The year 1986 in film involved many film events.


  [hide*1 Highest-grossing films (U.S.)

Highest-grossing films (U.S.)[edit]Edit

See also: List of 1986 box office number-one films in the United States

Rank Title Studio Actor/Actress Director Gross
1. Top Gun Paramount Tom CruiseKelly McGillisVal KilmerAnthony Edwards and Tom Skerritt Tony Scott $353,816,701
2. "Crocodile" Dundee Paramount Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski Peter Faiman $328,203,506
3. Platoon Orion Charlie SheenTom Berenger and Willem Dafoe Oliver Stone $138,530,565
4. The Karate Kid Part II Columbia Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita John G. Avildsen $113,324,868
5. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Paramount William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy Leonard Nimoy $109,713,132
6. Back to School Orion Rodney Dangerfield Alan Metter $108,634,920
7. Aliens 20th Century Fox Sigourney WeaverMichael BiehnCarrie Henn and Bill Paxton James Cameron $86,160,248
8. The Golden Child Paramount Eddie Murphy Michael Ritchie $79,817,937
9. Ruthless People Touchstone Danny DeVitoBette MidlerJudge Reinhold and Helen Slater Jim AbrahamsDavid Zucker andJerry Zucker $71,624,879
10. Ferris Bueller's Day Off Paramount Matthew BroderickAlan RuckMia SaraJennifer Grey and Jeffrey Jones John Hughes $70,136,369
11. Down and Out in Beverly Hills Touchstone Nick NolteBette Midler and Richard Dreyfuss Paul Mazursky $62,134,225
12. The Color of Money Touchstone Paul NewmanTom CruiseMary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Helen Shaver Martin Scorsese $52,293,982
13. Stand by Me Columbia Wil WheatonRiver PhoenixCorey FeldmanJerry O'Connell and Kiefer Sutherland Rob Reiner $52,287,414
14. Legal Eagles Universal Robert RedfordDebra Winger and Daryl Hannah Ivan Reitman $49,851,591
15. Cobra Warner Bros./Cannon Sylvester StalloneBrigitte NielsenReni SantoniAndrew RobinsonBrian ThompsonArt LaFleur and Lee Garlington George P. Cosmatos $49,042,224
16. An American Tail Universal/Amblin voices of Phillip GlasserAmy GreenJohn P. FinneganNehemiah PersoffErica YohnPat Musick and Dom DeLuise Don Bluth $47,483,002
17. Police Academy 3: Back in Training Warner Bros. Steve GuttenbergBubba SmithDavid GrafMichael WinslowMarion RamseyLeslie EasterbrookArt MetranoTim Kazurinsky and George Gaynes Jerry Paris $43,579,163
18. Heartbreak Ridge Warner Bros. Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood $42,724,017
19. Peggy Sue Got Married Tri-Star Kathleen TurnerNicolas CageDon MurrayBarbara HarrisJoan AllenJim CarreyMaureen O'Sullivan and Sofia Coppola Francis Ford Coppola $41,382,841
20. Poltergeist II: The Other Side MGM JoBeth WilliamsCraig T. NelsonHeather O'RourkeJulian BeckOliver Robins and Zelda Rubinstein Brian Gibson $40,996,665

Box office results courtesy of Box Office Mojo.[1]



Category/Organization 44th Golden Globe Awards

January 31, 1987

40th BAFTA Awards

February 22, 1987

59th Academy Awards

March 30, 1987

Drama Musical or Comedy
Best Film Platoon Hannah and Her Sisters A Room with a View Platoon
Best Director Oliver Stone


Woody Allen

Hannah and Her Sisters

Oliver Stone


Best Actor Bob Hoskins

Mona Lisa

Paul Hogan

Crocodile Dundee

Bob Hoskins

Mona Lisa

Paul Newman

The Color of Money

Best Actress Marlee 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 Actor Tom Berenger


Ray McAnally

The Mission

Michael Caine

Hannah and Her Sisters

Best Supporting Actress Maggie Smith

A Room with a View

Judi Dench

A Room with a View

Dianne Wiest

Hannah and Her Sisters

Best Screenplay, Adapted The Mission

Robert Bolt

Out of Africa

Kurt Leudtke

A Room with a View

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Best Screenplay, Original Hannah and Her Sisters

Woody Allen

Hannah and Her Sisters

Woody Allen

Best Foreign Language Film The Assault

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The Assault

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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

Razzie Awards

Worst Picture: Howard the Duck and Under the Cherry Moon (tie)
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: Howard the Duck

Notable films released in 1986[edit]Edit

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Wide-release films[edit]Edit






Notable Deaths[edit]Edit

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 4 Una Merkel 82 USA Actress, Soundtrack The Parent Trap • 42nd Street • Destry Rides Again • The Bank Dick • Road to Zanzibar • The Maltese Falcon
5 Pamela Davies  ??  ?? Continuity Superman II • Lolita • Straw Dogs • Top Secret! • The Guns of Navarone • Oliver • The Pink Panther Strikes Again • Revenge of the Pink Panther • Dragonslayer •Alfie • The Mouse That Roared • Julia • The Day of the Triffids • I Was a Male War Bride
14 Donna Reed 64 USA Actress, Soundtrack It's a Wonderful Life • From Here To Eternity • The Picture of Dorian Gray • They Were Expendable • Shadow of the Thin Man • The Last Time I Saw Paris
February 2 Donald Eccles 77 UK Actor The Wicker Man • Young Sherlock Holmes • The Dresser • A Private Function • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
6 Dandy Nichols 78 UK Actress Help! • The Vikings • O Lucky Man! • The Fallen Idol • The Plague Dogs • Georgy Girl • Carry On Doctor
16 Howard Da Silva 82 USA Actor, Producer It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World • The Lost Weekend • The Great Gatsby • Sergeant York • Mommie Dearest • 1776
17 Paul Stewart 77 USA Actress, Producer Citizen Kane • In Cold Blood • Revenge of the Pink Panther • Kiss Me Deadly
March 3 Peter Capell 73 Germany Actor, Writer Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory • Paths of Glory • One, Two, Three • The Vikings • Sorcerer • The Counterfeit Traitor
10 Ray Milland 77 USA Actor, Director, Soundtrack Dial M for Murder • The Lost Weekend • Love Story • Sullivan's Travels
15 Alexandru Giugaru 88 Romania Actor
22 Olive Deering 67 USA Actress The Ten Commandments • Gentleman's Agreement • Samson and Delilah • Caged • Shock Treatment
22 Charles Starrett 82 USA Actor, Soundtrack The Mask of Fu Manchu • Our Betters • The Royal Family of Broadway • This Man Is Mine • Start Cheering
22 Derek Farr 74 UK Actor The Dam Busters • The Projected Man • Doctor at Large • Q Planes • Pope Joan
30 James Cagney 82 USA Actor, Soundtrack, Producer White Heat • Angels with Dirty Faces • Yankee Doodle Dandy • One, Two, Three • Mister Roberts
April 13 Stephen Stucker 38 USA Actor, Soundtrack Airplane! • Trading Places
21 Marjorie Eaton 85 USA Actress Mary Poppins • Harold and Maude • Witness for the Prosecution
23 Otto Preminger 80 USA Director, Producer Anatomy of a Murder • Laura • River of No Return • Exodus • The Man with the Golden Arm • In Harm's Way • Where the Sidewalk Ends • Advise and Consent • Angel Face • Bunny Lake Is Missing • Carmen Jones • Bonjour tristesse • Fallen Angel
26 Broderick Crawford 74 USA Actor, Soundtrack, Producer All the King's Men • Born Yesterday
26 Bessie Love 87 UK Actress, Soundtrack, Advisor On Her Majesty's Secret Service • Reds • The Hunger • Intolerance • The Barefoot Contessa
30 Robert Stevenson 81 United States Director Mary Poppins • Bedknobs and Broomsticks • The Love Bug • Old Yeller • Jane Eyre • The Absent-Minded Professor • Darby O'Gill and the Little People • Herbie Rides Again • That Darn Cat! • Blackbeard's Ghost • In Search of the Castaways
May 14 William Lindsay 40 UK Actor Lifeforce
23 Sterling Hayden 70 USA Actor, Soundtrack The Godfather • Doctor Strangelove • The Killing • 9 to 5 • 1900 • The Asphalt Jungle • The Long Goodbye
31 Sylvia Coleridge 76 UK Actress Tess
June 3 Anna Neagle 81 UK Actress, Producer Forever and a Day
11 Reed De Rouen 69 UK Actor The Third Man • Billion Dollar Brain • The One That Got Away • The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw • John Paul Jones • You Can't Win 'Em All • Sea Devils
13 Benny Goodman 77 USA Actor, Soundtrack A Song Is Born
23 Nigel Stock 63 UK Actor The Great Escape
30 Margalo Gillmore 89 UK Actress Upstairs and Downstairs
July 14 Graham Freeborn  ?? UK Makeup Artist Star Wars • The Empire Strikes Back • Return of the Jedi • 2001: A Space Odyssey • Superman • Highlander • The Rocky Horror Picture Show • Superman II • The Man with the Golden Gun • Lifeforce • Dragonslayer
25 Vincente Minnelli 83 USA Director The Band Wagon • Gigi • An American in Paris • Meet Me in St. Louis • The Bad and the Beautiful • On a Clear Day You Can See Forever • Brigadoon • The Long, Long Trailer • Cabin in the Sky
August 13 Helen Mack 72 USA Actress The Son of Kong
19 Hermione Baddeley 79 USA Actress, Soundtrack Mary Poppins • The Aristocats
September 1 Murray Hamilton 63 USA Actor Jaws • The Graduate • The Hustler • Jaws 2 • Anatomy of a Murder • The Amityville Horror • 1941 • The Way We Were • Brubaker • Seconds • The Boston Strangler •Houseboat
28 Denis Carey 77 UK Actor Psychomania • The Day of the Jackal
28 Robert Helpmann 77 Australia Actor, Director Chitty Chitty Bang Bang • The Red Shoes • Henry V • 55 Days at Peking • The Quiller Memorandum
October 5 Hal B. Wallis 88 USA Producer The Petrified Forest • Dark Victory • Casablanca
14 Keenan Wynn 70 USA Actor, Soundtrack, Stunts The Hucksters • Kiss Me Kate • Doctor Strangelove • Once Upon a Time in the West • Touch of Evil • Nashville • Piranha • Point Blank • The Great Race • The Mechanic • Orca
14 Spec O'Donnell 75 USA Actor, Soundtrack, Stunts Here's Flash Casey • Blonde Trouble
28 Ian Marter 42 United Kingdom Actor The Abominable Dr. Phibes • The Medusa Touch
November 21 Dar Robinson 39 USA Stuntman, Actor Lethal Weapon • Airplane! • Police Academy • Papillon • Magnum Force • Logan's Run
29 Herb Vigran 76 USA Actor Airplane! • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea • White Christmas • Charlotte's Web • Monsieur Verdoux • The Love Bug
29 Cary Grant 39 USA Actor, Soundtrack North by Northwest • Charade • Notorious • His Girl Friday • That Touch of Mink • To Catch a Thief • Monkey Business • I Was a Male War Bride • Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House • Arsenic and Old Lace • My Favorite Wife • Bringing Up Baby • The Awful Truth • She Done Him Wrong
December 1 Paul Curran 73 United Kingdom Actor, Soundtrack Jabberwocky • Jesus of Nazareth • The Human Factor • The Doctor and the Devils
2 Ken Scott 26 UK Actress Fantastic Voyage • The Three Faces of Eve • The Bravados
4 Suzanne Jerome 26 USA Actor Octopussy
11 Maurice Askew 70 England Sound Effects Editing Thunderball • On Her Majesty's Secret Service • Romeo and Juliet • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang • The Ipcress File • The Day of the Triffids • Women in Love • The Grass Is Greener • The Boy Friend • Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell
13 Heather Angel 77 England Actress Alice in Wonderland
22 Harvey Stephens 85 United States Actor North by Northwest • Sergeant York • The Young Lions • Beau Geste • The Bat • The Oklahoma Kid • The Fighting 69th
26 Elsa Lanchester 84 UK Actress Mary Poppins • Witness for the Prosecution • Bride of Frankenstein • Murder by Death • The Bishop's Wife • Bell, Book and Candle • The Spiral Staircase
28 Andrei Tarkovsky 82 USA Actress, Soundtrack Stalker • Solaris • Andrei Rublev

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