1986 in film

The following is an overview of events in 1986 in film, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies and festivals, a list of films released and notable deaths.

List of years in film (table)
In home video
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
In television
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989

Highest-grossing films

The top ten 1986 released films by box office gross as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1986[1]
RankTitleDistributorDomestic gross
1. Top Gun Paramount $176,781,728
2. Crocodile Dundee $174,803,506
3. Platoon Orion Pictures $138,530,565
4. The Karate Kid Part II Columbia $115,103,979
5. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Paramount $109,713,132
6. Back to School Orion $91,258,000
7. Aliens 20th Century Fox $86,160,248
8. The Golden Child Paramount $79,817,937
9. Ruthless People Touchstone Pictures $71,624,879
10. Ferris Bueller's Day Off Paramount $70,136,169

Events

Awards

Category/Organization44th Golden Globe Awards
January 31, 1987
40th BAFTA Awards
February 22, 1987
59th Academy Awards
March 30, 1987
DramaComedy or Musical
Best FilmPlatoonHannah and Her SistersA Room with a ViewPlatoon
Best DirectorOliver Stone
Platoon
Woody Allen
Hannah and Her Sisters
Oliver Stone
Platoon
Best ActorBob Hoskins
Mona Lisa
Paul Hogan
Crocodile Dundee
Bob Hoskins
Mona Lisa
Paul Newman
The Color of Money
Best ActressMarlee Matlin
Children of a Lesser God
Sissy Spacek
Crimes of the Heart
Maggie Smith
A Room with a View
Marlee Matlin
Children of a Lesser God
Best Supporting ActorTom Berenger
Platoon
Ray McAnally
The Mission
Michael Caine
Hannah and Her Sisters
Best Supporting ActressMaggie Smith
A Room with a View
Judi Dench
A Room with a View
Dianne Wiest
Hannah and Her Sisters
Best Screenplay, AdaptedThe Mission
Robert Bolt
Out of Africa
Kurt Luedtke
A Room with a View
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Best Screenplay, OriginalHannah and Her Sisters
Woody Allen
Hannah and Her Sisters
Woody Allen
Best Foreign Language FilmThe Assault
(De Aanslag)
Ran
(Ran)
The Assault
(De Aanslag)

Golden Raspberry Awards:

Worst Picture (tie): Howard the Duck
Worst Picture (tie): Under the Cherry Moon
Worst Director: Prince - Under the Cherry Moon
Worst Actor: Prince - Under the Cherry Moon
Worst Actress: Madonna - Shanghai Surprise
Worst Supporting Actor: Jerome Benton - Under the Cherry Moon
Worst Supporting Actress: Dom DeLuise (in drag) - Haunted Honeymoon
Worst Screenplay: Willard Huyck & Gloria Katz - Howard the Duck

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

The Mission, directed by Roland Joffé, United Kingdom

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

The Green Ray (Le Rayon vert), directed by Éric Rohmer, France

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Stammheim, directed by Reinhard Hauff, West Germany

1986 Wide-release films in the U.S.

January–March

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10 Black Moon RisingNew World PicturesHarley Cokeliss (director); John Carpenter, William Gray, Desmond Nakano (screenplay); Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Hamilton, Robert Vaughn, Richard Jaeckel, Bubba Smith, Keenan Wynn, Lee VingActionLive action
17 The Adventures of the American RabbitAtlantic Releasing Corporation / Clubhouse Pictures / Toei AnimationFred Wolf, Nobutaka Nishizawa (directors); Norman Lenzer (screenplay); Barry Gordon, Laurie O'Brien, Bob Arbogast, Kenneth Mars, Pat Fraley, Russi Taylor, Bob Holt, Lorenzo Music, Hal SmithChildren, SuperheroAnimation
The Clan of the Cave BearWarner Bros. Pictures / Producers Sales OrganizationMichael Chapman (director); John Sayles (screenplay); Daryl Hannah, Pamela Reed, James Remar, Thomas G. Waites, Curtis Armstrong, John Doolittle, Martin Doyle, Tony MontanaroFantasyLive action
Heathcliff: The MovieAtlantic Releasing Corporation / Clubhouse Pictures / DIC Entertainment / LBS CommunicationsBruno Bianchi (director); Alan Swayze (screenplay); Mel Blanc, Donna Christie, Jeannie Elias, Marilyn Lightstone, Ted Zeigler, Stan Jones, Danny Mann, Peter Cullen, Danny WellsChildrenAnimation
Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! (re-issue)Atlantic Releasing Corporation / Clubhouse Pictures / Hanna-BarberaWilliam Hanna, Joseph Barbera (directors/screenplay); Warren Foster (screenplay); Daws Butler, Don Messick, Julie Bennett, Mel Blanc, J. Pat O'Malley, Hal SmithComedy, MusicalAnimation
Iron EagleTriStar PicturesSidney J. Furie (director/screenplay); Kevin Elders (screenplay); Louis Gossett Jr., Jason Gedrick, David Suchet, Larry B. Scott, Caroline Lagerfelt, Tim ThomersonActionLive action
TrollEmpire PicturesJohn Carl Buechler (director); Ed Naha (screenplay); Noah Hathaway, Michael Moriarty, Shelley Hack, Jenny Beck, Sonny Bono, Phil Fondacaro, Brad Hall, Anne Lockhart, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Gary Sandy, June LockhartFantasy, ComedyLive action
24 My ChauffeurCrown International PicturesDavid Beaird (director/screenplay); Deborah Foreman, Sam J. Jones, Sean McClory, Howard Hesseman, E.G. Marshall, Penn Jillette, TellerComedy, DramaLive action
31 The Best of TimesUniversal Pictures / Kings Road EntertainmentRoger Spottiswoode (director/screenplay); Ron Shelton (screenplay); Robin Williams, Kurt Russell, Pamela Reed, Holly Palance, Donald Moffat, Margaret Whitton, M. Emmet Walsh, Donovan Scott, R. G. Armstrong, Dub TaylorComedyLive action
Down and Out in Beverly HillsTouchstone Pictures / Silver Screen PartnersPaul Mazursky (director/screenplay); Leon Capetanos (screenplay); Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss, Elizabeth Peña, Little Richard, Evan Richards, Tracy NelsonComedyLive action
Power20th Century Fox / Lorimar ProductionsSidney Lumet (director); David Himmelstein (screenplay); Richard Gere, Julie Christie, Gene Hackman, Kate Capshaw, Denzel Washington, E.G. Marshall, Beatrice Straight, Michael Learned, J. T. WalshDramaLive action
YoungbloodMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer / United ArtistsPeter Markle (director/screenplay); John Whitman (screenplay); Rob Lowe, Cynthia Gibb, Patrick Swayze, Ed Lauter, Eric Nesterenko, Keanu ReevesDrama, SportsLive action
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7 F/XOrion PicturesRobert Mandel (director); Gregory Fleeman, Robert T. Megginson (screenplay); Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Diane Venora, Cliff DeYoung, Mason Adams, Jerry Orbach, Joe Grifasi, Trey Wilson, Tom NoonanAction, ThrillerLive action
Hannah and Her SistersOrion PicturesWoody Allen (director/screenplay); Woody Allen, Michael Caine, Mia Farrow, Carrie Fisher, Barbara Hershey, Lloyd Nolan, Maureen O'Sullivan, Daniel Stern, Max von Sydow, Dianne WiestComedy, DramaLive action
Night on the Galactic RailroadOrion PicturesJeannie Elias, Peter CullenDramaAnimation
14 The Delta ForceCannon Films / Golan-GlobusMenahem Golan (director/screenplay); James Bruner (screenplay); Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin, Martin Balsam, Joey Bishop, Kim Delaney, Robert Forster, Lainie Kazan, George Kennedy, Hanna Schygulla, Susan Strasberg, Bo Svenson, Robert Vaughn, Shelley WintersAction, ThrillerLive action
Knights of the CityNew World PicturesDominic Orlando (director); Leon Isaac Kennedy (screenplay); Leon Isaac Kennedy, Nicholas Campbell, John Mengatti, Janine Turner, Stoney JacksonAction, AdventureLive action
QuicksilverColumbia PicturesThomas Michael Donnelly (director/screenplay); Kevin Bacon, Jami Gertz, Paul Rodriguez, Louie Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Rudy Ramos, Gerald S. O'LoughlinDramaLive action
TerrorVisionEmpire PicturesTed Nicolaou (director/screenplay); Charles Band (screenplay); Diane Franklin, Gerrit Graham, Mary Woronov, Chad Allen, Jonathan Gries, Jennifer Richards, Alejandro Rey, Bert RemsenHorror, ComedyLive action
WildcatsWarner Bros. PicturesMichael Ritchie (director); Ezra Sacks (screenplay); Goldie Hawn, James Keach, Swoosie Kurtz, Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Jan HooksComedy, SportsLive action
19 Parting GlancesCinecomBill Sherwood (director/screenplay); Richard Ganoung, John Bolger, Steve Buscemi, Adam Nathan, Kathy Kinney, Patrick TullComedy, DramaLive action
21 9½ WeeksMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Producers Sales OrganizationAdrian Lyne (director); Sarah Kernochan, Zalman King, Patricia Louisanna Knop (screenplay); Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Margaret Whitton, David Margulies, Christine Baranski, Karen YoungErotic, Romance, DramaLive action
The HitcherTriStar Pictures / HBO Films / Silver Screen PartnersRobert Harmon (director); Eric Red (screenplay); Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jeffrey DeMunn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, John M. Jackson, Billy "Green" Bush, Jack Thibeau, Armin ShimermanHorrorLive action
28 HouseNew World PicturesSteve Miner (director); Ethan Wiley (screenplay); William Katt, George Wendt, Richard Moll, Kay Lenz, Mary Stavin, Michael Ensign, Susan French, Erik Silver, Mark Silver, Peter Pitofsky, Felix Silla, Elizabeth Barrington, Jerry Maren, Dino Andrade, Mindy Sterling, Alan Autry, Steven WilliamsComedy, HorrorLive action
Pretty in PinkParamount PicturesHoward Deutch (director); John Hughes (screenplay); Molly Ringwald, Harry Dean Stanton, Jon Cryer, Annie Potts, James Spader, Andrew McCarthy, Kate Vernon, Kristy SwansonRomantic Comedy, DramaLive action
SalvadorHemdale Film CorporationOliver Stone (director/screenplay); Richard Boyle (screenplay); James Woods, Jim Belushi, Michael Murphy, John Savage, Elpidia Carrillo, Cynthia Gibb, Tony PlanaWar, DramaLive action
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7 Care Bears Movie II: A New GenerationColumbia Pictures / Nelvana / LBS Communications / American GreetingsDale Schott (director); Peter Sauder (screenplay); Maxine Miller, Pam Hyatt, Cree Summer, Hadley Kay, Alyson Court, Billie Mae Richards, Dan Hennessey, Bob Dermer, Chris WigginsChildrenAnimation
Highlander20th Century Fox / Cannon FilmsRussell Mulcahy (director); Gregory Widen, Larry Ferguson, Peter Bellwood (screenplay); Christopher Lambert, Roxanne Hart, Clancy Brown, Sean Connery, Beatie Edney, Alan North, Jon Polito, Sheila Gish, Hugh Quarshie, Christopher Malcolm, Peter DiamondAction, Adventure, FantasyLive action
NomadsAtlantic Releasing CorporationJohn McTiernan (director/screenplay); Pierce Brosnan, Lesley-Anne Down, Anna-Marie Monticelli, Adam Ant, Mary Woronov, Frances BayHorror, ThrillerLive action
Sleeping Beauty (re-issue)Walt Disney PicturesClyde Geronimi (director); Erdman Penner (screenplay); Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Barbara Luddy, Barbara Jo Allen, Taylor Holmes, Bill ThompsonFantasy, FamilyAnimation
14 CrossroadsColumbia PicturesWalter Hill (director); John Fusco (screenplay); Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca, Jami Gertz, Joe Morton, Steve Vai, Dennis Lipscomb, Harry Carey Jr., John Hancock, Allan Arbus, Gretchen Palmer, Tim RussMusical, DramaLive action
Gung HoParamount PicturesRon Howard (director); Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel (screenplay); Michael Keaton, Gedde Watanabe, George Wendt, John Turturro, Mimi Rogers, So Yamamura, Sab Shimono, Rick Overton, Clint HowardComedyLive action
21 GoBots: Battle of the Rock LordsAtlantic Releasing Corporation / Clubhouse Pictures / Hanna-Barbera / Tonka CorporationRay Patterson (director); Jeff Segal (screenplay); Margot Kidder, Roddy McDowall, Telly Savalas, Michael Nouri, Lou Richards, Frank Welker, Arthur Burghardt, Bernard Erhard, Peter Cullen, Darryl Hickman, Dick GautierSci-FiAnimation
Just Between FriendsOrion Pictures / MTM EnterprisesAllan Burns (director/screenplay); Mary Tyler Moore, Christine Lahti, Sam Waterston, Ted Danson, Mark Blum, Salome JensDramaLive action
Police Academy 3: Back in TrainingWarner Bros. PicturesJerry Paris (director); Gene Quintano (screenplay); Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, David Graf, Michael Winslow, Marion Ramsey, Leslie Easterbrook, Art Metrano, Tim Kazurinsky, Bobcat Goldthwait, George GaynesComedyLive action
RadTriStar PicturesHal Needham (director); Geoffrey Edwards, Sam Bernard (screenplay); Bill Allen, Lori Loughlin, Talia Shire, Ray Walston, Jack Weston, Bart Conner, H.B. HaggertySportsLive action
26 The Money PitUniversal Pictures / Amblin EntertainmentRichard Benjamin (director); David Giler (screenplay); Tom Hanks, Shelley Long, Alexander Godunov, Maureen Stapleton, Joe Mantegna, Philip Bosco, Frankie FaisonComedyLive action
28 Lucas20th Century FoxDavid Seltzer (director/screenplay); Corey Haim, Charlie Sheen, Kerri Green, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Winona Ryder, Jeremy PivenTragicomedyLive action

April–June

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9 Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom BeamGoodTimes EntertainmentJohn R. Cherry III (director/screenplay); Jim Varney, Glenn Petach, Myke R. Mueller, Jackie Welch, Daniel Butler, Esther HustonSci-Fi, ComedyLive action
11 Band of the HandTriStar PicturesPaul Michael Glaser (director); Leo Garen, Jack Baran (screenplay); Stephen Lang, James Remar, Leon Robinson, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Carmine, John Cameron Mitchell, Danny Quinn, Lauren HollyAction, CrimeLive action
CrittersNew Line CinemaStephen Herek (director/screenplay); Domonic Muir (screenplay); Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy "Green" Bush, Scott Grimes, Nadine van der Velde, Don Keith Opper, Billy Zane, Ethan PhillipsSci-Fi, Comedy, HorrorLive action
Off BeatTouchstone Pictures / Silver Screen PartnersMichael Dinner (director); Mark Medoff (screenplay); Judge Reinhold, Meg Tilly, John Turturro, Cleavant Derricks, Jacques d'Amboise, Harvey Keitel, Joe Mantegna, Amy Wright, Anthony ZerbeComedyLive action
Violets Are BlueColumbia Pictures / RastarJack Fisk (director); Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal (screenplay); Sissy Spacek, Kevin Kline, Bonnie Bedelia, John Kellogg, Augusta Dabney, Mike StarrRomance, DramaLive action
18 At Close RangeOrion PicturesJames Foley (director); Nicholas Kazan (screenplay); Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Mary Stuart Masterson, Crispin Glover, Tracey Walter, Christopher Penn, Millie Perkins, Eileen Ryan, Kiefer SutherlandCrime, DramaLive action
Desert BloomColumbia Pictures / Carson ProductionsEugene Corr (director/screenplay); Linda Remy (screenplay); Jon Voight, JoBeth Williams, Ellen Barkin, Allen Garfield, Annabeth Gish, Jay Underwood, Ann RisleyDramaLive action
Murphy's LawCannon FilmsJ. Lee Thompson (director); Gail Morgan Hickman (screenplay); Charles Bronson, Carrie Snodgress, Robert F. Lyons, Richard Romanus, Kathleen Wilhoite, Angel TompkinsThrillerLive action
25 8 Million Ways to DieTriStar Pictures / Producers Sales OrganizationHal Ashby (director); Oliver Stone, R. Lance Hill (screenplay); Jeff Bridges, Rosanna Arquette, Alexandra Paul, Andy García, Randy Brooks, Tom Lister Jr.CrimeLive action
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2 Blue CityParamount PicturesMichelle Manning (director); Lukas Heller, Walter Hill (screenplay); Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, David Caruso, Paul Winfield, Scott Wilson, Anita Morris, Luis Contreras, Julie CarmenDramaLive action
Saving GraceColumbia Pictures / Embassy PicturesRobert M. Young (director); Richard Kramer, David S. Ward (screenplay); Tom Conti, Fernando Rey, Erland Josephson, Giancarlo Giannini, Donald Hewlett, Patricia Mauceri, Edward James OlmosComedy, DramaLive action
9 Dangerously CloseCannon FilmsAlbert Pyun (director); John Stockwell, Scott Fields, Marty Ross (screenplay); John Stockwell, Carey Lowell, Madison Mason, Bradford Bancroft, J. Eddie PeckAction, ThrillerLive action
Fire with FireParamount PicturesDuncan Gibbins (director); Warren Skaaren, Ben Phillips, Paul Boorstin, Sharon Boorstin (screenplay); Virginia Madsen, Craig Sheffer, Kate Reid, Jon Polito, J.J. Cohen, Jean Smart, Tim Russ, Kari Wuhrer, D.B. SweeneyRomance, DramaLive action
Short CircuitTriStar Pictures / Producers Sales OrganizationJohn Badham (director); S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock (screenplay); Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton, G.W. Bailey, Brian McNamara, Marvin J. McIntyre, Tim BlaneySci-Fi, ComedyLive action
14 Sweet LibertyUniversal PicturesAlan Alda (director); Alan Alda (screenplay); Alan Alda, Michael Caine, Michelle Pfeiffer, Bob Hoskins, Lise Hilboldt, Lillian GishComedyLive action
16 Top GunParamount Pictures / Jerry BruckheimerTony Scott (director); Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr. (screenplay); Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, John Stockwell, Barry Tubb, Rick Rossovich, Tim Robbins, James Tolkan, Meg RyanAction, Drama, RomanceLive action
21 CrawlspaceEmpire PicturesDavid Schmoeller (director/screenplay); Klaus Kinski, Talia Balsam, Barbara Whinnery, Carole Francis, Tané McClure, Sally Brown, Jack Heller, David AbbottHorror, ThrillerLive action
23 CobraWarner Bros. Pictures / Cannon FilmsGeorge P. Cosmatos (director); Sylvester Stallone (screenplay); Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Reni Santoni, Andrew Robinson, Brian Thompson, John Herzfeld, Lee GarlingtonActionLive action
Poltergeist II: The Other SideMetro-Goldwyn-MayerBrian Gibson (director); Michael Grais, Mark Victor (screenplay); JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, Oliver Robins, Julian Beck, Zelda Rubinstein, Will Sampson, Geraldine FitzgeraldHorror, ComedyLive action
30 A Great WallOrion ClassicsPeter Wang (director); Shirley Sun, Peter Wang (screenplay); Peter Wang, Kelvin Han Yee, Sharon IwaiComedy, DramaLive action
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6 Invaders from MarsCannon FilmsTobe Hooper (director); Dan O'Bannon, Don Jakoby (screenplay); Karen Black, Hunter Carson, Timothy Bottoms, Laraine Newman, James Karen, Bud Cort, Louise FletcherSci-Fi, HorrorLive action
My Little Pony: The MovieDe Laurentiis Entertainment Group / Hasbro / Sunbow Productions / Toei AnimationMichael Joens (director); George Arthur Bloom (screenplay); Cloris Leachman, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Madeline Kahn, Tony Randall, Charlie Adler, Russi Taylor, Nancy Cartwright, Cathy Cavadini, Katie Leigh, Alice Playten, Jon BaumanMusical, Fantasy, ChildrenAnimation
Raw DealDe Laurentiis Entertainment Group / Embassy PicturesJohn Irvin (director); Gary DeVore, Norman Wexler (screenplay); Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathryn Harrold, Darren McGavin, Sam Wanamaker, Paul Shenar, Steven Hill, Ed LauterActionLive action
SpaceCamp20th Century Fox / ABC Motion PicturesHarry Winer (director); Clifford Green, Casey T. Mitchell (screenplay); Kate Capshaw, Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston, Larry B. Scott, Joaquin Phoenix, Tate Donovan, Tom SkerrittAdventureLive action
11 Ferris Bueller's Day OffParamount PicturesJohn Hughes (director/screenplay); Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jennifer Grey, Jeffrey Jones, Lyman Ward, Cindy Pickett, Edie McClurg, Ben SteinComedyLive action
13 Back to SchoolOrion PicturesAlan Metter (director); Steven Kampmann, Peter Torokvei, Harold Ramis, Will Porter (screenplay); Rodney Dangerfield, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, Keith Gordon, Adrienne Barbeau, Robert Downey Jr., Sam Kinison, Ned BeattyComedyLive action
The Manhattan Project20th Century FoxMarshall Brickman (director/screenplay); Thomas Baum (screenplay); John Lithgow, Christopher Collet, Cynthia Nixon, John Mahoney, Jill Eikenberry, Robert Sean LeonardThrillerLive action
Mona LisaIsland Pictures / HandMade FilmsNeil Jordan (director/screenplay); David Leland (screenplay); Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Caine, Clarke Peters, Kate Hardie, Zoe Nathenson, Sammi DavisCrime, DramaLive action
Never Too Young to DiePaul EntertainmentGil Bettman (director/screenplay); Steven Paul, Anthony Foutz (screenplay); John Stamos, Vanity, Gene Simmons, George Lazenby, Robert Englund, John AndersonAction, AdventureLive action
18 Legal EaglesUniversal PicturesIvan Reitman (director); Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr. (screenplay); Robert Redford, Debra Winger, Daryl Hannah, Brian Dennehy, Terence Stamp, Steven HillComedyLive action
20 The Karate Kid Part IIColumbia PicturesJohn G. Avildsen (director); Robert Mark Kamen (screenplay); Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Nobu McCarthy, Tamlyn Tomita, Yuji Okumoto, Joey Miyashima, Marc Hayashi, Danny Kamekona, Tony O'Dell, Martin Kove, William ZabkaMartial Arts, DramaLive action
27 American AnthemColumbia Pictures / Lorimar Motion PicturesAlbert Magnoli (director); Evan Archerd, Jeff Benjamin (screenplay); Mitch Gaylord, Janet Jones, Michael Pataki, Patrice Donnelly, R.J. Williams, John Aprea, Michelle PhillipsSports, DramaLive action
LabyrinthTriStar Pictures / The Jim Henson Company / LucasfilmJim Henson (director); Terry Jones (screenplay); David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Brian Henson, Ron Mueck, David Shaughnessy, Timothy Bateson, Michael Hordern, Percy Edwards, Dave Goelz, Karen Prell, Steve Whitmire, Frank OzAdventure, Fantasy, MusicalLive action / Puppetry
Running ScaredMetro-Goldwyn-MayerPeter Hyams (director); Gary DeVore, Jimmy Huston (screenplay); Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal, Steven Bauer, Darlanne Fluegel, Joe Pantoliano, Dan Hedaya, Jon Gries, Tracy Reed, Jimmy SmitsAction, ComedyLive action
Ruthless PeopleTouchstone Pictures / Silver Screen PartnersDavid Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker (directors); Dale Launer (screenplay); Danny DeVito, Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater, Bette Midler, Anita Morris, Bill Pullman, William G. Schilling, Art Evans, Clarence FelderBlack ComedyLive action

July–September

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2 About Last NightTriStar PicturesEdward Zwick (director); Tim Kazurinsky, Denise DeClue (screenplay); Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jim Belushi, Elizabeth Perkins, George DiCenzo, Robin Thomas, Megan Mullally, Rosanna DeSotoRomantic Comedy, DramaLive action
Big Trouble in Little China20th Century FoxJohn Carpenter (director); Gary Goldman, David Z. Weinstein, W.D. Richter (screenplay); Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong, Kate Burton, Carter Wong, Peter Kwong, James PaxAction, FantasyLive action
The Great Mouse DetectiveWalt Disney PicturesRon Clements, Burny Mattinson, Dave Michener, John Musker (directors/screenplay); Matthew O'Callaghan, Mel Shaw, Pete Young, Vance Gerry, Steve Hulett, Bruce Morris (screenplay); Vincent Price, Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin, Susanne Pollatschek, Candy Candido, Alan Young, Diana Chesney, Eve Brenner, Frank WelkerFamily, Mystery, ComedyAnimation
Psycho IIIUniversal PicturesAnthony Perkins (director); Charles Edward Pogue (screenplay); Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahey, Roberta Maxwell, Hugh Gillin, Robert Alan Browne, Lee Garlington, Donovan ScottSlasher, HorrorLive action
Under the Cherry MoonWarner Bros. PicturesPrince (director); Becky Johnston (screenplay); Prince, Jerome Benton, Kristin Scott Thomas, Steven Berkoff, Emmanuelle Sallet, Alexandra Stewart, Francesca AnnisMusical, DramaLive action
11 Club ParadiseWarner Bros. PicturesHarold Ramis (director/screenplay); Brian Doyle-Murray (screenplay); Robin Williams, Peter O'Toole, Rick Moranis, Jimmy Cliff, Twiggy, Adolph Caesar, Eugene Levy, Joanna Cassidy, Andrea Martin, Brian Doyle-MurrayComedyLive action
MiraclesOrion PicturesJim Kouf (director/screenplay); Tom Conti, Teri Garr, Paul Rodriguez, Christopher Lloyd, Adalberto Martínez, Jorge Russek, Charles RocketComedyLive action
18 Aliens20th Century Fox / Brandywine ProductionsJames Cameron (director/screenplay); Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, William Hope, Bill PaxtonSci-Fi, ActionLive action
VampNew World PicturesRichard Wenk (director/screenplay); Donald P. Borchers (screenplay); Chris Makepeace, Sandy Baron, Robert Rusler, Dedee Pfeiffer, Gedde Watanabe, Grace Jones, Billy DragoComedy, HorrorLive action
25 Echo ParkOrion PicturesRobert Dornhelm (director); Michael Ventura (screenplay); Susan Dey, Tom Hulce, Michael Bowen, Cheech MarinJohn Paragon, Cassandra PetersonComedy, DramaLive action
Haunted HoneymoonOrion PicturesGene Wilder (director/screenplay); Terence Marsh (screenplay); Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Dom DeLuise, Jonathan Pryce, Paul L. Smith, Bryan Pringle, Peter VaughanComedy, HorrorLive action
HeartburnParamount PicturesMike Nichols (director); Nora Ephron (screenplay); Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Stockard Channing, Jeff Daniels, Miloš Forman, Steven Hill, Catherine O'Hara, Mamie Gummer, Joanna GleasonComedy, DramaLive action
Maximum OverdriveDe Laurentiis Entertainment GroupStephen King (director/screenplay); Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington, Christopher Murney, Yeardley Smith, Frankie Faison, Leon Rippy, J.C. Quinn, Holter GrahamAction, HorrorLive action
Out of BoundsColumbia PicturesRichard Tuggle (director); Tony Kayden (screenplay); Anthony Michael Hall, Jenny Wright, Jeff Kober, Glynn Turman, Raymond J. Barry, Pepe Serna, Michele Little, Jerry Levine, Meat LoafAction, ThrillerLive action
The PatriotCrown International PicturesFrank Harris (director); Andy Ruben, Katt Shea Ruben (screenplay); Gregg Henry, Simone Griffeth, Michael J. Pollard, Jeff Conaway, Stack Pierce, Leslie Nielsen, Glenn WithrowActionLive action
Robotech: The MovieCannon Films / Harmony Gold USA / Tatsunoko Production / Anime International CompanyNoboru Ishiguro, Carl Macek (directors); Ardwight Chamberlain (screenplay); Kerrigan Mahan, Iona Morris, Diane Michelle, Gregory Snegoff, Edie Mirman, Wendee Lee, Robert V. Barron, Michael McConnohie, Greg FinleySci-FiAnime
30 The Assam GardenParamount Pictures / Moving Picture CompanyMary McMurray (director); Elisabeth Bond (screenplay); Deborah KerrDramaLive action
Asterix Versus CaesarGaumontJacques Barclay (director); Edward Marcus (screenplay); Jack Beaber, Bill KearnsComedy, FamilyAnimation
Nothing in CommonTriStar Pictures / RastarGarry Marshall (director); Rick Podell, Michael Preminger (screenplay); Tom Hanks, Jackie Gleason, Eva Marie Saint, Hector Elizondo, Barry Corbin, Bess Armstrong, Sela WardComedy, DramaLive action
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1 Choke CanyonUnited Film DistributionCharles Bail (director); Ovidio G. Assonitis, Alfonso Brescia, Sheila Goldberg (screenplay); Stephen Collins, Janet Julian, Bo Svenson, Lance Henriksen, Nicholas PryorSci-FiLive action
Flight of the NavigatorWalt Disney Pictures / Producers Sales OrganizationRandal Kleiser (director); Michael Burton, Matt MacManus (screenplay); Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright, Cliff DeYoung, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matt Adler, Howard Hesseman, Jonathan SangerSci-Fi, ComedyLive action
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason LivesParamount PicturesTom McLoughlin (director/screenplay); Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen, Renée Jones, Kerry Noonan, Darcy DeMoss, Tom Fridley, Tony Goldwyn, C.J. Graham, Dan BradleySlasherLive action
Good to GoVidmark EntertainmentBlaine Novak (director/screenplay); Art Garfunkel, Robert DoQui, Harris Yulin, Reginald DaughtryCrime, ThrillerLive action
Howard the DuckUniversal Pictures / Lucasfilm / Marvel EntertainmentWillard Huyck (director/screenplay); Gloria Katz (screenplay); Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins, Chip Zien, David Paymer, Paul Guilfoyle, Liz Sagal, Holly Robinson Peete, Richard EdsonComedy, Sci-FiLive action
8 One Crazy SummerWarner Bros. Pictures / A&M FilmsSavage Steve Holland (director/screenplay); John Cusack, Demi Moore, Bobcat Goldthwait, Curtis Armstrong, Joel Murray, William Hickey, Joe Flaherty, Mark Metcalf, John Matuszak, Kimberly Foster, Matt MulhernRomantic ComedyLive action
She's Gotta Have ItIsland Pictures / 40 Acres and a Mule FilmworksSpike Lee (director/screenplay); Tracy Camilla Johns, Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell, Spike Lee, Raye Dowell, Joie Lee, S. Epatha Merkerson, Bill LeeComedy, DramaLive action
The Transformers: The MovieDe Laurentiis Entertainment Group / Hasbro / Sunbow Productions / Toei AnimationNelson Shin (director); Ron Friedman (screenplay); Peter Cullen, Judd Nelson, Robert Stack, Leonard Nimoy, Lionel Stander, Eric Idle, John Moschitta Jr., Frank Welker, Dan Gilvezan, Chris Latta, Casey Kasem, Scatman Crothers, Michael Bell, Corey Burton, Orson WellesSci-Fi, Action, AdventureAnimation
15 Armed and DangerousColumbia PicturesMark L. Lester (director); Brian Grazer, James Keach, Harold Ramis, Peter Torokvei (screenplay); John Candy, Eugene Levy, Robert Loggia, Kenneth McMillan, Meg Ryan, Brion James, Jonathan Banks, Tom Lister Jr., James TolkanComedy, Action, CrimeLive action
The Fly20th Century FoxDavid Cronenberg (director/screenplay); Charles Edward Pogue (screenplay); Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel, Leslie Carlson, George ChuvaloSci-Fi, HorrorLive action
ManhunterDe Laurentiis Entertainment GroupMichael Mann (director/screenplay); William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, Dennis Farina, Stephen Lang, Tom NoonanCrime, Horror, ThrillerLive action
22 ExtremitiesParamount Pictures / Atlantic Releasing CorporationRobert M. Young (director); William Mastrosimone (screenplay); Farrah Fawcett, James Russo, Diana Scarwid, Alfre Woodard, Sandy MartinThrillerLive action
Stand by MeColumbia PicturesRob Reiner (director); Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon (screenplay); Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland, Casey Siemaszko, John Cusack, Marshall Bell, Frances Lee McCainDramaLive action
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2Cannon FilmsTobe Hooper (director); L.M. Kit Carson (screenplay); Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow, Bill Johnson, Bill Moseley, Lou Perryman, Judy KellySlasher, Black ComedyLive action
30 Shanghai SurpriseMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer / HandMade FilmsJim Goddard (director); John Kohn, Robert Bentley (screenplay); Sean Penn, Madonna, Paul Freeman, Richard Griffiths, Philip Sayer, Clyde KusatsuComedy, AdventureLive action
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10 River's EdgeIsland Pictures / Hemdale Film CorporationTim Hunter (director); Neal Jimenez (screenplay); Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye, Roxana Zal, Daniel Roebuck, Joshua John Miller, Dennis HopperDramaLive action
12 'night, MotherUniversal Pictures / Aaron Spelling ProductionsTom Moore (director); Marsha Norman (screenplay); Sissy Spacek, Anne Bancroft, Ed Berke, Carol Robbins, Jennifer Roosendahl, Michael Kenworthy, Sari WalkerDramaLive action
13 Avenging ForceCannon Films / Golan-GlobusSam Firstenberg (director); James Booth (screenplay); Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, John P. Ryan, William Wallace, Marc AlaimoActionLive action
19 Blue VelvetDe Laurentiis Entertainment GroupDavid Lynch (director/screenplay); Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Hope Lange, George Dickerson, Dean StockwellMysteryLive action
The Men's ClubAtlantic Releasing CorporationPeter Medak (director); Leonard Michaels (screenplay); Roy Scheider, Harvey Keitel, Frank Langella, Treat Williams, David Dukes, Richard Jordan, Craig Wasson, Stockard Channing, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ann WedgeworthDramaLive action
20 Down by LawIsland Pictures / PolyGram Filmed EntertainmentJim Jarmusch (director/screenplay); Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Ellen Barkin, Billie Neal, Rockets Redglare, Vernel BagnerisComedyLive action
24 The Name of the Rose20th Century Fox / ZDF / France 3Jean-Jacques Annaud (director); Andrew Birkin, Gerard Brach, Howard Franklin, Alain Godard (screenplay); Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham, Feodor Chaliapin Jr., William Hickey, Michael Lonsdale, Ron Perlman, Christian Slater, Valentina VargasDrama, MysteryLive action
26 The Boy Who Could Fly20th Century Fox / Lorimar Film EntertainmentNick Castle (director/screenplay); Jay Underwood, Lucy Deakins, Bonnie Bedelia, Fred Savage, Fred Gwynne, Colleen Dewhurst, Mindy CohnComedy, DramaLive action
Crocodile DundeeParamount PicturesPeter Faiman (director); Paul Hogan, Ken Shadie, John Cornell (screenplay); Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Mark Blum, David Gulpilil, Michael Lombard, John Meillon, Reginald VelJohnson, Terry Gill, Steve Rackman, Gerry SkiltonComedyLive action
Half Moon Street20th Century Fox / RKO PicturesBob Swaim (director/screenplay); Edward Behr, Paul Theroux (screenplay); Sigourney Weaver, Michael Caine, Patrick Kavanagh, Keith Buckley, Nadim Sawalha, Vincent Lindon, Michael ElwynErotic ThrillerLive action
That's Life!Columbia PicturesBlake Edwards (director/screenplay); Milton Wexler (screenplay); Jack Lemmon, Julie Andrews, Sally Kellerman, Robert Loggia, Jennifer Edwards, Robert Knepper, Matt Lattanzi, Chris Lemmon, Cynthia Sikes, Dana Sparks, Felicia FarrComedy, DramaLive action

October–December

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3 Children of a Lesser GodParamount PicturesRanda Haines (director); Mark Medoff, Hesper Anderson (screenplay); Marlee Matlin, William Hurt, Piper Laurie, Philip BoscoRomance, DramaLive action
Tough GuysTouchstone Pictures / Silver Screen Partners / Bryna ProductionsJeff Kanew (director); James Orr, James Cruikshank (screenplay); Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Charles Durning, Alexis Smith, Dana Carvey, Darlanne Fluegel, Eli Wallach, Billy BartyAction, ComedyLive action
8 The Color of MoneyTouchstone Pictures / Silver Screen PartnersMartin Scorsese (director); Richard Price (screenplay); Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver, John Turturro, Bill Cobbs, Forest WhitakerDramaLive action
10 Deadly FriendWarner Bros. PicturesWes Craven (director); Bruce Joel Rubin (screenplay); Matthew Labyorteaux, Kristy Swanson, Michael Sharrett, Anne Twomey, Richard Marcus, Anne Ramsey, Lee Paul, Russ Marin, Charles FleischerSci-Fi, HorrorLive action
Jumpin' Jack Flash20th Century Fox / Silver PicturesPenny Marshall (director); David Franzoni, Charles Shyer, Nancy Meyers, Chris Thompson (screenplay); Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Pryce, Stephen Collins, John Wood, Jeroen Krabbé, Jim Belushi, Sara Botsford, Peter Michael Goetz, Vyto Ruginis, Carol Kane, Jon Lovitz, Phil Hartman, Michael McKeanSpy, ComedyLive action
Peggy Sue Got MarriedTriStar Pictures / American Zoetrope / RastarFrancis Ford Coppola (director); Jerry Leichtling, Arlene Sarner (screenplay); Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Barry Miller, Catherine Hicks, Joan Allen, Kevin J. O'Connor, Jim Carrey, Lisa Jane Persky, Lucinda JenneyComedy, DramaLive action
True StoriesWarner Bros. PicturesDavid Byrne (director/screenplay); Stephen Tobolowsky, Beth Henley (screenplay); John Goodman, Annie McEnroe, Swoosie Kurtz, Spalding Gray, Pops Staples, Tito Larriva, David ByrneMusical, ComedyLive action
24 Soul ManNew World PicturesSteve Miner (director); Carol Black (screenplay); C. Thomas Howell, Rae Dawn Chong, Arye Gross, James B. Sikking, Leslie Nielsen, James Earl Jones, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Maree Cheatham, Wallace LanghamComedyLive action
Trick or TreatDe Laurentiis Entertainment GroupCharles Martin Smith (director); Joel Soisson, Michael S. Murphey (screenplay); Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Doug Savant, Elaine Joyce, Glen Morgan, Gene Simmons, Ozzy OsbourneHorrorLive action
31 Let's Get HarryTriStar PicturesStuart Rosenberg (director); Charles Robert Carner (screenplay); Michael Schoeffling, Thomas F. Wilson, Glenn Frey, Rick Rossovich, Gary Busey, Mark Harmon, Robert DuvallActionLive action
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7 52 Pick-UpCannon FilmsJohn Frankenheimer (director); John Steppling, Elmore Leonard (screenplay); Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret, Vanity, John Glover, Clarence Williams III, Lonny Chapman, Kelly Preston, Robert Trebor, Doug McClureCrime, ThrillerLive action
Modern GirlsAtlantic Releasing CorporationJerry Kramer (director); Laurie Craig, Anita Rosenberg (screenplay); Virginia Madsen, Cynthia Gibb, Daphne Zuniga, Clayton Rohner, Chris Nash, Stephen Shellen, Rick Overton, John DyeComedyLive action
Sid and NancyThe Samuel Goldwyn Company / Palace Pictures / Zenith ProductionsAlex Cox (director/screenplay); Abbe Wool (screenplay); Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman, Debby Bishop, Andrew Schofield, Xander Berkeley, Perry Benson, Courtney LoveBiopicLive action
Something WildOrion PicturesJonathan Demme (director); E. Max Frye (screenplay); Melanie Griffith, Jeff Daniels, Ray Liotta, Robert Ridgely, Adelle Lutz, Margaret Colin, Jack Gilpin, Su TissueAction, ComedyLive action
Tai-PanDe Laurentiis Entertainment GroupDaryl Duke (director); John Briley, James Clavell, Stanley Mann (screenplay); Bryan Brown, John Stanton, Joan Chen, Tim Guinee, Bill Leadbitter, Russell Wong, Katy Behean, Kyra Sedgwick, Janine Turner, Norman Rodway, John BennettAdventure, DramaLive action
8 Quiet CoolNew Line CinemaClay Borris (director/screenplay); Susan Vercellino (screenplay); James Remar, Adam Coleman Howard, Daphne Ashbrook, Jared Martin, Nick Cassavetes, Chris Mulkey, Clayton Landey, Fran Ryan, Ted WhiteActionLive action
12 HeatNew Century VistaDick Richards, Jerry Jameson (directors); William Goldman (screenplay); Burt Reynolds, Karen Young, Peter MacNicol, Neill Barry, Howard Hesseman, Diana ScarwidAction, ThrillerLive action
14 HoosiersOrion PicturesDavid Anspaugh (director); Angelo Pizzo (screenplay); Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, Sheb Wooley, Maris Valainis, Brad Long, Steve HollarSportsLive action
Streets of Gold20th Century FoxJoe Roth (director); Heywood Gould, Richard Price, Tom Cole, Dezsö Magyar (screenplay); Klaus Maria Brandauer, Adrian Pasdar, Wesley Snipes, Angela Molina, Elya Baskin, Rainbow Harvest, Dan O'Shea, John MahoneyDramaLive action
21 An American TailUniversal Pictures / Sullivan Bluth Studios / Amblin EntertainmentDon Bluth (director); Don Bluth, John Pomeroy, Gary Goldman (producers); Judy Freudberg, Tony Geiss (screenplay); David Kirschner, Judy Freudberg, Tony Geiss (story); David Kirschner (creator); Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall (executive producers); Steven Spielberg, David Kirschner (executive producers); Cynthia Weil, James Horner, Barry Mann (original songs), James Horner (music); Phillip Glasser, Amy Green, Nehemiah Persoff, Erica Yohn, Dom DeLuise, Christopher Plummer, Pat Musick, Cathianne Blore, John Finnegan, Will Ryan, Hal Smith, Neil Ross, Madeline Kahn (cast)Musical, Adventure, Drama, FamilyAnimation
Defense of the RealmHemdale Film CorporationDavid Drury (director); Martin Stellman (screenplay); Gabriel Byrne, Greta Scacchi, Denholm ElliottThrillerLive action
FirewalkerCannon FilmsJ. Lee Thompson (director); Robert Gosnell (screenplay); Chuck Norris, Louis Gossett Jr., Melody Anderson, Will Sampson, Sonny Landham, John Rhys-Davies, Ian AbercrombieAction, AdventureLive action
The WraithNew Century VistaMike Marvin (director/screenplay); Charlie Sheen, Nick Cassavetes, Sherilyn Fenn, Randy Quaid, Matthew Barry, Clint Howard, Griffin O'NealAction, HorrorLive action
26 The Mosquito CoastWarner Bros. PicturesPeter Weir (director); Paul Schrader (screenplay); Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, River Phoenix, Conrad Roberts, Andre Gregory, Martha PlimptonDramaLive action
Nutcracker: The Motion PictureAtlantic Releasing Corporation / Pacific Northwest Ballet / Hyperion Pictures / The Kushner-Locke CompanyCarroll Ballard (director)Musical, ChristmasLive action
SolarbabiesMetro-Goldwyn-MayerAlan Johnson (director); Walon Green, Douglas Anthony Metrov (screenplay); Richard Jordan, Jami Gertz, Jason Patric, Lukas Haas, Charles Durning, James LeGros, Peter DeLuise, Adrian Pasdar, Sarah DouglasSci-FiLive action
Star Trek IV: The Voyage HomeParamount PicturesLeonard Nimoy (director); Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes, Nicholas Meyer, Harve Bennett (screenplay); William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Catherine Hicks, Majel Barrett, Mark Lenard, Jane WyattSci-FiLive action
28 Eye of the TigerVillage Roadshow PicturesRichard C. Sarafian (director); Michael Thomas Montgomery (screenplay); Gary Busey, Yaphet Kotto, Seymour Cassel, Bert Remsen, Denise Galik, William Smith, Judith Barsi, Kimberlin Brown, Ted MarklandAction, DramaLive action
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5 Heartbreak RidgeWarner Bros. Pictures / Malpaso ProductionsClint Eastwood (director); James Carabastos, Joseph Stinson (screenplay); Clint Eastwood, Marsha Mason, Everett McGill, Moses Gunn, Eileen Heckart, Bo Svenson, Boyd Gaines, Mario Van PeeblesWarLive action
12 Crimes of the HeartDe Laurentiis Entertainment GroupBruce Beresford (director); Beth Henley (screenplay); Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Tess Harper, Beeson Carroll, David Carpenter, Hurd HatfieldBlack ComedyLive action
The Golden ChildParamount Pictures / Industrial Light & MagicMichael Ritchie (director); Dennis Feldman (screenplay); Eddie Murphy, Charlotte Lewis, Charles Dance, Victor Wong, Randall "Tex" Cobb, James Hong, Marilyn SchrefflerComedy, FantasyLive action
Three AmigosOrion Pictures / HBO FilmsJohn Landis (director); Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels, Randy Newman (screenplay); Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, Alfonso Arau, Tony Plana, Patrice Martinez, Joe Mantegna, Phil Hartman, Jon LovitzComedy, WesternLive action
19 King Kong LivesDe Laurentiis Entertainment GroupJohn Guillermin (director); Ronald Shusett, Steven Pressfield (screenplay); Brian Kerwin, Linda Hamilton, John Ashton, Peter Michael Goetz, Michael Forest, Leon Rippy, Herschel SparberMonsterLive action
Little Shop of HorrorsWarner Bros. Pictures / The Geffen Film CompanyFrank Oz (director); Howard Ashman (screenplay); Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, Jim Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Guest, Bill Murray, Levi StubbsMusical, Horror, Black ComedyLive action / Puppetry
No MercyTriStar PicturesRichard Pearce (director); Jim Carabatsos (screenplay); Richard Gere, Kim Basinger, Jeroen Krabbé, George Dzundza, Gary Basaraba, William Atherton, Terry Kinney, Ely Pouget, Bruce McGill, Ray Sharkey, Marita GeraghtyCrimeLive action
PlatoonOrion Pictures / Hemdale Film CorporationOliver Stone (director/screenplay); Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, John C. McGinley, Kevin Dillon, Keith David, Mark Moses, Francesco Quinn, Forest Whitaker, Tony Todd, Richard Edson, Johnny DeppWarLive action
25 The Morning After20th Century Fox / Lorimar Film EntertainmentSidney Lumet (director); James Hicks, David Rayfiel (screenplay); Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges, Raul Julia, Diane Salinger, Richard Foronjy, Bruce Vilanch, Geoffrey Scott, Kathleen WilhoiteMysteryLive action
31 My Letter to GeorgeRKO PicturesMichael Laughlin (director/screenplay); Jodie Foster, John Lithgow, Michael MurphyDramaLive action
Wisdom20th Century Fox / Cannon FilmsEmilio Estevez (director/screenplay); Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, William Allen Young, Ernie Lively, Charlie SheenRomance, CrimeLive action
WitchboardCinema GroupKevin Tenney (director/screenplay); Todd Allen, Tawny Kitaen, Stephen Nichols, Kathleen Wilhoite, Burke Byrnes, James W. Quinn, Rose MarieHorror, ThrillerLive action

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Notable deaths

MonthDateNameAgeCountryProfessionNotable films
January 4Una Merkel82USActress
14Donna Reed64USActress
24Gordon MacRae64USActor, Singer
27Lilli Palmer78GermanyActress
29Leif Erickson74USActor
February 2Donald Eccles77UKActor
6Dandy Nichols78UKActress
10Brian Aherne83UKActor
16Howard Da Silva82USActor, Producer
17Paul Stewart77USActor, Producer
19Adolfo Celi63ItalyActor
22Bill Hickman65USStuntman, Actor
23Nino Taranto78ItalyActor
25Pasquale Festa Campanile58ItalyDirector, Writer
27Eugene Forde87USDirector
March 3Peter Capell73GermanyActor, Writer
6Adolph Caesar52USActor
10Ray Milland77USActor, Director
14Edith Atwater74USActress
22Olive Deering67USActress
22Derek Farr74UKActor
22Charles Starrett82USActor
25Gloria Blondell75USActress
28Virginia Gilmore66USActress
29Harry Ritz86USComedian, Actor
30James Cagney82USActor, Producer
31Jerry Paris60USActor, Director
April 3Mary C. McCall Jr.81USScreenwriter
7Chester Erskine77USDirector
13Stephen Stucker38USActor
15Tim McIntire41USActor
21Marjorie Eaton85USActress
23Otto Preminger80USDirector, Actor, Producer
26Broderick Crawford74USActor, Producer
26Bessie Love87UKActress
30Robert Stevenson81USDirector
May 3Robert Alda72USActor
9Herschel Bernardi62USActor
12Elisabeth Bergner88UkraineActress
22Martin Gabel73USActor
23Sterling Hayden70USActor
26Gunnar Björnstrand74SwedenActor
28Lurene Tuttle78USActress
31Sylvia Coleridge76UKActress
June 3Anna Neagle81UKActress
11Reed De Rouen69UKActor
13Benny Goodman77USMusician
20Julie Duncan67USActress
23Nigel Stock66UKActor
30Margalo Gillmore89UKActress
July 3Rudy Vallee84USActor, Singer
10Jody Lawrance55USActress
15Benny Rubin87USActor
18Buddy Baer71USActor
19Daniel L. Fapp82USCinematographer
19Harold D. Schuster83USFilm Editor, Director
25Vincente Minnelli83USDirector
28John Alcott55UKCinematographer
August 6Emilio Fernández82MexicoActor, Director
10Jacqueline Gadsden86USActress
13Helen Mack72USActress
19Hermione Baddeley79USActress
20Walter Brooke71USActor
26Ted Knight62USActor
September 1Murray Hamilton63USActor
6Blanche Sweet90USActress
15Virginia Gregg70USActress
26Brian Desmond Hurst91IrelandDirector
28Denis Carey77UKActor
28Robert Helpmann77AustraliaActor, Director
October 5Hal B. Wallis88USProducer
14Yvette Dugay54USActress
14Keenan Wynn70USActor
14Spec O'Donnell75USActor
17Leah Rhodes84USCostume Designer
25Forrest Tucker67USActor
28Ian Marter42UKActor
31Marcella Martin70USActress
November 2Harry Brown69USScreenwriter
8Beatrice Kay79USSinger, Actress
11Roger C. Carmel54USActor
21Jerry Colonna82USActor
21Dar Robinson39USStuntman, Actor
22Scatman Crothers76USActor
27Robert Priestley85USSet Decorator
29Herb Vigran76USActor
29Cary Grant82USActor
December 2Ken Scott58UKActor
2Desi Arnaz69USActor, Singer
10Susan Cabot59USActress
11Carlos Ramirez70USActor, Singer
13Heather Angel77UKActress, Voice Actress
18Mamo Clark72USActress
18Winifred Deforest Coffin75USActress
22Harvey Stephens85USActor
23Gerhard Bienert88GermanyActor, Writer
26Elsa Lanchester84UKActress
28Andrei Tarkovsky54USSRDirector, Writer

Film debuts

See also

References

  1. "Domestic Box Office For 1986". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
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