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Movies Released in 1986

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This list shows all films released in 1986, including films that went direct-to-video, or only got an international theatrical release. For each film, we use the first date on which it was made available to the public, which might include international theatrical or domestic video releases that were a few days, or sometimes more, earlier than the domestic (US/Canada) theatrical release. All movies announced for release in 1986 are included.

See also: Top 1986 Worldwide - Domestic Release Schedule for 1986 - Most Popular 1986

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Release DateMovieGenreProduction
Budget
Domestic
Box Office
to Date
Trailer

January, 1986

January 1 Bullies Action   $2,995,527  
Duet for One   $9,000  
GoBots: War of the Rock Lords   $1,338,264  
Half Moon Street   $1,131,399  
Hardbodies 2   $78,000  
Let's Get Harry   $140,980  
Link Horror   $1,720,450  
Matador   $206,952  
Nanou   $0  
'Night Mother   $441,863  
Out of Bounds Thriller/Suspense   $5,099,316  
Willy/Milly   $235,262  
 
January 3 Head Office Comedy   $3,393,807  
 
January 10 Black Moon Rising Action   $6,637,565  
 
January 15 Sharma and Beyond Drama   $3,125  
 
January 17 The Adventures of Mark Twain Adventure   $646,803  
The Adventures of the American Rabbit Adventure   $1,023,042  
The Boy in Blue Drama   $275,000  
The Clan of the Cave Bear Adventure $15,000,000 $1,953,732  
Heathcliff: The Movie Comedy   $2,091,504  
Iron Eagle Action   $24,159,872  
The Longshot Comedy   $256,301  
Troll Horror   $4,542,346  
 
January 22 Those Glory, Glory Days Comedy   $2,968  
 
January 24 The Imagemaker Thriller/Suspense   $24,562  
My Chauffeur Comedy   $4,676,892  
 
January 31 A.K.: The Making of Ran Documentary   $0  
The Best of Times Comedy   $7,790,931  
Down and Out in Beverly Hills Comedy   $62,134,225  
Eliminators Action   $4,601,256  
Forever Young   $0  
Power Drama   $3,800,000  
Stripper Documentary   $39,065  
Uphill all the Way Western   $0  
Youngblood Drama   $15,448,400  

February, 1986

February 5 Arthur's Hallowed Ground Comedy   $1,726  
 
February 7 F/X Action   $20,603,715  
Hannah and Her Sisters Romantic Comedy   $40,084,041  
Lady Jane Drama   $277,646  
 
February 14 La cage aux folles 3 - 'Elles' se marient Comedy   $345,280  
The Delta Force Action   $17,005,599  
Kaos Drama   $11,412  
Knights of the City Action   $601,451  
Quicksilver Drama   $7,634,909  
TerrorVision Horror   $320,256  
Turtle Diary Drama   $2,053,364  
The Vindicator Action   $0  
Wildcats Comedy   $26,285,544  
Winter Flight Drama   $1,621  
 
February 19 Parting Glances Drama   $537,681  
 
February 21 Bliss Comedy   $6,998  
Dream Lover Thriller/Suspense   $296,219  
The Frog Prince Comedy   $14,845  
The Hitcher Horror   $5,844,868  
Nine 1/2 Weeks Drama $18,000,000 $6,734,844  
 
February 28 House Horror   $19,444,631  
Pretty in Pink Comedy   $40,471,663  

March, 1986

March 7 Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation Comedy   $8,540,346  
Desert Hearts Drama   $2,492,088  
Highlander Action $16,000,000 $5,900,000  
The Naked Cage Action   $897,589  
Nomads Horror   $2,278,264  
A Room with a View Comedy $3,000,000 $20,966,644  
 
March 14 Crossroads Drama   $5,839,031  
Gung Ho Comedy   $36,611,610  
 
March 21 Just Between Friends Drama   $6,408,791  
Police Academy 3: Back in Training Comedy   $43,579,163  
Rad Drama   $2,015,882  
 
March 26 The Money Pit Comedy   $37,499,651  
 
March 27 April Fool's Day Horror $5,000,000 $12,947,763  
 
March 28 Lucas Comedy   $8,200,000  

April, 1986

April 1 My Beautiful Laundrette Drama $400,000 $0  
 
April 11 Band of the Hand Action   $4,865,912  
Critters Horror   $13,167,232  
Off Beat Comedy   $4,842,778  
Violets Are Blue... Drama   $4,743,287  
 
April 18 Absolute Beginners Musical   $930,211  
At Close Range Drama   $2,347,000  
Legend Adventure $25,000,000 $15,502,112  
Murphy's Law Action   $9,947,631  
Wise Guys Comedy   $8,475,466  
 
April 23 Salvador Drama $4,500,000 $1,500,000  
 
April 25 3 hommes et un couffin Comedy   $1,634,489  
8 Million Ways to Die Action $18,000,000 $1,305,114  
Crimewave Comedy   $5,101  

May, 1986

May 2 Blue City Action   $6,947,000  
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling Drama   $18,034,150  
No Retreat, No Surrender Action   $2,273,045  
 
May 9 Dangerously Close Thriller/Suspense   $2,026,765  
Fire with Fire Drama   $4,577,139  
Short Circuit Comedy   $40,697,761  
 
May 14 Sweet Liberty Comedy   $14,205,021  
 
May 16 Top Gun Action $15,000,000 $179,800,601 Play
 
May 23 Cobra Action   $49,042,224  
Poltergeist II: The Other Side Horror   $40,996,665  
 
May 30 Jake Speed Adventure   $1,058,048  
Thunder Run Action   $145,975  

June, 1986

June 6 Invaders from Mars Horror $12,000,000 $4,884,663  
My Little Pony: The Movie Adventure   $5,958,456  
Raw Deal Action   $16,209,459  
SpaceCamp Adventure   $9,697,739  
 
June 11 Ferris Bueller's Day Off Comedy   $70,136,369  
 
June 13 Back to School Comedy   $91,258,000  
Belizaire the Cajun Drama   $1,444,618  
The Manhattan Project Comedy   $3,900,000  
Mona Lisa Thriller/Suspense   $5,794,000  
 
June 18 Legal Eagles Comedy $40,000,000 $49,851,591  
 
June 20 The Karate Kid, Part II Action   $115,103,979  
 
June 27 American Anthem Drama   $3,000,000  
Labyrinth Adventure   $12,729,917  
Running Scared Comedy   $38,500,726  
Ruthless People Comedy   $71,624,879  

July, 1986

July 1 About Last Night... Comedy   $38,702,310  
Big Trouble in Little China Action $25,000,000 $11,100,000  
Pirates $40,000,000 $1,641,825  
 
July 2 The Great Mouse Detective Adventure   $23,605,534  
Psycho III Horror   $14,481,606  
Under the Cherry Moon Musical   $10,090,429  
 
July 9 The Girl in the Picture Romantic Comedy   $76,350  
 
July 11 Club Paradise Comedy   $12,308,521  
 
July 18 Aliens Action $17,000,000 $85,160,248  
Signé Charlotte Drama   $192,510  
Vamp Comedy   $4,000,000  
 
July 25 Haunted Honeymoon Comedy   $8,033,397  
Heartburn Comedy   $25,314,289  
Maximum Overdrive Horror   $7,433,663  
 
July 30 Flight of the Navigator Adventure   $18,564,613  
Nothing in Common Comedy   $32,324,000  

August, 1986

August 1 Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives Horror $3,000,000 $19,472,057  
Howard the Duck Action $30,000,000 $16,295,774  
 
August 8 A Fine Mess Comedy   $6,029,824  
One Crazy Summer Comedy   $13,431,806  
She's Gotta Have It Comedy $175,000 $7,137,502  
Stand by Me Drama $8,000,000 $52,287,414  
The Transformers: The Movie Adventure   $5,849,647  
Twist & Shout   $0  
 
August 15 Armed and Dangerous Comedy   $15,945,534  
The Boy Who Could Fly Drama   $7,177,431  
The Fly Horror   $37,585,000  
Un homme et une femme, 20 ans déjà Drama   $56,821  
Manhunter Thriller/Suspense   $8,620,929  
Opposing Force   $0  
The Whoopee Boys Comedy   $240,464  
 
August 22 Corleone   $0  
Dead End Drive-In   $0  
Extremities Thriller/Suspense   $13,418,091  
Night of the Creeps Horror   $591,366  
The Peanut Butter Solution   $0  
Reform School Girls   $0  
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Horror $4,700,000 $8,025,872  
Thrashin'   $0  
Touch and Go Comedy   $1,300,000  
 
August 29 Born American Action   $3,401,376  
Shanghai Surprise $17,000,000 $2,315,000  

September, 1986

September 12 Avenging Force Action   $4,679,650  
 
September 19 Blue Velvet Thriller/Suspense   $8,551,228  
The Men's Club Drama   $2,444,076  
 
September 24 The Name of the Rose   $7,153,000  
 
September 26 Crocodile Dundee Comedy $8,800,000 $174,803,506  
That's Life! Comedy   $4,079,895  

October, 1986

October 1 Down by Law   $1,436,000  
 
October 3 Children of a Lesser God Drama   $31,853,080  
Playing for Keeps Romantic Comedy $35,000,000 $2,000,000  
Tough Guys Comedy   $21,458,229  
 
October 10 Clockwise   $1,476,356  
Deadly Friend Horror   $8,988,731  
Jumpin' Jack Flash Comedy   $25,587,804  
Peggy Sue Got Married Comedy $18,000,000 $41,382,841  
True Stories   $2,545,142  
 
October 17 The Color of Money Drama $10,000,000 $52,293,000  
 
October 22 Something Wild Comedy   $8,362,000  
 
October 24 Soul Man Comedy   $27,316,198  
Trick or Treat Horror   $6,000,000  
 
October 31 The Mission Drama   $17,218,000  
Sky Bandits Action   $1,468,500  

November, 1986

November 1 Nobody's Fool   $563,358  
 
November 7 37°2 le matin Drama   $12,013  
52 Pick-Up Thriller/Suspense   $5,186,646  
Sid & Nancy Drama   $0  
Tai-Pan Adventure   $4,000,000  
 
November 14 Every Time We Say Goodbye Drama   $278,623  
Hoosiers Drama   $28,607,524  
Streets of Gold Drama   $2,546,238  
 
November 21 An American Tail Adventure   $47,483,002  
Firewalker Adventure   $11,834,302  
The Wraith Action   $3,500,000  
 
November 26 Solarbabies   $1,579,260  
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Adventure $24,000,000 $109,713,132  

December, 1986

December 1 The Mosquito Coast Drama   $14,302,000  
 
December 5 Heartbreak Ridge Action   $42,724,017  
 
December 12 Crimes of the Heart Comedy   $22,905,000  
The Golden Child Action $12,000,000 $79,817,937  
Three Amigos Comedy   $39,246,734  
 
December 19 King Kong Lives Adventure   $4,711,220  
Little Shop of Horrors Musical $30,000,000 $38,747,385  
No Mercy Action   $12,303,904  
Platoon Drama $6,000,000 $137,963,328  
 
December 25 Brighton Beach Memoirs Comedy   $11,957,943  
The Morning After Thriller/Suspense   $25,147,055  
 
December 31 Inside Out Drama   $0  
Witchboard Horror $2,000,000 $7,369,373