REWIND & RANK: TOP 10 Movies of 1986

RANKING THE YEAR’S BEST: FROM OSCAR MOVIES TO BLOCKBUSTERS

Walk down memory lane… And let the movie nerd debate begin.

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Let’s REWIND to the year 1986.

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These are personal TOP 10s ranking Oscar-nominated movies right alongside popcorn-munching blockbusters, indie films, b-movies, and cult classics.You never know, you might even uncover a hidden gem or two.

1986 had some all-time greats from a variety of genres. There were also some totally cheesy retro 80s movies that are totally guilty pleasures. The #1 movie at the box office was TOP GUN with $176 million (not adjusted for inflation). The blockbuster launched Tom Cruise into super stardom.

The biggest shining turds from the year were the George Lucas Marvel adaptation of HOWARD THE DUCK, the totally unnecessary sequels like KING KONG LIVES and PSYCHO 3, along with the totally obliviously racist black-face comedy SOUL MAN starring Brat-Packer C. Thomas Howell (so that’s how his career ended).

My TOP 10 is followed by HONORABLE MENTIONS and the Best of ART VS POPCORN.

Let’s dig in…


THE TOP 10

10. CROCODILE DUNDEE

Surprise word of mouth smash hit.

9. THE FLY

Could be Cronenberg’s best!

8. HIGHLANDER

Totally 80s. Totally Awesome… down to the Queen soundtrack.

7. THE MISSION

DeNiro on epic quest like Scorsese’s SILENCE.

6. TOP GUN

Surprise mega-blockbuster. Made Tom Cruise an action hero.

5. HOOSIERS

One of the best sports movies ever.

4. PLATOON

Could be Oliver Stone’s best. Charlie Sheen as an actor.

3. FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF

One of the best comedies of all-time. A symbol of the 80s… And JOHN HUGHES!

2. ALIENS

James Cameron solidifies his blockbuster status making an action-packed sequel to Ridley Scott’s ALIEN… and making the drama work.

1. STAND BY ME

The best coming of age movie ever. Incredible performances, led by River Phoenix.


HONORABLE MENTIONS

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA / BLUE VELVET / THE COLOR OF MONEY / CRITTERS / HOWARD THE DUCK / LAPUTA: CASTLE IN THE SKY / LUCAS / RIVER’S EDGE / SHORT CIRCUIT / THREE AMIGOS!


THE BEST OF ART VS POPCORN

listed alphabetically

9 1/2 WEEKS / AN AMERICAN TAIL / APRIL FOOL’S DAY / ARMED & DANGEROUS / BACK TO SCHOOL / A BETTER TOMORROW / THE BOY WHO COULD FLY / COBRA / CROSSROADS / THE DELTA FORCE / DOWN & OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS / FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR / FRIDAY THE 13th PART VI: JASON LIVES / F/X / THE GOLDEN CHILD / HAMBURGER: THE MOTION PICTURE / INVADERS FROM MARS / IRON EAGLE / JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH / THE KARATE KID: PART 2 / LABYRINTH / LINK / LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS / MANHUNTER / MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE / THE MONEY PIT / THE MOSQUITO COAST / THE NAME OF THE ROSE / ONE CRAZY SUMMER / PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED / POLICE ACADEMY 3 / RAD / RAW DEAL / RUNNING SCARED / RUTHLESS PEOPLE / SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT / SOLARBABIES / SPACE CAMP / STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME / THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 / THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE / WILDCATS / WISDOM


MY MUST-WATCH LIST

notable films i need to see

ABOUT LAST NIGHT / BLACK MOON RISING / CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD / THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR / CRIMES OF THE HEART / DEADLY FRIEND / DEVIL IN THE FLESH / GUNG HO / HANNAH & HER SISTERS / HEARTBREAK RIDGE / THE HITCHER / LEGAL EAGLES / MONA LISA / NOMADS / OUT OF AFRICA / PRETTY IN PINK / A ROOM WITH A VIEW / SALVADOR / SID & NANCY / SOMETHING WILD


What do you think?

Stay tuned for more REWIND & RANK.


 

37 thoughts on “REWIND & RANK: TOP 10 Movies of 1986

      1. I don’t get the stigma towards horror. The genre is filled with outstanding movies. Show some love Academy. And thanks for checking my new site out, currently have a saucy two part story going which will no doubt get your attention.

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    1. Stand By Me is so special. It also captures a rare quality many films can share the claim: melancholy. But it’s also funny. Don’t get me wrong. It’s my favourite Stephen King (better than Shining and Shawshank).

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      1. It conveys that melancholy,y longing of not quite knowing what the future holds with a winning humour. A truly excellent film. And I hope you enjoy my other site.

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      2. Also, as you age and revisit the film it means something different. I long for the days of playing in nature, fishing, catching frogs, taking long hikes, and building treeforts. On top of that good stuff, is the way the film captures precious childhood friendships.

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  1. Well you know what old Jack Burton would say? He’d say Aliens, Highlander, Hoosiers, Crocodile Dundee, Platoon, Peggy Sue Got Married, Out of Africa, Heartbreak Ridge Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Big Trouble in Little China would be in his Top 10. Man I wanted to be an astronaut when I saw Space Camp, they made some great movies for kids back then. Flight of the Navigator and The Boy Who Could Fly. Plus I just got to say I love To Live and Die in L.A. too. Have to see The Fly and I really want to see Videodrome.

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    1. Hahaha. Burton. Classic 😉 And I wanted to go to Space Camp too. NERD ALERT: Joaquin Phoenix was in that cult classic, but that was back when he was known as Leaf (if I remember correctly). I loved a lot of the same kids movies (ie: Navigator). 80s was awesome for that. As for The Fly and Videodrome… you need more Cronenberg in your life 😉 Jokes. He’s one of our best directors in Canada. You have to ready to dive deep in the dark though. Hehehe. Good luck, buddy. Lemme know if you make it out the other side 😉

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      1. I saw Existenz at uni but didn’t blow my skirt up. A History of Violence and Eastern Promises a completely different thing. But I’m hungry to check out more and those two would be top of the list.

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      2. His earlier stuff is pretty extreme. Cronenberg owned the body horror sub-genre, going back to Scanners and Shivers. So be warned. 😉

        I also liked his drama about Freud & Jung with Fassbender and Kiera Knightley.

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  2. What a terrific Top 10 Dan, certainly a lot of my favourites I mentioned here. Heartbreak Ridge is basically a service comedy but I really enjoy it so will be interested to hear what you think when you see it.

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    1. We played the theme Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission when Karen and I signed the registry at our wedding. It’s used in The Untouchables too. Yet to see the film so will have to now on Dan’s recommendation.

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  3. Great list. I didn’t realize there were so many great movies in 1986. The Fly used to mess with my head all the time. I remember renting it along with a VCR at a local place near my house. How the times have changed. Also, Psycho 3 was a great slasher movie. Of course, I find no fault in any of the Psycho movies. Always been one of my favorite series.

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    1. Thanks for commenting 🙂 I still haven’t seen any Psycho sequel. Are they actually good? Or like b-movie good (if you know what I mean hehehe). And… The Fly used to mess me up too. So… gooey. I’ll never forget the way the transforming Brundel Fly eats.

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      1. Yeah, that eating thing and the body parts coming off were just gross. I do think the Psycho sequels are good. I think three probably has the most blood and nudity. The others are more just horror/drama kind of movies.

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