MOVIEpast 1986: Top 10 movies from 1986

After some wait, here is the next year of MOVIEpast. This time for 1986. Many films made history on this list, with number one and two being films that I have watched so often I know every frame.

Visual effects are really coming into the mainstream film making in 1986 and silly comedies also being made to world class standard.

But, here is the list, starting in place 10:

10. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

[blockquote source=”Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick)”]Pardon my French, but Cameron is so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you’d have a diamond.[/blockquote]

I haven’t seen this one just yet, but the committee behind this was very adamant that any movie list of 1986 missing Ferris Bueller’s Day Off would simply be incorrect.

The story is about Ferris who decides to take the day off from High school.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) on IMDb

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9. ¡Three Amigos!

[blockquote source=”Lucky Day (Steve Martin)”]You dirt-eating piece of slime! You scum-sucking pig! You son of a motherless goat![/blockquote]

This film is so good natured and funny. Not sure it will age very well, but  several scenes became instant classic (shooting the invisible man). It was the golden age of Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short, which sadly have not produced anything worth watching for a decade.

Three actors believe they have scored a great gig in Mexico, but soon realise that people believe them to be real cowboys.

¡Three Amigos! (1986) on IMDb

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8. Labyrinth

[blockquote source=”Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie)”]It’s a crystal. Nothing more. But if you turn it this way and look into it, it will show you your dreams. But this is not a gift for an ordinary girl who takes care of a screaming baby.[/blockquote]

An absolute classic from the Kermit maker Jim Henson. It is one of the best performances you will see from Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie. While being an adventure, it has serious undertone and is not really a movie for very young kids. It is full of word play, weird and wonderful music, life’s questions and even a hint of romance.

The film follows Sarah who is sick of babysitting her baby brother and wishes him away to the Goblin King, which just so happens to exist and quickly takes her up on the offer. Now Sarah has only 13 hours to find him before it is too late, and all that is in her way is the Labyrinth.

Labyrinth (1986) on IMDb

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7. Top Gun

[blockquote source=”Maverick (Tom Cruise)”]Any of you boys seen an aircraft-carrier around here?[/blockquote]

This IS 1986! The music, the heroes, Tom Cruise, the hair style and even the names of the characters. It is terribly funny to watch today, but still has a place on this list.

A hot-head pilot is moved up to the Top Gun Naval Flying School, where he manages to piss most people of and generally be of nuisance.

Top Gun (1986) on IMDb

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6. Platoon

[blockquote source=”Sgt. O’Neill (John C. McGinley)”]Excuses are like assholes, Taylor, everybody got one.[/blockquote]

I can’t watch Platoon regularly. It is one of the best and/or most horrifying stories from the Vietnam war, and leaves you knackered. Very well done, and full of first class actors. Charlie Sheen is there acting like he would one day become one of the greatest. Instead we can now see him make an ass of himself in the kitchen.

Platoon (1986) on IMDb

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5. The Fly

[blockquote source=”Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum)”]My teeth have begun to fall out. The medicine cabinet is now the Brundle Museum of Natural History. You wanna see what else is in it?[/blockquote]

When I saw this, most likely couple of years after it came out, I thought it was about the scariest thing ever. With all the visual effects today, and the sort of over the board scare tactics in films, it is pretty bland if you watch it now. But pure classic it is.

A scientists explores teleportation on himself with terrifying result!

The Fly (1986) on IMDb

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4. The Name of the Rose

[blockquote source=”William of Baskerville (Sean Connery)”]The only evidence I see of the antichrist here is everyones desire to see him at work.[/blockquote]

The Name of the Rose is really a unique film, in the sense that it is difficult to place it in a specific category, and it was also unusual when it was released. I found very good, though as often, it is not ageing particularly well.

It is about William of Baskerville and his apprentice coming to a seclusive abbey where unexplained deaths haunt the monks.

The Name of the Rose (1986) on IMDb

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3. Stand by me

[blockquote source=”Gordie (Wil Wheaton)”]Suck my fat one, you cheap dime store hood.[/blockquote]

This is the best Stephan King movie by far. It grabs you and doesn’t let go.

The storyline revolves around four boys that go on adventures journey to look for the body of a boy that went missing.

Stand by Me (1986) on IMDb

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2. Highlander

[blockquote source=”Conno MacLeod (Christopher Lambert)”]I am Connor MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod. I was born in 1518 in the village of Glenfinnan on the shores of Loch Shiel. And I am immortal.[/blockquote]

Along with Die Hard, this was my first film that I ever owned on VHS. First as a copy, then several times I purchased it all the way up to the DVD age. I have yet to purchase it on iTunes, though I expect that to be soon. What’s more, my all time favourite band, Queen, did the soundtrack – and surely that will be on most top lists of movie soundtrack.

The story is fantastic. Few immortals battle each other with swords throughout the ages, trying to chop each other head of as that is the only way to kill or be killed.

Highlander (1986) on IMDb

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1. Aliens

[blockquote source=”Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver)”]Get away from her, you bitch![/blockquote]

This IS my all time favourite film!

I have never been without this film since I saw it first time. From VHS to DVD to Collector Editions to iTunes. It is only one of two films that I keep on my phone at all times. I can put it on my headphones, close my eyes, and I will know each frame of the film – don’t even need to be watching.

While many felt this was inferior movie compared to Alien, they were mostly just different. Alien about few people fighting an alien in dark corridors, while Aliens is about Ripley facing her demons and professional mercenaries fighting with heavy weaponry with several aliens.

Aliens (1986) on IMDb

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Other films from 1986 that you should watch:

Even though these are not part of our top 10, they did all get a mention by the expert panel. Not all of us agreed on the final 10, but we all did agree that as a whole, the top 10 and the list here below is what 1986 was all about.

The list is in alphabetical order, with IMDB link and star rating.

    • An American Tail IMDb
    • Armour of God IMDb
    • Back To Scool IMDb
    • Betty Blue IMDb
    • Big Trouble in Little China IMDb
    • Blue Velvet IMDb
    • Castle in the Sky IMDb
    • Class of Nuke ‘Em High IMDb
    • Clockwise IMDb
    • Cobra IMDb
    • Critters IMDb
    • Crocodile Dundee IMDb
    • Down and Out in Beverly Hills IMDb
    • F/X IMDb
    • Fist of the North Star IMDb
    • Flight of the Navigator IMDb
    • Hannah and her Sisters IMDb
    • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer IMDb
    • House IMDb
    • Jumpin’ Jack Flash IMDb
    • Legal Eagles IMDb
    • Little Shop of Horrors IMDb
    • Lucas IMDb
    • Manhunter IMDb
    • Maximum Overdrive IMDb
    • Monster in the Closet IMDb
    • Nine 1/2 Weeks IMDb
    • Peggy Sue Got Married IMDb
    • Quicksilver IMDb
    • Running Scared IMDb
    • Ruthless People IMDb
    • Short Circuit IMDb
    • Something Wild IMDb
    • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home IMDb
    • The Color of Money IMDb
    • The Golden Child IMDb
    • The Great Mouse Detective IMDb
    • The Hitcher IMDb
    • The Karate Kid, Part II IMDb
    • The Mission IMDb
    • The Mosquito Coast IMDb
    • Tough Guys IMDb
    • Transformers: The Movie IMDb

That is all for 1986.

Comment, comment, comment -> if you agree, disagree or/and if you feel some films were left out.

NB: This post has been created for future generations (well mostly my daughters) to know which main films to watch from each years. It is not scientific, nor is it based on popular votes. This list is purely the author’s view, while some input has been given by close movie-enthusiast-friends (Joi, Freyr, Jason, Kenny <- Thanks guys!). 

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