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 The Parent Trap42nd StreetDestry Rides AgainThe Bank DickRoad to ZanzibarKill the UmpireThe 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 It's a Wonderful LifeFrom Here To EternityThe Picture of Dorian GrayThey Were ExpendableShadow of the Thin ManThe Last Time I Saw ParisScandal SheetThe Caddy
24 Gordon MacRae 64 USA Actor Oklahoma!CarouselBackfireOn Moonlight BayThe West Point StoryThe Desert SongBy the Light of the Silvery MoonTea for TwoThe Daughter of Rosie O'Grady
29 Leif Erickson 74 USA Actor Tea and SympathyKiss Them for MeMirageRoustaboutThe CarpetbaggersShow BoatTwilight's Last Gleaming
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 JuarezThe LocketA Night to RememberTitanicThe Best of EverythingLancelot and GuineverePrince Valiant
16 Howard Da Silva 82 USA Actor, Producer 1776The Lost WeekendThe Great GatsbySergeant YorkMommie DearestNevada SmithGarbo Talks
17 Paul Stewart 77 USA Actor, Producer Citizen KaneIn Cold BloodRevenge of the Pink PantherKiss Me Deadly • King CreoleMr. Lucky • The Bad and the Beautiful
19 Adolfo Celi 63 Italy Actor ThunderballThe Agony and the EcstasyThe BoboDanger: DiabolikVon Ryan's Express
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 Dial M for MurderThe Lost WeekendBeau GesteReap the Wild WindThe Big ClockMinistry of FearThe Major and the MinorA Man AloneLove StoryThe Thing with Two HeadsPanic in Year Zero!X: The Man with the X-Ray EyesThe Last Tycoon
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 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, Producer White HeatAngels with Dirty FacesThe Public EnemyThe Roaring TwentiesYankee Doodle DandyThe Oklahoma KidTribute to a Bad ManLove Me or Leave MeOne, Two, ThreeMister RobertsMan of a Thousand FacesShake Hands with the DevilEach Dawn I DieBlood on the MoonCity for ConquestThe West Point StoryThe Gallant HoursRagtime
31 Jerry Paris 60 USA Actor, Director MartyThe Caine MutinyCareerNever a Dull MomentThe GrasshopperDon't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River
April 13 Stephen Stucker 38 USA Actor Airplane!Trading Places
15 Tim McIntire 41 USA Actor Brubaker • The Choirboys • American Hot Wax • The Gumball Rally • Shenandoah
21 Marjorie Eaton 85 USA Actress Mary PoppinsHarold and MaudeWitness for the Prosecution
23 Otto Preminger 80 USA Director, Producer, Actor 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 AngelHurry SundownSkidooStalag 17
26 Broderick Crawford 74 USA Actor, Producer All the King's MenBorn YesterdayNight PeopleScandal SheetThe Fastest Gun AliveLone StarThe Last PosseConvictedThe OscarThe Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover
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 USA 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 3 Robert Alda 72 USA Actor Rhapsody in BlueImitation of LifeThe Man I LoveThe Beast with Five FingersCloak and Dagger
14 William Lindsay 40 UK Actor Lifeforce
22 Martin Gabel 73 USA Actor Deadline - U.S.A.The Front PageMarnieGoodbye CharlieDivorce American StyleLady in CementThe First Deadly Sin
23 Sterling Hayden 70 USA Actor The GodfatherDoctor StrangeloveThe Killing1900The Asphalt JungleThe Long GoodbyeJohnny GuitarSo BigSuddenlyZero Hour!Prince ValiantKansas PacificCrime WaveThe Last CommandKing of the Gypsies9 to 5
28 Lurene Tuttle 78 USA Actress Don't Bother to KnockPsychoGoodbye, My FancyMa Barker's Killer BroodThe Fortune Cookie
31 Sylvia Coleridge 76 UK Actress TessI Met a Murderer
June 3 Anna Neagle 81 UK Actress, Producer Forever and a DayNo, No, NanetteIreneVictoria the Great
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 BornThe Benny Goodman Story
23 Nigel Stock 66 UK Actor The Great EscapeThe Lion in Winter
30 Margalo Gillmore 89 UK Actress Upstairs and Downstairs
July 3 Rudy Vallee 84 USA Actor How to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingThe Palm Beach StoryUnfaithfully YoursThe Bachelor and the Bobby-SoxerMy Dear SecretaryFather was a FullbackMother Is a FreshmanLive a Little, Love a Little
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 TrailerSome Came Running
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 KongHis Girl Friday
19 Hermione Baddeley 79 USA Actress Mary PoppinsThe AristocatsRoom at the TopThe Unsinkable Molly Brown
26 Ted Knight 62 USA Actor CaddyshackCountdown
September 1 Murray Hamilton 63 USA Actor JawsThe GraduateThe HustlerJaws 2Anatomy of a MurderThe Amityville Horror1941The Way We WereBrubakerSecondsThe Boston StranglerHouseboatNo Time for SergeantsThe Spirit of St. LouisCasey's ShadowThe Drowning Pool
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 VictoryCasablancaBecketTrue GritThe Sons of Katie ElderBlue HawaiiFun in AcapulcoGunfight at the O.K. CorralG.I. BluesKing CreoleHollywood or BustArtists and ModelsRooster Cogburn
6 Dottie Catching  ?? USA Stuntman, Actor Blazing SaddlesLogan's RunEartquakeAlligator
14 Keenan Wynn 70 USA Actor Neptune's DaughterKiss Me KateDoctor StrangeloveThe Man in the Gray Flannel SuitFinian's RainbowNashvilleAngels in the OutfieldPoint BlankThe Great RaceThe MechanicOrcaThe War WagonBest Friends
14 Spec O'Donnell 75 USA Actor, Stunts Here's Flash CaseyBlonde Trouble
25 Forrest Tucker 67 USA Actor Sands of Iwo JimaThe YearlingPony ExpressNever Say GoodbyeRage at DawnThe NevadanAuntie MameChisum
28 Ian Marter 42 UK Actor The Abominable Dr. PhibesThe Medusa Touch
November 21 Dar Robinson 39 USA Stuntman, Actor Lethal WeaponAirplane!Police AcademyPapillonMagnum ForceLogan's RunStick
22 Scatman Crothers 76 USA Actor The ShiningThe ShootistTwilight Zone: The MovieSilver StreakThe AristocatsBronco Billy
29 Herb Vigran 76 USA Actor Airplane!20,000 Leagues Under the SeaWhite ChristmasCharlotte's WebMonsieur VerdouxThe Love BugBenjiFirst Monday in October
29 John Morton  ?? UK Actor The Empire Strikes BackSuperman IIA Bridge Too FarFlash GordonThe Gumball Rally
29 Cary Grant 82 USA Actor North by NorthwestCharadeNotoriousHis Girl FridaySuspicionThat Touch of MinkTo Catch a ThiefMonkey BusinessThe Bishop's WifeI Was a Male War BrideMr. Blandings Builds His Dream HouseArsenic and Old LaceMy Favorite WifeBringing Up BabyThe Awful TruthKiss Them for MeCrisisThe Talk of the TownMr. LuckyHolidayNight and DayPeople Will TalkThe Pride and the PassionOperation PetticoatShe Done Him WrongGunga DinHouseboatFather GooseIndiscreetThe Grass Is GreenerWalk, Don't Run
December 1 Paul Curran 73 UK Actor JabberwockyJesus of NazarethThe Human FactorThe Doctor and the Devils
2 Ken Scott 26 UK Actress Fantastic VoyageThe Three Faces of EveThe Bravados
2 Desi Arnaz 69 Cuba Actor The Long, Long TrailerForever, DarlingBataanToo Many Girls
4 Suzanne Jerome 26 USA Actor Octopussy
10 Susan Cabot 59 USA Actress Sorority GirlThe Wasp WomanGunsmokeMachine-Gun KellyThe Duel at Silver CreekThe Battle at Apache PassTomahawk
11 Maurice Askew 70 UK 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  ?? UK 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 UK Actress Alice in WonderlandThe Last of the MohicansPride and PrejudiceSuspicionCharlie Chan's Greatest CaseArrest Bulldog DrummondLifeboat
22 Harvey Stephens 85 USA Actor North by NorthwestSergeant YorkThe Young LionsBeau GesteThe BatThe Oklahoma KidThe Fighting 69th
25 George Newman  ?? USA 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 Big ClockThe 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.