Check out our picks for the best sci-fi movies of 1986. These sci-fi films our rated as our top movies of 1986. New movies are added everyday and we are dedicated to including every sci-fi movie ever made.
1986 Sci-Fi Movies List
R | 2h 17min | 137min | 18 Jul 1986Score: 8.94/10
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Lance Henriksen, Tom Woodruff Jr., Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Daniel Kash
Synopsis: 57 years after Ellen Ripley had a close encounter with the reptilian alien creature from the first movie, she is called back, this time, to help a group of highly trained colonial marines fight off against the sinister extraterrestrials. But this time, the aliens have taken over a space colony on the moon LV-426. When the colonial marines are called upon to search the deserted space colony, they later find out that they are up against more than what they bargained for. Using specially modified machine guns and enough firepower, it's either fight or die as the space marines battle…
Tagline: This time there's more.
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
PG-13 | 1h 34min | 94min | 19 Dec 1986Score: 8.37/10
Director: Frank Oz
Starring: Kerry Shale, Bill Murray, Tina Simmons, Michael Shannon, Bob Sessions
Synopsis: Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik's, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily. One day as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he finds a very mysterious unidentified plant which he calls Audrey II. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper. Soon enough, Seymour feeds Audrey's sadistic dentist boyfriend to the plant and later, Mushnik for witnessing the death of Audrey's ex. Will Audrey II take over the world or…
Tagline: Don't feed the plants.
The Fly (1986)
R | 1h 36min | 96min | 15 Aug 1986Score: 8.13/10
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: David Cronenberg, Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Michael Copeman
Synopsis: Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum), a brilliant but eccentric scientist attempts to woo investigative journalist Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis) by offering her a scoop on his latest research in the field of matter transportation, which against all the expectations of the scientific establishment have proved successful. Up to a point. Brundle thinks he has ironed out the last problem when he successfully transports a living creature, but when he attempts to teleport himself a fly enters one of the transmission booths, and Brundle finds he is a changed man. This Science-Gone-Mad film is the source of the quotable quote "Be afraid.…
Tagline: Something went wrong in the lab today. Very wrong.
From Beyond (1986)
R | 1h 25min | 85min | 24 Oct 1986Score: 7.1/10
Director: Stuart Gordon
Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ken Foree, Dale Wyatt, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon
Synopsis: Dr. Edward Pretorius and his assistant, the physician Crawford Tillinghast, have developed the Resonator, a machine to stimulate the sixth sense through the pineal gland. When Crawford activates the apparatus, he sees creatures flying in the air and he summons Dr. Pretorius. The experiment goes out of control and Dr. Pretorius refuses to turn off the Resonator. Meanwhile their neighbor calls the police, and when the police officers arrive, they see Crawford trying to escape from his house and Dr. Pretorius beheaded. Crawford is sent to a mental institution under the supervision of the sadistic Dr. Bloch. However, the prominent…
Tagline: Humans are such easy prey.
Night of the Creeps (1986)
R | 1h 28min | 88min | 22 Aug 1986Score: 6.95/10
Director: Fred Dekker
Starring: Dick Miller, Greg Nicotero, Tom Atkins, Howard Berger, Vic Polizos
Synopsis: In 1959, an alien experiment crashes to earth and infects a fraternity member. They freeze the body, but in the modern day, two geeks pledging a fraternity accidentally thaw the corpse, which proceeds to infect the campus with parasites that transform their hosts into killer zombies.
Tagline: "The good news is your dates are here. The bad news is... they're dead."
Chopping Mall (1986)
R | 1h 17min | 77min | 21 Mar 1986Score: 5.95/10
Director: Jim Wynorski
Starring: Dick Miller, Angus Scrimm, Barbara Crampton, Rodney Eastman, Paul Bartel
Synopsis: A group of teenagers that work at the mall all get together for a late night party in one of the stores. When the mall goes on lockdown before they can get out, the robot security system malfunctions and goes on a killing spree. One by one, the three bots try to rid the mall of the "intruders." The only weapons the kids can use are the supplies in other stores. Or . . . if they can make it 'til morning when the mall reopens.
Tagline: Tonight Park Plaza Mall switches on the world's toughest security force. Absolutely nothing can go wrong...
PG-13 | 1h 26min | 86min | 11 Apr 1986Score: 5.39/10
Director: Stephen Herek
Starring: Lin Shaye, Dee Wallace, Ethan Phillips, Corey Burton, Billy Zane
Synopsis: A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople.
Tagline: The original tasty entree!
R | 1h 23min | 83min | 14 Feb 1986Score: 5.07/10
Director: Ted Nicolaou
Starring: Jon Gries, Gerrit Graham, Mary Woronov, Chad Allen, Diane Franklin
Synopsis: Stan installs a state-of-art satellite TV system for his dysfunctional family. However, he accidentally picks up a signal from another planet and his television system becomes the gateway between the two planets. A ravenous alien creature comes to his apartment and only their son Sherman (Chad Allen) sees the monster, but his parents do not believe in the boy.
Tagline: People of Earth, your planet is about to be destroyed... We're terribly sorry for the inconvenience.
Vicious Lips (1986)
R | 1h 24min | 84minScore: 4.98/10
Director: Albert Pyun
Starring: Jeff Yesko, Tanya Papanicolas, Linda Kerridge, Christian Andrews, Brian Maguire
Synopsis: Sometime in the distant future, a fledgling band gets an opportunity for a breakthrough, if they can make it in time to a faraway planet to perform in a very popular club.
Tagline: They're Lost and Loose in Outer Space.
Monster in the Closet (1986)
PG | 1h 30min | 90min | 30 Jan 1987Score: 4.71/10
Director: Bob Dahlin
Starring: Ritchie Montgomery, Kevin Peter Hall, Terrence Beasor, John Michael Quinn, Paul Walker
Synopsis: After several people and a dog are found dead in their closets, a mild-mannered reporter, a college professor, her son, and a befuddled professor band together to uncover the mystery.
Tagline: It's Out! It's Out! It's Out!
Neon Maniacs (1986)
R | 1h 31min | 91min | 14 Nov 1986Score: 4.66/10
Director: Joseph Mangine
Starring: Andrew Divoff, John Lafayette, Marta Kober, Jessie Lawrence Ferguson, Scott McKenna
Synopsis: Something disturbing is going on in San Francisco each and every night. Certain locals who are out at night, are being set upon and slain, by someone or something, to be found in the morning mutilated or parts missing. Ocassionally they are never found at all ditto the parts that go missing. Tonight one teen is going to witness a massacre at the hands of this lethal mystery. And might be able to shed some light over it to the cops. That is if she survives the night.
Tagline: There are twelve good reasons to be afraid of the dark. And everyone of them is a killer
Invaders from Mars (1986)
PG | 1h 40min | 100min | 06 Jun 1986Score: 4.55/10
Director: Tobe Hooper
Starring: James Karen, Debbie Lee Carrington, Phil Fondacaro, William Bassett, Louise Fletcher
Synopsis: In this remake of the classic 50s SF tale, a boy tries to stop an invasion of his town by aliens who take over the the minds of his parents, his least-liked schoolteacher and other townspeople. With the aid of the school nurse the boy enlists the aid of the U.S. Marines.
Tagline: They came from above... ...and attacked from below. [UK video box]
The Wraith (1986)
PG-13 | 1h 33min | 93min | 21 Nov 1986Score: 4.37/10
Director: Mike Marvin
Starring: Clint Howard, Sherilyn Fenn, Randy Quaid, Charlie Sheen, Michael Hungerford
Synopsis: Packard Walsh and his motorized gang control and terrorize an Arizona desert town where they force drivers to drag-race so they can 'win' their vehicles. After Walsh stabs the decent teenager Jamie Hankins to death for being intimate with a girl whom Walsh wants for himself, the mysterious Jake Kesey arrives, an extremely cool motor-biker with an invincible car. Jake befriends Jamie's girlfriend Keri Johnson, takes Jamie's sweet brother Billy under his wing and manages what Sheriff Loomis can not - the methodical and otherworldly elimination of Packard's criminal gang.
Tagline: He's not from around here.
Maximum Overdrive (1986)
R | 1h 38min | 98min | 25 Jul 1986Score: 4.16/10
Director: Stephen King
Starring: Stephen King, Frankie Faison, Chris Britton, J.C. Quinn, Julius LeFlore
Synopsis: When Earth passes through the tail of Rea-M rogue comet, the machines come to life and start to kill mankind. A group of survivors is under siege from fierce trucks at the Dixie Boy truck stop gas station and they have to fight to survive.
Tagline: Who Made Who?
Star Crystal (1986)
R | 1h 31min | 91minScore: 4.03/10
Director: Lance Lindsay
Starring: Paul Rawson, C. Juston Campbell, Faye Bolt, John W. Smith, Taylor Kingsley
Synopsis: Set in 2032, as missions from Earth are being sent to explore Mars. After two groups of astronauts are mysteriously killed following the discovery of strange artefacts on the martian surface, the crew of the SC-37 go in to try and find out what happened. They soon learn what became of their predecessors when a bloodthirsty space monster begins lunching on members of the crew. Will any of them make it back to Earth alive?
Tagline: ...In Space scientists have discovered a new life form...they are about to wish they hadn't...
Alien Predator (1986)
R | 1h 30min | 90min | 06 Feb 1987Score: 4.03/10
Director: Deran Sarafian
Starring: Dennis Christopher, Carlos Ramirez, Martin Hewitt, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Luis Prendes
Synopsis: 3 young friends are on vacation in Spain, until weird things begin to occur and then a man from NASA tells them what's really going on: Dangerous Alien Organisms from the Apollo 14 Moon Mission, which was tested on animals on SkyLab. But then the organisms fell to earth with SkyLab and they are now starting to infect people by brutally killing them off. And these 3 friends and NASA scientist must get an antidote from a NASA Lab nearby and save themselves and the rest of the world.
Tagline: Mankind's deadliest threat...HAS ARRIVED FROM THE SKIES
The Visitants (1986)
R | 1h 32min | 92minScore: 3.91/10
Director: Rick Sloane
Starring: Kelley Palmer, Jeffrey Culver, David Teague, Dyanne DiRosario, K.C. Durkin
Synopsis: Aliens chase a teenager who stole one of their ray guns.
Tagline: There Goes the Neighborhood!
Class of Nuke 'Em High (1986)
R | 1h 25min | 85min | 12 Dec 1986Score: 3.85/10
Directors: Lloyd Kaufman, Richard W. Haines
Starring: Ava Kelly, Kevin Schmidt, Janelle Brady, Thomas Feeney, Dianna Flaherty
Synopsis: When Warren and Chrissy notice some strange things happening around their high school, they begin to suspect that something is going on at the nuclear plant next door. Though the plant officials deny that there are any problems, Crissy gives birth to a bloodthirsty mutant who immediately begins eating everyone in the school. Will Warren and Chrissy be able to stop their killer kid?
Tagline: It rotted their bodies. It corrupted their minds. And thats's the good news.
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