Temporal Top Ten – 1986







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Number of movies seen from this year – 115
Number of movies reviewed – 61 (including 4 Encore Reviews)

Being that I was only 12 in 1986, only 5 of these movies were seen in the theater, the other 5 (#8, #5, #4, #2 and #1) were seen on cable or video in the few years afterwards.

I had a lot of trouble deciding between #1 and #2, so I truly believe that it’s close to a virtual tie between the two but my #1 is more powerful overall so it wins by a (very small) nose.

You will notice that only 1 Oscar Best Picture nominee appears on this list and that’s because I really found the other 3 that I’ve seen to not be as good as my other 9 choices.  The final BP nominee “A Room With a View” is still on my watchlist, so as of now, I can’t say whether it deserves to be on this list or not.

My Top Ten


10. Brighton Beach Memoirs

3 amigos

9. Three Amigosrunning scared

8. Running Scared

star trek

7. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

top gun

6. Top Gun


5. Hoosiers


4. Aliens


3. Ferris Bueller’s Day Offplatoon2. Platoon

stand by me

1. Stand By Me


Here’s a complete list of movies that I’ve seen from 1986

  1. 8 Million Ways to Die
  2. 9½ Weeks
  3. 52 Pick-Up
  4. About Last Night
  5. The Adventures of Milo and Otis
  6. Aliens
  7. American Anthem
  8. An American Tail
  9. Armed and Dangerous
  10. At Close Range
  11. Avenging Force
  12. Back to School
  13. Band of the Hand
  14. Big Easy, The
  15. Big Trouble in Little China
  16. Black Moon Rising
  17. Blue City
  18. Blue Velvet
  19. The Boy Who Could Fly
  20. Brighton Beach Memoirs
  21. Children of a Lesser God
  22. Choke Canyon a.k.a. On Dangerous Ground
  23. The Clan of the Cave Bear
  24. Club Paradise
  25. Cobra
  26. The Color of Money
  27. Crimes of the Heart
  28. “Crocodile” Dundee
  29. The Delta Force
  30. Desert Bloom
  31. Down and Out in Beverly Hills
  32. F/X
  33. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  34. Firewalker
  35. Flight of the Navigator
  36. The Fly
  37. The Golden Child
  38. Gothic
  39. The Great Mouse Detective
  40. Gung Ho!
  41. Hamburger… The Motion Picture
  42. Hannah and Her Sisters
  43. Haunted Honeymoon
  44. Heartbreak Ridge
  45. Heartburn
  46. Heat
  47. Highlander
  48. The Hitcher
  49. Hoosiers
  50. House
  51. Howard the Duck
  52. Iron Eagle
  53. Jake Speed
  54. Jo Jo Dancer
  55. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  56. Just Between Friends
  57. The Karate Kid, Part II
  58. Labyrinth
  59. Laputa: Castle in the Sky
  60. Legal Eagles
  61. Let’s Get Harry
  62. Little Shop of Horrors
  63. Lucas
  64. The Manhattan Project
  65. Manhunter
  66. Maximum Overdrive
  67. The Mission
  68. Mona Lisa
  69. The Money Pit
  70. The Morning After
  71. The Mosquito Coast
  72. Murphy’s Law
  73. The Name of the Rose
  74. ‘night, Mother
  75. Night of the Creeps
  76. No Mercy
  77. Nothing in Common
  78. One Crazy Summer
  79. Out of Bounds
  80. Peggy Sue Got Married
  81. Platoon                                   Encore Review
  82. Police Academy 3: Back in Training
  83. Poltergeist II: The Other Side
  84. Power
  85. Pretty in Pink
  86. Quicksilver
  87. Raw Deal
  88. Robin Williams: A Night at the Met
  89. River’s Edge
  90. Running Scared
  91. Ruthless People
  92. Salvador
  93. Shanghai Surprise
  94. She’s Gotta Have It
  95. Short Circuit
  96. Shtei Etzbaot Mi’Tzidon (aka Ricochets)
  97. Sid and Nancy
  98. Solarbabies
  99. Something Wild
  100. Soul Man
  101. SpaceCamp
  102. Stand by Me      Encore Review     Encore Review 2   Encore Review 3
  103. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  104. Streets of Gold
  105. Sweet Liberty
  106. Sword of Gideon
  107. That’s Life!
  108. ¡Three Amigos!
  109. Top Gun
  110. Tough Guys
  111. The Transformers: The Movie
  112. Wildcats
  113. Wisdom
  114. The Wraith
  115. Youngblood



11 thoughts on “Temporal Top Ten – 1986

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  2. Great list! Seeing as you chose 3 movies out of possibly the 10 movies in change that I saw from 1986 😉 Well, to be fair, I was born that year….so umm, I’m still working on it 😉 Love me some Goonies and Aliens. Plus, Maximum Overdrive is one of my guilty pleasures..haha!

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  3. Here I have seen very few on the list, so I haven’t much to say. I like Stand by Me quite a bit. Aliens, too.

    I’ll focus my comments on A Room With a View; I recognize the skill it took to make it. But the film is far too dry, the characters far to “meh” and the pace too slow for my blood. I wouldn’t have it on this list.

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    • Good to know that I haven’t missed out on a lot by having not seen it yet. It wasn’t high on my watchlist regardless and u just helped drop it down a notch or two.

      Uve never seen Platoon????


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