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Top Ten 1986


Oliver Stone has only ever really made two incredibly good films, and both of them came out in 1986. Platoon deservedly won Best Picture, while Salvador is notable as a terrific cross between politics and entertainment. Not all credit can be given to Stone for the latter film, however, as Salvador is driven by the terrific energy and manic brilliance of James Woods at his finest. The years to follow would have this wonderful character actor veering closer to the manic side of his personality, while this is one of the rare roles that allowed him to skirt the middle ground.

Honour Roll: Roberto Benigni, Down By Law; Dexter Gordon, ‘Round Midnight; Bob Hoskins, Mona Lisa; Paul Newman, The…

There are no animated films in this list released in the 1940s.