1986 in film

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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.

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

The top ten 1986 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1986[1]
Rank Title Studio Domestic gross
1. Top Gun Paramount Pictures $176,781,728
2. Crocodile Dundee Paramount Pictures $174,803,506
3. Platoon Orion Pictures / Hemdale Film Corporation $138,530,565
4. The Karate Kid Part II Columbia Pictures $115,103,979
5. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Paramount Pictures $109,713,132
6. Back to School Orion Pictures $91,258,000
7. Aliens 20th Century Fox $86,160,248
8. The Golden Child Paramount Pictures $79,817,937
9. Ruthless People Touchstone Pictures $71,624,879
10. Ferris Bueller's Day Off Paramount Pictures $70,136,369



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
(De Aanslag)
The Assault
(De Aanslag)

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]

U.S.A. unless stated

























Wide-release films[edit]






Notable deaths[edit]

Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
January 4 Una Merkel 82 USA Actress, Soundtrack The Parent Trap42nd StreetDestry Rides AgainThe Bank DickRoad to ZanzibarThe Maltese Falcon
5 Pamela Davies  ??  ?? Continuity Superman IILolitaStraw DogsTop Secret!The Guns of NavaroneOliverThe Pink Panther Strikes AgainRevenge of the Pink PantherDragonslayerAlfieThe Mouse That RoaredJuliaThe Day of the TriffidsI Was a Male War Bride
14 Donna Reed 64 USA Actress, Soundtrack It's a Wonderful LifeFrom Here To EternityThe Picture of Dorian GrayThey Were ExpendableShadow of the Thin ManThe Last Time I Saw Paris
February 2 Donald Eccles 77 UK Actor The Wicker ManYoung Sherlock HolmesThe DresserA Private FunctionThe Hunchback of Notre Dame
6 Dandy Nichols 78 UK Actress Help!The VikingsO Lucky Man!The Fallen IdolThe Plague DogsGeorgy GirlCarry On Doctor
10 Brian Aherne 83 UK Actor Juarez
16 Howard Da Silva 82 USA Actor, Producer It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad WorldThe Lost WeekendThe Great GatsbySergeant YorkMommie Dearest1776
17 Paul Stewart 77 USA Actress, Producer Citizen KaneIn Cold BloodRevenge of the Pink PantherKiss Me Deadly
March 3 Peter Capell 73 Germany Actor, Writer Willy Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryPaths of GloryOne, Two, ThreeThe VikingsSorcererThe Counterfeit Traitor
10 Ray Milland 77 USA Actor, Director, Soundtrack Dial M for MurderThe Lost WeekendLove StorySullivan's Travels
15 Alexandru Giugaru 88 Romania Actor
22 Olive Deering 67 USA Actress The Ten CommandmentsGentleman's AgreementSamson and DelilahCagedShock Treatment
22 Charles Starrett 82 USA Actor, Soundtrack The Mask of Fu ManchuOur BettersThe Royal Family of BroadwayThis Man Is MineStart Cheering
22 Derek Farr 74 UK Actor The Dam BustersThe Projected ManDoctor at LargeQ PlanesPope Joan
30 James Cagney 82 USA Actor, Soundtrack, Producer White HeatAngels with Dirty FacesYankee Doodle DandyOne, Two, ThreeMister Roberts
April 13 Stephen Stucker 38 USA Actor, Soundtrack Airplane!Trading Places
21 Marjorie Eaton 85 USA Actress Mary PoppinsHarold and MaudeWitness for the Prosecution
23 Otto Preminger 80 USA Director, Producer Anatomy of a MurderLauraRiver of No ReturnExodusThe Man with the Golden ArmIn Harm's WayWhere the Sidewalk EndsAdvise and ConsentAngel FaceBunny Lake Is MissingCarmen JonesBonjour tristesseFallen Angel
26 Broderick Crawford 74 USA Actor, Soundtrack, Producer All the King's MenBorn Yesterday
26 Gregory Hobal  ?? UK Stuntman, Actor A Bridge Too Far
26 Bessie Love 87 UK Actress, Soundtrack, Advisor On Her Majesty's Secret ServiceRedsThe HungerIntoleranceThe Barefoot Contessa
30 Robert Stevenson 81 United States Director Mary PoppinsBedknobs and BroomsticksThe Love BugOld YellerJane EyreThe Absent-Minded ProfessorDarby O'Gill and the Little PeopleHerbie Rides AgainThat Darn Cat!Blackbeard's GhostIn Search of the Castaways
May 14 William Lindsay 40 UK Actor Lifeforce
23 Sterling Hayden 70 USA Actor, Soundtrack The GodfatherDoctor StrangeloveThe Killing9 to 51900The Asphalt JungleThe 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 ManBillion Dollar BrainThe One That Got AwayThe Sheriff of Fractured JawJohn Paul JonesYou Can't Win 'Em AllSea Devils
13 Benny Goodman 77 USA Actor, Soundtrack A Song Is Born
23 Nigel Stock 66 UK Actor The Great Escape
30 Margalo Gillmore 89 UK Actress Upstairs and Downstairs
July 14 Graham Freeborn  ?? UK Makeup Artist Star WarsThe Empire Strikes BackReturn of the Jedi2001: A Space OdysseySupermanHighlanderThe Rocky Horror Picture ShowSuperman IIThe Man with the Golden GunLifeforceDragonslayer
19 Daniel L. Fapp 82 USA Cinematographer The Great EscapeWest Side StoryOne, Two, ThreeIce Station ZebraThe Big ClockLet's Make LoveOur Man FlintSend Me No FlowersMaroonedMove Over, DarlingThe Unsinkable Molly BrownArtists and Models5 Card StudFun in AcapulcoUnion StationTo Each His Own
25 Vincente Minnelli 83 USA Director The Band WagonGigiAn American in ParisMeet Me in St. LouisThe Bad and the BeautifulOn a Clear Day You Can See ForeverBrigadoonThe Long, Long TrailerCabin in the Sky
August 6 Emilio Fernández 82 Mexico Actor, Director María CandelariaLa perlaThe Night of the IguanaReturn of the SevenThe AppaloosaThe Wild BunchBring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
13 Helen Mack 72 USA Actress The Son of Kong
19 Hermione Baddeley 79 USA Actress, Soundtrack Mary PoppinsThe Aristocats
September 1 Murray Hamilton 63 USA Actor JawsThe GraduateThe HustlerJaws 2Anatomy of a MurderThe Amityville Horror1941The Way We WereBrubakerSecondsThe Boston StranglerHouseboat
28 Denis Carey 77 UK Actor PsychomaniaThe Day of the Jackal
28 Robert Helpmann 77 Australia Actor, Director Chitty Chitty Bang BangThe Red ShoesHenry V55 Days at PekingThe Quiller Memorandum
30 Ben Dova 81 USA Actor Marathon ManDear Mr. Wonderful
October ? George Blackler 74 UK Makeup Artist The Red ShoesGreat ExpectationsBlack NarcissusTommyA Matter of Life and DeathThe Life and Death of Colonel BlimpOliver TwistTheatre of Blood49th ParallelThe Importance of Being EarnestThe Satanic Rites of DraculaA Canterbury TaleDracula A.D. 1972The Tomb of LigeiaOperation CrossbowTwins of EvilThe Million Pound Note''
5 Hal B. Wallis 88 USA Producer The Petrified ForestDark VictoryCasablanca
6 Dottie Catching  ?? USA Stuntman, Actor Blazing SaddlesLogan's RunEartquakeAlligator
14 Keenan Wynn 70 USA Actor, Soundtrack, Stunts The HuckstersKiss Me KateDoctor StrangeloveOnce Upon a Time in the WestTouch of EvilNashvillePiranhaPoint BlankThe Great RaceThe MechanicOrca
14 Spec O'Donnell 75 USA Actor, Soundtrack, Stunts Here's Flash CaseyBlonde Trouble
28 Ian Marter 42 United Kingdom Actor The Abominable Dr. PhibesThe Medusa Touch
November 21 Dar Robinson 39 USA Stuntman, Actor Lethal WeaponAirplane!Police AcademyPapillonMagnum ForceLogan's Run
29 Herb Vigran 76 USA Actor Airplane!20,000 Leagues Under the SeaWhite ChristmasCharlotte's WebMonsieur VerdouxThe Love Bug
29 John Morton  ?? UK Actor The Empire Strikes BackSuperman IIA Bridge Too FarFlash GordonThe Gumball Rally
29 Cary Grant 82 USA Actor, Soundtrack North by NorthwestCharadeNotoriousHis Girl FridayThat Touch of MinkTo Catch a ThiefMonkey BusinessI Was a Male War BrideMr. Blandings Builds His Dream HouseArsenic and Old LaceMy Favorite WifeBringing Up BabyThe Awful TruthShe Done Him Wrong
December 1 Paul Curran 73 United Kingdom Actor, Soundtrack JabberwockyJesus of NazarethThe Human FactorThe Doctor and the Devils
2 Ken Scott 26 UK Actress Fantastic VoyageThe Three Faces of EveThe Bravados
4 Suzanne Jerome 26 USA Actor Octopussy
11 Maurice Askew 70 England Sound Effects Editing ThunderballOn Her Majesty's Secret ServiceRomeo and JulietChitty Chitty Bang BangThe Ipcress FileThe Day of the TriffidsWomen in LoveThe Grass Is GreenerThe Boy FriendFrankenstein and the Monster from Hell
11 Constance Willis  ?? England Continuity, Script Supervisor VertigoGoldfingerA Bridge Too FarThe Man Who Knew Too MuchA Man for All SeasonsThe Return of the Pink PantherA Shot in the DarkDeath on the NileDeath Wish 3
13 Heather Angel 77 England Actress Alice in Wonderland
22 Harvey Stephens 85 United States Actor North by NorthwestSergeant YorkThe Young LionsBeau GesteThe BatThe Oklahoma KidThe Fighting 69th
25 George Newman  ?? United States Wardrobe Supervisor The GodfatherThe Godfather Part IIAnnie HallNetworkThe Taking of Pelham One Two ThreeSplendor in the GrassThe Stepford WivesThe Panic in Needle Park
26 Elsa Lanchester 84 UK Actress Mary PoppinsWitness for the ProsecutionBride of FrankensteinMurder by DeathThe Bishop's WifeBell, Book and CandleThe Spiral Staircase
28 Andrei Tarkovsky 54 Soviet Union Director Andrei RublevSolarisThe MirrorStalker

Film debuts[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1986 Domestic Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 7 April 2014.