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A list of American films released in 1986.

Platoon won the Academy Award for Best Picture.


Highest grossing filmsEdit

  1. Top Gun
  2. Crocodile Dundee
  3. Platoon
  4. The Karate Kid Part II
  5. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  6. Back to School
  7. Aliens
  8. The Golden Child
  9. Ruthless People
  10. Ferris Bueller's Day Off

AEdit

Title Director Cast Genre Note
3:15 Larry Gross Adam Baldwin, Jesse Aragon, Rene Auberjonois Crime drama
8 Million Ways to DieHal Ashby Jeff Bridges, Rosanna Arquette, Andy García Thriller, Crime script by Oliver Stone
9½ WeeksAdrian LyneMickey Rourke, Kim BasingerDrama 3 Razzie nominations
52 Pick-UpJohn Frankenheimer Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret, John Glover Thriller, Crime from Elmore Leonard novel
About Last Night...Edward Zwick Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi, Elizabeth Perkins Romantic comedyfrom a David Mamet play
The Adventures of the American Rabbit Fred Wolf Barry Gordon Animated film
AliensJames Cameron Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen Science fiction sequel to Alien
AmazonsAlejandro Sessa Penelope Reed, Joseph Whipp Science fiction
American AnthemAlbert Magnoli Mitchell Gaylord, Janet Jones Drama aka Take It Easy
An American TailDon Bluth voices of Phillip Glasser, Dom DeLuise Animation Amblin Entertainment
April Fool's DayFred Walton Deborah Foreman, Jay Baker Horror
Armed and DangerousMark L. Lester John Candy, Eugene Levy, Meg Ryan Comedy Columbia Pictures
Armed Response Fred Olen Ray David Carradine, Lee Van Cleef, Mako Action
Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've GotBrigitte Berman Archive footage of Artie Shaw, Billie Holiday Documentary
As Is Michael Lindsay-Hogg Colleen Dewhurst, Robert Carradine Drama
At Close RangeJames Foley Christopher Walken, Sean Penn, Chris Penn Crime drama based on a true story
Avenging Force Sam Firstenberg Michael Dudikoff, Steve James Action

B-GEdit

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Back to School Alan Metter Rodney Dangerfield, Sally Kellerman, Keith Gordon, Ned Beatty, Adrienne Barbeau, Burt Young, Robert Downey, Jr. Comedy Orion Pictures
Band of the HandPaul Michael Glaser Stephen Lang, Lauren Holly, Leon Action 1st film directed by Glaser
Behind Enemy Lines Gideon Amir David Carradine, Mako Iwamatsu, Steve James Action
The Best of TimesRoger Spottiswoode Robin Williams, Kurt Russell, Pamela ReedComedy written by Ron Shelton
Big Trouble John Cassavetes Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Beverly D'Angelo Comedy
Big Trouble in Little ChinaJohn Carpenter Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Victor WongAction20th Century Fox
Black Moon Rising Harley Cokeliss Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Hamilton, Robert Vaughn Action written by John Carpenter
Blue City Michelle Manning Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, David Caruso Drama 5 Razzie nominations
Blue Velvet David Lynch Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, Dennis HopperSuspense Lynch Academy Award-nominated
The Boy Who Could Fly Nick Castle Bonnie Bedelia, Lucy Deakins, Jay Underwood, Fred Savage Fantasy 20th Century Fox
Brighton Beach Memoirs Gene Saks Jonathan Silverman, Blythe Danner Comedy drama
Captain EO Francis Ford Coppola Michael Jackson Science fiction Only shown at Disney theme parks
Children of a Lesser GodRanda Haines William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie DramaAcademy Award for Matlin
Choke CanyonCharles Bail Stephen Collins, Bo Svenson, Lance Henriksen Science fiction
Chopping MallJim Wynorski Kelli Maroney, Barbara Crampton, Dick Miller Horror
The Clan of the Cave BearMichael ChapmanDaryl Hannah, Pamela Reed, James RemarAdventure from Jean M. Auel novel
Club ParadiseHarold Ramis Robin Williams, Peter O'Toole, Rick Moranis Comedy 5 SCTV stars in cast
CobraGeorge P. Cosmatos Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen Action remade as Fair Game
The Color of Money Martin Scorsese Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, John Turturro, Helen Shaver, Forest Whitaker Dramasequel to The Hustler; Oscar for Newman
Combat ShockBuddy Giovinazzo Rick Giovinazzo, Veronica Stork Drama, War
Crawlspace David Schmoeller Klaus Kinski, Talia Balsam Thriller
Crimes of the HeartBruce BeresfordDiane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Tess HarperBlack comedyfrom Beth Henley play
CrittersStephen Herek Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh Science fiction, Horror
CrossroadsWalter Hill Ralph Macchio, Joe SenecaDramabased on Robert Johnson
Dangerously CloseAlbert PyunJohn Stockwell, Carey Lowell
Deadly FriendWes Craven Kristy Swanson Horror
The Delta ForceMenahem Golan Chuck Norris Action
Desert Bloom Eugene Corr Annabeth Gish, Jon Voight, Ellen Barkin Drama
Down and Out in Beverly HillsPaul MazurskyNick Nolte, Richard Dreyfuss, Bette Midler, Elizabeth Peña Comedybased on a French play
Down by LawJim JarmuschTom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Ellen BarkinComedy filmed in black and white
Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam John R. Cherry III Jim Varney, Glenn Petach Comedy
Dream LoverAlan J. Pakula Kristy McNichol Thriller
Duet for OneAndrei KonchalovskyJulie Andrews, Alan Bates Dramafrom Tom Kempinski play
Echo Park Robert Dornhelm Susan Dey, Tom Hulce, Cheech Marin Comedy
Equalizer 2000 Cirio Santiago Richard Norton, Robert Patrick Action film
Every Time We Say GoodbyeMoshe Mizrahi Tom Hanks War drama filmed in Israel
ExtremitiesRobert M. YoungFarrah Fawcett, James Russo, Alfre Woodard, Diana Scarwid SuspenseBased on off-Broadway play
Eye of the Tiger Richard C. Sarafian Gary Busey, Yaphet Kotto, Seymour Cassel Action film
F/XRobert MandelBryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Diane Venora, Cliff DeYoung Crime dramafollowed by F/X2
Ferris Bueller's Day OffJohn Hughes Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jennifer Grey, Jeffrey Jones, Cindy Pickett, Lyman Ward, Charlie Sheen Comedy Paramount
A Fine MessBlake Edwards Ted Danson, Howie Mandel Comedy Columbia
Fire with Fire Duncan Gibbins Craig Sheffer, Virginia Madsen Romance
FirewalkerJ. Lee Thompson Chuck Norris, Louis Gossett, Jr. Action Cannon Films
Flight of the NavigatorRandal Kleiser Veronica Cartwright, Joey Cramer, Sarah Jessica Parker Science fiction Walt Disney
The FlyDavid Cronenberg Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz Science fiction, Horror Remake of 1958 film
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason LivesTom McLoughlin C. J. Graham Horror, Slasher 5th Friday the 13th sequel
From BeyondStuart GordonJeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ken ForeeScience fiction, Horror
GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords Ray Patterson Margot Kidder, Telly Savalas, Roddy McDowall Animation
The Golden ChildMichael Ritchie Eddie Murphy, Charles DanceComedy Paramount
Good to Go Blaine Novak Art Garfunkel, Robert DoQui, Harris Yulin Thriller
The Great Mouse Detective Ron Clements Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin, Vincent Price Animated film
A Great Wall Peter Wang Peter Wang, Kelvin Han Yee Comedy drama 1st co-production between U.S. and China
Gung Ho Ron Howard Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt, Mimi Rogers Comedy

H-MEdit

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Half Moon StreetBob Swaim Sigourney Weaver, Michael Caine Thriller from Paul Theroux novel
Hamburger... The Motion Picture Mike Marvin Leigh McCloskey, Dick Butkus Comedy
Hannah and Her SistersWoody AllenMia Farrow, Barbara Hershey, Dianne Wiest, Woody Allen, Michael Caine, Max von Sydow, Maureen O'Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan, Julie Kavner, Daniel Stern Comedy, Romance Oscars for Caine, Wiest
Haunted HoneymoonGene WilderGilda Radner, Gene Wilder, Dom DeLuise Comedy Radner's final film
Heartbreak RidgeClint EastwoodClint Eastwood, Mario van Peebles, Marsha Mason Drama, War filmed partly in Grenada
HeartburnMike NicholsMeryl Streep, Jack Nicholson Dramafrom Nora Ephron novel
Heat Dick Richards Burt Reynolds, Karen Young, Peter MacNicol Action film from William Goldman novel
Heathcliff: The Movie Bruno Bianchi Mel Blanc Animation
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer John McNaughton Michael Rooker, Tom Towles Crime
Highlander Russell Mulcahy Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Roxanne Hart, Clancy BrownScience fiction followed by several sequels
The HitcherRobert Harmon Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason LeighThriller
HoosiersDavid AnspaughGene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, Sheb Wooley Sports dramareleased in U.K. as Best Shot
HouseSteve MinerWilliam Katt, Kay Lenz, George Wendt Horror
Howard the DuckWillard HuyckLea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins Science fiction comedy won 4 Razzie awards
Invaders from MarsTobe Hooper Karen Black, Hunter Carson, Timothy Bottoms, Laraine Newman Science fictionremake of 1953 film
Iron EagleSidney J. Furie Louis Gossett, Jr., Jason Gedrick Actionfollowed by 3 sequels
Jake Speed Andrew Lane Wayne Crawford, Dennis Christopher, Karen Kopins Action Comedy
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is CallingRichard PryorRichard Pryor, Paula Kelly, Wings Hauser Drama only film directed by Pryor
Jumpin' Jack FlashPenny MarshallWhoopi Goldberg, Stephen Collins, Jonathan Pryce, Annie Potts Comedyfirst film directed by Marshall
Just Between FriendsAllan BurnsMary Tyler Moore, Christine Lahti, Ted Danson DramaOrion
The Karate Kid, Part IIJohn G. AvildsenRalph Macchio, Pat Morita Family drama sequel to The Karate Kid
King Kong Lives John Guillermin Linda Hamilton, Brian Kerwin Science fiction
Knights of the City Dominic Orlando Leon Isaac Kennedy, Nicholas Campbell, John Mengatti Action
LabyrinthJim HensonDavid Bowie, Jennifer ConnellyScience fiction final film directed by Henson
Legal EaglesIvan ReitmanRobert Redford, Debra Winger, Daryl HannahComedy Universal
Let's Get HarryStuart RosenbergMichael Schoeffling, Mark Harmon, Robert Duvall Comedy
Little Shop of HorrorsFrank OzRick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin Musical comedy remake of 1960 film
LucasDavid Seltzer Corey Haim, Kerri Green, Charlie SheenComedy, drama
Luxo, Jr. John Lasseter Animated film 1st film from Pixar
The Manhattan ProjectMarshall BrickmanJohn Lithgow, Christopher Collet, Cynthia NixonDrama Gladden Entertainment
ManhunterMichael MannWilliam Petersen, Dennis Farina, Brian Cox, Joan Allen, Tom Noonan, Kim Greist, Stephen Lang Thriller based on novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
Maximum OverdriveStephen KingEmilio Estevez Thriller only film directed by King
The Men's Club Peter Medak Roy Scheider, Harvey Keitel, Frank Langella, Treat Williams Drama
Miracles Jim Kouf Teri Garr, Paul Rodriguez, Christopher Lloyd, Tom Conti Comedy
The MissionRoland JofféJeremy Irons, Robert De NiroDrama 7 Oscar nominations
Modern Girls Jerry Kramer Virginia Madsen, Cynthia Gibb, Daphne Zuniga Comedy
The Money PitRichard BenjaminTom Hanks, Shelley Long, Alexander Godunov, Maureen Stapleton, Joe Mantegna, Yakov Smirnoff Comedy based on Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
Monster in the Closet Bob Dahlin Paul Dooley, Claude Akins, Stella Stevens, Howard Duff Comedy horror
The Morning AfterSidney LumetJane Fonda, Jeff Bridges, Raúl JuliáMystery Academy Award nomination for Fonda
The Mosquito CoastPeter WeirHarrison Ford, Helen Mirren, River PhoenixDrama from Paul Theroux novel
Murphy's LawJ. Lee ThompsonCharles Bronson, Kathleen Wilhoite, Carrie Snodgress Action Cannon Films
My ChauffeurDavid Beaird Deborah Foreman, Sam J. Jones, Penn & Teller ComedyCrown International
My Little Girl Connie Kaiserman Mary Stuart Masterson, James Earl Jones, Geraldine Chaplin Drama
My Little Pony: The Movie Michael Joens Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Madeline Kahn Animated film

N-SEdit

Title Director Cast Genre Note
'night, MotherTom Moore Sissy Spacek, Anne Bancroft Drama from Marsha Norman play
Night of the CreepsFred DekkerJason Lively, Tom AtkinsComedy, Horror
No MercyRichard PearceRichard Gere, Kim Basinger Crime drama TriStar
No Retreat, No SurrenderCorey YuenJean-Claude Van Damme Action
Nobody's FoolEvelyn PurcellRosanna Arquette, Eric Roberts Comedy written by Beth Henley
NomadsJohn McTiernanPierce Brosnan Horror
Nothing in CommonGary MarshallTom Hanks, Jackie Gleason, Eva Marie Saint Drama Gleason's final film
Off BeatMichael Dinner Judge Reinhold, Meg Tilly Comedy
On the Edge Rob Nilsson Bruce Dern, Pam Grier Drama
One Crazy SummerSavage Steve HollandJohn Cusack, Bobcat Goldthwait, Demi Moore Comedy Warner Bros.
One More Saturday Night Dennis Klein Tom Davis, Al Franken, Moira Harris Comedy
Out of Bounds Richard Tuggle Anthony Michael Hall, Jenny Wright, Jeff Kober Action
Parting GlancesBill SherwoodSteve Buscemi Drama
The Patriot Frank Harris Gregg Henry, Simone Griffeth, Michael J. Pollard Action
Peggy Sue Got MarriedFrancis Ford CoppolaKathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Catherine Hicks, Joan AllenComedy 3 Academy Award nominations
PiratesRoman PolanskiWalter Matthau Action filmed in France, Tunisia
PlatoonOliver StoneTom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen War Oscar for Best Picture
Playing for KeepsBob Weinstein, Harvey WeinsteinDaniel Jordano, Matthew Penn
Police Academy 3: Back in TrainingJerry ParisSteve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, Leslie Easterbrook Comedy 2nd Police Academy sequel
Poltergeist II: The Other SideBrian GibsonJoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson Science fiction sequel to Poltergeist
Power Sidney LumetRichard Gere, Julie Christie, Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, Kate Capshaw, Beatrice Straight, E. G. Marshall Drama 20th Century Fox
Pretty in PinkHoward DeutchMolly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton, Annie Potts, James Spader DramaParamount
Psycho IIIAnthony PerkinsAnthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahey Horror2nd sequel to Psycho
QuicksilverThomas DonnellyKevin Bacon, Jami Gertz, Paul RodriguezDrama Columbia
Quiet Cool Clay Borris James Remar, Daphne Ashbrook, Nick Cassavetes Action
Rad Hal Needham Bill Allen, Lori Loughlin, Talia Shire Family
RatboySondra LockeSharon Baird, Sondra Locke Drama
Raw DealJohn IrvinArnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Harrold Action De Laurentiis Entertainment
Red Headed Stranger William D. Wittliff Willie Nelson, Morgan Fairchild Western
River's EdgeTim HunterCrispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye Leitch, Daniel Roebuck, Dennis HopperDrama won Best Picture from Independent Spirit Awards
Robotech: The Movie Noboru Ishiguro, Carl Macek Animation
Round MidnightBertrand TavernierDexter Gordon Drama, musicAcademy Award for Best Score
Running ScaredPeter HyamsBilly Crystal, Gregory Hines, Jimmy Smits Action
Ruthless PeopleJim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry ZuckerBette Midler, Danny DeVito, Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater, Anita Morris, Bill Pullman ComedyPullman's first film
SalvadorOliver StoneJames Woods, James Belushi, Michael Murphy, John Savage War drama2 Academy Award nominations
Saving Grace Robert M. Young Tom Conti, Fernando Rey, Erland Josephson Comedy drama
ScorpionWilliam RieadTonny Tulleners, Don MurrayAction
Seize the Day Fielder Cook Robin Williams, Jerry Stiller, Joseph Wiseman Drama
Shanghai Surprise Jim Goddard Sean Penn, MadonnaComedyRazzie for Madonna
She's Gotta Have ItSpike LeeTracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Comedy, DramaLee's first film
Sherman's MarchRoss McElwee Documentary Sundance award winner
Short CircuitJohn BadhamAlly Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg Comedy, Science fictionfollowed by Short Circuit 2
SolarbabiesAlan JohnsonJason Patric, Jami Gertz, Lukas HaasScience fiction
Something WildJonathan DemmeJeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta Thriller3 Golden Globe nominations
Soul ManSteve Miner C. Thomas Howell, Rae Dawn Chong, James Earl Jones Comedy
SpaceCampHarry WinerKate Capshaw, Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston, Larry B. ScottScience fiction20th Century Fox
Stand by MeRob Reiner Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland Drama story by Stephen King
Star Trek IV: The Voyage HomeLeonard NimoyWilliam Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Catherine HicksScience fiction preceded by Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Stoogemania Chuck Workman Josh Mostel, Melanie Chartoff, Sid Caesar Comedy
Streets of Gold Joe Roth Klaus Maria Brandauer, Adrian Pasdar, Wesley Snipes Action
Sweet LibertyAlan AldaAlan Alda, Michael Caine, Michelle Pfeiffer, Lise HilboldtComedy Universal

T-ZEdit

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Tai-Pan Daryl Duke Bryan Brown, Joan Chen, Tim Guinee Adventure
TerrorVision Ted Nicolaou Chad Allen, Diane Franklin Comedy horror
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2Tobe HooperDennis Hopper Horror sequel
That's Life!Blake EdwardsJack Lemmon, Julie Andrews, Sally Kellerman Drama3 Golden Globe nominations
¡Three Amigos!John LandisSteve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin ShortComedy songs by Randy Newman
Top GunTony ScottTom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, Tim Robbins Action 5 Academy Award nominations; top-grossing 1986 U.S. film
Touch and Go Robert Mandel Michael Keaton, María Conchita Alonso Comedy
Tough GuysJeff KanewBurt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Eli Wallach, Dana Carvey Comedylast Lancaster-Douglas pairing
Transformers The MovieNelson ShinJudd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack, Orson Welles, Eric Idle, Chris Latta, Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Neil Ross Science fiction music by Vince Dicola
Trick or Treat Charles Martin Smith Marc Price, Gene Simmons, Ozzy Osbourne Horror
TrollJohn Carl BuechlerJune LockhartScience fiction
True StoriesDavid Byrne David Byrne, John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz Drama
Under the Cherry MoonPrincePrince, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jerome Benton, Francesca Annis Drama won 5 Razzie awards
VampRichard Wenk Grace Jones Science fiction
VampiresLen AnthonyJohn Bly, Jackie James, Duane Jones Horror
Violets Are Blue Jack Fisk Sissy Spacek, Kevin Kline, Bonnie Bedelia Romance
WildcatsMichael RitchieGoldie Hawn, Swoosie Kurtz, Nipsey Russell, Robyn Lively ComedyWarner Bros.
WisdomEmilio EstevezEmilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright Crime drama20th Century Fox
Wise GuysBrian De PalmaDanny DeVito, Joe Piscopo, Harvey Keitel, Dan Hedaya ComedyMGM
WitchboardKevin TenneyTawny Kitaen, Stephen Nichols Horror
Working GirlsLizzie Borden Docudrama
The WraithMike MarvinCharlie Sheen, Sherilyn Fenn, Nick Cassavetes, Randy Quaid Science fiction
YoungbloodPeter MarkleRob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Cynthia Gibb, Keanu Reeves DramaUnited Artists

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