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Year-by-Year Polls: 1986 (Closed)

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Year-by-Year Polls: 1986 (Closed)

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Welcome to the Year-by-Year Poll!

This poll is for the year 1986

These polls are fairly simple. We work our way through film history selecting a different year each time, and you list your top films from the given year. Depending on the number of voters, the poll usually produces a list of around 50-90 films and is a great way of finding recommendations. Lots of people will also list other films outside their top 20 as honorable mentions or runners-up.


The Rules

- You can vote for a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 20 films.

- Feature films, documentaries, short films, TV movies, and TV mini-series are all eligible, but not continuing TV series or individual TV episodes.

- We use IMDb dates for consistency, so a title should be listed on IMDb as 1986.

- Your ballot can be either ranked or unranked, but I will assume it's ranked unless otherwise stated. For ranked ballots it makes it easier if you use a numbered list.

- IMPORTANT: Along with a list of the titles from 1986, please include the corresponding list of bare IMDb urls for the same films. Your ballot will be deemed disqualified if the IMDb urls are not included.


The Scoring

For ranked ballots, the top-ranked title will receive a number of points equal to the number of titles on the ballot, with each succeeding title receiving one fewer point. So the top title on a list of 20 films will receive 20 points, the next 19 points and so on. If the list has only 10 films, the top title will receive 10 points, the next one 9, and so on. If there are 5 films on the list, the top film will receive 5 points, the next one 4, well you get the idea.

For unranked ballots, each title will receive an equal share of the total points that would have been allotted to the ballot if it had been ranked. If there are 20 films on the ballot, this means each one would receive 10.5 points.


Some resources

1986 films with the sorted by most votes on IMDb

1986 films you've rated on IMDb

Wikipedia's 1986 in film article

1986 films you've checked on ICM

1986 films you *haven't* checked on ICM


Previous poll results as ICM lists

2017: 1940 results, 1981 results, 2005 results, 1927 results, 1968 results, 1939 results, 1976 results, 1997 results
2018: 1958 results, 2017 results, 1948 results, 1983 results, 1969 results, 1925 results, 1991 results, 1957 results, 2006 results
2019: 2018 results, 1932 results, 1972 results, 1942 results, 1987 results, 1964 results, 1994 results, 2007 results, 1955 results
2020: 2019 results, 1945 results, 1935 results, 1974 results, 1960 results, 1951 results, 2008 results, 1966 results, 1944 results
2021: 1980 results, 1929 results, 1998 results, 1933 results, 1950 results, 1978 results, 2020 results, 1967 results, 2009 results, 1946 results, 1985 results
2022: 1920 results, 1993 results, 1937 results, 2002 results, 1953 results, 2021 results, 1962 results, 1971 results, 2010 results


The Deadline

This poll will run for about 4 weeks and will plan to close at the end of Saturday October 29, midnight Eastern Daylight Time. You may revise or add a ballot anytime until the poll is indicated closed in the subject header.

The next poll will be 1924 followed by 1941.
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My birth year!
Also in other respects, it was rather meh.
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A simply incredible year for French cinema!

1. Le rayon vert / The Green Ray (1986, Éric Rohmer)
2. À l'ombre de la canaille bleue / In the Shadow of the Blue Rascal (1986, Pierre Clémenti)
3. Thérèse (1986, Alain Cavalier)
4. Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch)
5. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986, John McNaughton)
6. Le lieu du crime / Scene of the Crime (1986, André Téchiné)
7. Tenue de soirée / Ménage (1986, Bertrand Blier)
8. Mauvais sang (1986, Leos Carax)
9. Maine Ocean (1986, Jacques Rozier)
10. Jean de Florette (1986, Claude Berri)

11. Le Déclin de l'empire américain / The Decline of the American Empire (1986, Denys Arcand)
12. Rosa Luxemburg (1986, Margarethe von Trotta)
13. Tarot (1986, Rudolf Thome)
14. Grandeur et décadence d'un petit commerce de cinéma (1986, Jean-Luc Godard)
15. Sarraounia (1986, Med Hondo)
16. Mammame (1986, Raoul Ruiz)
17. Ruthless People (1986, Jim Abrahams & David Zucker)
18. Kong bu fen zi / The Terrorisers (1986, Edward Yang)
19. Ningen no yakusoku / A Promise (1986, Yoshishige Yoshida)
20. 37°2 le matin / Betty Blue (1986, Jean-Jacques Beineix)

Honourable mentions:

Mémoire des apparences / Life Is a Dream (1986, Raoul Ruiz)
Umi to dokuyaku / The Sea and Poison (1986, Kei Kumai)
Offret (1986, Andrei Tarkovsky)
Sid and Nancy (1986, Alex Cox)
Kin-Dza-Dza (1986, Georgi Daneliya)
52 Pick-Up (1986, John Frankenheimer)
Platoon (1986, Oliver Stone)
Désordre / Disorder (1986, Olivier Assayas)
Fraulein - Ein deutsches Melodram (1986, Michael Haneke)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986, John Hughes)
Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta / Castle in the Sky (1986, Hayao Miyazaki)
Salvador (1986, Oliver Stone)
El viaje a ninguna parte / Voyage to Nowhere (1986, Fernando Fernán Gómez)
Zastihla me noc / The Night Overtake Me (1986, Juraj Herz)
Mona Lisa (1986, Neil Jordan)
Abel (1986, Alex van Warmerdam)
Crossroads (1986, Walter Hill)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986, Woody Allen)
Macskafogó / Cat City (1986, Béla Ternovszky)
Krysar / The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1986, Jirí Barta)

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1. Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen)
2. Manhunter (Michael Mann)
3. The Mission (Roland Joffé)
4. Castle in the Sky (Hayao Miyazaki)
5. Aliens (James Cameron)
6. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (John Hughes)
7. The Fly (David Cronenberg)
8. The Color of Money (Martin Scorsese)
9. Platoon (Oliver Stone)
10. Salvador (Oliver Stone)
11. Power (Sidney Lumet)
12. The Morning After (Sidney Lumet)
13. Crossroads (Walter Hill)
14. At Close Range (James Foley)
15. Hoosiers (David Anspaugh)
16. The Big Easy (Jim McBride)
17. The Whistle Blower (Simon Langton)
18. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (Tom McLoughlin)
19. Ruthless People (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker)
20. Killer Party (William Fruet)
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1. Mauvais sang (Leos Carax)
2. I Love Dollars (Johan van der Keuken)
3. Offret (Andrei Tarkovsky)
4. Blue Velvet (David Lynch)
5. O melissokomos (Theodoros Angelopoulos)
6. Sophie's Place (Larry Jordan)
7. Mammame (Raoul Ruiz)
8. I fotografia (Nikos Papatakis)
9. 37°2 le matin (Jean-Jacques Beineix)
10. Wie man sieht (Harun Farocki)
11. Working Girls (Lizzie Borden)
12. Landscape Suicide (James Benning)
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Torgo wrote: October 2nd, 2022, 8:30 pm My birth year!
Also in other respects, it was rather meh.
As undecided I was in how to bring this to a Top 20 ... man, those both at the top are timeless masterpieces. Wouldn't stick out too much in a 70s list or one from the 90s - something that hardly can be said about Top Gun, Ferris Bueller or Howard the Duck :whistling:

1. Blue Velvet 
2. The Sacrifice [Offret] 

3. Aliens 
4. The Pied Piper [Krysar] 
5. Castle in the Sky [Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta] 
6. Down by Law 
7. -
8. Hannah and Her Sisters 
9. When the Wind Blows 
10. In a Glass Cage [Tras el cristal] 
11. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 
12. The Fly 
13. Platoon 
14. Stand by Me 
15. Mona Lisa 
16. Highlander 
17. From Beyond 
18. Barefoot Gen 2 [Hadashi no Gen 2]
19. Abel
20. Manhunter 

There's a chance that Highlander in fact was rather ridiculous but.. it's too late for a revisit. :D I REALLY need to rewatch Alien(s).
HMs: Le Rayon Vert, The Mission, Little Shop of Horrors, The Hitcher, Les Fugitifs :P
Kin-Dza-Dza and Henry both seem like must-have additions of mine 10 years ago .. yet somehow aren't.

Need to see: Peking Opera Blues, Mauvais Sang, The Terrorizers, Betty Blue, Salvador, Caravaggio, Le Déclin.., Children of a Lesser God, Michael Bay's The Transformers, The Color of Money, Labyrinth (oof), ...
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Torgo wrote: October 3rd, 2022, 12:02 am
7. Trial on the Road [Proverka na dorogakh]

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067625/
Although Teproc makes the eligibility decisions this time around, I would like to note that this film (made in 1971) was deemed eligible for our 1971 poll two months ago, received three votes, and placed 63rd in that poll.
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Torgo wrote: October 3rd, 2022, 12:02 am
There's a chance that Highlander in fact was rather ridiculous but.. it's too late for a revisit. :D I REALLY need to rewatch Alien(s).
Highlander is definitely ridiculous, but a wonderful sort of ridiculous. I missed it when it came out and the first time I heard about it was when I was in Edinburgh a couple of years later. It was showing on a hotel movie channel. I watched it twice and have loved it ever since.

I'll probably rewatch Alien and Aliens in the next few years. I haven't seen them in at least 25 years. I first saw Alien on cable in the early 80s and Aliens in the theater when it came out. I think the first one is better, but the second is also a lot of fun.
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gromit82 wrote: October 3rd, 2022, 12:09 am
Torgo wrote: October 3rd, 2022, 12:02 am
7. Trial on the Road [Proverka na dorogakh]

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067625/
Although Teproc makes the eligibility decisions this time around, I would like to note that this film (made in 1971) was deemed eligible for our 1971 poll two months ago, received three votes, and placed 63rd in that poll.
Thanks, now I remember that decision. List creation just goes by so robotically via IMDb, you know. Going to replace it.
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gromit82 wrote: October 3rd, 2022, 12:09 am
Torgo wrote: October 3rd, 2022, 12:02 am
7. Trial on the Road [Proverka na dorogakh]

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067625/
Although Teproc makes the eligibility decisions this time around, I would like to note that this film (made in 1971) was deemed eligible for our 1971 poll two months ago, received three votes, and placed 63rd in that poll.
Thanks for pointing that out, gromit. I'll confirm here then than Trial on the Road/Proverka na dorogakh is ineligible for this poll.
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Damn it, I re-edited my list when I spotted it in the IMDb search.

Oh well, updated my list with one more French entry. :D
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Offret used to be my number 1 for 1986, weird not to have it there anymore. I still consider it a great film, but it did not strike me with awe on my last rewatch and felt too much like a lesser Bergman. (That can always flip back in the future though, Solyaris had a similar yoyo effect where ironically my lowest rating was after a cinema viewing).
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01. Aliens
02. Laputa: Castle in the Sky
03. Bound for the Fields, the Mountains, and the Seacoast
04. Little Shop of Horrors
05. Peking Opera Blues
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01. Hombre mirando al sudeste
02. Blue Velvet
03. Manon des Sources
04. The Singing Detective
05. Kong bu fen zi
06. Mauvais sang
07. Offret
08. Jean de Florette
09. Down By Law
10. La Rayon Vert
11. Mona Lisa
12. Hannah and Her Sisters
13. 37°2 le matin
14. The River's Edge
15. Liàn liàn fengchén
16. Platoon
17. Round Midnight
18. Something Wild
19. Matador
20. Down and Out in Beverly Hills

Haven't seen My Friend Ivan Lapshin, O melissokomos, The Horse Thief, or Henry" Portrait of a Serial Killer
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1. Liàn liàn fengchén [Dust in the Wind]: 9.5
2. Kong bu fen zi [The Terrorizers]: 9.5
3. Platoon: 9.5
4. Aliens: 9.2
5. Le rayon vert [Summer/The Green Ray]: 8.8
6. Offret [The Sacrifice]: 8.8
7. Blue Velvet: 8.5
8. Big Trouble in Little China: 8.5
9. Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta [The Castle in the Sky]: 8.5
10. 37°2 le matin [Betty Blue]: 8.0
11. Hannah and Her Sisters: 8.0
12. Manon des sources [Manon of the Spring]: 8.0
13. Ying hung boon sik [A Better Tomorrow]: 8.0
14. Labyrinth: 8.0
15. Abel: 7.8
16. Il Miele del diavolo [The Devil's Honey]: 7.8
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Links added!

1. Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta / Castle in the Sky
2. Aliens
3. Liàn liàn fengchén / Dust in the Wind
4. True Stories
5. Stand By Me
6. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
7. Hoosiers
8. Varjoja paratiisissa / Shadows in Paradise
9. Offret / The Sacrifice
10. Mala Noche

11. Kong bu fen zi / The Terrorizers
12. Hannah and Her Sisters
13. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
14. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
15. Blue Velvet
16. Ying hung boon sik
17. Golden Eighties
18. She's Gotta Have It
19. Something Wild
20. Dao ma zei / The Horse Thief
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cinewest wrote: October 3rd, 2022, 9:48 am Haven't seen My Friend Ivan Lapshin
I've seen this one recently - don't worry, it's a 1985 film with no source saying otherwise :)

Onderhond wrote: October 3rd, 2022, 8:40 am 01. Aliens
No A Better Tomorrow or other heroic bloodshed / cult Hongkong films :o
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Torgo wrote: October 3rd, 2022, 2:06 pm
cinewest wrote: October 3rd, 2022, 9:48 am Haven't seen My Friend Ivan Lapshin
I've seen this one recently - don't worry, it's a 1985 film with no source saying otherwise :)

Darn. Ivan Lapshin is the only one of the 4 I have a copy of and could probably see before the poll closes.
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Torgo wrote: October 3rd, 2022, 2:06 pm No A Better Tomorrow or other heroic bloodshed / cult Hongkong films :o
Nah, not the biggest fan of the genre. Hard-Boiled is the only one in my list of favorites. The 80s weren't that great for HK.
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1. Offret
2. Der Rosenkönig
3. True Stories
4. Bound for the Fields, the Mountains, and the Seacoast
5. Down By Law
6. À Flor do Mar
7. Man Facing Southeast
8. Le Rayon Vert
9. Mirch Masala
10. His Motorbike, Her Island
11. Caravaggio
12. The Horse Thief
13. Street of Crocodiles
14. Mauvais Sang
15. Amma Ariyan
16. To Sleep So As To Dream
17. A Better Tomorrow
18. Aliens
19. The Terrorizers
20. Noir et blanc

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Unseen/Want to watch the most: Betty Blue, In the Shadow of the Blue Rascal

Curious to see if Maverick will have an influence on this poll... (for future comparisons, Top Gun was #419 in the last 80s poll, #40 of its year)
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Onderhond wrote: October 3rd, 2022, 4:12 pm The 80s weren't that great for HK.
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airdolll wrote: October 3rd, 2022, 5:45 pm Curious to see if Maverick will have an influence on this poll... (for future comparisons, Top Gun was #419 in the last 80s poll, #40 of its year)
Oh it would be another chance for me to reassure how much it sucked :D

No Velvet for you, young dolllman?
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airdolll wrote: October 3rd, 2022, 5:45 pm Unseen/Want to watch the most: Betty Blue, In the Shadow of the Blue Rascal
Have you seen Noir et Blanc yet? That one might be a 1986 hit for you I think.
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I'll try to watch Noir et blanc this weak - it looks really intriguing.

And do seek out In the Shadow of the Blue Rascal, airdoll. It is the closest thing to the cinema equivalent to William S. Burroughs I have ever seen.
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De Aanslag, Flodder and Abel have popped up on various lists already, proof that this is a very special year in Dutch cinema history!

I was 10 at the time and slightly too young to enjoy de Aanslag or Abel. I think I had to watch De Aanslag at school at some point, never revisited it. Abel is a very cool van Warmerdam movie, but I saw it late and it never became my favorite (I think it was for a long while widely regarded, among Dutch critics, as his best though). Flodder on the other hand is just Dutch cult/culture, a movie everybody of my generation is able to quote. I haven't seen it in a long while, but the impressions it made on me and Dutch cinema history are undenieable I think. Sure it is commercial and ludicrous, but joyfully so, and hugely ambitious for Dutch cinema at the time (but even now, if we're honest).
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hurluberlu wrote: October 3rd, 2022, 6:13 pm your cred
Yeah, just wait until you've seen the amount of Chow Yun-Fat films I have. The 70s are obviously a highlight, so are the (early) 90s, the 80s are mostly just a long transition period between the two. With many, many, many crappy comedies and derivative action flicks.
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"1986"

I've included a short in my toplist, which is quite a rarity in my poll-contributions. But the Quay-brothers are something special.

01. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
02. Laputa - Castle in the Sky
03. Caravaggio
04. Ginger e Fred
05. Hannah and Her Sisters
06. The Horse Thief
07. Betty Blue
08. A Better Tomorrow
09. Street of Crocodiles
10. Platoon
11. Mauvais Sang
12. Fatherland
13. The Name of the Rose
14. Kin-Dza-Dza!
15. El Amor Brujo
16. The Terrorizers
17. Le Rayon Vert
18. Dust in the Wind
19. Courier
20. Shadows in Paradise

H/M's
- Hombre Mirando al Sudeste
- Noir et Blanc
- Gothic
- A Flor do Mar
- Dead Man's Letters
- Mélo
- Sid and Nancy

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I've never seen so many snubs for Blue Velvet IN MY LIFE!
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Y U M E wrote: October 3rd, 2022, 8:44 pm 09. Manie-Manie
I have this one as 1987, otherwise it would be a clear winner.
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Thank you for recommending me Noir et blanc, Beavis. A great film, though it will not quite make my top 20 of the year (though it looked like it was heading there for a while). Felt a little like Un chant d'amour meets sado-masochism. There are so many intriguing elements of this film, including its slow, deliberate pace and slow reveal of the increasing obsession with pain, which up until that point breaks something that could have been almost Rohmerian, or something ala Tanner. The low-fi aesthetics coupled with the facial expression and lighting that can flip between horror and erotica was incredibly captivating. Certain off-shots too, such as our protagonist alone in his apartment with a bent Christmas tree also feel downright gothic. It does an incredible job of showing the eerie sensuality and pleasure our protagonist gets from pain, to the point of poetic dimensions.

Bonus: Christopher Doyle has an early camera credit here!
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Torgo wrote: October 3rd, 2022, 9:44 pm I've never seen so many snubs for Blue Velvet IN MY LIFE!
I'm not so sure I would like it as much as I did the last time I saw it, but it definitely made a big impression on me when it first came out.
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