Temporal Top Ten – 1986







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Number of movies seen from this year – 119
Number of movies reviewed – 74 (including 5 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. The Best of Times
  15. Big Easy, The
  16. Big Trouble in Little China
  17. Black Moon Rising
  18. Blue City
  19. Blue Velvet
  20. The Boy Who Could Fly
  21. Brighton Beach Memoirs
  22. Children of a Lesser God
  23. Choke Canyon a.k.a. On Dangerous Ground
  24. The Clan of the Cave Bear
  25. Club Paradise
  26. Cobra
  27. The Color of Money
  28. Crimes of the Heart
  29. “Crocodile” Dundee
  30. The Delta Force
  31. Desert Bloom
  32. Down and Out in Beverly Hills
  33. Every Time We Say Goodbye
  34. F/X
  35. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  36. Firewalker
  37. Flight of the Navigator
  38. The Fly
  39. The Golden Child
  40. Gothic
  41. The Great Mouse Detective
  42. Gung Ho!
  43. Hamburger… The Motion Picture
  44. Hannah and Her Sisters
  45. Haunted Honeymoon
  46. Heartbreak Ridge
  47. Heartburn
  48. Heat
  49. Highlander
  50. The Hitcher
  51. Hoosiers
  52. House
  53. Howard the Duck
  54. Iron Eagle
  55. Jake Speed
  56. Jean de Florette
  57. Jo Jo Dancer
  58. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  59. Just Between Friends
  60. The Karate Kid, Part II
  61. Labyrinth
  62. Laputa: Castle in the Sky
  63. Legal Eagles
  64. Let’s Get Harry
  65. Little Shop of Horrors
  66. Lucas
  67. The Manhattan Project
  68. Manhunter
  69. Manon of the Spring
  70. Maximum Overdrive
  71. The Mission
  72. Mona Lisa
  73. The Money Pit
  74. The Morning After
  75. The Mosquito Coast
  76. Murphy’s Law
  77. The Name of the Rose
  78. ‘night, Mother
  79. Night of the Creeps
  80. No Mercy
  81. Nothing in Common
  82. One Crazy Summer
  83. Out of Bounds
  84. Peggy Sue Got Married
  85. Platoon                                   Encore Review
  86. Police Academy 3: Back in Training
  87. Poltergeist II: The Other Side
  88. Power
  89. Pretty in Pink
  90. Quicksilver
  91. Raw Deal
  92. Robin Williams: A Night at the Met
  93. River’s Edge
  94. Running Scared
  95. Ruthless People
  96. Salvador
  97. Shanghai Surprise
  98. She’s Gotta Have It
  99. Short Circuit
  100. Shtei Etzbaot Mi’Tzidon (aka Ricochets)
  101. Sid and Nancy
  102. Solarbabies
  103. Something Wild
  104. Soul Man
  105. SpaceCamp
  106. Stand by Me      Encore Review     Encore Review 2   Encore Review 3 Encore Review 4
  107. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  108. Streets of Gold
  109. Sweet Liberty
  110. Sword of Gideon
  111. That’s Life!
  112. ¡Three Amigos!
  113. Top Gun
  114. Tough Guys
  115. The Transformers: The Movie
  116. Wildcats
  117. Wisdom
  118. The Wraith
  119. 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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