Overstreet’s Favorite Films: 1986

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from 1986.

In order to understand the purpose and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here.

Red = Treasures
Purple = Favorites
Blue = Achievements
Gray = Decent/Noteworthy
Green = Unseen or Undecided
* = This film was discovered after the year in question and added in a list revision.


  1. Down by Law
  2. Hannah and Her Sisters
  3. The Sacrifice
  4. The Mission
  5. Aliens
  6. The Mosquito Coast
  7. Manon of the Spring
  8. Jean de Florette
  9. Blue Velvet
  10. Castle in the Sky
  11. True Stories
  12. Manhunter
  13. Stand by Me
  14. Three Amigos!
  15. Labyrinth
  16. River’s Edge
  17. Man Facing Southeast
  18. Platoon
  19. The Color of Money
  20. Big Trouble in Little China
  21. Mona Lisa
  22. Little Shop of Horrors
  23. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  24. Top Gun
  25. Hoosiers
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
As-yet Unseen or Unratable Films of 1986
38 – Vienna Before the Fall
A Deadly Business (John Korty)
A Girl, She Is 100% (Naoto Yamakawa)
A Zed and Two Noughts
About Last Night… (Edward Zwick)
At Close Range (James Foley)
Bang! (Robert Breer)
Betty Blue
Caravagiio (Derek Jarman)
Children of a Lesser God
Combat Shock (Buddy Giovinazzo)
Crime Story (Abel Ferrara)
Crimes of the Heart
Crossroads (Walter Hill)
Desert Bloom
Dona Herlinda and Her Son
Down and Out in Beverly Hills
Dust in the Wind (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Eight Million Ways to Die (Hal Ashby)
Ginger and Fred
God’s Country
Heartbreak Ridge (Clint Eastwood)
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (John McNaughton)
Horse Thief
Joan Does Dynasty
Landscape Suicide (James Benning)
Le rayon vert (Eric Rohmer)
Life Is a Dream (Raul Ruiz)
Mammame (Raul Ruiz)
Matador (Pedro Almodovar)
Mauvais Sang
Mauvais sang (Leos Carax)
Melo (Alain Resnais)
Mémoire des apparences
Miss Mary
Noir et blanc (Claire Devers)
Parting Glances (Bill Sherwood)
Peggy Sue Got Married (Francis Ford Coppola)
Peking Opera Blues (Tsui Hark)
Precious Images
Pretty in Pink
Prisoner in the Dark (Mike de Leon)
Richard III (Raul Ruiz)
Rita, Sue and Bob Too!
Rosa la rose, fille publique (Paul Vecchiali)
Rosa Luxemburg
‘Round Midnight
Routine Pleasures
Ruthless People
Seize the Day
Shadows in Paradise (Aki Kaurismäki)
Sherman’s March (Ross McElwee)
She’s Gotta Have It
Sid and Nancy
Song of Experience (Stephen Frears)
Sweet Liberty
That’s Life!
The Assault
The Big Easy (Jim McBride)
The Cup and the Lip (Warren Sonbert)
The Decline of the American Empire
The Fly (David Cronenberg)
The Golden Eighties (Chantal Akerman)
The Horse Thief (Tian Zhuangzhuang)
The Manhattan Project
The Mexican Tapes: A Chronicle of Life Outside the Law
The New King (Mario O’Hara)*
The Rose King (Werner Schroeter)
The Singing Detective (Jon Amiel)
The Terrorizer (Edward Yang)
The Time to Live and the Time to Die (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
Therese (Alain Cavalier)
Under the Cherry Moon (Prince)
Universal Citizen
Universal Hotel
When the Wind Blows
Working Girls (Lizzie Borden)
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