America entered its twenty second decade: a look back at the films of 1986

In 1986,

Spain and Portugal entered the European Community, the predecessor to the European Union;

The first computer virus was formed;

Pixar Animation Studios opened;

Halley’s Comet made its second visit to our solar system in the 20th century;

The Mir space station was launched;

The The Legend of Zelda was released;

Out of Africa was named the Best Picture of 1985,

Microsoft became a publicly traded company;

The first child was born to a surrogate mother;

Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s secret vault;

A mishandled safety test at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant killed over 4000 people;

Captain Midnight interrupted the HBO satellite feed;

NBC celebrated its 60th anniversary;

The Montreal Canadiens won their 23rd Stanley Cup;

Hands Across America took place to raise awareness for hunger relief efforts;

Dragon Quest was released;

The Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds after launch;

Argentina won the FIFA World Cup;

Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose 48 hours after being selected 2nd in the NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics;

The Statue of Liberty was reopened following an extensive refurbishment for its centennial;

Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson;

American Greg Lemond won the Tour de France;

The first film from Studio Ghibli, Castle in the Sky, was released;

Patrick Sherrill’s attack on his coworkers at the post office in Edmond, Oklahoma birthed the phrase “going postal,”

Desmond Tutu became the first black Anglican Church bishop in South Africa;

The Oprah Winfrey Show premiered in syndication;

The Andrew Lloyd Weber musical The Phantom of the Opera opened in London;

The New York Mets defeated the Boston Red Sox in the World Series;

A Lebanese magazine reports the United States has been selling weapons to Iran in secret, exposing the Iran-Contra affair;

Mike Tyson won his first world boxing title;

The NBC soap opera Search for Tomorrow went off the air after 35 years;

Peyton Hillis, Mischa Barton, Lauren Conrad, Amber Riley, Charlotte Church, Jerod Mayo, Brittany Snow, Jamie Bell, Alexandra Daddario, Scott Eastwood, Lee DeWyze, Leighton Meester, Amber Heard, Marshawn Lynch, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Robert Pattinson, Lena Dunham, Grace Gummer, Megan Fox, Rafael Nadal, Oona Chaplin, Shia LeBeouf, Kat Dennings, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Lindsey Lohan, Armie Hammer, Florence Welch, Lea Michele, Shaun White, Emmy Rossum, Heidi Montag, Drake, Emilia Clarke, Oscar Pistorious, Jimmy Graham, Desean Jackson, Jamaal Charles, and Ellie Goulding were born;

While Christopher Isherwood, Donna Reed, L. Ron Hubbard, Adolph Caesar, Ray Milland, George O’Keeffe, James Cagney, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Genet, Otto Preminger, Wallis Simpson, Broderick Crawford, Tenzing Norway, Fritz Pollard, Theodore White, Sterling Hayden, Benny Goodman, Kate Smith, Rudy Vallee, Vincente Minnelli, Murray Hamilton, Forrest Tucker, Scatman Crothers, Cary Grant, Desi Arnaz, Elsa Lanchester, Harold Macmillan, and Andrei Tarkovsky died.

There are my top ten films released in 1986:

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