Temporal Top Ten – 1986







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Number of movies seen from this year – 121
Number of movies reviewed – 97 (including 10 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. As Summers Die
  11. At Close Range
  12. Avenging Force
  13. Back to School
  14. Band of the Hand
  15. The Best of Times
  16. Big Easy, The
  17. Big Trouble in Little China
  18. Black Moon Rising
  19. Blue City
  20. Blue Velvet
  21. The Boy Who Could Fly
  22. Brighton Beach Memoirs
  23. Children of a Lesser God
  24. Choke Canyon a.k.a. On Dangerous Ground
  25. The Clan of the Cave Bear
  26. Club Paradise
  27. Cobra
  28. The Color of Money
  29. Crimes of the Heart
  30. “Crocodile” Dundee
  31. The Delta Force
  32. Desert Bloom
  33. Down and Out in Beverly Hills
  34. Every Time We Say Goodbye
  35. F/X
  36. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off       Encore Review
  37. Firewalker
  38. Flight of the Navigator
  39. The Fly
  40. The Golden Child
  41. Gothic
  42. The Great Mouse Detective
  43. Gung Ho
  44. Hamburger… The Motion Picture
  45. Hannah and Her Sisters
  46. Haunted Honeymoon
  47. Heartbreak Ridge
  48. Heartburn
  49. Heat
  50. Highlander
  51. The Hitcher
  52. Hoosiers
  53. House
  54. Howard the Duck
  55. Iron Eagle
  56. Jake Speed
  57. Jean de Florette
  58. Jo Jo Dancer
  59. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  60. Just Between Friends
  61. The Karate Kid, Part II
  62. Labyrinth
  63. Laputa: Castle in the Sky
  64. Legal Eagles
  65. Let’s Get Harry
  66. Little Shop of Horrors
  67. Lucas
  68. The Manhattan Project
  69. Manhunter
  70. Manon of the Spring
  71. Maximum Overdrive
  72. The Mission
  73. Mona Lisa
  74. The Money Pit
  75. The Morning After
  76. The Mosquito Coast
  77. Murphy’s Law
  78. The Name of the Rose
  79. ‘night, Mother
  80. Night of the Creeps
  81. No Mercy
  82. Nothing in Common
  83. One Crazy Summer
  84. Opposing Force
  85. Out of Bounds
  86. Peggy Sue Got Married
  87. Platoon                                   Encore Review       Encore Review 2
  88. Police Academy 3: Back in Training
  89. Poltergeist II: The Other Side
  90. Power
  91. Pretty in Pink
  92. Quicksilver
  93. Raw Deal
  94. Robin Williams: A Night at the Met
  95. The River’s Edge
  96. Running Scared
  97. Ruthless People
  98. Salvador
  99. Shanghai Surprise
  100. She’s Gotta Have It
  101. Short Circuit
  102. Shtei Etzbaot Mi’Tzidon (aka Ricochets)
  103. Sid and Nancy
  104. Solarbabies
  105. Something Wild
  106. Soul Man
  107. SpaceCamp
  108. Stand by Me      Encore Review     Encore Review 2   Encore Review 3 Encore Review 4  Encore Review 5 6
  109. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  110. Streets of Gold
  111. Sweet Liberty
  112. Sword of Gideon
  113. That’s Life!
  114. ¡Three Amigos!
  115. Top Gun   Encore Review
  116. Tough Guys
  117. The Transformers: The Movie
  118. Wildcats
  119. Wisdom
  120. The Wraith
  121. 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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