salkin, Delphine Seyrig, Myriam Boyer

Votes: 180

23. Mala Noche (1986)

Not Rated | 78 min | Drama

A story of amour fou. Walt is madly in love/lust with a young illegal Mexican immigrant. However, the object of his unrequited affection doesn't even speak any English and finds Walt really... See full summary »

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Tim Streeter, Doug Cooeyate, Ray Monge, Nyla McCarthy

Votes: 3,067

24. Man Facing Southeast (1986)

R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery

A patient in a mental hospital claims to be an extraterrestial. Could he be right?

Director: Eliseo Subiela | Stars: Lorenzo Quinteros, Hugo Soto, Inés Vernengo, Cristina Scaramuzza

Votes: 3,106 | Gross: $0.73M

25. Mélo (1986)

112 min | Drama, Romance

In Paris in the 1920s, a concert violinist meets and falls in love with a stylish young flapper who's the wife of an old friend. Romaine instigates the affair with Marcel, and carries it ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Sabine Azéma, Fanny Ardant, Pierre Arditi, André Dussollier

Votes: 919

26. River's Edge (1986)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama

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: 13,303 | Gross: $4.60M

27. Routine Pleasures (1986)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

What do a club devoted to model trains and the legendary film critic and painter Manny Farber have in common? These two story lines intersect in an attempt to recreate the past.

Director: Jean-Pierre Gorin

Votes: 165

28. Street of Crocodiles (1986)

Not Rated | 20 min | Animation, Short

Inside a box full of curio, a puppet who is recently freed from his strings explores a dusty and forlorn commercial area. The explorer becomes ensnared into miniature tailor shop by baby-faced dolls.

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay | Star: Feliks Stawinski

Votes: 2,066

29. O melissokomos (1986)

122 min | Drama

A bee keeper, Spiros, travels from the north to the south of Greece with his bees to meet the spring.

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Nadia Mourouzi, Serge Reggiani, Jenny Roussea

Votes: 1,614

30. Hovering Over the Water (1986)

143 min | Drama, Romance

Laura Rossellini, a widow from Rome, vacations on the Algarve coast one hot summer. One day while sunbathing, she finds a wounded man named Robert drifting in the surf on a rubber raft. She... See full summary »

Director: João César Monteiro | Stars: Laura Morante, Philip J. Spinelli, Manuela de Freitas, Georges Claisse

Votes: 259

31. Manon of the Spring (1986)

PG | 113 min | Drama

A beautiful but shy shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father's land caused his death years earlier.

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Yves Montand, Emmanuelle Béart, Daniel Auteuil, Hippolyte Girardot

Votes: 18,296 | Gross: $3.94M

32. When the Wind Blows (1986)

84 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A naive elderly British rural couple survive the initial onslaught of a nuclear war.

Director: Jimmy T. Murakami | Stars: Peggy Ashcroft, John Mills, Robin Houston, James Russell

Votes: 8,208 | Gross: $0.01M

33. Meeting Woody Allen (1986)

26 min | Documentary, Short

Revolutionary French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard conducts a twenty-five minute interview with influential and acclaimed American director Woody Allen on the cultural radiation, the ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Woody Allen, Jean-Luc Godard, Annette Insdorf

Votes: 858

34. Platoon (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, War

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: 331,787 | Gross: $138.53M

35. Mona Lisa (1986)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A man recently released from prison manages to get a job driving a call girl from customer to customer.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine, Robbie Coltrane

Votes: 11,072 | Gross: $5.79M

36. Jean de Florette (1986)

PG | 120 min | Drama

A greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell.

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, Elisabeth Depardieu

Votes: 21,426 | Gross: $4.94M

37. Long Live the New Flesh: The Films of David Cronenberg (1987 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary, Biography

Documentary about the career of director David Cronenberg, with clips from his films and interviews with friends, colleagues, film critics and Cronenberg himself.

Director: Laurens C. Postma | Stars: David Cronenberg, Jeff Goldblum, Stephen King, Martin Scorsese

Votes: 95

38. Sid and Nancy (1986)

R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Music

76 Metascore

The relationship between Sid Vicious, bassist for British punk group The Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen is portrayed.

Director: Alex Cox | Stars: Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman, Debby Bishop

Votes: 25,863 | Gross: $2.83M

39. Aliens (1986)

R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

86 Metascore

Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited 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: 563,748 | Gross: $85.16M